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Samira serves as Supervision and Tendering Manager and an Associate at maisam architects and engineers. She spent her first three years at the company working as a civil engineer. The many key projects in which she has been involved include the Marsa Zayed Al Raha Village in Aqaba, Jordan, the RJ lounge in Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, residential towers in Abu Dhabi, and the Mustaklem Office Building in Ramallah. Before joining maisam, she was employed as a civil engineer by Arab Towers Contracting Company where she worked on a residential project in Aqaba. Her earlier positions were with Masannat Engineering and Contracting Company, and Diran and Masri Consulting Engineers, both in Amman.
Samira gained a B.Sc. in civil engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Her Masters’ degree in the same discipline is from the University of Jordan. She is a committee member of the A/E Business Council, offering professional services to architecture and engineering consulting companies based in Jordan.
Mansoor is employed as Laboratory Manager and Analyzer at Qatar Shell (Pearl GTL Lab), where he bears responsibility for all products and their accreditation, plant quality testing and cost-of-quality issues for shipments. Earlier, he was Senior Chemical Engineer at Occidental Petroleum of Qatar solving operation problems. During his three years at RasGas (an LNG company) he worked as chief chemist in its environmental laboratory, as well as acting lab head with both technical and managerial responsibilities. He started his career as an operator at the fertilizer company QAFCO, moving on to become a research engineer there, where he acted both as researcher and troubleshooter with the plant team.
Mansoor holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from Qatar University. He enjoys football and swimming.
Samira is Deputy General Manager of Human Resources for Bank Nizwa, the first full-fledged Islamic bank in the Sultanate of Oman. Before this she was HR Vice President for BP Upstream Business in Oman. In both positions, she established the entire HR system and structure for the company in question, from recruitment policy and reward structure to medical deals and training schemes. Altogether she has 20 years in the field of HR management covering the hydrocarbon industry, exploration and production, retail, and the financial sector. She has worked with Oman Oil Marketing Company, BP Oman, and Oman National Insurance Company. She has particular experience with start-up businesses, company restructurings, change management, talent assessment and handling redundancies.
Samira holds a Higher Diploma in Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Women’s College, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. She has taken courses with Harvard Business School in Building World Class Companies in Emerging Markets. Her interests include exercising, swimming, and traveling.
Mashael is a Production Geologist at Qatar Petroleum in the Reservoir Characterization Department for Dukhan, Qatar’s largest oil field. She has ensured that geological data is quality controlled, interpreted the reservoir layers, and input various data and interpretations in an integrated 3D computer model. For a year and a half, she was attached to Exxonmobil in Houston. During that period she spent half her time focused on Qatar’s North Field, and half on the Kashagan Field in Kazakhstan. She also spent eight months attached to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) where, as part of the Qatar technical team, she oversaw negotiations for the conference that was mediated by Qatar, and provided speeches and reports for the COP19 President.
Mashael holds a B.Sc. in geological sciences from the University of Texas (Austin) and a Business Foundations Certificate. She is the first (and currently the only) female Qatari geologist in QP. She is a founding committee member of the Qatar Geological Society.
Siham is Director General for Planning and Studies at the Omani Ministry of Housing, where she is in charge of five departments: Human Resource Development, Information Technology, Projects Accounts, Planning and Statistics, and Studies and Quality Control. Her IT focus is to upgrade all systems and programs to digital, while under the rubric Studies and Quality Control she is responsible for assessing the performance of all the ministry’s directorates and offices. Siham came to her position from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources (MRMEWR), where she rose to Director of Planning. Other positions she held included Acting Director of the IT Department, and Deputy Director of Parks and Gardening.
Siham holds a B.Sc. in agronomy from Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, and an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt. She is presently completing her Ph.D. at Nottingham Trent University on decision making in Arabic culture. She is a member of various charitable organizations such as the Oman Cancer Association and the Al Noor Association for the Blind, and founding chairwoman of the Omani Women Society in Wilayat Al Qabil.
AbdelRahman works as Business Development Account Manager at Khatib & Alami a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering consulting company. Based in UAE, he is responsible for business development for the Government Segment in the GCC region, promoting the company as a leader in geographic information system (GIS) services. Previously, as Account Manager for TradeNet in Dubai, he implemented sales for IT services and technology software products, and performed an analogous role before that in Cairo for ESRI Northeast Africa (a leading GIS professional services provider). He started his career with a technical internship in Tata Consultancy Services in India.
AbdelRahman graduated from Ain Shams University with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. He was Club Service Director in New Cairo Rotaract and an active member of the Arab Academy AIESEC.
Mohammed is Training and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) consultant at Competence HR, where he delivers, updates and markets trainings and presentations for clients. His trainings cover all aspects of HR, and safety related subjects ranging from defensive driving and the emergency room to firefighting and scaffold inspection. Previously, he worked for over ten years as a trainer for Safety Cooperation Services (SCS) and the Occupational Training Institute (OTI). He has delivered both Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) approved programs.
Mohammed holds the General National Vocation Qualifications (GNVQ) diploma in accountancy from Nizwa Technical College, and many skills certificates related to his profession. He is a fan of car sports, and writes plays and poetry.
Suha works as Director of Management Accounts within the Finance Department of Royal Jordanian Airlines. She joined RJ in 2007 as a financial analyst, and advanced through several roles in the finance department until she was promoted into her current position in 2013. Suha oversees the airline’s budgeting, business planning, performance and financial analysis activities. The management accounting department under Suha’s leadership has played a significant role in facilitating and enabling corporate decision making at the executive and board of directors levels through providing accurate and timely reporting and analysis on key operating activities and strategic focus areas.
Suha’s first degree was in computer science from the University of Jordan. She followed with an MBA from New York Institute of Technology in Amman. She is currently preparing for her Certified Management Accountant certification, USA.
Ali is the Commercial Manager at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP). He is responsible for establishing tenancies at QSTP and assisting in the formation of legal entities within the park. He also administers QSTP’s free-zone, dealing with its tenancy negotiations and related agreements. Prior to this, he worked as Legal Advisor in the Foreign Trade Department at Qatar National Bank. In his role as Acting Head of News Gathering at Aljazeera Satellite Channel, he gained first-hand experience in media contract law, reviewing and validating contracts from major media corporations. A former partner of the International Law Firm Office in Qatar, Ali was also the founder and chairman of the Law Academy for Research, Training and Studies in Alexandria, Egypt. As a leader, he was selected as an affiliate of Qatar Leadership Center.
Ali holds two Bachelor’s degrees in law and commerce, a Diploma in International and Commercial Contracts, leadership certification from Harvard Business School, Duke and Chicago University, and an MBA from Hull University, UK. He holds a private pilot license.
Mohannad is Managing Director of Primus, a software solutions company. Simultaneously he heads business development for the Primus headquarters in Amman. He is responsible for managing all of Primus’ operations in both Palestine and Jordan, building sustainable partnerships with customers, introducing the latest innovations and seeking new business opportunities. Earlier he served the company as Senior Enterprise Business Developer, business analyst and software developer. In addition to his work in the ICT sector Mohannad and partners established their own firm in Amman, Laundry Basket, which provides laundry services paid for by the kilo.
Mohannad earned a BA in computer science from Yarmouk University, and continued with an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology – Amman. He likes to kick box.
Monah is founder and CEO of Quality 4 Life, a consulting company that develops state-of-the-art training, talent management and knowledge development programs. It specializes in Directive Communication workshops, while its Act Play & Learn model was successfully used in the UAE National Games. Meanwhile Monah serves as Senior Strategy Coordinator for the Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund, where her main role is leading its Knowledge Management Project. She works with the Strategy and Business Planning Office. Earlier, she was employed as HR Officer, Global Communication and Software Systems, for Emirates Advanced Investments in Abu Dhabi.
Monah received her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, and followed up with a Master of Education Leadership (M.Ed.) from Zayed University. She also holds the Executive Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (Level 7) from Abu Dhabi University.
Rafal serves as Senior Design Manager and Client Representative at Emirates Land Group, based in Abu Dhabi. She ensures that all consultants adhere to the client brief, presents designs to the client body, monitors their elaboration and takes responsibility for their final delivery. She has shepherded diverse projects in Abu Dhabi, as well as the Danat Qatar Tower (Pearl development) in Doha. Before this, she was with Design Development Architect for W.S. Atkins & Partners Overseas, also in UAE. She worked for two years as an architect in New Zealand. However, she began her career in Baghdad, working with different firms on projects ranging from commercial and multi-story buildings, villas and compounds to religious and government structures and public facilities.
Rafal holds a B.Sc. in architectural engineering from Baghdad University. She obtained further training in real estate valuation, and took courses at the Bureau of Contemporary Design in Baghdad. Her hobbies include reading and watching movies, and she enjoys the great outdoors.
Amer works for Deloitte Corporate Finance as Assistant Director leading the company’s Operational Advisory Services practice in the Middle East. He works with both corporate and private equity clients on business reorganization, operational enhancement, strategy, business review, and separation and integration planning. He is based in Dubai. Previous jobs involved transformation, strategy and economic consulting. He worked as Manager, Operational Due Diligence, for Deloitte; as Strategy Consultant for Charles River Associates (CRA) International; and as Performance Improvement Consultant, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI); all three positions being in London. He began his career with GlaxoSmithKline as a Control Engineer handling an internal transformation project.
Amer holds a B.Sc. in control and systems engineering from the University of Sheffield and an M.Sc. in organizational psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His hobbies are football, basketball, golf, travel and socializing. He is a keen cook.
Mounib works as Regional Sales Manager for IKK Group’s Al Hayat Building Materials Company, based in Jeddah. The company distributes sanitary items such as bathroom fixtures, valves and hoses. In his managerial position he is responsible for developing plans, forecasts, sales strategies and marketing budgets, while supervising regional branch managers and sales representatives. Earlier, he served as Trade Marketing Manager for Basamh Trading, the owner and distributer of Goody Foods, also in Jeddah. As Account Manager for Al Saad Advertising, a firm specializing in supplying VIP gift and promotion items, his clients included Saudi Telecom, Saudi Airlines and Al Ahli Bank KSA.
Mounib graduated from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut with a B.S. in business and economy. His sports and hobbies are basketball, fencing, and playing the French horn.
Mohamed is Deputy Managing Director at Longulf Trading UK, a London-based trading and engineering service company, part of the Hayel Saeed Anam (HSA) group of companies. HSA is Yemeni-based family owned group with a turnover of $7 billion and employs over 30,000 employees worldwide. He is also a board member of four corrugated cardboard factories in the UK under the name of CEPAC (Cost Effective Packaging). Prior to this, his position was Deputy General Manager at the National Cement Company in Yemen, considered to be the country’s first privately owned cement plant and the single biggest investment for HSA Group. He was part of the team responsible for establishing and running the group’s first fully integrated cement plant. He has been a delegate speaker at international conferences on Yemen’s cement industry and been featured in international business magazines.
He obtained his B.A. in manufacturing engineering as well as business and finance from the University of Birmingham and the University of Central England. His personal interests encompass cars and their mechanics, space exploration and astrophysics.
Arwa is Founder and Managing Director of Aurora Management Consultancy, an Abu Dhabi-based firm providing services in the fields of management, human capital and talent development, quality and organizational excellence, event management and customer service. She doubles as a freelance consultant and trainer focusing on HR and organizational excellence. Earlier she worked at the Dubai Institute for Human Resource Development, where her last position was Business Development Manager. She has further experience as a human resources executive at Emirates Media Incorporated. She began her career at Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company, where she handled logistics and quality assurance.
Arwa gained a B.A. in English literature and language from Beirut Arab University, and an M.A. in quality management from the University of Wollongong – Dubai. Her hobbies are embroidery and mosaic work. She is engaged in voluntary work to support the elderly and people with special needs.
Nahla serves as HR Head, Africa and Near East, for Novartis, a consumer health company, in Cairo. She doubles as the company’s Local Compliance Officer, Egypt, establishing compliance standards based on internal policies and guidelines, and implementing procedures. Before this, she was employed as Human Resources Manager successively with Hoffmann La Roche and then Maersk Logistics/ Damco. In this capacity, she was accountable for all HR transactional activities. Overall, she has worked in the shipping and pharmaceutical industries managing different HR disciplines such as recruitment, compensation and benefits, commercial operations and strategic planning.
Nahla gained a B.A. in business administration and international trade from Misr International University. She loves writing and has attended writing workshops.
Asim works as Strategic Organizational Development Manager at Saudi Investment Bank, where he leads learning and development, designing and managing training programs, and is involved in recruitment, coaching, and talent management. Previously he was a senior trainer at Al-Rajhi Bank, tailoring programs to perceived needs while participating in succession planning. He spent three years as an HR Supervisor at the software company Adaptive Tech Soft, formulating the company’s HR strategies, policies and procedures. Altogether he has HR experience in four companies in three separate industries. He is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, and the American Society for Training and Development.
Asim earned an MBA, specializing in HR, from Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He is passionate about sports, especially soccer, and is a big fan of Arsenal.
Najla Al-Riyami is Lean Value Stream Lead at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). She coordinates lean deployment within the HR Function, coaches and supports lean practitioners in acquiring lean skills, and ensures that lean managers are trained in a way that embeds them in lean culture. Previously she worked as Policy Development Advisor, reviewing and developing HR policies, and spent six months on short term international assignment in Shell’s Global Expatriate Policy department in The Hague. Other posts held within the company have included Recruitment Attraction Advisor, External Production Coordinator (ensuring that PDO’s achievements and social-investment activities were publicized to stakeholders) and Internal Communications Advisor. She came to PDO after serving as Director of International Relations for the Omani Ministry of Health.
Najla obtained a BA in English literature from the University of Durham, UK. She holds an MBA from the University of Plymouth. She enjoys creative writing, drawing and painting and playing the piano. She is particularly fond of cats.
Elham is employed as Project Cash Float Manager at Al Muhaidib Contracting Company (AMC). The company is a registered contractor with Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Electric Company and government departments, and is currently engaged in Qatar with Qatargas. Her responsibilities involve controlling and monitoring project funds by leading the relevant financial teams around KSA. Furthermore she is building up new financial structure policies and procedures in AMC. She worked previously across a spectrum of companies as a finance professional, ranging from the International Medical Centre (health) and Dallah Al-Baraka (holding) to Knowledge Economic City (joint stock company).
Elham holds a B.Sc. in accounting from King Abdul Aziz University, and a Master of Science from the same university. Her M.S. project recommendations on how to reform government accounting and auditing have begun to be applied by the General Auditing Bureau of Saudi Arabia. Elham’s interests include reading, fashion design, travelling to discover new cultures, and listening to music and attending concerts.
Nidal is the General Manager of Al Quds Holding, a Jerusalem-based investment company focusing on real estate, tourism and education. The company has invested in projects to build more than 200 residential flats, and to renovate a 1,300-year-old UNESCO-registered building to become one of the old city’s major touristic attractions. Previously Nidal was Head of Department with the Project Implementation Unit at the Ministry of Finance, Palestinian Authority, supervising a 200-million dollar grant from the US government for security sector reformation in Palestine. Previously he managed projects for Jumeirah Group in Dubai, KEO International Consultants in Abu Dhabi, Saraya Development Group in Dubai, and worked on other corporate restructuring and processing assignments for various companies in the Gulf and Palestine.
Nidal’s first degree was in civil engineering from Birzeit University. He earned an M.Sc. in project management from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and holds Cornell University’s Financial Management Certificate. He ran the Dubai Marathon in 2007.
Farhat is Senior System Analyst at Mazoon Electricity Company, where she provides business and technical support for the commercial affairs department. Mazoon Electricity is a distribution entity under the umbrella of Electricity Holding Company Muscat, where she previously worked for three years. In the holding company she maintained functional applications that included billing and collections and customer relations management. Earlier she worked in Bahrain for COWI Bahrain & Oman, a consultancy with competencies in engineering, economics and environmental science. She was a Project Administrator handling project and document management systems. Early in her career she was employed by HSBC and Gulfair, both in Muscat.
Farhat holds a Diploma of IT from the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Brisbane, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Her passion is visual art and she has created the brand “Farhat Al Harthy Photography."
Noor joined IDG in 2015 as a consultant for the Middle East. Her responsibilities are to help build a world-class regional brand synonymous with leadership development programmes that achieve sustainable behavioural change. Specifically Noor engages in strategic business development, as well as programme design and facilitation.
She is an executive and certified coach with The Coaching Training Institute; CTI. She has years of experience in facilitation and programme design on self-development and youth empowerment.
Noor is well travelled, having been born in Jordan, raised in Spain and then completed her education in the United States which has helped her embody a multi-cultural perspective. She has a degree in Political Communication and has completed a Master’s degree in Positive Leadership and Strategy in IE Business School, Madrid. Noor speaks five languages; English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Farsi.
An entrepreneur and a pioneer in the field of positive leadership in the Middle Ease, she is an active member in various organizations such as the ICF (International Coaching Federation), MELA (Middle East Leadership Academy) and The Institute of Coaching which is affiliated to McLean Hospital.
Mr. Ghareb Al-Mahmoud is the Assistant Manager for Qatarization & Leadership Development at Qatar Petroleum. He is responsible for the learning and development of Qatari nationals and for leadership development across QP. He leads a multinational team of over 40 leadership and development specialists.
Ghareb’s original degree was in chemical engineering from university of Ottawa, Canada. He joined QP in Gas Operations in 2007. Since that time, Ghareb has worked in a number of positions including operations, production planning, and technical support. In 2012 he was appointed as the Assistant Manager for Technical Support in the NGL complex in Messaied. However, a major turning point in his career came after he worked on a major organization transformation project with multidisciplinary teams. In 2015 he took up his current role in Human Capital and has been on a steep learning curve.
A good day for Ghareb is one where he inspire others or provoke their reflection.
In 2016 Ghareb hopes to start a very different kind of postgraduate study to equip him to work effectively with both individual and organization development.
Omar Kafood is a Reporting Specialist at Qatargas Operating Company, the largest LNG producer in the world. He is responsible for numerous periodic audited financials to shareholders, and quarterly reports to governmental authorities such as Qatar Central Bank, Qatar Statistics Authority, and Qatar Petroleum. His earlier work for the company as a financial professional included two years as Senior Analyst, where among other things he prepared the monthly management business review for the management team. He has additional financial experience as a General Ledger Accountant, and through work with the Treasury Back-Office.
Omar received his Bachelor of accounting and finance from Qatar University in 2007. He is keen on camping, fishing and snorkeling, and recently purchased his first fishing boat.
Hamid works as Head of Meteorological Services and Media at Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation. He is the spokesman on behalf of Omani meteorology for all press and media channels, leading an administrative and technical team responsible for broadcasting information that influences decision makers and the public. He also presents the weather on Oman TV. Before becoming the department head, he worked as a weather forecaster, responsible for public, aviation, marine, army and special weather predictions within the organization’s Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation. He has also been a lecturer on meteorology for university students. He spent one year serving in the Royal Oman Army.
Hamid holds a B.Sc. in physics from Sultan Qaboos University. He obtained a second Bachelor’s degree in meteorology (weather forecast) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and an M.Sc. in meteorology (forecasting of seedable storms) from the same university. He has trained for a private pilot’s license. He loves coffee.
Raja is Regional Sales Manager at Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). He works for ENOC Lubricant, where he is responsible for an international market encompassing Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the CIS countries, managing all marketing operations, exhibitions and launch campaigns while training and coaching ENOC dealers. Previously he worked as ENOC Lubricant Marketing and Sales Executive, marketing its products in the UAE. Raja came to ENOC from Bin Sulaiman Engineering and Contracting, where he served as Marketing and Communication Coordinator. Furthermore he has worked in real estate, telecommunication, and general trading and services.
Raja holds a Bachelor of Business Education degree from AGU, and is a certified marketing and management professional. He is keen on drawing, and likes photography, graphic design and fine arts.
Heba serves as Systems Project Manager with the HR Management Systems Program at Hikma Pharmaceuticals. She plans and monitors projects through high quality systems that keep to the company’s business and technical requirements. Earlier she spent four years with Intracom, an IT systems integration and professional services provider for the Middle East and Africa regions, eventually being promoted from Project Management Office Team Leader to Section Head, with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She also worked as Country Manager (covering the Levant and Egypt) for Palma, providing business and IT consulting services. Meanwhile she owns Heba’s Closet, a new apparel and accessories boutique in Amman.
Heba holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the Applied Science University. Her hobby of creating handmade accessories and thread bracelets grew into her own business, “Heba’s Designs,” as an entrepreneur. In addition to her retail shop, she owns a booth in Amman’s Jara Market selling her handmade productions.
Rawan is the founder and CEO of RIS, an architecture and interior design firm based in Jeddah. Its services include interior design, architecture, design implementation supervision and execution. Under one roof, RIS Design offers custom design lifestyle solutions; RIS Contracting provides design implementation and execution; and RIS Living offers home accessories and décor products. Before founding RIS ten years ago, Rawan was an interior designer for Harasani Architects in Jeddah. She spent a year at Jordan Design Corner in Amman as an interior designer and trainer. She has regularly participated in the Jeddah Busat Al-Reeh Exhibition and DecoFair Exhibition.
Rawan earned a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Petra University, Amman. She is a good cook, and enjoys horseback riding, swimming and playing the piano.
Jassim works as General Service Manager at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation. Previously he was Head of Regional Sales and Operations Manager at Qatar Petroleum, managing all sales, contract negotiations and customer relationships. He served as the company’s Country Manager in Pakistan and, before that, Regional Manager for North Africa, where he had oversight of the North Africa and European subsidiary for Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) and Total Petrochemical with an asset base of half a billion dollars. Early in his career he managed assets for high net-worth individuals at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in USA.
Jassim graduated from Pittsburg State University, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. His Master’s in international trade law and logistics is from the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport Cairo, Egypt.
Salah is the founder and CEO of Tawteen for Executive Search, a headhunting firm working with conglomerate international and local companies. He is the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s recruitment committee and a member of the Human Resource Committee under the GCC Council. Before that, he worked as Investment and Business Development Manager in Al Harbi Holding. Earlier, he managed a loan portfolio of 20 factories for the Saudi Industrial Development Fund. He sits on the boards of Alakaat Mutakamelah Investment Company, RZM Real Estate Company, and Mera Hotels and Restaurants. His articles in Al Eqtisadiah newspaper, on the Saudi economy, investment strategies and competitive advantage, have appeared weekly. His book “How to Choose Your Major” was published in 2008.
Salah graduated from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals with a Bachelor’s degree in finance. He has attended training courses at MIT, Oxford University and elsewhere on leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship.
Khalid Al-Mana is the Executive Director of Business Finance of Qatar Development Bank (QDB) - the leading development and financing body driving the growth of Qatar’s private sector and its contribution to GDP. Mr. Al-Mana previously held leadership positions at Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Foundation. He held international posts in Washington DC and the Hague.
Mr. Al-Mana holds a Bsc in Finance from Kind Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, and has received specialized diplomas from London Business School and the Brookings Institute. He is currently undergoing his Executive MBA at HEC Paris. He is currently a Board Member at MELA, ELAN, and Chairman of Alshams Advanced Lighting Technologies
Salim is employed as Well Delivery Value Stream Lead at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), looking after lean deployment and continuous improvement in the company’s directorate of Well Engineering. For his contributions, he was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence (gold first place). Previously he served as a Senior Well Integrity Engineer, helping to improve the company’s wells’ compliance. Before that he was the engineer in the tight gas team responsible for designing and executing the deepest on-land well in the Middle East. He joined PDO as a drilling supervisor, and worked in that capacity in the company’s sour high-pressure field in Harweel.
Salim holds a Diploma of Engineering from Saint Mary’s University and graduated from the University of Dalhousie in Halifax, Canada with a degree in industrial engineering. He is keen on football and camping.
Majd is Partner and Technical Manager of Modern Lifestyles, a full systems integration provider that supplies, installs and integrates building technology systems from smart homes to conference rooms, and CCTV to home cinema. He is also a partner in Modern Electric Contractors, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing concern. Meanwhile he is involved in the family business, Al Khatib Engineering Bureau, where he has done major IT upgrades and staff trainings. Earlier he worked as a senior sales officer in the Treasury Department of National Commercial Bank where he strengthened his background in finance, a learning process begun when he joined Samba Financial Group as an assistant manager. He began his career as a junior geophysicist with Saudi Aramco in the city of Dhahran, KSA.
Majd earned a Bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the University of Houston, Texas. His hobbies include music, movies, beach, basketball, soccer, technology, and travelling.
Samer is employed as Competency Development Facilitator for Nestle Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. He enhances the sales force’s competencies and capabilities with functional and behavioral trainings and competency development across the country. He earlier worked for Nestle SA as Channel and Category Sales Development Manager, handling the confectionary category with name brands such as Kit Kat. Samer spent two years as Accounts Manager for the local distributor Al-Naghi Company, establishing two new joint ventures in the country, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Beiersdorf Nivea Skin Care. He launched his career as a key account salesman with Proctor and Gamble in Jeddah, rising to Customer Team Logistics Manager leading a newly launched project revolving around service level agreements and the enhancement of distribution.
Samer holds a B.Sc. in marketing and management from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is deeply interested in biology and genetics, as well as all types and sport and outdoors activities including snorkeling and spear fishing.
Majid is Head of Learning, Planning and Development at Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), the government entity operating both Muscat and Salalah Airports and tasked with managing three new future airports in the country. For the last three years he has worked as training specialist (earlier training officer) for the company. He is involved in people development, recruitment strategies, stakeholder partnerships and change management. Prior to OAMC, he was employed as Talent Management Officer at Haya Water, which operates the water reuse system for Muscat Governorate. He started his career as an HR Generalist with Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s (Oxy) operations in Oman.
Majid’s Bachelor’s degree is in commerce and economics from Sultan Qaboos University. His MBA is from Franklin University. He serves on the board of the Oman Society for Human Resources Management. He is an avid reader of books on business, self-motivation and development, but photography is his ultimate passion.