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The Oman Board Meeting on Innovation



Muscat, Oman

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As Oman moves toward a digital future, The Business Year will gather some of Oman's top business executives to discuss the role of technology and Vision 2040, a wide-ranging program of economic reform.

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VENUE Al Bustan Palace
A Ritz-Carlton Hotel 114 Oman
Muscat 1998

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Tahir Bin Salim Bin Abdullah Al Amri
H.E. Tahir Bin Salim Bin Abdullah Al Amri
Executive President
Central Bank of Oman (CBO)

Tahir Bin Salim Bin Abdullah Al Amri was appointed Executive President of the Central Bank in 2017. He is an experienced treasury and finance professional with a successful track record in all aspects of treasury and finance functions. He serves as a board member of a number of private and public entities with multimillion turnovers for a variety of businesses, from a leading local bank to sovereign wealth funds, shipping, and the oil and gas industry. He has played leading roles in negotiating financing agreements, writing articles of association, technical licensing and construction contracts, oil and gas upstream agreements, shareholder agreements, shipping contracts, establishing credit policies and procedures, and board audit committees.

Talal Al Rahbi
H.E. Eng. Talal Al Rahbi
Secretary General
Supreme Council for Planning

Talal Al Rahbi is the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning, having previously served as deputy secretary general. In 2016, he managed the inception of a five-year program for national economic diversification under the banner “Tanfeedh." Among many board and representative positions, Al Rahbi currently serves as Chairman of a new Oman Technology Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Public Authority for SME Development, and as a board member of the Oman Rail Company, Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Public Authority for Craft Industries, and as a member of the Oman Vision 2040 Committee. He also served as First Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2010-2013).

Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
CEO
Industrial Innovation Center

Abdullah Al Mahroqi earned a double major BSc with honors in soil and crop sciences from the University of North Wales, UK, in 1997 and completed his PhD in 2004 at the University of Reading, UK, in the field of biotechnology and environmental sciences. He went on to work as a consultant and director of innovation at The Research Council from 2010 to 2015. He then joined the Industrial Innovation Centre (IIC) as executive director and became the CEO in 2017. He has developed extensive experience in the fields of strategic planning for the development of the knowledge and innovation economy, entrepreneurship, acceleration of SMEs, technopreneurship, and IP and technology transfer.

Maqbool Al Wahaibi
Maqbool Al Wahaibi
CEO
Oman Data Park

Maqbool Al Wahaibi is the CEO of Oman Data Park, the first managed and cloud service provider in Oman, as part of the executive management and founding team to establish ODP. He previously worked with the government of Oman for over 20 years on strategic national IT initiatives and projects in the area of information security, consulting for organizations in the public sector such as the Information Technology Authority (ITA), Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Justice, and others. He holds a master's degree in computer software engineering from the University of York and a bachelor's degree in information technology engineering in Staffordshire University.

Ayşe Valentin
Ayşe Valentin
CEO & Founder
The Business Year

Ayşe Valentin is CEO and founder of The Business Year, a global media group that has been providing investors, businesses, and governments with first-hand insights into the world's most dynamic markets for over a decade. Since founding the company, she has overseen the growth of operations across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Having also successfully guided the company through the digital transition, she is now focusing on the expansion of coverage into Europe.

Before founding The Business Year, Ayşe worked as Europe, Middle East and Asia Regional Director at Oxford Business Group, a London-based publishing house, from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that she was Project Director for Eastern Europe at Global Business Reports, where she coordinated research on countries targeting EU accession.

At the start of her career, she also gathered extensive experience as a sectoral business intelligence project director in various geographies, from Oman to the Russian Federation and Indonesia, covering industries such as oil and gas, power, and chemical manufacturing. Ayşe holds a BA in chemistry from Istanbul Boğaziçi University and lives in London. She is a mother of two, a qualified yoga teacher, and an avid sailor.

Elena Barriero Perez
Elena Barriero Perez
Country Director
The Business Year

Elena Barriero Perez is the country director at The Business Year

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Monday, January 01

Morning

12:00 AM

Monday, April 06

Morning

08:00 AM TO
08:30 AM

Welcome Coffee & Registration

08:45 AM TO
09:00 AM

Welcome address

Talal Al Rahbi
H.E. Talal Al Rahbi
Secretary General, Supreme Council for Planning
Talal Al Rahbi
Talal Al Rahbi
Secretary General
Supreme Council for Planning

Talal Al Rahbi is the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning, having previously served as deputy secretary general. In 2016, he managed the inception of a five-year program for national economic diversification under the banner “Tanfeedh." Among many board and representative positions, Al Rahbi currently serves as Chairman of a new Oman Technology Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Public Authority for SME Development, and as a board member of the Oman Rail Company, Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Public Authority for Craft Industries, and as a member of the Oman Vision 2040 Committee. He also served as First Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2010-2013).

09:00 AM TO
09:10 AM

Welcome note & introduction to The Business Year Oman 2020

Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO, The Business Year
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
Ayşe Hazır Valentin
CEO
The Business Year

Ayşe Hazır Valentin is CEO and founder of The Business Year, a global media group that has been providing investors, businesses, and governments with first-hand insights into the world's most dynamic markets for over a decade. Since founding the company, she has overseen the growth of operations across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Having also successfully guided the company through the digital transition, she is now focusing on the expansion of coverage into Europe.

Before founding The Business Year, Ayşe worked as Europe, Middle East and Asia Regional Director at Oxford Business Group, a London-based publishing house, from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that she was Project Director for Eastern Europe at Global Business Reports, where she coordinated research on countries targeting EU accession.

At the start of her career, she also gathered extensive experience as a sectoral business intelligence project director in various geographies, from Oman to the Russian Federation and Indonesia, covering industries such as oil and gas, power, and chemical manufacturing. Ayşe holds a BA in chemistry from Istanbul Boğaziçi University and lives in London. She is a mother of two, a qualified yoga teacher, and an avid sailor.

09:10 AM TO
09:55 AM

Panel: Driving growth: Being proactive in today's market

Maqbool Al Wahaibi
Maqbool Al Wahaibi
CEO, Oman Data Park
Maqbool Al Wahaibi
Maqbool Al Wahaibi
CEO
Oman Data Park

Maqbool Al Wahaibi is the CEO of Oman Data Park, the first managed and cloud service provider in Oman, as part of the executive management and founding team to establish ODP. He previously worked with the government of Oman for over 20 years on strategic national IT initiatives and projects in the area of information security, consulting for organizations in the public sector such as the Information Technology Authority (ITA), Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Justice, and others. He holds a master's degree in computer software engineering from the University of York and a bachelor's degree in information technology engineering in Staffordshire University.

09:55 AM TO
10:05 AM

Coffee break

10:05 AM TO
10:20 AM

Keynote address

10:20 AM TO
11:05 AM

Panel: Efficiency creation: Optimizing models & processes

Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
CEO, Industrial Innovation Center
Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
CEO
Industrial Innovation Center

Abdullah Al Mahroqi earned a double major BSc with honors in soil and crop sciences from the University of North Wales, UK, in 1997 and completed his PhD in 2004 at the University of Reading in the field of biotechnology and environmental sciences. He went on to work as a consultant and director of innovation at The Research Council from 2010 to 2015. He then joined the Industrial Innovation Centre (IIC) as executive director and became the CEO in 20I7.

11:05 AM TO
11:15 AM

Keynote address

11:15 AM TO
11:25 AM

Keynote address

11:25 AM TO
11:30 AM

Closing remarks

Elena Barriero Perez
Elena Barriero Perez
Country Director, The Business Year
Elena Barriero Perez
Elena Barriero Perez
Country Director
The Business Year

Elena Barriero Perez is the country director at The Business Year

11:30 AM TO
12:00 PM

Coffee break

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