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Automechanika Dubai 2021 Academy Speakers

Marwa Kaabour

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Marwa Kaabour is one of the UAE’s respected communication Executives and leading practitioners. She is the Head of Marketing and Communication for Al Masaood Group, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering business conglomerates. She was selected as the Best Leader in the Group in 2019.

Marwa is a marketing and communications expert who expertise lies in establishing and leading marketing and communication functions. Marwa’s 20 years of experience span many specializations such as strategic management, personal branding, media relations, creative messaging, brand management, and growth marketing.

Marwa’s rich marketing experience spans several industries, including Airlines, Banking, FMCGs, F&B, and Automotive, manufacturing, construction and energy. Her contributions are evident in delivering services to a broad spectrum of global and regional brands such as Volvo Penta, MTU, Nissan, Al Hilal Bank, Nestle, Kraft, Emirates Airline, Pizza Hut, entities that fall under the Government of Abu Dhabi.

The early days of her career were with the best and most awarded advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett and Impact BBDO. Marwa then moved to the Client side and worked in the capacity of marketing and communication. 

Marwa holds an MBA from the American University of Sharjah and Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (with honours) from the same university. Marwa is a Certified Sustainability Marketer, with an accreditation from the Center for Sustainability Excellence and a Certified Digital Marketer from the Institute of Digital Marketing in Ireland.  Marwa is a frequent lecturer at Abu Dhabi University on the topics of communications and CSR.

Marwa, an advocate of health and financial literacy, Marwa often blogs about the topics of CSR and brand’s higher purpose. She is a member of the Marketing Society, UAE Chapter, frequently published articles. 

Marwa was named Campaign’s Middle East 2021 Marketing Game Changer and was selected as one of LinkedIn’s Most Engaged Marketers in 2014 and was selected as the UAE’s ‘Highly Commended Female Marketing Leader’ by the Women in Marketing Institution in London in 2018. Marwa was named “Best CMO in UAE” by the Digital Stallions Community and was winner of Al Masaood’s ‘Best Leader Award’ and ‘Best Support Department Award’.

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Karan Gupta

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Karan leads KG International’s growth strategy with a particular focus on partnerships, market/product expansion and penetration, operating efficiencies, and customer experience. Karan is a seasoned strategist having worked with Deloitte Consulting in the US for a variety of Fortune 500 clients in many industries. He has experience across a range of strategic issues such as corporate / business unit strategy, M&A, operating model transformations, offering innovation, new product launches, etc. around the world.

Karan obtained degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside where he focused his research on Fault Modeling of Bearings and Induction Motors. Outside of work, his biggest passion is Formula 1, fueling his interest in the engineering products industry. 

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Hussein Dajani

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During his 19-year career, Hussein has been able to demonstrate astute leadership, career growth, corporate success, strategic thinking as well as building a personal brand (through thought leadership and conference presentations) – all of which were achieved by working for great companies and with great talents.                           

Over the past few years, Hussein has worked with the likes of WPP and Publicis overseeing some of their largest regional clients (such as STC, Vodafone, Nokia, Visa and HSBC) and was fortunate enough to be recognized as a high potential leader by WPP being awarded the renowned ‘WPP Young High Potential Leaders' Award from Sir Martin Sorrell himself, as well as receiving regional awards from the likes of Gulf Marketing Review, which identified him as one of the 40 top marketing professionals in the region, being voted by the Huffington Post as among the 10 people changing the marcomm landscape in the MENA region, voted as being among the top 200 CX leaders globally to watch in 2021, and lately the BTX Top Executive Award 2021 which recognizes top executives who have accelerated digital and business transformation through the pandemic and created a better future for their business. Hussein also sits on the Advisory Board of CMO Council Middle East and is an Advisory Director with The Customer Institute.

Since working on the agency side, Hussein has transitioned to client side and worked with some fantastic brands in senior leadership roles (as detailed below) and is now looking for his next leadership challenge with an organization that is crossing the digital and experience divide.

Hussein's core expertise lies in the Digital Marketing and Tech space, evolving over the years from a pure player marketeer. Starting his career with some of the worlds' greatest communication companies, today Hussein is the GM for Digital and CX Transformation with Nissan Motor Co. for Africa, Middle East, India, Turkey, and Oceania overseeing some of the most dramatic customer transformations the company has had to go through in recent times. His contribution to the organization was recognized by senior leadership and lead him to winning the AMIEO Chairperson Nissan Way Award in July 2021. 

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Gurubasappa Basavaraju Nonavenakere

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More than just qualifications and experience truly dedicating myself in the passion of automobiles, Young, Energetic, Honest in Automobile Professional, having a First RANK, AUTOMOBILE (Gold Medal) certificates & 29 + Years of first class automobiles experience, open/friendly personality and have the capability to develop hands–on and theoretical - technical skills for whom automobile is essential, developing and conducting training courses in accordance with Industry guidelines, skill and performance measurement, ensuring the core values with BEST practice programs.

Different experiences such as AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURERS TRAINING, State Road Transport corporation on Petrol / Diesel systems at the primary stage of career, hands on experience on the EUROPEAN / AMERICAN / JAPAPESE products {viz., VW, Audi, Peugeot / INFINITI, NISSAN, Mitsubishi , Continental, MAN, Iveco / Ford, GM, Chrysler, CAT} are the basic tools of my tool box.

In further, leading a team of Trainers in Training Division that provides both technical & business process training, TELE DIAGNOSIS (Manchester & Germany, Singapore), Annual budget planning, technical advice, network training plan, customer satisfaction, organizing Technical and non-technical skill contests in OMAN ~ till date at – DUBAI, bringing Gold, Silver and Best performance awards to the esteemed organization {AWARDED AT GLOBAL LEVEL- JAPAN} proves my dedication towards the training profession.

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Eng. Abdelhameed Hegazi

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Abdelhameed Hegazy is a Team Leader -Standards & Regulations at Bridgestone Middle East and Africa FZE  with more than 17 years of successful experience in regulatory affairs management, standardization, and Quality management. He provides regulatory and certification guidance to support the launch of new tires in GCC and MEA region.

Regionally focused professional with cross-functional experience in the private and UAE federal government sector. Excellent expertise in developing and implementing ESMA, GSO, and SASO Technical Regulations and conformity assessment schemes.

Abdelhameed is a former ESMA standardization and conformity Engineer who worked for ESMA before beginning his career with Bridgestone.  He held a Secretary of the UAE national committee for Mechanical products, vehicles, and tires from 2011 to 2016. He represented UAE in the gulf technical committee and the GSO type approval team responsible for testing the new vehicles and tires for GCC markets within the same period.

Abdelhameed earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Minia University in Egypt, his Postgraduate Diploma in Total Quality Management from American University in Cairo.

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Aasif Khan

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Customer-focused Senior Professional with almost 19 years of rich and diversified experience in the industry. In his current role as the Industry Advisor for Discrete in EMEA-South, Aasif is responsible for Go-To-Market, Business Development, Demand Generation, Partner Enablement, and driving Technology with Customers across the region.

Aasif’s experience cuts across multiple functional and leadership roles in Manufacturing, Technology Consulting, Value engagements, Services delivery, etc. His responsibilities encompass digital transformation advisory, industry strategy planning, thought leadership, sales support, demand generation, field training & enablement. Aasif carries more than a decade of solid domain experience in Discrete manufacturing.

Specialties: Industry Strategy & Thought Leadership, Drive C-Level Strategic Engagements, Devise compelling Technology vision/road maps, etc.

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Aaditya Thakrar

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Aaditya currently manages a team of strategic transport and smart city consultants at AECOM in the Middle East. He has been delivering transport planning, Smart City, ITS and Asset Management projects in the region for the past eight years. With a career spanning between India, UK, KSA and UAE over the past fourteen years, he believes the transportation industry ambitions and focus areas across geographies are much more aligned owing to the ease of knowledge sharing and technical know-how. 

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Sepideh Malekzadeh

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Sepi is a highly dedicated, creative and ambitious Portfolio, Product and Strategy Manager at Ford Motor Company. She has Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Imperial College of London and 11+ years of extensive and versatile experience in automotive industry. She started her career in Advance Manufacturing Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover in UK, Solihull Plant and is now based in Dubai regional office and leading commercial vehicles Portfolio and Product Strategy for international market groups at Ford Motor Company. Sepi has a great interest to invest her time as a mentor to educate and support women to join engineering field and automotive industry.

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Saravanan Srinivasan

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Saravanan is an optimistic, enthusiastic and results-oriented sales leader with 25+ years of experience in automobile/automotive OEM’s & aftermarket products. Saravanan applies his knowledge of business, in-depth sales strategies and exceptional analytics skills to lead KG International’s Business Development team. Saravanan has worked in a variety of Manufacturing & Trading Organizations in India & UAE and has Vast Knowledge in Automotive Aftermarket for HCV’s/LCV’s/ MCV’s /PC’s. Saravanan has extensively travelled & earned the trust of several national and international companies and maintained strong client relationships that generate repeat business and has particularly deep experience in the African Aftermarket.

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Salman Hussain

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Salman is an Engineer with a deep desire to transform mobility to electric in the region with prolific experience in the field of electric vehicles for over 6 years.           

Salman is the Chief Product Officer for EV LAB, the omnichannel retail concept by Chalhoub that aims to bring a selection of electric vehicles to consumers of the UAE and also Founder of FUSE, an exciting concept that converts classic cars to electric. Through strategic partnerships, consulting, community engagement, engineering and market leadership, our companies are laying the groundwork for the dramatic changes are we are bearing fruit of the region.

Being in the UAE for over 25 years, he has a deep connection to the UAE and has first-hand witnessed the changes in transforming this city into the regional hub of the MENA region and increasingly the beacon of sustainability. An engineer by trade, he has worked in several industries after his Masters in Engineering from Imperial College in London, and with experience in the aviation industry, construction and glazing, and lastly with electric vehicle and infrastructure. He was the first private owner in the UAE of the Renault Zoe in 2016, having driven more than 6 years exclusively with electric vehicles and having covered more than 200,000km within the UAE fully electric. He worked at EVERA in early 2019 to promote sustainable solutions to the adoption of Electric Vehicles, and then EV LAB to scale the startup to achieve scale and developing their product and has recently completed the first UAE-made long range EV conversion of a classic VW beetle. Salman also serves as a member of the Future Mobility Club (FMC), a Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging collaboration within the regional mobility sector to drive change.

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Ravi Pincha

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Mr. Ravi is an IT professional with 23+ years of working experience of which 18+ around SAP Platform. During these years of his career, he has worked in diverse environments and dealt with a variety of challenges - successfully. With years of expertise in SAP, he has been able to successfully set up IntelliSoft in Middle East with its operations in UAE, Bahrain, Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, India, and Oman and managing its affairs as CEO. He is an Engineering graduate specialized in Chemical Engineering, from NIT, Surathkal.

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Dr. Nima Mehrdadi

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As a hands-on Manager with expertise in Research, Development, Production & Sales, with more than 20 Years of experience in Automotive and Industrial Sector. Working for Hella since 2004 in different managerial positions. Since 2015 in charge of the Hella Business in Middle East and partly Africa as a Managing Director and since June 2021 responsible for the Hella Business in Middle East and complete Africa as a Regional Managing Director. Hella is a globally positioned independent company with over 120 years of History. It develops and manufactures lighting technology and electronics products for automotive industry.

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Mirsad Nezirevic

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Mirsad Nezirevic was appointed General Manager, Aftersales of Al Masaood Automobiles in June 2013. He is a strong leader with more than 25 years of track record in growing businesses, brands, and people.            

In his current role, Mirsad manages a range of diverse car models made by Nissan, Infiniti, and Renault. He supervises a vehicle throughput of 12,000 monthly. Under his supervision, there are 484 work bays in Abu Dhabi, Mussafah, Al Ain, and Madinat Zayed, in addition to AutoCentral service centres located in three different locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Under his leadership, Al Masood Automobiles’ operating profit surged by 1,200 per cent from 2013 up to 2017. The company also won major accolades under his watch—the most recent one was the Nissan Aftersales Global Award 2021.

Mirsad played various senior roles in Germany and the UAE prior to joining Al Masaood Automobiles. He was the longtime Service Manager of AGMC BMW, overseeing the company's operations in Sharjah and Northern Emirates from January 2007 to July 2009 and Dubai from August 2009 to May 2013. He was the Workshop Supervisor at Daimlerchrysler, AG in Duesseldorf, Germany before leaving for the Emirates.

He holds Meisterbrief, a Master Craftman’s Certificate, from Handwerkskammer, Dusseldorf. The certificate is classified at level 6 in the German Qualification Framework and is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

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Maryam Mahini

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A business development professional with over 15 years of experience working with small businesses, start-ups helping them get off the ground, with a primary focus on product and business development, online presence, lead generation, pre-sales relationship nurturing, contract negotiations, partnerships and alliances management, client relationship management, developing collaborations across the private and public sector. Her expertise spans beyond business development, marketing, and sales. She also has a strong background in operations management (including recruitment and IT function).

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Majda Rochdi

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Having earned a degree in Communication studies from Al Akhawayan University of Ifrane in Morocco and completed a Master’s Degree in Strategic Marketing from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Majda currently possesses more than 12 years of extensive experience in the communications and marketing field with the last 10 years within the automotive industry. Majda joined the Volvo Group in 2013 as a Marketing and Communications Specialist after gaining valued experience in the events industry in Morocco.

She was then appointed Online-Communication and Public Relations Manager in 2014. She led projects such as the most significant product launches for Volvo Trucks brand before quickly moving into the Marketing and Communications Manager position after a year. Currently, she holds the position Director of Marketing and Communications responsible for leading the department’s marketing functions with UD Trucks. UD Trucks was part of the Volvo Group until April 1st, 2020 when it was then transferred to Isuzu Motors. Majda has overseen several business accomplishments during her current role, including establishing a class-leading integrated internal and external communications function to build and maintain UD Trucks’ reputation.

Majda is also responsible for advancing the company’s marketing and media strategies, promoting revenue, profitability and growth, and communicating the company’s vision, strategy and execution across the region. Majda is based in UD Trucks’ headquarters in Dubai, UAE.

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Berna Akinci

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Berna Akinci is the Head of Marketing  at Bridgestone ME&A and has been managing  Brands Marketing, Product and Pricing strategy across 52 countries since more than 5 years. She is one of the key management team members to drive company’s growth with strategic initiatives such as Olympics Sponsorship, Digital Transformation, Retail Channel Expansion and Transformation of Partner Management. Berna has worked in various industries such as Finance and FMCG in the first years of her professional career. Prior to joining Bridgestone MEA, she worked at Brisa, Turkey ( Joint venture of Bridgestone & Sabanci Group) in previous roles such as Strategic Planning, Channel Management, Market Intelligence, Innovation & Intrapreneurship and finally Product Management for 8 years.

Berna graduated from Koc University, Istanbul majoring in Business Administration and continued her education in U.C. Berkeley  in San Francisco, USA.

Berna is a mother of twin boys and  a travel & sports enthusiasts with lifetime motto “Festina Lente” (Make Haste Slowly)

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Ruba Al Nashash

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Ruba is the Founder of 3Dinova and currently works as a Design Manager alongside her other responsibilities of running this 3D printing company.

Ruba started her career in the Oil and Gas industry, and then moved to the construction industry as a Structural and Design Engineer for 7 years. She now has over 10 years’ experience in her field of expertise.

Ruba graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.

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Subhash Joshi

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Subhash Joshi is a thought leader, futurist and a strategist with over 15 years of experience in following his passion of contributing to the mobility industry. He has worked with many global and regional clients, focusing on key growth areas and working with private and public sector to implement growth change strategies.

Subhash currently serves as Mobility Business Unit Leader and Regional Head for Middle East and Africa at Frost & Sullivan. In his current role, Subhash works on futuristic scenarios and forecasts in understanding how mobility will operate. He works closely with clients to help them understand the impact of these changing scenarios and mega trends on their businesses.

As the Mobility industry transitions to being more consumer-and service-focused, Subhash has been spending a lot of time in rethinking new business models and identifying opportunities outside automotive space in order to bring-in solutions for the mobility sector. Working with technology startups is his another area of interest as they are playing a major role in making Mobility more consumer-focused.

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Vishal Pandey

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Vishal drives the GCG Automotive & Mobility Practice that provides regional market intelligence, thought leadership and insights to the emerging & fast transforming sector in Middle East and Africa region. He is a leading MENA focused Market Entry & Go-To-Market Strategy Specialist who has been involved in over 100 Automotive, Mobility and Logistics related research & market entry engagements mostly across MENA.

Vishal has worked across the value chain with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tier one suppliers. He has led large-scale new market entry projects in the automotive sector and worked extensively in the aftermarket parts and digitalization of the value chain.

He is a regular industry leader contributing to PMV Middle East, Truck & Fleet Middle East and has an active involvement with Automechanika Dubai and Riyadh events as a Knowledge Partner. 

Vishal holds an MSc in Real Estate and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow, a UNWTO Themis degree in Tourism and International Cooperation for Development from The George Washington University and a Degree in Hotel Management. He is currently a Doctoral Scholar in Management at the Jindal Global Business School. 

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Marc-Peter Zander

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Marc-Peter Zander is Managing Partner and CEO of africon Ltd., a German based consulting company with sole focus on the African continent. With more than 20 years of living, working and doing business experience with Africa in international organization such as the MAN Group and Wincor Nixdorf, Mr. Zander developed a strong understanding for a highly interesting market. His believe in the continent’s potential, the increasing interest of companies who are hesitating but willing to enter business relations with Africa as well as his entrepreneurial spirit led him to found africon Ltd. as a startup company in 2010. Within the last ten years of existence, africon Ltd. built up a portfolio of large international clients to small and medium sized German companies.

A key sector for africon is the automotive sector where Marc Zander headed more than 35 projects in Africa. The regional focus on Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya, its hands-on approach in customer relations and local research, as well as Mr. Zander’s thorough believe that Africa needs African solutions distinguishes africon from other existing consultancies.

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Frank Beaujean

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"Frank Beaujean is an expert of the garage equipment industry from Kempten, Germany. He has spent the past three decades working for different garage equipment manufacturers such as Beissbarth, Snap-on and MAHA in different positions. He looks back on one 17 years of lobbying at the national and EU-stage for the garage equipment industry; since 2016 as president of the Federal Garage Equipment Association of Germany (ASA) and since 2018 as vice -president of the European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA).

Currently, in his role as managing director of the asanetwork GmbH he propagates the garage equipment network standard. This industry standard supports to digitalize the workflows between the dealer management systems and the involved connected garage equipment. This standardized communication increases the productivity for workshops, vehicle repairers and tyre shops in the aftermarket. Inspections centres for the roadworthiness tests also benefit from this save, error- and manipulation-free transfer of measurement values and inspection results.

Frank Beaujean (55), married, three children studied electrical engineering at the University of applied sciences Regensburg and in computation engineering at the University Passau."

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Chirenj Chandran

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"Chirenj Chandran is the Founder and CEO of MySyara, the Middle Easts first auto-tech startup, revolutionizing the journey of car ownership. Under his leadership, the company has achieved 600% year on year growth and expanded operations internationally - achieving six figure annual revenues with acquisitions valued at over $5MN.  On his journey to professional success, he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience within the automotive sector - launching an e-commerce platform for tyres and managing a large automotive service chain with more than 900 fleet customers. Over the years he has been feature in leading media publications in the region including Entrepreneur Middle East and Arabian Business. Chirenj grew up with a deeply rooted passion towards automobiles and mobility. He has completed his bachelors in digital marketing from the University of Kent UK. "

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Karim Davis Dib

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An industrial engineer by profession, Karim entered the world of startups in 2018, when he co-founded Hala Insurance. In just a couple of years, Karim managed to raise 7M+ USD and is currently leading a team of nearly 30 people to change the world of insurance.

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Abhinav Gupta

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Abhinav is one of the founding team members of CARS24 and has been an integral part of the company’s exponential growth story both in India and overseas. CARS24 is an online retailer for pre-owned automobiles in India, UAE, and Australia and Thailand. Under his leadership the company has already sold over 2000 cars in UAE, and he currently manages a team of over 300 plus professionals in the Gulf region. The company is backed by marquee investors such as Sequoia Capital, DST, and Softbank, CARS24 was last valued at US$2bn. Prior to CARS24, Abhinav has worked with several multinationals including Colgate Palmolive, ITC Limited and Nomura International.  He graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and holds a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

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Talib Al Rubai

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Empowered by experience in the car dealership industry, and a deep interest in technology, with a passion to disrupt through innovation, Talib has led the company to immense growth and now manages a team of over 150  highly trained employees in the UAE.

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Fadi El Karmi

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Fadi El Karmi was appointed Commercial Products Marketing Manager for Goodyear Emerging Markets region on 1st Oct 2017. Completing 10+ years within the Goodyear Middle East team in various roles of technical, marketing, sales capability, training & development for MEA region.

 Fadi holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and has 18+ years of experience working within the Automotive industry in MEA Region which enabled him to gain a unique market understanding of customer requirements, conditions, applications and needs for all the main markets within the MEA region.

 Currently, Fadi drives and maintains the product portfolio and the future product roadmap of the region including 70+ countries, offering the right products/solutions suitable for the operating conditions of each country.

As well as leading marketing initiatives, value propositions, services & tools of the future he acts as the Truck ambassador of the truck business unit.

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Naomi Dsouza

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Naomi D’Souza is recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Asians and Influencers in UAE. At the age of 26, she has her MSc in Mechanical Engineering, worked as a Digital Strategy Consultant at a Fortune 500 company, x3 TEDx Speaker, boasts a black belt in Karate, has done her trinity examination in music, bagged a ‘Social Media Star’ Award, and has 99k+ followers on Instagram. During the day she works on digital transformation projects revolving around CX and UX as an Experience Strategist, with some of the most reputed leading organizations in the UAE and by night she’s either reviewing restaurants or working with some of the most luxurious global brands. Naomi also maintains a website which has garnered over 1M+ views, where she posts several research-based, analytical and lifestyle articles.

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Nagham Hadi

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Nagham Hadi is the founder and CEO of Ajyad Medical which brings innovative solutions to the Middle East that benefit industrial athletes and patients’ health, safety, and well-being, with the purpose to make their life better.

Her company is committed to augmenting human strength and endurance by introducing best-in-class industrial exoskeletons into the modern workplace, leading to productivity gains, work quality improvements, and a reduction of the risk of work‐related musculoskeletal disorders.

Everything Nagham does is centered around improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation. She also holds an International intellectual property certificate for a biometric driving safety solution, registered in 167 countries around the globe, focusing mainly on solving the problem of using mobile phones while driving.

Prior to setting up her own company, Nagham worked at AstraZeneca and other leading companies in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years. Nagham has a bachelor’s in pharmacy and holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School in Dubai. 

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Mark Mathias

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Mark is the Sales Director for Trinity Lubes & Greases FZC and GRENVO Lubetech, wholly owned subsidiaries of the SGL group.  SGL is one of the world’s leaders in lubricant development holding a number of patents that are made for and sold by the world’s leading lubricant brands. Mark is a UNITI Certified Professional for Lubricant Technology and has extensive experience in selling and developing businesses.  He is passionate about educating thereby helping importers and distributors exploit their markets with lubricants and greases so that they can maximise their synergies and experience growth. Mark has been in the UAE for a year, before this he worked for a German oil company looking after markets in Africa, Australia, India and northern America. 

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Harigovind Kaninghat

Automechanika Dubai

As a champion for sustainability and future mobility I challenge change. Pushing the technological boundaries to bring a sustainable last-mile mobility solution to the world. Having joined ONE MOTO in 2016, I was pivotal in the global research and development to ensure we launched with the highest performing vehicles in class and ensuring the five values of ONE MOTO were communicated. Sustainability, Affordability, Convenience, Technology and Experience. As the business has grown, I now sit in the seat as Head of Innovation at this fast growing mobility start up with head offices in London, Dubai and India. With an inherent passion to educate and inspire, we have launched ONE Academy in partnership with RIT Dubai to enhance the vocational experience to build the future pioneers of the industry. When I’m not deep diving into all things EV, you’ll find me and my chi in the Himalayas, picking up a guitar or hiking up the mountains.

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Craig Stevens

Automechanika Dubai

Craig has been a leader of digital transformation within the automotive sector for over 20 years and is passionate about solving problems for buyers and sellers by creating marketplaces based on trust, transparency data and tech. Having been part of successful Boards and Executive teams that have helped the industry in the UK, Europe and China navigate through digital transformation, recessions and now a pandemic, Craig and his family are now based in the UAE and focused on accelerating digital transformation for the automotive market locally and globally. 

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Andrea Piccin

Automechanika Dubai

Andrea is Partner and General Manager of GRS Research and Strategy. He holds a bachelor degree in International Trade and a master degree in International Economics, both from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Andrea has shaped his skills and knowledge through several educational and working experiences across the world, from Italy to the United States of America, from Spain to Australia. He primarily focuses on Business Intelligence, Market Research, Customer Satisfaction, and Customer Experience

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Zulfiqar Dilawar           

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Prachi Satoskar

Automechanika Dubai

Based in Dubai, Prachi has over 20 years of Research and Account Management experience. She has been with GfK for over 12 years. Prachi brings in vast experience in the Automotive experience as she was instrumental in starting the automotive industry research for GfK in Middle East She is graduate in business and currently pursuing her Masters.

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Phillippe Dupin

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Over 30 years in the lubricant industry, out of 20 of them were in international business management, Philippe Dupin has developed a solid reputation in delivering business strategies strengthening financial performance and operational effectiveness in a multicultural company such as ExxonMobil. Ability to change and turnaround profitability by implementing innovative strategies & partnerships , he has demonstrated discipline and conviction to make things happening in very challenging environments. The new digital space is the best  platform for traditional industries such as lubricants to think differently and perform over competition.

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Omar AlAnsari

Automechanika Dubai

Omar stepped out of the box as the founder of Flex Performance, where we use 3D technology to design, calculate & manufacture various engine parts. In 2014 Omar's vision was all about creating an impact in the market by paving a new route of manufacturing high-performance parts, which requires a lot of knowledge, dedication, and experience to make it happen. 2022 doors are opening up great opportunities in this field, where technology takes over traditional design and manufacturing methods. At Automechanica, he will demonstrate parts, methods, and techniques never done before.

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