Eng. Osama Amir Fadhel is the “Acting Assistant Undersecretary of Industrial Affairs” within the Ministry of Energy and Industry, with the mandate of leading the industrial affairs and supporting the transformation vision of the industrial sector in the UAE at the federal level.
Previously serving as the Director of Strategy, Programs & Commercial in Tawazun Precision Industries, and later on in Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), where he has assisted to forge the direction of one of the UAE’s leading manufacturers for aerospace and defense components.
In his profession, Osama Amir Fadhel’s passion is to contribute to the development of the local manufacturing capabilities in the UAE. He is a specialist in industrial participation (IP), local content and offset programs.
As a leading engineer Osama Amir Fadhel’s professional background has also included working with Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd (GASCO), and the Australian company Mackay Trailers. He also sits on the board of multiple manufacturing firms.
Osama holds a Bachelor degree, with First Class Honors, in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Monash University, Australia. He also holds postgraduate certificates in supply chain and manufacturing leadership from INSEAD Fontainebleau.
Bachelor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.
Masters in Environmental Management.
Executive MBA, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Eng. Saed Mohamed Alawadi, is now the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Exports (DE), earlier being the Chief Operating Officer at EHS, the regulatory arm of Dubai World. Saed has over 20 years of experience in the Government and Private sector with in-depth local market and industrial expertise and knowledge that equip him with the necessary leadership skills to lead and guide organizations.
He holds a degree in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, with a Masters in Environmental Engineering, supplemented by Executive MBA from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. His leadership skills have also resulted in several individual Excellence awards. His experience in establishing new companies/ government entities (DEDC, Export Credit Insurance Company… etc.) has been derived from his vast experience in the Manufacturing, Recycling, Oil & Gas, Commerce, QHSE and Management.
Saed’s leadership / technical skills and management aptitude were evident during his earlier employment, where he quickly rose up in the ranks to manage more than 200 Engineering / Technical and Administrative personnel at Dubai World. His proficiency in managing large organizations, financial acumen (e.g. by converting EHS, a Cost Centre to a Profitable Company) and people management skills has justified the leadership position he is in today.
Saed is also a vice chairman of Masharie Investments and member of the Board of Directors of several institutions, like International Trade Centre (ITC), Export Credit Insurance Co. of Emirates and other Venture Capital & Manufacturing Companies.
Mohammed Al Kamali has over a decade of senior level experience in International Marketing, Trade Promotion as well an experience of policy building across the government and participation in joint working groups in the UAE and at the international level with the International Trade Center and other International organizations like Arab Union for Industrial Exports Development (AUIED) where a he is the Vice President.
In his current role as Deputy CEO, Mr. Mohammed has been instrumental in increasing the value and diversity of exports from the emirate by implementing and monitoring a wide range of strategic programs to encourage and facilitate exports. These initiatives aim to help exporters and manufacturers in the UAE as well as suppliers in overseas markets to consider Dubai as an export and re-export hub.
Previously, Al Kamali was the Director of Export Development at the Dubai Export Development Corporation during the first years of the establishment of the Corporation, where he worked to increase the value and diversification of the export sectors of the Emirate of Dubai. He was successfully encouraging small and medium enterprises to enter the international arena through a range of innovative programs and measures. He also served as Acting Director of Marketing for the international promotion of Dubai events, including the Dubai Shopping Festival, the Dubai Summer Surprises and Eid in Dubai, which was a great success. Prior to that he served as Sponsorship Manager where he oversaw the commercial sector through commercial sponsorship and commercial campaigns at the government level.
His collaborative approach and achievements have seen Mohammed sitting in several cross governmental committees and working group. He is a member of the “National Export Development Committee of the UAE” and a member in more than twelve joint committees between the UAE and other regional and investment committees. He has been member of National Day Celebrations Committee in Dubai for 2 years. He is the head of the 10x Team in Dubai Economy as well as he is the Vice President of Dubai 2021 Plan Committee at Dubai Economy and Dubai Plan 2021 Team member at the Government of Dubai. He is also a member of the government support team for Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030.
Recognized as “one of the most dynamic individuals in this field” by seniors and high-level committees in the country Mohammed has also been named a ‘Distinguished Government Employee’ at the Department of Economic Development in Dubai Government in 2015. Moreover, he was nominated to be a member of the Adjudicating Panel of the International Trade Centre in Geneva 2014-2016 rounds for the Trade Promotion Agencies Awards. He is currently oversee and manage policies frameworks across the government, and worked on the development of previous policies in Dubai.
Mohammed is a graduate in Marketing Management with a Bachelor Degree and Higher Diploma in Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE and he has a Master Degree in International Relations & Diplomacy from Lancaster University in United Kingdom. Mohammed also is an Expert in Public Policy – London school of Economics & Political Science.
Jens Schmidt is Global Technology Director and M&E Fellow at DOW Inc, one of the largest chemical and material science companies in the world.
He joined DOW in 2002 and holds a Master and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Technical University Hamburg, an Executive MBA from Northwood University/USA and is a certified six sigma black belt.
Jens has worked in various manufacturing and business roles in businesses such as chlorinated polyethylene, epoxies and polyurethanes for DOW in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific.
He has experience as production director of large plants, global technology improvement and operational excellence leader for capital project planning and execution for entire business units and currently serves as global industry 4.0 platform lead for DOW in the area of sensors, process automation and control. In parallel in his second role as M&E Fellow, the highest technical rank in DOW, he is leading various technology teams for breakthrough innovation and solves the most challenging technical problems of the company across all businesses and geographies while also advising on technology aspects of mega projects.
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi is Managing Director of Dubai Science Park, a community dedicated to serving the entire value chain of the science sector. He has played an instrumental role in establishing Dubai Science Park as the region’s leading community for research and innovation in the sciences, attracting more than 350 companies and strengthening partnerships among corporations, universities, and communities.
In 2016, Marwan was appointed Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy (DIS) by The Executive Council of Dubai. In this role, he works with The Executive Council to increase investments in research and development and enhance local pharmaceutical infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities.
Marwan was formerly the Executive Director at Dubai Science Park. Marwan has completed undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In 2015, he successfully completed the INSEAD-UAE Consortium for Executive Development Programme.
Ralph R Debbas founded W Motors in 2012. A true pioneer in the region, Ralph has successfully positioned W Motors as one of the most exclusive hypercar manufacturers in the world, and the first Middle Eastern company to design and craft high performance luxury sports cars.
With a background in economics, Ralph pursued a degree in Design at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, following his higher education in England, where he specialized in Automotive Design at the prestigious Coventry University School of Art and Design.
In 2013, after relocating W Motors’ HQ from Lebanon to the UAE, Ralph launched the company’s first revolutionary model, the Lykan HyperSport. The Lykan HyperSport later featured as the hero car in The Fast & The Furious 7, gaining tremendous recognition on an international level. Ralph presented W Motors’ second model, the Fenyr SuperSport concept in 2015 and the production model premiered at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
Ralph and his team operate from their Dubai-based office, where the W Motors flagship showroom and Design Studio are also located. W Motors is also currently in the process of transferring its manufacturing facilities from Torino Italy to the UAE, with the construction of a new production and assembly facility set to be ready by 2020.
Working alongside key international industry players, Ralph has also set-up W Motors’ automotive consultancy division. The company delivers complete projects to clients, overseeing the entirety of the process from design through to development and manufacturing.
Ralph also co-founded ICONIQ Motors in China in 2016 and with that is focusing on a unique automotive project relating to sustainability and electrification. The company is developing a new automotive segment with its “Smart Passenger Vehicle”, a 100% electric solution focusing on the ultimate passenger experience.
Ralph has been bestowed with several international awards, including the Arab Nations “United Nations Foundation for Creative Entrepreneurship”, “The Visionary Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award by CCS”, “The Luxury Arab World Award 2015”, “BIAF 2015 Award”, the “2015 GITEX Innovator of the year award” and the “Young Global Leaders Middle East”.
Dr. Majida Alazazi is the first Emirati in the Middle East with a Doctorate of Business (DBA) in Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing from UAE University. On the faith of the importance of this sector to support the economic diversity in the UAE and seeking her passion to be a pioneer of this sector, she opened a car factory as the first woman in the world to own such factory.
Dr. Majida is a successful business woman in the UAE. She is the Cheif Executive Officer of various companies i.e. Sandstorm Automotive Factory, Office Touch Furniture Factory, Arts secrets Group and other medium-sized companies. In her quest of the challenges, she sought to conquer new fields through applied studies and work in the private sector as well as searching for new and distinctive fields, inspired by leaders of the State; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Over the last 20 years, Alazazi has held numerous positions in various sectors, both Government and Semi-Government companies, in an attempt to repay the country's generosity. She has a membership of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council, the Emirates Volunteer Society…etc. She has several researches in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on the UAE industry.
Janahi is the Chief Executive Officer of Sanad Aerotech, a global provider of state of the art Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) solutions for jet engines and industrial turbines.
Known for its engineering excellence and an uncompromising quality using innovative and hi-tech solutions, Sanad Aerotech’s global network of airlines and industrial companies spans over Asia to South America.
Janahi has led Sanad Aerotech’s emergence as a global MRO player in recent years. This has seen Janahi signing a landmark agreement with Rolls-Royce to become an Authorised Maintenance Centres (AMC) with an estimated value of USD 6.5bn as well as breaking into new markets for the first time including Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and Asia with the likes of Nordwind, LATAM Airline Group, Ethiopian Airlines and Asiana.
Janahi also strengthened the strategic partnership with Siemens by establishing a long-term agreement on maintenance & overhaul of their global fleet of Trent60 industrial turbines.
Prior to joining Sanad Aerotech, Janahi served as Vice President at Mubadala’s Aerospace, Renewables & ICT (AR&I) platform. Janahi joined Mubadala in 2008 and steadily progressed through various positions leading key regional and global aerospace projects.
He played a pivotal role in finalizing agreements with Airbus and Boeing for developing aerospace manufacturing capabilities and a joint venture with Solvay S.A. in building composite material production in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
As a leading figure in the Aerospace sector, Janahi played a key role in establishing the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology Abu Dhabi where he served as a Board member for 2 years and is also on the advisory board for the Global Aerospace Summit.
Janahi holds two degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach -- a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and a B.S. in Aviation Business Administration -- in addition to a CFA level 1 qualification.
Ismail Abdulla is the Chief Executive Officer of Strata. He is also Vice President in Mubadala's Aerospace, Renewables and ICT (AR&I) platform, one of four global business platforms within Mubadala Investment Company.
In his role as CEO of Strata, Ismail is responsible for strengthening the company’s and the UAE aerospace industry competitiveness worldwide, developing Emirati capabilities to equip them with the skills and knowledge to harness the technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), and integrating local suppliers into the global aerospace supply chain. He brings a decade of experience in finance and business development within the aerospace industry. From his position at Mubadala, Ismail played a key role in the creation of Strata, acting as the company’s asset manager since 2009. He previously served as project lead for the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, a multifaceted development supporting the establishment of a sustainable aerospace industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Ismail joined Mubadala in 2008 and has made notable contributions to a number of aerospace and engineering services projects. During his tenure, Ismail has held a series of roles within the Aerospace, Renewables, and ICT (AR&I) platform’s business development team and guided countless projects from conception through to delivery.
Ismail holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communication Technology from Queen Mary, University of London.
Bernhard Randerath has been in the aviation business for more than 30 years with leading aviation companies like Lufthansa, Airbus and Etihad Airways. He is currently Vice President, Design, Engineering and Innovation at Etihad Aviation Group in Abu Dhabi.
Bernhard has held various management positions in Aircraft Design, Maintenance, Engineering, Customer Suport and Airline Operations, and has a broad and deep experience of maintenance systems and operations.
At Lufthansa Technik he was specialised in Troubleshooting. In Airbus, he held diffierent positions. In his last position Bernhard was the Head of Maintenance Systems Engineering, responsible for Fault Diagnosis, Fault Correlation Development and Maintenance Systems Integration. In 2007, he was assigned as a Lead Manager for the A380 recovery troubleshooting taem, a transnational working group of about 200 engineers. In 2010, Bernhard was nominated as the Airbus expert for ‘Maintenance, Operation and Reliability’.
Bernhard joined Etihad Airways in 2011 and currently heads the Design, Engineering and Innovation teams in Etihad Airways Engineering. His organisation holds several P21 approvals, includign an EASA Major aproval for Cabin and System Changes, but also the newly achieved P21G Production approval and, as a first Airline organisation, the 3D Printing Certification Approval for EASA.
One of his most interesting challenges is to deliver the highest standards and qualities set by Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Equity Partners and third party customers.
Leveraging his deep knowledge of future maintenance functions, Bernhard established in 2006 a technology product named PAHMIR (Predictive Aircraft Health Monitoring in Reconfiguration). Several projects were transferred into Research and Technology projects financed by the government of Germany. In 2008, Bernhard and his team were honoured for his new approach of troubleshooting activities with the Airbus ‘Awards of Excellence’ for outstanding achievement. Bernhard has a Master Degree in Aircraft Design and holds several patents especially in Aircraft Design and Failure Detection. He was also educated as an aircraft technician. Bernhard is an enthusiastic pilot and leads the European Bonanza Society as a President.
Mr. Ahmad Al Haddad has an extensive career of more than 13 years in the world of trade. He joined DP World, UAE Region in 2005 and served in various capacities as Software Engineer, Project Manager and Quality Manager in the Asia Pacific and the UAE Region.
He has played a key role in establishing the IT security framework for the UAE region, and implementing and achieving ISO 2000, ISO 27001 and CMMI model for the IT Department.
In 2015, Mr. Al Haddad was promoted to the position of IT Director to oversee the whole UAE Region. During this period, he took charge of terminal 2’s automation and operation efficiency projects. In 2017, he was appointed as the IT director for Jebel Ali Free Zone “Jafza” and in July 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer of “Jafza”. He holds a PhD in Graph Theory and Information Intelligence and has completed the Leadership Development Programme from Barcelona, Spain in 2017.
Dr. Magdy Fahmy holds a Pharm. D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as an MBA in General Management. He benefits from over 25 years of Pharmaceutical experience in key regional positions.
Dr. Magdy’s career and wealth of experience grew in an immeasurable manner during his 12-year tenure as Sales & Marketing Director at Julphar Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries. He then took on the role of CEO of Planet Pharmacies before beginning his journey as CEO of LIFEPharma.
This is an individual who consistently demonstrates high levels of creativity and professionalism while excelling at people management. He possesses an excellent understanding of business dynamics and shows a strong business acumen. Dr. Magdy believes that motivation on a personal level is the best strategy to achieve the optimal results from each of his team members while he simultaneously maintains a macro-view of the business strategy and long term vision.
Dr. Andreas Schwer is the CEO of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI). Prior to joining SAMI, Dr. Schwer was a member of the Executive Management Board of Rheinmetall Defense. Amongst his duties, he was President and CEO of Combat Systems Division. Dr. Schwer then served as the Chairman and President of Rheinmetall International AG where he was responsible for defining the company’s internationalization strategy. In 2008, Dr. Schwer served as Executive Vice President of Global Engineering and Innovation at The Manitowoc Company, Inc. He was also appointed as the General Manager of the company’s branch in Germany. Dr. Schwer began his career with Airbus Group Inc., where he held a number of leadership positions within their defense & space branch. Amongst those, he was one of the key industrial enabler of the Galileo Satellite Navigation Program founded by the European Union and the European Space Agency.
Hassan Al-Hazeem is the Managing Director / CEO of Intercoil International, a position he assumed in 1999, when he succeeded his late father Mr. Abbas Ali AI-Hazeem, the founder of the UAE based, family owned business.
Under his leadership the company has become a leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of total sleep solutions in the MENA region, with presence in 23 countries and manufacturing and distribution rights to premium global brands Simmons and Therapedic. Developing and implementing a highly focused strategic growth plan, Mr. Al-Hazeem is overseeing the expansion of the business into new markets and new verticals. Most recently, he completed the first licensing agreement for Intercoil in Kenya, East Africa and opened a new state of the art manufacturing facility in Ras Al Khaimah – UAE and recently commenced operations at newly launched mattress manufacturing facility in Dammam – Saudi Arabia. Which marks another significant milestone in our expansion plan as being the first manufacturing unit outside the UAE.
Mr Al-Hazeem’s vision for Intercoil International is to contribute to the growth of the manufacturing sector in the UAE and proudly promote “MADE in the UAE” mark.
Prior to his role at Intercoil International, Mr. Al-Hazeem worked for the Commercial Bank of Dubai for four years. His tenure with CBD helped him acquire comprehensive experience in finance and banking, and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the banking and credit system in the UAE.
Mr. Al-Hazeem has been an active member of the UAE chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization, a global business network of 10,000+ business owners in 142 chapters and 46 countries, since 2004. He was the president of the EO UAE chapter for the FY 2012/2013
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA), and an MBA degree in International Business Administration (American University in Dubai).
Namrita is a senior strategic executive with CXO level success in leading organisations transform their businesses leveraging digital and technology
A digital evangelist, her forte lies in creating competitive advantage for organisations by re-defining business models, re-imagining customer experiences, re-engineering business processes, building people capabilities and orchestrating shifts in mindsets and organisation culture
With a career spanning 18 years, Namrita has been both an entrepreneur and worked with MNCs and Indian conglomerates across sectors – automotive manufacturing and retail, logistics, travel and hospitality dotcom and technology in USA, UK and India
In her role as a digital transformation leader, she has led Mahindra Group’s multi-million dollar auto digital transformation, created an omni channel customer experience at Taj Hotels, re-imagined the member experience at Club Mahindra and developed the business strategy for Mahindra Logistics to leverage technology to double their revenues in three years
Namrita is a Certified Customer Experience Professional and a Certified Corporate Director and leverages both capabilities to advise boards on digital, technology and customer experience
A regular speaker at international and domestic conferences, she speaks on all things digital, technology, customer experience, startups and leadership. Namrita is the Chairperson for one of the Tech committees at IAMAI, India as well as on the advisory boards of several industry forums including Direct Marketing Association of India, Internet and Mobile Association of India, one of the Founder members of DX50 which is India’s leading Chief Digital Officer’s Club
You can follow her on Twitter (@namritamahindro)
Dr Musa Souri is the Chief Executive Officer of United Iron & Steel LLC. He has over 25 years of development and leadership experience, gained in Middle East leading institutions in steel and timber industry, as well as managing projects.
Prior to joining United Iron & Steel, Dr Souri was the General Manager of Max Steel.
His extensive industrial and leadership experience covers country and broader functional geographic roles with well-rounded knowledge and a focus on: Development and Implementation, Strategic Planning, Budgeting & Cost control, Crisis Management and Integration.
Before running Max Steel, he was VP of International Business and Development for Exceed Industries leading in parallel as Country Manager for Algeria, Egypt – MENA from 2011 to mid-2016.
Earlier, Dr Souri served in a variety of C level roles many years, which included institutions Construction, Steel and Timber industry and Investment, culminating in his positions as General Manager.
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.
Born and bred in Russia, educated in Japan, got a PhD from the Waseda University in 2008. Worked as a business consultant for several years before being hired by Daifuku in January of 2012 as an account manager. The realm of responsibilities spans from warehousing and intra-logistics consulting to marketing and direct sales activities.
Michael Walsh is IT Global Business Process Manager, for Ball Corporation with specific responsibilities for the Quality Area of Manufacturing. Ball is a global leader in beverage can production with sales of over $8.9bn and 60+ production facilities in 30 countries.
In his 30+ years' experience Michael has worked in Finance, Engineering, Quality and IT. Michael specialises in Processes, Systems Integration and Continuous Improvement with a view to ensuring the process is Global, fit for purpose, satisfies all internal and external stakeholders and produces improvements & savings.
He has worked on a range of projects including ERP deployment, Injection Moulding Automation, Automated Sampling Systems, Automated Metrology, Document Control, Knowledge Management, Quality Control, Process Control and MES.
Michael has worked around the world, with global and local teams on system upgrades, system replacements, green field start-ups, acquisitions and engineering innovations. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and best practices.
Mansoor Sarwar is a seasoned leader and dynamic business management software professional with more than 18 years’ experience. As a qualified accountant by trade and a certified Project Management Professional, he brings a diverse background to the business management software domain.
In his current role, he is working as Director Technical Services & Pre Sales for Sage Middle East. His team is not only responsible for leading the company’s product strategy but is also entrusted with enabling the partners on Sage’s technologies.
His earlier experience as Financial and System Auditor has given him a comprehensive understanding of business and regulatory requirements and enabled him to successfully manage and lead, by bridging the gaps between IT and business requirements, in complex system re-engineering and implementations. His knowledge of the ERP and IT domains is not only honed with experience; he is a certified consultant on Sage technologies and also a certified member of ISACA as ‘Certified in Risk and Information System Control’ (CRISC).
Before joining Sage, Mansoor managed the global ERP roll out as the Project Manager for Colgate Palmolive. He is well published in the relevant press and regularly presents at different events.
Co-founder of the company in 2006. With his endless imagination, he sets the direction for the development of systems and solutions. Andrzej repeatedly proved that his unique approach to production with a combination of automation and IT brings great results for the business. To this day involved in over 500 implementations in factories of various industries on 5 continents. Passionate about sailing.
Hatem Tantawy joined Honeywell in November 2015 as Business Development Manager under the Safety & Productivity (SPS) business. Hatem is responsible for managing & running the Honeywell voice solution business across Middle East, North Africa & Turkey.
Hatem is a Supply Chain & Logistics workflow specialist and is working closely with regional organizations across various industries including Supply Chain, Warehouses & Distribution Centres, Retail, Oil & Gas, Government, Aerospace, Automotive, etc and helping then in becoming more productive and efficient by automating their workflow process.
Hatem has more than a decade of experience in Middle East region. Prior to joining Honeywell, Hatem as worked with Emerson Electric and was managing the Emerson Network Power (Data Center Infrastructure Management, Command and Control Center Solutions) across Middle East & Africa. Hatem has also worked for ISKRAEMECO and had set-up the gulf operation for ISKRAEMECO and prior to that Hatem has also worked for El Sewedy Electric and had managed their business in Egypt, Italy and Eastern Europe.
Hatem is an Electrical Engineering Graduate from Helwan University and also hold’s a Master’s Degree (MBA) in Business Administration & Management from Arab Academy of Science & Technology, Cairo, Egypt.
Massimo Falcioni is the CEO of Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal Export Credit Company tasked to accelerate and sustain national economic diversification by supporting export and re-export of goods, services and the foreign investments, of the UAE businesses.
Born in 1967, he is a seasoned and dynamic leader in the financial industry with over 27 years of solid business experience. Based in Dubai (UAE) since 2012, he joined ECI from Compagnie Française d'Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (Coface), where he was the CEO for Middle East Countries. Prior to that, he was the CEO for Gulf Cooperation Council Countries in Euler Hermes, an Allianz company.
He gained an extensive international experience in various senior and board management positions for leading multinationals including Exxon-Mobil, Philip Morris International and Volkswagen Financial Services and an Allianz Group company. A graduate of Business and Managerial Economics from Sapienza University of Rome in 1991, he is an international lecturer and expert in cross-cultural work settings, strategizing for various economies and organizational changes, with proven achievements in Trade Credit Insurance Management and Financial Services.
He has received several prestigious awards in recognition for his achievements in the Credit Insurance sector in the Gulf countries. He is the elected Vice President & Secretary General of the Italian Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates since 2016, founding member of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Committee, Member of UNUCI from 1991, Member of Rotary International Club Roma from 2001 to 2012 and Member of Rotary Jumeirah Club (Dubai) since 2012.
In 2017, the President of Italy conferred him with the Knighthood of the Order of the Star of Italy, for promoting bilateral trade and financial relations between the United Arab Emirates and Italy.
Arif Al-Alawi is the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cultiv8 Investments Limited. Mr. Al-Alawi has over 20 years of experience in Sharia’a Investments. Mr. Al-Alawi started his career with Arab Islamic Bank and successfully after two and a half years of service established and Headed their branch in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Then he serviced at Bahrain Telecommunications Company for around 9 years where he established the first up and running e-commerce platform (altijara.com) in the middle east focused on B2C and B2B.
Subsequently, Mr. Al-Alawi left to join Gulf Finance House for 5 years and then Arcapita Bank for 5 years - Progressing through several leading and executive positions in both. He was the Regional Manager of both institutions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. After several successful years in Investment banking, Mr. Al-Alawi left to become the founding shareholder and the Chief Executive Officer of Al Safwa Islamic Financial Services Company based in Dubai, UAE. After leading the business to profitability in its first year of full operations, Mr. Al-Alawi was mandated by some shareholders of Al Safwa to establish Tharawat Investment House B.S.C. (closed) where he serviced as the CEO for 5 years. He joined Dubai SME as an investment advisor in 2017 and gradually, with the support of MBR Fund directors, established Dubai Cultiv8 Investment House in 2018 headquartered at the DIFC and became the CEO.
Mr. Al-Alawi holds B.Sc. in Industrial Management from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals, and a Postgraduate Degree in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, UK.
Saud Abu Al-Shawareb is the Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City (previously Dubai Industrial Park), one of the largest industrial hubs in the region and member of TECOM Group. In this capacity, he spearheads the delivery of Dubai Industrial City’s vision to elevate Dubai into a global platform for knowledge-based and innovation-focused businesses in line with the leadership’s vision of economic diversification for a more sustainable future.
Al-Shawareb oversees all aspects of the business, including facilities and operations, to ensure optimal performance. Furthermore, he is responsible for nurturing relationships with existing business partners and attracting new ones, determining Dubai Industrial City’s strategic direction, planning and implementation of long-term business strategies to achieve the Dubai Industrial City’s wider objectives. Adding to the above, he is responsible to increase occupancy, ensuring Dubai Industrial City's has become a major destination for local, regional and global manufacturing and logistics companies.
During his long-standing tenure at the region’s leading industrial hub, Saud Abu Al-Shawareb has held various positions, notably serving as Executive Director of Partner Relations, Head of the Operations, and as Chief Operating Officer.
Saud Abu Al-Shawareb has a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Sharjah.
Samir joined IDO in October 2016 as Chief Human Resources Officer and was seconded to Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries – Julphar in May 2019.
His role is to provide consultation to IDO and its entities, and now Julphar, in HR management, change management, organization effectiveness and performance issues and work in partnership with them to orchestrate cultural development and organization change initiatives that address corporate goals and strategies and create high performance cultures.
Samir started his career at PwC/IBM as an HR consultant and worked on several HR projects in different industries, including but not limited to oil and gas, banking, telecom, Public, etc.
After completing 5 years, he moved to manage the HR Department for Middle East and Asia Pacific for Baker Hughes. Having completed 4 years, Samir decided to move back to consulting and joined Aon Hewitt as the Head of Talent practice where he was responsible for building the practice and consult clients on different HR topics in the region.
He completed 7 years with Aon Hewitt before joining Korn Ferry Hay Group as the Head of Engagement practice and Area Manager for a period of 2 years before finally joining IDO as the CHRO.
Wael Nehme has almost 30 Years of experience in FMCG industry.
He is the VP of Supply Chain & Projects in Dubai Refreshments PJSC(Pepsi) & has been working with the company for the last 18 Years.
He leads procurement, manufacturing & logistics functions in addition to company’s project activities.
He holds an MBA from The American University in Dubai & BSc degree from the American University in Cairo.
Dr. Hanaa has over 17 years global experience in end to end supply chain including order to cash, logistics, distribution, S&OP / Integrated Business Planning, Supply Chain Management Strategies and Modeling. She led multiple multinational teams to optimize end to end costs, improve forecasting, establish and enhance the planning department, improve supply chain utilization and optimize costs by redesigning supply chain processes. She had also held senior leadership roles in supply chain and delivered several projects, consultation projects, and workshops in UK, Canada, Japan, China, Egypt, and the GCC. Currently she is the Leader of CS&L (Integrated Supply Chain Division) for Gulf, Inbound KSA, GM, and Pakistan based in Dubai for Mondel?z International.
Marcus is the Director of Product Development for the Logistics District at one of the most-sought after free zone in Dubai, he plays a lead role to evolve product development strategy for the district and supervise its smooth implementation to achieve desired results.
Marcus successfully launched the development strategy of single-user and multiuser facilities at the Logistics District. In addition, he has developed Built to Suit product, which will not only generate new business opportunities but also ensure smooth operations of regional and global contract logistics and airfreight forwarding companies.
Marcus is an industry expert with more than 10 years of experience in the field of international logistics with specialisation in business planning and project implementation. He also served Dubai South as a Business Development Manager for the Logistics District and plays a pivotal role in the district’s strategic and tactical expansion and business development. He also suggested evolution and management of the district’s leasing and approvals guidelines and successfully implemented the strategy.
Before joining Dubai South, He worked as a Project Manager for the logistics arm of an international shipping company. He was responsible for the business planning and project implementation of new ventures, and for supporting subsidiary companies in reorganization, development and geographic expansion. Furthermore, he also worked for Hellmann Perishables in the United Kingdom and Schenker International in Sweden.
Marcus earned a Master of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Skövde University in Sweden.
Majed Abdulkarim Julfar, the Director of Trade Credit Insurance & Export Financing at Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI) spearheads the conventional trade credit insurance and export financing function by providing commercial expertise to achieve profitability and sustainable growth for ECI. His role will be instrumental in the implementation of the UAE’s strategy for trade credit insurance and export financing.
With a strong background in corporate and investment banking, Majed joins us from Deutsche Bank. Having spent more than 20 years in corporate investment banking, he provided strategic advisory on financing solutions and investment strategies and securities to platinum clients such as sovereign wealth funds, government related entities, corporates and financial institutions.
Majed was CEO at IFA Financial Services and held key senior management positions in leading financial institutions including Emirates NBD Bank, Dubai Bank and ABN AMRO. He completed his Higher Diploma from South Kent College.
Thomas Tengstrom is since October 2014, the Quality Director at NIMR Automotive, Abu Dhabi. He has more than 20 years of management experience from the Automotive, Truck and Defense industry.
Over the last year, he and his team has engaged American Glass Products, a world class supplier for transparent armor, in launching an advanced product quality planning process, aiming for an improved collaboration, commitment and competitiveness. The approach was unique in that it combined the defense, aerospace and automotive standard quality requirements, being tailored and adapted to find the balance between perfection and cost efficiency. The results are very promising related to quality, performance and protection, as well as finding a competitive edge on the total cost of ownership. After some adjustments from lessons learned, a new batch of suppliers will now be targeted including the strategic directive of localization.
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.
Euan Hosie is the Head of Human Resources for GSK GCC since 2017 and a member of the GSK GCC Leadership Team.
Euan leads a team of HR professionals that provide support to all GSK businesses operating in the region for the Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare and Manufacturing units. He has extensive experience working in a variety of HR roles, both in an in-house and consultancy capacity.
Prior to relocating to the Gulf, Euan led the GSK UK and US HR Services team and filled various HR project roles, including the HR Reward Integration lead for the GSK and Novartis joint venture project.
Muhammad is the Director of Sales & Property Management looking after property management, leasing, brokerage, facility management of more than 26 million square feet of industrial and commercial space in Dubai Maritime City. He has over 18 years of residential & commercial property management experience with previous employers including Dubai Properties and Nakheel Asset Management. Energetic and highly experienced in efficiently managing leasehold & freehold sector spread across Dubai encircling Residential, Commercial, Retail, Industrial and Staff Accommodation. Steadfast leader and coordinator with track record of steering improvement projects, building and guiding top-performing teams and optimizing internal operations. Talent for cultivating and supporting tenant relationships, leading to high occupancy rates, minimal turnover and renewal of long-term leases. Fluent in English and Arabic.
Muhammad received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The International University of Missouri in 2000.
Ghada Ezzeldin is an extraordinary leader at Procter & Gamble company, who has inspired and transformed the lives of tens of thousands of employees across her illustrious career. Her work spans across three decades, across four countries (Egypt, Belgium, Poland and United Arab Emirates) and across two corporate functions (Finance and Human Resources).
She currently heads HR for Supply Chain organization of 6000+ employees across the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa Region. Her organization is spread across employees across 8 countries and 25 sites including manufacturing Plants, commercial supply network organization, and Planning service centers.
She is passionate about grooming next-generation diverse leaders. She has enabled positive change in organization culture and individuals, and believes in Emotional & Positive Intelligence as the key to success in all aspects of life. She is a certified Executive Coach at P&G. A working mother and dual career spouse herself, she actively mentors women and men across life stages and countries. She advocates and has used Flexible Work Arrangements throughout her career.
Dubai Branch Manager International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (“ITFC”)
Is the Dubai Branch Manager in the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC). He enjoys 17 years of accumulated experience in corporate finance earned from previous roles assumed in leading banks as well as from ITFC.
Mr. Al Hussien manages ITFC Trade Finance portfolio in Middle East. He delivered distinguished achievements in the area of Islamic finance relates to tailoring several financial solutions for ITFC clients which were rewarded with international recognition awards from Islamic Finance News, Euromoney and Global Trade Review.
Mr. Al-Hussien proudly succeeded in developing the Supplier’s Finance Scheme that is considered an effective alternative to the conventional factoring and discounting facilities offered by traditional banks. The developed mechanism delivers the desired service in a structured way that complies with the Islamic Shari’ah Principles.
Mr Basel participated in several forums and events as a key speaker and a panellist for the subject of Islamic Trade Finance and Islamic Factoring, he also participated in the task-force formed by the Factors Chain International (“FCI”) – a Global Representative Body for Factoring and Financing of Open Account Domestic and International Trade Receivables located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – for the development of the General Rules for International Factoring Supplementary Agreement regulating the International Islamic Factoring transactions conducted by FCI network members.
Marouane began his Manufacturing Operations career with Revlon in Wales in 1994 before working with Danzas Logistics Solutions in France from 1998 to 2002. Marouane has a solid track record in implementing tailor made solutions for international companies, restructuring when required and improving the overall efficiency.
Marouane was head of the Supply Chain for Perfetti Van Melle France from 2002 to 2005 where he has managed to reduce the stock coverage, reduced the obsolete stock and improved the stock availability. Marouane is since 2005, Head of the Logistics Competence Center at Chalhoub Group, in charge of defining the Logistics Strategies in order to ensure the business growth of the Group within the region.
Bader Dagher is a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) overlooking two (2) reference Factories for the Nestlé Group in Dubai, UAE. He is a Bahraini / Lebanese national that holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Political Science from the American University of Beirut (AUB) since 2005. His core values stem from his diverse upbringing and include a strong code of ethics, honesty, transparency and respect for all cultural norms, traditions and beliefs. Bader is an established Human Resources professional with 14+ years experience in HR Operations, Administration, Systems, and Centers of Expertise across the Middle East. He has led the HR Function with Nestlé in Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and all entities in the UAE. Professionally, and aside from mastering HR Operations, Bader has a passion for workplace and people transformation through embedding Leadership development in all levels of the organization coupled with a mindset built around coaching, feedback and continuous improvement. On a more personal front, Bader prides himself in being a People’s person, he enjoys spending a lot of time with family and friends. He also enjoys fishing, boxing and other competitive sports.
Walaa, as an expat in MEA region with over 18 years of end-to-end Supply Chain experiences. Led diverse workstreams with two of the top Fortune 500 blue-chip companies and Now Leading 1,200 employees in one of the largest Ceramics Producers in the world.
Career has included stints in pro-bono consulting, QA, Planning, Supplier management, procurement, and logistics; jobs have ranged from planning analyst to management for a region of more than 70 countries with FMCG Fortune 500 blue-chip companies P&G and Kimberly Clark.
Silvana brings more than 13 years of experience in different supply chain, planning and operation functions among key multinationals in both FMCG and healthcare. She is APICS member and ISO certified Lead Auditor. In 2012,moved to Dubai to join Johnson & Johnson Consumer team; and currently Head of supply chain, Operations & Quality for Middle East and Africa , Lifescan/ diabetes care division as well as part of MEA Leadership team. Prior to this, she worked with key FMCGs (Nestle & Givaudan) handling various roles between demand & supply planning, customer service and logistics covering NEAR ( North East Africa Region).
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics & Political Science, Cairo university & MBA in project management from Columbia Southern University, USA.
Passionate about travelling & photography which are the two hobbies that enable her to capture best inspirational moments while exploring new destinations with different culture.
Amitava is currently the Head of Group Quality & Business Excellence at Emirates National Oil Company.
In a career spanning over 28 years in the engineering industry, Amitava has worked in various capacities from manufacturing to services and consulting in different industry sectors spanning Iron & Steel, Construction, Power, Energy, Oil & Gas.
A key member of management, he is responsible for directing and managing the Quality & Business Excellence Division for ENOC Group encompassing Management Systems implementation & compliance, Process Improvements including deployment of Lean & Six Sigma, Business & Operational Excellence and Innovation enabling culture maturity development and business transformation.”
Bobby is Head of Logistics for Homecentre, which is part of the Landmark Group. He is a UK national with an MBA in Supply Chain Management.
In a varied career of over 25 years, he has worked for several leading UK and International retailers, including Marks and Spencer, New Look, Tesco and Argos.
Before joining Landmark, he worked for Alshaya Group as a Senior Project Manager and managing the eCommerce Logistics programme for Alshaya across the UK, Russia and Turkey. He has worked in many operational and support roles over his career, including Network and Logistic Strategy, Process Development and New DC Start Ups. This has given him the opportunity to work around the world in many different countries and cultures.
Throughout his career he has a focus on people development and creating high performing teams built around coaching, leadership and empowerment.
Jelena Agbaba is Head of Quality Control and Product Development at Al Rawabi Dairy Company, the biggest dairy and juice producer in UAE. Jelena has more than 15 years’ experience in food industry.
Jelena’s today job is to ensure good and safe products for UAE and export markets, along with innovative products, which are the “leitmotiv” of the company she works for.
Jelena holds Master Degree in food technology and processing and her career started in Serbia, her home country.
Development, modification and implementation of current and new products in the industrial conditions, is part of Jelena’s everyday work, what has very strong correlation with lean methods. Jelena’s current projects are focused on functional food in dairy and juice segments.
Krishna is an informed, experienced and competent Logistics Manager with a 20-year track record in organized process driven and efficient logistics procedures. Extensive exposure to first tier logistics and supply chain management. Pro-active and able to multi-task. A proven leader, able to quickly establish expectations while demonstrating high standards of work practices and a conscious attitude. Always encouraging colleagues to work cross functionally, and explore beyond the boundaries of their job description. Managed end to end logistics operations, consultancy, study and design besides general management, expertise in budget, documentation, MIS & product quality compliance amongst others.
Prof. Christopher Abraham has 3 Masters and a PhD. He is a Certified Design Thinker with 33 years’ experience in management consulting, and management education.
Currently he is the CEO - Dubai campus at the S P Jain School of Global Management, a Top 10 ranked business School.
Prof. Abraham has been a visiting Professor at universities in Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore and UK.
A TEDx and keynote speaker, he has done assignments for The World Bank, The Executive Council, Emirates Airlines, SEWA, Aramex, DHL, P & G, LG, etc.
Twice Awarded “Best CEO in the World” and Twice winner of the Education Leadership Award
Regularly Interviewed in CNBC, Dubai Eye, Dubai TV etc.
Global Advisory Board Member - World CMO Council (Council of Chief Marketing Officers)
Gavin Basma-Kwas is the Investment Director for Beehive. Gavin is an experienced, high-performance executive management leader with 10+ years C-Suite management, and 17+ years sales and business development experience in the FinTech, Banking/Lending, Consulting and Executive Recruitment industries. Gavin has worked in various industries throughout his career from a small start-up SME to a billion-dollar US listed firm. Gavin was born in Nottingham, England but spent most of his teenage years living in Australia before returning to London. He has 2 young children, a boy who is 5 and a girl who is 3 and enjoys his free time on the golf course and travelling to new holiday destinations.
Ankit spent 12 years in the fashion and sporting goods industry in multiple functions like Sales, Retail Operations and Supply Chain.
He has been with the Adidas group for 8 years, initially handling retail operations for Adidas India and post that heading the SCM function in India and now in GCC. He is responsible for end to end SC operations for Middle East and North African countries. A key member of leadership team for establishing, monitoring and reviewing performance for the region.
Always has a strong focus on driving process efficiencies and building strong teams.
Anish heads Operations for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for fetchr where he heads a 2000+ workforce assisted by regional heads and Managers. He has over 5 years of startup experience in driving growth/ expansion, fund raising/ due diligence, leading sales and managing operations.
Before heading operations in fetchr, Anish was based out of Dubai (Fetchr headquarters), responsible for leading a team of Program Managers across UAE, KSA and Egypt who were entrusted to improve customer experience, profit margins and operational metrics with a vision of making the business scalable & sustainable.
Anish believes that in order to make change happen, it is imperative to reach the roots of the problem. He headed the KSA expansion for fetchr, increasing the serviceability from 97 cities to 297 cities currently and single handedly travelled to all major cities of KSA (including Tier 3) to make sure expansion timelines and SLA’s were met.
He believes that there is nothing that can not be achieved without grit and perseverance. He restructured the entire KSA line haul network resulting in the reduction of delivery time from an average 72 hours to less than 24 hours consequently resulting in a reduction in costs by 4 million USD.
Prior to joining fetchr, he worked in the biggest pharmacy retailer based in India where he oversaw the takeover of another startup focused on healthcare. He worked with the founders to strategize and implement a sales and operational plan which resulted in a YOY revenue growth of 500%. He started his career from a small startup with a team size of 10 which eventually grew onto a 1000+ member profitable company resulting into an acquisition and stake sale by one of the biggest e-commerce companies in India.
He has a penchant for creative solutions that have delivered tangible and quantifiable ROI. Anish is responsible for 4 incredible growth stories in a short but exciting career.
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