Oman Economic Forum  
Agenda

  • 08:00 to 09:00
    Registration of participants at Al Bustan Palace
  • 09:00 to 09:30
    Opening Ceremony
    • Raouf Abou Zaki, CEO, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal
    • Raouf Abou Zaki

      Mr. Raouf Abou Zaki is CEO of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal, Editor in Chief of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Magazine and Secretary General of the Arab Union of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Forum affiliated with the Council of Arab Economic Unity and the League of Arab States.

      He Founded “Al-Aamal” Magazine in 1985, a joint project between “Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal” magazine and the Financial Times. Before establishing the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group in 1979, Mr. Abou Zaki was the business editor of Al-Nahar newspaper in Beirut from 1965 to 1979.

      He is a member of the Lebanese private sector to the Arab Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States, Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and Chairman of the Chamber’s Investment Committee, and Board of Directors of the Swiss-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

      He is also Vice Chairman of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) – a public institution attached to the office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon-until December 2001.

    • HE Dr. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry
    • HE Dr. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidi

      - Minister of Commerce and Industry

      - Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning

      H.E. Dr. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidi is Minister of Commerce and Industry and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning.

      He is also Chairman of Al Raffd Fund & Chairman of General Authority for SME Development.

      He was previously Minister of Sports Affairs & Chairman of the Oman Olympic Committee.

      Prior to that, HE. Al Sunaidi held the position of Undersecretary at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

      H.E. Dr. Al Sunaidi holds Bachelor's in Science, Major of Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami, USA, a MSc in Management from the University of Bristol, UK , and a PHD in Economics from University of Hull in the UK.


  • 09:30 to 09:45
    Keynote address
      Presented by:
    • H.E Mr. Fuad Siniora, Former Prime Minister of Lebanon
    • H.E Mr. Fuad Siniora

      H.E. Mr. Siniora is currently a Member of Parliament from Saida.

      H.E. was The Lebanese President of the Council of Ministers.

      Previously, H.E. held the position of Minister of Finance in Lebanon.

      H.E. Mr. Siniora holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.


  • 09:45 to 10:15
    Remarks and Q & A
      Presented by:
    • Mr. Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    • Mr. Tony Blair

      Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).

      Tony Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up the largest proportion of his time. Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.

      He has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding of and between the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world. The foundation creates opportunities for people of all faiths and none to come together to learn directly from each other and to take joint action on shared humanitarian goals.

      Having been the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005, Mr. Blair is now leading the Breaking the Climate Deadlock Initiative, through which he is working with world leaders to bring consensus on a new and comprehensive international climate policy framework.

      In recognition of his debt to the North East, he has also launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which will increase participation in sport by young people, particularly those who are currently socially excluded - by inspiring more adults to become trained coaches; by providing access to high quality nationally-accredited training for those we recruit; and by helping to match coaches with the schools and sports clubs which need them. The foundation is working to ensuring a sporting legacy in the North East for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics which Mr Blair helped to bring to the United Kingdom.


  • 10:15 to 10:30
    Award ceremony
  • 10:30 to 10:45
    Networking Coffee Break
    hosted by Bank Sohar
  • 10:45 to 11:00
    Keynote address
      Presented by:
    • HE Maitha Bint Saif Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism
    • HE Maitha Bint Saif Al Mahrouqi

      Mrs. Maitha Saif Al Mahrouqi is the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism in the Sultanate of Oman. With more than 12 years of experience in the airline business, Mrs. Al Mahrouqi is the youngest General Manger in the history of Gulf Air and was chosen as the top female achieves by Gulf Air CEO in 2008. As well as being nominated amongst the top 20 powerful females in corporate business in Oman (by Economic of Oman, October 2008), she was also the top achiever as the head of a project finalizing all Gulf Air hub pending ADM’s (Gulf Air Bahrain, September 200. She is the first female graduate in the Gulf with a Bachelor of Science in Cartography (Oxford Brooks University in the United Kingdom). Mrs Al Mahrouqi was a member of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tourism Committee & Real State and Business Development (2009-2011).


  • 11:00 to 12:00
    Session I: Oman: Moving into the Next Phase of Development

    Oman's economy grew at fast rates in recent years. But the persisting European crisis, and the ongoing political transformation taking place in a number of Arab countries have brought new challenges that the government has to contend with in order to achieve the growth needed to growth to create new jobs and raise the standards of living. To meet these challenges, the government has taken many measures including accelerating economic reforms and increasing public spending particularly on infrastructure as planned in the five years plan. This session will discuss the following issues:

    • Vision 2020 in light of the new economic and political changes and development priorities.
    • Needed fiscal policies for boosting growth and increasing investments.
    • Developing the business and investment environment and means for attracting foreign investments.
    • Assessing policies and initiatives to achieve sustainable growth and diversify income sources.
    • Moderator : H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour, Partner, Booz & Co
    • H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour

      H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour is Managing Director of Inventis Partners - a Private Equity Firm, with investments in MENA and Europe. Until recently, H.E. Azour was a V.P. - Senior Executive Advisor at Booz & Company, actively involved in consulting governments, public sector organizations, central banks, financial sector and institutions, and large international corporations.

      He was recently appointed by the Board of the World Bank, member of the Independent Panel of Experts to review a broad range of issues around the Doing Business and Global Competitiveness.

      He was previously Minister Finance of Lebanon for three years (2005 - 2008), where he spearheaded the economic and financial program of the Lebanese Government, and coordinated the implementation of the various policies and reform initiatives, led the preparation and the implementation of the Paris III International Conference for Lebanon, gathered more than 45 countries and IFIs, and raised USD 7.6 billion of support.

      H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour also conducted a comprehensive modernization and reform agenda in the Ministry of Finance which was granted in 2007 the prestigious “United Nations Public Service Award”.

      He occupied senior positions in government, UNDP, and in leading private sector companies (including McKinsey and Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Compagnie de Saint-Gobain). He also consulted for the IMF, the World Bank and the EU. He published more than five books and several articles on economic and financial issues in international publications and academic journals, and has a long teaching experience at the American University of Beirut.

      H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour obtained his PhD in International Finance from Harvard University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France. H.E. Dr. Azour also holds an M.Phil. (DEA) in International Finance.


      Panelists:
    • H.E. Hamood Bin Sangour Al-Zadjali, CEO, Central Bank of Oman
    • H.E. Hamood Bin Sangour Al-Zadjali

      H.E. Al Zadjali is Executive President of the Central Bank of Oman.

      Previously, H.E. was Deputy Executive President at the Central Bank of Oman, and General Manager of Oman Housing Bank.

      H.E. Zadjali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, U.S.A

    • HE Khalil Bin Abdulah Al Khonji, Chairman, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • HE Khalil Bin Abdulah Al Khonji

      H.E. Khalil Al Khonji is the Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of Omani Group for Contracting Materials and Chairman of Al Khonji Group of Companies.

      He previously held several positions among which:

      • Member of Municipal Council – Representative of Muttrah Wilayat
      • President of Financial & Projects affairs committee/ member of Traffic committee
      • Board member of Oman Waste Water Services Company (2004-2010)
      • Member and Honorary Secretary of Businessmen Council ( 1999 – 2003 )
      • Board Member of Oman Aviation Company ( 2004 – 2006 )
      • Member of Executive committee / Member of Auditing Committee
      • Chairman – Al Jazeera Tube Mills Co SAOG

      H.E. Khalil Al Khonji Graduated from University of Northern Colorado.

    • Ahmed Al Wahaibi, CEO, Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C.
    • Ahmed Al Wahaibi

      Ahmed S. Al-Wahaibi graduated from The American University in Washington DC with a master degree in Development Management. He also has a Certificate in Financial and Economic Analysis of Energy Projects from the Colorado School of Mines and holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Technology from Washington University in St. Louis and is certified by General Electric in Power System Engineering.

      Ahmed Al Wahaibi joined Oman Oil Company (OOC) in 1997 and has served the company in several roles including four years as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He has successfully demonstrated his integral role in advancing the objectives of OOC. Based on his background and knowledge of the company’s activities he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in September 2004.

      Ahmed Al Wahaibi represents OOC as a Director at the Board of several subsidiary companies, including Oman India Fertilizer Company, Oman Shipping Company, and Oman Oil Refineries & Petrochemical Industries. In the past, he also served on the Board of Directors of other companies operating in investment and insurance sectors and aluminium industry .

      Ahmed Al Wahaibi is also a Board Member of KOMAN Energy FZCO (South Korea).

      Prior to joining OOC in 1997, Ahmed Al Wahaibi served the Government of the Sultanate of Oman in the electricity and water sectors for ten years.


  • 12:00 to 12:45
    Session II: Investment Opportunities in the Duqm project
    • Moderator : Raouf Abou Zaki, CEO, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal
    • Raouf Abou Zaki

      Mr. Raouf Abou Zaki is CEO of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal, Editor in Chief of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Magazine and Secretary General of the Arab Union of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Forum affiliated with the Council of Arab Economic Unity and the League of Arab States.

      He Founded “Al-Aamal” Magazine in 1985, a joint project between “Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal” magazine and the Financial Times. Before establishing the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group in 1979, Mr. Abou Zaki was the business editor of Al-Nahar newspaper in Beirut from 1965 to 1979.

      He is a member of the Lebanese private sector to the Arab Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States, Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and Chairman of the Chamber’s Investment Committee, and Board of Directors of the Swiss-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

      He is also Vice Chairman of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) – a public institution attached to the office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon-until December 2001.


      Panelists:
    • HE Yahya Bin Said Al-Jabri, Chairman, Duqm (SEZ) Authority
    • HE Yahya Bin Said Al-Jabri

      H.E. Al Jabri is currently Chairman of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm.

      He is also a member of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance.

      He has held senior positions in Oman's leading business & financial sectors such as being a member of the Board of Directors at CBO, a Board member of the Civil Service Pension Fund, & a Board member of the Oman Investment Fund.

      Earlier in his career, he was the General Manager of Oman International Bank (Former).

      In 1999,he was appointed as the Executive President of the Capital Market Authority.

      H.E Al-Jabri has vast experience in global corporate & investment banking with academic qualifications from prestigious American schools including the Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School and Darden University wherein he attained degrees in advanced Management programs.

    • Sheikh Khalil Bin Ahmad Al-Salmi, Deputy CEO, Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C.
    • Sheikh Khalil Bin Ahmad Al-Salmi

      Khalil Al Salmi has been serving as the Deputy CEO, of Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C since 2010. Oman Drydock Company established in September 2006 as a wholly owned entity of the Government of Sultanate of Oman (GOSO), The Company’s business involves Ship Repair & Conversion, characteristics of which will reflect a combination of intensive human involvement and sophisticated technology. Operating one of the largest graving docks in the region, ODC with its geographical advantage, has started attracting the attention of major shipping and ship management companies worldwide.

      Through his career span he has served at many levels in both public and private sector enterprise, delivered results in the spheres of both professional and social responsibilities, and is today one of Oman’s leading business personalities, driving the country’s ambitious growth forward in many areas.

    • Saleh Hamood Al Hasni, Investor relation, Duqm ( SEZ) Authority
    • Saleh Hamood Al Hasni

      Mr. Saleh Hamood Al Hasni is currently Investor relations Manager at Duqm ( SEZ) Authority

      Mr. Saleh held previously several positions in Omantel among which: Director of Customer Care , Assistant General Manager Regional Branches, Sales Manager and Revenue & Income Manager.

      He holds a MBA Business Administration from University of Hull

    • Peter Broers, CEO, Port of Duqm Company S.A.O.C. (PDC)
    • Peter Broers

      Peter Broers is the CEO of the Duqm Port Company (PDC) which is one of the pioneer companies in the Duqm area. PDC provides and coordinates the marine services (pilotage, escort-berthing, mooring, pollution control…) needed in a port and markets the available land concessions to the different terminal (bulk, jetty, container…) operators.

      Prior to joining PDC, Peter Broers managed, in the last 5 years, port related projects in Hai Phong (Vietnam) and Montevideo (Uruguay) for, in the Port of Antwerp (Belgium) based companies, Katoen Natie and Rent-A-Port.

      He started his career as a civil engineer with the Belgian dredging company DEME in the field of contracting port infrastructure (quay wall deepening and repair....).


  • 13:00 to 14:45
    Lunch
    Hosted by Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Magazine
  • 14:45 to 16:00
    Session III: Prospects of the Banking and Financial Industry

    In light of the development efforts undertaken by the government to accelerate economic growth, the banking sector continues to play an increasingly crucial role in financing key infrastructure and industrial projects and meeting the needs of the private sector in a climate of global banking retrenchment. This session will focus on the following issues:

    • Overview of the banking environment in Oman.
    • Prospects and major challenges facing banks
    • Oman banks and requirements of BASEL III.
    • Prospects of Islamic banking in Oman.
    • Role of financial market in providing the needed capital for new projects and other industries.
    • Role of capital markets.
      Panelists:
    • Abdul Kader Askalan, CEO, Oman Arab Bank
    • Abdul Kader Askalan

      Mr. Askalan is CEO of Oman Arab Bank.

      He is also Deputy Chairman of Oman Telecommunication Company (Oman Tel) and the Deputy Chairman of Banking & Investment Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

      He serves on the board of several organizations such as Ominvest,Gulf Investment Corporation & College of Banking & Financial Studies.

    • Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon, Director General, Muscat Securities Market
    • Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon

      Mr. Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon assumed his duties as the Director General of the Muscat Securities Market in 2001. He has since worked for Oman’s public and private sector organizations in leading positions in many public and private sector institutions like the Ministry of Oil & Minerals and one of the brokerage companies in Oman.

      He serves as a board member in many banking and financial institutions.

      Mr. Al Marhoon successfully graduated with an MBA degree from a reputed university in United Kingdom.

    • Saad Musa Al Jenaibi, General Manager, Qatar National Bank (Oman)
    • Saad Musa Al Jenaibi

      Mr. Al Jenaibi is currently General Manager of Qatar National Bank in Oman.

      He is also Chairman Majan Capital Fund & Musandam Mineral & Industrial Company.

      He commenced his banking career with The British Bank of the Middle East.

      Since then he worked in conventional as well as specialized banks in Muscat such as Oman Bank of Agriculture and Fisheries, Commercial Bank of Oman and Bank Muscat in various senior level management positions.

      He has also gained significant exposure in the area of investments, capital market while he was the Executive President of Oman Securities Portfolio.

    • Sulaiman Al Harthy, Group GM of Islamic Banking, Bank Muscat
    • Sulaiman Al Harthy

      Mr. Sulaiman Al Harthy is the Group GM of Islamic Banking at Bank Muscat Prior to joining Bank Muscat. Mr. Sulaiman was Assistant General Manager - Remedial & Egypt Operations at National Bank Of Oman; and before that he was Assistant General Manager – Private Banking at Oman International Bank

      Mr. Sulaiman Al Harthy hold a MBA – Finance from University of Leicester


  • 19:30 to 20:30
    Dinner
    hosted by HE ENG Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, Minister of commerce and industry, Al Bustan Palace, Majan Ballroom
  • 08:30 to 09:00
    Networking Coffee Break
    hosted by Al Madina Financial & investment services Co
  • 09:15 to 10:30
    Session IV: Developing Small and Medium Enterprises

    Small and medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) constitute the majority of companies in any economy forming an essential support system to the efforts of these countries in providing jobs and improving living standards. In Oman, SMEs account for more than 95% of the number of companies established in Oman but they only contribute around 20% of the GDP. Thus increasing SMEs role in the economy is becoming one of the developmental priorities in Oman. This is being done through developing a friendly environment for SMEs growth, streamlining regulations affecting SMEs and enhancing access to finance. Given the importance of this sector for Oman, session will discuss the following issues:

    • Needed changes to unlock the potential of SMEs in Oman
    • Needed regulatory and legal changes to help the expansion of SMEs
    • Role of the private sector and large companies in supporting SMEs.
    • Enhancing SMEs access to finance
    • Moderator : HE Jean Oghassabian, Advisor, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group
    • HE Jean Oghassabian

      Panelists:
    • Sheikh Khalil Bin Ahmad Al-Salmi, Deputy CEO, Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C.
    • Sheikh Khalil Bin Ahmad Al-Salmi

      Khalil Al Salmi has been serving as the Deputy CEO, of Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C since 2010. Oman Drydock Company established in September 2006 as a wholly owned entity of the Government of Sultanate of Oman (GOSO), The Company’s business involves Ship Repair & Conversion, characteristics of which will reflect a combination of intensive human involvement and sophisticated technology. Operating one of the largest graving docks in the region, ODC with its geographical advantage, has started attracting the attention of major shipping and ship management companies worldwide.

      Through his career span he has served at many levels in both public and private sector enterprise, delivered results in the spheres of both professional and social responsibilities, and is today one of Oman’s leading business personalities, driving the country’s ambitious growth forward in many areas.

    • Khalaf Al-Shammari, Board Member, Head of SMEs Commission, Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Khalaf Al-Shammari

      Mr. Khalaf Al-Shammari is Board Member-Head of SMEs Commission in Riyadh Chambre of Commerce and Industry.

      He is also board of trustees in Riyadh Economic Forum, and Fouder and Partner of Fortune Promoseven.

      He previously held the position of consultant of Coca-Cola International in KSA.

    • Mr. Hashim Al Hassani, Deputy General Manger, SME Marketing & Business Development, Intilaaqah, shell development Oman
    • Mr. Hashim Al Hassani

      Mr. Hashim Al Hassani is the Deputy General Manger- SME Marketing & Business Development of Intilaaqah- shell development Oman.

      He previously was Credit Audit Specialist (Deputy Head- Internal Audit) at Ahli Bank Oman SAOG.

      Prior to that he was the Relationship Manager (Unit Head): Financial Institutions, Oil & Gas, Real Estate Project at Ahli Bank SAOG and Manager- Credit Risk at Oman Arab Bank.

      He holds an MBA with emphasis in accounting and management from Sultan Qaboos University.

    • Eid Khair Mohammed, AGM corporate Banking, Oman Development Bank
    • Eid Khair Mohammed
      • Nationality: Omani
      • Qualification: Bsc ( Business Administration)
      • University: New England College (UK)
      • Year of Graduation: December 1989
      • Work Experience: 22 years of banking experience at Oman Development Bank(SAOC)

      Current Position: AGM-Corporate Banking

      Vast experience and knowledge of SMEs as Oman Development Bank (ODB) is considered to be a leading bank directed towards financing the set up and development of SMEs in the banking sector in the Sultanate. Participated extensively locally and abroad in areas pertaining to SMEs.

      Some of International participations were as follows:

      • Private Development Corporation of the Philippines (Manila)
      • Korean Development Bank (Seoul)
      • Islamic Development Bank (Karachi)
      • Bahrain Institute of Banking & Financial Studies (Bahrain)
      • The Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Studies (Turkey)
      • The Principal Bank for Development and Agriculture Credit (Egypt)
      • Islamic Development Bank (Jordan).
    • Raphael Parambi, CEO, SME development fund ( under formation )
    • Raphael Parambi
    • Yarub Al Yarubi, Asst. Business Development Manager, Takamul Investment Company S.A.O.C
    • Yarub Al Yarubi

  • 10:30 to 11:45
    Session V: Outlook of Industry and Role of Industrial Zones

    The Sultanate has seen the launch of major projects in the petrochemical sector, basic industries and other energy intensive industries. The government is giving priority to the development of these industries to help diversity the base of the economy and create industrial clusters, especially in the new industrial zones. Accordingly, this session will discuss:

    • Outlook of petrochemical industry in Oman
    • Maintaining the expansion in basic and downstream industries.
    • Upcoming gas tenders in the service of the industrial sector.
    • Potential role of Oman as a hub for new supply chains.
    • Role of industrial zones in expanding the industrial base and attracting private investments.
    • Moderator : Sridhar Sridharan, Managing Partner, E&Y
    • Sridhar Sridharan

      Mr. Sridharan is a Partner with Ernst and Young’s Middle East practice based in Muscat.

      Sridhar is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

      Mr. Sridharan has held several leadership positions within Ernst & Young over the past several years including that of being an Advisory Council member.


      Panelists:
    • Eng. Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO, ORPIC
    • Eng. Musab Al Mahruqi

      Mr. Al-Mahruqi is the Chief Executive Officer of Orpic, the integrated Oman Oil Refining and Petroleum Industries Company.

      He is also Chairman of Board of Directors of Oman Trading International (OTI) & Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of Abraj Energy Services (Abraj).

      Prior to his current post, he was with Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. as Chief Investment Officer and has actively contributed to the growth of Oman Oil portfolio in several roles including Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Project Finance Manager roles.

      He had also worked as a field engineer in Schlumberger Oilfield Services.

      Mr. Al-Mahruqi holds a master degree in Business Administration from Edinburgh Management School (Scotland) and a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from University of Nottingham in the UK.

    • Brian D. P. Buckley, CEO, Oman LNG
    • Brian D. P. Buckley

      Brian was appointed CEO of Oman LNG in February 2007.

      He joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980 and his career has spanned management and executive positions in operations, personnel, and major projects’ screening and execution in the oil, gas, chemicals and metals sectors. He has worked in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

      His career started as a mathematician and theoretical physicist at Manchester University and with the UK Science Research Council.

      His professional interests have included a close relationship with the Institute of Chemical Engineering (UK) in the late 80’s when he became a corporate member. He has also chaired many industrial committees on Technical Issues and Sustainable Development, in which he retains close and active interests.

    • Najla Zuhair Al-Jamali, Business and strategy affairs, Vale
    • Najla Zuhair Al-Jamali

      Najla Zuhair Al-Jamali is Head of Business and Strategic Affairs at Vale in Oman where she leads the strategic alliance between the Omani Government, represented by Oman Oil Company, and Vale, the world’s second biggest mining company.

      Her diverse background in the oil industry has refined her ability to manage commodities, the building blocks of life. Prior to working at Vale, she assumed various operational, managerial and consultancy positions at Schlumberger Business Consulting in Africa, Middle East and Europe as well as IHS Energy in the United Kingdom and Shell UK Exploration in the North Sea.

      She completed her formal education in London, UK where she received a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Mathematics with Applied Mathematics & Mathematical Physics from Imperial College and Master of Science in Financial Management from the University of London. This was followed by a Leadership Program at the coveted INSEAD in Paris, France.


  • 11:45 to 12:00
    Coffee Break
  • 12:00 to 13:15
    Session VI: Developing Oil and Gas

    Oman is seeking to develop its oil and gas industry by investing in the exploration of new fields and enhanced recovery schemes in partnership with leading international oil companies and service providers. Progress in these efforts will give a big boost to economic development efforts and in expanding the petrochemical and basic industries. The session will discuss the following topics:

    • Plans to develop oil and gas sector and enhanced oil recovery [EOR] schemes.
    • Dormant reservoirs: technical expertise in oil recovery techniques.
    • Role of international oil companies.
    • Opportunities for the private sector.
    • Moderator : Dr. Elias Baroudi, Research & Development Director, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group
    • Dr. Elias Baroudi

      Panelists:
    • Shahrokh Etebar, CEO, CC Energy Development S.A.L (Oman Branch)
    • Shahrokh Etebar

      Mr. Shahrokh Etebar is the CEO of CC Energy Development S.A.L (Oman Branch), which is the Operator of producing Blocks 3 & 4 in the Sultanate of Oman.

      He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

      Mr. Etebar has worked in the Oil and Gas industry since 1969 predominantly with Texaco. He completed his career with Texaco as Vice President Eurasia overseeing all Oil & Gas field evaluation and development in the Caspian Area

    • Mohamed Al Tooqi, CEO, GroFin MENA Region
    • Mohamed Al Tooqi

      Brief Summary :

      Finance leader at Executive level. Qualified UK Accountant (cima) with extensive experience in the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas Business. Worked for Multi-National, $ billion companies around the world for over 29 years. More recently successfully operated own consultancy and now CEO for GroFin MENA Region, working for an award winning SME investment and fund raising company – seen as pioneers in the SME domain.

      Strength and Values:

      • Exploration and Production Oil and Gas
      • Professional Finance and Commercial leader
      • Ethically strong and values trust and integrity
      • Excellent communicator with strong business network in Oman and MENA.

  • 13:15 to 14:30
    Lunch
    Hosted by Hosted by Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry


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