What to expect at this Middle East focussed online event

✅ Expanding and improving the cold chain in the region. Although progress has been made, the cold chain in the GCC region needs further development and investment

✅ Understanding regional import flows and opportunities With a region so dependent upon imports, what are the opportunities to do business with the GCC countries?

✅ Improving the increasing food security in the region. Many countries in the region have initiated local food security projects, what are the risks and opportunities?

✅ Middle East market potential.  With the region so dependent upon food imports, what are the growth prospects, the success stories, the challenges and opportunities for importers, exporters, logistics providers, ports and more?

✅ Food trends and innovation. What are the current and future trends in the region, from e-commerce to veganism, vertical farming and more?

Cool Logistics Middle East

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The 2021 Cool Logistics Middle East online event
hosted by Sohar Port and Freezone, Sohar, Sultanate of Oman.

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Middle East focused, cold chain and logistics conference and will be held online, hosted by Sohar Port and Freezone, on 22 September 2021.

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Agenda and Topic

The food sector is flourishing within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, driven by population increases, growth in tourism, high per capita income and sustained economic recovery. Food security is a national agenda in Oman and Sohar Port plays an important role in supporting Oman’s aim to become self-sufficient in food. 


Food consumption in the GCC countries is expected to grow at an average rate of 3.3% per year with Oman set to experience the fastest growth of all. The GCC countries are reporting excellent growth rates in the consumption of perishable foods, setting the stage for Cool Logistics Middle East 2021.

Meet the Speakers

Eng Adnan Al Alawi

Chief Executive Officer Oman Dates Production & Packaging Company S.A.O.C. (Tumoor), Chairman, Agricultural Production and Marketing Company.
A management professional with 18+ years of diverse experience in building and leading strategic initiatives, business growth, operational, Marketing, communications, and profitability management for various organizations within the Telecommunication, Real Estate, Food Manufacturing and IT sectors.

Tom Bouwman

Senior Project Manager,
Agro Flying Swans
Tom is an agro-logistics expert working for the Flying Swans Programme. With over 15 years’ experience in fresh produce trade and agro-development in Ethiopia, he is an expert in accessing new sourcing areas together with a produce importing sector. This summer he played a key role in organising Ethiopia’s first rail-borne reefer shipment of avocados.
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Martin Dixon

Head of Research Products, Drewry and Director, Drewry Group.
Martin is Head of Research Products within Drewry and is a director of Drewry Group. He has more than 30 years’ strategic and operational experience in shipping and supply chain management.
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Abdul Fahl

TTMS (Gulf) Director, TT Club.
Abdul has been with TT Club since January 2013. Abdul holds master’s degrees in marine policy as well as Maritime Law from Cardiff University and Swansea University respectively.  His focus since 2013 has been on the ports and terminals, freight forwarding, multimodal logistics and container shipping industries.
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Mark Geilenkirchen

Chief Executive Officer | SOHAR Port and Freezone
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Logistics from the Maritime Institute De Ruyters, Mark set-up and managed HT Research from 1991-2001, an international consultancy focusing on logistics and quality. Mark joined SOHAR Port and Freezone as CEO in July 2016 from Hong Kong, where he had been working as Global Client Director with APM Terminals. 
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Rachael White

Managing Director, Cool Logistics and Next Level Information
Over 30 years covering global cargo supply chains, shipping, logistics, ports and land transport as a writer, editor, conference producer, emcee and event moderator. Helping corporates, NGOs, event organisers and institutional clients synthesize complex macro and micro trends to make their mark and steer their strategy.
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Omar bin Mahmood Al Mahrizi

Chief Executive Officer | SOHAR Freezone Deputy Chief Executive Officer | SOHAR Port
With his vast experience across a wide range of industries, Omar brings a lot to the table in leading the growth of Oman’s largest industrial area. In Sep 2019, Omar joins SOHAR Port and Freezone with his distinguished 20+ years of experience in different industries spanning from logistics, financial services, Oil & Gas and academia.
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Dhanushka Wijendra

Director Niche Products Hapag-Lloyd Middle East Shipping L.L.C
Entrepreneurial and result-oriented professional with 19 years of multi-functional experience in sales and product management in the container shipping industry. I am highly adaptable and have a proven background in management and functional roles in multicultural work environments and geographies.
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We look forward to welcoming you to our event on 30 June 2021.

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