Speakers

AHMED BIN SULAYEM
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & CEO
DMCC

Ahmed Bin Sulayem continues to play a leading role in positioning DMCC and Dubai as a major international commodities hub for trade. Under his leadership DMCC has built and delivered the UAE’s largest and fastest growing Free Zone; ensured the UAE has 60 percent market share of global tea re-exports, enabled mainly by the DMCC Tea Centre; helped establish Dubai as the world’s leading physical gold market and one of the world’s top 3 hubs for the diamond trade. Mr. Bin Sulayem’s extensive knowledge of the diamond trade also led to his appointment as global Kimberley Process Chair on behalf of the UAE Ministry of Economy in 2016. The UAE Chairmanship saw Mr Bin Sulayem travel to 20 countries including Latin America before concluding the successful chairmanship with a speech on the draft resolution “The Role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict” at the UN General Assembly in February 2017.

SANJEEV DUTTA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - COMMODITIES & FINANCIAL SERVICES
DMCC

Currently leading DMCC’s Commodities vertical, Sanjeev Dutta has been with DMCC since its establishment and has been instrumental in building DMCC’s award winning finance department, its Tea Centre and Tradeflow platform.

JAMES DAVID BERNARD
HEAD OF CORPORATE SALES
DMCC

In 2009 James became Director of Business Development for DMCC and now leads the business development unit for its Free Zone in Dubai.

James has worked for several global trading and investment companies providing him with over 20 years of extensive financial and physical trading experience and industry knowledge. Prior to joining DMCC in 2006, James was Chief Executive of Bartizan International Trading and Managing Director of Wonder International Mg-Shanxi Jinrun where he was also head of global trading, and risk management. James studied at the University of Westminster in London.

NICLAS EMANUELSSON
WESTERN SWEDEN REGIONAL MANAGER GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPERS AT BUSINESS SWEDEN

Emanuelsson joined Business Sweden in early 2017. As part of Business Sweden’s extensive Global Business Developers team, he is responsible for Western Sweden where he continuously supports small and medium sized enterprises in the region to plan for expansion to new markets or growth in existing markets.

Through his previously occupied positions, Emanuelsson accumulated over 15+ years of experience as a senior manager in sales development, operations, logistics, purchasing, quality and product development within multiple sectors, namely; telecommunications, healthcare, electronics, welding and adhesives. He has also been Chairman of the Board at Ale Elförening, an actor in the electricity infrastructure and sales market in Sweden.

Apart from his professional endeavors, he is a soccer fan and occasionally scuba-dives, he also likes to spend time with family and friends.

ANDERS LÖNNBERG
SWEDEN’S COMMISSIONER GENERAL
EXPO 2020

Anders Lönnberg is Sweden’s Commissioner General at Expo 2020. Appointed in early 2018, he heads and leads the Swedish Committee responsible for Sweden’s participation in Expo 2020. Prior to his current mission, and with a background as an economist and politician, Lönnberg occupied several governmental positions, the last being the National Coordinator for Life Science which involved giving the government suggestions for changes and improvements within the Swedish life science eco-system and to coordinate the government’s life science actions between the Ministries of Enterprise and Innovation, Health and Social Affairs and Education and Research. It also entailed coordinating the life science-sector i.e. industry, academia and healthcare.

Anders Lönnberg occupied several governmental positions prior to 2018, these include State Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, member of the Swedish Parliament, Chairman of the Greater Stockholm Diabetes Association, Head of Negotiation at the airline SAS and Vice president of the Swedish pharmaceutical company Novartis. Lönnberg has also been since 25+ years a member of Stockholm County’s Administrative Board.

Besides his professional endeavors, Lönnberg is married and likes to spend time with his family and grandchildren.

BASSAM KHALIFA
MEDIA AND ECONOMIC ANALYST EMBASSY OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – STOCKHOLM

Khalifa has been appointed as the Media and Economic Analyst at the Embassy of United Arab Emirates in Stockholm in 2015. He has over 20 years of Experience in the Economic field, Business Development, Business Strategy and International Development. Khalifa through his current assignment supports Swedish Companies, both multinational corporations and SMEs, expand in UAE and promote FDI and grow international revenue. Further on, he is a co-founder and the Trade Commissioner in Stockholm for the Emirati-Swedish Business Council. The Business Council has been launched in November 2018. Besides he is a Board Member at NSTO, Nordic Sustainability Trade Organization in Stockholm.

His previous posts include Lecturer at the Canadian University in Dubai, Emirates Aviation Collage and Counselor at various educational institutes in Dubai. Beside his professional endeavors, he is the Co-founder and the Director of Training & Business Development at Ryan International Consultancy in the United Arab Emirates.

With his vast experience, he has developed unadulterated industry competence across various business sectors. Apart from the business life he is a family person and likes to travel around the world with his wife and two boys, and enjoys cooking.

MASSOUD BIOUKI
TRADE COMMISSIONER OF SWEDEN TO THE UAE & MARKET AREA DIRECTOR MIDDLE EAST AT BUSINESS SWEDEN

Biouki was appointed as the Trade Commissioner of Sweden to the UAE and Market Area Director for the Middle East in early 2018. As a C-level executive with over 15 years of experience in Business Management, Business Strategy, International Development and Complex transactions, Biouki through his current assignment supports Swedish companies, both multinational corporations and SMEs, expand in MENA region and grow international revenue.

With a multi-sectorial exposure, he has acquired stark industry competence across Healthcare, Retail & Consumer Goods, Hospitality, and Banking.

With accumulated 10 year on-ground experience in the MENA region with focus on B2B and B2G, his previous roles include a Director of Strategy and Business Development at Global Health Partner in the Middle East and Managing Director – Middle East for Max Burger in the UAE. Apart from his professional endeavors, Mr. Biouki is married to Jessica (née Sandin) and has two daughters and one son. He likes to spend time with his family, sport, travel and read books.

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