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Abeer is one of the founding members and Director of Strategy & Marketing at Zaya Real Estate, a boutique developer based in UAE specializing in luxury mixed-use real estate projects. She established Zaya’s marketing and communications department, and led its first high-end development, Nurai Island. Abeer also did a stint at Barclays (Corporate, Capital and Wealth) heading their marketing and brand division. She worked for two years at one of Dubai’s strongest PR agencies, Asda’a Public Relations, the PR arm of The Holding Group (THG), the region’s leading communications conglomerate. Her position at Asda’a was Account Director and Luxury Practice Leader. Abeer’s first job in the field of PR and communications was at Gambate! Communications Consultants, where she started work after moving to Dubai in 2002.
Abeer holds a BSc in management from LSE, and a MSc in industrial relations and personnel management, also from LSE. She has taken fashion design courses at Esmod fashion design school in Dubai. She is a keen ballroom and Latin dancer, and is planning soon to learn Muay Thai (Thai boxing).
Sanad is lead project architect at maisam architects & engineers. Since joining the firm in 2011, he has worked on two major projects: a large entertainment and hospitality development in Aqaba, and the Royal Jordanian lounge in Queen Alia International Airport, Amman. Previously, he was senior architect with Arabtech Jardaneh, one of Jordan’s largest engineering firms. He spent four years in a similar capacity with Traynor O’Toole Architects in Dublin, Ireland. He also has four years of professional experience in Dubai working with Archdome and the National Engineering Bureau. The experience of working in the construction business during Dubai’s boom years was itself an invaluable education in the latest technologies and high-rise building techniques
Sanad graduated from the architectural department of Jordan University of Science and Technology where he excelled in architectural design. In addition to his pleasure in painting and drawing, he enjoys taking photographs from the roofs of skyscrapers.
Adib runs the sales and marketing activities of Cimenterie Nationale, the leader in the Lebanese cement industry. He is responsible for the company’s business in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Cyprus and Iraq. He is also one of the four top officers constituting the company’s Business Development Committee. Furthermore Adib is General Manager of two affiliated companies, in charge of a warehousing company in Syria and a transportation company in Lebanon with a fleet of 90 trucks. Beyond Cimenterie Nationale, he is Deputy GM of his family firm Louis el Hachem providing engineering, contracting and project management services. He also teaches project management at Université Saint-Joseph and LSU. He is a board member of Kesrwan Governmental Hospital, the Yacht Club, and the Arab Union of Cement & Building Material.
Adib holds a Bachelor’s in engineering from Université Saint-Joseph and an MBA from ESSEC Business School. He enjoys sailing, tennis and apple growing: he has created a farm of 2,500 apple trees in his native village.
Shadi is an Associate Lawyer at Baker Botts in its Riyadh office. Baker Botts is a full-service, global law firm originally from Texas. Specializing in corporate and capital market experience, Shadi’s practice centers on corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and other company transactional matters. He advises foreign investors on all aspects of establishing businesses in Saudi Arabia. Before moving to Saudi Arabia, Shadi was in-house lawyer at Sukhtian Group in Jordan. There he was responsible for monitoring the legal side of the group's investments and joint ventures outside Jordan. He also handled the legal work for new ventures both inside and outside the country.
Shadi holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Jordan, and an LLM (International Commercial Law) from the University of Aberdeen. He has been licensed as a member of the Jordan Bar Association since 2005.
Ahmad works in Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) Industrial Product Marketing as Government Sales Manager. He is tasked with managing, acquiring and developing new and existing businesses in the commercial fuel sector. He is also responsible for building and operating commercial fuel stations on the premises of certain government entities to meet their business needs. Ahmad’s career to date since graduating from university has been spent with ENOC. He entered the company as a Consumer Sales Executive, moving up the ranks to become Consumer Sales Manager. In all the posts he has held, public speaking has been an important component of his work, as he is required to communicate and build rapport with consumers from different cultures.
Ahmad graduated from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai. He specialized in General Business.
Shadi is Director for Strategy and Business Development at Publicis Zoom, an integrated marketing communications firm. Earlier he worked as a brand and marketing consultant in Ramallah. He developed a brand strategy and identity for the Palestinian real-estate group Amaar, conducted focus groups and led capacity-building trainings. Earlier he did a stint with Ogilvy & Mather in Paris on its Brand Enhancement Team where one of his tasks was to conduct a Student Brand Perception study for the IBM brand. For two years, he was Account Manager with Sky Advertising & PR in Ramallah, where he operationally and financially managed key advertising accounts in the Palestinian market.
Shadi has a BA in advertising and marketing communications from Brigham Young University. He also earned a Master’s in marketing management from EDHEC in Nice, and has attended the intensive course of branding at the Kellogg School of Business. He is an enthusiastic cook.
Ahmed is Assistant Director at El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center at the American University in Cairo (AUC). The center provides case studies and other learning tools and educational services, connecting businesses and students in the region. Ahmed’s responsibilities include managing relations with academic institutions and publishers to provide a wide variety of case studies for students across the MENA region. Earlier he served as a business consultant for Ashour Wallpaper Group, reshaping the company’s business model and running a research study of the wallpaper industry in Egypt. He also has experience as Product Marketing Manager and Senior Sales Account Manager at various companies. He lectures in marketing strategy and human development at AUC.
Ahmed holds a B.Sc. in engineering from Ain Shams University, and an MBA from the American University in Cairo. He often appears on Nile TV International discussing the impact of political developments on business and economy.
Sultan is Director of Capability Management at Nawras. It is his job to translate high-level business demands into technology programs. Previously, he handled the company’s business continuity and project management, where he was responsible for all phases of the project life cycle for Nawras network roll-out projects. As WiMAX Project Manager earlier, he had been in charge of implementing one such project, the first WiMAX network in Oman (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, a wireless communications standard). He served for three years as the company’s Head of Wireless Communication (Oman), where he managed all the performance engineering activities of the relevant high-frequency, microwave and Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) networks.
Sultan earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa. He has established a carpentry business, a restaurant, and a flower shop and is currently starting up a small construction company.
Amer is Managing Director of Competence HR, a company he recently acquired and converted into a human capital boutique consultancy. It provides recruitment, training and development, and human capital consultancy to over 70 local and regional clients. Before this he was CEO of Sadara, where he developed “LIWAN,” a $500-million mixed-use urban development based in southern Iraq (city of Naseriyah). Amer had earlier experience as Vice President for Business Development of Damac Properties, Dubai, where he was in charge of identifying opportunities to develop real estate mostly outside the GCC region. As Business Development Manager and eventually Vice President for External Affairs at The Wave, Muscat, he took a prestigious real estate development from the drawing board to a thriving community and estate. Amer began his career at Petroleum Development Oman.
Amer attained a BSc in electrical and telecommunications engineering from the University of Louisiana. He is an adept polyglot who is always on the lookout for new ideas.
Wassim is co-founder and Manager, Business Development of Modern Lifestyles, an establishment specialized in installing modern life technology and entertainment solutions such as advanced and exclusive Smart Home Systems, Audio Multiroom Systems, and home cinemas. Wassim is overseeing the general management of the company along with business planning, strategy, finance and resource management for projects. Simultaneously he carries on his investment banking career. He moved into corporate finance in 2006, rising from analyst to become vice president of NCB Capital in Jeddah. He began his professional activities with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In this capacity he worked on various IT budgeting and planning related issues.
Wassim obtained a BSc in computer engineering from Pennsylvania State University. His further training included IT networks, Project Management Professional Training from the Project Management Institute, and on-the-job training with Goldman Sachs in London.
Eman serves as Strategic Procurement Senior Specialist and Oman Team Leader at Vale, a Brazilian-based firm doing industrial construction in Oman. Eman oversees the procurement of critical and high value items, involving her in managing supply chains, tendering and negotiations. Previously, as Demand Planner at Mars GCC/ United Arab Emirates, she worked closely with the market and the factory for short and long term forecast. She provided strategic analysis to the business on profitability, pipeline, and alignment with the overall marketing strategy for the region. She began at the company as Deployment Planner and Lean Trainer. She worked on setting up processes and procedures for managing an efficient door-to-door pipeline. Towards the beginning of her career, Eman worked as Business Analyst at Ernst & Young in Oman.
Eman graduated Sultan Qaboos University with a BSc in operations management, but her real “school” was on the job at Mars Inc. She is interested in Theta Healing (to unleash individuals’ hidden potential) and has enjoyed scuba and sky diving.
Youmna serves as Senior Recruitment and Workforce Planning Officer at Bank Audi. She handles the sourcing, interviewing and selection process for positions at all levels throughout the bank’s branches and head office. Moreover she works directly with all HR units to ensure the quality of services provided to new employees. Earlier Youmna worked as a Private Banker – Fiduciary Administrator for Banque Saradar. In this capacity she reviewed corporate regulatory standards and compliance to Lebanese and international laws concerning trust and fiduciary and provided guidance to existing clients accordingly. She is the founder of Ardi (My Land) which aims to create new job opportunities for farmers and illiterate persons in Lebanese villages and stop the migration from the rural areas to the cities.
Youmna holds Bachelor’s degrees in law from Paris II - Assas University and in international relations and international trading from ILERI, Paris. She holds Master’s degrees in management from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Beirut, legal and financial engineering from ESCP-EAP, and in business law from Paris XI - Sceaux University. She is an active member of the Order of Malta, taking care of physically and mentally disabled people throughout the year. She is a keen scuba diver, skier, and devotee of the martial art Kali Sikaran.
Jaafar serves as Manager, Wholesale Credit Risk for HSBC Bank Middle East in Doha, where his role involves working closely with senior executives for regional risk management to oversee the corporate lending portfolio of HSBC Qatar. Earlier, as manager of HSBC Amanah Qatar, he established the first stand-alone Islamic banking branch for HSBC in the Middle East. It functioned until the Central Bank decided to cease operations of the Islamic banking arms of conventional banks. Jaafar joined HSBC as a Corporate Credit Officer and was rapidly elected to join the two-year Executive Trainee Program. Previously, he worked for Gulf Exchange Company UAE, the Dubai branch of his family’s business, then moved to its main office in Doha to manage its business development.
Jaafar holds a Bachelor’s in finance and MIS from Saint Louis University, and an MBA from the American University in Dubai. He attended the HSBC Management Academy in the UK for a 4-week leadership training. He is the co-founder of a learning development center in Doha, and is working on a website/ learning interface to promote financial literacy in the Arab world. Reading political history is one of his passions.
Zainab’s position is Finance Manager for the Gas Directorate of Petroleum Development Oman. Her main responsibilities are providing budgets, management information and cost analysis as part of comprehensive financial services to the Gas Directorate, reporting directly to PDO’s Gas Director and accountable to its Finance Business Manager. Earlier, she served as Head of Business Planning and Economics for PDO’s North Asset. This position involved business strategy, performance appraisal and profitability analysis for the North Asset Directorate. Zainab spent over two years as head of PDO’s pension services, managing the financial control framework and the investment activities of the pension fund. During her first years with the company she was Investments and Reporting Analyst, and a Cash and Bank Analyst ensuring that adequate funding was available for PDO’s operations.
Zainab graduated from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with a BA in accounting and finance. A fan of sports cars, her ambition is to own a Bugatti Veyron.
Maha is a freelance consultant in the field of public policy, based in UAE. Her professional work is driven by a vision for a better Middle East through proper reform of governmental systems. Most recently she completed two projects for RAND Corporation in the education sector. One involved researching INSEAD and the Sorbonne, while the other was to establish a ranking system for universities in Abu Dhabi based on international standards. Maha also has experience as project manager for an NGO that aimed to build peace in conflict-torn countries through sports. For five years, she worked for the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman where she was involved in economic research for the betterment of international economic relations.
Maha’s first degree was in economics and international relations from Boston University. She went on to earn a Master’s from King’s College London in public service policy and management, with a thesis on decentralization in Jordan. Her interests include human psychology and personal development literature.
Abbas serves as Assistant Manager of Treasury Support at Bank Muscat. As an Oman-based joint stock company, Bank Muscat is engaged in both commercial and investment banking activities through Oman as well as in Riyadh and Dubai. Abbas has worked with the bank for almost six years. Previously, he was employed as Information Technology Support Officer, doubling as webmaster, for Leicester Training Providers, a UK-based charity advancing education for the public benefit through work-based initiatives and learning programs.
Abbas holds a Bachelor’s in computer science from Coventry University. Among the trainings he has attended are personal mastery, negotiation skills, and Islamic banking for treasury.
Manal works as Senior Manager for Training and Development with the HR Unit of Omantel. She is tasked with developing and implementing learning and development strategies that promote company values, culture and work ethics in coordination with Change Management and Internal Communications. Earlier she was the company’s team leader to train in marketing and business development. Manal has earlier experience as Senior Sales Executive at Oman Mobile, where she worked on solutions with progress teams in the areas of network, customer services and market communications. She spent seven years at Polyglot Institute, an organization that pioneered language and vocational training in Oman, where she worked as Marketing and Sales Manager.
Manal holds the NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in business administration from City and Guilds. She regards her hands-on experience of laying the foundations for training center branches at the Polyglot Institute to have been as important to her education. She enjoys scuba diving and horse riding.
Mater serves as General Manager, Operations for Saudi International Petrochemical Company in Jubail Industrial City. He has handled the operation of the Acetyls facilities, and worked as a member of the Acetyls marketing committee. Previously, as Operations Planning and Improvement Manager, working with Booz & Company, he established an operation organization overseeing the functioning of all Sipchem affiliates and improving efficiency. Earlier in his career, Mater worked with Saudi Aramco on its Khursaniyah Gas Plant Operation doing various engineering jobs, troubleshooting gas plant operations and leading engineering design processes.
Mater earned his BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, and followed with a Master’s in natural gas engineering and management from the University of Oklahoma. He has also attended the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management. His interests include leadership self-development, swimming and basketball.
Nada is a freelance film and television producer and consultant. She has worked with a host of channels and projects from Turkey to UAE, including television shows, campaigns and corporate films ranging from a Brazilian series to Cairo Duty Free. She worked in 2009 as a producer in Dubai for a production house making content for a new Emirati channel where her tasks included the promotion campaign and producing a reality show. Earlier she was a producer at Tarek Nour Communications in Giza, the largest advertising agency in the Middle East. There she worked with top clients such as Vodaphone, the Ministry of Tourism and Allianz on television commercials and other accounts. While with Tarek Nour, she was seconded to work as location manager in Egypt for the movie “Transformers 2.”
Nada studied mass communications at Ain Shams University but considers that she gained her real education from the full-time job she took during her studies where she could apply the practical parts of her classes. She has additionally studied script writing and cinema shooting.
Reem is Administrative Manager at Biolab, a group of private medical diagnostic laboratories in Amman. She joined the company as a medical technologist. She worked on molecular genetic diagnostic tests as a member of the Science Development Team. Later, she became Senior Scientific Officer in charge of scientific publications and science development. Since being named Administrative Manager in 2009, Reem has reestablished various management services starting with rebuilding the HR department. Her work has included negotiating corporate agreements with insurance companies and suppliers, taking the lead on a developing the company’s highly advanced software system, and successfully achieving international accreditation for Biolab. She is an integral part of the business development team overseeing Biolab’s corporate expansion strategy.
Reem holds a BSc in medical technology from Al-Ahliyya Amman University. Her second degree was an MBA in quality management from the German Jordanian University.
Riyadh serves as Lean Value Stream Lead for the Well and Reservoir Management (W&RM) process in Petroleum Development Oman. Deep technical knowledge and improving business processes, usually through an IT solution, have been twin themes throughout his career, all of which have been spent with PDO. His current job involves relentlessly eliminating process waste in the W&RM process. He spent two years as New Technology Implementation Manager, realigning the company’s strategic approach to foresee technical challenges and then to pursue or create new technologies needed to address them. As the W&RM Team Leader for the Fahud cluster of fields, he introduced the concept of Exception Based Surveillance, which massively reduced the amount of time required to detect problems with the wells. He was also Thermal Reservoir Engineer for the first development in the world involving steam injection in a fractured reservoir.
Riyadh holds a BSc in chemistry from San Diego State University. His Master’s and PhD in petroleum engineering are from Herriot-Watt. He is fond of cooking and helps coach his daughter’s football team.
Said heads Business Development for the telecommunication company Nawras. Said is focused on developing and managing long-term partnerships with potential partners that significantly improve the company’s value. Previously he was team leader of Nawras’ Core Services and Acquisition where he developed and delivered a core services plan for mobile and fix prepaid, postpaid and data services, in line with the commercial and strategic vision of the company. Said gained experience in the international market through working for du (UAE integrated telecommunication company) as Manager of Prepaid Services. Said also worked for a year for Oman Mobile as a product developer. He launched his career as an executive officer at Sultan Qaboos University at its telecommunication and information research center, where he assisted the director in managing and marketing of the center services.
Said has two BSc degrees from Southern Illinois University, in computer management and information systems, and in business administration. He earned his MBA from the University of Hull. His favorite sports are jogging and cycling.
Saif works as the Manager of Complaint Management in the Consumer Unit of Omantel. His tasks are to manage and improve the process of customer relations, and understand their needs and preferences, with the goal of improving the customers’ experience of the company and ensuring that their complaints are resolved. Earlier, he was the team leader for Omantel’s Customer Service. In this capacity he had to oversee the operation of all outlets in the region of Muscat. Before joining Omantel, Saif managed the second largest branch of the National Bank of Oman in Muscat. His primary responsibilities were to review and administer the branch’s expenses and profit and loss accounts, attract new customers, and establish relations with corporate clients and government bodies.
Saif holds a Bachelor’s in business management from Cambridge University and an international diploma in management. He also attended the Programme for High Value Managers given by Manchester Business School. He does not know how to cook, but likes washing his clothes at home.
Abdulrahman is Operations Manager for the Roads and Infrastructure Division of Khansaheb Civil Engineering. The firm provides a wide range of construction services to clients across the United Arab Emirates. While leading his team, Abdulrahman wins contracts for his division, controls the operations, and is involved in settling the project accounts with clients. Prior to this, his role was Pre-construction Manager in the same division, when he bore the sole responsibility for securing work for the division. Abdulrahman has been a project Manager from 2007 to 2010, and a production controller from 2006 to 2007. Before going to work for Khansaheb Civil Engineering, Abdulrahman worked as a site engineer for the construction firm Dutco Balfour Beatty. He spent one year in the UK as an engineer for the support services of a construction company.
Abdulrahman obtained his Bachelor’s in civil engineering from the American University of Beirut. He followed with an MSc in project and enterprise management from University College London. His interests include fishing, diving and sailing; and he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
As Acting Chief Investment Officer at Omran, Salah Salim Abdullah Al Ghazali brings extensive experience gained within the investment arena from the public and private sector.
During a career spanning 15 years, Salah has been involved in promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) within the Real Estate, Manufacturing and Tourism sectors. Prior to his role at Omran, Salah led the Investment Strategy Development team at the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa) where he identified potential projects and sectors in the Sultanate and established partnerships between international investors and local companies.
Salah was also instrumental in the establishment of Majan Development Company (MDC), one of the first Sharia compliant Real Estate companies in Oman. While Business Development Manager at MDC, Salah assisted in securing an investment transaction of US$15 million which yielded a 60% return, an achievement he considers to be one of his major accomplishments during his time at the company.
Before assuming the role of Acting Chief Investment Officer at Omran, Salah held the positions of Director of Investment Portfolio Management and Senior Investment Manager at the Omran. During his tenure at Omran Salah has played a key role in corporate restructuring, business planning, corporate governance, and strategic implementation at the Joint Venture level.