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Qatar’s Business Climate and New FDI Law

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The latest in TBY's Global Roundtable Series will bring together different stakeholders to review the health of the Qatari economy in the current context and discuss the government's latest plans to attract foreign investment into the country. The participants are drawn from a broad section of sectors in order to shed light on the issues at hand from a variety of angles.

Well aware of the importance of economic diversification, Qatar has been working toward boosting the importance of the non-oil sectors in the economy. The ongoing ambitious investment and infrastructure program in the run up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup is acting as a catalyst for this diversified growth. Other government initiatives, such as the visa-on-arrival scheme for 80 nationalities, have been aligned with this vision and will be completed now by a new legislative framework for FDI.

The following topics will be discussed:
• Incentives for investors under the new FDI law
• Business confidence in the context of a new regional trade scheme
• Opportunities in the industrial production sector
• 2022 FIFA World Cup and drivers for growth in the aftermath
• The road to Qatar National Vision 2030

Participants:
• Moderated by: Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari, Editor in Chief, Qatar Tribune
Abdulbasit Al-Ajji, Director of Business Development and Investment Promotion, Ministry of Economy and Commerce
Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO, Qatar Financial Centre
Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Chairperson, Qatar Pharma
Elias R. Chedid, Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO, Seib Insurance
Ayse Valentin, CEO, The Business Year
• More to be announced




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West Bay, P.O. box 19573, Zone 61, Street 831, Building 262, Doha, Qatar
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Elias R. Chedid
Elias R. Chedid
Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO
Seib Insurance

Elias R. Chedid is the COO & Deputy CEO of Seib Insurance & Reinsurance Company LLC and is one of the contributors to Seib establishment and success.

With over 25 years of insurance experience, Elias has a proven track record in leading successful changes in various markets.

His career started in The UK before moving to Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf region.

Elias holds a BSc Mathematics from the American University of Beirut, MA from York St John University Business School in Leading Innovation and Change, he is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) by ACAMS, and an Associate Reinsurance Administration (ARA) by LOMA.

Ayse Hazır Valentin
Ayse Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayse Hazır Valentin is CEO of The Business Year.

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida
Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida
CEO and Board Member
Qatar Financial Centre

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in June 2015. He previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer at the QFC where he was responsible for the overall strategic development.

Yousuf has a strong financial background with experience across a variety of roles. Prior to joining the QFC, he was Head of Indirect Investment at the Qatar General Retirement and Pension Authority, which included overseeing the management of hedge fund, private equity, real estate, fixed income and equity portfolio investments. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum and Dolphin Energy and managing various real-estate projects in Qatar.

He represents the QFC Authority on the boards of the Qatar Exchange, the Qatar Finance and Business Academy, the Financial Markets Development Committee and the Free Zones Authority. He also sits on the Advisory Council of Qatar University's College of Business & Economics. He has previously sat on the boards of Nakilat QSC and the US$1 billion strategic investment fund of Unicorn Investment Bank, as well as serving as Vice Chairman of Mayadeen Real Estate Company KSCC.

He graduated from the University of Arizona, USA.

Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari
Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari
Editor in Chief
Qatar Tribune - Moderator

Dr. Hassan Al-Ansari is currently the Director of the Gulf Studies Center, Qatar. He received his BA at Cairo University, and his Ph.D. in Modern Middle East History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves in the Amiri Diwan of the State of Qatar, as an advisor, for more than twenty years, mostly in the research and political departments. Dr. Al-Ansari also used to teach modern history at the University of Qatar and The Editor-in-Chief of the English newspaper Qatar Tribune at the State of Qatar.

Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Country Senior Partner
KPMG

Ahmed is the Country Senior Partner at KPMG in Qatar. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in serving clients and leading audit, advisory and country practices in various locations across Europe and the Middle East. As well as leading the Qatar firm, Ahmed is the senior client relationship partner for a number of KPMG's high-profile clients in Qatar, and is seen as a trusted adviser who draws on his Board-level strategic and operational experience to help drive sustainable profitable growth, and performance evolution for clients.

Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Director of Business Development and Investment Promotion
Ministry of Economy and Commerce

Abdulbasit Al-Ajji was appointed as Director of business development and investment promotion in the Ministry of Economic and commerce (MEC) in May 2016. He previously held the role of SPX Department manager in Qatar Enterprise Company SMEs Business Development, where he was responsible for helping local enterprises to successfully meet the challenges of local markets and to take advantage of the emerging opportunities that evolve from industrial subcontracting, outsourcing and supply chain opportunities.

Abdulbasit has a strong engineering and business management background. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum (QP) as an operations engineering specialist

He holds a mechanical engineering certificate from Manchester University as well as a MBA from Hall University (UK)

Emad Turkman
Emad Turkman
Chairman
Qatar British Business Forum ( QBBF )

Emad Turkman MBE is a qualified mechanical engineer. Having graduated from a UK university, he went on to obtain a postgraduate diploma in business and marketing. He started his career working for GKN in the UK, and then moved to Dexion Group. In 1988, he was appointed Area Manager for the Middle East based in Saudi Arabia before moving to Qatar in 1995 to the firm's distributor, Rumaillah Services. In addition to his role as Group CEO of Rumaillah Group, he is also the Chairman of Qatar British Business Forum and the Chairman of Apton Partitioning Limited. In 2011, he was awarded an MBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II for his services to promote British businesses and to the British community in the State of Qatar.

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Tuesday, September 25

Morning

09:00 AM TO
09:30 AM

Arrival and coffee

09:30 AM TO
09:45 AM

Foreword and welcoming

Ayse Hazır Valentin
Ayse Hazır Valentin
CEO, The Business Year
Ayse Hazır Valentin
Ayse Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayse Hazır Valentin is CEO of The Business Year.

09:45 AM TO
10:00 AM

Introduction to the new FDI law

Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Director of Business Development and Investment Promotion, Ministry of Economy and Commerce
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Director of Business Development and Investment Promotion
Ministry of Economy and Commerce

Abdulbasit Al-Ajji was appointed as Director of business development and investment promotion in the Ministry of Economic and commerce (MEC) in May 2016. He previously held the role of SPX Department manager in Qatar Enterprise Company SMEs Business Development, where he was responsible for helping local enterprises to successfully meet the challenges of local markets and to take advantage of the emerging opportunities that evolve from industrial subcontracting, outsourcing and supply chain opportunities.

Abdulbasit has a strong engineering and business management background. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum (QP) as an operations engineering specialist

He holds a mechanical engineering certificate from Manchester University as well as a MBA from Hall University (UK)

10:00 AM TO
11:00 AM

Roundtable discussion

• Incentives for investors under the new FDI law
• Business confidence in the context of a new regional trade scheme
• Opportunities in the industrial production sector
• 2022 FIFA World Cup and drivers for growth in the aftermath
• The road to Qatar National Vision 2030

Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti
Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti
Chairperson, Qatar Pharma
Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti
Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti
Chairperson
Qatar Pharma

Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti is Chairperson of Qatar Pharma.

Elias R. Chedid
Elias R. Chedid
Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO, Seib Insurance
Elias R. Chedid
Elias R. Chedid
Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO
Seib Insurance

Elias R. Chedid is the COO & Deputy CEO of Seib Insurance & Reinsurance Company LLC and is one of the contributors to Seib establishment and success.

With over 25 years of insurance experience, Elias has a proven track record in leading successful changes in various markets.

His career started in The UK before moving to Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf region.

Elias holds a BSc Mathematics from the American University of Beirut, MA from York St John University Business School in Leading Innovation and Change, he is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) by ACAMS, and an Associate Reinsurance Administration (ARA) by LOMA.

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida
Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida
CEO and Board Member, Qatar Financial Centre
Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida
Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida
CEO and Board Member
Qatar Financial Centre

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in June 2015. He previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer at the QFC where he was responsible for the overall strategic development.

Yousuf has a strong financial background with experience across a variety of roles. Prior to joining the QFC, he was Head of Indirect Investment at the Qatar General Retirement and Pension Authority, which included overseeing the management of hedge fund, private equity, real estate, fixed income and equity portfolio investments. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum and Dolphin Energy and managing various real-estate projects in Qatar.

He represents the QFC Authority on the boards of the Qatar Exchange, the Qatar Finance and Business Academy, the Financial Markets Development Committee and the Free Zones Authority. He also sits on the Advisory Council of Qatar University's College of Business & Economics. He has previously sat on the boards of Nakilat QSC and the US$1 billion strategic investment fund of Unicorn Investment Bank, as well as serving as Vice Chairman of Mayadeen Real Estate Company KSCC.

He graduated from the University of Arizona, USA.

Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari
Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari
Editor in Chief, Qatar Tribune - Moderator
Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari
Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Ansari
Editor in Chief
Qatar Tribune - Moderator

Dr. Hassan Al-Ansari is currently the Director of the Gulf Studies Center, Qatar. He received his BA at Cairo University, and his Ph.D. in Modern Middle East History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves in the Amiri Diwan of the State of Qatar, as an advisor, for more than twenty years, mostly in the research and political departments. Dr. Al-Ansari also used to teach modern history at the University of Qatar and The Editor-in-Chief of the English newspaper Qatar Tribune at the State of Qatar.

Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Country Senior Partner, KPMG
Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Country Senior Partner
KPMG

Ahmed is the Country Senior Partner at KPMG in Qatar. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in serving clients and leading audit, advisory and country practices in various locations across Europe and the Middle East. As well as leading the Qatar firm, Ahmed is the senior client relationship partner for a number of KPMG's high-profile clients in Qatar, and is seen as a trusted adviser who draws on his Board-level strategic and operational experience to help drive sustainable profitable growth, and performance evolution for clients.

Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Director of Business Development and Investment Promotion, Ministry of Economy and Commerce
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Abdulbasit Talib Al-Ajji
Director of Business Development and Investment Promotion
Ministry of Economy and Commerce

Abdulbasit Al-Ajji was appointed as Director of business development and investment promotion in the Ministry of Economic and commerce (MEC) in May 2016. He previously held the role of SPX Department manager in Qatar Enterprise Company SMEs Business Development, where he was responsible for helping local enterprises to successfully meet the challenges of local markets and to take advantage of the emerging opportunities that evolve from industrial subcontracting, outsourcing and supply chain opportunities.

Abdulbasit has a strong engineering and business management background. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum (QP) as an operations engineering specialist

He holds a mechanical engineering certificate from Manchester University as well as a MBA from Hall University (UK)

Ayse Valentin
Ayse Valentin
CEO, The Business Year
Ayse Valentin
Ayse Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayse Valentin is CEO of The Business Year.

11:00 AM

Networking and refreshments

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