Karl is from Denmark and is 52 years old. Since March 2017 he has been the Manufacturing Director at Corys Packaging in Dubai.
Karl has 17 years of management experience within the plastic packaging industry, manufacturing various kinds of products from different technologies for customers all over the world. He has experience of manufacturing ridged plastic trays for the European food and beverage market, ridged plastic containers for the global medico and pharma market, and flexible packaging for the European and GCC market. Operational Excellence and Lean Manufacturing have always been a key concep for Karl to achieve business results and he is happy to share his experience with others.
Karl holds a Bachelor degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Master degree in Business Administration.
Amitava is currently the Head of Group Quality & Business Excellence at Emirates National Oil Company. He is responsible for directing and managing the Quality & Business Excellence function for the Group. He also handles the Management Systems implementation & compliance, Process Improvements including deployment of Lean & Six Sigma methodologies, Innovation and Business & Operational Excellence at the Group level. He is a key member of management for establishing, monitoring and reviewing strategic performance. Amitava has previously worked with a global certification body where he was responsible for managing & maintaining multiple accreditations for the Middle East & Africa Regional Office, ensuring product technical compliance, launch of new certification products, ensuring staff technical competence and managing staff technical authorizations across the region.
Ignacio (Nacho) Sanchez Gatell is the Director of Lean, Quality and Business Transformation for Emirates Global Aluminium, and has been working with the company for the last nine years. He joined EGA in 2009 as Senior Manager of Business Systems - Lean Manufacturing, later running Lean Manufacturing before being promoted to his current role.
Nacho’s main focus is to create Business Operational Transformation and support EGA to achieve higher levels of excellence and productivity through the application of Operational Excellence, Lean Manufacturing, Quality and Innovation principles and processes.
Nacho started his career 19 years ago at Aluminium Company Alcoa for their Global Primary Products Division, where he held roles including Casthouse Process Engineer, Casthouse Production Engineer, Alcoa Primary Spain Quality Manager, Primary Europe Lean & Quality Manager and Primary Europe Casthouse Operations and Technology Manager.
During his career he has also focused on Operational Excellence consultancy, Executive coaching and delivering training for MBA courses, universities and quality organisations.
He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry from Madrid, Spain.
Since joining Gulf Craft Inc. LLC in 2002, Chief Executive Officer Erwin Bamps has been instrumental in developing the enterprise from a family-owned company of 220 employees to a multinational with a global reach and reputation today, employing close to 2,000 people in a shipyards.
Bamps successful track record in marketing and selling high-value products and system solutions, even in traditionally difficult markets for high-end products like China, Vietnam, India and Indonesia, has enabled him to grow Gulf Craft’s global operations during his tenure of almost a decade with the company.
Moreover, his professional experience in international sales, marketing, project and operational management in the emerging economies of Asia place him in a strong position to extend the company’s reach in these rapidly developing markets in the years to come.
Bamps believes strongly in a management style that stays close to the production and manufacturing floor, enabling him to shape the company's position as a market and technology leader by early detection and anticipation of market trends, development of internal company strengths and organisational optimization of human resources, assets and in-house skill-sets.
Bamps started his career in his native Belgium, where he worked as a Product & Marketing Specialist at OMRON Electronics and later as sales Engineer and Area Sales Manager at BARCO Communication Systems, following a Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering, with a specialization in Telecommunication from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium.
Prior to joining Gulf Craft, Bamps served as General Manager at Pan Asian Systems Ltd (Hong Kong), overseeing equipment distribution and system integration for cable TV, satellite TV and wireless TV projects in SouthEast-Asia, South-America, Africa, CIS nations, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle-East from the company’s branch offices in Dubai and later Manila.
Dr. Rateb Fadel Al-Jallad is the Head of Supply Chain at Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar)
Talented professional leader with more than 18 years of robust experience using exceptional leadership skills to coach, manage, and motivate diverse professionals in supply chain. He is responsible for all supply chain activities including: procurement, planning, inbound logistics, inventory control, materials management, Good Storage Practice (GSP) and warehouse management for one of the biggest leader pharmaceutical in the Middle East (UAE).
He also served earlier as a Production Manager in Julphar for 9 years. He holds B.SC. Certificate in pharmacy and he is also certified in Balanced Score cord and Certified Supply Chain Manager from IPSCMI with a good experience in handling of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals.
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.
Thomas Tengstrom is the Quality Director at NIMR Automotive, Abu Dhabi
During the last four years Thomas has been engaged in the start-up of the new manufacturing facility, recruiting and building a multinational team that has achieved zero defects at the customer acceptance test and zero work accidents for the last 18 months, and at the same time reduced the operational standard time by 50% since 2014.
He has 20 years of management experience in the Automotive and Truck industry, always in the driving seat for operational excellence. He has been accountable for introducing quality management principles adapted to the defence industry by tailoring the business processes related to quality assurance and quality control.
NIMR Automotive is today acknowledged on an international market, supported by capable international suppliers. Thomas has now introduced an integrated management system model, covering the defence and aerospace, as well as the automotive standard quality requirements. This model will be used when developing our local suppliers in a step-by-step approach.
Thomas holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a University of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and he is actively promoting a customer and employee centric culture where managers and specialists are growing from within.
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).
Iyad Jaber is a senior supply chain professional with demonstrated and proven experience in end-to- end supply chain management, having worked with manufacturing, trading, contract logistics and physical distribution for over than 27 years in the GCC and MENA region.
Currently he is the head of supply chain in United Foods Co, one of the leading food manufacturing companies in UAE and the GCC.
Previously he was the logistics regional director for a Saudi distribution company representing more than 100 major brands from all over the world.
With academic background in supply chain and logistics engineering, he was especially interested in the supply chain network design as well as Supply chain process transformation.
He is also interested in advanced technology and systems in the supply chain, during my master program of Strategic Supply Chain.
Dr. Souraj Salah is currently working as a Process Improvement Manager at Juma Al Majid, in the contracting, services and manufacturing sectors. He earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering Management from the University of New Brunswick/Canada.
He has over 19 years of experience as a professional industrial engineer and has published more than 20 papers in various international journals. He is also certified as a Lean Leader, Six Sigma Master Black Belt by Johnson Controls/USA, and as ISO9001, OHSAS18001 & ISO 14001 Lead Auditor. He is the winner of the UAE Quality Professional Award of the year 2015 by ASQ.
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