MESA Family Business Conference

Conference details

A welcome dinner will be held on Tuesday 3 October 2017 for delegates attending the conference.

The full day conference will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017, featuring insightful presentations and case studies focused on key themes for family businesses.

Topics to be covered at this year’s conference include:

Succession and next generation
Women and the family business
Wealth preservation

A panel discussion on prominent family businesses in the Middle East and South Asia region will share success stories - including building leadership and strategies to develop talent, preserve wealth, enhance diversity and improve governance.

3-4 October 2017

The Meydan Hotel | Meydan Racecourse | Al Meydan road, Nad Al Sheba | Dubai

Dress code:
Business casual

Conference fee:
US$ 650* per participant.
*The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs.

Keynote Speaker:

Christine Blondel | Adjunct Professor of Family Business at INSEAD

Christine Blondel advises several prominent business families, serves on boards of traded family-influenced companies and regularly speaks at conferences. She was the first Executive Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise at INSEAD. Christine is a well-known author and regularly contributes to articles, case studies and books on topics associated with multi-generational family firms, successors’ dilemmas, fair process, governance, women in family businesses, and the sale of the family business.

Christine was a board member of the Family Business Network (FBN) from 2001 to 2004 and was a founding board member of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA). She is a member of the Family Firm Institute, a network of academics and advisors.

An MBA graduate from INSEAD, Christine worked for three years as a management consultant before joining Procter & Gamble where she had positions in Marketing (Brand Manager) and Finance (Associate Finance Director). A mother of four, her interest in family businesses has its roots in her own family: both her grandfathers were owner-managers of family businesses.

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KPMG’s 2017 MESA family business conference will launch with a welcome dinner on Tuesday 3 October at the Meydan hotel in Dubai, followed by a full-day conference on Wednesday 4 October which will feature a number of insightful presentations and panel discussions focused on significant themes for family business leaders. Following our successful family business conferences in 2013 and 2015, this year’s conference will provide an interactive forum for owners and business leaders from family businesses across the region to share their perspectives and insights on topics such as succession planning, leadership, diversity and philanthropy. This conference brings together leading international speakers, regional family business leaders and subject matter professionals. For further information, please contact Harish Gopinath, MESA Head of Family Business & Enterprise on +973 17224807 or
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