GLOBAL TRADE DEVELOPMENT WEEK 11.0

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30th October – 1st November 2017Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE

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OUR SPEAKERS

Official Patron & Keynote
Ministers Welcome Address

H.E SULTAN BIN SAEED AL MANSOORI Minister of Economy UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) Profile coming soon

Official Lead Partner &
Keynote Address

H.E ALI MOHAMMED SOUBIH ALKAABI Commissioner Of Customs, Chairman Federal Customs Authority, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) H.E. Ali Mohammed Soubih AlKaabi held several key leadership positions within the UAE Armed Forces, including military advisor to H. H. Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Highly decorated, H. E. was recently appointed as Commissioner of Customs, Chairman of the Federal Customs Authority, with the issuance of the new amended law of the FCA, which increases the FCA's role to coordinate, promote and represent Customs in the UAE.

Keynote Address

JOAKIM REITER Deputy Secretary General UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE & DEVELOPMENT Joakim Reiter is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Immediately prior to joining UNCTAD in April 2015, Mr. Reiter served as a Deputy Director General with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Reiter held the position of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sweden to the WTO in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Minister Counsellor and Head of the Trade Section at the Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Belgium. Prior to his role at the European Union Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission from 2004 to 2008, he also held positions with the Swedish National Board of Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry. He is a graduate of Lund University and the London School of Economics.

Keynote Address

ANTONIS KASTRISSIANAKIS Director Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules Of Origin And International Cooperation, Directorate-General For Taxation And Customs Union EUROPEAN COMMISSION Antonis Kastrissianakis is Director for Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules of Origin and International Cooperation within the European Commission Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union. He is responsible for the EU customs policy with regard to security and the enforcement of product safety rules and intellectual property rights, as well as to rules of origin and smooth trade flows. He coordinates the customs aspects in EU external and trade relations and in international organisations such as the World Customs Organisation and the World Trade Organisation. He joined the European Commission in 1981 and, prior to his current job, held several positions of responsibility in different policy departments.
ABDESSALAM OBEIDAT Transport and Logistics Manager AQABA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (ADC) After 15 years’ experience at ASEZA “Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority” with a wide experience as a technical expert in customs, trade facilitation, transport and logistics which landed him late 2015 to become a transport & logistics manager at ADC Aqaba Development Corporation the main developer of ASEZ where his main scope includes managing the BOT contract of ports and logistics, consulting and designing new projects ,implementing new projects to enhance the trade and transport supply chain, he was involved in launching the new customs house in ASEZ which was smoothly operated with a direct impact on containers dwell time by 30% reduction. He is currently overseeing the installment of a scanning platform for all imported containers. His duties within the Jordanian trade and transport facilitation committee since 2008 had an impactful role in improving Jordan’s rank in the Logistics Performance Index from 112 in 2012 to 67 in 2016.
ALEJANDRO AROLA GARCIA Executive President INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION of AEO Alejandro Arola studied law at the University of Barcelona with previous studies in Collège du Léman in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the president of Arola, Aduanas y Consignaciones SL and of Hitsein GESCON & ASSOCIATES SL, a Company of the Arola Group, which specialized in advising and managing excise. He was also the consultant for ICC and a lecturer in Pompeu University of Barcelona (Spain) teaching in the Master related with Customs International Business, specializing in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Chaired since it’s creation in 2009 the Association of Certified Customs Representatives AEO (ARACOEA) and he is Vice President of the Official College of Customs Agents in Barcelona since November 2010. President since it’s founding in 2015, the International Federation of AEO (IFAEO) is a worldwide organization and headquartered in Brussels.
ASHA MENON Senior Technical Officer Trade Facilitation WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION (WCO) Malaysian by nationality, Asha joined the Royal Malaysian Customs (RMC) Service in the year 1990 and have worked in various capacities in the Malaysian Customs Administration. From March till October 2016,Asha was the Acting Deputy Director for the Procedures and Facilitation sub-directorate. Her portfolio covers: issues relating to security and facilitation such as the SAFE Framework of Standards (SAFE); several national and international initiatives concerning trade facilitation including the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation; Aviation Security issues mainly on Air Cargo Security; Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA); Scanning/technology matters (NII); Customs-Business Partnershipand many programmes including certain International Organizations and main organizer of the Global AEO Conference and the ICAO-WCO Joint Conferences.
ASHRAF ALI MAHATE Head, Export Market Intelligence DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DUBAI DR. ASHRAF ALI MAHATE has actively been involved in researching and providing consultancy in the areas of economics, banking, and finance for over 22 years in the UAE and previously in the UK. Currently, Dr. Mahate is the Head of Export Market Intelligence at the Dubai Exports and also the Vice Chair of the Economic Policy Committee with the Dubai Economic Department. Dr. Mahate is an advisor to the SME sector and a judge for the SME Stars of Business Award. Dr. Mahate is a regular contributor to various business magazines and newspapers as well as having written a number of journal articles, chapters in books and edited books in the areas of economics, finance and banking. He has also presented papers at major international conferences. Dr. Mahate has been a past director of a number of companies including a venture capital firm and a private equity fund.
BILAL AL SABOUNI Chief Executive Officer AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL OF DUBAI & NORTHERN EMIRATES Mr. Bilal B. Sabouni is an active and respected member of the local and international business community. Based in Dubai for over 17 years, Bilal has worked in roles that have had him manage territories and staff from Africa to Asia, with a special focus on the Gulf territories and the wider Middle East. Today, Bilal leads the US Chamber of Commerce’s affiliate office in Dubai (the American Business Council) as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. He brings a wealth of past experience to the role, previously holding several leadership positions on the organization’s Board of Directors since 2006. Today, he and his team strive to ensure the Council maintains, and continuously improves upon, its position as a leading international affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Apart from his above responsibilities, Bilal is also engaged within organized efforts to advocate on US Public Policy issues, and based on his unique perspective, regularly consults with American and Middle Eastern governments on issues of importance to overseas American citizens and corporations. Bilal earned his Bachelor’s degree in IT from the American University in Dubai and later went on to gain his Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Melbourne’s executive education graduate program and U21Global, a consortium of 21 leading universities representing the University of Virginia, McGill University, and others.
DICKSONS C. KATESHUMBWA Commissioner Customs UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT Dicksons is currently the Assistant Commissioner Customs Audit at the Uganda Revenue Authority(URA), a Senior Management position that deputizes the Commissioner Customs and oversees the a division responsible for Post Clearance Audit Function and the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program. He is also a steering committee member of the World Customs Organization (WCO) – East African Community (EAC) Project that is undertaking trade facilitation initiatives in the EAC Region including the Regional AEO Program. He is also a Fellow and a Leadership and Management Development facilitator and trainer, where he has facilitated a WCO Fellowship in Brussels as well as several leadership development programs at the URA involving middle level managers and supervisors.
EMAN BADR AL-SUWAIDI Director of Customs Declaration Management DUBAI CUSTOMS Profile coming soon
GLENDA ABADINES Director Eastern Hemisphere Trade Compliance BAKER HUGHES GLENDA ABADINES has worked for Baker Hughes since May 2008. Prior to this, she worked with Ernst and Young Singapore as a Senior Manager for Customs and International Trade Services and her consultancy activities extended not only to customs compliance but US and Asia Pacific export controls compliance. She has worked as well with various US multinational companies such as Microsoft, Dell Computers and Seagate Technology. She has vast experience in establishing and implementing export and import compliance programs, performing compliance audits and risk assessments as well as conducting export control training to sales, marketing, human resource, operations, supply chain and logistics in these companies. In addition to trade compliance, she has extensive knowledge and experience on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with specific focus on sales, logistics and supply chain activities.
GLENN MACKENZIE-FRAZER Chief Of Party, Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Activity UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Glenn is a seasoned international consultant who has 17+ years’ experience in an international environment, (over 6 years with USAID programs), and a further 12+ years as a commissioned officer in Her Majesty’s Customs & Excise in the United Kingdom. He has worked in many countries and managed complex multi-disciplined reform projects. The majority of his work has been with long-term programs as he is committed to implementation and developing sustainable results. Glenn is a highly experienced practitioner in the field of Trade Facilitation activities, which include, Post Clearance Audit, Authorised Economic Operators, Single Window initiatives, Business Process Re-engineering, Private Sector
H.E. AHMAD BIN LAHEJ Chief Executive Officer, Customs Affairs Division FEDERAL CUSTOMS AUTHORITY UAE Profile coming soon
IAN MUNRO Advisor of Law Enforcement UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC) Ian Munro is a New Zealander who joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in January 1999, taking up the position as the programmes’ Law Enforcement Advisor. In this post he provides advice and technical guidance to the UNODC counter narcotics and organized crime programmes, to Member State Governments and to their respective law enforcement agencies and judiciaries.Mr Munro has held the position of Chief of the Anti-organised Crime Law Enforcement Unit of UNODC where he oversaw the delivery of technical assistance to Member States and the UN programme covering drug law enforcement, anti money laundering and combatting cross-border organised crime. In his current position, Mr Munro is a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for UNODC, based at Headquarters with responsibilities for technical support to the law enforcement and organised crime programmes.
DR. IGOR EGOROV Director Supply Chain Management Middle East & Africa FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILE DR. IGOR EGOROV is an expert in international trade and supply chain management & marketing. His professional aspiration is to strengthen global peaceful economic growth through developing international trade and investments. He is currently holding a position of Director of Supply Chain Management Middle East & Africa at the Regional Distribution Center of Fiat-Chrysler Group Middle East. Igor plays a vivid role in the business field in the Emirates. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Russian Business Council since 2009. He is also an active leader within the Russian-speaking community and Chairman of Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the UAE since 2012. He has been a co-author and anchor of informational talk show on Dubai Eye talk radio station since 2006. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events.
JALAL BENHAYOUN General Manager PORTNET S.A. NATIONAL SINGLE WINDOW OF FOREIGN TRADE OF MOROCCO Graduated from Mohammadia School of Engineers and Al Akhawayn University Jalal Benhayoun began his career in 2004 at Groupement pour un Système Interbancaire Marocain de Télécompensation « GSIMT » as a project manager before occupying the position of IT and Operations Manager. He then joined in 2011 Fenie Brossette subsidiary of SOMED group as Supply Chain Director. In may 2014 he was appointed General Manager of PORTNET S.A « National Single Window for Foreign Trade » function that leads him to work in close contact with public and private operators in order to improve & facilitate international trade.
JAMES LOCKETT Vice President Market Access & Trade Facilitation HUAWEI JAMES LOCKETT has over thirty years’ experience in international trade and customs law and policy. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America and Asia In 2013, he moved to Shenzhen, China to take his present position with Huawei. James recently was appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Trade and Investment. He is listed in the International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers. James was educated in both the U.S. and the UK. He is a Visiting Lecturer in two Masters in trade law programs in conjunction with the World Trade Institute. He has been a conference speaker at legal and professional conferences since the mid-1980s, presenting nearly 200 speeches in over 30 countries.
JONATHAN KOH Senior Director CRIMSONLOGIC Jonathan Koh heads the product development team in Global eTrade Service (GeTS), (a subsidiary of CrimsonLogic) which oversees its portfolio of trade products including Single Window, Customs Management, Port Community, Global Electronic Trade Services and Strategic Brokerage Services. Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in international trade and supply chain management, and had served both public and private sector sectors. One of his specialties is electronic cross border trade transactions. Jonathan had also serves on the International Advisory Committee for the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNeXT).
KWON YONGSUK President KOREA TRADE-INVESTMENT PROMOTION AGENCY Yongsuk Kwon is the regional president of the MENA head office of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, also known as “KOTRA”, which is a state funded trade and investment promotion organization of the Republic of Korea. KOTRA MENA head office overseas 15 trade centers in the MENA region among 128 trade centers worldwide. Prior to being appointed to his current post, Mr. Kwon had served as the director general of Korea Trade Center Qingdao (China), Korea Trade Center Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Korea Trade Center Kiev (Ukraine), and as the deputy director of Korea Trade Center San Francisco (U.S.A.). Mr. Kwon, a graduate of Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, currently plays an important role in supporting the overseas expansion of Korean companies as well as paving the way to new export markets in the MENA region.
LARS KARLSSON President KGH BORDER SERVICES LARS KARLSSON is President of KGH Border Services, Vice President of the KGH Group and is one of the most well-known customs leaders and trade facilitation experts in the world and he has an extensive background in Customs and international trade policy. He served as the first elected Director for Capacity Building of the World Customs Organization (WCO) 2005-2010. Previously Lars Karlsson was the Deputy Director General of Swedish Customs. Lars Karlsson is the architect behind the 1st AEO programme in the world, the Stairway Concept, originator of the Swedish Customs Future Center for innovations and trend analysis and pioneer models like Paperless Customs, Singel Window and One-Stop-Shop In 2001 Lars Karlsson received Her Royal Highness the Swedish Crown Princess’ Gothia Prize for the best innovation of the year. In 2003 Lars Karlsson became Swedish Manager of the Year.
LINDA GEDDES First Assistant Secretary, Traveller, Customs and Industry Policy DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION (AUSTRALIA) Linda Geddes is the First Assistant Secretary for Traveller, Customs and Industry Policy Division in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. She is responsible for leading the development and delivery of policy and strategy for the movement of people and goods across Australia’s border as well as engaging with key industry stakeholders. A key priority for the Division is improving trade and traveller facilitation through Australian Trusted Trader and the Future Integrated Traveller programme. Ms Geddes joined the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in December 2013, where she performed a number of roles across intelligence, corporate and policy areas. Prior to joining Customs, Ms Geddes was the Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy and Crisis Management in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she was responsible for providing advice on cyber policy and crisis management matters to the Prime Minister and led the development of cyber security policy across government. Ms Geddes has also worked in the Office of National Assessments, Defence Intelligence, the Australian Defence Force and the National Library of Australia. Ms Geddes holds a Masters of Public Policy. She is married to Andrew and enjoys kayaking, snorkelling and travelling in her spare time.
MAHMOOD AL BASTAKI Chief Executive Officer DUBAI TRADE An expert in e-commerce solutions, Al Bastaki served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Dubai World Corporate Departments before taking up his current position as the CEO of Dubai Trade, the premier trade facilitation entity. He was appointed as an Advisor for the Dubai Expo 2020 bid team. A Member of The UAE National Committee of World Trade Organisation, and a Chairman of Customs & Trade Facilitation Commission - International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – UAE Chapter. Al Bastaki is also the Advisory Board Member in the “National Association of Freight and Logistics - NAFL”, and a Member of the External Advisory Council at the University of Wollongong.
MAZEN ABU ALGHANAM Business Development Manager WEBB FONTAINE GROUP Mazen Abu Abualghanam is the newly appointed Business Development Manager for Webb Fontaine Group, based in Dubai, UAE. His wide experience in Customs procedures and trade regulations landed him the leading role in United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Jordan, where his main scope includes managing reforms for facilitating trade and customs administration with the government. Mr. Mazen was involved in many impactful projects which include supporting Jordan Customs in the WCO accreditation of the Jordan Customs Training Center as WCO Regional Training Center in MENA Region and improved Jordan’s rank in the World Bank Doing Business, Trade Across Borders Indicator from 77 in 2011 to 50 in 2016 report.
MINNA HERRANEN Head of Regional Trade Management, IMEA NOKIA Minna Herranen is a Finnish national Regional Compliance Officer of Nokia. In this role, she leads Middle East, Africa and India regional teams of Global Trade Management, which are responsible of proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on trade risks across regional corporate units. Minna has the Executive MBA degree from the Hult International Business School in Dubai. With over 25 years of experience in supply chain management and logistics, including 17 years in telecommunication network infrastructure-building operations. Last year she has been working with Country Senior Officers to build and establish regional trade compliance representative’s network and community in Middle East, Africa and India.
DR. MOHAMMAD SHOAIB HAI Director Of Procurement MAJID AL FUTTAIM VENTURES Dr. Mohammad Shoaib Hai, Majid Al Futtaim Fashion’s Director of Supply Chain & Logistics, holds a Doctorate in Business Management – Logistics and has more than 15 years of combined experience in the various areas of Supply Chain Management. He has worked with international freight forwarding and 3PL companies during which he spearheaded the restructuring of DANZAS AEI, TNT Express and UPS SCS. Under his leadership, the Majid Al Futtaim Fashion Supply Chain & Logistics Department became ISO-certified as well as a profit-center, two significant firsts for a company in the Middle East. Additionally, he holds certifications in CSCM, CTLP, is a Certified Professional Engineer by the Gulf Engineering Federation, a PME and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
NADIA ABDUL AZIZ President NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS Nadia Abdul Aziz is the current President for National Association for Freight and Logistics UAE. Provided her extensive experience in logistics and business development, she joined UNASCO – a national freight forwarding company based in the UAE – working with international agents and clients. She steadfastly worked her way up to managing director over the past 12 years and is also now a major shareholder in the company she works for. Her tedious work essence drives her to participate in many forums, global and regional. She also works closely with charity bodies such as the Al Noor Centre for Children with Special Needs (ANSCO).
NORMAN SCHENK Chairman Customs and Trade Facilitation INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ICC) Norman Schenk is the Chairman of Customs and Trade Facilitation, at International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is also the Vice President, Global Customs Policy & Public Affairs, UPS. Norman has had over thirty five years of experience in the customs industry. In his current position, he is responsible for shaping global customs policy and border strategies to facilitate the smooth flow of shipments across international borders. He also works directly with customs agencies implementing modernized solutions and serves on the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). He also currently serves on Advisory Committees to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. Department of State. Norman Schenk graduated from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and is a licensed customs broker.
OLIVIER TSALPATOUROS VP European Affairs GEOPOST/DPDGROUP Olivier Tsalpatouros is Vice President European Affairs and Aviation Security and Customs Director at Geopost (DPD group). He is responsible of discussing and shaping the regulatory environment and policies for Geopost regarding all subject linked to Security, Customs, Trade, Transport and Embargo. He discuss with the EU commission and International Organizations (such as Word Custom Organization, World Trade Organization, Universal Postal Union, IATA, etc…) but also with all the authorities (Regulator, Government) where Geopost held a subsidiary. Before that, Olivier had several position at the Headquarters of La Poste Group.(Coordinating big project at the Cabinet of the DG, Negotiator of EI Liberalization Directive; Head of competition and regulation Department). He is working now in the transport, logistics and global exchange since more than 16 years
PAULINA MBALA ELAGO Executive Secretary SOUTH AFRICAN CUSTOMS UNION (SACU) Ms Paulina Mbala Elago, a Namibian National, assumed her duties on 1 April 2014. Prior to this appointment, Ms Elago was serving as Country Director for Tanzania, for Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), where she was responsible for designing, managing and implementation of the TMEA Tanzania`s multi-million dollars country programme designed to support implementation of East African Community (EAC) regional integration frameworks, improving intra-regional trade and trade competitiveness through improved trade facilitation, streamlined procedures and infrastructure development. She has also served as Deputy Chief of Party for the Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub in Gaborone, Botswana, Economic Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and as Chief Trade Negotiator for the Government of Namibia. Ms Elago has over twenty years of professional experience in International Trade, primarily trade policy, regional integration, trade facilitation, investment environment reforms, trade related capacity building and trade related infrastructure development.
RANI WEHBE Senior Advisor of Middle East and North Africa INTERNATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT UNION (IRU) Rani Wehbe is the Senior Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa region at the IRU. Since the 1949, the IRU has been helping public and private sector institutions to facilitate trade and improve road transportation through the implementation of key UN convention, notably TIR . Mr. Wehbe and the IRU closely work with the Ministries of Transport and Communications, Customs Authorities, international and regional organizations, and private sector associations to provide capacity building and technical assistance for the design, implementation, and management of systems and solutions to improve road safety, training, cross border transportation, and customs modernization. Rani is a seasoned professional with commercial acumen adept at initiating and managing complex projects and initiatives in international trade, transportation, logistics, and supply chain management with a vast experience in the Middle East and North Africa.
RUBISEL VELAZQUEZ LUGO Director of International Trade Rules MINISTRY OF ECONOMY MEXICO Rubisel Velázquez is Director for International Trade Rules in the Vice ministry of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy in Mexico. He is responsible for the negotiations of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) on non-tariff measures such as Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Competition Policy issues. Additionally, he is in charge of the administration of the FTAs currently in force on those areas, and to ensure the proper fulfilment of Mexico’ commitments under such FTAs and the World Trade Organization (WTO). A key priority for Mr. Velázquez is to serve as a linkage between the WTO and all relevant competent authorities and stakeholders in Mexico. During the last years, he has been part of Mexico’s negotiators in trade agreements such as Pacific Alliance, Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the FTA with Panama, as well as in the update of the Mexico-Cuba Agreement.
SAMER SHOUKRY Europe, Middle East & Africa Trade Compliance Director DELL Samer Shoukry is an international trade & logistics professional with 25+ years of hands-on expertise and global experience. Prior to his current role as EMEA Trade Compliance Director at Dell, Samer led Honeywell covering MEA, Turkey & Central Asia. Before that, Samer held the corporate position of International Trade /Customs Compliance Leader at General Electric (GE), covering Middle East, Africa & Turkey. Before that, for 2 years, he was a customs advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Egypt for Customs reforms and held top managerial positions at internationals freight forwarding companies for 10 years.
SAMY ZAYANI Vice Executive Director Sales WEBB FONTAINE GROUP After several years of service within the United Nations working for the ASYCUDA project, during which Mr. Zayani actively participated to the development of the ASYCUDAWorld customs system as a Technical Coordinator, and then led the implementation of the system in several countries, including Côte d'Ivoire. Mr. Zayani joined the headquarter of Webb Fontaine in Geneva in 2012 and he currently holds the position of Vice Executive Director of the Sales department. On a personal note, Samy was born in Geneva, holds a Swiss and a Tunisian passport and he is married.
SAUD AL NOWAIS Commercial Counselor UAE EMBASSY TRADE & COMMERCIAL OFFICE, USA Saud Al Nowais is the Commercial Counselor for the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, took office in July 2009. Since then, Mr. Al Nowais has focused on strengthening the bilateral trade relationship between the US and the UAE, assisting both countries in identifying mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities. Previously, Mr. Al Nowais held a managerial position at the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi (EAA) in the Economic Department. Mr. Al Nowais worked on energy-related projects and programs, such as oil and gas initiatives, alternative sources of energy and most recently the UAE’s nuclear program. He also worked on environmental and social issues in tandem with industry representatives to affect positive change throughout the country.
SULTAN AHMED DARWISH Director of Trade Negotiations and WTO MINISTRY OF ECONOMY UAE Sultan Al Darwish is the Director of Trade Negotiations & World Trade Organization Dept. MINISTRY OF ECONOMY (MINISTRY OF FOREIGN TRADE). He represents Ministry as a UAE director of negotiation in Free Trade Agreements with in the GCC and participate in negotiation with other countries and communities. He also represents UAE in meetings related to World Trade Organization and other issues. His responsibility includes providing presentations and all kind of information to our stake holders regarding the economy, investments in UAE, World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreement that UAE sign and negotiate. Prior to this, he was the Director of International Relation Department FEDERAL CUSTOMS AUTHORITY UAE.
SUNG HEUN HA Director of International Business and Cooperation KOREA TRADE NETWORK Director of international cooperation at Korea Trade Network (KTNET). In KTNET, he is in charge of planning and development of cross-border paperless trade services and implementation of Single Window and other e-Government system project in overseas on the basis of Korea’s national paperless trade platform development experience. In this capacity, he has initiated several cross-border public and private partnership programs for cross-border paperless trade among Asian countries including Pan Asian e-Commerce Alliance and world first cross-border electronic certificate of origin exchange project between Republic of Korea and Taiwan province of China. Between 2011 and 2012, He served at the UNESCAP as an Economic Affairs Officer at Trade and Investment Division. Currently, he is actively participating in UNNExT activities especially as an Advisory member for SMEs.
TADATSUGU TONI MATSUDAIRA Director for Regional Cooperation, Customs and Tariff Bureau JAPAN MINISTRY OF FINANCE (JAPAN CUSTOMS) Toni Matsudaira is Director for Regional Cooperation, Japan Customs. He is responsible for international/regional Customs cooperation matters, particularly in APEC and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) as well as TICAD (International Conference for Africa Development). He has 28 years experience in Customs, notably international Customs cooperation, trade facilitation and capacity building. He has profound working experience in international organizations, notably the OECD, the WCO, and the World Bank. He holds Post-graduate Diploma on Development Economics from University of Warwick in UK and Bachelor on Information Technology from Keio University in Japan.
XIANGHAO WU General Manager, System Solution Division NUCTECH XIANGHAO WU is the general manager of System Solution Division of NUCTECH. For the last 10+ years, he has been researching & developing the Customs IT systems. As the backbone of technical expert team, besides making great contributions on the Customs IT systems, he has also involved in the “Golden Customs project” on phase I and II work.

 

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THE AGENDA

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0800

Registration & Welcome Networking Reception

0830

Organiser’s Opening Remarks

ANDREW KEABLE, Managing Partner, KW GROUP

0900

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

LARS KARLSSON, President, KGH BORDER SERVICES

0910

Keynote Patrons Welcome Address

H.E SULTAN BIN SAEED AL MANSOORI, Minister of Economy, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

0925

Keynote Lead Partners Welcome Address

ALI MOHAMMED BIN SOUBIH ALKAABI, Commissioner of Customs, Chairman, FEDERAL CUSTOMS AUTHORITY, UAE

0940

Keynote Address

JOAKIM REITER, Deputy Secretary General, UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE & DEVELOPMENT

0955

Keynote Address

ANTONIS KASTRISSIANAKIS, Director Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules Of Origin And International Cooperation, Directorate-General For Taxation And Customs Union, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

1010
PANEL DISCUSSION 1

Developing Strategic Collaborations between Trade Facilitation stakeholders to Create an Efficient Trade Environment

Moderator:

  • H.E. AHMAD BIN LAHEJ, Chief Executive Officer, CUSTOMS AFFAIRS DIVISION, FCA

Panelists:

  • ANTONIS KASTRISSIANAKIS, Director Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules Of Origin And International Cooperation, Directorate-General For Taxation And Customs Union, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
  • JOAKIM REITER, Deputy Secretary General, UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE & DEVELOPMENT
  • MAHMOOD AL BASTAKI, Chief Executive Officer, DUBAI TRADE
  • SAUD AL NOWAIS, Commercial Counselor, UAE EMBASSY TRADE & COMMERCIAL OFFICE, USA
1115

Morning Refreshments & Networking

1145

PANEL DISCUSSION 2

Manifesting the AEO system as a Global Standard of Security and Efficiency

Moderator:

  • ASHA MENON, Senior Technical Officer Trade Facilitation, WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION

Panelists:

  • ALEJANDRO AROLA GARCIA, Executive President, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF AEO
  • LARS KARLSSON, President, KGH BORDER SERVICES
  • LINDA GEDDES, First Assistant Secretary, Traveller, Customs and Industry Policy, DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION (AUSTRALIA)
  • SAMER SHOUKRY, Europe, Middle East & Africa Trade Compliance Director, DELL
1245

Corporate Presentation by NUCTECH

XIANGHAO WU, General Manager, Systems Solution Division, NUCTECH

1300

Networking Lunch

1330

PANEL DISCUSSION 3

Encouraging the Use of Single Window Trade Facilitation and Cooperation between Governmental Departments to Harmonise Trade

Moderator:

  • GLENN MACKENZIE-FRAZER, IBI Country Director, Chief of Party, USAID-BANGLADESH TRADE FACILITATION ACTIVITY

Panelists:

  • DR. IGOR EGOROV, Director Supply Chain Management Middle East & Africa, FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILE
  • JALAL BENHAYOUN, General Manager, PORTNET S.A. NATIONAL SINGLE WINDOW OF FOREIGN TRADE OF MOROCCO
  • JONATHAN KOH, Senior Director, CRIMSONLOGIC
  • SAMY ZAYANI, Vice Executive Director Sales, WEBB FONTAINE GROUP
1430

Corporate Presentation by CRIMSONLOGIC

JONATHAN KOH, Senior Director, CRIMSONLOGIC

1445

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

1515

PANEL DISCUSSION 4

AEO Mutual Recognition Agreement: A New Direction for Trade Facilitations?

Moderator:

  • NORM SCHENK, Chairman Customs and Trade Facilitation, INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ICC)

Panelists:

  • ASHA MENON, Senior Technical Officer Trade Facilitation, WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION
  • MINNA HERRANEN, Head of Regional Trade Management, NOKIA
  • PAULINA MBALA ELAGO, Executive Secretary, SOUTH AFRICAN CUSTOMS UNION (SACU)
  • RANI WEHBE, Senior Advisor Middle East & North Africa, INTERNATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT UNION (IRU)
1630

Chairman’s Closing Day 1

0800

Registration & Welcome Networking Reception

0900

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

JAMES LOCKETT, Vice President Market Access & Trade Facilitation, HUAWEI

0915
PANEL DISCUSSION 5

Stimulating Economic Growth by Investing in Enhanced Security of Trade Corridors

Moderator:

  • NADIA ABDUL AZIZ, President, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS (NAFL)

Panelists:

  • IAN MUNRO, Advisor of Law Enforcement, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)
  • XIANGHAO WU, General Manager, Systems Solution Division, NUCTECH
  • Senior Representative, FEDERAL CUSTOMS AUTHORITY UAE
1015

Morning Refreshments & Networking

1145

Corporate Presentation by WEBB FONTAINE

MAZEN ABU ALGHANAM, Business Development Manager, WEBB FONTAINE GROUP

1200

PANEL DISCUSSION 6

Utilising Free Trade Agreement to Establish Strong Economic & Trade Relationships

Panelists:

  • ABDESSALAM OBEIDAT, Transport and Logistics Manager, AQABA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (ADC)
  • BILAL AL SABOUNI, Chief Executive Officer, AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL OF DUBAI & NORTHERN EMIRATES
  • DR. ASHRAF ALI MAHATE, Head of Export Market Intelligence, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DUBAI (DED)
  • GLENDA ABADINES, Director Eastern Hemisphere Trade Compliance, BAKER HUGHES
  • RUBISEL VELAZQUEZ LUGO, Director Of International Trade Rules, MINISTRY OF ECONOMY MEXICO
  • SULTAN AHMED DARWISH, Director of Trade Negotiations and WTO, MINISTRY OF ECONOMY UAE
1300

Corporate Presentation by ASEZA

PETER MARJI, Division Head; Marketing & Promotion – Investment Directorate, AQABA SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE AUTHORITY (ASEZA)

1315

Networking Lunch

1415

PANEL DISCUSSION 7

Fostering the Use of Mobile E-Commerce and Digital Customs to Improve Trade Facilitation

Moderator:

  • JAMES LOCKETT, Vice President Market Access & Trade Facilitation, HUAWEI

Panelists:

  • ASHA MENON, Senior Technical Officer Trade Facilitation, WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION (WCO)
  • DICKSONS C. KATESHUMBWA, Commissioner Customs, UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT
  • KWON YONGSUK, Regional President, KOREA TRADE-INVESTMENT PROMOTION AGENCY
  • LARS KARLSSON, President, KGH BORDER SERVICES
  • SUNG HEUN HA, Director of International Business and Cooperation, KOREA TRADE NETWORK
1515

Corporate Presentation by Thomson Reuters

Senior Representative, THOMSON REUTERS

1530

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

1600

GTDW Bronze Sponsor Presentation

1615

INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION 8

Discussing Opportunities, Trends & Challenges In Customs & Trade Facilitation In The Next 5 Years

Moderator:

  • OLIVIER TSALPATOUROS, VP European Affairs, GEOPOST/DPDGROUP

Panelists:

  • DR. MOHAMMAD SHOAIB HAI, Director Of Procurement, MAJID AL FUTTAIM VENTURES
  • EMAN BADR AL-SUWAIDY, Director of Customs Declaration Management, DUBAI CUSTOMS
  • NORM SCHENK, Chairman Customs and Trade Facilitation, INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ICC)
  • TADATSUGU TONI MATSUDAIRA, Director for Regional Cooperation, Customs and Tariff Bureau, JAPAN MINISTRY OF FINANCE (JAPAN CUSTOMS)
1715

Chairman’s Closing Remarks

1730

End of GTDW Summit Programme

0830

Networking Refreshments & Registration

0900
Workshop 1 – Essentials of creating an effective AEO Programme
  • The academic foundation for AEO
  • The theory of Compliance Management
  • The essentials for AEO success
  • The trends in the world of AEO
  • The content of a new generation of AEO programmes
  • Future developments in the area of AEO
  • The AEO benefits that counts
  • Why AEO is the future of Customs and Trade

LARS KARLSSON, President, KGH BORDER SERVICES

1030

Morning Resfreshment & Business Networking

1100

Workshop Resume

1230

Lunch & Business Networking

1330
Workshop 2 – Trade Partnership
  • What does Trade Partnership or Customs Business Partnership means to the WCO and its Members
  • What are the tools/instruments/initiatives on Trade Partnership
  • How can you be part of the partnership?
  • How does it assist in the WTO TFA implementation?
  • Listen to live experiences from a WCO Member (TBC) and private sector (Huawei) who is part of the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG)
  • ASHA MENON, Senior Technical Officer Trade Facilitation, WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION
  • DICKSONS C. KATESHUMBWA, Commissioner Customs, UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT
  • JAMES LOCKETT, Vice President Market Access & Trade Facilitation, HUAWEI
  • TADATSUGU TONI MATSUDAIRA, Director for Regional Cooperation, CUSTOMS AND TARIFF BUREAU, JAPAN MINISTRY OF FINANCE (JAPAN CUSTOMS)
Workshop 3 – Progressive Stakeholder Engagement to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade

IAN MUNRO, Advisor for Law Enforcement, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)

1500

Coffee Break & Business Networking

1530

Workshop Resumes

Workshop Ends

1700

GTDW 7.0 Official Programme Closes

The LARGEST Customs & Trade Facilitation for the year 2016

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The event welcomes international policy leaders, customs agencies, technologies, private sector trade customs leaders to the UAE to discuss key aspects of AEO and next generation supply chain combined with an exhibition of leading agencies, suppliers, technologies & consultants. This edition will showcase UAE Customs and trade capabilities across agencies + promote the UAE’s position as a hub for global trade coinciding with.

Participants by Regions

Participants by Sector

  • Director Generals / Heads Of Customs Agencies (Federal and Regional)
  • Divisional Directors
  • Heads International & Government Relations
  • Head IT and Technologies
  • Border Protection Agencies
  • Heads Taxation, Excise Collection & related agencies
  • Manufacturers – Trade Compliance & Supply Chain Heads
  • Supply Chain IT Providers
  • Exporters
  • International Logistics & Freight Forwarders
  • Warehousing & Logistics
  • Customs Agents
  • Carriers
  • Importers
  • Port Operators
  • Secure Freight Parking Operatives
  • Airline Loaders
  • Technologies
  • Suppliers & Consultants
  • Legal, Advisory, Academics & Economists
  • MNC’s – Heads of IP & Trade Security

JOBTITLES:

  • Head of Compliance
  • Head of Customs
  • Head Taxation & Revenues
  • Head Customs Clearance
  • Head Trade Facilitation
  • Head Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Economic Operators
  • Head of Shipping & Logistics
  • Head Customs Operations
  • Head International Trade
  • Head of IP & Trade Security e
  • Customs Agencies – Exhibiting capabilities
  • Trade Locations and Service providers - Exhibiting capabilities
  • Technology Providers – Exhibiting latest products & solutions
  • Equipment Suppliers - Exhibiting latest products & solutions
  • Consultants – Exhibiting solutions
  • Legal & Advisory Services – Exhibiting solutions
  • ICT & Technology
  • Customs & Trade Technologies & Solutions
  • Security & Trade Facilitation Solutions
  • Customs & Trade Consulting & Advisory
  • Customs Hardware Providers
  • Special Trade & Economic Zones
  • Logistics & Freight Forwarders

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