Jens sits within the manufacturing and engineering division of 25,000, heads with a team of 60 people within the Manufacturing 4.0 division globally. The biggest success in Jens’ career has been the ability to solve technical issues worth $200 million for Dow, finding ways to make technology work that doesn’t want to work. He sees the biggest opportunity in the manufacturing industry as getting to the next level of performance. Without the tools and technology of industry 4.0, manufacturers have reached the limit of what can be achieved in terms of operational excellence. Industry 4.0 is opening up allowing manufacturing to break through the barrier and improve processes.
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.
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.
Mr. Khalid Rashid Moh’d Jalal has joined GARMCO as Senior Group ICT Manager in December 2013. He has 23 years of IT experience working with various local and international organizations. He has worked for DATAMAS, Bahrain National Holding, Zurich Insurance Company, and ASRY before joining GARMCO. He holds Master Degree in Computer Science and various professional certifications including Chartered Information Systems Practitioner, Certified Continuity Management, Prince 2, Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belt and ISO27001 Lead Auditor certificate.
His contribution in Digital Transformation domain has won him CIO 100 award by Tahawultech (CPI Media Group), CXO 50 award by CXO Insight Middle East, and Best Digital Transformation Award in Manufacturing by SMART SMB in 2019.
He was awarded with the CIO 20 Middle East Award from Computer News Middle East Magazine and Forrester Middle East in 2009 for the innovative IT projects, CIO 100 Awards by CPI Media Group in January 2018 and CIO 200 Award (Legend Category) by Global CIO Forum in 2019.
He is well known for Mergers, Consolidations and short and long term IT strategies. He is a Board Member at Technology & Business Society (TBS), Vice Chairman of Artificial Intelligence Society Bahrain and member of CIO Knowledge Club Bahrain. He is also a toastmaster and chartered “Bahrain IT Professionals Toastmasters Club” in Bahrain in Feb 2019.
Ahmed began his career working for Unilever as a Management Trainee over 20 years ago, starting his journey in Supply Chain. Upon completing the trainee programme. He worked as a Food Production and Project Manager, and then Cheese Factory Manager, where he was able to put into practice all that he had learned in my training. He was responsible for all aspects of production, maintenance, quality, HR, costing and warehousing for Unilever’s cheese business in Egypt.
Having gained all the necessary skills and experience required for higher leadership, he swiftly progressed to Supply Chain Director; where he leads end-to-end supply chain activities for cheese, dry mix and confectionary businesses across the Middle East. He then became a Supply Chain Director for Unilever in the Mashreq region, responsible for end-to-end integrated supply chain in seven countries, with eight factories spanning foods, beverages, personal care, personal wash and home care.
Now in his current role as Supply Chain Director of Unilever Gulf, he is responsible for end-to-end integration for the Gulf region, covering foods, beverages, personal care, personal wash and home care. It is in this position he has taken on the biggest challenge to date; project managing the creation of Unilever’s Dubai Personal Care Factory - the largest personal care factory in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The factory incorporates world-class technology in achieving sustainable growth and is underpinned by innovation. This is by far one of his proudest achievements and he look forward to carrying out even greater feats as my career continues.
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.
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 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.
More than 14 years of experience in different field of food industry: dairy, beverages, edible oil, mayonnaise, ketchup and flavourings. The key skills in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Product Development Quality Management Systems (QMS, EMS, FSMS, HACCP). IRCA certified Lead Auditor for ISO 22000:2005, Internal Auditor for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. Rich experience in positions: Leader of QC, QA and R&D, Production Manager, Engineer in R&D., Internal Auditor, FS/HACCP Team Leader, Management Representative for different standards.
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.
Khaled Elzoghby has more than 20 years’ experience in food manufacturing, having worked for companies such as IFFCO and Khazan Meat Factory. He served as a Factory Manager for Al Islami Foods for seven years before securing his current role. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Food Science Technology from Cairo, Egypt.
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