Rowan KellySenior 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
- 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?