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Although it may initially seem like COVID-19 has led to unprecedented changes in the way life and business is conducted, some would argue the real unprecedented element is the pace at which the pandemic has simply accelerated existing trends. At the beginning of 2020, the world was already retreating toward protectionist tendencies, e-commerce was already on the rise, and fewer, larger shipments were already a reality. As such, discerning which supply-chain disruptions will outlive the pandemic and crafting strategies around them will be critical for business to survive. More importantly, as Oman seeks to position itself as an international logistics hub, connecting three continents, the Sultanate has the incentive to stay ahead of the innovation game and build new customer-centric business models.
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Pankaj K. Khimji is the Director of Khimji Ramdas. He graduated from Hammersmith & West London College in building construction engineering. He is also a keen cricketer and the director of the Oman Cricket Club and executive board member of the Asian Cricket Council. He was director of the board of the National Bank of Oman from 1998 to 2003. Since 2007, he has been the chairman of the Oman-India Joint Business Council.
Abdulmalik Al Balushi is CEO of Oman Post. He brings over 18 years of extensive experience in both the public and private sector from various industries including logistics and transportation, telecommunications, energy, and utilities. As CEO, he has introduced a new and progressive work culture at Oman Post, in addition to playing a critical role in advancing the company's portfolio by enhancing its customer experience, operational excellence, and driving sustainable growth. A graduate of the National CEO Program in partnership with IMD Business School, he also holds a master's of business administration from Sultan Qaboos University and a bachelor's of science in business administration from the University of Arizona.
Said bin Homoud Al Mawali is the CEO of Oman Shipping and Oman Drydock Company (ODC). Prior to his role at ODC, he was providing leadership and governance for the executive management of OTTCO since February 2014. With 21 years extensive experience in construction, asset management, plant operations, supply chain, cost control, business development, and mergers and acquisition, he is leading corporate strategies and overall policies and procedures to ensure that all key people play constructive role in development. He has also occupied significant positions at Petroleum Development Oman, Occidental Oman, Sohar Aluminum, and Oman Oil Company. He has also held board and sub-committee roles at Oman Rail, Majan Ferrochrome, Oman Gas Company, Vale Oman, Oman India Fertilizer Company, and Oman Shipping. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Imperial College London.
Elena Barreiro Perez has been the Country Director for The Business Year in Oman for three years. She has over 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, and business development for both corporations and media companies. She graduated from ESIC Business School with a master's degree in international business. Whilst in the field, she has established relationships with business leaders and led countless high-profile presentations and interviews with executives, ministers, investors, and other politicians around the world. She has successfully managed projects in France, the Dominican Republic, the UAE, Lebanon, and Oman.
Gabriele de Leva is the Country Editor for The Business Year: Oman 2020. In his capacity as Country Editor, he focuses on countries' economic growth plans, investment strategies, company profiles, and regional and global integration policies. Before his current experience in the Sultanate, Gabriele successfully completed projects in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Ghana, and Nigeria, merging his interests for political, strategic, and financial risk, developed working for a Swiss conflict-resolution firm and US insurance brokerage company. A graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, he holds a double major in international security and diplomatic studies with a GPA of 3.91. In 2013 he was awarded a special mention by the President of the Republic of Italy for his academic achievements.