26-28 September 2017
Dubai, UAE

Rowan Kelly

Senior Director, Head of Business Development & PMO
King Abdullah Economic City

Rowan is an MRICS qualified International Property & Business Development Executive with over 25 years’ experience within commercial, industrial, retail and residential property, specializing in master planning, development, leasing/sales, asset management, and acquisition/disposal for public and private clients. He has held a series of senior executive positions leading business growth for companies operating in the UK, Europe and Middle East. He holds a BSc in Estate Management, is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a graduate of several Real Estate Executive Education & Leadership Programs including Harvard, Stanford and the Urban Land Institute.

Rowan joined the Emaar team in August 2009 & leads the Industrial Valley (IV) Business Development and Project Management Office reporting directly to the CEO. He is responsible for launching & directing development, implementation and operation of the 55sq km Industrial & Logistics hub, leading strategic planning, business & financial modelling, urban masterplanning, and implementation of multiple development projects, driving sales, investment attraction and project delivery. This currently includes the launch of the Bonded & Re-export Zone; developing Automotive & Data Centre Clusters; leading the commercial strategy for a new gas zone, plus delivering IV’s Logistics strategy, new warehousing and Logistics Park developments & services.

During his time with KAEC, Rowan has masterplanned over 36Msqm of land; successfully developed and implemented the company’s first land sales strategy, led the Sales team to attract 10 key anchor clients selling 2.3M sqm and leasing 1.5M sqm of land in a 12 month period, creating over 3000 jobs; created the Project Management Office; & represented the Company at events across 6 countries.



9:50 AM Project spotlight: KAEC’s Industrial Valley success as the new logistics and manufacturing hub on the Red Sea

  • Latest developments of the King Abdullah Port
  • Best practices to attract investment for projects expansion
  • Successful collaboration between business and government to address emerging economic realities

10:45 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancing the competitiveness of MENA ports and envisioning the future of the regional economy

Port authorities are presently engaged in a number of major expansion projects aimed at increasing the capacity and competitiveness of their ports, with many new terminals and hinterland infrastructure projects underway in the region. In this session, the senior leadership from port authorities and operators will be invited to discuss what their plans are to ensure the future competitiveness of their ports.

This session will discuss:
  • What can regional authorities do to ensure that they remain competitive to international shipping?
  • What projects are currently underway in the MENA to achieve this?
  • What future plans are in place to ensure the continued prominence of the maritime industry?
  • How does geopolitical tension affect the market?
  • How can regional ports minimise the risk of overcapacity?


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Rowan.

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