CDK Connect 2019 CDK Connect 2019

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CDK Connect 2019

Join us in Dubai for CDK Connect 2019, our annual event dedicated to automotive dealers and OEMs in the Middle East region.

Now in its second edition, the event will focus on navigating the changes of the car buying experience in the region. Topics being discussed by our expert speakers include upcoming automotive trends, women in automotive and how the fourth industrial revolution will change the world.

The event will be joined by a number of key partners, giving you the opportunity to network, learn and ultimately profit from the rapidly changing trends in our industry.

Over the years, CDK has developed a reputation for providing the latest insights and practices in our fast paced innovative industry.



from top industry experts who are adopting and transforming businesses

Discover & Understand

latest automotive insights and techniques that are changing the world

Meet & Greet

with peers to discuss common challenges and share concrete experiences

Think Big & Beyond

challenge your thinking and gather fresh insights to take back and implement within your organization

Meet the Speakers

Speaker 5

Phil Stubbs

CDK Global, MEA

Speaker 3

Ian Fletcher


Speaker 2

Subhash Joshi

Frost & Sullivan

Speaker 6

Joe Brahamcha


Speaker 10

Jorge Bialade


Speaker 4

Eleni Kitra


Speaker 8

Steve Brown

Al Zayani Kuwait

Speaker 1

Roman Krasnov

Bright Box

Speaker 9

James Rhodes

CDK Global

Event Schedule

Registration & Coffee Break

Phil Stubbs

Welcome Speech / Agenda Announcement / CDK Update

Phil Stubbs / General Manager, CDK MEA

Ian Fletcher

4th Revolution - How new technology will change our world

Ian Fletcher / Director of Business Value, IBM

Subhash Joshi

New trends and insights in the Auto Retail industry (ME)

Subhash Joshi / Director & Business Head - Mobility, Middle East & Africa, Frost & Sullivan

Coffee Break

Joe Brahamcha

How LinkedIn can connect you to professional car buyers

Joe Brahamcha / A/C Director Financial, Auto & Luxury, LinkedIn

Jorge Bialade

Purchasing cycle for EVs across the GCC

Jorge Bialade / General Manager, Yallamotor


Eleni Kitra

Automotive Retail: The shift from product centric to consumer centric

Eleni Kitra / Head of Automotive & Financial Services, Facebook

Steve Brown

Creating a connected consumer journey in your dealership

Steve Brown / Director Automotive, Al Zayani Kuwait

Roman Krasnov

Retaining your customers: Using Connected Car technology to drive customer loyalty

Roman Krasnov / Senior Solution Architect, Bright Box


Panel discussion

James Rhodes, Phil Stubbs, Steve Brown, Ian Fletcher, Joe Brahamcha

Phil Stubbs

Thank you and Event ends

James Rhodes / Sales Director, CDK ME


Raffles, Dubai

A landmark hotel, merging Asian style with an Egyptian aesthetic, Raffles Dubai is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, offering the unexpected luxury of space, impeccable service and sophisticated style. With stunning views of the Dubai skyline, guest rooms are some of the most spacious in the city - generously proportioned, sumptuously appointed and blessed with a uniquely Raffles sensibility.


Raffles, Dubai

The Raffles Dubai hotel have kindly offered special rates for our guests who would like to stay at the hotel during the event. Please see below rates for your reference:

Aed 800 until 30th sept (special discount applied on this rate)
Aed 860 from 1st october onwards (standard daily rate)

In order to secure a discounted rate, please book your room by 30th sept.

  • Breakfast Buffet is available at Azur Restaurant and is included in the room rate above.
  • The rates are valid for 2 days (pre and post stay), subject to availability upon request
  • Above room rates are subject to the current 7 % municipality fee and the current 10% service charge & 5% VAT
  • Tourism Dirham “TD Fee” AED 20.00 per room per night to be applied

How to book

Should you wish to make a reservation, please contact the hotel by phone 04 324 8888, or by email and mention "CDK Connect" event.