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Fisheries & Agriculture: Technological Opportunities

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Within the broader context of the two global trends of conscious eating and the “plant forward" agenda, the Omani food and agriculture industry is faced with the unprecedented challenge of substituting its import-based economy and scaling its national agribusiness production to target export markets. Investments in technology will be crucial to achieving this double goal, at a time COVID-19 risks disrupting procurement strategies and consumption patterns for the long term. This digital roundtable brings together government, state-players, and investors to define the right strategies that enable the best ecosystem for technological investments to be implemented efficiently and with appropriate returns.


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Dr. Saoud Hamood Al-Habsi
Dr. Saoud Hamood Al-Habsi
Undersecretary of Fisheries Wealth
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth

Dr. Saoud Al-Habsi is the Undersecretary of Fisheries at Oman's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. With more than 29 years of administrative, technical, and research experience, his career has spanned the public and private sectors. He graduated from Sultan Qaboos University with a degree in marine science and joined the Marine Science and Fisheries Center at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as a research assistant in the oceanography department. He later decided to pursue further higher education and attended Nova Southeastern University, Florida and acquired a master's in coastal zone management and marine biology. He was than promoted to director of the Fisheries Wealth Division in the Governorate of Dhofar. To broaden his experience and knowledge, he later joined Newcastle Upon Tyne University, UK, and was granted a PhD in fisheries resources management. His vast knowledge and experience in the field resulted in him being promoted to lead the fisheries research sector in Oman with dual roles as the director general of fisheries research within the ministry and acting executive director in the Agriculture and Fisheries Development Fund. He then moved to the Research Council to work as the director of the research centers before joining the newly established Oman Aquaculture Development Company in 2016 as the general manager. In April 2019, he became the Undersecretary of Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Yousuf Ali Al-Harthy
Yousuf Ali Al-Harthy
CEO
Oman Technology Fund (OTF)

Yousuf Ali Al-Harthy is the CEO of OTF. He has been a technologist and entrepreneur for over 20 years. During this time, he founded a number of start-ups after working for organizations and institutions in both the public and private sectors. He is well known and recognized as an expert in the field of IT for the many roles he has played in developing and shaping the ICT industry in Oman. He holds a master's degree in IT from RMIT University in Australia and double degrees in IT and business from the US.

Saleh Mohammed Al Shanfari
Saleh Mohammed Al Shanfari
CEO
Oman Food Investment Holding Company (OFIC)

Saleh Mohammed Al Shanfari is the CEO at Oman Food Investment Holding Company (OFIC), Oman's leading state-owned food security firm mandated to develop food security projects for Oman. Al Shanfari is a leading agribusiness professional with more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is the xhairman of Anamma Poultry and EC chairman of Mazoon Dairy as well as vice chairman of Al Bashayer Meat Co. Besides being an agribusiness professional, he is the chairman of the Food Security Committee at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Elena Barreiro Perez
Elena Barreiro Perez
Country Director Oman
The Business Year

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
Moderator: Gabriele de Leva
Country Editor Oman
The Business Year

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.

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