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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rashid Al Leem,
Chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority
Member of the Board of Trustees, University of Sharjah

His Excellency Dr. Rashid Alleem is the Chairman of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority - UAE. He served for over a decade as Director General, Department of Seaports and Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority. He was the driving force in transforming the zones into a strategic commerce hub empowering thousands of businesses in the region, thereby contributing to the development of the UAE economy. A prolific writer both in English and Arabic, he is the author of several books on management and leadership. His recent books are ‘My Green Journey in Hamriyah’, My Leadership Secrets’, Sustainability: The fourth wave of economy and I am committed to the 17 Global Goals. 
In 2013, he was conferred with ‘Certificate of Knight Award’ for his outstanding contribution in the field of ‘Leadership & Development’ by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and coveted ‘2013 Extraordinary Human’ Award by the United Nations-World Peace Organization, Washington, United States. Early 2014, he was conferred with ‘Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz Germany and later in May, received the prestigious ‘Global Economic Development Leadership Award’ in Cochin- India. In 2014, a rare tribute to the wisdom reflected in ‘Management in the whole of the Arab World’, he was honoured with the ‘Golden Arrow Award’ and recognized as ‘Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, Care and Relief in GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa’ by the International Organization for Peace, Care and Relief and Member of the Economic and Social Council of The United Nations. He was recognized as “THE KNOWLEDGE AMBASSADOR OF UAE 2015” by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Under his leadership, SEWA has been awarded the “GCC BEST EMPLOYER AWARD” in 2016 by the Employer Branding Institute. In May 2016, he was awarded as one of the recognized exemplary leaders at The 13th Middle East CEO of the Year Award given by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Nasser Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.