Discuss major topics shaping the industry.

The conference will address every aspect of the tea supply chain bringing together experts from all over the world to discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry presenting an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers and grow your business in the UAE and beyond.

Join us on the evening of the 24th for a cocktail reception and 25th for the Gala Dinner to network with industry figures and further exchange views on the topics discussed that day.

24 April

19:00 - 22:00

Evening Cocktails

25 April

8:30 - 9:30


9:40 - 10:00

Welcome Speech

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC

10:00 - 10:45

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Former UN Diplomat and Author

10.45 - 11:15

Special Address

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation

11:15 - 11:30

DMCC Tea & Coffee Operations

Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director - Commodities, DMCC

11:30 - 12:00

Tea Break & Networking

12:05 - 12:30

Developments in Branding & Positioning of Tea Industry

John Brash, CEO & Founder, Brash

12:30 - 13:30

Panel Discussion: Share of Throat

Moderator: Huzaifa Nalwala, Senior Research Consultant, ManSci Professional Services


  • Khalid Al Mulla, National Coordinator, Specialty Coffee Association – UAE Chapter
  • B Nanda Kishore, Trade Marketing Manager (UAE & Oman) at Coca-Cola (AGL)
  • Michael Wunsch, Executive Chef, Barakat Vegetables & Fruits Co LLC
  • Shri Paras Desai, Executive Director, Wagh Bakri Tea Group

13:30 - 14:30

The Golden Leaf India Awards - Tea Tasting Competition & Lunch

14:30 - 15:30

Panel Discussion: Preferences & Perspectives of a Brewing Pot

Moderator: Vaughn Marles, Product Development Manager, DMCC


  • Mehak Srivastava, Tea Enthusiast
  • Snigdha Manchanda, Founder, Tea Trunk
  • Bala Sarda, CEO & Founder, Vahdam Teas
  • RK Nair, Serial Entrepreneur/Toastmaster
  • Simon Kelly, Head of Coffee and Shai Dubai, DMCC
  • Zainab Hussain AlMousawi, Coffee Enthusiast

15:30 - 16:15

Climate Change and its impact on the Tea Industry

Dr. Ravi Fernando, Chairman / CEO Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt Ltd. and Executive in Residence at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre

Panel Discussion: UN Sustainable Development Goals - Partnering for Impact

Moderator: Iris Maria Van Der Veken, Director, Public Affairs & Policy International, DMCC


  • Dr. Ravi Fernando, Chairman / CEO Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt Ltd. and Executive in Residence at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre
  • Mahmoud Hesham El Burai, United Nations Global Compact - Local Network Representative
  • Gus Schellekens – Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS)
  • Lisa Ryser, Regional Representative for Southern Africa, UTZProgramme/Rainforest Alliance

16:15 - 16:45

Tea Break & Networking

16:45 - 17:45

Panel Discussion: Producing Countries - Growth & Challenges

Moderator: Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director & Tea Consultant, Gundlach Packaging DMCC


  • India: Azam Monem, Director, McLeod Russel India Limited and Chairman, Indian Tea Association
  • Sri Lanka: Anil Cooke, President/CEO, Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC
  • Kenya: Lerionka Tiampati, CEO, Kenya Tea Development Agency Holdings Ltd.
  • Vietnam: Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Hong, Standing Vice Chairwoman - Vietnam Tea Association and Director - Center for Tea Market Development and Research
  • China: Joanna Wu, International Department Chief Executive, Huajuchen Industrial Group
  • Mozambique: Mohit Agarwal, Group Director, Asian Tea Group
  • Indonesia: Rachmat Badruddin, Chairman, Indonesia Tea Board

20:00 - 23:00

Gala Dinner

26 April

9:30 - 10:30

Tea-chnology and Development / Advancements

Farhad Pirouz, Managing Director, dph International GmbH

Topic TBC - Dr. Mattis Gosmann, Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Glatfelter

10:30 - 11:00

Tea Break & Networking

11:00 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Consuming Countries - Growth, Challenges & Opportunities

Moderator: Simon Kelly, Head of Coffee and Shai Dubai, DMCC


  • Russia: Ramaz Chanturiya, General Director, Rusteacoffee Association
  • Iran: Mitra Mobayen, Managing Director, Tala Tea
  • Iraq: Khaldoun R M Asmar, CEO, Naseem Al Barari
  • US: Dan Bolton, Managing Editor, STiR Coffee & Tea
  • UK: Yahya Beyad, CEO, Britannia Tea Co.
  • Pakistan: Muhammad Khalid Puri, Chairman, Pakistan Tea Association
  • KSA: Ali Al Khabbaz, Business Development Manager, Saeed Ahmed Al Mahroos & Sons Company

12:30 - 13:00

TGLIA - Competition & Results

13:00 - 13:20

Closing Speech

13:30 - 15:00

Lunch & Networking

15:00 - 16:30

DMCC Tea Centre Visit

*Programme is subject to change at any time