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Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid al Zayani
Secretary General, GCC for the Arab States of the Gulf

Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid al Zayani became a Commissioned Officer in the Bahrain Defence Force in 1973 following his graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Dr. Zayani went on to gain an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering, a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and finally gained his PhD in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Dr. Zayani also went onto participate in the Leaders Development Program from Harvard University.

In 2004, Dr. Zayani was transferred to the Ministry of the Interior, where he assumed the role of the Chief of Public Security. Within the role, Dr. Zayani was responsible for all aspects of security and safety within the Kingdom. In 2010, Dr. Zayani was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Following his career in the military, Dr. Zayani was appointed the advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 10th June 2010. Just under a year later, on the 1st April 2011, Dr. Zayani was appointed the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa
Minister of Finance, Bahrain

Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa is the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has served as a Director since 1997 and Governor since 2001 of the Bahrain Monetary Agency.  He serves as a Director of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khalifa is the Chairman of The Social Insurance Organisation, The Future Generation Reserve Council, and The Development Committee of World Bank. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, The International Finance Corporation, The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, The Arab Monetary Fund, The Islamic Development Bank, The Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, The Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation and The Arab Authority for Agriculture Investment and Development. He graduated from St Edwards University, Austin, Texas with an M.B.A.

Ms. Nadine Hani
News Anchor, Al Arabiya News Channel

Nadine Hani is an anchor for Al Arabiya News Channel based in Dubai, where she presents and co-produces the financial news programs “Al Aswaq Al Arabiya”, the highest rated business news shows on Arab television. She has also covered and reported from major international events and conferences, including the IMF and World Bank annual meetings, and the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 in Davos. Nadine is often asked to moderate high profile conferences such as the panels at the World Economic Forum. Nadine Hani joined Al Arabiya in 2005 from CNBC Arabiya in Dubai, where she worked as a business news anchor, as well as hosting a personal finance show. Previously she worked as a Private banking consultant for 2 international banks in Lebanon, ABN AMRO Bank and BNP Paribas, advising high net worth individuals on investment alternatives. She started her career in media presenting a daily summary of business news at MTV (Murr TV) in Lebanon, while working as a private banker, pioneering stock markets’ coverage in the Arab world.

Ms. Rama Chakaki
Co-founder & CEO of Baraka Ventures – Dubai

Rama holds 22 years experience in management, strategic planning and communications to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship, investing in social enterprise and growing a generation of social entrepreneurs among youth and women in the Arab world.
As co-founder & CEO of Dubai-based Baraka Ventures, Rama facilitated women and youth leadership, entrepreneurship and civic engagement workshops, advised regional government and large enterprise on social investments in youth and women lead social enterprise, and incubated sustainable social ventures and Web Technologies.
In addition to a grass-roots community engagement approach, Rama worked with GCC institutions in the public, private, non-profit and education sectors to deliver the Baraka Ventures vision: of being a positive change agent to build and support social ventures and sustainable businesses with a triple bottom line and enabled with the latest web technologies.

Mr. Saleh Al Shenfari
Board Member, Venture Capital Bank

Mr. Saleh Bin Mohammed Al-Shanfari is the Managing Director at The Global Omani Investment Company. He also serves as the Managing Director at Industrial Systems Corporation. Mr. Al-Shanfari is a Member of the Board of Directors and Member of Finance and Investment Committee of Venture Capital Bank. He is the Chairman of Global Computer Services Company, Asaffa Poultry Company, Al Telfaz Media Services Company, Al Kawther United Service Company, and Dhofar Stones Company. Mr. Al-Shanfari is a Director of Taageer Finance and Taageer Finance & ass Leasing Company. He also serves as a Director of Global Mining Company, Global Gypsum Company, Dhofar Agriculture Marketing Products, Muscat Securities Market, Oman Chamber of Commerce (Banking and Investment Committee), International Relations Committee, Omani-UAE Joint Business Council, and Omani-Syrian Joint Business Council. He is based in the Sultanate of Oman.

Mr. Rashid Al Ballaa

The CEO of N2V (National Net Ventures), one of the largest Internet holding companies in the MENA region with a core business of investing in and accelerating innovative web and mobile web ventures. Al Ballaa is also a board member in N2V parent company, National Technology Group (NTG), and a board member in Mubasher Financial Group, the leading trading network in the region.

Dr. Mohammed Ali Amin
Private Sector Support, TAMKEEN

Dr. Mohammed has been involved in the development of the Finance Scheme for SMEs in Bahrain since the early stages. The Finance Scheme began as a pilot with one bank and partnered with Bahrain Development Bank who has become a strategic partner. The finance scheme is now provided through 10 banks which include SME finance as well as a portion of finance toward microfinance (individuals and small organizations).
Dr. Mohammed is also involved in other various projects for SME Development namely the Information and Communication Technology Scheme, Business Diversification (Pilot), and work in progress scheme for Export Credit Insurance in coordination with a team at Bahrain Development Bank.

Mahmood Al Kooheji
CEO, Mumtalakat

Mr. Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Member of Executive Committee at Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. He began his career in BAPCO as an Industrial Engineer before joining the Ministry of Finance and National Economy (MOFNE) in 1988. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Al Kooheji served as the Director of Government Shareholdings Directorate before being appointed as an Assistant Undersecretary of Economic Affairs. During this time he was actively involved in the Bahrain Economic Development Board’s initiative which led to the establishment of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company B.S.C. (c).
Mr. Al Kooheji serves as the Chairman of the Board and Director of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (c). He also serves on a number of boards in the Kingdom of Bahrain and outside the country. Mr. Al Kooheji received an M.B.A. from the Henley College of Management, Brunel University and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Staffordshire University.

Dr. Ghassan Sulaiman
Chairman, Venture Capital Bank

Dr. Ghassan Al-Sulaiman is Chairman of Siraj Capital. He chairs other organisations in KSA and the Gulf Region; Venture Capital Bank , Afia International Company , Ghassan AlSulaiman Furniture Company. He serves on the Board of Directors of Savola Company , The Arabian Cement Company and AlQatrana Cement Company. He is the past Chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and The Jeddah Marketing Board, and the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He is the Chairman of several non-profit organizations; The Saudi-Malaysian Business Council, the Saudi-Turkish Business Council, the Jeddah Dawah Center and a board member of other charity organizations. Dr. Ghassan has a MBA from the University of San Francisco and a PhD from Hull University in the UK.

Dr. Ali Moosa
Managing Director, JP Morgan

Ali Moosa is the Senior Country Officer for J.P. Morgan Bahrain and is the regional head for J.P. Morgan treasury services, Financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds, Middle East and Africa. He provides a single point of contact for J.P. Morgan in Bahrain covering various business lines, including treasury and securities services.

Mr. Nedhal Al Aujan
CEO, Bahrain Development Bank

Mr. Al Aujan is a career Banker with an extensive experience of 29 years in all the facets of banking and held senior positions in different domestic and international banks. He joined Bahrain Development Bank in 2000 and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank in 2007.   He is a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of Audit Committee of Venture Capital Bank. Mr. Al-Aujan is a Director of Retail Arabia, Bahrain Atomisers International, Bahrain Specialist Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, Bahrain Business Incubator Centre, Batelco, and Dun & Bradstreet Same Limited. Mr. Al Aujan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Development Bank.

Mr. Suhail Al Gosaibi

Suhail G. Algosaibi, MBA, MCMI, MNLP is an entrepreneur based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is the founder and CEO of Falak Enterprises, the company that owns the DreamBody Centre brand. The DreamBody Centre is Bahrain’s first and only 23-minute weight loss and body transformation centre.
Suhail is also the Founder of Ghazi Algosaibi Holding BSC (c), and its two divisions, Safeen Books and Safeen Properties. He is also a speaker and consultant, and is the owner of Radical Marketing Consultancy. Suhail is also a proud member of Entrepreneur Organisation (EO) and Young Arab Leaders (YAL).
Suhail considers himself a social entrepreneur and is extremely passionate about helping protect children from abuse and neglect. He is a proud co-founder of the international anti-child abuse movement Protect Children NOW!

Dr. Khalid Abdullah

Acknowledged for his commitment to social and economic development at a national level, Dr Khalid Abdulla has a number of affiliations, including his position as Vice Chairman at the Economic & Financial Studies Committee, as member of the National Committee on World Trading Organization, and as member at the Bahrain Economic Society. Dr Khalid is highly active in projects promoting infrastructural development, such as the “Economic Reform Vision for Bahrain”. Dr Khalid’s academic background includes an M.Sc in Economic Development from the University of East Anglia, UK and a PhD in Economics obtained from Exeter University, UK.
Dr Khalid comes to Al Khaleej Development Company from his previous post as the inaugural CEO of Reef – Real Estate Finance Company, and prior to this as Assistant General Manager of Business Development in BBK. Dr Khalid also held the post of Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Bahrain.

Ms. Ibtisam Abdulrahman Hijris
Member of Parliament, Bahrain

Ibtisam Al Hejris is a Member of Parliament and has been a Guest and speaker at many regional, local and international functions. She is a specialist in the areas of public relation and business management and public administration consultant in insuring companies.
Her pioneering work includes the Al Badwan unified dress company. She is the Vice President of Young Entrepreneurs in Bahrain. She has a Higher Diploma in International Management from Great Britain and completed an Entrepreneurship Development Program. Her University studies were in foreign trade.

Mr. Yousif Abdulla Ali Humood
Asst. Undersecretary of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance-Bahrain

Mr.  Yousif A. Hamood is the Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance  where he is also the Director of Economic Planning and the Head of International Economic Relations. He has a vast international education spanning Syria, Jordan, UK and USA specializing in Economic and Project Planning as well as Executive Development programs. He is also a board member of both the Arab Investment Company and the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Mr. Adel Hassan Al AAli
Second Vice-Chairman, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr. Adel Hassan Al-Aali is the Second Vice-Chairman of the Bahrain Chambers of Commerce. Having studied in both the UK and USA, he holds several degrees in Business Administration, Management Studies as well as participating in the Stanford Senior Executive Program. After restructuring his family business, he helped the development of the Haji Hassan Group and was instrumental in the company’s expansion into the Gulf Region and has since been a board member and part owner. He is the chairman of Ibn Al Nafees Hospital, as well as holding executive and director posts with Al Ahlia Insurance Company, United Insurance Company, United Precast Concrete in Doha and Dubai, Bahrain Bulk Trade as well as Al-Wasat Newspaper.

Mr. Sameer Saeed
General Manager, Oman Development Bank

The General Manager of ODB since May 2003, he has rescued and transformed the bank into an institution with commercial rigour, a wider product range and financially self sufficient institution whilst maintaining its developmental role.
Previously, Samir worked for 17 years with ATB, a Tunisian subsidiary of the Arab Bank Group. As Deputy General Manager in charge of loans, he materially improved the commercial banking operations and established the investment banking activity of the bank. He reviewed, analysed, valued and structured several deals co-originated by and co-financed with the Venture Capital sister company.

Mr. Abdul Basit Janahi
CEO, Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment – UAE

Abdul Baset Al Janahi is the CEO of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME development. In MBRE, Al Janahi pioneered the entrepreneurial development process from scratch which enabled the development of entrepreneurs. This covered the core pillars of Development Advisory, Incubation, Funding, Capability Development and Market Access. To facilitate access by SMEs to market opportunities, key agreements with several leading private and public sector organisations to offer exclusive privileges to members of the Establishment were secured. This initiative not only succeeded in helping start-ups and SMEs secure their first business contracts, but also raised the community’s awareness about the importance of SMEs to the growth of the economy. Today, under Al Janahi’s leadership, more than 9,000 entrepreneurs have been assisted. Several well-known UAE companies and brand names such as Freej, Brown Bag and House of Hannah Heritage were proudly supported and created by the Establishment.

Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Mansoori
COO, Khalifa Fund

Mr. Ibrahim Al Mansoori is the CEO of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, the Government entity established in 2007 to foster entrepreneurship and develop thriving and competitive SMEs in the UAE. Mr. Al Mansoori has been a key member in the success of Khalifa Fund. He has been involved actively in developing financial products, setting up processes, structures and relationships with other entities, both locally and internationally. Mr. Al Mansoori has vast experience in various domains, such as manufacturing, Investment, Utilities, Financial & Audit Institutions as well as Telecommunication. An eminent UAE citizen, Mr. Al Mansoori has previously held different senior positions at various organizations in the UAE. He graduated with a Bachelors in Accountancy from the United Arab Emirate University. In addition he has professional qualifications of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Business Manager (CBM) from USA.

Dr. Ibrahim Al Hnaishel
General Manager, Saudi Credit & Saving Bank

Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Hunaishel Alhunaishel, after finishing his degree at the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, completed his Ph.D. in Information Technology management at the University of Northern Iowa, USA.
On completion, to took up the role of Professor of Business Administration at both the Commercial Secondary Institute and then the College of Technology in Riyadh where he was also Director of the Scholarships Department. He then moved to Undersecretary of the College of Technology and became Director General of Training Affairs in the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation. This led to becoming Director of the small and medium enterprises development Center in The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation followed by Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre. He now holds the post of Director General of Saudi Credit and Saving Bank .

H.H Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa al Khalifa
Executive Director of inJAZ – Bahrain

As a scholar and member of the royal family of Bahrain, H.H Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa al Khalifa has used her skills and status to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of young Bahrainis, and to promote women’s rights. She earned her Bachelors degree in Management (1998) and Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning (2002) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a graduate of Young Enterprise, Junior Achievement in the UK.
In 2005, H.H Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa al Khalifa founded a nonprofit organization called inJAz Bahrain, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, to provide young people with a hands-on business and economic education so they will be prepared when seeking employment and more likely to succeed. She became the Executive Director working with a Board of Directors in leading the private sector organizations of Bahrain.

Ms. Afnan Rashid Al Zayani
Board Member, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ms. Afnan Rashid Al Zayani, one of the leading businesswomen in the Kingdom of Bahrain , is the President of Al Zayani Commercial Services WLL., a group which was established in1980. She is also a Director and partner of Martinising Laundry and Dry Cleaners, and Director of the Al Ayam Printing and Publishing Company in Bahrain.
Ms. Al Zayani is a founder and senior officer of the “Bahrain Businessmen’s Association”. She was President of that body between 2002-2004. Ms. Al-Zayani is also active in the “Bahrain Businesswomen Committee of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry”, and the “Gulf Businesswomen Committee” of the Federation of G.C.C Chambers of Commerce. Ms. Zayani is, additionally, an accomplished cook with several best-selling cookery books to her credit. She has hosted a number of TV cookery shows, and also has been the recipient of numerous civic and professional awards such as Bahrain ‘s “National Achievement Award” in 1992 and the “Best Business Professional In The Middle East Award” in 2004.

Ms. Muna AbuSulayman

Muna Abu Sulaiman, is an influential Arab and Muslim Media personality. She is also the former founding Secretary General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Company and co-host of one of MBC TV’s most popular social programs, Kalam Nawaem (“Softly Speaking”).

She has spoken and written about issues related to society, women rights, community development, media, and building bridges of understanding between the East and West. In 2004, Ms. AbuSulayman was named a Young Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2007, she became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to be appointed by the United Nations Development Program as a Goodwill Ambassador. As a goodwill ambassador she is often invited to promote certain humanitarian causes such as Tetenus Shot Campaign in 2011 for Yemen. In 2007, the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute presented Ms. AbuSulayman the Achievements in Regional and International Relations Award. In 2009, she was named one of the most influential Muslims in the world.

Dr. Hashim Hussain
Arab Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship & Investment (UNIDO)

Dr. Hashim S. Hussein is Head of United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment and Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO-ITPO)/ the Arab Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training (ARCEIT) – Kingdom of Bahrain; a post that he has held with great distinction. Dr. Hussein has rich experience in the field of Industrial Development and Investment and Technology Promotion for over seventeen years. He holds a PhD (Honors) in International Law of the Sea from the Universite de Nantes, France.
He obtained a Doctoral Research Programme from University of Maryland at College Park, Centre for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), Maryland, U.S.A in the year 1989. Dr Hussein has worked at various responsibility levels in different countries such as USA, Egypt, Sudan and the Kingdom of Bahrain. He joined UNIDO in 1991 as a Program Officer posted in the Kingdom of Bahrain to become, in 1996, the Head of UNDIO-ITPO.

Dr. Adel Kamal
Director, Business Incubator Centre, University of Bahrain

Dr. Adel Kamal graduated with a BSc (H) in Electronic Engineering from The City University, London, UK in 1981, Graduate Certificate in Education from University of Leeds, UK in 1982, MSc in Computer Engineering from University of Bradford, UK in 1983 and PhD in Control Engineering from University of Bradford, UK in 1987. Dr. Adel joined the University of Bahrain in 1987 and was the Chairman of the Department of Computer Engineering, College of IT, from 2006 to 2010 and has been the director of the University knowledge-based Business Incubator Centre since then. He also worked at Monash University, Australia, for some time as the subject coordinator for IT systems. He has many contributions to local and regional committees and organizations. He has always been a strong advocate of Technology based Business Incubators in Bahrain and is currently leading some of the University of Bahrain Entrepreneurship initiatives.

Mr. Nizar Cheniour
Director, Entrepreneurship Development, Khalifa Fund

Nizar Cheniour is in charge of Entrepreneurship Development Department with the objectives of creating an entrepreneurship culture through facilitating the establishment of new innovative SMEs and growing existing SME’s. He is also in charge of developing innovation programs and incubator networking strategy in Abu Dhabi in order to develop high impact generation of entrepreneurs in the Emirate. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cheniour was with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as Investment promotion expert promoting industrial projects in Tunisia, France and Italy. Mr. Nizar holds several degrees in Law, Finance, Administration and IT applied to Finance.

Mr. Mike Lewicki
BIET – Bahrain Institute of Entrepreneurship & Technology

Mike has worked in Bahrain for six years lecturing at the university level at the University College of Bahrain.  His specialization includes teaching courses in small business management, entrepreneurship, new venture creation and family entrepreneurship management amongst other subject areas.  Mike has also lectured in Bahrain at the Bahrain Institute of Entrepreneurship and Technology “Entrepreneurial Fit” which coaches idea generation to Bahrainis and how such ideas need to be a fit for these aspiring entrepreneurs.  Mike has worked previously for a major Canadian entrepreneurial startup raising funds through an Initial Public Offering in the agriculture oilseeds sector and on two business turnarounds in Europe.  Mike has recently worked on the launch, including editorial contributions, of the famous Kotler Armstrong, Principles of Marketing, Arab World edition textbook where businesses such as BBK and BISB were showcased.

Mr. James Moye
Senior Partner, Ernest & Young

James is a Partner in Ernst & Young, Bahrain with over 15 years of experience in Middle East. He is the head of the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) for our Bahrain office. He is overall responsible for all types of transaction advisory work undertaken by our Bahrain office, to ensure that the client requirements are fully met and clients are totally satisfied with the work undertaken. James’ experience covers a wide range of industries in a wide variety of consultancy assignments in various areas, including Corporate Finance and Transaction Advisory Services, Human Resources and Process Improvement, Restructuring, Information Technology, etc.

Mr. Prashant Kumar
Senior Manager, Dun & Brad Street

With over 10 years of grounded experience in Research, Consulting & Business Advisory, Prashant is a Senior Manager & Practice leader at Dun & Bradstreet, a leading international consulting & business ratings firm. Prashant has managed and led strategic engagements with key regional government entities and financial institutions, focused on SME Development and Advisory and Private Sector Support. These include Department of Economic Development in Dubai, the Khalifa Fund of Abu Dhabi, Qatar Development Bank, Enterprise Qatar, Tamkeen, Ministry of Industry & Commerce and Bahrain Development Bank. Through these engagements, Prashant has worked / advised on various functional aspects associated with SME focused program / policy development encompassing SME Financing, SME Definition Development, SME Exports, SME Cluster Studies, SME Development programs and Sector Studies focused on SME opportunity assessment.

Dr. Mohammed Al Asoomi
Economic Consultant-UAE

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al-Assoumi is an expert in economic affairs and specialist in economic and social development in the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. From 2003 to 2006, he was Economic Advisor with Dubai Executive Office. Earlier, he served as Manager of the Economic Research Section of the Emirates Industrial Bank in Dubai (1985-2001), and as an Economist at the UAE Ministry of Planning (1983-1985).
Dr. Al-Assoumi has published several studies on the subject of economic and social development in the GCC countries, including Industrial Development in the Arab Gulf States in Light of Globalization, Determinants and Prospects of GCC Economic Integration, Current and Prospective Foreign Direct Investment in Bahrain and the Role of Trade in Establishing Urban Centers in GCC Countries.

Dr. Tariq Habib

Dr. Tariq Ali Habib is a professor and a psychiatric specialist at the College of Medicine and Hospitals at the University of King Saud in Riyadh. Dr. Tariq has a Masters in Surgery from the King Saud University, and he continued his higher education in psychiatric medicine, earning degrees in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. His scientific interests include treating emotional disorders and skills in dealing with stress, as well as the connection between religion and mental health.
Dr. Tariq has published many scientific papers locally and internationally, accumulating to about 40 research papers. He is a member of many psychiatric unions, Internationally and in the Arab world.

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Mr. Raman Jaggi
Consultant Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development

Raman Jaggi has to his credit rich experience of about 26 years in the field of entrepreneurship and SME development. He obtained his post bachelor diploma in management in 1985. He has worked at various positions with apex entrepreneurship institute in India and subsequently in Bahrain on international assignments. He worked with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Bahrain as Business Development Expert during 2000-2001. From 2001 to December 2011 he worked with Bahrain Development Bank, Bahrain as Vice President, Business Advisory. As Head of BDB Business Advisory Unit, his expertise was used for promoting entrepreneurship and SME development in the Kingdom of Bahrain through training, business counseling and business support services. Since January 2012, he is working with Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development as a Consultant and involved in capacity building of business counselors and further strengthening the branch network of the fund across UAE.

Dr. Naif Al Mutawa
CEO, Teshkeel Media Group

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the Founder AND CEO of Teshkeel Media Group, for whom he created THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Recently, Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and most recently, President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.
He received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “ Marketplace of Ideas” Award, The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award presented at the 2009 World Economic Forum and has been named as one of WEF’s Young Global Leaders for 2011.

Mr. Jamal Fakhro
Managing Partner, KPMG – Bahrain & Qatar

Jamal Mohamed Fakhro studied Accounting at the Cairo University and is a Fellow of the accredited Society of Accountants, USA. He is managing partner for KPMG Bahrain & Qatar and Chairman of the Middle East and South Asia Sub Region for KPMG. He is a Member of KPMG Europe , Middle East and Africa board as well as a Member of KPMG International Council. He has been a Member of the Shura Council (Consultative Council) 1992 – 2002 and first Vice President in the second and third terms. He was then a Member of the Shura Council for the first legislative session (2002 – 2006) and Chairman of the Committee on Financial and Economic Affairs. He was then a Member of the Shura Council second and Third legislative session and First Vice Chairman.

Dr. Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al-Hargan

Dr Abdulaziz Alhargan has been involved in the early stages of the development of the technology incubation industry in Saudi Arabia through his role as the Implementation Project Manager of KACST’s first technology Incubator – BADIR-ICT. He subsequently became the Deputy Executive Director and in 2009 the Executive Director of BADIR-ICT in its early operational stage. Whilst continuing in his role with BADIR-ICT, Dr Abdulaziz has been given the broader role as Director of the BADIR Program for Technology Incubation. BADIR now operates four technology incubators, with one more to become operational in 2012. The program is now evolving into a technology innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation programme with a range of program elements being developed. KACST appointed Dr Alhargan to also manage a Multi-media Industry development project with the world’s foremost industry player, Index of Japan.

Mr. Alan Barrell
Professor, University of Cambridge

Professor Alan Barrell has spent almost 30 years in senior executive positions in technology based industries and has become one of Cambridge’s most articulate promoters of entrepreneurship. He is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire School of Graduate Business Studies and the Shanghai College of Science and Technology.  Professor Barrell currently chairs the East of England NHS Strategic Innovations Council, Health Enterprise East Limited and the Senior Advisory Board of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, which has recruited more than 40,000 members since its formation less than a year ago. Professor Barrell is also a member of the investor groups Cambridge Angels and Sophia Business Angels and has previously chaired the Cambridge Enterprise Conference and works closely with a number of Science Parks and Innovation Centres in Cambridge, elsewhere in the UK and overseas. He received The Queen’s Award in 2006 for Enterprise Promotion and was conferred the Honour of Knight First Class, Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of Finland.

Dr. Hanadi Al Mubaraki
College of Engineering & Petroleum, Kuwait University

Dr. Hanadi Mubarak Al-Mubaraki is assistant professor in Kuwait University. she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in project management and civil engineering. Further more, she teaches undergraduate courses in business schools such as management. She has published in different academic journals & books and has presented her research in many countries. She prepares feasibility studies of many projects and formulates the aspects of research and development proposals for improving costs, monitoring projects and assuring quality developments in Kuwait University. Dr. Al-Mubaraki worked as financial analyst and project engineer in MPW Turner International, Kuwait. Finally, She earned intensive training program in gleeds international U.K as junior engineer and earned her doctorate from Washington International University.

Ms. Kashmira Mewawala
Head of Business Development, TATA Capital

Mrs. Kashmira Mewawala has rich experience of 27 years in the Financial Services field as a part of the TATA Group. Currently, she is Senior Vice-President and Head – Business Development with TATA Capital, the flagship financial services company of the Tata Group. Kashmira is a part of the founding team at Tata Capital. She set up and headed the Wealth Management business, before moving to head the Business Development Group. Over the years she has been closely involved with many new initiatives of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and was actively associated with some of the path-breaking changes in the Indian Securities Market. She was a member of the apex Committee, constituted by SEBI, for the Depository System in India, a member of the Operations Advisory Committee of Central Depository Services (India) Limited and a member of the Group constituted by the RBI to drive the implementation and use of the Electronic Clearing system for dividend payouts and other corporate actions.

H.E. Dr. Yousif Al-Ebraheem
Advisor, Al – Diwan Al-Amiri-Kuwait

Dr Yousef Al-Ebraheem has held a number of ministerial and academic positions throughout his career. At present, Dr. Yousef serves as the Economic Advisor at the Amiri Diwan in the capacity of Minister. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Investment Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Kuwaiti Alliance (an NGO), as well as a member of the Board of INJAZ Kuwait – a part of the international non profit NGO Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA), and also a member of the Board of Directors of Advisers of Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University USA.
Dr. Al-Ebraheem received a Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont, California, in 1984. He has written a number of publications, reports papers and books on the topic of Economics and Development.

Mr. Mohammed Al Mutawah
CEO, Al Barakah Bank

Mr. Mohammed Al Mutawah is the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Al Baraka Islamic Bank – Bahrain, Chairman of Credit Committee and Member of Executive Committee. He is backed by a long banking experience over 25 years of which he previously held several senior positions General Manager and Board Member of Al Amin Bank, Bahrain, Chairman of Credit Committee and member of Executive Committee of Al Amin Bank. Executive Director in ABC Islamic Bank, and prior to that, he was in a senior position with National Bank of Bahrain in the Corporate Banking Division. He is also a member of the World Union of Arab Bankers and a member of the participation committee of the Awqaf Properties Investment Fund of Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah and a member of the  board of directors of Bahrain Association of Banks and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), UK. Mr. Al Mutaweh is a Bahraini national and has a Bsc. in Business Administration from University of Bahrain, 1986.

Mr. Talal Althefery
SME Programme Manager, ICD (IDB)

Mr. Althefery is a Finance professional with over 15 years of progressive experience in many areas including: capital budgeting, entrepreneurship, innovation, financial decision making, business development, private equity, knowledge transfer, project analysis and risk management.
Mr. Althefery holds a Masters Degree (MBA) from the University of Akron, Ohio in the United States. He also earned his Bachelor of Science Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)/ Triple concentration International Business, Sales Management & Marketing Management from the same university. Mr. Althefery is also a Certified Islamic Financial Expert (CIFE), a Certified Islamic Banker (CIB), and a certified Takaful Professional (CTP). Also Mr. Althefery holds other distinctions in Real Estate and Insurance.

Mr. Hussain Ismail
Deputy Director, BIBF

Hussain Ismail is the Deputy Director at BIBF. His role is to support the Director in the development and implementation of the strategic plans and policies, and to provide leadership and direction to the BIBF centres and departments when required.
Hussain has nearly 30 years working experience in the corporate and financial sector having begun his career with Aluminum Bahrain (ALBA) in 1971 and spent nearly eleven years in various positions within the company. His leadership roles included Shift Supervisor, Production Superintendent and Production Manager leading the entire production department and responsible for 140 staff and production of 150,000 metric tons of aluminum.

Dr. Subhadra Ganguli
Head, Centre for Banking

Dr Subhadra Ganguli is the Head of Centre – Banking. She joined BIBF in 2004 as a Lecturer in the Centre for Banking, became Head of Quality Assurance in 2008 before the shift back to head of Centre in 2011. She has completed her B.Sc in Economics (Hons) from Presidency College, India and M.A in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. She has earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California in Riverside, USA in 2003. Her areas of specialization are: Applied Micro and Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics.
Dr Ganguli has both academic and work experience over the last 16 years including as a lecturer in Economics at different colleges (including Presidency College) in India prior to her studies in the USA; the University of California as a Teaching Assistant; and taught in the University of California as a lecturer in Economics.

Ms. Anuradha Shaw
Senior Lecturer, Business Development Manager, BIBF

Anuradha Shaw is a Lecturer in the Centre for Banking at BIBF. She joined BIBF in September 2009. Anuradha has over 13 years work and training experience in bank management in roles including Credit Officer; Branch manager; Banking Trainer; and Retail Management.
Her work and teaching experience includes State Bank of India (Frankfurt and India); Ministry of Finance (Institute of Public Administration -Saudi Arabia); Shell Canada; Reitmans (Montreal); the Northwest company (Canadian Arctic); and TD Insurance (Toronto). Anuradha’s expertise is in the areas of Credit Operations, International Banking and Retail Management. Her interests lie in Public Speaking and adventure travels and her Academic majors are in Economics.

Dr. Mohammed Kameshki
Founder & Managing Director, MiniMax Consulting

Dr. Mohammed Kameshki is a reputable Bahraini business strategist with more than 25 years of business research and advisory experience. He has conducted a number of applied studies in various business and economic fields related to industry, feasibility studies, tourism, foreign trade, economic reforms, SMEs & labour markets. In addition, he has published a number of research papers in regional joournals and participated in international conferences particularly on issues related to current business & economic situations. His expertise helped develop and implement various organizational and operational policies for large corporations apart from offering young entrepreneurs practical advice that has helped transform their ideas into successful businesses.

Mr. Hazeem Janahi
Founder, Vanguard W.L.L.

Mr. Janahi founded Vanguard as a Private Equity and Venture Capital Advisory Boutique and commands vast experience of over 15 years in investment structuring, private equity, business strategy, and venture capital. He possesses well-rounded and extensive managerial experiences in various aspects of investment modeling, business strategy, expansion finance and institutional regeneration which he cultivated through his strategic involvements in various venture capital projects and other investments spanning a multitude of economic sectors. Currently, Mr. Janahi serves as a board member of Gulf Air from 2010 to 2012. Previously, Mr. Janahi has worked at Ernst & Young (Bahrain) in the Assurance Advisory Group and Islamic Financial Services Group, served as the Managing Director of ReeMoon Consulting W.L.L., the Chief Operating Officer at AAJ Holdings Company B.S.C. (C) and co-founded Rizon Jet B.S.C. (C). He holds a bachelors in Accounting from the University of Bahrain and is a member of the Institute of Directors, London.

Mr. Anas Bukhash
Partner, Ahdaaf

Anas Bukhash is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has enjoyed an array of careers of over 8 years that included the oil & gas, properties development, philanthropy and sports sectors. In 2009 along with his partners, Anas launched Ahdaaf Sports Club, which was a first of its kind sporting facility in the UAE, providing sports lovers indoor air-conditioned top-of-the-line astroturf and multi-surface fields. Since 2009, Ahdaaf has expanded its portfolio of fields from 2 to 18 and are looking to further expand throughout the UAE and the GCC. Anas also enjoys photography and has launched his official website in 2011. Today, Anas is also the COO of the UAE Pro League focusing on bringing the UAE Professional Football League to new heights.