AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Executive Chairman

Sharjah Investment & Development Authority - Shurooq

His Excellency (HE) Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, the Executive Chairman of Shurooq, is considered one of the key leaders in Sharjah’s tourism industry growth. He was the CEO of Shurooq from 2009 until mid-2018, which he then became the Executive Chairman under an Emiri decree by HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad
Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah.

Al Sarkal has been integral to the success of the Authority since its inception in 2009, and has played an exemplary role in realising the vision of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq, of establishing the organisation as the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah as a key investment, tourism, and business destination in the region.

After 9 years of genuine leadership, and an effective driver of change across Shurooq and Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, issued the Emiri Decree No 30 of 2018 promoting Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, from CEO to the Executive Chairman of Shurooq, on May 20 th 2018.

As part of his mission for excellence, Al Sarkal has led every major enhancement Shurooq has made since inception, and is one of the longest tenured people at the Authority. He has spearheaded several of Shurooq’s crucial projects and initiatives, turning them into runway successes.

Under his vision and leadership, Shurooq has actively diversified the emirate’s tourism sector. They have developed eco-tourism in Kalba, beach tourism in Khorfakkan, and cultural tourism in the city of Sharjah with attractions like Al Qasba destination, Al Majaz Waterfront, Flag Island and Al Maraya Art Centre. Al Sarkal is at the helm of the ‘Heart of Sharjah’ project; a 15-year historical restoration project of the heritage areas of Sharjah.

Al Sarkal is a keen proponent of giving opportunities to talented Emiratis. He has appointed Emirati nationals in key positions in each of Shurooq’s destination, resulting in talented UAE nationals filling 40% of the positions at Shurooq, including management positions.

On May 20 th 2018, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, has issued the Emiri Decree No 30 of 2018 promoting Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, from CEO to the Executive Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq.

H.E. Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal was also awarded with the Golden Friends of India Award, and was also named the Middle East CEO of the Year by the prestigious Burj CEO Awards, as well as the Best Official Spokesperson as part of the Sharjah Government Communication Award 2017.

Shurooq, under the guidance and leadership of HE Marwan Al Sarkal, is heading into 2017 on a confident note. Widely considered a key figure in Sharjah’s growth ambitions, Al Sarkal is determined to further enhance Shurooq's role in facilitating investments in order to further diversify Sharjah’s economy by working ever more closely with investors in sectors of tourism, environment, transport and logistics.

Country Presentation Speakers


Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Georgia

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

H.E. Mr. Husin Bagis

Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Ridwan Hassan

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Indonesia

D. Rizky Novihamzah

Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anthony Nkinzo Kamole

Managing Director
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI), DR Congo

Patient Sayiba TAMBWE

Managing Director
Multimodal Freight Management Office - OGEFREM, DR Congo

Mr. Omphitlhetse Bobo Senosi

Director, Investment
Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Dwianto Eko Winaryo

Deputy Chairman
Business Facilities of Batam FTZ- Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

Paola Maccani

Head of Unit Territorial Development and Attractiveness
Ervet, Emilia Romagna Regional Agency, Italy

Francesca Chieti

Head of Institutional Investors Business Development
London Stock Exchange Group, Italy

Patrizia Celia

Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Market Intelligence
Borsa Italiana, Italy

Stefano Nigro

Director of the Foreign Direct Investment Department
ITA Agency, Italy

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Chief Executive Officer
Agriculture and Food Centre of Bologna, Italy

Jaba Phutkaradze

Minister of Finance and Economy
Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia

Nino Mghradze

Deputy Head of Municipal Department of Economic Development
Tbilisi City Hall, Georgia

Tengiz Tsereteli

Senior Investment Officer
JSC Partnership Fund, Georgia

Otar Dikhaminjia

Supervisory Board Member
JSC Axis Towers

Davit Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer
Poti Free Industrial Zone, Georgia

Mariam Asatiani

RE/MAX Capital, Georgia

Ibrahim Ahli

Director of Investment Promotion Division
Dubai FDI, United Arab Emirates

Marwan Ben Hareb

Director of Investment & Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Neville Matjie

Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

Hamish Erskine

Chief Executive Officer
Dube TradePort Corporation

Russell Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Emad Aubry

Business Development Specialist – Director of Investment Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ras Al Khaimah

Mohammad Juma Al Mashrekh

Executive Director
Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)

Valentina Setta

Consul General
Consul General of Italy in Dubai

Mr. Lasha Chikovani

Investment Projects Adviser
Colliers International Georgia

Minister Paul Tasong

Minister Delegate in Charge of Planning, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development

Zeng Yan

Deputy Director General
Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce

Aubrey Shabane

Chief Executive Officer
KZN Growth Fund

Juma Al Kait

Assistant Undersecretary
Foreign Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy

Sharief Habib Al Awadhi

Director General
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA), Fujairah

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