Retail Leaders Circle


Retail Leaders Circle, a trusted and influential community of prominent retail leaders, is committed to provide the world’s retailers, brand owners and suppliers with the intellectual and social capital they need to succeed.

What Makes RLC MENA Unique

Inspiring-Thought-Leadership Inspiring Thought Leadership

Provide an innovative and dynamic framework where thought leaders and visionaries inspiring all participating parties to introduce bold new ways on shaping the retail direction of the future.

Strategic-Collaboration Strategic Collaboration

Create and support partnerships by offering a unique and open format where leaders collaborate to best leverage their unprecedented combination of influence and expertise.

Incredible-Networking Incredible Networking

Foster exclusive networking of leading thinkers, business leaders and public figures who engage in privileged discussions and form a community that helps RLC MENA to push its mission forward.

Inspirational-Keynotes Inspirational Keynotes

This unique event is infused with an atmosphere of connecting, sharing, and learning. You’ll hear fresh voices put forth innovative approaches, and established experts debate market opportunities.

Why Attend?

Individual Benefits

  • Become part of an exclusive circle of retail leaders.
  • Gain actionable insights and reflect on the latest industry thinking.
  • Network with the best retail minds and industry peers.
  • Debate and benchmark with retail innovators and thought leaders.
  • Discover new strategic concepts and retailing imperatives.
  • Drive the discussions shaping the industry’s future.

Company Benefits

  • Make your organisation more agile and competitive for the future.
  • Gain new resources and ideas to execute an industry-wide impact.
  • Understand your company’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Avoid possible errors or losses by learning from others stories.
  • Uncover inefficiencies based off the ideas offered from our retail experts.
  • Heighten your company’s strength in leading through different cultures.

RLC In the Press

RLC in the Press

Retail Leaders Circle MENA: Customers are key to the future

The ability of retailers to put the customer at the front and center of their business will determine the industry’s future success, according to the region’s leaders speaking at the Retail Leaders Circle MENA in Dubai. This summit, that took place on March 6-7, saw 100 industry delegates benefit from the insights of the region’s retail experts and business heads.

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Retail leaders circle MENA: key industry summit brings region’s retail leaders together to unlock the future of the industry

As the retail industry in the MENA region undergoes seismic shifts driven by a post-oil economy, changing consumer behaviour and the digital realm becoming the new norm, this year’s Retail Leaders Circle MENA takes on critical significance for all sectors of the industry.

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Industry leaders to descend on Dubai for the 4th Retail Leaders Circle MENA summit

Retail Leaders Circle (RLC), a pioneering industry summit bringing together global, influential and visionary industry leaders, will host its annual MENA summit on March 27th-28th, 2018, at Dubai’s Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach.

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Speakers in 2018

2018 Speakers

Hamad Buanim Hamad Buanim

President & CEO, Dubai Chamber, UAE

Patrick Chalhoub Patrick Chalhoub

Joint CEO, Chalhoub Group, UAE

Ahmed Galal Ismail Ahmed Galal Ismail

Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim

Ahmed Galal Ismail Stephen Sadove

Former Chairman & CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue

Barbara Kahn Barbara Kahn

Chaired Professor of Marketing, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, USA

Nilesh Ved Alexis Lecanuet

Managing Director Retail, Consumer Goods, Travel & Automotive, Accenture

Nilesh Ved Nilesh Ved

Chairman, Apparel Group, UAE

Cyrille Fabre Cyrille Fabre

Partner, Bain & Company

Vijay Talwar Vijay Talwar

President,, Eastbay, USA

Tim Greenhalgh Tim Greenhalgh

Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, FITCH, UK

Marwan Moukarzel Marwan Moukarzel

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Azadea Group

Norma Taki Norma Taki

Partner, Retail & Consumer, PwC

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Patrick Chalhoub Marigay McKee
Patrick Chalhoub Marigay McKee
Chalboub Group MM
Said Daher Mortimer Singer
Said Daher Mortimer Singer
Morgan Parker David Pilnick
Morgan Parker David Pilnick
Jumeirah Central HBC
Robin Lewis Marino Maganto
Robin Lewis Marino Maganto
Michael Moore Andres Siefken
Michael Moore Andres Siefken
Verizon Mastercard
Steve Mormoris Stacie Henderson
Steve Mormoris Stacie Henderson

Who Should Attend?


Retail Leaders Circle is fueled by a community of senior-level decision makersacross the entire spectrum of the retail industry who come together for thought-provoking discussions and networking. Join this prestigious group of industry influencers who are dedicated to retail excellence.


Ticket (per Delegate) Price
Super Early Bird: Ends 28 December, 2017 US$ 1150
Early Bird: 15 February, 2018 US$ 1450
Industry Partner Pricing US$ 2250

The Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone @RLC

Retailers are forever seeking the next innovation that is going to disrupt the industry so they can gain that competitive advantage.i-Zone@RLCMENA will provide retailers with a platform to find that next innovation, while giving start-ups the opportunity to flaunt their wares to a room full of influential decision-makers in retail.

i-Zone@RLCMENA will showcase “technologies” of the future, and how they are transforming the way brands and retailers market, connect, and serve their customers in an immersive interactive demonstration. Delegates will get the opportunity to access, experience and witness innovations on how each leg of the shopping journey (Awareness, Shopper Consideration, Engagement, Service and Post Purchase Experience) is being transformed using the most recent advances in augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, facial recognition, big data, robotics, CX, UX, and more.

Companies Must:

  • Be a forward-thinking, narrow-focused new technology solution
  • Not be owned by an established industry player
  • Have been founded in the last eight years

Benefits Include:

  • Two passes to RLC MENA 2018
  • An individual showcase space of 1m back-wall pod
  • Logo exposure as i-Zone@RLCMENA participant on pre-event promotional materials and onsite
  • Access to other exhibiting companies and networking opportunities

How to Enter:

We’re restricted to just 20 spots for disruptors and start-ups, so we want to ensure these are taken by the most innovative and exciting companies in the business. As such, for 2018 we are asking all disruptors interested to submit an entry, which will then be reviewed and selected by a combination of our global community of retailers and industry experts alongside the Retail Leaders Circle content team. Only the cutting edge will cut it.

Submissions are due by February 22, 2018. For more details and to submit your entry contact Marie-Louise at





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Special Group Discounts Rate
Team of 2 delegates: 5% discount
Team of 4 delegates: 10% discount
Team of 6 delegates: 15% discount


Choose the dates you would to like to book for

March, 2018

  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Time
    00:00 - 00:00
  • Location
    Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah

    About Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah

    DJB_139_aspect16x9Our beachside resort is a traveller’s playground, with the waters of the Arabian Gulf on one side and Dubai's iconic cityscape on the other. Dine alongside views of the Burj Khalifa at sunset at our open-air Mercury Lounge, join us on an adventure of a lifetime in the desert, or simply spend the afternoon relaxing poolside in your private cabana.

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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Breakthrough Retail Strategy (BRS) MASTERCLASS - March 26 $945.00
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Design Thinking for Customer Based Innovation MASTERCLASS - March 29 $945.00
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RLC: Industry Partner Pricing $2,250.00
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