Quintiq Planning & Optimization Forum Middle East 2018

Smart and agile decision making for optimal growth and future success
When: January 30, 2018
Where: The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Sas Al Nakhl
Abu Dhabi, 126797
United Arab Emirates

Organizations across all industries face an accelerating rate of change. Market fluctuations, increasing customer demands and digitalization are just some of the challenges that companies currently have to deal with.

To withstand the heat, businesses must rework their internal processes to facilitate smart and agile decision making for optimal growth and future success. But this is only possible if the changes begin on a fundamental level. A fragmented approach to problem-solving will only end up exacerbating the problem. Companies need to act fast and address the fundamental planning challenges head-on.

This is the impetus behind the Quintiq Planning & Optimization Forum Middle East 2018, a one-day event taking place on January 30, 2018.

Decision-makers in the metals, oil & gas and aviation industries will meet in Abu Dhabi to network, discuss and share insights with their peers— as well as experts from Quintiq — on solutions that can help organizations master complexity and ensure efficient operations.

During the interactive sessions, our speakers will:

  • Reveal the hidden potential of complexity in optimizing your organization
  • Provide practical context to the challenges of planning for future disruptions
  • Showcase the potential of optimal planning in boosting the transparency and flexibility of your business processes

All activities will be conducted in English. Participants are also invited to a pre-event reception on January 29 at the same venue.

7:30 am Registration & coffee
8:00 am Welcome
8:15 am Keynote: Planning and optimization in the digital age
Markus Malinen, Quintiq
8.30 am Best in class performance requires best in class planning & decision making : The Ma’aden story
Majdi Nathem Saqa, Supply Chain and Planning Director, Ma’aden Aluminum Asad Parkar, Specialist – Operations, Ma’aden Aluminum
9.15 am Solution vision presentation: SMART and Agile Decision-making
Martin van Weert, Senior Account Manager, Quintiq
10:00 am Coffee
10:30 am Customer story Oil & Gas Industry
11:15 am 10 Task Planning Challenge
Reinier Zuurmond, Quintiq
12.15 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Airport optimization and customer story
DTP Aviation
2:30 pm Closing & network coffee


Markus Malinen
VP EMEA, Quintiq
Markus Malinen has more than 20 years of experience in various managerial positions in the steel industry. He was previously the VP of logistics in IT at FNSteel Group and the VP of logistics, business development and marketing at Ovako Wire. Since joining Quintiq, he has been involved in business optimization across a wide variety of industries.

Majdi Nathem Saqa
Supply Cain & Planning Director, Ma’aden Aluminum
Majdi has over 20 years’ experience in managing operations, distribution, planning, engineering and manufacturing in companies like Exide Technology, Formica Corp. and Alcoa. He was responsible for implementing and improving EHS, lean manufacturing, production planning, S&OP and logistics in these companies. Majdi holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Devry/Keller Graduate School of Management.

Asad Parkar
Specialist – Operations, Ma’aden Aluminum
Asad began his career in the steel sector 11 years ago. Since then, he has gained a lot of experience in managing supply chains throughout the metals industry. Since 2013, he has been a specialist in operations planning at Ma’aden Aluminium, where he is in charge of the company’s planning transformation program.

Martin van Weert
Senior Account Manager, Quintiq
Martin van Weert has more than 25 years of experience in general management, consultancy and business development, helping many companies to improve their performance. Martin specializes in ERP, CRM and SCP&O, particularly in the areas of sales, production and logistics.

Reinier Zuurmond
Senior Consultant, Quintiq
Reinier Zuurmond has worked multiple years in process and planning improvements in the shipbuilding industry. He has been a consultant for Quintiq in the metals industry since 2013, and holds a master's degree in naval architecture and marine technology from Delft University of Technology.

For more information please contact:

Kelly Klingenberg
Marketing Executive Business Unit Metals
[email protected]

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