Babson Connect: Worldwide 2016
​Dubai, United Arab Emirates
​March 4–6, 2016​​

Friday, March 4, 2016

9:30 a.m.

Opening Babson Connect: Worldwide 2016

Welcome Remarks by Kerry Healey, Babson College President

Location: Four Seasons Hotel - Dana Ballroom
Attire: Business Casual

9:45 a.m.

Conversation with Fadi Ghandour, Founder, Aramex, Executive, Chairman of Wamda Capital and Christopher Schroeder, Author and Investor

Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

10:45 a.m.

Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region

Introduction by Harish Fabiani P '17, Trustee and Babson Connect: Worldwide Advisory Board

Moderated by Christopher M. Schroeder
  • Khaled Bichara P'15, Chairman and CEO, Accelero Capital​
  • Karim Kohja, CEO, Roshan
  • Alexander Thomson-Payan '06, President, Thomson Group International
Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom
11:30 a.m.

Global Women in Entrepreneurship

Introduction by Sonia Husain '04, Babson Connect: Worldwide Host Committee

Moderated by President Kerry Healey 
  • Ruba Al Hassan, Senior Advisor to the UAE Ambassador to the USA
  • H.R.H. Princess Lolowa Al Saud​
  • Ola Doudin, Co-founder and CEO, BitOasis
  • Najla al Midifa, General Manager of Sheraa, Founder, Khayarat
Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

12:30 p.m.

Babson Connect: Worldwide Networking Luncheon

Table Topics:
  • Environmental Issues and Entrepreneurship
  • Globalization & Urbanization and the Convergence Economy
  • Technology Disrupting Education and Driving New Ventures
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Youth Unemployment
  • Family Business 

​Location: Four Seasons – Dana Lawn

2:30 p.m.

Babson Executive and Enterprise Education Workshop – Practicing Entrepreneurship through Design Thinking

Heidi Neck, Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

4 p.m.

Unleashing the Potential of Human Capital in Saudi Arabia

Introduction by Ettore V. Biagioni '80, Trustee and Global Advisory Board Co-chair

Fahd Al Rasheed, Group CEO, KAEC

Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

5 p.m.

Depart for Desert Reception and Dinner

Location: Four Seasons Hotel - Conference Center Entrance

6:30 p.m.

Arabian Night Welcome Reception and Dinner at Al Shara Camp

Attire: Safari Casual

11 p.m.

Late Night at Provocateur Club (on your own)

Location: Four Seasons Hotel

Saturday, March 5, 2016

9:30 a.m.

The Long Walk

Mark Stoleson, CEO and Partner, Legatum

Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

10 a.m.

Stories of Transgenerational Family Businesses
Introduction by Manoj Narender Madnani '91, Trustee, Babson Connect: Worldwide Advisory Board, and Global Advisory Board


Moderated by Matt Allen​, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College 

  • The Habib Family: Rafiq Habib, Muhammad Habib ’81, P’09, Hamza Habib '09
  • The Darwazah Family: Said Darwazah P’15
Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom


11:30 a.m

Coffee Break

12 p.m

Group Photo​

12:30 p.m.

Addressing Youth Employment in the Middle East
Introduction by Laura Farha P'18 '19, Babson Connect Worldwide Advisory Board

​H.E. Abdullah Al Darmaki, CEO, Khalifa Fund

Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

1:30 p.m.

Babson Connect: Worldwide Luncheon
Location: Four Seasons - Suq Restaurant

2:30 p.m.

New Media Entrepreneurship

Introduction by Vivek Jain M'83, P'07, Babson Connect: Worldwide Advisor Board, Global Advisory Board 

Conversation with:
  • ​Dr. Robert Turner, Associate Professor of Accounting, Assistant VP for Enrollment, Babson College
  • Dr. Iqbal Surve, Executive Chairman, Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media
Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom
3:30 p.m.

Young Entrepreneurs, Leveraging the Babson Network for Global Enterprise
Introduction by Elyas Felfoul, Head of Administration of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Moderated by Candida Brush, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship 
  • Radhika Gulati '14
  • Jean-Pierre Mondalek ​'03
  • Aya Sadder ’13​
  • Mark Vandemore '07
Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

4:30 p.m.

Shareholder Value and Corporate Social Responsibility: Friend or Foes?

Introduction by Budoor Ashadawi M’10, Babson Connect: Worldwide Host Committee

Richard Bliss, Professor of Finance, Babson College

Location: Four Seasons – Dana Ballroom

7:30 p.m.

Babson Connect: Worldwide Gala Reception

Location: Four Seasons – Fire Ball
Attire: Cocktail, Formal or National Dress

8:30 p.m.


Babson Connect: Worldwide Awards Dinner

  Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs Inductee
  H.H. Sheikh ​​Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group

  Lewis Institute Changemaker Award Honoree
  Shainoor Khoja, Founder and CEO, Better Business Enterprise (BBE) 

  Announcement Of Babson Connect: Worldwide 2017
Pimjai Laochinda P'13

Location: Four Seasons - Dana Lawn

11 p.m.

Late Night at Mercury Lounge (on your own)​

Location: Four Seasons Hotel

Sunday, March 6, 2016​

​10 a.m.

Closing Brunch


Location: Four Seasons - Suq Restaurant

1 p.m.

Optional Activities

Other excursions at the conclusion of the summit available to you via Arabian Adventures include:

  • Jumeirah Mosque Tour with a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Education, and a tour of the Spice Market and Gold Souk
  • Ski Dubai – Largest indoor snow park at Mall of the Emirates
  • Burj Khalifa – Tallest Building 125 & 148th Floor at Dubai Mall, At The Top SKY Observation Deck​
  • Sea Plane Tour – Dubai Development​