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We are honored to invite the following speakers to the forum:
  • Main keynote speaker: Mr Abduallah Al Awar, CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)
  • Keynote speaker: Mr Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi
  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Obaid S. Al Zaabi, Research Advisor, Director of Research and Development in Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority
  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah

    The details and bios of our honorable speakers is presented below:
Mr Abduallah Al Awar,
CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)
In December 2013, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued a decision appointing Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar as the CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC).
Abdulla was previously the CEO of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority. He guided DIFC’s overall strategy, providing thought leadership to the senior management team and publicly represented the authority at a global level. Al Awar also oversaw the development of processes and systems, management of financial and human resources, nurturing of high-level client relationships, and the development and delivery of key strategic messages.
With over a decade of senior management experience, Abdulla’s skill set includes operations, finance, sales/marketing and demonstrated proficiency in directing multi-site operations, business model restructuring, outsourcing, and cost control, with adept management of cultural and organizational diversity. He has a good understanding and exposure to board management and corporate governance having served as member of several committees and boards in Dubai including the Economic Committee of the Executive Council of Dubai, The Dubai Free Zones Council, Bourse Dubai and the Investment Committee of the Emirates NBD Real Estate Fund.
Abdulla launched his career in 2001 as an Account Manager on the founding team of the knowledge and information cluster that grew into Dubai Internet City and Knowledge Village. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration majoring in Information Systems, and was also a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development.

Keynote speakers :

Mr Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi
Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi currently is the Director General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UAE. During his career path, he spent time with Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) where he held the position of Corporate Communications Manager. He was responsible for developing and implanting communications and marketing strategies for ENOC group of companies in the field of petroleum retail outlets, shipping, aviation, oil storage and other related areas. He was also responsible for developing ENOC sponsorship strategies and CSR activities. Following his time with ENCO, Hussain joined Dubai Internet City (DIC) where he held the position of the Director of Marketing where he was responsible of managing the Dubai Internet City Brand. His role entailed developing and implementing strategies that helps Dubai become the ICT hub for the region. He played an instrumental role in launching new companies brands such as Knowledge Village, SAMACOM and Datafort. He also was responsible of designing and implementing key events for DIC such as the OECD meeting on telecommunications, Dubai Strategy Forum, The Arab Journalism Award and many others.
Following his time with DIC, Hussain has joined The Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies where he was stationed between Dubai and the Netherlands. He held various positions in the Exploration and Development, Gas and Power and Shell Markets starting with Head of External Affairs and Health, Safety and Environment and ending with the position of Senior Advisor New Business Development for the Middle East, Caspian and South East Asia. During his time with Shell he has launched various community projects such as the Emrieates Businesswomen Award, The Middle East CSR conference and other initiatives.
Hussain also is the founder and the current Chairman of the Sharjah Tatweer Forum.
He is also the Chairman of the Emirates Business Council for Sustainable Development (Local chapter of the World Council of Sustainable Development)
Hussain has a BA in Economics and Communications from Seattle Pacific University, Washington.
Dr. Obaid S. Al Zaabi, Research Advisor, Director of Research and Development in Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority.
Dr. Obaid is Holding PhD in Banking & Finance from Durham University, at the UK in 2006, MBA from (AASTM- ALO) in 2000 and BSc. in Business and Accounting in 1989 from The UAE University. He is holding full membership of Australian Institute of CMA and Auditing & Accounting Organization for Islamic Financial Intuitions (CIPA). He also represents The Gulf Regulatory Authorities in The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) as member of the Consultative Advisory Groups of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) from September, 2009.
Dr. Obaid's experience mainly in banking and finance adapted from leading UAE regulatory organizations and financial institutes such as UAE Central Bank, Securities and Commodities Authorities, Dubai Islamic Bank, AMLAK Mortgage Finance. In addition, he delivered a series of academic lectures and courses in both undergraduate and postgraduate level at a number of higher educational institutes in the UAE such as Sharjah University, The British University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi University.
Dr. Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah.
Dr. Ibrahim has a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies , Masters in Economics and Islamic banking and Ph.D. in Economics and Islamic Banking (Yarmouk University). He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Sharjah. Dr. Ibrahim holds several professional certificates such as : Approved Specialist in Islamic banking awarded by the International Center for Financial Training and Islamic Banks in Bahrain (2012) , a professional trainer awarded by the International Center of Canada (2007) , a trainer Certificate awarded by (CTP) of the Company ICDL GCC (2012) and a diploma in IT training awarded by the University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr. Ibrahim is a member of the Fatwa and Sharia Committee of Sharjah Islamic Bank, director of Creativity Center for Training, Development and Counseling , in addition to being a member of the organizing committee, First Sharjah International Conference of Islamic Finance 2014.