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With the help of industry associations and knowledge partners, we are creating industry-relevant, free-to-attend webinars for automotive aftermarket professionals around the world.

Upcoming Webinars
Date & Time (GST) Webinar Topic Presented by Registration
22 Sep, 2 pm Growing preference for used cars in UAE & Saudi Arabia Craig Stevens
CEO, Dubicars.com

Tarek Kabrit
CEO & Co-Founder, Seez

Vishal Pandey

Partner - Automotive & Mobility Practice, Glasgow Consulting Group
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Past Webinars
Date & Time (GST) Webinar Topic Presented by Assets
19 May, 2 pm Impact of COVID-19 on the global automotive aftermarket industry Vishal Sanghavi
Senior Manager - Business Research & Advisory, Aranca
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01 Jun, 2 pm Impact of COVID-19 on GCC's automotive aftermarket with a focus on Saudi Arabia Subhash Joshi
Vice President - Mobility & Regional Head Middle East, Frost & Sullivan

Vishal Pandey
Director, Glasgow Consulting Group

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22 Jun, 2 pm Changes in consumer attitudes & purchasing habits due to COVID-19 Prachi Satoskar
Sr. Business Group Manager - MENAP, GfK Middle East and Africa

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02 Jul, 2 pm Africa's IAM markets – Current situation & future potential Marc Zander
Managing Partner & CEO, africon GmbH
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15 Jul, 2 pm Post-pandemic: What's next for the collision repair industry?
Robert Snook
Conference Moderator, IBIS

Michel Malik
Group Publisher & CEO, BodyShop News International

Yousef Abu Alaish
GM - Aftersales, Arabian Automobile Co. Nissan & Infiniti

Pierre Ara Keusseyan
Operations Manager, Polimar Establishment
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28 Jul, 2 pm The EV future – A need for new skills in the automotive industry Steve Nash
CEO, The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

Tom Denton
Owner & Author, Automotive Technology

Khaled Alwassia
Trainer, Tiqani Management Consultancy
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11 Aug, 2 pm Indian automotive industry – Pandemic impact Vinnie Mehta
Director General, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)

Rama Shankar Pandey
Managing Director, Hella India Lighting Ltd.

Karthik Ramamurthy
Regional Head, Ipsos Strategy3
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25 Aug, 2 pm Commercial Vehicle Industry – Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis Abdullah Bahattin Topcu
Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Ford Middle East & Africa

Arijit Dutta Chowdhury
Head – International Operations, Ashok Leyland Ltd

Joerg Mommertz
Sr. Vice President, Head of Sales Area – Middle East, Africa & Latin America, MAN Truck & Bus

Subhash Joshi
Vice President - Mobility & Regional Head Middle East, Frost & Sullivan
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8 Sep, 2 pm Transforming your business – Optimisation & efficiency Alan Whaley
Founder & Chairman, AMENA

Faisal Abdulla
Senior Manager – General Cargo, Commercial, DP World

Tony Abouzolof
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Syncron UK Limited
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Upcoming Webinars

22 Sep, 2 pm (GST)
Growing preference for used cars in UAE & Saudi Arabia

Learn why used car prices are plummeting but used car sales are increasing, how the latest segment of female drivers adds additional demand to the used car market in the KSA, which channels are customers preferring to make their purchases – online vs. offline and lastly, the trends, drivers and challenges shaping the used car ecosystem in the KSA and UAE markets.

Our panelists include:

  • Tarek Kabrit, CEO and Co-founder, Seez
  • Craig Stevens, CEO, Dubicars.com
  • Vishal Pandey, Director, Glasgow Consulting Group

Past Webinars

19 May, 2 pm (GST)
Impact of COVID-19 on the global automotive aftermarket industry

Vishal Sanghavi from Aranca discusses the global industry, covering:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on global auto industry
  • Aftermarket impact
  • How are players responding?
  • Possible recovery scenario and implications

01 June, 2 pm (GST)
Impact of COVID-19 on GCC's automotive industry with a focus on Saudi Arabia 

Subhash Joshi from Frost & Sullivan discusses the GCC, covering:

  • Future of GCC economy & economy diversification 
  • The changed economic growth environment - Impact of COVID-19
  • Discussing impact of COVID-19 on global and GCC automotive industry
  • COVID-19 responses in the mobility industry - Respond & recover, opportunities in new normal

Vishal Pandey from Glasgow Consulting Group focuses on Saudi Arabia, covering:

  • Global economy post-pandemic and what it means for Saudi Arabia
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Saudi Arabia's car sales, used cars and components aftermarket
  • China's handling of recovery as lessons for Saudi Arabia

22 June, 2 pm (GST)
Changes in consumer attitudes & purchasing habits due to COVID-19 – How does this affect the aftermarket?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect markets all over the world, it is important for brands to keep a pulse on consumers during this outbreak, and anticipate their behavior after the crisis. In the midst of it all, GfK conducted a study to help brands and businesses understand the impact of the pandemic on their consumers, and how to identify opportunities and mitigate risks during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 

Prachi Satoskar from GfK Middle East and Africa will:

  • Present findings of consumer habit market survey
  • Link the consumer habits to the aftermarket industry
  • Discuss the effects of the changing consumer habits on the automotive industry

02 July, 2 pm (GST)
Africa's IAM markets – Current situation & future potential

Marc Zander from africon GmbH will present:

  • The current state of the IAM markets in Africa – How to prepare for the scenario presented after COVID-19?  
  • Reducing the dependency from Asia in the IAM markets – Is Africa the next growth market?
  • Macro trends driving growth in Africa, the last untapped market

Vishal Pandey from Glasgow Consulting Group will moderate this session.

15 July, 2 pm (GST)
Post-Pandemic: What's next for the collision repair industry?

Our panellists will discuss:

  • The global collision repair industry and whether there is a crisis within it
  • COVID-19 is an obstacle but can it also present an opportunity?
  • What are the roles of leaders in this industry during this time and how can they lead effectively?
  • A new normal – what would this look like for the collision/repair industry
  • How can bodyshops in the GCC prepare for the future?

Panellists:

  • Robert Snook from International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) will moderate this session
  • Michel Malik from BodyShop News International
  • Yousef Abu Alaish from Arabian Automobile Co. Nissan & Infiniti
  • Pierre Ara Keusseyan from Polimar Establishment

28 July, 2 pm (GST)
The EV Future – A need for new skills in the automotive industry

As the motor industry currently undergoes the greatest technological changes of the past 100 years, the ACES technologies (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified & Shared) are demanding new skill-sets and standards to ensure the safety of both the technicians working on the products and the customers who are using them. With their partners, the Institute of the Motor Industry has developed a set of standards known as Techsafe standards.

Steve Nash from The Institute from the Motor Industry (IMI) and Tom Denton from Automotive Technology will discuss all of this as well as the existing standards relating to the different forms of EV’s; from mild-hybrids to full plug-in hybrids, and of course full EV’s. Khaled Alwassia from Tiqani Management Consultancy will bring the conversation to the Middle East markets and how prepared the markets are in transitioning to the future EV phase. Is the region ready to handle repairs/maintenance for EV cars and what is the status of the talent located in the region?

11 Aug, 2 pm (GST)
Indian automotive industry – Pandemic impact

Discussing the current situation of India’s automotive and aftermarket industry amidst the current pandemic, its impact, and on how one of the world’s auto industry giants is coping up with this new normal. Our speakers will share their insights on how the automotive component industry in India is shaping up as the economy unlocks while also addressing the obstacles and opportunities brought by COVID-19 in the country.

Our speakers are:

  • Vinnie Mehta, Director General, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)
  • Rama Shankar Pandey, Managing Director, Hella India Lighting Ltd.
  • Karthik Ramamurthy, Regional Head, Ipsos Strategy3

25 Aug, 2 pm (GST)
Commercial Vehicle Industry – Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis

In partnership with Knowledge Partner – Frost & Sullivan.

The webinar will begin with an overview of the global & regional macro-economics to help the audience understand the current business backdrop. Our panellists will then discuss the impact on manufacturers and the global and regional commercial vehicle industry. Both points of discussion will also touch upon the forecast for the market. Lastly, our experts will examine new business opportunities in the form of trends and disruptive transformation that is taking place in the commercial vehicle space. 

Our speakers for this session are:

  • Abdullah Bahattin Topcu, Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Ford Middle East & Africa
  • Arijit Dutta Chowdhury, Head – International Operations, Ashok Leyland Ltd
  • Joerg Mommertz, Sr. Vice President, Head of Sales Area – Middle East, Africa & Latin America, MAN Truck & Bus
  • Subhash Joshi, Vice President - Mobility & Regional Head Middle East, Frost & Sullivan

Knowledge Partner

Knowledge Partner - Frost & Sullivan

8 Sep, 2 pm (GST)
Transforming your business – Optimisation & efficiency

This session brings in experts to shed light on how our audience can transform their business during these challenging times. With a focus on optimisation and efficiency, the webinar will address topics such as inventory optimisation, how to efficiently price your products in a price-sensitive era, and introduce service-based solutions that are quickly becoming a product of choice across the industry. We will also hear about how the supply chain/logistics industry is adapting to the changes brought about by the pandemic. What steps can companies take to ensure their shipments are arriving on time and how to efficiently manage the entire logistics process.

Our panelists include:

  • Alan Whaley, Founder & Chairman, AMENA Professional
  • Tony Abouzolof, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Syncron
  • Faisal Abdulla, Senior Manager – General Cargo, Commercial , DP World

 

Host & Speakers

Abdelrahman Kurdieh

Messe Frankfurt Middle East

Abdelrahman Kurdieh, Project Manager & Webinar Host
Abdelrahman is the project manager for Automechanika Jeddah + Riyadh, where he oversees the organization of the annual show in the Middle East’s largest market. Abdelrahman also regularly hosts the Network events for Automechanika Dubai and will be doing the same for the new webinars.
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Ford Middle East & Africa

Abdullah Bahattin Topcu, Managing Director Middle East & Africa
Bahattin joined Ford Trucks Turkey in 2006. He served as Regional Manager for N. Africa & Eastern Europe, expanding operations Morocco, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece & Algeria. After his tenure as Head of Marketing for all Ford Trucks markets, he was appointed Managing Director for MEA.
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AMENA

Alan Whaley, Founder & Chairman
With over 32 years of experience in high output sales and performance management within the automotive sector, Alan has first-hand knowledge and experience, from the trenches doing sales to C suite decisions at OEMs, Importers, and Consultancies. Today, he is dedicated to raising industry standards through thought leadership and knowledge sharing through advisory, keynotes, and as Chairman of AMENA Automotive Association.
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Ashok Leyland Ltd

Arijit Dutta Chowdhury, Head – International Operations
Arijit started his career in Ashok Leyland as country manager of Bangladesh and was responsible for developing a strong footprint there. Since then, he has extensively worked on several projects across Africa and lead the business development function for International Operations from 2006.
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Dubicars.com

Craig Stevens, CEO
Craig has been part of successful Boards and Executive teams that have helped the car sales industry in UK, Europe and China navigate through digital transformation, recessions and now a pandemic. He is currently based in the UAE & focuses on supporting the industry by leveraging data, technology and insights.
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DP World

Faisal Abdulla, Senior Manager – General Cargo, Commercial
Faisal Qassim is responsible for spearheading the core commercial functions such as General Cargo, Mina Rashid and Mina Hamriya. Prior to joining the Commercial Department in 2018, Faisal handled the key responsibility of Senior Manager, General Cargo Operation handled key Bulk, Break-bulk, RO RO and General Cargo.
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MAN Truck & Bus

Joerg Mommertz, Sr. Vice President, Head of Sales Area – Middle East, Africa & Latin America
In 1996, Joerg was appointed as Director, Aftersales and later as Director, Sales at MAN Truck & Bus Belgium. Since then he has held various international positions managing many European & CIS countries. Currently as Head of Sales Area MEA&LA, he is responsible for 72 markets in 4 continents.
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Ipsos Strategy3

Karthik Ramamurthy, Director General
Karthik has over two decades of experience in business development, client relationship & project management. He is a specialist in emerging markets and has deep expertise in charting out growth strategies for clients across verticals. He has been a speaker at various regional and global industry forums and his views have been featured in both national/international media. He holds an MBA from HEC School of Management, Paris and a Master’s in Technology from IIT, Delhi.
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Tiqani Management Consultancy

Khaled Alwassia, Trainer
Khaled has been active in the automotive industry since 1983 starting with a BMW Technician apprenticeship in Germany. He established the BMW Training Centre in Saudi Arabia and led multiple team members to win regional, and place in the top three in international Skill Competitions. Khaled established an IMI approved Apprenticeship program in Saudi Arabia for BMW and Jaguar Land Rover technicians. Since 2016, he represents Tiqani in Saudi Arabia and conducts Management and Customer facing training & coaching sessions in the Middle East.
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africon GmbH

Marc Zander, Managing Partner & CEO
With more than 20 years of experience with living, working and doing business with Africa in international organisations such as the MAN Group and Wincor Nixdorf, Marc developed a strong understanding for this market. His belief in the continent’s potential, the increasing interest of companies who are hesitant but willing to enter business relations with Africa, as well as his entrepreneurial spirit led him to start africon Ltd., a German based consulting company with sole focus on the African continent.
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BodyShop News International

Michel Malik, Group Publisher & CEO
Michel has been involved in the collision repair industry for the last 30 years. He is the CEO of BodyShop News International, the company that produces the global BodyShop News collision repair magazines. Michel is a recognised speaker at various automotive conferences, symposiums and seminars all over the world including IBIS, NACE, Automechanika, AMR and more.
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Polimar Establishment

Pierre Ara Keusseyan, Operations Manager
Pierre started his career with Polimar eight years ago where he is now the Operations Manager of the group. As Polimar is diversified on many levels within the collision industry, he has built experience on many fronts within the bodyshop industry which has enabled him to build a great understanding with a diverse perspective; running actual bodyshops, managing a technical trading and training business and even manufacturing and producing consumables for the industry.
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GfK Middle East and Africa

Prachi Satoskar, Sr. Business Group Manager - MENAP
Prachi is a market research professional, with an overall experience of 15+ years in various domains of marketing. She has been working with GfK for the past 10+ years, and is responsible for developing the Automotive business in the MENAP Region. She has supported multiple Multinational clients in the Automotive Business to effectively leverage GfK’s data for their Go-To-Market strategies.
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Hella India Lighting Ltd.

Rama Shankar Pandey, Managing Director
One of India's youngest professional CEOs of any listed companies at the age of 33, he is currently Managing Director of Hella India Lighting, a company awarded by CII as most innovative Indian enterprise in its category. Rama Shankar is also EC member at ACMA (Auto Component Manufacturers Association of India), Chairman of ACMA Aftermarket Committee, Governing Council Member at ASDC, and an Ex GC Member of TiE Chandigarh.
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International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS)

Robert Snook, Conference Moderator
A genuine collision industry fan with 35 years of experience including senior management, Director and business owner level roles in corporate and private companies. Today, Robert is a global speaker and conference moderator for IBIS as well as and CEO of MG Cannon, a multi-award winning MSO bodyshop group in the UK and Business Success Global, the collision industry business coaching, training and mentoring business.
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The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

Steve Nash, CEO
Steve has worked in the Motor Industry, on both the retail and manufacturer sides, since graduating in 1977. Steve joined BMW UK in 1986 and was a Director of the company from 1997 to 2012, including a period as Group Aftersales Director, looking after the Rover and Land Rover brands as well. Steve was Chairman of the IMI for five years, before becoming President in November 2009. In 2013 he joined the IMI as Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his IMI duties Steve is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the industry charity BEN.
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Frost & Sullivan

Subhash Joshi, Vice President - Mobility & Regional Head - Middle East
Subhash is a thought leader, futurist and a strategist with over 15 years of experience in following his passion of contributing to the mobility industry. In his current role, Subhash works on futuristic scenarios and forecasts in understanding how mobility will operate. He works closely with clients to help them understand the impact of these changing scenarios and mega trends on their businesses.
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Seez

Tarek Kabrit, CEO and Co-founder
Prior to launching Seez - an AI-driven, data-first automotive platform - Tarek was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Yahsat, the aerospace arm of Mubadala. During his 20-year international career he worked in strategy consulting, investment banking, and venture capital at Booz Allen and Deutsche Bank, among others.
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Automotive Technology

Tom Denton, Owner & Author
Tom has worked in the Motor Industry, since joining the REME in 1975. He then ran his own business from 1981 in service and repair, specialising in complex diagnostics. Tom has worked as an automotive lecturer, an academic for the Open University and started an eLearning business in 1998. Tom was eLearning manager at the IMI for three years, before running his consultancy business from 2016. To date he has published over thirty automotive textbooks.
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Syncron UK Limited

Tony Abouzolof, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Tony has more than 30 years' experience in the development and implementation of global supply chain planning solutions. Over the years, he has enabled many leading organisations, such as BAE Systems, Al Futtaim and Nissan to formulate global supply chain strategies and lead successful implementations of large-scale supply chain solutions with a global scope.
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Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)

Vinnie Mehta, Director General
An Electrical Engineer from IIT-BHU, with an MBA from FMS, University of Delhi and a Masters in International Trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). Vinnie has been actively involved in promotion, growth and development of the auto component industry in India. Prior to joining ACMA, he headed the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body of the IT hardware Industry in India.
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Glasgow Consulting Group

Vishal Pandey, Market Growth Advisor & Director
Vishal is a Dubai based Market Entry & Insights advisor who has lived and worked in the UK, India and across the Middle East. Previously as a research lead with Deloitte Consulting’s Dubai offices, he was part of a team responsible for strategy and operations assignments across the Middle East and North Africa region. Vishal has been involved in over 750 research + market entry engagements mostly across MENA and South Asia region in his career spanning 18 years across a diverse set of industries. He is a leading MENA focused Market Entry & Go-To-Market Strategy Specialist.
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Aranca

Vishal Sanghavi, Senior Manager – Business Research & Advisory
Vishal leads the automotive practice at Aranca. A thought leader with over 13 years of consulting experience in the automotive industry, he is a passionate mobility futurist. Vishal’s team at Aranca are constantly monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the auto industry globally and guiding industry leaders with actionable intel to navigate through this unprecedent crisis.
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Arabian Automobile Co. Nissan & Infiniti

Yousef Abu Alaish, General Manager - Aftersales
Yousef has 18 years of solid experience in the automotive aftersales business in UAE. In his current role, he is responsible for Dubai and the northern emirates territory; managing 11 branches, 1000 employees and 1000 customers per day.