8-9 October 2018
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

#FMTS2018
Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2018

Speakers

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei
H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei

Minister Ministry of Energy & Industry

H.E. Sami Al Qamzi
H.E. Sami Al Qamzi

Director General Department of Economic Development

Saed Al Awadi
Saed Al Awadi

CEO Dubai Exports

Mohammed Al Kamali |
Mohammed Al Kamali

Deputy CEO Dubai Exports

Abdulla Bin Damithan |
Abdulla Bin Damithan

Chief Commercial Officer DP World

Richard Allbert |
Richard Allbert

Head - Digital Innovation Pirelli Deutschland

Firas Al Musafir
Firas Al Musafir

Founder and CEO Innovation Factory

Karl Suni Vatnhamar |
Karl Suni Vatnhamar

Director - Manufacturing Corys Packaging

Ahmad Alhaddad |
Ahmad Alhaddad

Chief Operating Officer Jafza, DP World

Himanshu Palsule |
Himanshu Palsule

Chief Technology Officer Epicor

Amitava Giri |
Amitava Giri

Head - Group Quality & Business Excellence Emirates National Oil Company

Ignacio Sanchez Gatell |
Ignacio Sanchez Gatell

Director - Lean, Quality & Business Transformation Emirates Global Aluminium

Laurent Fauville
Laurent Fauville

Director - IT and Continuous Process Improvement Gulf Craft Inc.

Mohsen Ahmad |
Mohsen Ahmad

CEO - Logistics District Dubai South

Shahab Al Jassmi |
Shahab Al Jassmi

Commercial Director DP World

Hesham El Komy |
Hesham El Komy

Regional Vice President, Middle East LTD Epicor

Francesco Alfieri |
Francesco Alfieri

Founder and CEO Taiprora

Martyn Gill |
Martyn Gill

Business Development Director – EMEA Lighthouse Systems

Bino George
Bino George

Business Consulting Manager Infor

Andrey Kras
Andrey Kras

Account Manager Daifuku

Carmelo Giulio Cinardi |
Carmelo Giulio Cinardi

Sales Vice President & General Manager, EMEA PTC

Ibrahim AlHashimi |
Ibrahim AlHashimi

Director - Production IT Emirates Global Aluminium

Walaa Maher |
Walaa Maher

General Manager Group Supply Chain Operations, Warehouse, Logistics RAK Ceramics

Gautam Sashittal |
Gautam Sashittal

CEO DMCC

Alexander van 't Riet |
Alexander van 't Riet

Chief Operating Officer Mai Dubai

Kurt Russell |
Kurt Russell

VP-Product Development Emirates Glass

Stephan Keil |
Stephan Keil

Senior Head - Production, Projects and Innovation at Etihad Design, Engineering & Innovation Etihad Airways Engineering

George Paraskevadis
George Paraskevadis

Logistics Director - MENAP Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Matthew Beaumont |
Dr. Matthew Beaumont

Customer Experience Center Leader - Europe GE Additive

Saymaad Mansoor |
Saymaad Mansoor

Head - IT Siddco

Kapil Raghuraman |
Kapil Raghuraman

Digital Leader- MENA EY

Thomas Tengström |
Thomas Tengström

Quality Director NIMR Automotive

Tamer Hamed |
Tamer Hamed

Head – IT Ducab

Jayakumar Mohanachandran |
Jayakumar Mohanachandran

Head – IT Precision Group

Ahmed Mamdouh Wagdi
Ahmed Mamdouh Wagdi

Group Head - IT Jamal Al Ghurair Group

Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy |
Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy

Manufacturing Excellence Head Al Khaleej Sugar

Iyad Jaber |
Iyad Jaber

Head - Supply Chain United Foods Company

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei

Minister, Ministry of Energy & Industry

H.E. Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei was appointed as the UAE Minister of Energy on 12 March 2013, where the Ministry's main tasks focus on contributing to sustainable development, coordination and representation of the petroleum, minerals, electricity and water affairs; and making a good use of them all for the benefit of the national economy. Moreover, H.E has been appointed in 2017 as The UAE Minister of Energy and Industry.

Besides his ministerial responsibilities, His Excellency holds the following positions:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority «FEWA»
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Borealis»
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Nova Chemical Company»
  • Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Petroleum Council
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Mubadala Investment Company
  • Member of the Executive Committee of Mubadala Investment Company
  • Member of the Mubadala Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Dolphin Energy Limited
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Tatweer Petroleum Co
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation «ENEC»
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Board Vice-Chairman of «Barakah One Company»
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Board Vice-Chairman of «Nawah Energy Company»

H.E. graduated in 1996 from the University of Tulsa in the United States with a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was born in Dubai on July 1, 1973. His hobbies include poetry, literature and history. He is married and has four children.

H.E. Sami Al Qamzi

H.E. Sami Al Qamzi

Director General, Department of Economic Development

Saed Al Awadi

Saed Al Awadi

CEO, Dubai Exports

Mohammed Al Kamali

Mohammed Al Kamali

Deputy CEO, Dubai Exports

Mohammed Ali 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 World Trade Center.

In his current role as Deputy CEO, Mr. Mohammed has been instrumental in increasing the value and diversity of exports from the emirate. His collaborative approach and achievements in mobilizing resources has seen Mohammed sitting in several cross governmental committees and working groups including the Supreme Committee of National Day Celebrations across the city of Dubai for two years, and also managing the strategy for promoting Dubai Trade Overseas. He is a member of more than five joint committees between the UAE and other countries and also Vice President of the Arab Union for Industrial Exports Development (AUIED).

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.

Abdulla Bin Damithan

Abdulla Bin Damithan

Chief Commercial Officer, DP World

Abdulla Bin Damithan has been with DP World since 2001. He was appointed as Chief Commercial Officer for DP World – UAE Region in 2017. Abdulla is responsible for all revenue generation activities, products and services offered across the portfolio including Ports & Terminals, Parks & Zones and Trade Enablement solutions.

Abdulla is a recognised leader in the maritime & logistics landscape within the Middle East with commercial success across the maritime & logistics industries. His focus on innovation and customer centricity have been the core of his commercial strategy. Abdulla sits on the Board of a number of DP World Ports & Terminals globally and also is an independent director in logistics ventures.

A proud Emirati national, Abdulla has a Bachelors in Business from the United States and a Graduate Diploma in Maritime & Port Management from the National University of Singapore. He has also completed the Dubai Leaders Program and leadership courses at the London Business School.  

Richard Allbert

Richard Allbert

Head - Digital Innovation, Pirelli Deutschland

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.

Firas Al Musafir

Firas Al Musafir

Founder and CEO, Innovation Factory

Firas Khamis AlMusafir, Founder & CEO – Innovation Factory, He studied physics and astronomy and worked on innovative projects with the Government & private and sectors for the past 15 years of his career. Firas is a multi-talented induvial wo believes strongly in Omani youth's ability to build thefuture.

Firas latest projects was the Innovation Factory. The project was launched in 2012 and supported by Information Technology Authority in Oman and self-funded by the Innovation Factory Co. for R&D in Science, Engineering & IT (Omani Start-up).

The Innovation Factory introduces “Innovation Lab” the first open digital fabrication lab in Oman, equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools & machines that covers several different length scales and various materials. Innovation Lab seeks to provide an environment, technical expertise and technology to convert any innovative idea to a fully functional prototype, ready to be mass produced and commercialized.  And provide technical support for the users to manufacture almost anything (from a plastic phone  holder, to the space industry components) using a 5 steps process, developed in-house after understanding the nature of innovation and the challenges faced by the inventors, this system makes anyone build what they want using scientific approach. It is worth mentioning that innovation factory building (at 2618 square meters) has been designed, built, and all elements has been implementation by the 6 Omani Inventors in a very competitive cost.

Karl Suni Vatnhamar

Karl Suni Vatnhamar

Director - Manufacturing, Corys Packaging

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.

Ahmad Alhaddad

Ahmad Alhaddad

Chief Operating Officer, Jafza, DP World

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 QualityManager 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.

Himanshu Palsule

Himanshu Palsule

Chief Technology Officer, Epicor

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.

Amitava Giri

Amitava Giri

Head - Group Quality & Business Excellence, Emirates National Oil Company

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 Sanchez Gatell

Ignacio Sanchez Gatell

Director - Lean, Quality & Business Transformation, Emirates Global Aluminium

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.

Laurent Fauville

Laurent Fauville

Director - IT and Continuous Process Improvement, Gulf Craft Inc.

Laurent has demonstrated, within several industries, his talent and ability to enhance and fine tune complex business situations and tuning them to becoming points of strength. His greatest strengths includes Customer relationship Management, Business Analysis, motivation / mentoring teams, design & development and implementations of in house programs.

Laurent fundamental principles are ‘to help others achieve their goals means we also help ourselves’. This proves the case by his return to Gulf Craft fully focused in Continuous Process Improvement and Information Technology to drive the transformation of the business into the digital age.

Laurent has achieved several innovative solutions within the 17 years as a senior leader, from early 2000s with online application modularization to full operational OPEX financial mortgage brokerage solution.

Mohsen Ahmad

Mohsen Ahmad

CEO - Logistics District, Dubai South

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.

Shahab Al Jassmi

Shahab Al Jassmi

Commercial Director, DP World

Shahab Al Jassmi is the Commercial Director at DP world UAE Region with responsibility for spearheading the core commercial functions such as - Container Terminal, General Cargo, Trade & Logistics, Customer Care and Business Process Improvement for Jebel Ali, Mina Rashid and Mina Hamriya.

Prior to joining DP World in 2010, Shahab handled key commercial responsibilities in various companies including Dubai World Central and Dubai Aluminium. Shahab earned his Bachelor degree with Honors in Business Management from the University of Dubai and possesses a postgraduate diploma in real-estate management from the Dubai real-estate institute. In addition to this, he has successfully completed the DP World Leadership Development Program.

Hesham El Komy

Hesham El Komy

Regional Vice President, Middle East LTD, Epicor

Hesham joined Epicor in February 2016 as Senior Director, International Channel. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing an industry-first, innovative partner program across the EMEA and APAC regions. In addition to his channel responsibilities, in September 2018, Hesham also assumed full responsibility as the Regional Vice President for business in the Middle East and Africa region.

Prior to joining Epicor, Hesham held senior sales and marketing management positions at Brocade, Red Hat and Infor.

Francesco Alfieri

Francesco Alfieri

Founder and CEO, Taiprora

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 Gill

Martyn Gill

Business Development Director – EMEA, Lighthouse Systems

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.

Bino George

Bino George

Business Consulting Manager, Infor

Bino George leads the Solution Consulting team at Infor India. As a Principal Consultant, Bino spearheads the solution catering to Manufacturing – Fashion, Automotive, Industrial Equipment, Food & Beverages.

Bino has over 27 years of experience focusing on Management Consulting and Business Application solutions for customers in India, Middle East and in the US. His experience with various industries and different sized companies gives Bino a strong business process understanding across various industries. Bino has helped many companies in comprehending their business pain points and using technology to solve them business issues at hand.

Bino is passionate about making newer technologies work for customers, thus realizing business benefits for them.

Andrey Kras

Andrey Kras

Account Manager, Daifuku

Carmelo Giulio Cinardi

Carmelo Giulio Cinardi

Sales Vice President & General Manager, EMEA, PTC

In this role, Carmelo is responsible for managing the development of "go-to-market", strategy for five lines of business solutions: Internet of Things, CAD, Product Lifecycle Management, Services and Applications.

Previously he served as Senior Regional Director Iberia & MEA and Channel Business Development Director PTC with responsibility for indirect sales in Italy and in various European countries.

In 1996, Carmelo Cinardi joined PTC Central & Southern Italy Team as Account Manager and took on increasing responsibilities, playing a key role in the launch of PTC Windchill in Central-Southern Italy in 1998 and taking on the task of creating the new channel in 2000 of indirect sale for Central-Southern Italy.

From 2003 to 2007 he took over responsibility for indirect sales in PTC throughout Italy and from 2007 transitioned to the role of Channel Business Development Director for Southern Europe, with the task of developing indirect sales in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Subsequently, Carmelo extended his sphere of competence, first in 2009, to Greece, Israel and Turkey and then, in 2013, to France and Benelux.

From 2014 to 2015 he managed both the direct and indirect business for Iberia-MEA.

In 2015 he was named Vice President for Russia, Iberia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Ibrahim AlHashimi

Ibrahim AlHashimi

Director - Production IT, Emirates Global Aluminium

Walaa Maher

Walaa Maher

General Manager Group Supply Chain Operations, Warehouse, Logistics, RAK Ceramics

Gautam Sashittal

Gautam Sashittal

CEO, DMCC

Chief Executive Officer at DMCC, the world’s leading Free Zone for commodities trade and enterprise, Gautam Sashittal’s visionary leadership gives the organisation the competitive edge it requires to excel in a global marketplace through continuous innovation, strong customer focus, and a solid strategic foundation.

As a market maker for global trade, Gautam’s quest is to ensure DMCC provides all the products, services, regulatory standards, physical and financial infrastructure business needs to trade with confidence.

DMCC has been ranked the number one Free Zone in the world by Financial Times’ fDi magazine, for the last three years.

From its DMCC Free Zone, home to over 15,000 companies; its Jumeirah Lakes Towers District with over 100,000 people; to its unique property developments including the much anticipated Uptown Dubai; through to its trade facilitation for key commodities sectors such as precious metals, diamonds, tea, coffee, and the food and agri trade; its financial services platforms including the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange; and its unique platforms like DMCC Tradeflow that bring trade finance solutions as well as Commodity Murabaha mechanisms to market; through to incubator centres with Google for Entrepreneurs and Astrolabs; Fintech developments and blockchain initiatives; Gautam ensures DMCC’s mandate to facilitate trade through Dubai, connecting markets to help build a sustainable future of trade for all.

In pursuit of this goal, Gautam draws upon his expertise gained in previous roles as Chief Operating Officer at both DMCC and the DGCX, the Middle East’s first derivatives exchange, as well as his experience in the oil and gas industry with Royal Dutch Shell plc. With over 25 years of commodities and industry experience Gautam has a deep understanding of how supply is moving around the world to meet demand.

Gautam is also a member of the board of directors of The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), the Dubai Diamond Commodities Clearing Corporation, the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Concordia Facilities Management, and an International Advisor to the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Alexander van 't Riet

Alexander van 't Riet

Chief Operating Officer, Mai Dubai

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.  

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

VP-Product Development, Emirates Glass

Stephan Keil

Stephan Keil

Senior Head - Production, Projects and Innovation at Etihad Design, Engineering & Innovation, Etihad Airways Engineering

Stephan Keil is currently leading the Production, Project Delivery and Innovation teams in Etihad’s Design, Engineering & Innovation Department. With his team of Production staff and Project Managers, Administrators and Innovation Managers, he is responsible to deliver in-house manufactured parts, and Aircraft Modification Programs and develop new technologies and innovations that enhance the efficiency of maintenance as well as aircraft operation.
 
He is part of the Profit Center’s Leadership team, and has helped to build up the organization from inception in 2014. He works closely with the Technical Sales team for business development and commercial offerings for Part 21 Engineering and Production services. He advises the Center’s Vice President on the organizational development and business strategy and leads the center’s financial operations with P&L responsibility. The Center has 70 employees and generated 9 M USD revenue in 2017.

Stephan has 15 years of experience in the aviation industry. His responsibilities have evolved from Quality Management to Project Management to General Management over the recent years. He is currently a member of the Industrial Steering Committee at Strata Manufacturing Co. in Al Ain, UAE.

Prior to Etihad Engineering and Etihad Airways, Stephan worked at Airbus Group as Senior Auditor Corporate Audit. His responsibilities included process reviews, compliance assessments and financial audits in Airbus Group’s business units and subsidiaries. Through this work he was exposed to the space and defense side of the business as part of process and compliance audits, some requiring national security clearance. Prior, he worked as Program Quality Manager in Airbus’ A380 Division and Manufacturing Quality Manager at Airbus’ CFRP Manufacturing Competence Center in Stade, Germany.
Stephan Keil received his M.Sc. of Manufacturing Engineering and Business Administration from University of Paderborn, Germany and has worked for leading aviation and automotive companies in GER, USA, AUS, FRA and UAE. He has experience in cross-functional roles and multi-cultural environments, and has delivered large aircraft interior modification programs.

George Paraskevadis

George Paraskevadis

Logistics Director - MENAP, Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Matthew Beaumont

Dr. Matthew Beaumont

Customer Experience Center Leader - Europe, GE Additive

Dr. Matthew Beaumont received his Bachelor’s degree from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and his Masters and PhD from Purdue University in Aerospace Engineering.  He started work for Airbus in 1999 and held a variety of positions in manufacturing, engineering, and composite material research before joining GE Global Research in 2012 as the lab manager for manufacturing automation.  He transferred to GE Additive in 2017, where he is currently the leader of the Customer Experience Center at their Munich site.

Saymaad Mansoor

Saymaad Mansoor

Head - IT, Siddco

Having accumulated over a decade of experience in the field of IT, with a primary focus on the Techno-Functional expertise in project delivery and life-cycle management, I am currently working with a DIFC based conglomerate. My experience spans across Plastic Manufacturing, Bulk Liquid Terminals and Multimedia Broadcasting.

As a de-facto CIO, I have successfully enriched organizational value through directing and executing IT strategy that brought significant changes to the organizational IT infrastructure, data flow and SOPs, enabling data extraction & analytics. Recently I have headed the implementation of Epicor ERP at Group Level; an implementation that received numerous awards and recognitions including ACN Arab Technology Award in 2017 for ‘Energy & Industry Implementation of the Year’.

Kapil Raghuraman

Kapil Raghuraman

Digital Leader- MENA, EY

Kapil is passionate about helping clients embrace the possibilities of digital to remain relevant in a world of disruption. He leads the digital, cybersecurity, analytics and innovation agenda for EY’s Advisory practice in MENA. He is a member of the MENA Supply Chain & Operations leadership team and the MENA Aviation sector leader wherein he leads our work with airports, airlines, aviation service providers and air navigation service providers in the region.

In his client work Kapil focuses on working with clients to leverage digital and innovation capabilities to evolve their operating models and transform their businesses. Recent highlights of Kapil’s work include advising a flagship national airline in the middle east on their digital transformation with a specific focus on leveraging emerging technology to drive game changing improvements in operations; working with a GCC customs authority on their end-to-end transformation; designing the global supply chain operating model for a regional upstream oil & gas company with operations in the Middle East, Central and South East Asia and supporting the world’s largest international airport in reinventing itself as a customer centric airport.

He led EY’s work with Dubai10X and Dubai Future Accelerators in 2018. This involved working with 20+ Dubai government entities on shaping their 10X ideas and identifying challenges for the future. Kapil also leads EY’s work as founding partners of Area 2071, an innovation ecosystem sponsored by the UAE government to bring together government, private sector and start-ups to solve tomorrow’s challenges.

Prior to joining EY, Kapil worked in supply chain management for Daimler and was a member of the business transformation practice of Capgemini Consulting in the US.

Thomas Tengström

Thomas Tengström

Quality Director, NIMR Automotive

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 Hamed

Tamer Hamed

Head – IT, Ducab

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.

Jayakumar Mohanachandran

Jayakumar Mohanachandran

Head – IT, Precision Group

Results driven technology leader, with 18+ years of experience in IT Operations, ERP Implementation and Project Management. Hands-on experience in managing major ERP implementations like Oracle Fusion R13, SAP R3 & S4 / HANA, Microsoft Navision, Oracle E-Business-Suite. 


Business Savvy Management Professional with expertise in driving the transformation of IT as a Business Enabler. Competent to bring in the benefits of IT to solve the business issues while managing costs and risks.

Jayakumar joined Precision in May 2017 and then it was a long journey till Precision complete the first phase of its ERP Implementation. Moving from a 22 year old legacy system with lot of manual operations, into the latest cloud offering from Oracle was never so easy. Initially people felt that it will all be a dream and that is where Jay pitched in with his vast experience and started chasing that dream of Digital Transformation. This implementation was named “Project Eagle” with its strategic importance within the organization and was identified as a key business initiative for the future expansions. The biggest challenge in this whole journey was nothing other than Change Management where Jay had the biggest support from the Precision Management and Project Sponsor to drive the entire project without any major delays. As a result of this commitment and passion to maintain our organization as a reference point in the region, Precision Group went Live on Oracle Fusion Manufacturing Cloud R13 with all its core modules. There is also a second phase of this project which is starting this October which is more towards the Edge modules of the ERP and more into the business intelligence part of it, Jay and his team is confident that Precision group continues to delight their customers by providing progressive and innovative solutions.

Wipro was the partner in this whole journey and the combined expertise of Wipro and Precision PMO has converted this wonderful project into a reality. It took 10 months from Project Kick-off till the Go-Live and the objective was to help Precision to transform itself into a mobile driven organization and eventually towards the larger vision of a Paperless office. Precision Group went live on May 6th 2018 with Zero downtime and as the system is getting stabilized, the entire Precision employees can now seamlessly access their whole information and work from any part of the world. Precision Group is the pioneer in the manufacturing industry within GCC to move its entire operations into CLOUD – Oracle Fusion Manufacturing R13.

Ahmed Mamdouh Wagdi

Ahmed Mamdouh Wagdi

Group Head - IT, Jamal Al Ghurair Group

Ahmed Madouh Wagdy is the Group Head OF IT for Jamal AL Ghurair Group, previously he worked as IT manager for EL Araby Group in Egypt and then moved to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be the Group IT Manager for EL Sewedy group. All the 3 groups are in manufacturing industry.

Ahmed worked in industrial system starting from IBM and then SAP ERP to support the factories in the 3 groups.

He is setting the Digital transformation strategy of the group by applying the new technologies that support and driving the group eco system.

Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy

Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy

Manufacturing Excellence Head, Al Khaleej Sugar

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

Iyad Jaber

Head - Supply Chain, United Foods Company

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.

 

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