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Speakers and participants

Below you can read about the speakers and participants for the Middle East & North Africa Summit 2013
  • Swedish Minister for Trade Dr. Ewa Björling

  • Political speaker: Mr. Salman Shaikh – Director of The Brookings Doha Center

an imageSalman Shaikh is director of the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. His research focuses on transitional processes, domestic politics, and international relations in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Gulf countries and the Levant. Recently, Shaikh has worked extensively to facilitate national dialogue among Syrian constituencies and figures, as well as to advise policy on regional and international involvement in the Syrian crisis.

Prior to joining the Center, Shaikh worked with the United Nations for nearly a decade. During his tenure there he served as special assistant to the Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process, political advisor to the Secretary General’s Personal Representative for Lebanon during the 2006 war, and special assistant of the Middle East and Asia to the office of the Undersecretary General for Political Affairs. Shaikh also worked as director for Policy and Research in the Office of Her Highness, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, the Consort of the Emir of Qatar.

  • Social speaker: Ms. Sahar El-Nadi

Preliminary Theme: The Arab Spring revolutionizing the use of social media and how it's impacting society and business 

Sahar El-NadiSahar El-Nadi is a public speaker and writer, on leadership, change, creativity, communication and cross-cultures. For over 20 years she has enjoyed international exposure in corporate and public events, radio and TV, and online media. She has delivered speeches, lectures and workshops to audiences in Europe, the US and the Middle East.

  • Economic speaker: Mr Simon Williams - HSBC’s Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa.

an imageBased in Dubai, Simon joined HSBC in 2006 and has more than 15 year’s experience as a Middle East analyst. Simon leads HSBC’s macro view of the Middle East and North Africa for equity, fixed income and FX clients across the globe. He has degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and in international relations from the University of London.

  • Sweden´s ambassadors and trade commisioners from the entire region

  • Executives from the Swedish private sector and the local and regional business community among many others

  • Moderator: Ms. Brandy Scott, Presenter of The Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8 at the Arabian Radio Network

Brandy ScottBrandy Scott is the host of the award winning breakfast show, The Business Breakfast, on Dubai Eye 103.8. In the six years she has hosted the show, Brandy has interviewed countless newsmakers, from sports stars such as Tiger Woods to politicians such as Irish Premier Bertie Ahern and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Brandy has also reported and run editorial desks for newspapers and magazines, starting with the tech boom in Silicon Valley in the late 1990s and more recently reporting from the Arab World’s rapidly changing economies from Egypt to Afghanistan. 

  • UAE Minister for Economy, H.E. Mr. Sultan Al Mansoori

  • H.E. Mr. Hamad Buamim, Director General of Dubai Chamber of Commerce