AHMED HILAL
In-Charge Consultant, Grant Thornton Egypt

Ahmed is In-Charge Financial Consultant at Grant Thornton Mohamad Hilal. The multinational company offers a combination of financial advisory services on such matters as corporate governance, tax, incorporation and registration. As In-Charge Financial Consultant, Ahmed has participated in due diligences and financial valuations to a variety of clients. Earlier, with Grant Thornton Auditing, Ahmed provided accounting and auditing services to a wide range of clients to administer their businesses and control environments

Ahmed is a graduate of the American University in Cairo (AUC), from which he took a Bachelor's in accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) candidate.

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SAIF AL-HAMHAMI
New Technology Well Engineer, PDO

Saif works as New Technology Well Engineer for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). In this capacity, he aims to solve PDO's well engineering challenges with new technologies, innovations or adaptations. He also affords technical and operational support to the company's operation teams. Much of his previous career with PDO was also as an Operations Well Engineer. However, for almost three years he was the Company Site Representative, typically supervising and managing contractors' personnel at on-site drilling rigs in remote desert areas.

Saif's undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK. Among his achievements was holding the Presidency of the Omani Society.

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DIMA HADDADIN
Director for Investment, Nuqul Group Jordan

Dima is Director for Investment at the Nuqul Group in Amman. She has played key roles both in establishing Nuqul's investment arm in 2008, and in leading the process of restructuring the Group portfolio organizationally and legally. Previously she served as Executive Manager, charged with translating the CEO's vision into reality on the ground within the company. In previous roles within Nuqul, she was Operations Officer, Project Planning Officer, and an Operations Supervisor where she combined her knowledge of management with her training in engineering. All together, Dima has 11 years of experience in the industrial sector operating both within both corporate and strategic business units.

Dima hold a B.Sc. in industrial engineering from the University of Jordan. She obtained her MBA from the same university in 2005.

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SARAH AL AYED
Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, TRACCS

Sarah is co-founder and Director of Strategy of TRACCS (Trans Arabian Creative Communications Services), one of the largest public relations networks in the Middle East and North Africa. She oversees business and strategic development while assessing market situations and potential growth patterns for the company. Earlier she had spent four years as Managing Partner, in which role she handled all aspects of running the company from administration and finance to client servicing duties. Before co-founding TRACCS she worked at a computer network solution company. While students, she and a friend launched a beauty center and fashion house showing the latest in traditional designs wear.

Sarah graduated from King Abdulaziz International University with a degree in English Literature and Linguistics. But her wide and continuing life education has included courses and training sessions in fields such as public speaking, presentation skills, creative and journalistic writing, and fashion merchandising.

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FIRAS ABU-WISHAH
Business Development Director, Petra Engineering Industries

Firas is Business Development Director for Petra Engineering Industries. In this capacity, he is responsible for finding new markets for the company while investing in current relationships. He doubles as the company's Country Manager for the United Arab Emirates. Previously he served as the firm's Senior Sales Executive, handling multiple markets including USA, Europe and the Gulf region. He was responsible for its international trade shows there. Firas began at the company as department head for sheet metal fabrication, which represents the heart of the manufacturing facility in Jordan.

Firas graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has used those engineering skills and education in streamlining Petra's manufacturing model in all respects, from engineering and production to operating procedures and logistics.

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SANDRA CHAOUL
Executive Programs Coordinator, CIGL

Sandra is Executive Programs Coordinator at the Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership (CIGL) in Beirut, where her tasks include organizing the leadership simulations and discussion group events that CIGL holds worldwide. Previously, she did a stint in the corporate world as an economic and financial analyst for GA Consult, producing feasibility studies and industry analyses for GCC countries and Malaysia. For one year, she worked as a coordinator on the National Committee of the Francophone games that were held in Lebanon in September 2010.

Sandra holds degrees in economics from Saint Joseph University and the American University of Beirut (AUB). Both her undergraduate and Master's theses focused on the impact of corruption on economic growth. As a research analyst at the Lebanese Economic Association, she analyzed the impact of government reforms on Lebanon's economic performance. Sandra has attended leadership workshops in Oman (2007) and Syria (2009), and most recently participated in the Young Women's World Forum 2011 in Switzerland.

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HAMOUD AL-TOBI
Production Programming Team Lead, PDO

Hamoud is Production Programming Team Lead for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). He leads a large team of engineers monitoring oil wells' performance to optimize production gains. In his career at PDO, he had experience tackling front-line operations in the field on both the north and south of the country. For six months, Hamoud had exposure to a different working culture and practices as a Production Engineer at Brunei Shell Petroleum. Earlier, he taught computer science at the University of Manchester, UK.

Hamoud undergraduate degree was in software engineering from the University of Manchester. He holds a Master's in information technology, and a PhD in computer science, both from the same university.

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SHAMMA AL RAHMAH
Manger of Shared Services Planning and Customer, Management, ENOC

Shamma serves as Manager of Shared Services Planning and Customer Management for the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). Previously, she was Manager for Operational Excellence in the company's Strategic Planning and Business Development Department. In that capacity, she helped business units set their strategies by developing strategy maps, performance contracts, and adopting the Balanced Scorecard tool. She worked to improve and enhance their performance by creating awareness of European quality management models and striving to adapt them. Earlier she was a Senior Analyst making feasibility studies for special projects for business units looking into new investments.

Shamma holds a Higher Diploma in business information technology from the Higher Colleges of Technology/ Dubai Women's College. She went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Bradford, UK, where her dissertation examined the use of the Balanced Scorecard as a communication tool between corporations and their subsidiaries.

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HANIA BARQAWI
Operations Manager, Queen Rania Teacher Academy

Hania serves as Operations Manager at Queen Rania Teacher Academy in Amman. Her wide-ranging duties range from improving operational systems and overall fiscal management, to handling departmental managers and hiring and training new employees. Earlier, Hania worked at a private clinic that assessed and trained children with learning difficulties, where she used applied behavior analysis (ABA) methods to tutor autistic children. Her career in education also encompassed Outreach Director for Educational Material for a project with Sesame Workshop in New York, and PR and registration head at Amman National School.

Hania holds the Montessori Nursery Foundation diploma from the Montessori School in London. She also certified in assessment, diagnoses and intervention for learning difficulties from Princess Sarveth College.

 

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SOUGHIT ABDELNOUR
Talent Attraction and Acquisition leader at Deloitte Middle East, Lebanon

Soughit is the Talent Attraction and Acquisition leader at Deloitte Middle East. As Regional Human Resources Director and a seasoned HR generalist she holds responsibilities across executive recruiting, succession planning, employer brand, campus programs, as well as providing HR advisory services to 15 countries within the Middle East network. Soughit works with business leaders and talent to build world class​ HR and​ recruitment tools and capabilities and create cross-border alignment within Deloitte. She has significant experience operating at a senior level within a global matrix organization. 

Prior to joining Deloitte, Soughit led the Internship and Placement Office at the Suliman Olayan School of Business, part of the American University of Beirut. Earlier she was Group Head of Recruitment and Selection at Bank Audi, a leading regional bank. Soughit began her career as a professional archeologist where she worked with and led teams from the United Nations and the UK to excavate the archaeological treasures of downtown Beirut.

Soughit is a graduate of the American University of Beirut; she holds a Masters degree in Human Resources Management, minor in Business Administration and major in Archaeology. She has been serving as a Judge in MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Startup Competition for the past two years consecutively. Soughit is a frequent speaker on topics relating to Talent Attraction, Talent Development and Retention. Among the training courses she has completed are High Impact Leadership – Deloitte University and Exercising Leadership and Mobilizing People and Organizations, and Managerial Leadership and Change. She is affiliated with the Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership in Beirut. Soughit is an avid nature lover, a keen spelunker and member of the Lebanese Association for Caving Studies.

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HAYA HABASH
Financial Reporting Manager, Nuqul Group

Haya is Financial Reporting Manager at the Nuqul Group in Amman. She is responsible for the combined financial reports for all the Nuqul companies along with analyses of financial results and budget reviews. She has moved up the management ladder at Nuqul Group starting her career as Financial Analyst, and holding further positions as Finance Supervisor and Finance Section Head along the way until entering into her current managerial responsibilities.

Haya graduated from the University of Jordan with a B.Sc. in accounting. She has attended several training courses and workshops that helped in shaping her character and adding value to her career.

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YASSER AL FADHIL
Trading Manager, Oman Trading International

Yasser is Trading Manager at Oman Trading International, currently based in Dubai. After six years at the company, he heads the crude oil team, having previously looked after crude oil operations. Before this, he worked at Petroleum Development Oman. At PDO he was head of housing loads in the Finance Directorate. He began his career in the Muscat securities market as a financial analyst.

Yasser earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada, with a double major in finance and accounting.

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HAZEM NIMRI
Senior Partner and Manging Director, Maisam Architects & Engineers

Hazem is Senior Partner and Managing Director at Maisam Architects & Engineers. He is responsible for the general management of the company with a concentration on business development, opening up new markets, and client relations and partnerships. On some large-scale projects he doubles as Design Director at maisam. His special interests are green and sustainable building. In an earlier manifestation of the company that became maisam, he was head of business development and of architectural engineering. He started his career as a project and freelance architect for several of the leading architectural practices in Jordan.

Hazem holds a B.Sc. in architectural engineering from the University of Jordan.

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ZEINA CHEDID
Partner, Chedid Law Offices

Zeina is a partner at Chedid Law Offices. As a practicing attorney-at-law, Zeina's focus includes corporate and labor law, international contracts and human rights cases. Human rights work is increasingly an area of interest and concern for Zeina. She is a member of the Institute for Human Rights of the Beirut Bar Association. Earlier, she was involved in the Ministry of Economy project related to Lebanon's entry into the World Trade Organization.

Zeina's first degree was in French and Lebanese law from Saint Joseph University's Law School in Beirut. She subsequently obtained "Maitrise" degree in French law and a Master's in private law from University of Paris Law School. In 2008 she was a Chevening fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK, studying the implementation of human rights conventions, with training at Fair Trials International in London. More recently, she attended the program on "Human Rights toward Gender Equality" at Uppsala University and in Stockholm.

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HITHAM KAYALI
Director, Al-Karameh National Empowerment Fund

Hitham is Director of the Al-Karameh National Empowerment Fund, a government body established in 2010, and working under the direct supervision of the Minister of National Economy, to support the Palestinian economy as a pillar of a future Palestinian state. He works to free the Palestinian economy from relations with Israeli settlements and encourage the consumption of Palestinian products domestically and abroad. Hitham also leads the international campaign ProsperPalestine, recruiting 3,000 volunteers to help upgrade Palestine economically. Earlier, in London, he directed the European branch of the PeaceWorks foundation promoting a two-state solution in the Middle East.

Hitham's first degree was in computer science from Al Quds University in Jerusalem. He holds a Master's in conflict management from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University, England.

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LAMA KHATIEB
Zikra Initiative

Lama is a member of the Zikra Initiative, a volunteer-based organization promoting "exchange tourism" between economically strong urban communities and marginalized rural communities, helping the latter in the process. Lama is responsible for Zikra's health awareness program, handles the social media, does the Arabic and English reporting, and tracks program beneficiaries. She has written study papers for Zikra on the role of art and music in social development, the psychology of social contribution, and the role of educational technology for improving rural education. Lama is also a professional dentist.

Lama's holds a BDS in dentistry and oral surgery from Jordan University of Science and Technology, subsequently doing medical internship and work in both Jordan and Qatar. A devoted athlete, she does a 6-kilometer run every morning.

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LANA DAJANI
Human Resources and Organization Development Director, Saudi Oger Ltd.

Lana is Human Resources and Organization Development Director at Saudi Oger Ltd. She is primarily responsible for overseeing training and staff development, performance management, communication and problem-solving procedures. Previously, she held a similarly titled position with MMIS Management Consultants, carrying out business development activities from an HR standpoint. For one year, Lana worked as Program Director for the Business and Professional Women Association (BPWA) in Amman, where she launched an initiative to bring more women into the workforce by creating projects they could do at home or nearby. Earlier in her career, she served in different organization development positions for ArabtechJardaneh Engineers and Architects.

Lana obtained a B.Sc. in industrial engineering from the University of Jordan, and an Executive Masters in enterprise management from Durham Business School, UK. She also holds the Level 7 Executive Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute, UK. She is a member of the Business Professional Women Association and currently serves as Treasurer on the steering committee of the MENA Business Women Network.

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LYUTHA AL-HABSY
Assistant Brand Manager, Omran, Oman

Lyutha is Assistant Brand Manager at Omran, the government of Oman's tourism development and investment arm. She works as part of the company's Corporate Affairs Department, involved in activities and decisions pertaining to the corporate brand. She spent a year at the Royal Opera House Muscat in its early stages of establishing its governance as a non-profit performing arts centre. Earlier, Lyutha worked on creating international brands as Account Manager for FutureBrand in New York and Dubai, where she specializing in Gulf real estate and developments. She managed clients and a variety of teams and projects ranging from graphic design and web development to artistic visualization and copy-writing. She currently does work with the Association for Early Intervention and has done volunteer consulting for start-ups and women's businesses.

Lyutha studied international communications at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. She took her MA in advertising at Royal Melbourne Institute for Technology, Australia.

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MOHAMAD EL MASRI
General Manager and Owner, Tripoli Industrial Park

Mohamad is General Manager and owner of Tripoli Industrial Park. The Park, which he built and manages, reflects his passion for the construction and property business. Mohamad simultaneously serves as Administrative and Financial manager at Masri Livestock Trading Company. It is a family business, since 1993, dealing with livestock and cattle.

Mohamad's first degree is from the University of Balamand in Lebanon. His dissertation for an MBA degree for construction executives from Manchester Business School (soon to be completed) is on the Lebanese construction boom during the global financial crisis. He is an active member in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, as well as an incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

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OMAR AL SAAB
Associate Lawyer, Baker Botts LLP

Omar is associate lawyer at Baker Botts LLP's Riyadh office. His experience covers a wide range of finance and corporate transactions, including project finance, privatization, initial public offerings and general finance, as well as banking and capital markets. Prior to joining Baker Botts, he was an associate with an international law firm in Riyadh. The earlier part of Omar's career was spent with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) as an advisor to the legal division. He is a member of the Saudi Law Society.

Omar obtained his B.A. in Islamic Studies, concentrating in Islamic law at the King Saud University in Riyadh. He subsequently earned the Higher Diploma (equivalent of M.A.) in legal systems studies at the Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh. He holds a Master of Laws in corporate law from Duke University's School of Law, in Durham, North Carolina.

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OMAR EL LABBAN
Associate, Beltone Private Equity

Omar works as an Associate in the private equity division at Beltone Private Equity (an affiliate of Beltone Financial Group), a leading investment bank based out of Egypt. Earlier he was an analyst in the same firm, when he actively participated in structuring and launching one of the first Egyptian Private Equity Funds, which he now co-manages in his more senior position. Beforehand, he was Investor Relations and Business Development Manager at Nile Capital. In earlier stages of his career, Omar specialized in business development at the Regional Information Technology Institute, and was an account executive for BBDO Advertising Agency Group.

Omar's graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a degree in economics. He holds professional diplomas in marketing management, investment, and 12 management courses from the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands. Omar was a member of the AUC soccer team and, for six years, a member of the Egyptian National Squash Team.

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RADWA KHAIRY
Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer, AlashanekYaBalady Association for Sustainable Development

Radwa is Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer at AlashanekYaBalady Association for Sustainable Development. AYB-SD is an innovative youth NGO in Egypt that works on developing poor neighborhoods. Her work involves doing field research on every one of the organization's projects and tracking progress through the monitoring and evaluation frameworks she has developed. She has significant experience in recruiting volunteers for activities with booths, virtual campaigns and other methods. She began her career with the organization as General Secretary overseeing the day-to-day operations and organizing the courses offered by AYB-SD. She has also done a short stint for AC Nielsen as a market researcher liasing with businesses, government and charity organizations.

Radwa holds a BA in Commerce from Cairo University. Further education she has attended includes trainings of trainers in health awareness at the Near East Foundation, courses with the Egyptian Red Crescent, and the Personal Victory Course from the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI). One of her skills on the side is as a designer of fashion clothes.

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ADEY SARHAN
Sales Supervisor, Leo Pharmaceuticals

Adey is Sales Supervisor for Leo Pharmaceuticals. He is tasked with exploring new business opportunities on the West Bank and supervising company sales staff both there and in the Gaza Strip. He created the position for himself within the company, having started as its medical representative and finding he increased sales in that capacity. Now he has three medical representatives working under him. Adey also has his own business as owner of the Al Madena Pharmacy in Palestine.

Adey holds a B.Sc. in pharmacy from Najah National University, Nablous, Palestine, and an MBA from Haifa University. He is active in the Palestinian Pharmaceutical Association, and has been elected to various posts in the organization.

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RAMZI BARAMKI
Head of Arabic Service Channels, Orbit Communications Company

Ramzi serves as Head of Arabic Service Channels at Orbit Communications Company, based in Beirut. He manages eight thematic TV channels and three radio stations to ensure their smooth transmission throughout the MENA region (via the OSN-Orbit Showtime Network). He also shares responsibility for programming decisions and planning, acquisitions and promotions. Previously, he was Deputy Vice President of Programming (Arabic Services) for Orbit. He began his career with the company as Operations and Business Development Manager.

Ramzi holds a B.A. in business administration from John Cabot University, Rome. He went on to earn a Master's degree in economics of information and media management at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

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