Oman Economic Forum  
Speakers

  • H.E Mr. Fuad Siniora
    H.E Mr. Fuad Siniora Former Prime Minister of Lebanon

    H.E Mr. Fuad Siniora

    Former Prime Minister of LebanonLebanon

    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.

    Keynote address

  • Mr. Tony Blair
    Mr. Tony Blair Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

    Mr. Tony Blair

    Former Prime Minister of the United KingdomUnited Kingdom

    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.

    Remarks and Q & A

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

    HE Dr. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidi

    Minister of Commerce and IndustryOman

    - 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.

    Opening Ceremony

  • HE Yahya Bin Said Al-Jabri
    HE Yahya Bin Said Al-Jabri Duqm (SEZ) Authority

    HE Yahya Bin Said Al-Jabri

    ChairmanDuqm (SEZ) AuthorityOman

    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.

    Session II: Investment Opportunities in the Duqm project

  • H.E. Hamood Bin Sangour Al-Zadjali
    H.E. Hamood Bin Sangour Al-Zadjali Central Bank of Oman

    H.E. Hamood Bin Sangour Al-Zadjali

    CEOCentral Bank of OmanOman

    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

    Session I: Oman: Moving into the Next Phase of Development

  • HE Mohammed Bin Abdulah Al Mahrouqi
    HE Mohammed Bin Abdulah Al Mahrouqi Public Authority of Electricity and Water

    HE Mohammed Bin Abdulah Al Mahrouqi

    ChairmanPublic Authority of Electricity and WaterOman

    Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi is currently the Chairman of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water. He has been holding the position since the establishment of this Authority in September 2007. Before being appointed in the Authority, he held several positions which include the post of Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Holding Company during the period from February 2007 up to September 2007 and Chief Executive Officer of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company from November 2005 up to February 2007. Prior to that, he worked in various departments of the Ministry of National Economy.

    Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi holds a master degree in International Business Administration which he obtained from the University of Bristol U.K in 1998. In 1993 he graduated from the Economics College of King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    During his professional career, he participated in a number of economic field and projects e.g. restructuring, regulation and privatization of the electricity and related water sector, privatization of the airports and regulation, and privatization of the telecommunication sector where he was deputized as a member of the interim Committee of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. He also represents the government in a number of Companies’ Boards of Directors.

  • HE Maitha Bint Saif Al Mahrouqi
    HE Maitha Bint Saif Al Mahrouqi Ministry of Tourism

    HE Maitha Bint Saif Al Mahrouqi

    UndersecretaryMinistry of TourismOman

    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).

    Keynote address

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

    HE Khalil Bin Abdulah Al Khonji

    ChairmanOman Chamber of Commerce and IndustryOman

    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.

    Session I: Oman: Moving into the Next Phase of Development

  • H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour
    H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour Booz & Co

    H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour

    PartnerBooz & CoLebanon

    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.

    Session I: Oman: Moving into the Next Phase of Development

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

    Ahmed Al Wahaibi

    CEOOman Oil Company S.A.O.C.Oman

    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.

    Session I: Oman: Moving into the Next Phase of Development

  •  Hisham Al-Razzuqi
    Hisham Al-Razzuqi Gulf Investment Corporation

    Hisham Al-Razzuqi

    CEOGulf Investment CorporationOman

    He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Investment Corporation.

    He worked in the Ministry of Planning of Kuwait and was the Deputy General Manager of Kuwait Foreign Trading Contracting and Investment Company.

    He was Member of the Board of Many Banks and Institutions.

    He holds degree in Administration from the American University of Beirut.

  • Eng. Musab Al Mahruqi
    Eng. Musab Al Mahruqi ORPIC

    Eng. Musab Al Mahruqi

    CEOORPICOman

    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.

    Session V: Outlook of Industry and Role of Industrial Zones


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