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Conference Day One: Monday, 9 October 2017

7:50 AM - 8:50 AM Registration, networking and welcome refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM National anthem


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Rear Admiral Ahmed Al Sabab Al Teneiji

Former Chief of Naval Staff, UAE Navy, and Chairman
OPV Middle East

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Opening keynote speech and welcome from Kuwait Naval Force

Major General Khaled A. Abdullah, Commander and Chief, Kuwait Naval Force

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Major General Khaled A. Abdullah

Commander and Chief
Kuwait Naval Force

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Captain Edward H Lundquist

U.S. Navy, Communications Committee Chair
Surface Navy Association
This session will see the gathering of maritime security leaders in the Middle East as they discuss how to accomplish greater levels of maritime security through enhanced information sharing across borders. This session will consider the following points:
  • What possibilities exist for maritime domain awareness sharing and how can this information be shared seamlessly across borders for better security?
  • How have operations such as MCMEX 17-2 contributed to enhanced cooperation?
  • What are the next steps towards achieving greater integration of information gathering and sharing?

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Major General Khaled A. Abdullah

Commander and Chief
Kuwait Naval Force
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Ahmed Khaled Hassan Saeed

Commander in Chief
Egypt Navy
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Rear Admiral (UH) Abderraouf Atallah

Chief of Staff
Tunisian Navy
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Rear Admiral Dr. Ali Alshuaibi


Saudi Arabia Coast Guard

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Awards of appreciation presented to VIP attendees, Ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP exhibition tour, Networking, refreshments and corporate videos

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM The role of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) as a framework for maritime cooperation

Commodore Stephen Dainton, UK Maritime Component Commander, Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces, The Royal Navy

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Commodore Stephen Dainton

UK Maritime Component Commander, Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces
The Royal Navy

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Commander Mubarak Ali AlSabah Flotilla Commander Kuwait Coast Guard

Flotilla Commander
Kuwait Coast Guard

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM Prayer time followed by networking break and refreshments featuring corporate videos and product demos

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM Tunisian Navy perspective on maritime security

Rear Admiral (UH) Abderraouf Atallah, Chief of Staff, Tunisian Navy

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Rear Admiral (UH) Abderraouf Atallah

Chief of Staff
Tunisian Navy

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Updating the safety standards on board offshore patrol vessels

Captain Christian von Oldershausen, Segment Director Navy, DNV GL
Ensuring protection of offshore vessels is critical for the overall safeguarding of the ship’s vital assets, including the captain and the crew. There needs to be continual equipment improvement and trainings on-board to prevent hazards from occurring as a result of unpreparedness. This session will address the latest in-fleet safety and commercial situational awareness as well as the most efficient methods of threat aversion to non-combat vessels.

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Captain Christian von Oldershausen

Segment Director Navy
DNV GL

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM NATO’s maritime strategy as a guide to enhance the combined capabilities of the region

Colonel (R) Giuseppe Morabito, Member of the Institute for Global Security and Defence Studies (IGSDA), NATO DCF & UNUCI
The 2016 Warsaw summit highlighted the objectives that NATO’s Allied Maritime Governance seeks to achieve through combined efforts of all member states. This presents a guideline for GCC navies and coast guards to enhance their combined maritime security by joining forces to combat specific regional threats. Under unified governance, this region’s unified maritime force could become better equipped against existing conflicts and a formidable barrier against future threats.

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Colonel (R) Giuseppe Morabito

Member of the Institute for Global Security and Defence Studies (IGSDA)
NATO DCF & UNUCI

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM Networking lunch

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

3:00 PM - 3:00 PM End of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the event website.