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2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 
Kate Sweetman – kicks off the 2017 RECon Conference
Kate is the co-Author of Reinvention and is an experienced leadership consultant, educator, author, editor and speaker. Through contemporary and relevant examples, Kate will give the audience the formula, principles and tools to make quantum change happen fast, proactively both individually and corporately.  In the Age of Disruption, Kate’s message will give insights into how to stay ahead of the pack.  The ‘How To Guide’ for navigating 21st Century retail turbulence. You will want to buy her book after listening to her on stage!
Ali Al Saloom is an author, cultural consultant, professional speaker, TV show host. He is one of the fastest rising media stars and public speakers in the Gulf. He has delivered his intercultural awareness talks to hundreds of business groups. His TV show, Ask Ali, reaches thousands, as does his column on the National.ae newspaper every Friday. Ali was chosen as the “Best Male Personality” in 2010 by Ahlan Magazine for his work as a cultural & tourism ambassador in and was nominated twice in the HOT100 of personalities in the UAE in 2010 & 2011. Also was recognized by Time Out Dubai as one of their 40 Local Heroes in 2008.
Herculano Rodrigues, Associate Director, Javelin Group – Accenture Strategy, London

The Future of Retail – How to Create a Customer Centric ‘Living Business’.
Shoppers have now taken control of the purchasing journey. The most successful retailers now have taken control with a compelling end to end customer experience. Find out practical examples for utilizing technological advancements to create the next phase of retail customization called “Living Services”
Darren Katz, Managing Director of Excellerate Brand Management is a veteran in taking the retail experience into the future.  Understanding shoppers and what motivates them is more critical than ever before for retail success.  Creating customer loyalty means tailoring the experience like never before.  Through changing the perception of retail space for property owners and bringing retail alive by understanding the behaviors, needs and attitudes of today’s consumers we all win. Come and listen to the guru in the South Africa retail world.
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