GCEL’s Advisory Board consists of highly seasoned professionals drawn from the public, private and academic sectors with extensive experience in the field of economics, international trade, finance, insurance, technology, customs, cargo security, food safety and disaster recovery.
Captain Samuel Salloum is the Co-Chairman of GCEL, the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics. GCEL is a Swiss-based nonprofit Public/Private Partnership focused on sustained economic growth through increased trade efficiency based on an empowered Digital Economy.
Captain Samuel Salloum is also the Chairman and CEO of the World Logistics Council, a semi-governmental organization involving 28 countries from around the world. Under his leadership, the WLC, a founding member of GCEL, has gained the support of more than 150 countries and 26 Inter-governmental/Nongovernmental Organizations worldwide, and its private-sector member companies alone exceed 2.7 million personnel and serve approximately 60% of global GDP.
As a recognized authority on issues concerning global trade and cargo security, Captain Salloum is frequently asked to share his expertise with national and international economic and trade forums, governmental agencies, directors, and CEOs. He is the holder of several worldwide logistics and technology patents which have been globally recognized as the solution to problems facing the fragmented, multi-trillion-dollar global trade industry. He has also conceived and initiated several global initiatives geared towards improving trade standards, practices, and ultimately volumes around the world.
Captain Salloum was one of the youngest officers ever to be awarded the degree of Open Sea Master by the Italian Ministry of Transportation. At the age of 29, he led the world’s second-largest shipping company in its expansion into the North American market. As the leader of WLC, he is currently focusing his efforts upon strategy, development, and deployment of the organization’s groundbreaking Digital Economy program, the spearhead of an initiative that will universally boost trade efficiency, performance and profitability as it improves the well being of millions of people worldwide. Captain Salloum’s international experience ranges from dockside to boardroom.
DATO’ KAMARUZZAMAN ABU KASSIM is the President of ALC and CEO of Johor Corporation, a leading state-linked conglomerate, with more than 250 subsidiaries employing more than 50,000 employees group-wide. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accountancy from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia in 1987. He embarked on his career as an Audit Assistant with Messrs K.E Chen & Associates in May 1988 and later joined Coopers & Lybrand (currently known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Johor Bahru. In December 1992, he joined Johor Corporation as the Deputy Manager of the Corporate Finance Department. He is currently the Chairman of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, a company in the JCorp Group, Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad, Johor Land Berhad, QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd, Damansara REIT Berhad and Waqaf An-Nur Corporation Berhad.
Kamaruzzaman is also a Chairman and Director of several other non-listed companies within the Johor Corporation Group. He received the 2015 National Sports Award in the category of Sports Leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor at the International Institute of Public Policy & Management (INPUMA), University of Malaya (Malaysia’s oldest & most prestigious university) since March 2016.
Y. B HG. TAN SRI ABD RAHMAN MAMAT has held various directorial roles in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia; including Director of Industries, Senior Director of Policy and Industry Services Division, and Deputy Secretary-General. His last position held was as Secretary-General of MITI from 2006 until 2010. During his tenure as MITI Secretary General, he held various positions including Board Director of Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Board Director of the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Board Director of Johor Corporation, Board Member of the Regional Economic Development Authority (RECODA) and Board Member of Lembaga Kenaf and Tembakau Negara, Malaysia.
Y. B hg. Tan Sri Mamat has vast experience and an extensive track record. He was the Assistant Director of MITI and then became the Deputy Trade Commissioner and Director of Trade of the Malaysian Trade Office of New York, USA and Taipei, Taiwan, respectively.
Y. B hg. Tan Sri Mamat then became the Economic Counselor / Trade Commissioner & Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP), Malaysian Trade Office, Bangkok, Thailand. In 1996, he was the Special Assistant to the Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. In 1998, he was also the Director of Export Promotion Bureau Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).
Y. B hg. Tan Sri Mamat graduated with B.Ec.(HONS) from University Malaya in 1975. He then pursued the Advance Management Programme (AMP 167) from Harvard Business School Boston, USA.
H.E. DR. SURIN PITSUWAN is the former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. Dr. Pitsuwan is now engaged in the promotion of regional integration in East Asia, educational and political reform efforts in Thailand, and is a frequent speaker at various international conferences.
Dr. Pitsuwan has worked as a columnist for the two leading English daily newspapers in Bangkok and as a professor at several prestigious universities, including the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University; American University in Washington, D.C.; King Prajadhipok Institute, Thailand; Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan; University of Nara, Japan; University of Malaya, Malaysia; and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, UK.
Politically, Dr. Pitsuwan was a Deputy Leader of the Democrat Party, Thailand. He also served on the National Reconciliation Commission. He has been elected to Parliament eight times since 1986. He also served as MP in the National Legislative Assembly. He was appointed Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary to Deputy Minister of Interior, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1992-1995), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2001). He served as Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the Chair of the ASEAN Regional Forum (1999-2000).
Dr. Pitsuwan served as a member of the Commission on Human Security of the United Nations (2001-2003), an advisor to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (1999-2001), a member of the ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (2002-2004), an advisor to the Leaders Project, Washington, D.C., a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a member of the Advisory Board of the UN Human Security Trust Fund, a member of the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group (ICG), an International Academic Advisor of the Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, a member of the “Wise Men Group” under the auspices of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) in Geneva (2002-2004), and a member of the Islamic Development Bank’s 1440 A.H. (2020) Vision Commission. He was nominated by the Royal Thai Government and endorsed by ASEAN Leaders to be ASEAN Secretary-General for year 2008-2012.
He was awarded the American Field Service (AFS) exchange scholarship and was a high school exchange student in Minnesota, USA, in 1967-1968. He returned to Bangkok, Thailand and attended Thammasat University for two years before winning a scholarship from Claremont Men’s College, Claremont, California, to complete his B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) in 1972. He then went on to Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1974 and 1982 respectively, in the field of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. His entire Harvard career was supported by the Winston S. Churchill Association and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships. He also spent a year and a half studying Arabic and conducting his research at the American University in Cairo, 1975-1977, while concurrently a fellow at the Higher Institute of Islamic Research, Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Pitsuwan has also been conferred 13 honorary doctorate degrees.
MR. YUGI PRAYANTO is the current Vice Chairman for Maritime and Fishery Affairs of the Indonesian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN).
He served as Vice President of PT. Equity Development Securities – Stock Brokers, Fund Managers and underwriters from 1999 to 2001. He served as a Director of Marketing at PT. Insurance Dayin Mitra Tbk from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Prayanto has been the President Director of PT. Sinar Mitra Karsa since 2005. He has also been the Vice Chairman of PT. Insurance Dayin Mitra Tbk since 2005. He serves as an Independent Commissioner of Danasupra Erapacific Tbk. He has been an Independent Commissioner at Asuransi Dayin Mitra tbk PT since 2005.
Mr. Prayanto holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Commerce from the University of Houston.
H.E. AMBASSADOR MASAHIKO HORIE is a Special Assistant and Ambassador for Global Environment Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Regional Councilor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Mr. Horie is an expert in environmental matters such as climate change, biological diversity, tropical timber, etc. He was also the Ambassador of Japan to the State of Qatar and the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia (2007-2011) as well as Director General for International Affairs in Defense Agency. His overseas posts include Councilor of Embassy of Japan in Denmark, Minister of Embassy of Japan in Kenya, and Minister of Embassy of Japan in France.
He chaired the 48th International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) in 2012 and also launched the Energy Efficiency Improvement Facilitation Hub in Tokyo. He is Professor at Meiji University lecturing on Japanese Diplomacy. He also teaches at Kyoto University and Tsukuba University on Global Environmental Issues. He is also Professor at Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Horie received his Bachelor of Economics (1969) and Bachelor of Law (1973) from Osaka University, Japan and his Master of Economics (1971) from Tulane University, U.S.A.
MR. XU NINGNING is an expert on ASEAN business and has been heavily engaged in the development of economic and trade cooperation between China and ASEAN over the last 20 years. Hence, he holds many important positions in a number of organizations. He is currently the Co-Chairman of China-ASEAN Business Association, the Executive Secretary-General of the China-ASEAN Business Council Chinese Secretariat, Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council, Vice Chairman of East Asia Business Council China Committee, Chairman of GMS Business Council, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Center of China Fund for International Studies, Guest Professor at China Foreign Affairs University and University of International Business & Economics, and the consultant of China-ASEAN Expo.
In January 2013 Mr. Ningning was recognized as a Goodwill Envoy for China-ASEAN Business Cooperation by the commercial councilors of ten ASEAN countries in China. He also received the China-ASEAN Cooperation Outstanding Contribution Award in 2011 for his countless contributions to improving China-ASEAN cooperation.
Mr. Ningning has published 18 books on economics, such as News Business Opportunities in ASEAN-Faith and Action, Diary of China-ASEAN “Zero Tariff”, Business Opportunities – Dialogue with ASEAN, Reports on Business Opportunities of Southeast Asia, Entrepreneurs, etc.
Mr. Ningning graduated from Nanjing University in 1981 with a major in economics. In 1992, he attended the Singapore Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) as a visiting scholar. He has since been invited to give nearly 200 reports on Southeast Asian business in Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou, and others.
YB TAN SRI RAFIDAH AZIZ is currently the Chairperson of Air AsiaX Board Of Directors and the former Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) having served more than 21 years. She was also the Chair of the Asia Logistics Council (2009-2011), a member of GCEL. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Malaya and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from several local and foreign universities. She embarked on her career as tutor whilst pursuing her Degree and Masters in Economics between 1966 – 1970. She was appointed as Assistant Lecturer upon her graduation in 1966, and worked as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Administration in the University of Malaya until 1976.
She was appointed to the Senate in 1974, and successfully ran for a Parliamentary seat in 1978, serving as a Member of Parliament up to the present. In 1976 she was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Public Enterprises, and in 1977 she was made the Deputy Minister of Finance. In 1980, she was promoted to the post of Public enterprises and served in that portfolio until 1987, when she was appointed the Minister of International Trade and Industry. She was one of the longest serving ministers in the Malaysian Government, holding a cabinet post for more than 27 years. At the political level she is currently the leader of the Women’s Wing of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), a post which she has held for 25 years. She has also been serving in the Party’s Supreme Council for the last 33 years.
Y. B HG. TAN SRI DATO’ MUHAMMAD ALI BIN HASHIM is the former Chief Executive Officer of Johor Corporation and served in this position for more than 27 years. YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Bin Hashim graduated from Malaysia’s premier university, University of Malaya, with a Bachelor of Economics (Honors) in 1969 and successfully completed the Senior Executive Programme, Stanford University, USA in 1985. YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Bin Hashim was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Management by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2000), an Honorary Doctorate of Entrepreneurship by University Technology MARA (UiTM) (2007), and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology Management, by University Tun Hussein Onn.
YB hg. Tan Sri Dato’ Bin Hashim’s many accolades, whether to his person or Johor Corporation, are a testament of his leadership and an acknowledgement of Johor Corporation’s contribution to society at large. These would include the highly acclaimed Inaugural Prime Minister’s Quality Awards for Public Sector in 1990. He was also named as Property CEO of the Year 2005 by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI – Malaysia) and awarded the World Halal Forum Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program Award 2006 from YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was awarded the prestigious Maal Hijrah 1428H Appreciation Award by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong, the King of Malaysia, on 20th January, 2007. YB hg. Tan Sri Dato’ Bin Hashim is also the Vice President of the Malaysian Islamic Chamber of Commerce (MICC); Chairman, Corporate Bureau of MICC; and Chairman, Kumpulan Waqaf An-Nur Berhad. The title “Tan Sri” being one of the highest award in Malaysia for an individual, was conferred upon him by His Majesty the King in 2000.
MR. PUSHPANATHAN SUNDRAM is the former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Economic Community and the current Chairman of China-ASEAN Business Association. He was instrumental in the development of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint and Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. Mr. Sundram was also involved in the negotiation and implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (“ACFTA”). Current positions and affiliations include Senior Fellow for the Singapore Institute of International Affairs; Economic Advisor to Zhanjiang People’s Government, Guangdong, China; Senior Economic Advisor to ASEAN for the Nantong Municipal People’s Government, Jiangsu China; and Principal Advisor to ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance.
With his wealth of experience, Mr. Sundram offers strategic advice on public-private partnerships and business engagements for trade associations and companies across the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Sundram’s career beams with achievements furthering public and regulatory affairs, global trade, investment, and business development interests by devising innovative trade and economic policies, strategies, agreements, and solutions that meet business and stakeholders’ needs, improve financial performance, and contribute to economic growth.
He received his Bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1988 and a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, in 1994. Prior to joining the ASEAN Secretariat, he served the Ministry of Defense of Singapore for seven years.
Dr. Makarim Wibisono is a lecturer at the National Defense Institute, Paramadina University, Atma Jaya Catholic University, the University of Al Azhar, Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University. Dr. Wibisono holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy and a PhD in Political Science from Ohio State University, USA. He also has an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, USA. and Doctorandus in International Relations from the Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.
Dr. Wibisono has also served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Indonesian Council on World Affairs, Senior Advisor on International Cooperation to the Minister of Health of Indonesia, Advisor to the National Commission of Human Rights, and as Senior Advisor on International Affairs to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia. As a Diplomat, Dr. Wibisono was Ambassador of Indonesia to the United Nations and to some Central American countries. He was also Director-General for Foreign Affairs Economic Relations (2000-2002), and Director for Multilateral Economic Cooperation of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993-1994). As Director General for Asia Pacific and Africa (2002-2004), he negotiated and helped finalize the Bali Concord II which effectively created the ASEAN Community. He led the Indonesian Delegation to the Senior Officials Meetings of ASEAN, ASEAN+3, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and APEC.
Dr. Wibisono is a lecturer at the National Defense Institute, Paramadina University, Atma Jaya Catholic University, the University of Al Azhar, Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University.
Dr. Wibisono holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy and a PhD in Political Science from Ohio State University, USA. He also has an M.A. in International. Relations from Johns Hopkins University, USA. and Doctorandus in International Relations from the Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.
MR. MICHAEL JOHNSON is CEO of Kokoda Capital Group, a privately owned firm with premium clients in the Asia-Pacific region. Kokoda focuses on the commodities and wider energy sector but is also active in financial services, retail, F&B and property. The firm also has holdings in several media, entertainment and sporting related entities. Mr. Johnson is also a Director of Rugby Channel Online in a partnership with Fiji TV broadcasting rugby on Google’s global online platform. He is also a Director of Myanmar Global Capital Partners (MGCP) and the CEO of Royal Vitamins International Limited, a company manufacturing vitamins in a unique liquid format that has the potential to completely transform the global vitamins industry.
He is the President of the Australia-Asia Business Council and is also a former Member of the Australian Parliament rising to become Federal Parliamentary Whip in 2007. Born in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and Australian father, Michael is passionate about deepening and widening the Australia-Asia relationship and was the first Member of the Australian Parliament to have a part Chinese heritage and one of the youngest when elected in 2001 at the age of only 31.
He was educated at the University of Queensland, the University of Cambridge, where he obtained an MPhil, and the University of Birmingham, where he obtained a master’s degree in international studies. He was the Australian Chevening Scholar in 1994, the Charles Hawker Memorial Scholar in 1996 and was a 2004 graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leaders’ Program at Harvard. Michael has spoken at conferences and events all over Asia. Mr. Johnson sits on the Global Council of the Asia Society and is a Member of the World Chinese Economic Forum Advisory Board. He is a regular political commentator on Australia’s Sky News network.
Mark has an extensive background in international marketing e Commerce and corporate governance. He is the CEO of Collective Health and Wellness an integrated health care solution in Australia and was formally the Managing Director in Brisbane for Australia’s largest marketing communication group Clemenger BBDO and the Chief Executive of pan Asian marketing and e Commerce group Batey/Redcell, in China, Hong Kong, and later Singapore.
His international clients have included HSBC, Singapore Airlines and Mercedes Benz.
He has been Chairman and a Non Executive Director across several Australian and international companies, including Chairman of Risk Mitigation group, Verifact, Chairman of Industrial Relations Law group, Livingstones, and Director of one of the world’ largest accounting and finance associations CPA Australia.
He was an invited delegate to the B20 (Business Advisory group to the G20 Leaders) in Turkey, 2015, China 2016 and Germany 2017.
Mark joined the board of the Asia Logistics Council in May 2013 representing Australia.
Mark holds a BA in Economics and Asian Studies and has post graduate qualifications in Marketing and Corporate Governance. He is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of CPA
H.E . DR. MOHAMAD AMR began his career as a diplomat in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating from University of Alexandria with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He served as Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, Dr. Amr held several high postings to Egyptian Embassies abroad including Embassies in Ethiopia, China, United Kingdom, Australia, and USA. He was also appointed as Egypt’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Amr also served on the cabinets of several Foreign Ministers including Mahmoud Riyad, Mohamed Riyad, Boutros Boutros Ghali, and Esmat Abdel-Meguid.
He was appointed as counsellor in the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations in New York (1982 -1987) during which period he served as Egypt’s representative on the Security Council. In this capacity, he chaired the Security Council commission established by Security Council Resolution no. 571 to investigate South Africa’s attacks on Angola.
Dr. Amr was also appointed as an Assistant Foreign Minister for African Organizations (1993-1995), a Representative of Egypt to the Organization of Islamic Conference (1995-1997), the Alternate Executive Director (representing Egypt and 13 Arab Countries) on the Executive Board of Directors of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (1997-2009), and the first Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Documentation, where he remained until his resignation on July 2011.
H.E. DR. MOHAMMAD HALAIQAH is a well known political and economic figure in Jordan and the Arab region. He is acknowledged for his efforts in economic and legal reform in Jordan. Dr. Halaiqah was a member of the Jordanian Parliament until chairing the foreign relations committee. He served in key ministerial positions in four consecutive Jordanian governments.
He served as Director-General (1990-92) and Director (1992-93) of the Amman Chamber of Industry. He was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General (1993-94) of the Higher Council for Science and Technology and one-time Director-General of the Jordan Export Development Corporation (1994-97). In 1997, he served as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and was named its Minister in January 2000. Dr. Halaiqah served as Jordan’s chief negotiator for accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Jordan and USA. In June 2000, he was named Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of National Economy in January 2002. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Administrative Development in July 2003. After resigning his ministerial post in October 2004, he was appointed a Senator by the King and served in the Senate till 2007.
In the business world, Dr. Halaiqah is the Chairman of Ammoun International Investments, as well as Chairman of Consult Us Co. He is also active in NGOs, currently chairing Sakeenah for social support of orphans. Dr. Halaiqah, born in 1951, obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Jordan in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry from University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He has extensive expertise in economic, political affairs, and relations in the Arab World. He is generally regarded as one of the keenest economic minds in the country.
H.E. NANCY BAKIR is currently the High Commissioner for Arab Civil Society at the League of Arab States. Nancy Bakir was a former Minister of Culture (2007-2009) and Minister of Public Sector Development (2009) of the Cabinet of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Ms. Bakir was also the former Assistant Secretary-General at the League of Arab States for the Social Sector (2004-2007) and Acting Secretary-General Assistant for the Economic Sector (2006).
She has held a number of positions including Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan for Human Rights, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Acting Secretary-General for the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, a member of the Educational Council, a member of the Radio and Television Board, General Coordinator for the Second Summit of Arab First Ladies 2002, and General Coordinator of the Amman Cultural Capital of the Arab World 2002. She has also worked in other institutions such as the Ministry of Higher Education, the Council of Higher Education, the Ministry of Planning, and the Civil Service Society.
Ms. Bakir holds a Master’s degree in Philological Sciences/Former Soviet Union and a Master’s degree in Peace and Diplomacy.
Eng. Omar Bahlaiwa; engineer by qualification, currently serving Secretary General of Committee of International Trade (CIT) for Saudi Arabia, he is a prominent figure in the high dignitaries among business communities locally and globally. His rich experience and extensive network in local and global community gives him an edge to foster the relationship for the organization.
His current role is to enhance and promote the country’s image internationally, leading prominent delegations to Europe, North America and other key OECD nations to establish favorable image of Saudi Arabia globally. He works closely with his contacts in both local and international business communities to promote exports and attract ‘Foreign Direct Investment’ (FDI) to Saudi Arabia. He has been selected as one of the Leaders in Saudi Arabia in the book issued by Leaders Publishing Corporation for 2007 and 2011.
His succession follows from managing several companies including Senior Technical Analyst at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Plant Manager for Al-Moajil Sack Factory, VP Sales & Marketing for Saudi Industrial Export Company, General Manager for MATTEX and Assistant Secretary General for Foreign Affairs for Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry to Secretary General for the Council of Saudi Chambers and CIT till the current stature.
Mr. Wissam H. Fattouh became the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks in November 2010. As such, he leads the largest banking consortium in the region and the sole representative of the Arab banking community, which aims at the development and advancement of the banking and financial markets, in addition to the cross-border relations and exchange of expertise with international counterparts.
Mr. Fattouh has excellent knowledge and expertise in Arab and International banking and financial sectors, acquired from over 20 years of experience in this domain and through extensive and close relations with MENA Region, Europe and United States of America, in addition to regional/International financial and regulatory bodies. His remarkable contact portfolio with Heads of States, officials, ministers, politicians, Governors and regulators, and excellent liaison with banks and financial institutions’ Chairmen, CEOs and heads through years of direct and careful relations acted as the vote of confidence for his evident rise to this position.
Before his current position,Mr. Fattouh served as the Acting Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Director of Conferences Department at UAB and Manager of Databank & Information Technology.He gained a worldwide channel of communication through innovatively organizing, and supervising international, regional and local Conferences, Forums and Seminars on banking and financial mattersin cooperation with the likes of the US Department of the Treasury, World Bank, IMF, IFC, FATF,United Nation Security Council, European Banking Federations and various international governmental offices. He established the new line of technical Forums that excelled for its scientific importance and established a number of Professional Groups and Associations, Group of Certified Compliance Officers (GCCO), Group of Certified Risk Managers (GCRM).
Mr. Fattouh is a member of Board of Trustees of The Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences – Jordan and Advisory Board Member of Child& Youth Finance International – Amsterdam – The Netherlands, the Secretary General of the World Union of Arab Bankers, and a Member of the Steering committee, United States – Middle East and North Africa, Private Sector Dialogue, and a Member of Board of Trustees of the Lebanese for Voluntary Activities – Lebanon, Member of Advisory Board of Beirut Arab University – Lebanon, and Member of the Advisory Board of MEA Logistics Council, a member of the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (GCEL).
Mr. Fattouh is a graduate of the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He is fluent in Arabic, English and a good management of the French language.
MR. GREGORY BIRD, CPA has 40 years of international finance, logistics, and manufacturing experience. He has been a CFO for a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL providing global supply chain management, transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage and related services for the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and other Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Bird led various international project teams to expand logistics services to customers while reducing their internal logistics and operational costs. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of a multi-state Tier One manufacturing firm supplying precision machined automotive components. He was also a CPA and Senior Manager for 10 years at Arthur Andersen & Co., an accounting, tax, and consulting firm leading various teams in financial planning, process improvement, and cost management in the manufacturing, real estate, retail, and transportation industries.
Mr. Bird graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan BBA program. His experience includes hands-on knowledge of supply chain activities from shelf to shelf.
THE HONORABLE JOHN E. JAMIAN was appointed by President George W. Bush and served as the Head Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration from May 2003 until May 2006. Mr. Jamian was instrumental in implementing a Southern California Gateway Action Strategy to address port congestion issues. Mr. Jamian’s responsibilities included promoting the environmentally sound integration of marine transportation with other modes of transportation and with other ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes uses. Mr. Jamian managed the daily operations of the Maritime Administration, its 900 employees, and 276 ship assets under MARAD purveyance. During his tenure as a Michigan legislator, which began in 1991, Mr. Jamian served as Chair of the House Task Force Committee on Port and Maritime Affairs. He also chaired the House Health Policy Committee. While serving in the legislature, Mr. Jamian chaired the United States Canada Relations Committee for the Midwest Council of State Governments, focusing on the mutual goals of the two nations who share the world’s largest lake and transportation system. Mr. Jamian served as the Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. Under his administration, the Port Authority introduced many new programs, including restoring the Great Lakes cruise ship industry.
Mr. Jamian served as Chair of the American Great Lakes Ports. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Port Authorities and the Michigan District Export Trade Council. He also worked with the Department of Defense, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Jordan’s Queen Noor on demining efforts in the Caucasus Region of the Middle East. Previous to his appointment, Mr. Jamian was selected by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to participate in the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference to survey the Nation’s military capabilities—both at home and abroad. In 2011, Mr. Jamian was reappointed to the Executive Director at the Port of Detroit.
Mr. Gabrys spent 42 years with Deloitte, retiring as a Vice Chairman in 2004 with a career spanning more than four decades of experience in public accounting including extensive service to a variety of publicly held companies in the automotive manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries. In addition, he assisted a number of large corporations with their implementation of the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Mr. Gabrys also served as the operations leader for Deloitte’s Financial Institutions Industry Group and served as the U.S. representative on its Global Banking Committee.
Since then, he has maintained a full-time role serving on a variety high-profile boards in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Current corporate board memberships include CMS Energy, TriMas Corp., La-Z-Boy, and Consumers Energy. His civic/nonprofit board memberships include: Crime Stoppers of Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber (honorary), Detroit Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Prior board commitments have included Dana Corp., Ave Maria University and chairing the boards of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Detroit Medical Center. He was the interim dean of the Wayne State University business school in 2005.
Mr. Gabrys earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from King’s College and is a graduate of the executive programs of Stanford University, Northwestern University and the International Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dr. Donald Johnston has had a long career as a lawyer and politician, spending 10 years in Canadian Parliament, and serving as a cabinet minister in a number of senior portfolios. He was a Member of Parliament from 1978-88. He served in the cabinet, first as president of the Treasury Board, and then as Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Justice, and Attorney General of Canada.
He was elected in 1994 as Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) based in Paris and served two terms from 1996 to 2006. He was the first non-European to head the OECD.
He is a founding Director of the International Risk Governance Council in Geneva and served as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2010. From 2006 until 2009 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
He currently serves as Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation based in Geneva which is focused on education, health and sustainable development.
Mr. Johnston studied arts and law at McGill University, graduating from law in 1958 as the Gold Medalist. He holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, King’s College, Bishop’s University, McMaster University and the Economics University of Bratislava.
Mr. Alejandro Gonzalez has ample experience in economic-policy design and execution, and in negotiations under multilateral frameworks such as APEC, WTO and UNCTAD. He has participated in multiple bilateral negotiations regarding trade and investment issues, economic cooperation and diverse SME matters.
He also has considerable work experience in the public sector including work in positions such as: Director of Institutional Aspects of GATT and Director for Negotiations with the Pacific Basin and Europe in the former Ministry of Commerce and industry; and Economic Counsellor for the embassies of Mexico in Singapore, Canada and Israel.
Mr. Gonzalez, who also has considerable experience in the private and academic sectors, is the Coordinator General of Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring in the National Institute of the Entrepreneur and the Chairman of the Working Group on Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurship of the OECD.
He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, along with a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Giuseppe Gramigna, whose work focuses on the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, serves as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s chief economist. In that role, he provides advice on economic trends affecting small businesses and leads research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning.
He also advises national, multilateral and non-profit entities on how to best assist SMEs, with areas of expertise including national SME policies, designing SME-assistance programs, program benchmarking and partner risk management.
Mr. Gramigna works with international organizations such as APEC, ASEAN, and the World Bank; serves on scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications; and serves on advisory boards of several non-profit entities that assist SMEs.
He earned a BA in economics from The State University of New York at Purchase, and a graduate degree in economics from The New School for Social Research.
Mr. Manfred Wilhelmy has years of experience in many different fields. He served as a full professor in several academic positions, including the Institute of International Studies, the Institute of Political Science, in addition to the Institute of Social Science and Law School.
Mr. Wilhelmy also taught at The Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University as a visiting lecturer. He was the director of the Fulbright Commission of Chile, the executive director of the CEA-PUCV in Santiago, and of the Chile Pacific Foundation, in which he later became an honorary board member of this institution. Due to his ample knowledge and experience in the academic field, Mr. Wilhelmy gained the chance to teach Chilean foreign policy and East Asian international relations seminars at the Catholic University of Valparaiso.
Furthermore, Mr. Wilhelmy held the positions of the Chairman of Chilean National Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the external consultant to Mitsui Chile Ltd.
After graduating from the Law School of Catholic University, Mr. Wilhelmy pursued an M.A. degree in International Relations and also a Ph.D. degree in Politics.
Mr. Alejandro Enrique Raush has more than 40 years of experience in public and private sector projects as a consultant and expert in developing countries. He served as a Consultant for various firms and institutions, and also as a Cabinet advisor, Deputy Co-coordinator, Director and Associate Expert, Advisor to the President of the Commission, Advisor to the Secretary of State, Commercial and Financial Director, and Area Coordinator.
Mr. Rausch’s key qualifications include being an Economist specialized in growth and economic development, State modernization, regulation, and private sector development.
He has significant work experience in public sector management, specifically in the formulation, management, monitoring and evaluation of sector programs and projects, in addition to experience in decentralization, and private sector development.
Furthermore, Mr. Rausch is a member of professional bodies, such as the Strategic Assistance Programme in LAC, UNCRD, UNDP, the Regulatory Policy Institute, Hertford College, Oxford, UK, and the Interregional Privatization Network.
Mr. Rausch currently serves as an International Consultant, and has been in this position since 1985.
He obtained degrees and diplomas for Specialization in Comparative Economic Systems, Specialization Planning and Regional Development, and in Industrial Policy Workshops. He also has a number of publications.
REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD COBBOLD served in the Royal Navy for 33 years, specializing as a seaman officer and then as a helicopter observer. Later in his career he commanded the frigates HMS MOHAWK and HMS BRAZEN, and was Captain of the 2nd Frigate Squadron in HMS BRILLIANT. He was a member of the Royal College of Defense Studies in 1984, and his appointments in the Ministry of Defense included Director of Defense Concepts in 1987. Promoted Rear Admiral in 1991, he served as Assistant Chief of Defense Staff (ACDS) Operational Requirements for Sea Systems until 1994, and additionally as ACDS (Joint Systems) from 1992. He retired from the Royal Navy in March 1994. Rear Admiral Cobbold took up his appointment as Director of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in September 1994.
He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Governor of the London Nautical School. He served as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee from 1997 to 2007 and in the same capacity to the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2002, and as Senior Policy Advisor on International Security Affairs to the Ocean Security Initiative, a Washington-based NGO. He has written numerous articles for Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). He is recognized as an international expert on security and defense issues with an emphasis on Homeland Security and has contributed widely to the written and electronic media in these areas.
REAR ADMIRAL ROBERTO PATRUNO is the former Director of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) that assists the Mediterranean countries in the implementation of the IMO Conventions relevant to prevention, preparedness, and response to marine pollution as well as the Prevention-Emergency Protocol. He graduated from the Italian Navy College in 1968 as a Lieutenant of the Harbor Master – Coast Guard Corp., where he served with great distinction for 33 years, achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. His initial duties were in the Harbor Master Offices of Livorno, Bari, and Rome where he was responsible for the administration of 160 km of coastline and related territorial waters, including safety matters in ports and in coastal industrial installations.
In 1984, he was appointed as Deputy Director to the National Maritime Emergency Centre at the Italian Civil Protection Department Headquarters, to assist the Director with major emergencies at sea related to search and rescue, marine pollution, and coastal areas evacuation. In 1992, he was seconded for a three-year period to the European Commission (DG Environment – Civil Protection) in Brussels as a national expert in the fields of marine environment and civil protection. He was assigned in 1995 to the Operational Department (IMRCC) of the Coast Guard Headquarters where, for three years, he led the newly created International Relationship Office. In October 1998, he was appointed as Director of the REMPEC in Malta, the IMO/UNEP regional center established in 1976, within the Mediterranean Action Plan and the Regional Seas Program of UNEP, which he chaired with excellent results up to 31 December 2006, when he retired from active duty.
MR. VICTOR SEDOV has dedicated last twenty five years to developing and implementing international projects, working with Russian and U.S. government agencies, advising and representing U.S., European and Russian companies and promoting growth of enterprises throughout Russia.
Since its inception in 2002, Mr. Sedov is the President and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship LLC (CFE). CFE is a catalyst organization advancing the role and scope of entrepreneurship in Russia. CFE is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, and host of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Russia. CFE brings to Russia highly regarded international entrepreneurship trainings and programs; trains faculty in entrepreneurship teaching methodology; conducts a range of events, conferences, and meetings; and builds capacity in other organizations that share its mission.
Victor Sedov was behind the launch of the first Eastern European chapter of Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Moscow, that is now self-sustainable and active member of EO world community, initiated the process and played an active role in organizing World Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow in 2014 with more than 7,000 participants, successfully organized G20 YEA Summit in Moscow in 2013 with all twenty nations sending their delegations for the first time in the history of the alliance.
Mr. Sedov is Director Emeritus of the U.S. Russia Investment Fund and he served on TUSRIF Board from 1999 to 2002 at a time when the fund was the leading private equity investor in Russia with over $500 million invested in dozens of private growing companies. He also served for many years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russian Microfinance Center Foundation.
In 2008, he was elected to the Presidium of OPORA, Russia’s largest small and midsize business association and from 2015 he chairs OPORA’s committee on international cooperation. Mr. Sedov helped to found the Russian Association of Entrepreneurship Education, and continues to serve on its Board. Mr. V. Sedov represents Russia in the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance from 2012 and is actively involved in B20 activities in different taskforce groups since 2013.
Victor Sedov also served for three years in 2012-2015 as Non-Executive Director on the Board of Trustees of The Prince’s Youth Business International based in London with operations in more than 40 countries worldwide. He is annually selected by EY to serve as a Distinguished Judge for EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition and for EY “Business Women” competition.
He is a founder of a non-profit Enterprise Russia and international consulting company Victoria Enterprises, Inc. He previously managed all foreign relations of the Sedin Group, a major machine-tool-building enterprise in Sothern Russia.
Mr. Sedov possesses, among other advanced degrees, an MA in Business and Logistics management, over the years attended several executive education programs at Harvard and IESE Business Schools.
PROFESSOR JAY MITRA is the Founding Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Research, and Head of the School of Entrepreneurship and Business at the University of Essex. He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD as the Head of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and the LEED (Local Economic and Employment) Programme at its Trento Centre and in Paris. Educated in India and in the UK, Professor Mitra has written and published widely on entrepreneurship, innovation, small firm growth and internationalization, technology and knowledge transfer between universities and small firms for international referee journals, international conferences and seminars.
Professor Mitra has over 20 years of experience relating to entrepreneurship in large and small firms, small businesses and local economic development, gained while working for a firm of consultants and accountants, in local government, as head of an innovation centre, as an academic, and through two new business ventures of his own in London.
Professor Mitra has taught and lectured in numerous countries in Europe, Asia the USA, Latin America, at seminars, workshops and conferences for corporate executives, owner managers of small firms, workshops and conferences for corporate executives, owner managers of small firms, entrepreneurs, policy makers and educators. Professor Mitra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK.
Before co-founding Llewellyn Consulting, Dr. John Llewellyn was Global Chief Economist and then Senior Economic Policy Advisor at Lehman Brothers. This followed almost twenty years at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where variously he was Head of International Forecasting and Policy Analysis, Editor of the OECD Economic Outlook, Deputy Director for Social Affairs, Manpower and Education, and finally Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General. Prior to that he spent nearly ten years at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge, and he was also a Fellow of St. John’s College.
Dr. Llewellyn earned his undergraduate degree at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. He has published widely.
MR. PIETRO SPIRITO is the president of the Authority for the Port System of the Central Mediterranean Sea since 2016. He is also the Program Manager for the regeneration of the Bagnoli area (Naples). Since 2015, he has been the President of Bologna’s Freight Village, after being its Managing Director between 2009 and 2011. Between 2005 and 2006, Mr. Spirito was the CEO of the train and shunting operating company in Genova. From 2001 to 2005, he was the CEO of Omnia Express and Omnia Logistica, companies operating in freight logistics services. Between 1987 and 2000, Mr. Spirito occupied various positions within the Italian State Railways. From 1998 to 2003, he was the President of SGT, the terminal company in Pomezia (Rome)
Mr. Spirito has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Unioncamere (Italian Chamber of Commerce Association), Rome. He has also a Degree in Political Science from Federico II University in Naples. His thesis examined the European Monetary System and its influence for the evolution of the Italian economy. He has several publications on the themes of the European integration process, industrial policy in Italy, regional policies for South Italy, evolution of the rail system in Italy and Europe, transport and logistic policies issue. Recently (2014).
Mr. Spirito published a book on “The construction of capital trustee” and another on the managerial experience in public local transportation (2016).
Mr. RAINER PTOK is the Owner of the international consulting company Ptok International Consulting, where he supports mainly small and medium sized enterprises on their way to global markets. His experience of more than 20 years in the German world of Business Associations provides him with a rich knowledge of political and economic lobbying processes and a huge network of national and international business partners. His recent activities therefore include the advisory mandate for the largest SME association in Germany, the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, BVMW, with its headquarter in Berlin.
Mr. Ptok acts a as business consultant in the field of industry, mainly the automotive sector, where he served for 6 years in a prestigious family-owned Tier-1 supplier of exhaust systems in several functions – Personal Assistant to the Owner and CEO, Head of the Legal Department, Head of PR and Marketing. As a consultant, he already supported automotive suppliers in their internationalization strategy e.g. to the US, China and India. His main expertise as international consultant is related to India, Iran and Russia.
Mr. Ptok is a frequent speaker and moderator in business conferences worldwide. He serves in the Advisory Council of the German-Arab Friendship Society (DAFG), is a member of the International Club of Honour (ICOH) and was recently appointed to the Europe Logistics Council Board of Advisors to support the deployment of their global Digital Economy Platform.
Mr. Ptok holds a Degree in Law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and is currently an attorney-at-law admitted to the Bar at Regional Court of Augsburg. He followed an Intensive Course of Economics at the only state-maintained Distance Teaching University in Germany, Hagen. He has a very good knowledge of English and French, good Knowledge of Italian and basic Knowledge of Russian and Spanish.