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Ahmed AlRasheed was born on 5th December 1983 in Riyadh City the Capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was raised in Jubail Industrial City where he completed the elementary school. In 1994, he moved to Khobar City where he completed intermediate and high schools. After graduating from high school, he has continued his studies at Jubail Industrial College, majoring in Science for two years. Later, he transferred to the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh to pursue his Accounting degree. Successfully he achieved his goal and ambition. Ahmed wanted to compliment his Accounting studies with a high level of technical experience from a respectful organization. Therefore, he was keen to join one of the big four firms. Luckily, he managed to join Ernst & Young as at an Associate level. Along with his high commitment, dedication, quality of delivery and commercial mindset he was promoted to Auditor in Charge in an exceptional period of three years. Ahmed saw the need to continue his educational ambition of pursuing a higher degree and currently his at his last year to get his Bachelor Degree in Business Studies in Systems from Arab Open University based in Riyadh. In 2013, Ahmed resigned from Ernst & Young as a Senior Auditor with a long experience of 7.5 years. Oil & Gas as a sector always had Ahmed’s interest to be part of it and understand the business especially in a country where Oil represents about 85% of its’ income. Therefore, he had the opportunity to join Shell in Riyadh as the Financial Controller for the company and looking at the business interest in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Ahmed is married and blessed with three children (one daughter four years old, and a six months old twin a boy and a girl). During his free time, Ahmed enjoys reading, searching, and discussing topics related to Economy, Philosophy, Sociology, Politics, and Comparative religion with his friends and interested people. He has open water diving license.
Business Administration graduate from Leeds Beckett University, Untied Kingdom. Flaunt in Arabic and English. Computer savvy and active in social network, I have been working with Qatar Development Bank for almost a year now. I am Business Localization Advisor in QDB responsible in localizing the supply chain by facilitating matchmaking between SMEs and buyer and monitor the matchmaking process and try to ease SMEs access to public procurement through organizing matchmaking events and workshops. My team and I work in close coordination to identify business opportunities in the local market for SMEs and Qatari entrepreneurs. Our focus is on the growing small and medium enterprises in Qatar by offering a number of financial and non-financial services
Badawi Qawasmi is a Managing Partner at eDARa, a project management firm in the real-estate sector that provides services and consultancy from inception to completion. Previously, he worked as Planning and Design Project Manager for Ammar Group, the largest real-estate developer in Palestine and proudly initiated and completed the plans for an entire neighborhood that expanded Ramallah city limits. Before that Badawi worked as Project Manager for the Palestine Investment Fund, the national sovereign fund of the State of Palestine and as Project Manager for a concrete contractor in the DC area in the USA. Badawi holds an MSc. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.
From a young age, I have always been passionate about helping others in any form possible, I was (still am) also fascinated by the power and importance of communicating, at every level; it was therefore was a natural progression to get into the medical field, particularly in what could enable me to help those who are unfortunately restricted in their communication capabilities. I obtained my BSc in Speech Pathology and Audiology from KSU, then Masters in Audiological Science from UCL, London. I worked in various public hospitals both in KSA and the UK. I am extremely passionate about community service and empowering the youth. Currently, I am an active committee member of Moon and Moon Fame: a Parent and Child Awareness organization in addition to being a yoga instructor. With the skills gained from my strong academic and working backgrounds, along with its diversity, I consider myself to have the relevant knowledge and capability to succeed in this and any related field(s). I’m eager to showcase this in a working setting.
Enas has worked for 10 years in the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (2007-2017), most recently as Global Outreach Manager. She was in charge of planning and managing the Queen’s international engagements and relations. She has just started working as Project Coordinator with GIZ, the German Development Cooperation Organization. She has a BA in German and English as Foreign Languages, and holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies from Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She speaks Arabic, English and German fluently. Besides her career, she is very interested in the global intercultural discourse and has participated in many courses and workshops, including: the Civil Service Development Programme at Sandhurst Academy in the UK in 2015, a one-month parliament scholarship at the German Bundestag in 2014 (including a one-week placement in the Office of Foreign Minister Steinmeier) and a two-week Summer School at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin in 2008 themed “Regional Leaders & Global Challenges”, among other activities. She also represented Jordan at the UN Global Youth Leadership Summit in New York in 2006.
I have a B.A. degree in Public Communications from American University in Washington D.C. (double-minor in Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies) and after years of working in the corporate sphere, I now find myself fully dedicated to contributing to the Kuwaiti civil society sector. My background included being a mentor at the Kuwait-based Babson College ‘Ideas to Action’ social entrepreneurship program, and a facilitator at the PartnersGlobal and En.v Kuwaiti civil societies capacity building program. I currently have an awesome job! As LOYAC Kuwait’s Community Service Manager, my primary role is to provide youth with the skills and knowledge to be active and contributing members in the development of the local and global society. I'm always searching for the next deeply meaningful experience I can engage my young members in. For fun, I enjoy riding motorcycles and horses, scuba diving, doing solo travels, cooking, baking, camping and hanging out with beautiful Lady Flora.
I am an officer with the Spring Account Management at Bank Audi for 4 years. I manage the youth account in terms of product qualifications, and constantly generating innovative offers to maintain youngsters’ interests in retaining and operating their accounts with Bank Audi. I am also an active paramedic and a Mission Chief Commander with the Lebanese Red Cross, and always ready to deal with any emergency case. I am a reliable and responsible person; and I strongly value my friendships and I am always available for any sort of assistance. I love adventures and seek out new challenges. I enjoy traveling and discovering rural villages, especially on motorbikes. I love doing outdoor sport activities such as tennis, jogging, and Zumba.
I am a Manager at Deloitte & Touche (M.E.) working as the regional Brand & Communications Leader for Deloitte Middle East’s consulting practice based in Dubai. I have been with Deloitte for around 8 years of which I have spent most of it in the Middle East regional office based in Beirut. My current role consists of working with Consulting partners on setting and implementing internal and external communications strategies to meet the Consulting practice’s business objectives. As well as overseeing integrated communications, branding, digital presence, thought leadership, events management and other related areas to support the Consulting function across the region. In addition to my role for Consulting, I retain a partial role within the regional team as I lead areas in branding across the region working with an expanded team at the regional office. I hold a Marketing and Management degree from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut and a Master’s degree in Marketing & Communications from the “Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA)”.
A self-motivated HR professional with diverse experience ranging from HR Strategy to HR Operations, with specific focus in the areas of Strategy Development, Day to Day Operations, Talent Management, Performance Management, Coaching, Employee Relations and Compensation & Benefits. Has worked in multiple HR roles within Royal Dutch Shell with a diverse work force in MENA (Middle East/ North Africa). Countries of employment include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, and Oman. I'm the eldest of five in my family, I enjoy trekking, exploring and football in my spare time. Travelling is both a hobby and a passion! I am not a person that likes to shy away from challenges and I hope I can portray that during MELA.
Born in Russia, 1985, I am an architect and a growing self-taught visual artist, living and working in United Arab Emirates. I obtained my B.A. in Architecture from the University of Jordan in 2009, my university project received the honorary mention in the AIA-Abdali Innovation Award- I'm currently practicing my profession as a project architect at maisam architects & engineer. On the side, I am perusing a career in arts and fashion illustration, which began with traditional and experimental techniques, currently best known for my coffee art. My artworks have been featured in many magazines and international websites from arts related pages to high end fashion websites like Valentino and Roberto Cavali, and was part of collective exhibitions in Amman and New York. I mainly shares my works on my Instagram blog @randahaddadin
Hamood Al Habsi is a LEAN Value Stream Lead in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). He graduated from Sultan Qaboos University as a mechanical engineer and Joined PDO in 2004. In his twelve years in PDO, he worked in wells planning, operation, design, new technology maturation and contract management. Currently he is leading a lean deployment team in PDO driving continuous improvement and lean implementations in well engineering directorate. Leading a team of 8 lean coaches, they managed to improve the continuous improvement culture by developing a lean management system that promote CI initiatives and support sustaining the improvements. Hamood’s ultimate goal is to build his own company in future.
Ranya Shalaby is Executive Director of MELA. Formerly the Director of Business Development at INJAZ Egypt, she led the organization’s fundraising and development initiatives - overseeing media, public relations, events, donor acquisition and retention, and community engagement. She completed her graduate degree in comparative literature in 2002 and since then has assumed various roles in development and communications in Egypt, most recently managing donor relations at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Over the past five years she has also supported Egypt’s burgeoning entrepreneurship ecosystem as a mentor and startup competition judge. Her graduate thesis, a comparative study of Egyptian and American short fiction, was published in 2011 and reflects her dual nationality and affinity for cross-cultural dialogue. Ranya spent her formative years in Kuwait and since 1990 has resided in Cairo, Egypt.
1) Lawyer at Mazin A. Kurdi Law Office Jeddah - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2) LLM in Public International Law City University London - England. 3) Graduate Diploma in Law, INTO City University London- England 3) Bachelors in Banking and Finance Lebanese American University Lebanon. I Ibrahim Abdulelah Alabdali born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Lived most of my life Outside my country which helped me learn 2 foreign languages ( English and Spanish) As well as Explore different cultures new ways of thinking which aided in the construction of my career. I personally believe that there is still many chances in life that are to come and should be used properly to improve and invest in himself. The sky is my limit as i believe that a person can still grow and reach higher positions and learn as long as he is breathing.
An Omani national, working as the HR Manager for the first ITC in Oman. My background varies between education and HR, which gives me the perfect strength to understand L&D and people growth. My career has also been a mix of HR and Education, which has exposed me to all kinds of people and situations. I have done an MSC in leadership, which has really expanded my interest in the topic, and I look forward to being part of an organization that empowers professionals to pay it forward. Extending our knowledge and experience to the community is a pillar in my belief system and I'm excited to finally be able to give back to our society.
Ibtehal Ba Wazir is a Lean Value Stream Lead at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). She is responsible for delivering operational improvements and building the Lean culture in the People and Change Directorate through the strategic deployment of the Lean Management System. She works as part of the leadership team to establish the improvement agenda for the directorate and oversees the delivery of the agenda. Ibtehal comes from a consulting background having worked for PwC Middle East and Ernst and Young for over 7 years. Her responsibilities included developing business development opportunities, establishing relationships with clients, delivering projects and building the capabilities of her team members. She also worked as Human Resources Specialist for two years for Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOC (Nawras), currently known as Ooredoo. Ibtehal holds an MBA from EDHEC Business School, Nice, France and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri St. Louis, USA. She enjoys travelling, sports and yoga. She is also very passionate about food.
She started her career as a civil engineer working with internationally renowned entities such as Atkins and Faithful & Gould. She then followed her passion in the field of social media and was voted the youngest entrepreneur in the Sultanate of Oman. Awarded the Omani Women’s Excellence award in the field of technology in 2014. One of the first in the region to be certified as a Social Media Strategist. Also plays a big role in supporting local talent and small-to-medium enterprises. Her local market knowledge is complimented by a dynamic understanding of Omani government rules, regulations, and practices. Recently graduated from an executive Education program in "Leadership" from Harvard University.
Studied and lived in Lebanon for most of my life, I did my masters degree in London. Also did my training in one of the largest UK based logistics companies. Now i am one out of 3 who are part of the 3rd generation of a family owned transport business that is active in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Cyprus. I am married for over 7 years, we have a very cute 2 year old girl, have known my wife for over 15 years. I enjoy my job a lot, and happy working with the family. Have been working for the past 12 years.
Salim Al Aisri is a Control and Automation Engineer with extensive experience in various technology industries. Salim graduated from the University of Teesside (UK) with B.Sc in IT. After graduation he joined Hybrid Creations Ltd as a software engineer, providing customized IT solutions for the local SME market. He then went on to join Omantel as Senior Telecom Engineer. At Omantel, Salim developed a complex data mining system that analyzed the performance of the entire telecom network and provided instant feedback as well as performance enhancement suggestions which lead to the dramatic improvement of the efficiency and stability of the network. Salim then moved to Occidental Petroleum Oman as a Control and Automation Lead. He restructured the control and automation team and created a training and leadership program that focused on knowledge transfer and effective team dynamics. Salim currently works at GlassPoint Solar where he is the Lead Control and Automation Engineer. Glasspoint Solar offers renewable energy solutions for the heavy oil industry by providing steam generation using solar concentrators. Salim is in the process of obtaining a patent with Glasspoint for an algorithm that will improve efficiency and reliability of the system using off the shelf technology. Salim is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and is strong advocate on the symbiosis of technology and organizational structures to provide a highly effective and agile project planning and execution strategy. Salim enjoys reading and sharing ideas on various topics including psychology, philosophy, theoretical physics, and economics. During his spare time, Salim enjoys hiking, photography and traveling.
Mrs. Khadijah Shurrab is a partner and the Managing Director at United Plastic Container Establishment (UNITEX), the first company in Jordan for Rotational Molding and Blow Molding, established in 1993 and has ever since been the market leader in Jordan. Unitex’s list of products vary from water, fuel and chemical tanks that are horizontal and vertical in shape and go up to 20,000 litres in storage capacity, to chemical barrels, flower pots with embossed decorations, road barriers, traffic cones, silos for food industries and dustbins. With over 13 years of experience in managing Unitex with over 50 employees and numerous distributers in Jordan and the Middle East, Khadijah specialises in finance, planning, monitoring, delegating, and is known for her excellent team spirit and high sense of commitment, and with 2 children she is known to multi task and is always ready to face new challenges. Khadijah is also President of Shurrab Bros and Co. for Cold-storage and Logistics solutions and President of Jordan Oasis for Fruit and Vegetables. Khadijah earned her Master’s degree in Business Information Technology from The University of Westminster, London in 2002, and earned her BA in Business Administration from the Amman Al Ahlia University in 2001. Khadijah contributes to improving the industrial sector in her area by her membership in the Al Muwaqar Investors Association, she is also member of EO Jordan Chapter, and was one in four ladies in Jordan selected as She's a Mercedes (Four self-driven women, each faced with a different challenge, look back on what it took to climb their way to victory. Meet some of the most inspiring Jordanian women who have transformed their lives and the lives of others https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZcQKCCStTs).
General Manager MultiCell. Marketing Manager BCI July 2012 – Present (4 years 8 months)Ramallah, Palestine -Establishes marketing goals to ensure share of market and profitability of products and/or services. -Plans, directs, and coordinates the marketing of the organization's products and/or services. -Develop an annual and quarter marketing plan in conjunction with the sales department and to direct marketing and sales staff where budgets are devolved -Supervise and maintain the operations of the nontraditional channels such as Operators, B2B, retail. -Generate and execute marketing activities that assist sales efforts to create product and brand awareness and help achieving assigned targets. -Manage all marketing activities within the agreed budget. -Oversees all marketing advertising and promotional staff and activities. -Achieve frequent, timely and positive media coverage across all available media. -Manages the entire product line life cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities. -Conducts market research in order to identify market requirements for current and future products. -Develops pricing strategy in coordination with the sales manager. -Follow up with Samsung regional offices on all related marketing issues. -Develops and implement a company-wide plan to push our product. -Performing other duties as and when requested by the direct supervisor.
My Name is Khamis Mohammed Al-Shammakhi from Oman. I am married to a lovely wife called Ahlam since 2004. I have three beautiful daughters and one smart son. I have graduated with engineering degree from Sultan Qaboos University, September June ’99, Petroleum & Mineral Resources Department, Petroleum Engineering. I have personal interest in travelling, meeting new people and watching movies. With 16+ years of experience in oil and gas business inside and outside PDO, (3+ years in BSP & early career experience in MOG). Very good technical and non technical skills in petroleum engineering, programme build, EP economics, lifecycle development strategies, asset performance management and value assurance in both onshore and offshore and complex fields. With Very Good capacity in leadership and people coordination skills with clearly demonstrated interpersonal relationship, well valued and utilise teams diversity and inspire others to deliver. Highly motivated with quality deliverable and highly driven towards goals. Energetic and skilled in balancing honest self-expression with being open to other perspective. Skilled in response and adopt to changing circumstances. Keen in staff coaching & improvement empower the team to act and speak their mind. I completed essential and advance training courses that helped me to develop my skills & knowledge, example of training sessions is; - - Leadership and crucial conversation courses - Shell Advance Well, Reservoir and Facility Management course & workshop - E&P Business skills - Integrated subsurface course & Field Management.
Yasmine El-Hini has 5+ years of experience in strategy, corporate finance, and advisory services in the Middle East and North Africa. Currently, Yasmine is part of the investment team at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. Her role involves developing investment strategies as well as sourcing, executing, and managing debt and equity investments in private sector companies. Prior to that Yasmine worked with IFC’s Trade and Competitiveness global practice, supporting public sector clients on programs to improve the business climate and attract private sector investments. Prior to joining IFC, Yasmine worked as a management consultant with Booz & Company. Yasmine holds a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo.
Lamia Al Ansi is from Salalah, Oman but was raised and has lived across the world for the majority of her life, between studying and working in 4 continents. She now works in the Negotiations and Supply Chain industry in Oman, having done this for both Upstream Oil and Gas, and now Development for tourism and real estate. Her current role includes being a director of procurement, tender committee member and board of director member of several organizations in Oman. Her particular area of interest at work is developing Omani and GCC markets, particularly local skills and industries. She’s passionate about experiences, which resulted in her trying out open water diving, bunjee jumping, summitting Kilimanjaro, hiking in Oman, paragliding, winter skiing, alternative therapy training, and too many other things to list which are part of a huge bucket list of experiencing life to the fullest. Lamia also spends time supporting youth initiatives in the GCC such as #weoritu and Springboard for women empowerment.
Yousuf Al Yousuf is a UAE national born in Dubai on February 9th, 1989. After finishing schooling in Dubai he went to Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he obtained a bachelors degree with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. Yousuf started his career with Deutsche Bank in 2012 with the Coverage Team focusing on Corporate Finance. At the end of 2012 he joined HSBC's graduate programme for two years. He then spent another year with HSBC as an International Senior Relationship Manager covering Small to Medium corporates. In November 2015, he joined Julius Baer as a Relationship manager to focusing on high net worth individual and Institutions. Yousuf is recently married with no children. He is actively involved in sports and fitness. He enjoys travelling and is an avid watch collector.
A McGill University MBA graduate with extensive experience in consulting and finance. Lived in Kuwait, Manama, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto. Currently living in Amman and have changed career paths to real estate costruction for the past couple of years. I have excellent analytical skills developed from my background as a double major in accounting and finance (Boston University). These skills were further shaped by my work experiences in many global firms such as Merrill Lynch and TJX Inc. to heading both branches of family owned assurance and consulting services firm in Kuwait and Bahrain. I believe that my other strength is in my communication skills which have served me well during my MBA program and various managerial positions. I am a true believer in the importance of constant learning and new experiences which is why I am thrilled to be joining the masterclass of MELA.
Currently acting as a Commodity trader for the Middle East and Africa within the largest construction Group, my professional track record has been built on a dual experience: - On one hand, I have worked for 12 years in private companies and service firms where I have held roles in Strategy, Business Development, M&A & Trading; with an important focus on the infrastructure and construction industry - whether in railway, real estate, telecommunication or energy. - On the other hand, I have engaged for 5 years in the public sector and within International organizations for the implementation of cooperation and crisis recovery projects in the Middle East region. MY main interest is enrolling within sustainable development projects in the Middle East region.
I have Graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2007 with a bachelor degree on Business Administration, 15 years of project finance experience, 5 years of real estate experience, 1 year of credit insurance experience. In 2001, joined Bahrain Development Bank then Bahrain Business Incubator Centre and Currently working with Qatar Development Bank as Export Trade Finance Manger since October 2015. Export Trade Finance Department offers two deferent kind of services to Qatari Exporters as follows: 1- Export Trade Finance: a. Raw Material Finance. b. Bill Discounting. 2- Credit Insurance: a. Pre- Export credit cover. b- Post- Export credit cover. c. Whole Turn Over (WTO).
Work Experience 04/2016 – Currently Regional Business development Manager, ACE consulting Engineers, Moharram Bakhoum. • Identifies trendsetter ideas by researching industry and related events, publications, and announcements; tracking individual contributors and their accomplishments. • Locates or proposes potential business deals by contacting potential partners; discovering and exploring opportunities. • Screens potential business deals by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, potential, and financials; evaluating options; resolving internal priorities; recommending equity investments. • Develops negotiating strategies and positions by studying integration of new venture with company strategies and operations; examining risks and potentials; estimating partners' needs and goals. • Closes new business deals by coordinating requirements; developing and negotiating contracts; integrating contract requirements with business operations. • Protects organization's value by keeping information confidential. • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations. • Enhances organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments. 04/2016 – Currently HVAC/ Renewable Energy/Project Management Consultant, ACE consulting Engineers, Moharram Bakhoum. • Review of technical aspects /feasibility of new project inquiries. • Review contract document for each project phase and advise PM of any deficiency. • Continuous tracking and coordination of project milestones: Conceptual, tender, detailed design, design to build, fabrication, shipping, installation, and hand over to ensure project deadlines are adhered to both internally and externally. • Review of conceptual, tender, detailed, and shop drawings, technical specifications, and documentation. • Perform product inspections at manufacturer’s facilities. • Organize and update project documentation: engineering drawings, product specifications and modifications and production schedules. • Escalate timeline and budget matters properly. • Preparation of O&M manual. • Development of installation method of statement of the product and coordinate site installation. • Prepare and conduct testing and commissioning protocols based on the submitted specification to ensure compliance of the product with the contract. • Perform on-site inspections and owner’s product training. 09/2015 – Currently HVAC / Renewable Energy Consultant Cairo, Egypt. • Thermal simulation. • Design and development of a ventilation and cooling system. • Prepare and conduct testing and commissioning protocols. • Prepare project documentation: engineering drawings, technical specifications and modifications and installation schedules. • Preparation of O&M manual. • Escalate timeline and budget matters. • Project management consulting • Consult in thermal insulations used in the project. • Development of installation method of statement of the product and coordinate site Installation. Reference Projects: • "Il Monte Galala" Tatweer Masr. • Sunset Floating riverboat. • “Keji” Asian Restaurant. • "Wunder Kid" Dancing Club 05/2015 – Currently operations/Project Management consultant, Andalusia for sustainable energy solutions, Cairo, Egypt (ASES). • Project Manager for all the projects developed and contracted by ASES.
Mohammad Nuseibeh has over 20 years of professional experience, both in the United States and Palestine. Over 7 years of those are as finacial manager in the United States and the other 13 years are in Palestine both in private sector development and private sector. Since January 2014, Mohammad has been the Deputy Team Leader for the Palestinian Market Development Programme, funded by DFID and the EU, Implemented by DAI Europe. The objective of the programme is to improve private sector comptetiveness, improve sector performance through analysing and addressing market failures, and improving linakeges on trade and investment. Before that, Mohammad served as the General Manager of the Palestinian Company for Cash in Transit. Prior to that Mohammad was the Team Leader of the Facility of New Market Development, funded by DFID with backing from the World Bank, Implemented by DAI Europe. Mohammad also worked as a Business Advisor in the Facilty for New Market Development. - Masters of Business Administration from Butler University, Indianaoplis, Indiana, USA. - Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Al Isra’ University, Jordan.