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H.E. Eng. Basim Bin Yacob Alhamer

H.E. Eng. Basim Bin Yacob Alhamer

Minister of Housing and Chairman of Bahrain Tender Board, Bahrain

H.E. Eng. Basim Bin Yacob AlHamer was appointed Minister of Housing on 23rd March, 2011, by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa via Royal Decree No. 19 and is also Chairman of Eskan Bank.

He was appointed Chairman of Bahrain Tender Board on 7th April, 2011, by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa via Royal Decree No. 26.

Eng. Alhamer’s present challenging position forms a continuity of the challenges met in his previous assignment to achieve the Kingdom of Bahrain’s 2030 Economic Vision, which requires effective strategic input that will consequently, ensure the Ministry of Housing’s ability to address the current and future housing needs of the citizens of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

On 22nd August, 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Major-General by Royal Decree No. 51.

In 2008, Eng. Alhamer was appointed President of Customs Affairs via Royal Decree No. 55 and within a few months of his appointment, he focused his efforts on enhancing bilateral relations with other Customs Organisations on the Regional and International level. The Bahrain - USA Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which was more aptly activated towards the end of 2009, is a simple example of his continuous attention to the proper functioning of Bahrain Customs within Regional & International treaties and agreements.

As a result of Minister Alhamer’s vision and commitment to building world class customs operations, Bahrain Customs was appointed member of the Policy Commission Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels in June 2009, and he was re-appointed for a second term in June, 2010.

Minister Alhamer is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), and was Deputy Chairman of the Secretariat General for King Fahad Causeway.

Prior to his appointment at Bahrain Customs, he held the post of Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs, at The Ministry of Interior; where he was responsible for the Directorates of Supply & Catering, Health & Social Affairs, Works, Transport, and Purchasing.

Eng. Alhamer joined the Bahrain Defence Force in 1982, where he held various positions and ranks until his transfer to The Ministry of Interior in 2005.

Throughout his career, Eng. Basim Bin Yacob Alhamer received several medals of honour and decorations:
21/04/1987 : Medal for Military Duty
14/12/1987 : Sultan's Commendation Medal
23/12/1991 : Liberation of Kuwait Medal
05/02/1997 : Bahrain Meritorious Service Medal of the 1st Class
01/01/2001 : Shaikh Isa Medal of the 4th Class
12/10/2001 : Hawar Medal
25/01/2007 : Bahrain Medal of the 2nd Class
16/12/2007 : Order of Merit of the 1st Class
14/12/2008 : Bahrain Medal of the 1st Class

Alhamer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University, California and a Master's Degree in Project Management from the Colorado state university at Boulder.

Ayan Chakraborty

Ayan Chakraborty

Senior Director, Digital Transformation Organisation and Head of Network Value Engineering

SAP Ariba, EMEA South, UAE

Ayan is a Senior Director within the Digital Transformation Organisation at SAP Ariba and leads a team of Network Value Engineers in EMEA South and is based out of Dubai. Prior to working for SAP he has also worked for leading Management Consulting firms like Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Co. and PwC in the Middle East and in India as Procurement Consultant and  has worked for several Procurement Transformation and Strategic Sourcing projects where he has helped organizations to optimize their cost and assisted in transforming their procurement functions.

Dan Quinn

Dan Quinn

Senior Vice President

Tejari - BravoSolution MENA, UAE

Dan Quinn joined BravoSolution/Tejari in January 2016 and is responsible for Middle East & North Africa (MENA) business out of the regional office in Dubai.

Dan brings over 20 years of procurement, sales & consulting experience along with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He previously spent several years as an Account Director for BravoSolution in the UK as well as various Vice President/Director roles for EMEA in other procurement related organizations.

Emmanuel Augustin

Emmanuel Augustin

Head of Procurement, Power Solutions

Aggreko, UAE

Emmanuel Augustin is the Head of Procurement & Strategic sourcing of Aggreko Power Solutions. Over the 3.5 years he has been at Aggreko, he has held positions of increasing levels of responsibility, having started as EMEA Procurement and supply chain Manager and Global Procurement Manager, before being promoted to department Head for Power Solutions.

As the Head of Department, Emmanuel is responsible for oversight of the Procurement & Strategic Sourcing functions, and manages a staff of 44 procurement professionals spread across Asia, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

Emmanuel has accumulated an extensive practice of the procurement business thanks to the positions he previously held. He began his career at the automotive manufacturing with Volkswagen Group in France where he was responsible for the Sourcing of Aftermarket parts and Accessories.

In 2006, he joined Honda of the UK Manufacturing where he led Best Cost Country Sourcing and supplier development programs for Chassis division of new models. He then joined the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines in Belgium as a Senior Sourcing Group Manager responsible for R&D Services & Equipment.

Emmanuel has been an active member of the CIPS MENA branch in Dubai holding the role of Vice-chair of the committee between January 2016 and December 2017. In August 2017, Emmanuel has been awarded with the CIPS fellowship grade. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Bordeaux and a Master’s degree in Innovation & International Purchasing from KEDGE business school.

Gustavo Rico Rodriguez

Gustavo Rico Rodriguez

Chief Group Procurement Director

Americana Foods - National Food Company, UAE
Dr. Hanaa Gomaa

Dr. Hanaa Gomaa

Cluster Head of CS&L (Supply Chain) Gulf, Levant, MENA Growth Markets

Mondelēz International, UAE
Hariharan Laxminarayan

Hariharan Laxminarayan

Associate Manager and Head of Operational Procurement

Emirates Global Aluminium, UAE
Khalid Al Ruffai

Khalid Al Ruffai

Manager – Materials and Sales

Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C.), Bahrain
Lina Tutunji Rjoub

Lina Tutunji Rjoub

Senior Procurement Specialist

The World Bank
Mark Fadel

Mark Fadel

Director

Sourcing Connections, UAE
Mina Hakim

Mina Hakim

General Manager - Group Procurement

Al-Futtaim Group, UAE
Mohamed Alkhuzaei

Mohamed Alkhuzaei

Procurement Solutions Advisor

SAP Ariba, Bahrain

Mohamed Alkhuzaei elevated in his career starting from global innovation center in Asia Pacific moving to a lead role in research & development in Europe and finally back to the Middle east working in the largest business solutions organization within the digital supply chain innovations. Alkhuzaei is Middle-East based Solutions advisor who is covering procurement, supply chain, business networks and Artificial intelligence in SAP Ariba for the last 3 years. 

Mohamed Yaseen Al Hosani

Mohamed Yaseen Al Hosani

General Manager Administration and Finance

Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C), Bahrain
Mohammed A. Alkhotani

Mohammed A. Alkhotani

Head

SAP Ariba MENA, KSA

Mohammed Alkhotani leads the SAP Ariba in Middle East and North Africa. He has held several leading positions in his 6-years at SAP MENA in Energy and Natural Resources, Travel and Transportation, Retail and Services industries.

Mohammed came to SAP from Cisco System where he spent 5 years in several positions in Sales and Services.

Mohammed Alkhotani brings over 10 years of outstanding sales and executive management experience. He held different positions with ICT in Australia, and with Cisco Systems in both Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. He holds a BS degree in computer engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and currently finalizing his Masters degree in Business from Middlesex University UK.

Olga Labai

Olga Labai

Director

Oil and Gas Consultants, UAE

Olga Labai is practicing lawyer and trainer. Olga has fifteen years of professional experience in providing legal advice within upstream oil and gas sector - mix of both contentious and non-contentious experience acting for Sakhalin Energy, operator of major "Sakhalin-2" project in Russia and Weatherford in the Middle East, solid upstream contractor, where she covered all legal issues for Iraq operations. Olga’s current clients include major upstream operators and various contractors.

In "Sakhalin-2" Olga was dealing with legal issues related to Production Sharing Agreement, major dispute resolution with project's contractors, industry contracts negotiating and drafting, insurance, litigation, general risk management and regulatory framework issues and other matters attributable to upstream in oil and gas. As part of her legal counseling, she trained contracts professionals on contract matters, new templates and general legal matters.

In Weatherford she covered all Iraq operations (Kurdistan and Federal Iraq) with focus on improvement of processes related to revenue-generating contracts (estimated annual revenue more than USD 1 billion). Major clients of Weatherford included biggest oil and gas businesses conducting operations in Iraq. Olga negotiated Master Services Agreements with major customers, industry contracts for various Product Lines, drilling contracts, license agreements and others, focus for all of those was fair and balanced risk allocation. For smooth contracting practice, it was critical to create new model contracts and Olga led implementation of such templates in Iraq through numerous trainings to Operations and Product Lines.

Olga is a fluent English and Russian speaker and a graduate of the State Federal University of Russia, holding International Law degree.

For the last three years Olga provides consultancy and training services across multiple sectors. She tailors various contracts training programs for the needs of particular business.

Olga is a Direct Associate of CIPS.

Pallab Mukherjee

Pallab Mukherjee

Head of Compliance and Contracts

Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C), Bahrain
Praveen Mathur

Praveen Mathur

Divisional Compliance Manager

Petrofac International Limited, UAE

A Supply Chain and Compliance professional with over 22 years in the industry. Having completed his engineering and MBA, he started his career with a small freight forwarding company but soon moved to working with a subsidiary of Maersk Line. Having spent many years in shipping moved on to have a deeper understanding of the manufacturing sector. He worked with a wide variety of large multinational companies managing Supply chains such as Paper, Healthcare, automotive and Oil and gas. With the last task as Director of Asia Pacific Supply Chain before moving into Oil and Gas to manage the compliance program and provide inputs on strategic supply chain.

He was enrolled into the compliance programme by the Healthcare major and went from a CCP-1 (compliance certified professional) to be trained by the company's legal team based in the US to manage and implement compliance in Supply Chain across Asia Pacific.

A lifetime learner, he is currently pursuing Law.

Ra'fat Fekry

Ra'fat Fekry

Director - Supply Chain Management

STC Solutions, KSA
Sam Achampong

Sam Achampong

Regional Director

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) MENA, UAE

Sam is a procurement professional with extensive experience in Procurement and Supply Chain management across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He has held Senior Procurement and Strategic Sourcing roles for organisations such as Majid Al Futtaim, Abu Dhabi Municipality and Nakheel in the Middle East; MTN across Africa; and Land Securities in the UK.

An active member of the procurement fraternity in the MENA region, Sam is Regional Director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) for the Middle East & North Africa Region.

He holds a Masters Degree in International Procurement from the University of Glamorgan (Wales)‎, MSc in Facilities Management from the University of Westminster (England) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.

He is a regular speaker at industry events and an advocate for professional standards in procurement and supply management.

Siddiq Al Busmait

Siddiq Al Busmait

Warehouse Management

Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C), Bahrain
Stephen Ashcroft

Stephen Ashcroft

Head of Technical Assistance

AECOM, UAE
Youssef A. Beydoun

Youssef A. Beydoun

Head of Cargo Business Relationships

Dubai Airports Commercial & Communications, UAE