Location: Atlantis the Palm, Dubai
Event Date: March 12, 2023

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MENALAC is set to take the lead in its upcoming Waterpark Conference, delivering top industry insights and celebrating the growth of the MENA region’s waterpark attractions.

March 12, 2023, marks an exciting date in the regional waterpark industry as the MENALAC Waterpark Conference will take place at Atlantis Aquaventure Dubai, bringing together top names and heavyweights of the waterpark industry all under one roof.

MENALAC’s upcoming conference will arm waterpark operators and leading suppliers with key industry knowledge, maintenance practices, and top scaling tips to help all MENA waterparks grow and flourish. This conference aims to deliver interesting panel sessions on the evolution of waterparks in the Middle East and the unique operating considerations for them in the region.


CONFERENCE AGENDA - March 12, 2023
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome Speech & Overview of the Conference

  • Christopher Swartz, Executive Director – Attractions, Saudi Entertainment Ventures | SEVEN
09:05 – 09:35 Developing World-Class Surf Parks

  • Jess Ponting, Partner, Surf Park Central
09:40 – 10:35 Panel Session 1: Giga Projects And The Middle East

  • Sascha Triemer, Vice President – Marine & Waterpark, Atlantis Dubai
  • Anthony Brancazio, Vice President – Waterparks & Aquatic Safety, Meryal
  • Damien Latham, Chief Attractions Officer, Saudi Entertainment Ventures | SEVEN
  • Moderator – Jeremy Gray, Vice President of Business Development, WhiteWater
10:35 – 10:55 Networking Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:50 Panel Session 2: It’s All About The Experience: A Deep Dive Into Enhancing The Ride and Guest Experience

  • Saso Potparik, Associate Director Operations, Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Davide Lazzari, Group CTO, VIVATICKET
  • Aundrea Nieto, Manager, Aquaventure Atlantis Dubai
  • Moderator – Philip Baker, Vice President Business Development MENA, ProSlide
11:55 – 12:45 Panel Session 3: Developing With And For The Operator

  • Roger Currie, Director of Business Development EuroAsia, WTI
  • Juan Richards, Director – Marine & Waterpark Operations, Atlantis Dubai
  • Jamie Charlesworth, Executive Director, SEVEN Attractions
  • Frederic Pastuszak, Theme Park Design Consultant
  • Moderator – Alex Schrott, Head of Waterparks Worldwide & Head of Amusement Parks Middle East, TUV SUD
12:50 – 13:50 Networking Lunch Break
13:50 – 14:40 The S Word

  • Alex Schrott, Head of Waterparks Worldwide & Head of Amusement Parks Middle East, TUV SUD
  • Gerd Pleyers, Founder and Managing Partner, Porviva
14:40 – 15:20 A Local In The World Of Expats

  • Mohamed Hassan, Director of Operations, Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Mawlid Benmansour, Vice President MENA, Wibit Sports
15:20 – 15:40 Networking Coffee Break
15:40 – 16:30 Panel Session 4: Paying A Price To Reduce Your Overall Costs

  • Nikhil Bhatia, Regional Director – Middle East, Evoqua
  • Piotr Chudzik, Director – Creative Studio, WTI
  • Scott Deisley, Managing Director, SST
  • Christopher Perry, Executive Director – Waterpark Operations, Qiddiya
  • Moderator – Jim Mayfield, President & CEO, Sub Sea Systems
16:30 – 17:00 Culture Of The Industry

  • Karim Bidri, Manager – Marketing, Atlantis Dubai
  • Cassidy Newman, Regional Marketing Lead, WhiteWater
17:00 – 17:05 Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Formal Program

  • Alex Schrott, Head of Waterparks Worldwide & Head of Amusement Parks Middle East, TUV SUD


  • Christopher Swartz
    Executive Director - Attractions
    Saudi Entertainment Ventures | SEVEN
  • Anthony Brancazio
    Vice President - Waterparks & Aquatic Safety
  • Mohamed Hassan
    Director of Operations
    Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Damien Latham
    Chief Attractions Officer
  • Sascha Triemer
    Vice President - Marine & Waterpark
    Atlantis Dubai
  • Jamie Charlesworth
    Executive Director
    SEVEN Attractions
  • Juan Richards
    Director - Marine & Waterpark Operations
    Atlantis Dubai
  • Christopher Perry
    Executive Director - Waterpark Operations
  • Saso Potparik
    Wild Wadi Waterpark
    Associate Director Operations
  • Jess Ponting
    Surf Park Central
  • Jim Mayfield
    President & CEO
    Sub Sea Systems
  • Jeremy Gray
    Vice President of Business Development
  • Philip Baker
    Vice President Business Development, Middle East & North Africa
  • Mawlid Benmansour
    Vice President MENA
    Wibit Sports
  • Davide Lazzari
    Group CTO
  • Alex Schrott
    Head of Waterparks Worldwide & Head of Amusement Parks Middle East
  • Nikhil Bhatia
    Regional Director - Middle East
    Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Piotr Chudzik
    Director - Creative Studio
  • Roger Currie
    Director of Business Development EuroAsia
  • Scott Deisley
    Managing Director
  • Cassidy Newman
    Regional Marketing Lead
  • Gerd Pleyers
    Founder & Managing Partner
  • Karim Bidri
    Manager - Marketing
    Atlantis Dubai
  • Aundrea Nieto
    Aquaventure Atlantis, Dubai
  • Frederic Pastuszak
    Theme Park Design Consultant

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