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WEDF 2015 - Speakers and Moderators

Mr. Axel M. Addy
Minister
Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Liberia

Mr. Addy has served as Liberia’s Minister of Commerce and Industry since April 2013. During his tenure, he has redirected the Ministry’s core functions to focus on investment diversification beyond extractive industries to include agriculture and tourism; empowering SMEs to formalize and improve their access to market, finance and capacity development opportunities; and integration in the regional and world economy. Prior to joining the Liberian government, Mr. Addy served for four years as Country Representative in Liberia for Population Services International, where he managed a multi-million dollar project portfolio.

Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari
Executive Director
Enhanced Integrated Framework

Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari is the Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization.  Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. Previously he served, among others, as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and Trade Programme Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also worked as a manager of Nepal Indosuez Bank Ltd. and as a lecturer at the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, in addition to working as a consultant for various multilateral organizations.

Mr. Usman Ahmed
Head of Global Public Policy
PayPal Inc

Usman Ahmed is the head of Global Public Policy at PayPal Inc.  His work covers a variety of global issues, including financial services regulation, innovation, international trade and entrepreneurship. He has covered these subjects at conferences and universities around the world and his publications have appeared in numerous journals, including the World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report, Journal of World Trade and the Michigan Journal of International Law. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law School, where he teaches international law and Internet-related policy issues.  Prior to PayPal, he worked at a number of policy think tanks in the Washington, D.C. area, focusing on good governance issues.  

Mr. Lanre Akinola
Editor
Africa Business

Lanre Akinola is a media professional with extensive experience in Africa. He is a 2014 Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, has worked with the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, and is the former Editor of This Is Africa at the Financial Times.  Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, he holds a degree in politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

Mr. Yousuf Al-Jaidah
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Mr. Al-Jaidah was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in June 2015. He previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer at the QFC, where he was responsible for the overall strategic development of the organization. Mr. Al-Jaidah has a strong background in finance, with experience across a variety of roles. Prior to joining the QFC, he was the head of indirect investment at the Qatar General Retirement and Pension Authority, which included overseeing the management of hedge funds, private equity, real estate, fixed income and equity portfolio investments. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum and Dolphin Energy and managing various real estate projects in Qatar.

Mr. Mohammed Mubarak Al-Mansouri
Senior Relationship Manager
Qatar Development Bank (QDB)

Mr. Al-Mansouri is the Senior Relationship Manager at Qatar Development Bank (QDB). He began his career at QDB as a credit analyst in 2011. 
Mr. Al-Mansouri holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Qatar University and a master’s degree in Islamic finance from Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Mr. Jacques Ulrich Andriantiana
Minister
Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Meteorology of Madagascar

Mr. Andriantiana has been the Minister of Tourism, Transport and Meteorology of Madagascar since January 2015. His career as a civil servant began in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004, where he was mainly in charge of economic diplomacy and development.Prior to joining the government, he worked as an investment officer responsible for mining, tourism, infrastructure and textiles for the Economic Development Board of Madagascar. In parallel, he was a part-time lecturer of international economics, economic diplomacy and international cooperation at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration de Madagascar and at the Institut universitaire de gestion et de management. He served as Minister for Youth and Leisure of the transitional government of national unity until 2014, holding this position while serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Eliza Anyangwe
Writer and Commissioning Editor
The Guardian

Eliza Anyangwe is a freelance writer and commissioning editor, looking after the post-2015 hub on Global Development Professionals Network. She also speaks and blogs about technology, development, gender, and Africa in the media. After two years as editor of the Global Development Professionals Network, Eliza Anyangwe now covers African and international development as a freelancer for The Guardian and CNN. She has chaired and spoken on panels ranging from the Eat Stockholm Food Forum to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Outside of work, Eliza is creating The Nzinga Effect, a platform to share the stories of African women, across sectors and across the continent and the world.

Mr. Stefano Arganese
Chief Executive Officer
DHL Freight for Central Eastern Southern Europe (CESE) and Americas, Middle East and Africa (AMEA)

Dr. Stefano Arganese is the CEO of DHL Freight for Central Eastern Southern Europe (CESE) and Americas, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). Stefano began his career with Danzas in Italy and Switzerland before joining DHL Express in 2002 as Project Manager and Freight Integration Director in Switzerland. He has since been in various positions within DHL before assuming his current role as CEO for CESE & AMEA in 2012. Stefano has a degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Logistics from the Polytechnic University of Milan and a Master of Business Administration from SDA Bocconi Business School in Milan.

Ms. Nagla Bahr
Managing Director
Credit Guarantee Company

Ms. Bahr is the Managing Director of the Credit Guarantee Company in Egypt. She is a member of different regional and international committees and working groups, such as the Euro-Mediterranean Charter, Arab Credit Guarantee Network, Salzburg Seminar and others.She has more than 25 years of experience in financial and economic development activities. She assisted policymakers and governments in various technical-assistance projects and programmes at national and regional levels in MENA, the Mediterranean basin, Africa and Asia. Her involvement focused on sustainable economies, policy reforms, MSMEs development, financial inclusion, poverty, inequality and multi-country programmes of evaluation in various sectors, public-private partnership initiatives, and credit guarantee schemes development.

Mr. Jean-Claude Bessudo
President
Aviatur Group

Mr. Bessudo has been serving as president of Aviatur Group for more than 40 years. The group manages companies that operate in the sectors of travel and tourism, foreign trade, marketing, insurance, medical assistance and services and technology.He received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Del Rosario University in 2014. Aviatur Group has been recognized as a model of transparency and of fighting against corruption by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations in 2014. Bessudo is also a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact in Latin America.

Mr. Galma Boru
Ambassador
Embassy of Kenya to the State of Qatar

Mr Galma Mukhe Boru, a career diplomat, ambassador to Qatar. Boru was until his appointment Deputy Head of Mission at Kenya’s embassy in Washington DC, US.

Ms. Gina Casar
Under-Secretary-General, Associate Administrator
United Nations Development Programme

Gina Casar was appointed Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in June 2014.
Gina Casar has a rich and distinguished career, with wide-ranging management experience in both private and public sectors (national and international) and in academia. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Casar served as Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Controller and Representative of the Secretary-General for the investments of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. Before joining the United Nations in 2009, Ms. Casar was National Treasurer of Mexico; Chief Financial Officer, Banco Nacional de Servicios Financieros; Deputy General Director, Banking Sector, Ministry of Finance; and Deputy Vice President, National Banking Commission in Mexico.

 

Mr. Hugh Dunleavy
Chief Commercial Officer
Qatar Airways Group

Hugh Dunleavy was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Qatar Airways Group in August 2015. Mr. Dunleavy has been working in the airline industry for about 20 years and has assisted international airlines on a variety of commercial issues. He previously served as Commercial Director at Malaysia Airlines and Vice President of Revenue at WestJet Airlines, where he was instrumental in expanding the airline’s route network, revenue base and profitability.

Mr. David Evans
CEO
HalalFocus.com

Mr. Evans is a consultant in the halal sector, specializing in high-level strategic policymaking and informed market intelligence. He co-founded the World Halal Forum in 2006 and has organized halal sector conferences, workshops and seminars around the world. He is the founder and owner of HalalFocus.com, the largest platform of online news in the halal sector.

Mr. Naushad Forbes
President Designate of CII, Director of Forbes Marshall
Forbes Marshall Pvt Ltd

Naushad Forbes is the Director of Forbes Marshall Limited, India's leading steam engineering and control instrumentation company, where he leads the steam-engineering business.He was a consulting professor in the Management Science & Engineering programme at Stanford University from 1987 to 2004. His publications include a book co-authored by David Wield, From Followers to Leaders: Managing Technology and Innovation in Newly Industrializing Countries.Forbes is on the board of Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, Godrej Industries Limited, Tata AutoComp Systems Limited, National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Ruby Hall Clinic, Jump Associates LLC and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Ms. Jennifer Freedman
Journalist
MLex Market Insight

Jennifer Freedman is a veteran print journalist who has worked for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones Newswires and newspapers in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, covering trade, politics, human rights and economics. She now works as an editor and reporter for MLex, writing about WTO disputes, plurilateral, regional and global trade talks, and trade in Asia.After receiving a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley, Ms. Freedman earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia as well as a master's degree in Middle Eastern history from Binghamton University, where she completed doctoral studies and wrote a dissertation on the history of violence during the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Ms. Anabel Gonzalez
Senior Director
World Bank Group

Anabel Gonzalez has been Senior Director of the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness since July 2014. Previously, she served as Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade and the president's principal adviser, negotiator and spokesperson on trade and investment policy. During her tenure, Gonzalez led Costa Rica’s efforts to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); negotiated, approved and implemented six free trade agreements, including ones with China and the European Union; and implemented policies that enhanced the investment climate in Costa Rica by encouraging over 140 investment projects. She also had a lead role in Costa Rica’s Competitiveness and Innovation Council. Since September 2014, she has led the Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness.

Ms. Arancha González
Executive Director
International Trade Centre

Ms. González has served as Executive Director of the ITC since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During this period, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative, and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.
Prior to this, she held several positions at the European Commission, negotiating trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the EU spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the EU Trade Commissioner.
She began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters.

Mr. Hassan Abdulraham Al Ibrahim
Chief Tourism development Officer
Qatar Tourism Authority

Hassan Al Ibrahim leads the tourism development sector of the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) – the government body responsible for the planning, the regulation and the promotion of tourism in Qatar. With a team of multi-disciplinary specialists, Hassan is in charge of the development, the implementation and the monitoring of national institutional strategic plans, performance management systems and quality assurance programs across QTA. Prior to joining QTA in 2012, Hassan served in several senior positions in the Marketing and Project Management divisions of RasGas. Hassan holds a Bachelor in Computer Engineering, an MSc in Project Management and is currently pursuing an MBA degree at HEC Paris.

Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahim
Economic Advisor
Cabinet of H.H. the Emir of the State of Qatar

Dr. Ibrahim served as the Economic Advisor to H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani from 1988-2013. He continues his role as the Economic Advisor to H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. From 2006-2011, Dr. Ibrahim was the Secretary-General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning. Under his leadership, the secretariat led the coordination of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and subsequently the preparation of Qatar’s First National Development Strategy 2011-2016, both of which have provided the foundations for the State of Qatar’s social, human, economic and environmental development planning. Dr. Ibrahim has wide experience in the oil and gas industry. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration from New York University.

Mr. El Amine Serhani Al Idrissi
President
National Federation of E-commerce in Morocco

Mr. El Amine Serhani Al Idrissi is the President of the National Federation of E-commerce in Morocco, which launched ‘Made in Morocco’, the largest e-commerce platform in Africa. This B2B and B2C platform – featuring more than 800 Moroccan producers – provides over a million references with detailed information, competitive prices, secure payment, personalized recommendations, and fast and guaranteed delivery services.
His professional expertise reflects his advanced knowledge of digital economy, having dealt with issues faced by Africa-based e-commerce sellers (especially for cross-border transactions) as well as solutions to unlock their international potential.

Ms. Fe Jazzareen
CEO
PERSIS Management

Ms. Jazzareen is Chief Executive Officer of Persis Management, a consulting firm specializing in the halal industry and Islamic economy, with a niche expertise in knowledge infrastructure. She is a national expert panel member under Malaysia’s National Occupancy Skills Standards, a certified halal lead auditor and founder/master trainer for Halal AQLTM, a proprietary programme developed under smart partnership with the Department of Standards of Malaysia. Ms. Jazzareen brings over 18 years of experience, with a multinational background and expertise in quality assurance, auditing and supply chain development. She has also been involved in the development of halal parks, RFID/traceability and human capital development.

Mr. Denis Karera
Chairman
East Africa Business Council

Denis Karera is the chairman of the East Africa Business Council. He is a Rwandan businessman operating in two major business areas: the hospitality industry and real estate developments.  He is the CEO of Park View Courts, a high end apartment-hotel facility in Nyarutarama, Kigali’s upscale suburb.  He is the Chairman of Rwanda Hospitality Association, which brings together hotels, restaurants, bars and other hospitality-related facilities.  He is also the CEO of Kigali Heights Development Company, dealing primarily in Real Estate development.  He has a degree in Criminology from Cambridge University and is a retired senior civil servant. He is the Honorary Consul of Ghana in Rwanda and an active member of Rwanda Private Sector Federation.

Mr. Hossain Khaled
President
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hossain Khaled was elected president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in 2014, a position that he also held from 2007 to 2008. In parallel, he is also the chairman of Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Limited and City Brokerage Limited. He is the managing director of AG Automobiles Limited and Anwar Jute Spinning Mills Limited. He is also the Director of Anwar Group of Industries, the City Bank Limited, BD Finance Capital Holdings Limited and BD Finance Securities Limited. He served as the Senior Vice President of DCCI in 2006 and Vice President from 2002 to 2003.

Mr. Abdulaziz Nasser Al Khalifa
Qatar Development Bank

Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa was appointed CEO of Qatar Development Bank (QDB). Prior to joining QDB, Mr. Al-Khalifa worked at Qatar Shell as a Business Development Manager for nearly three years and held technical and managerial positions at The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) for six years prior to that. Mr. Al-Khalifa holds an MBA from Qatar University and has received several specialized diplomas from Harvard and Insead Universities. Mr. Al-Khalifa has vast experience in SMEs, private and entrepreneurship sector. He played a
leading role in the launch of several flagship development initiatives,
including the Al Dhameen Partial Guarantee Program, Tasdeer Qatar Export
Development Agency and the Housing Loan Program for Qatari citizens.

Mr. Andreas Klasen
Professor
Offenburg University

Andreas Klasen is Professor of International Business at Offenburg University and Fellow in the Global Policy Institute at Durham University. His work focuses on strategic international management, economic development and trade policy. He regularly acts as a government advisor for foreign trade and public policy, particularly in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Previously, Andreas was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and PwC’s Economics & Policy Leader. He also served as Managing Director of the official German Export Credit and Investment Insurance Agency. Before joining PwC, he was Head of Guarantees and Export Finance with EADS and advisor to the European Commission and the German Government on trade and industrial policy. Up until 2014, Andreas Klasen served as Berne Union Vice President.

Mr. Paul Maguire
Acting Group Chief Business Officer
Al Khaliji Commercial Bank

Mr. Maguire is an experienced corporate finance professional with a wealth of knowledge of the Qatari and GCC markets, having worked in these markets for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Al Khaliji, he worked for Mizuho Corporate Bank Limited and Barclays. At Mizuho, he was responsible for managing a corporate banking franchise across the Middle East & Africa. The primary focus was structuring and arranging debt for clients as part of broader liability management (loans, bonds & private placements). Mr. Maguire joined Al Khaliji in 2010 as head of international banking, leading the roll-out of the banks’ corporate-led strategy in Qatar and the GCC. He is currently the Acting Group Chief Business Officer at Al Khaliji.

Mr. Dato Dzulkifli Mahmud
Chief Executive Officer
MATRADE

Dato Dzulkifli Mahmud was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), an export promotion agency of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held several high-level positions within MATRADE: Senior Director of the Exporters Development Division, Senior Trade Commissioner for the Gulf Cooperation Council in Dubai, Director for West Asia, Africa, South Asia and Commonwealth of Independent States in the Netherlands, and Consul and Trade Commissioner, in the Consulate of Malaysia (Commercial Section) in Italy. His career with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry began in 1980.

Ms. Catherine Njau
Project Manager
GreenBell Communications Limited

Ms. Njau is passionate about transformational projects in the IT world. As the project manager at GreenBell Communications Limited, her main aim is to ensure that projects are handled professionally and the end result goes beyond her clients’ expectations. This is an assignment that involves both creativity and close collaboration with her team members. Together with her team of five, Ms. Njau won the first-ever Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum Tech Challenge in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The winning app designed by the team is its biggest project thus far: the goal is to ensure that 1 million women-led businesses are connected to global markets by 2020. Ms. Njau is an energetic lady with desires to network and travel the world.

Mr. Ihsan Ovüt
Secretary General
Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC)

Ihsan Ovut is the Secretary General of Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC). Prior to joining SMIIC, he worked as Head of Training Department of Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) for 2 years. Before that, he worked as Director of several Directorates in the fields of international relation of TSE between years 2000-2011. He was graduated from the Department of International Relations of Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University, Turkey.He organized several annual meetings of international standard organizations (ISO, IEC, CEN/CENELEC etc.) in Turkey. He carried out all secretarial activities of Interregional Standardization Association (IRSA) between the years 1997-2011 and also all secretarial activities of Standardization Expert Group of the Islamic Countries which prepared the Statute of SMIIC (1997-2011)

Ms. Mari Pangestu
Professor
University of Indonesia

Mari Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 to 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in academia, second-track processes, international organizations and government, working in areas related to international trade and investment in the multilateral, regional and domestic settings. As Minister of Trade, she played an active role at the WTO, initiated Ministers of Trade meetings and provided leadership in regional cooperation in ASEAN and at APEC.  She is currently a professor of international economics at the University of Indonesia and is on the board of directors of the Centre of Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia’s leading think tank.

Mr. Rick Pudner
Chairman
Beehive Group DMCC

Mr. Pudner is an experienced international banker who has worked for HSBC and Emirates NBD banks over the last 33 years. In 2006, Pudner joined Emirates Bank International as Group CEO tasked with creating a regional banking champion. He successfully led the merger between Emirates Bank and the National Bank of Dubai to create the region’s largest bank by assets, Emirates NBD, in 2007. He stepped down as Group CEO after eight years in late 2013. Rick also undertook numerous board roles during his tenure including with Emirates Fund Managers Jersey Ltd, Emirates Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, and Tanfeeth. He is also a founding member of the Visa CEMEA Advisory Forum.

Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza
Minister for East African Community Affairs
Ministry of East African Community Affairs

Valentine Rugwabiza has been the Minister for East African Community Affairs since July 2014.  She was formerly the chief executive officer of the Rwanda Development Board, as well as a cabinet member. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, where she held senior management positions. Between 2005 and 2013, she served as the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Prior to joining the WTO, she served as Rwanda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, and Ambassador of Rwanda to Switzerland.  She was a member of the Council of Economic and Social Affairs in the Office of the Rwandan President in Kigali. Valentine Rugwabiza is a founding member of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation, the Rwanda Women Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Rwandese Women Leaders' Caucus.

Mr. Alioune Sarr
Minister
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Informal Sector of Senegal

Alioune Sarr was appointed the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Informal Sector of Senegal in 2012. He previously served as Director General of the Senegalese Agency for Export Promotion (ASEPEX). Mr. Sarr has 20 years of experience as a consultant in management, design, information systems and implementing integrated solutions for corporate management. He provides training on databases and new Internet technologies. Previously he managed and optimized information systems for industrial and mining firms and the state-owned telecommunications company, and trained Senegalese government engineers on advanced technologies. Mr. Sarr also chaired a commission tasked with digitizing election-monitoring data.

Mr. Rushdi Siddiqui
Chief executive officer
Zilzar

Mr. Siddiqui is co-founder and chief executive officer of Zilzar, a global platform for the Muslim lifestyle market. He co-founded Azka Capital and serves as its managing director. Prior to that, he worked as Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters and as Global Director for the Dow Jones Islamic Market Indices from 1998 to 2008. During his 10-year mandate, he led the global expansion of the Dow Jones Indices into the Islamic finance market. He is a co-founder of Shekra, the world’s first Islamic crowdfunding platform; a member of the Board of Advisers for Crescentrating, a Singapore-based Muslim travel company; and Board Member at Dinar Standard, a United States-based growth-strategy research and advisory firm.

 

Ms. Yasam Talu
Senior Investment Officer
IFC’s Financial Institutions Group

Yasam Talu is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC’s Financial Institutions Group. Ms. Talu joined IFC in 2007 and worked with banks and non-bank financial institutions in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Turkey and the Russian Federation. She has been responsible for new business development in the region to increase access to financial services for SMEs, women-owned enterprises and microfinance companies. Her experience includes a range of debt, equity and trade finance investments, with commercial banks, funds, leasing companies and microfinance institutions. Ms. Talu has over 13 years of banking experience in debt capital markets, project finance and equity investments. Prior to her work at IFC, she worked as a senior banker at Citibank and Abn Amro, based in Istanbul and New York.

Mr. Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Prime Minister & Minister of Interior
State of Qatar

Mr. Al Thani has been serving as the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar since June 2013. He also serves as the chairman of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. Prior to that, he was the Minister of Interior Affairs from 2005-2013 and was a member of the Qatari Council of Ministers. He has been awarded with various honours and recognitions, including the Legion of Honor Award in 2009. Mr. Al Thani graduated in Police Sciences from the Durham Military College in 1984 and obtained a license degree in law from the Arab University of Beirut in 1995.

Mr. Zouhair Triqui
Secretary-General
Maroc Export

Mr. Zouhair Triqui was appointed Secretary-General of Maroc Export (Moroccan Centre for Export Promotion) in May 2015. Prior to that, he served as the organization’s marketing and strategy director. With over 25 years of experience in export promotion and international development, Mr. Triqui also contributed to the development and the implementation of Morocco’s national export promotion strategy ‘Morocco Export Plus’.

Mr. Terence Tse
Associate professor
ESCP Europe Business School

Mr. Tse is an associate professor of finance at the ESCP Europe Business School, as well as an advisor and commentator. Tse is an expert in the subjects of competitiveness and the economic and social affairs of the European Union Eurozone and China. He co-founded the concept of Fast-Expanding Markets and has published widely in this area.Alongside his professorship at ESCP Europe Business School, he is also Head of Competitiveness Studies at the i7 Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness, an academic think tank based in Paris and London. He is also a faculty member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness curriculum developed by the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.

Mr. Mohammed Al Twaijri
Assistant Secretary-General
League of Arab States

Dr. Mohammed I. Al Twaijri  has been serving as Assistant Secretary-General of the Leagues of Arab States since December 2006.Prior to that, he assumed the position of dean in the College of Industrial management at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (1989-1997). From 1999 to 2007, he served as Director-General of Arab Administrative Development Organization. Dr. AlTwaijri has been recognized internationally for his publications and research. Universities and multinational companies also recognize his expertise in privatization, restructuring, strategic management, career development, quality improvement, benchmarking, business practices and styles in the Middle East.

Mr. Tunc Uyanik
Chief Executive Officer
World SME Forum

Dr. Tunc Uyanik is the Chief Executive Officer of the World SME Forum and the Chairman of the Turkish B20 Steering Committee. Prior to this, Dr. Uyanik was the director of the Financial and Private Sector Development Department in East Asia and the Pacific Region, as well as the Financial Systems Global Practice, which was leading the World Bank’s efforts in promoting sound, efficient and safe financial systems. He was co-chair of the Financial Sector Liaison Committee, the decision-making body of the Financial Sector Assessment Programme and other joint financial sector activities with the IMF. He was the chairman of the World Bank’s Islamic finance working group and led the Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) team during the GIF’s initiation to the World Bank Group.

Mr. Marcel Vernooij
Senior Officer
Sustainable Economic Development Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for The Netherlands

Marcel Vernooij is a member of the Management Team of the Sustainable Economic Development Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for The Netherlands. The department promotes sustainable and inclusive economic growth in developing countries. It supports the development of a conducive business climate and better trade opportunities. The department facilitates investments of local and Dutch companies, stimulates responsible business, and promotes public-private partnerships. Mr Vernooij is responsible for strategic policy advice, trade facilitation and the promotion of regional economic cooperation. He has been working for the Dutch Government for 26 years, with senior functions in: private sector development, trade, agro-industries, agriculture, food security, and biodiversity. Mr Vernooij graduated from Leiden University, with a degree in biology and a specialization in environmental sciences and sustainable development.

Mr. Tony Zohrab
Chief Market Access Officer
New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

Tony Zohrab is the Chief Market Access Officer within the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). He previously worked as Director of Animal products, Director of Market Access and as the Chief Meat Veterinary Officer within the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food Safety Authority.He has been involved in the negotiation of agreements such as the EU/NZ Sanitary Agreement, the NZ/Russian Federation Sanitary Agreement and the NZ/China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among others. Additionally, Tony has managed the development and introduction of animal products electronic health certification (Ecert) and the Halal export standard.Tony worked as Research and Development manager within the New Zealand board (1989-1990). He was appointed New Zealand Counsellor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mission to the EU in Brussels (1994-1997).