Educational Seminars/Speakers

Schedule (condensed):

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

09:30 – 10:00 Registration, Welcome Coffee and Networking
10:00 – 11:10 Opening Remarks
11:10 – 12:10 Educational Presentation
12:10 – 12:40 Coffee Break
12:40 – 13:40 Educational Presentation
13:40 – 14:40 Educational Presentation
14:40 – 15:40 Educational Presentation
15:40 – 16:00 Q&A and Closing
16:00 Lunch

Thursday, January 23, 2020

09:30 – 10:00 Registration, Welcome Coffee and Networking
10:00 – 10:45 Educational Presentation
10:45 – 11:30 Educational Presentation
11:30 – 12:15 Educational Presentation
12:15 – 13:15 Coffee Break
13:15 – 14:00 Educational Presentation
14:00 – 14:45 Educational Presentation
14:45 – 15:30 Educational Presentation
15:30 – 16:00 Q&A and Closing
16:00 Lunch

Education Sessions

The Fruit and Vegetable Cold Chain Process: From Beginning to End: A technical expert will share an overview of a fully functioning cold chain. This will be compared to what is currently happening in Egypt, challenges, areas for improvement, and planning a path forward.

Transportation Technology in the Cold Chain: This discussion will focus on best practices in transport such as the use of Uber technologies, and what technologies can be used to maintain proper temperature control.

Efficient Storage Structures Suitable for Extreme Temperature Environments: A Design/Build Expert will share the latest in design/build and how to build an efficient structure for hot zones such as Egypt.

Maximizing Your Cold Chain Business with Access to Resources: A modern cold chain company needs resources beyond capital to grow profitably. This presentation will highlight best practices, technical services, educational opportunities, and other resources that the Global Cold Chain Alliance provides to businesses around the world to help strengthen the global cold chain.

Alternative Energy Options: This topic will explore the benefits and potential for solar energy, natural gas, and bio-mass as a means to supplement the national grid or replace it entirely. The session will highlight specific examples of beneficial alternative energy usage such as solar-powered cooling storage systems from the fruit and vegetable value chains both inside and outside Egypt.

Technology and Innovation in the Cold Chain: This session will present innovations to tackle cold chain mobilization challenges. The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) will discuss its partnership with FAS and Agri-Misr’s e-finance to design solutions including exciting innovations in networking technologies to address common asset problems faced by cold chain actors, and digital platforms such as Agri-Misr’s e-finance to better integrate different agricultural value chain actors.

Refrigeration systems – What to choose and how: There are so many choices to make when choosing the most appropriate refrigeration system for your cold store needs: size, type of refrigerant, expandability, temperature range and on and on and on.  This session is designed to give the attendee insight into such factors and a suggest a potential means to determine what is best to make a more profitable business.

Energy Efficiency and Application of Solar Energy in Cold Stores: A case study will be delivered by Solar X on the ability to reduce temperatures using solar energy and how to maximize the return on that investment.

Doors Are an Investment, Not a Cost: This session will demonstrate the ways that investing in the proper doors for a specific facility’s needs is critical to saving money.

Using Solar Energy in Packing houses and Agriculture: Learn about best practices on using solar power in a pack house setting, including the importance of operational best practices and the need for a properly trained work force

Speaker Bios

Hala Chahine

Hala Chahine is an expert in agriculture development with a special focus on Postharvest of perishables produce. Hala has done several assessments on the agriculture status in Lebanon and the region mainly on the available postharvest technologies and the status of food loss of different crops. She has worked in different environments and in many countries, mostly in the Middle East, Africa, India and South America. Hala is today an Associate Professor at the Lebanese University. She has a B. Sc. in Agricultural Sciences from the American University of Beirut, a M. Sc in Horticulture and green house management and a PhD in Postharvest Physiology and Biology.

Yasser Essam

Yasser Essam is an expert in local, regional and international transport and logistics.  This includes intermodal movement of product via truck, marine and rail modes. He also has vast experience with food packaging for temperature controlled products. His career has been focused on supporting small and medium enterprises with training, advocacy and marketing support.

Jihad Bsaibe

Jihad Bsaibes is the President and CEO of Amana Contracting Group ( He joined Amana in 2000 after having worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation (Wisconsin, USA). During the tenure with Amana, Jihad has had various operational positions in the capacity of Procurement officer, Sales Engineer, Business Development Manager, and General Manager. Mr Bsaibes holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alabama and is a parent to 3 lovely kids.

James Rogers

James Rogers is the current Senior Director of Business Development at the Global Cold Chain Alliance. He holds a B.S. in business administration from West Virginia University and recently completed his certificate in non-profit management from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management. James has worked for GCCA for 11 years and is responsible for managing non-dues programs and initiatives for GCCA, including trade shows, sponsorship programs, and helping members leverage resources, tools, and opportunities to maximize their investment in the association. This is his first time in Egypt, but not to the region. He spent 4 years growing up in Tangier, Morocco.

Mark Fessenden

Mark Fessenden is Director of Industry Relations for Johnson Controls Inc. For more than 20 years, Mark has worked in Fire Protection Equipment Manufacturing. His focus has been in the development of new technologies, codes & standards, technical services, and training. He holds 3 U.S. patents in automatic sprinkler technology. Mark is NICET certified in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and Special Hazards Suppression Systems. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and American Fire Sprinkler Association, active nationally and locally.

Mr. Faison

Mr. Faison has worked in more than 50 countries around the world providing technical assistance, communications and marketing services. As a social entrepreneur, he has led companies that have conceptualized and implemented major campaigns for United States Agency for International Development, GlaxoSmithKline, Nike, The World Bank, Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation, Zain Mobile, ImagineNations, and more. These business initiatives have focused on investment promotion, agricultural development, and import/export promotion. Mr. Faison is the driving force behind global sales and marketing of the Solar Cool CubeTM.

Mohamad Ghareeb

Mr. Mohamad Ghareeb is the head of eCommerce business at e-finance, and the founder of the eCommerce committee in the Chamber of Information Technology – CIT in Egypt, which is the first official committee that represents the eCommerce industry in Egypt. Mr. Ghareeb has a MIBA in global business administration, worked for various international companies and received awards for innovative business solutions and sales excellence. He has 10 years of experience in developing eCommerce and IT Solutions, and over 8 years of experience in business development and sales, successfully leading to exceeding both revenue and commitment goals.

Ghada Hamdy

As UNTIL’s Partnerships Specialist, Ghada Hamdy stands at the forefront of fostering fruitful partnerships that aim to provide innovative and sustainable tech-solutions in the agriculture, education, health, and circular economy sectors. Ms. Hamdy manages partnerships from across the ecosystem including public and private sector, academia, civil society and innovation community, such as collaborations forged with ITU, UNESCO, Falak Startups, MCIT, Microsoft, e-Finance, as well as other institutional and private sector actors.

Mr. Barthelmess

Mr. Barthelmess is the SolarX Works CEO.  Mr. Barthelmess is passionate about the cold chain, emerging markets and the practical application of renewable energy.  As Managing Director for BHB Partners, Mr. Barthelmess partnered with institutions such as Mubadala, Arise Solar, Masdar/Abu Dhabi Future Energies Corporation, MPV, and Advanced Materials Management Systems on various international projects in various regions including China, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, Canada, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. McGraw

Mr. McGraw joins SolarX Works with a wealth of experiences and relationships within the international cold chain.  He has held leadership, technical and customer facing roles at Kenco Logistics, Lineage Logistics, Columbia Colstor and Target.

Hans Lodewijks

Since Hans Lodewijks started working for Metaflex as Business Development Manager Cold Chain he has been strongly involved in the development of new products & services and finding new geographical markets for our products. His goal is to deliver added value to the customers performance and well-being. Hans has a strong international background and is experienced in dealing with the challenges of supply chain logistics in the food industry. His focus resulted in successful long term relationships with leading retail companies like Intermarché, REWE and Unilever. Offering sustainable cost advantages rather than selling at the lowest price is his added value for his partners.

Rusty Eason

Mr. Rusty Eason has over 25 years of experience working in the food supply chain industry, specializing in the operations management, expertise in multiple value chains, and cold chain technologies.  He has worked at all levels of the supply chain and is a food safety expert. Eason has an acute understanding of various business models that has resulted in his contributions to various profitable agribusiness logistics operations. Based in Kenya since 2012, Mr. Eason provides cold storage technical assistance to farmers, operators and traders, and lead technical advisor for the Obama Administration’s Cold Chain Project assessment for East Africa. He is currently serving as the Commercial Manager for Cold Chain & Warehousing for Alpha Group Kenya – Southern Shipping Services Ltd.