Dr. Abdulaziz Istaitieh is currently working as a senior economic advisor in the Strategy & Policy – Socioeconomic Development Department at The Secretariat of The Executive Council of the Government of Dubai (TEC). He is responsible to advise and provide expert input to the Strategy Management & Governance Sector in the areas of strategy, policy and performance for the Economic Development Sector, and to ensure proper alignment and harmony with Dubai Strategic Plan. Dr. Istaitieh has actively participated (partially or fully) in the development and implementation of major local economic policies and plans including UAE Vision 2021, Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, Dubai Strategic Plans 2015 and 2021. Prior to his current role, Dr. Istaitieh served in several government and semi-government entities in the UAE.
Dr. Istaitieh was awarded the top prize in the professionals’ category of Dubai Economic Research Award (DERA) in 2008. He has participated also as an assessor in “Dubai Government Excellence Program”, “Khalifa Fund Business Award” and “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award”. Moreover, he is a part-time lecturer/trainer in Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) in the area of policy making, and in Dubai Real Estate Institute (DREI) in the area of real estate economics.
Dr. Michaela Colla has been responsible for Industry 4.0 in the Volkswagen Group since March 2016. Before this, she was in management functions in operative as well as in strategic positions at Volkswagen plants, in the Brand and in the Group level for many years.
She started her career at Volkswagen as an international trainee in the Production Division. In 1998 she took over the management in Logistics Planning at Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (Volkswagen commercial vehicles) through functions in Industrial Engineering and Group- Program planning. Subsequently from 2001 to 2006, she became the Director of Logistics Optimization at the plant in Wolfsburg, where she was responsible for the planning of new vehicle projects, the optimization of series processes, planning of information flow, building a logistics center as well as the budget of logistics costs.
Since 2007 she has held various management positions concerning production strategy in the Volkswagen brand “mach18” as well as in the Group “strategy P 2018”.
Michaela Colla studied economics and has a PhD in Engineering.
Richard Allbert studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, whilst working as a project engineer for Pirelli Tyres UK. With Pirelli, he has had varying responsibilities, including Plant Production, Planning, Efficiency, Logistics - spending 5 years in the UK and then 5 years in Germany. During his time at university, he became passionate about software development, specifically AI. Alongside his career with Pirelli he has developed software for many uses, including hardware interfaces, mobile games and business applications, data science, and can program in a variety of languages. Recently, he has worked at Pirelli HQ in Milan, initially responsible for Manufacturing Quality, and now leading the team of Smart Manufacturing as part of Pirelli’s digital transformation. As part of this initiative, he is helping push the introduction of the Agile approach into Pirelli’s working culture.
A Senior Management Executive with over 25 years of experience in the industrial arena, Mr. Mustafa Khdair joined Abu Dhabi Ports in 2009, quickly becoming the Senior Business Development Manager at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
In his capacity now as Head of Commercial, Mr. Khdair directs, manages and approves operational and developmental budgets as well as business cases for business operations. He also liaises with CEO/EVP, departmental heads and other business units and partners to ensure smooth functioning, effective implementation and seamless integration between the sales and customer service functions within the commercial department, to achieve synergy and continuity in managing customer relationships. Moreover, he develops, coaches and directs the sales and customer service functions and also manages stakeholder relationships to achieve a high level of stakeholder satisfaction.
Mr. Khdair has always been heavily engaged in the master planning and execution of business strategies as well as the sales and leasing framework of land, prebuilt warehouses and offices. Mr. Khdair successfully led the business development team during the prelaunch and launch events of KIZAD in 2010 and has been instrumental in the setup of KIZAD’s business development department.
Furthermore, Mr. Khdair made a name for himself as Business, Quality and Strategy Consultant, assisting in the development of strategic objectives, the implementation of business strategies and the evaluation and execution of industrial Greenfield investment opportunities.
Mr. Khdair has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and is also a Certified Management Consultant from the Institute of Management Consultants, UK.
Olivier Leteurtre is the Managing Director for Dassault Systèmes EUROWEST (France, Iberia, Africa & Middle East).
His mission is to define the 3 years strategy fitting with the industry landscape of each country. He also defines and manages the operational organization and its P&L to execute the strategy based on the 3 DS Sales Channels.
He has 25 years international experience in the PLM Software industry in different continents (EMEA, Asia and USA) as board member and EVP of Tecnomatix/Siemens PLM.
He holds a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA diploma and is an INSEAD Alumni.
Mustafa Ayhan started to work at Bosch in 1998 and completed an MBA in parallel to his work. He had several roles within IT Operations, Project Management, Process Management and IT in Manufacturing Management areas. Today, Mustafa Ayhan, is Region IT Head for Turkey, Middle East and Africa and he is also coordinating on IoT and Industry 4.0 activities in the same territories.
Bosch, as a leading player in the IoT and Industry 4.0 realms, aims to generate awareness about these topics at all levels and for all stakeholders. Mustafa Ayhan frequently speaks at Universities and within the private and public sector, evangelizing on how the IoT and I 4.0 transformation can be successfully implemented. He is member of the Consulting Council at the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in Turkey, and member of Industry 4.0 Working Groups at 2 NGOs.
Mustafa Ayhan was born in 1976, he is married with 9-year old twins. Besides his professional life, he is a coach and mentor focusing on career development, a runner, and practices Qi-Gong.
Gert is a seasoned OT specialist who cycled through many roles in automobile, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, metals and utilities transformed him to a manager and strategist with a passion for high-end technology integration. He designed major projects like Aluminum Smelters, Q-rail, IOT Control Room for Dubai’s district cooling and many others are on his list. He understands the customer requirements and matches them with leading technologies and security in mind is his passion. He holds eMBA, CISSP, CISM, CEH, CND and PMP certification.
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Francesco Alfieri is the founder and CEO of the Italian company Taiprora (with sites in Italy, India, and Kazakhstan), who since 1993 designs and develops Software and Automation Engineering Systems in Europe and worldwide.
After earning a degree in Electronic Engineering he worked for Texas Instruments from 1989, where he was involved with various projects in the field of electronics, information technology, and automation engineering while keeping his constant focus on innovation.
During his career he founded and managed several companies, including Interzen (e-business consulting) and Taingenia (infrastructure engineering). He has always maintained close contact with the world of university research collaborating with some prestigious faculties of Engineering such as those of the University of Bologna and L'Aquila. He is heavily involved in the construction of business networks, has created several of those and is a member of the Capitank (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Innovation Regional Network) board.
He is a very board member in business associations such as Confindustria (whose former president he is) and Compagnia delle Opere, and cultivates his passion for social issues, especially in service associations such as Rotary International, where he has held several positions over the years.
His R&D approach and his vision have led him to launch a new concept of Smart Manifacturing where technological innovation meets beauty in order to make a real difference in people's daily lives, thus creating what he calls LIFE 5.0. In this field he is responsible for a national project for the integrated application of collaborative robots, smart glasses, and smart glow.
Nikhil manages Manufacturing applications at SunPower. He has led setting up of highly automated plants in Latin America and South Africa. He ran a Merger and Acquisition project in EU which involved integrating the Renewable arm of a France Oil & Gas major into SunPower. More recently, He has been working on Robotics & IoT initiatives in Manufacturing area. Prior to SunPower, he was with Deloitte where he worked in large business transformation projects for large clients in Pharma and Hitech industries. He is a firm believer in the principle “technology should empower organizations to make better decisions”. Hence, his current focus is digital initiatives in manufacturing facilities.
He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance and Information Systems.
Martyn is a Quality & Metrologist Specialist by trade. Having spent his formative years running his own business in metrology and quality, he worked closely with global companies across the manufacturing verticals, specialising in the promotion of Manufacturing Intelligence Systems within the automotive and aerospace industries.
Having been involved in measuring system development and project management and the promotion thereof, Martyn fully appreciates ‘what it takes’ to make a success without having to unnecessarily expend huge sums of money.
Martyn calls himself ‘a disciple of manufacturing’ and is a great believer in the value behind developing new ideas for improving processes and inspection to achieve world-class manufacturing, without having to sacrifice people and company’s principles. Advising and assisting modern-day ambitions by those seeking to achieve Smart Manufacturing and the Digital Factory, now form a major part of Martyn’s activity today.
Delel Chaabouni is the Chief Information Officer for the Middle East & North Africa region at PepsiCo.
Delel joined PepsiCo in 2011 as Business Solutions Director for Middle East & North Africa region, progressing to Chief Information Officer in 2013.
As Chief Information Officer for Middle East & North Africa, Delel leads the business and information solutions transformation agenda for the region. She is responsible for delivering new IT capabilities for increased productivity and enabling business growth.
Prior to joining PepsiCo six years ago, Delel worked for 13 years in consulting successfully delivering and turning around major international business transformation, IT implementation and digital programs.
She started her career working for Hewlett Packard in Germany as a consultant and Project Manager for SAP implementation projects in the FMCG, ICT, Telecommunications and Government industries across Europe and Latin America. She has built up her extensive knowledge in this field through subsequent roles at KPMG in the UAE as an Executive Consultant leading ERP implementation and IT Shared Services projects for the Government of Dubai.
In the six years prior to joining PepsiCo, Delel held Director-level positions at Dubai World Trade Centre, as Director of IT Projects and latterly, CRM Director, during which she set up and led the CRM and Digital Strategy Unit for the Exhibitions Department. In this role Delel lead the online and CRM business for iconic exhibitions like the Gulfood, the biggest foods exhibitions in the Middle East, and Gitex, the biggest IT exhibition in the Middle East.
Delel holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and an MBA from the Exportakademie Reutlingen in Germany. She is fluent in six languages and has worked in four different continents: Africa, Europe, Asia and America.
Delel is also a passionate executive coach, ACC accredited by the International Coaching Federation, ORSC trained in team and relationship coaching as well as a HOGAN certified coach. She coaches PepsiCo Executives as well as leadership teams additionally to her day job. Whenever her time permits, she also coaches people outside of the PepsiCo organisation, helping people to identify their potential and turn it into high performance.
Mark has a background across the breadth of the entire Supply Chain over the last 15 years across the Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and now the Middle East in his recent venture with Al Ghurair. Some of the companies he has been fortunate enough to work with include Schneider Electric, Unilever, Novartis and GSK. Mark’s education includes a BA (International Management/ Operations and Logistics) and an MBA specialising in Marketing from the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
Mark has been involved in 3 ERP implementations including IFS, SAP and Oracle. His passion revolves around Systems and ensuring the correct level of data integrity is within the organisation to ensure the business runs smoothly and automated where possible. Some of the industries he has worked with have stretched across Electronics, Pharmaceuticals, Engineering and more recently the Foods sector which requires a high level of data integrity, flexibility and autonomy through repetitive transactions.
Mark has also been involved in designing and improving Supply Chain flows within Cold Chain Logistics for Vaccines to ensure optimal temperatures are maintained throughout the Distribution from Production to customers. He has also been heavily involved in redesigning Inventory Management and Warehousing solutions to ultimately reduce working capital whilst ensuring a high level of Customer Service and On Time Delivery is maintained and/or improved.
In his current position as Head of Supply Chain he is currently identifying some of the challenges faced in the region generically to build business capabilities and ensure a competitive edge through improving technology, reducing working capital, increasing team member skillset and cash-flow improvement.
From a start in the aerospace industry, Neil’s’ career ‘took off’ into technical plastic injection moulding and precision toolmaking for 16 years, transforming the business by bringing up to date operations management techniques and computer aided design & manufacture, enabling the company to grow and serve demanding industries including automotive and consumer electronics.
The move to construction chemicals industry as commercial director with UK based Flowcrete plc, provided the opportunity to develop the group operations, before moving to an enterprise in Engineering services and supplies, driving outstanding levels of customer service, and development of efficient vendor managed inventory systems for major UK food processing companies.
A move to a subsidiary of Fortune 500 listed Masco Corporation, gave the opportunity to apply business, Engineering and operations improvement capabilities on a global scale, running and developing complex factories in China, combined with leading the innovation and quality functions at the HQ in UK. Key achievements include gaining a number of significant patents in the architectural hardware arena. Neil is now a Fellow of the Masco Leadership Program, providing support, guidance and coaching to future leaders in the group.
Now based in Dubai, and leading the Group Engineering function, Neil is a key member of the Group Business Improvement Team at Fosroc, working with a small team of experts to drive improvement throughout the groups 26 manufacturing facilities spread across the globe.
Energetic and passionate, downtime is spent pursuing water sports, including water-skiing, kiteboarding and surfing, developing musical competence on guitar, piano and vocals, and supporting Manchester United.
George is a Supply Chain Director working for Johnson & Johnson, based in Dubai since 2012. During this time, he managed a wide geographical area that includes Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Iran and Pakistan markets. His areas of responsibility included Demand Planning, Warehousing, Transportation and Customer Service. He has interacted with both internal and contract manufacturing plants and he played a key role in establishing the KSA operations. His primary focus area is consumer goods (FMCG).
Prior to this assignment, he had a similar responsibility for Greece and Cyprus based in Athens, Greece. In parallel, he was also in charge of the Demand Planning function of South Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece). Among other projects he was strongly involved with the roll out of APO/SAP and the implementation of standard S&OP process across the region.
George has been working for Johnson & Johnson for more than 20 years, however his tenure in Supply Chain started relatively recently in 2008. Prior to that he held various positions starting from Marketing and later evolving to Trade Marketing and Sales / Key Account Management. He is SCOR certified and holds an MBA from Tulane University of New Orleans, USA.
A Pharmacist by profession and has been with Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) for 17 years concentrating in Applied Business Intelligence which focuses in the Pharmaceutical Business. Mostly managed and integrated the Julphar’s sales and marketing data into one platform including IMS sales/prescriptions/promotional, Logistics, field calls, Marketing Strategy and Financial Targets which enabled Julphar to have full control over the big data and to deploy sophisticated statistical and predictive information. Currently the Head of the Management Information System (MIS) and Business Intelligence (BI), directing the SAP Operations and Infrastructure (Help Desk) Sections of the IT Department.
Efe Akinci has a BS. on Food Engineering and MS. on Industrial Engineering.
He has around 10 years of manufacturing experience mainly at FMCG. For 5 years, he has been working for Unilever with various positions in manufacturing. His last position was Manufacturing Excellence Manager of North Africa and Middle East for two years in Dubai. Recently, he was promoted to Plant Manager with responsibilities on both Food and Home Care factories within the same site.
Mozzamil Z. Aissa was born in December 15th 1967 in Omdurman, Sudan. Raised in Khartoum & received a license in Tele navigation Engineering from ARAB Academy in EGYPT in 1998 and a Network engineering certification from PCAGE in USA, New jersey in 2003 & CPP, CPPM, CISCM, CISCF from American Purchasing Society & International purchasing & supply Chain Management Institute USA & MBA from Chiefly Business School (Australia) in 2015, Certified Trainer from Franklyn Covey Institute on 2016 (Philippines).
Has worked as a telecommunication officer in the Liberian See Lines between 1998 and 2000 moved to USA in 2000 & joined Worldwide Wholesale Floors Covering in Edison, NJ, USA as a warehouse supervisor till 2003 then Joined Al Rawabi Dairy Company in UAE as a supply Chain Manager.
Presently a specialist in Food and Beverage Supply Chain Management, Kunal heads the Global Supply Chain of Bateel Group that has operations in 15 countries from US to Middle East to South East Asia. He has been instrumental in opening and managing over 300+ F&B outlets (Bateel Café’s and Retail Boutiques, Godiva Café’s and Retail, Tim Hortons, Cold stone Creamery and Sbarro Pizza) across Middle East and Europe.
Travel and food continue to be his passion that gets him going every morning.
Dr. Ahmad Wassim is the Group Manufacturing Excellence Head at Al-Khaleej Sugar since September 2017. Before this, he was the Regional Manufacturing & Supply Chain director for Construction Company in UAE.
Dr. Ahmad started her career at GSK as a junior pharmacist in the Production Division. In 1999 he took over the management in tablets production operations at Glaxo Wellcome (GW) Egypt. By Y 2K, with the global Merger of GW & SB, he became a Lean-Six Sigma Master Black belt and started Operational excellence implementation in GSK Egypt. Subsequently from 2003 to 2007, he became the GSK International Division Operational Excellence Leader, responsible for roll-out & implementation of the “Vision-Factory” configuration across the division, including Turkey, Australia, Japan, Asia Pacific & MENA.
He has an exceptional background and experience managing the end to end Supply Chain operations across both manufacturing as well as service organizations over the last 25 years through working in many countries, across the Asia Pacific and Europe and Middle East, as well as amongst different industries & organizational cultures including Electrolux, Samsung, IFFCO, and Hepworth P.M.E LLC.
Dr. Ahmad’s education includes a B.Sc. Pharmacy, and an MBA followed by DBA specializing in Operations Management from Westbrook University in Canada.
Passionate about continuous learning & education, knowledge sharing as well as part of his commitment to CSR, Dr. Ahmad has been working as a Free-Lance trainer & business consultant for many years, as well as a part-time faculty member in different universities (AUC / AUE / GU).
Krishna has 20 years of experience in different aspects of business including Production to Business Management. He holds a degree in Industrial Production Engineering from MIT Manipal. He is also an an Alumni of IIM Ahmedabad, Digital Strategies for Business – Leading next generation enterprise from Columbia business school, on Design Thinking – Innovation from MIT Sloan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Digital marketing from Astrolabs (Google affiliates).
In the current role, Responsible for establishing and running a business unit of MNC Godrej for MENA CIS region. Been extensively involved with Channel establishment and management, Project Handling, ISO implementation, ERP implementation, branding, advertising, training and warehouse consulting.
He has vast experience in designing logistics systems for Manufacturing as well as service environment. He designed some of the largest retail logistics centers in the Middle east. He’s been recognized as a thought leader.
He is currently leading Innovation projects for Service design and UX, Digital Strategies for B2B. He has been an advisor for startups and incubation, and a guide and mentor to students.
In his current role, Krishna is responsible for establishing and running a business unit of MNC Godrej for MENA CIS region. He has been extensively involved with Channel establishment and management, Project Handling, ISO implementation, ERP implementation, branding, advertising, training and warehouse consulting.
He has vast experience in designing logistics systems for manufacturing as well as service environment. He has designed some of the largest retail logistics centers in the Middle east.
Krishna has been recognized as a thought leader.
Currently, he is leading innovation projects for service design and UX, and Digital Strategies for B2B.
Neeraj Verma is presently working as a Senior Manager in Emirates Global Aluminium which ranks amongst the top 5 Aluminium smelters in the world. Neeraj is responsible for managing Enterprise Business Intelligence, Mobility and the Innovation program in the organisation. Prior to joining EGA, he was employed with Emirates Airlines and his activities were focused on providing Business Intelligence solutions. He has spent 25 years in IT and has been engaged in designing and implementing strategic initiatives in IT focused to process improvements and achieving strategic objectives. Some of the solutions designed by Neeraj have won awards in an international forum. Neeraj has a Masters degree in Computer Applications and has recently completed MBA program from University of Bradford. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a certified ISO 20000 Lead Auditor.
Dr. Souraj Salah is currently a full time Business Process Improvement Manager at Juma Al Majid Group, in the contracting, services and manufacturing sectors. He earned his PhD from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He has published more than ten papers in various international journals and has over fifteen years of experience as a professional industrial engineer in the field of quality improvement. He is also certified as a Black Belt by the Juran Institute and as a Master Black Belt by Alignment Strategies in Canada.
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