23 - 24/03/2015


Rectorado, Universidad de Cordoba

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WIEF Cordoba Roundtable 2015
WIEF Cordoba Roundtable 2015 will be held at the Rectorado, Universidad de Cordoba, in the province of Cordoba, Kingdom of Spain on 23-24 March 2015. Universidad de Cordoba is a stylish Neo-Mudejar building located on one of the main avenues of Córdoba, very near Mezquita (the Great Mosque) and other monuments of the city.

The Roundtable is hosted by the Cordoba Government and organised by the World Islamic economic Forum (WIEF) in collaboration with Córdoba’s City Council, Córdoba’s Provincial Council, and the IMDEEC (Municipal insitute for Economic development and employment). The event is also co-organised by: the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Cordoba, Loyola´s University, the Halal Institute of Spain and Casa Árabe.

With the theme “Invest in Cordoba”, the Roundtable will gather global investors and business leaders from various countries interested in exploring the opportunities in Córdoba as well as the region of Andalucía, particularly in the sectors of halal industry and halal tourism.

The two-day Roundtable programme will be anchored on two thematic discussion sessions on the halal industry and halal tourism, where delegates will explore what Córdoba has to offer in both these sectors and what the investment opportunities are. These discussions will be supported by guided matchmaking sessions to maximise networking amongst delegates, as well as visits to industrial and tourism sites.

WIEF Roundtable
El “WIEF Roundtable” fue diseñado como una extensión del Foro Anual WIEF (Foro Económico del Mundo Islámico). Este programa proporciona un camino donde los líderes de negocios regionales y locales pueden congregarse para aprovechar las fortalezas de negocio y económicas existentes, y definir los pasos clave y las medidas necesarios a adoptar para transformar la realidad con una visión común.

Desde su lanzamiento en Bahrein en febrero de 2011, la Fundación WIEF ha organizado “WIEF Roundtable” similares en Estambul, Moscú, Johannesburgo , Dhaka , Medina y Londres en los que se abordaron temas económicos y empresariales específicas. El “WIEF Roundtable”  ha recibido respuesta abrumadora y apoyo de los líderes del gobierno, comunidades empresariales y los medios de comunicación de los respectivos países.

Debido al gran éxito que goza el programa, la Fundación WIEF ha previsto celebrar más mesas redondas en el futuro próximo. Hay planes en marcha para replicar programas similares en España (como es el caso de Córdoba en Marzo de 2015), Corea, Marruecos, Japón, China y Australia.

WIEF Cordoba Roundtable 2015
El “WIEF Roundtable Córdoba 2015” tendrá lugar en el Rectorado de la Universidad de Córdoba (provincia de Córdoba, España) del 23 al 24 de marzo de 2015.

El evento será organizado por el Foro Económico del Mundo Islámico (WIEF) con la colaboración del Ayuntamiento de Córdoba, la Diputación de Córdoba y el IMDEEC (Instituto Municipal de Desarrollo Económico y Empleo). Así mismo apoyan la organización del evento los siguientes organismos: la Cámara de Comercio, la Universidad de Córdoba, la Universidad Loyola, Instituto Halal Hispánico y la  Casa Árabe de Córdoba.

Con el tema principal “Invertir en Córdoba”, el “WIEF Roundtable” reunirá a inversores globales y líderes empresariales de diversos países interesados ??en explorar las oportunidades en Córdoba , así como la región de Andalucía, en particular en los sectores de la industria agroalimentaria halal y el turismo halal .

El programa “WIEF Roundtable” de dos días se basa en dos jornadas de debate temático sobre la industria agroalimentaria halal y el turismo halal, donde los asistentes conocerán lo que Córdoba puede ofrecer en estos dos sectores y cuáles son las oportunidades de inversión. Estas cuestiones serán tratadas en detalle en encuentros empresariales concertardos para maximizar la creación de redes entre los participantes, así como visitas a industrias agroalimentarias y lugares turísticos.

Sunday, 22 March 2015
4.00 PM – 8.00 PM
Venue: EUROSTARS Group Hotels
Welcome & Reception
8.30 PM – 10.30 PM
Venue: Merced Palace
Welcoming Dinner
Welcoming Speeches

  • H.E. José Antonio Nieto Ballesteros, Mayor of the City of Córdoba
  • H.E. Salvador Fuentes Lopera, First Vice-President of the Provincial Council of Córdoba
  • The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation
Monday, 23 March 2015
8.00 AM – 10.00 AM
Venue: EUROSTARS Group Hotels
Delegates Reception & Business Breakfast
10.00 AM – 11.00 AM
Venue: University Headquarters, Rectorado (Rector’s Office)
Opening Session
Special Addresses

  • H.E. José Antonio Nieto Ballesteros, Mayor in the City Council of Córdoba
  • H.E. José Carlos Gómez Villamandos, Grand Chancellor of the University of Córdoba
  • H.E. Salvador Fuentes Lopera, First Vice-President in the Provincial Council of Córdoba
  • The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation
11.00 AM – 11.30 AM
Venue: University Headquarters, Rectorado (Rector’s Office)
Opening Conference 1
“Spain and Córdoba, economic landscape and investment opportunities”
Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, Professor of Economics and Head of Department of Economics, Universidad Loyola Andalusia, Kingdom of Spain
11.30 AM – 12.00 PM
Venue: University Headquarters, Rectorado (Rector’s Office)
Opening Conference 2
“Córdoba, the City of Knowledge”
Enrique Quesada Moraga, Vice-Chancellor of Innovation, Research Transfer and Campus of Excellence, University of Córdoba, Kingdom of Spain
12.00 PM – 12.30 PM Coffee Break
12.30 PM – 2.00 PM
Venue: University Headquarters, Rectorado (Rector’s Office)
Session 1: Prospects for Investment and Trade in Spain’s Halal Industry

This session looks at Spain’s emerging Halal industry and the challenges and opportunities that it faces throughout the years. It also sheds light on the key products and key players in the country’s Halal industry and their respective roles. Lastly, the session explores the investment and trade opportunities available for foreign investors and business people. Spain’s emerging Halal industry – challenges and prospects Key players and products in Spain’s Halal industry Business prospects and investment opportunities for global/regional players Halal developments in other parts of the world


  • Dr. Imran Kausar, Founder, Halal Food Festival, United Kingdom
  • Koen De Praetere, Chief Executive Officer, Halal Balancing, Kingdom of Belgium
  • Khalid Mohamed Sharif Alawadhi, Chief Executive Officer, Food Control Department, Dubai Municipalty, United Arab Emirates
  • Horacio González Alemán, Advisor, Deoleo Group, Kingdom of Spain


  • Juan Luis González, Director General, Orange3
2.00 PM – 3.30 PM
Venue: University Headquarters, Rectorado (Rector’s Office)
Business Networking Lunch
3.30 PM – 5.00 PM
Venue: University Headquarters, Rectorado (Rector’s Office)
Session 2: Spain’s Halal Tourism – Revisiting Al-Andalus & Islam’s Glorious Heritage

This session maps out Spain’s tourism sector, focusing on the region of Andalusia and the City of Córdoba, which was the capital city of Muslim Spain (Al-Andalus) for approximately 300 years until its fall in the 11th century. This session explores Andalusia and Córdoba’s Muslim heritage and influence until this very day, as well as the City’s tourism infrastructure and services. Lastly, the session looks at the City’s plans to develop Halal tourism to cater for the influx of Muslim tourists and the investment opportunities it offers. Spain’s tourism sector and opportunities for Muslim tourists City of Córdoba’s tourism plan and the Córdoba Halal campaign Collaboration opportunities with global/regional travel agencies Tourism flows around the world


  • Dr Irfan Ahmad, Founder and CEO, Irhal, United Arab Emirates
  • Antonio López de Ávila, President, SEGITTUR, Kingdom of Spain Enver Cebi, General Manager, HalalBooking®, United Kingdom
  • Fazal Bahardeen, Chief Executive Officer, CrescentRating, Republic of Singapore


  • Ignasi Cardelús Fontdevilla, Director of International Business Development, Freixenet and Partner, Idencity Consulting, Kingdom of Spain
5.00 PM – 7.00 PM
Venue: EUROSTARS Group Hotels
Free and Easy
7.00 PM – 8.30 PM
Venue: Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral
Social Programme: Private visit to the Mosque-Cathedral Monument
8.30 PM- 10.30 PM Gala Dinner
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
8.00 AM – 9.30 AM
Venue: Hotel Eurostars Palace*****
Business Breakfast
Rabanales 21 y CeiA3 Presentations
10.00 AM – 5.00 PM Cluster Programmes:
1st Option – Food Industry
Visit to an olive grove, olive oil production factory & olive oil tasting (includes lunch)2nd Option: Tourism
Visit to the Casa Árabe (includes lunch)
7.00 PM
Venue: Hotel Eurostars Palace*****
Jewellery showroom and flamenco spectacle
Sunday, 22 March 2015
11.00 AM – 1.00 PM Guided tour for the old town
Visit to the most famous places of the city: Plaza de las Tendillas, Templo Romano, Cristo de los Faroles, Puente romano, Cuesta del Bailío and more.
1.00 PM – 3.00 PM Lunch at Bodegas Mezquita
5.00 PM – 7.00 PM Visit to the Patios
The residents of the old part of Cordoba proudly throw open their courtyards decorated with pots of geraniums, carnations and jasmine hanging on the whitewashed walls.
8.00 PM – 9.30 PM Arab Baths
Include bath (1 hours) and relaxing massage (30 minutes)
Monday, 23 March 2015
10.00 AM – 12.00 PM Visit the Mezquita and Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
12.30 PM – 1.15 PM Leather workshop To learn different techniques and make leather object (2 hours)
1.30 PM – 3.30 PM Lunch at Bodegas Mezquita
5.00 PM – 7.00 PM Route “Córdoba Subterránea”
Visit the underground monuments that Córdoba hides
7.30 PM Arab Baths
Include bath (1 hours) and relaxing massage (30 minutes)
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
10.00 AM – 1.00 PM Visit Medina Azahara
1.30 PM – 3.30 PM Lunch at Bodegas Mezquita
4.00 PM – 6.00 PM Shopping
Enjoy a funny evening with fashion experts that will guide you for the best shops
9.00 PM Route “Legends of Córdoba”
Guided tour for the mysterious hideout of the city with curious stories to tell
11.00 PM Arab Baths
Include bath (1 hours) and relaxing massage (30 minutes)
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