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.
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.
Mohsen Ahmad is the CEO - Logistics at Dubai South. He has played an instrumental role in developing this district, setting up the Free Zone and creating the Dubai Logistics Corridor, which connects the Jebel Ali Port with Al Maktoum International Airport in a single custom-bonded zone.
Currently he is overseeing the entire Logistics District. Mohsen is responsible to set the business strategic direction and goals for this District. He leads the overall executions of all operations and also manages in financial planning to derive future roadmap of the district to ensure sustainable growth in years to come.
Mohsen joined Dubai South in 2008 after more than a decade of experience with supply chains and logistics, including management positions with Al Futtaim Logistics and Dubai Aluminum Company (DUBAL), where he served as Head of Inbound Logistics.
Mohsen is also Fellow Member and previous Secretary General of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) in the UAE. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee in the USA and received Masters of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Cranfield University School of Management in the UK.
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi is the Managing Director of Dubai Science Park, a vibrant and holistic science-focused community dedicated to serving entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinational enterprises operating in the life sciences, energy and environment sectors. Dubai Science Park is a member of the TECOM Group.
Janahi has played an instrumental role in establishing Dubai Science Park as the region’s leading community for scientific research and innovation, attracting more than 350 companies and strengthening partnerships among corporations, universities, and communities.
Janahi also serves as Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy. In this capacity, he works with the Executive Council of Dubai to increase research and development investments, and enhance local pharmaceutical infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities.
Prior to his current position, Janahi held various roles from Sales Manager to Director at DuBiotech and EnPark, two free zones that have joined forces to now form Dubai Science Park. Early in his career, he worked as Commercial Manager for the UAE and Iran at Davidoff, the Swiss luxury goods brand, and as Business Analyst at DUBAL.
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington in the US. In addition, he successfully completed the INSEAD-UAE Consortium for Executive Development programme, the Cranfield General Management Programme at Cranfield University in the UK, and the Future Leaders Programme for UAE nationals.
Himanshu Palsule brings more than 30 years of diverse experience leading globally distributed product organizations to Epicor, with an emphasis on customer-driven innovation and driving growth. As executive vice president and chief technology officer, Palsule is responsible for the delivery of all Epicor solutions on a global basis, including product engineering, quality, technology, and design, as well as development operations.
Before joining Epicor, Palsule was chief technology officer and head of product strategy in North America for Sage Software, a leading provider of global accounting and ERP solutions. Prior to that, he held the position of executive vice president and general manager at Sage North America, responsible for product, marketing and sales functions, and was previously senior vice president and general manager of Best Software (acquired by Sage Software), responsible for leading product and marketing of a portfolio of specialized HR, payroll, fixed assets, and advanced analytics products.
Palsule has held senior management positions in product and technology development with Open Systems International, Man-Trak, and HCL Technologies. Palsule serves on the board of the Technology Council of Southern California and is a technical advisor at the University of California, Irvine at the Information and Computer Science department.
Palsule holds a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Saint Thomas, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.
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.
Martyn is a Manufacturing 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, aerospace and packaging 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.
Alexander van ‘t Riet is COO of Mai Dubai LLC, a leading regional bottled water company. He has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales, marketing, strategic consulting and general management.
Alexander has worked in multinationals (Air Products, Gemini Consulting and Avery Dennison), and was a board member in global equity-owned companies like Innovia Films and Constantia Flexibles. Alexander’s international business experiences reaches from Asia through Europe to the Americas.
Alexander earned BBA from Oglethorpe University and a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. Alexander lived in 7 European counties, the Middle East and the USA.
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.
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.
Tamer is a senior executive with 22+ years of extensive experience in Information & Technology covering IT Governance, Project Risk management, Business Process Analysis, ERP Implementation and project management (i.e. MS Dynamics AX, SAP, and Oracle). He has a core competencies in understanding the business and aligning information technology with the organization’s strategic goals to help dynamic Business Units achieve greater return on their investment.
He has worked on various engagements across the Middle East, Africa and CIS region. He specializes in business processes re-engineering, ERP & CRM Implementation, IT Risk Management and project management for large scale enterprises. Tamer Hamed is a graduate of American University Cairo, Egypt holding a master’s degree from Madison Hills University, USA.
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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