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The S2 Syndrome: Sustainability and Succession

The S2 Syndrome: Sustainability and Succession

The S’s SMEs forget

Atlantis Ballroom, Atlantis the Palm - May 31st, 8:30am

  • How will you grow the business?
  • Is your Enterprise model sustainable?
  • How do you put a Succession plan in place?
  • Do you know the numbers - and employ the people who do?
  • Do you know how to diversify and minimize risk?

The S2 Syndrome gives you the answers. It’s a highly innovative one-day conference about how to make a business successful.

Welcome to a day rich with debate and data. In a programme dedicated to strategy and results, there’s a special emphasis on family business and the factors that can imperil progress.

Which is just as well - because more than 70% of family businesses will go bust before handover to the second generation.

Now you’ll get a practical blueprint for how to overcome the challenges and create a lasting model for leadership and diversification.

This day can influence your success for the rest of the year.


The event assesses the factors that endanger business success - and provides a practical blueprint for how to overcome them and apply a better working model.

Sustainabilty and Succession are especially key to family business interests - and they hold the key to failure or future growth.

Properly-managed, a family business has immense power: in the UAE, for example –

But -

The core agendas of The S2 Syndrome include:

Event Programme

8:30am - 9:30am

Registration, Networking & Welcome Coffee

Introduction - Paul Godfrey, Head of Content, CPI Business
NBAD Welcome - Yousef Kruse, Head of SME, NBAD
Paul’s Precipice Factors
Fahima Al Bastaki, Executive VP, Dubai Financial Markets John Lincoln, SVP – SMB, Etisalat
Reg Athwal, Founder, Partner & MD, RTS Global Partners
11:00am - 12:00pm

Coffee Break

Head-to-head Nilanjan Ray, Managing Director, Global Commercial Banking - NBAD
Adib Rashid, Leader - MENA Family Business Services, EY
Rajiv Saxena, Founder & Managing Partner, UHY Saxena
Manish Hira, Owner & CEO, Hira Industries
Rawan & Suzan AlSadi, Founders, Rozan Designs
1:00pm - 2:00pm


Abhishek Shah, Managing Director, RSA Logistics
James Arnott, Capital Projects Managing Director, Accenture
Gautam & Ram Ganglani, Right Selection



Abhishek Shah

Managing Director

RSA Logistics

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Adib Rashid

MENA Family Business Leader

EY Family Business Centre of Excellence

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Fahima Al Bastaki

Executive Vice President - Head of Business Development Division

Dubai Financial Market (DFM)

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James Arnott

Managing Director

Accenture Capital Projects Services - EALA

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John Lincoln

Senior Vice President Small & Medium Business (SMB)


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Manish Hiranandani


Hira Industries LLC

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Rajiv Saxena

Founder and Managing Partner

UHY Saxena

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Ram Ganglani

Founder and Visionary Chairman

Right Selection

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Gautam Ganglani

Win-Win Specialist

Right Selection

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Reg Athwal

Founding Partner & MD

RTS Global Partners

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Suzan & Rawan AlSadi


Rozan Designs

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Presenting Partner

Strategic SME Partner

Official Publication

Gold Sponsor

Official Family Business Partner