20 Sept 2023



The land of the future

Where the greatest minds and best talents are empowered to embody pioneering ideas and exceed boundaries in a world inspired by imagination.


    • Masatoshi Sugiura, Deputy Director General, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
    • Norihiko Ishiguro, Chairman & CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
    • Rayan Fayez, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NEOM
    • Denis Hickey, Chief Development Officer, THE LINE, NEOM
  • NEOM is comprised of multiple zones, which not only each have distinct qualities, but also work together to drive forward NEOM’s overarching commitment to a livable and sustainable future. Join some of NEOM’s visionaries as they discuss the principles that connect all of NEOM's regions, including THE LINE, Oxagon, Trojena, and Sindalah. This session will explore the regions’ unique characteristics and value propositions, highlighting their contributions to NEOM's vision for economic diversification, environmental sustainability, and societal wellbeing.

    The Future of Livability and Urbanism 

    • Denis Hickey, Chief Development Officer, THE LINE, NEOM

    The Future of Industry

    • Sean Kelly, Managing Director, Port of NEOM and Executive Team Member, Oxagon

    The Future of Tourist Destinations

    • Niall Gibbons, Managing Director, Tourism, NEOM

    The Future of Biodiversity & Conservation

    • Dr. Paul Marshall, Head, NEOM Nature Reserve, NEOM
    • Ron Bowker, Chief of Staff, NEOM 
  • Throughout history, sport has proven itself to be a dynamic force for innovation, economic development, inclusion, health & well-being, education, and more. Building from this foundational history, NEOM is looking forward. With the goal of becoming a top destination for major sporting events, championing outstanding livability for residents, and building an innovative economy, NEOM’s sport sector is bringing to life a strategy that leverages novel partnerships, local human capital, technological advancements, and renewable energy to become a global sport hub

    • Jan Paterson, Sector Head, NEOM Sport
    • Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing 
  • Digital disruption and the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred massive transformation in our educational methods and systems. The advent of technology, virtual classrooms, metaverse environments and AI provoke exciting opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning through an immersive environment. NEOM embraces these opportunities in order to establish a worldclass education, research and innovation hub that inspires and empowers new ways of learning, discovery, and life-long personalized development.

    • Dr. Andreas Cangellaris, Founding President, NEOM U
    • Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, Chair, International Steering Council, NEOM
  • Energy, water, and food are vital components of sustainable development, yet challenges persist as the globe faces shifts in climate and supply insecurity. This session will discuss NEOM’s revolutionary approach to energy, water, and food systems, and how this approach to economic infrastructure will pave the way to building a region of the future. Join us to explore how NEOM’s visionary approach is leveraging innovation and nature to intertwine cutting-edge agricultural practices, advanced water management solutions, and renewable energy technologies. Learn how these interconnected systems are reshaping the urban landscape, fostering self-sufficiency, and setting an inspiring example for sustainable development on a global scale.

    Moderated by:

    • Ron Bowker, Chief of Staff, NEOM 

    Energy & Water: A Clean Slate Approach

    • Gavin Van Tonder, Executive Director, Water, Enowa, NEOM

    The Food Systems of Tomorrow

    • Dr. Juan Carlos Motamayor, Executive Director, Food, NEOM
  • The Middle East & North Africa are made up of 500 million people, half under the age of 30. It’s a new and relatively untapped market for the global TV and film industry. NEOM Media Industries is your gateway to that opportunity as it looks to establish itself as an elite global media hub with a focus on cutting-edge infrastructure and technology, crew depth and talent development, a range of financial support from a highly competitive production cash rebate to business incentives and streamlined business operations. NEOM Media Industries is your ideal production partner for the MENA region.

    • Wayne Borg, Managing Director, Media Industries, Entertainment & Culture, NEOM
    • Takashi Manabe, Representative Executive Director, Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME)
    • Rayan Fayez, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NEOM
  • By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people will live in cities, many of which are unable to accommodate growing populations due to the lack of affordable housing, inadequate infrastructure, and limited access to nature. THE LINE, NEOM’s urban development project, aims to accommodate 9 million people on a footprint of just 34 square kilometers. As a car-free, zero-emission city, every resident will have access to all their needs within a five-minute walk, and every resident will have equal access to nature. Through this special interactive tour, delegates will be immersed in this new way of living.

    • Tarek Qaddumi, Executive Director, NEOM Urban Planning
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"If we are to solve the challenges of tomorrow, we must face up to them today, no matter how difficult they may seem. At NEOM, we are addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity by bringing together a community of the brightest minds committed to reimagining what a sustainable future will look like in 20 to 30 years, and building it today. We are redefining the future now. NEOM is open for business, and we look forward to working with our partners from the U.S. and around the world in the months and years to come."

Chief Executive Officer, NEOM

Nadhmi Al-Nasr

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NEOM is bringing together world-leading experts to help build a new vision of what the future could be. It’s an attempt to do something that’s never been done before and it’s coming at a time when the world needs fresh thinking and new solutions. Put simply, NEOM will not only be a destination, but a home for people who dream big and who want to be part of building a new model for sustainable living.

  • Rayan Fayez

    Rayan Fayez

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    Rayan Fayez brings a wealth of experience, having been managing director and CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi and CEO of Savola Group. He also sits on a number of boards including the King Salman Park Foundation and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Wayne Borg

    Wayne Borg

    Managing Director, Media Industries, Entertainment & Culture, NEOM

    Wayne Borg has 20+ years of experience in leadership roles in the media, entertainment and cultural industries. He has led key divisions including Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Warner Bros/Time Warner and 21st Century Fox Studios. He has also driven strategic policy initiatives for government.

  • Donal Bradley

    Dr Donal Bradley

    Education, Research, and Innovation Foundation Executive Director

    A distinguished applied physicist, consultant, deep-tech entrepreneur, and academic leader, Professor Donal Bradley is recognized for his pioneering research and innovation, and for being a changemaker at leading institutions, including Imperial College London and the University of Oxford.

  • Dr. Andreas Cangellaris

    Dr. Andreas Cangellaris

    Founding President, NEOM U

    An expert in computational science and electronic design automation, Professor Andreas Cangellaris has spent the last 25 years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he occupied top leadership roles - most recently as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.

  • Niall Gibbons

    Niall Gibbons

    Managing Director, Tourism

    Niall Gibbons has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, including 14 years as Tourism Ireland chief executive, promoting Ireland as a destination for international visitors. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a business graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

  • Denis Hickey

    Denis Hickey

    Chief Development Officer, THE LINE

    With more than 25 years of experience across real estate development, investment and construction industries, Denis Hickey has a strong track record creating and delivering complex projects – from concept to completion. As CDO for THE LINE, he will ensure total delivery of NEOM’s flagship project.

  • Sean Kelly

    Sean Kelly

    Managing Director, Port of NEOM and Executive Team Member, Oxagon

    Sean Kelly has more than 35 years of experience managing port, logistics and shipping industries across North America and Asia. Previously CEO of Modern Terminals, he is now establishing the world's most advanced and sustainable port at NEOM.

  • Dr. Paul Marshall

    Dr. Paul Marshall

    Head, NEOM Nature Reserve

    For more than 25 years, Dr Paul Marshall has worked with leading conservation organizations, advising governments and international agencies on biodiversity, conservation planning, applied research and protected area management. These include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and UNESCO.

  • Dr. Juan Carlos Motamayor

    Dr. Juan Carlos Motamayor

    Executive Director, Food

    With 20 years’ experience across the food industry worldwide, Juan Carlos leads NEOM’s food sector. He previously worked at global food leaders in agriculture, aquaculture and sustainable-business-development roles; and worked as a scientific advisor for governments and organizations.

  • Jan Paterson

    Jan Paterson

    Sector Head, NEOM Sport 

    Jan Paterson is focused on making NEOM a global hub for sport and the most active and healthy society in the world. With extensive experience across the international sports realm, Paterson was CEO of the British Olympic Foundation and Chef de Mission at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

  • Tarek Qaddumi

    Tarek Qaddumi

    Executive Director, NEOM Urban Planning

    Leading Urban Planning and THE LINE, Tarek received his Master of Architecture degree from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Tarek practiced in several leading international firms, most recently as Regional Director of the award-winning practice Morphosis Architects.

  • Gavin Van Tonder

    Gavin Van Tonder

    Executive Director, Water, Enowa

    With 30 years of experience in the water industry, Gavin van Tonder has held top positions at leading organizations such as Itron, Schlumberger and Sasol. Highly-skilled in navigating challenging milestones, his experience is truly global – stretching across 13 countries and four continents.

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