• 07:30 – 08:30

Registration

  • 09:00 – 09:10

Welcome Speech

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Dr. Ali Amur Ali Al Shidhani

Undersecretary of Communications and Information Technology

Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT)

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The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology supervises a number of national projects Such as, the ports and airports that connect the Sultanate with the world and contribute to diversifying the sources of income and achieve sustainable development in various economic, industrial, commercial, tourism and other fields.

These efforts are accompanied with the Ministry’s relentless strive to make the transport and logistics sectors in the Sultanate have a global reputation, to be the second source of national income and within the top ten in logistics performance at the international level by 2040.

At the local level, side by side with all these projects, The Ministry works to regulate land and sea transport industries by issuing the needed legislations.

The Ministry is also the responsible body for formulating and implementing the government digital strategies and programs in the Sultanate of Oman. Its main mission is to raise the level of efficiency in government performance, support innovation in service delivery, and enhance spending and economic growth through the use of information and communication technology.

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  • 09:10 – 09:30

Global Semiconductor Overview & Landscape Understanding

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Salah Nasri

President

ISES

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International Semiconductor Executive Summits (ISES) holds a significant position within the semiconductor industry. Since 2010 we have scaled 8 major successful regional events globally. Our initiatives to date have been fully supported by local governments. For e.g., ISES USA is hosted in partnership with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, ISES Taiwan is hosted in partnership with ITRI, ISES EU is hosted in partnership with the EU Commission, ISES Southeast Asia in partnership with Invest in Penang. We serve as a platform where senior executives in technology, manufacturing and R&D from various semiconductor companies, technology providers, and related industries gather to exchange information, shape strategies, and discuss the industry’s direction. Our summits have influenced industry trends and decisions due to the high-level discussions that take place.

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  • 09:30 – 10:00

Why “Middle East” – GSME’s Journey in Search of New Talent & Hub for Semiconductor Design & Manufacturing

Semiconductors are the backbone of 4th industrial revolution enabling us to live in a smart & connected world. Connected world, Digitizing Auto Industry, social-media revolution, industrial automation, & AI decision making is spiking the demand of Integrated Circuits. Now when semiconductors are becoming the new “Oil”, fight over its control is also getting intense. Trade-war between US & China is drifting to become China-vs-West issue to gain controls over semiconductor manufacturing market. Semiconductor industry is experiencing shortage of skilled engineers in the field of microelectronics, IC design & manufacturing. GSME started its efforts over a year ago to identify & establish new hubs to support semiconductor ecosystem. GCC countries in Middle East can play a significant role in filling in the gap industry is experiencing.

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Farhat Jahangir

Co-founder & CEO

GS Microelectronics

Farhat serves as the CEO at GS Microelectronics. Prior to joining GSME he was serving as VP & GM of Manufacturing at Onsemi, where he was managing ON Semiconductor’s largest 300mm Fab in East-Fishkill, New York for over two years. Farhat joined ON Semiconductor through Quantenna Communication acquisition in March 2019 where he was serving as SVP of Manufacturing, Operations & Quality for six plus years. Farhat played a pivotal role in making Quantenna successful through manufacturing optimization, process & yields improvements, cost reductions, & significant margins improvement. Farhat’s efforts enabled Quantenna’s successful IPO in October 2016.

Farhat has over 25 years of successful experience in global manufacturing, Fab & OSAT operations, supplier management, building partnerships, and the assurance of quality & reliability processes. Prior to joining ON Semi/Quantenna Communications, he headed semiconductor manufacturing operations and quality functions at Synerchip Corporation (acquired by Silicon Image) & SiTime (a MEMS based timing solution company). His contributions towards building and restructuring company’s lower margin product lines to higher margins, enabled market penetration and corporate margins growth in the companies he served. Farhat also held various engineering and management positions in the areas of semiconductor manufacturing in companies like Texas Instruments, Cypress Semiconductor, Silicon Image & IDT.

Farhat holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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Maryam Al-Bulushi

Senior Mgr. Business Operations & Corporate Affairs

GS Microelectronics

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Ammar Al-Kalbani

Lead IC Design & Verification Engineer

GS Microelectronics

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GS Microelectronics
  • 10:00 – 10:50

Semiconductor Leaders – Mindset of Creating a Global Leading Semiconductor Organisation

Moderator
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Denis Marcon

General Manager

Innoscience

Innoscience

Denis Marcon received a M.S. degree from the University of Padova in 2006. Subsequently, he received the degree of Doctor in Engineering (Ph. D.) from the Catholic University of Leuven and imec with the thesis entitled “Reliability study of power gallium nitride based transistors” in 2011. He is leading author or co-author of more than 50 journal papers or international conference contributions.

After his Ph.D. graduation, he has been leading projects aiming to develop GaN HEMTs for several applications (RF and power switching). Thereafter, he has joined the business development team of Imec where he was directly responsible for the partnerships with imec in the field of GaN power electronics as well as on dedicated development and manufacturing of Si-based devices, MEMS, sensors and micro-systems,

Today he is the General Manager of Innoscience Europe (subsidiary of Innoscience) and he is directly responsible for Innoscience’s GaN business in Europe.

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Innoscience is an Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) founded in December 2015 with the support of international prestigious investors. With the development of new technologies, the electric power grid and power electronic systems across the world are undergoing a massive transformation. Our vision is to create an energy ecosystem with effective and low-cost Gallium-Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) power solutions. In November 2017, Innoscience first established a mass production 8-inch wafer line for GaN-on-Si devices and, in order to fulfill the rapidly growing power demands, Innoscience has inaugurated a new facility in September 2020. As a cutting-edge GaN technology provider, Innoscience’s 1,600+ employees and over 500 R&D experts are dedicated to delivering high performance and high reliability GaN power devices that can be widely used in diverse applications including portable devices, mobile phones, chargers and adapters, electric vehicles (EV) and automotive. For more information, please visit www.innoscience.com.

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Dr. Amr Hafez

General Manager, Goodix Egypt

Goodix Technology

Goodix Technology

Dr. Hafez is an international semiconductor expert with experience spanning multiple domains and geographies. He has founded and is currently the General Manager of Goodix’s design center in Egypt, leading a multidisciplinary team in working across sites, delivering complex SoCs for the mobile market. Prior to that, he led the ASIC Solutions business unit of Si-Ware Systems, a pioneer in the vibrant Egyptian semiconductor landscape. During that time he led his team in delivering cutting edge products to customers and partners in the US, Europe, China and the Gulf. Prior to Si-Ware, Mr. Hafez was an RFIC leader at PMC-Sierra and Blackberry in Canada.

Mr. Hafez holds a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, has published several patents and technical papers and teaches analog and RF circuit design at Cairo University.

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Goodix Technology (603160.SH) is an integrated solution provider for applications based on IC design and software development. We provide industry-leading software and hardware semiconductor solutions for smart devices, IoT applications, and automotive electronics. Our commitment to being global leaders in our markets is demonstrated by acquiring the best talents around the world and aggressively investing in R&D. We are dedicated to breaking through boundaries of technological innovation within sensing, processing, connectivity and security, empowering a connected, intelligent world. Striving to become a world-leading comprehensive IC design company, we are committed to deliver greater unique values to global customers, partners, and enrich the smart lives of hundreds of millions of consumers around the world.

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Dr. Hisham Haddara

Chairman and Founder

SiWare Systems

SiWare Systems

Hisham Haddara is the founder of Si-Ware Systems (SWS), a leading fabless semiconductor company in Egypt. Prior to founding SWS in December 2003, he was with MEMScAP from May 2000 as EVP and President of MEMSCAP Egypt and was co-founder and first GM of ANACAD Egypt in 1994. By the end of 1994, ANACAD was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation (MGC) where he worked till May 2000 as GM of Mentor Graphics Egypt.

Hisham has been a professor of microelectronics at Ain-Shams University, Cairo till 2016. He has authored and co-authored two books, several patents and more than 100 scientific publications in International Journals and Conferences. He received his Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, France in 1988. His Ph.D. research work won the best Ph.D. thesis award for the years 1987-88, awarded by the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).

Hisham is the founding chairman of the GSA-Egypt chapter and board member of EITESAL, (Egyptian Information, Telecommunications, Electronics & Software Alliance), the biggest technology NGO in Egypt. He is also a board member of the IT Industry Development Agency, ITIDA.

Hisham is currently leading a team to develop a national strategy for the semiconductors industry in Egypt under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

Hisham serves as advisor to the Minister of Scientific Research on innovation and heads a team to develop a national innovation policy for Egypt. He has been an expert on innovation with the ESCWA UN organization and is currently enrolled in the MIT REAP program at the MIT Sloan school of management as part of a national team to accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cairo.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority and the board of and Zewail City for Science and Technology. He has also served as a member of the steering committee of Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology as well as a member of the Engineering Education committee of the Supreme Council for Universities.

Hisham is chairman of the board and co-founder of Si-Ware Systems, Pearl Semi and Fab-Minds.

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Si-Ware was founded in 2004 by leading-edge scientists and entrepreneurs who developed the world first alignment-free, calibration-free, and shock-resistant MEMS based Fourier Transform Near Infra-Red (FT-NIR) spectrometer on a chip. This was and still is the smallest FT-NIR MEMS spectrometer in the world.

In 2014, Si-Ware won the prestigious Prism Award from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for our first-generation technology. Since then, Si-Ware has continued to innovate scoring more than 100 patents and a large number of research papers that represent our technical advancements in FT-IR spectroscopy.

Now, Si-Ware provides end-to-end FT-NIR solutions under the brand name NeoSpectra. This combines portable FT-NIR Analyzers with intuitive software and a powerful cloud to quickly analyze samples with speed and precision across almost all industries. Si-Ware brings highly accurate, on-site material analysis within reach for all through affordable and accessible technology. We have redefined NIR performance and use through unique FT-NIR technology that enables simultaneous analysis of multiple parameters with greater accuracy, across practically all industries and scientific applications.

Si-Ware, an independent fabless semiconductor company that fosters silicon innovation, employs more than 100 engineers, and has commercial sites and development centers in Cairo, Egypt and Paris, France as well as in California and Boston area in the USA.

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Kamel Ait Mahiout

President

ISES

ISES

Kamel Ait Mahiout is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the electronics industry. His expertise spans from RF and Microwave engineering to executive roles in prominent companies such as Unity SC and Amkor Technology, where he significantly contributed to the growth and alignment of the businesses with key industry players.

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International Semiconductor Executive Summits (ISES) holds a significant position within the semiconductor industry. Since 2010 we have scaled 8 major successful regional events globally. Our initiatives to date have been fully supported by local governments. For e.g., ISES USA is hosted in partnership with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, ISES Taiwan is hosted in partnership with ITRI, ISES EU is hosted in partnership with the EU Commission, ISES Southeast Asia in partnership with Invest in Penang. We serve as a platform where senior executives in technology, manufacturing and R&D from various semiconductor companies, technology providers, and related industries gather to exchange information, shape strategies, and discuss the industry’s direction. Our summits have influenced industry trends and decisions due to the high-level discussions that take place.

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  • 10:50 – 11:05

Coffee Break

  • 11:05 – 11:35

TBC

The invisible semiconductor war has led to a change in semiconductor supply chain of global proportions and has led to a frenzy of fabs mushrooming around the globe. US, Europe, Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea and others are investing in fabs to become independent. Numerous amounts of fab capacity will be added globally in the next few years. However, no design ecosystem is being added to fulfill the semiconductor capacity of tomorrow.

This presentation specifically outlines, the need to create a design ecosystem in the region bringing semiconductor excellence and close the gap between fab capacities and design of new products to utilize the capacity, nourish the fabs of tomorrow and keep them fully fed. The devices and systems need to be designed with cutting edge technologies and simultaneous consideration of the semiconductor supply chain. Accelerating the next and future generations of semiconductor products will impact all aspects of modern life. The semiconductor excellence in the region will drive design and deployment of new semiconductor products through the development of design ecosystem and engaging the full spectrum of talent in the academic community. The goal is to cultivate a broad coalition of training in semiconductor design across engineering communities to utilize a co-design approach including education and training, to enable rapid progress in regional semiconductor excellence.

Details regarding Design ecosystem creation with support from industry experts and training of locals on actual projects and return of investment in 2 to 3 years with plans to double the investment and positive ROI. Your support is vital in bringing semiconductor excellence to the region.

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Asif Arfi

Consultant

Banyan Technologies

My name is Asif Arfi. I am a Management and Engineering Professional with a Masters in Engineering and over 25 years of experience in high tech environment running multiple operational functions across global organizations. Worked in various functions in different roles developing solutions and tools that result in streamlining complex organizational needs into successful solutions. Have worked with cross functional teams globally and managed the lifecycle of semiconductor products from conception to completion, managed vendor- partner relationships, drove long term revenue and business strategy. Worked in high tech companies like Micron, Infineon, Spansion (AMD spinoff), Freescale, NXP, Verisilicon and in consulting. These companies range from memory to mixed signal to Service provider and IP solutions. Over the duration of my work in semiconductor industry, I have built leadership, management, technical expertise, and industry relationships.

Outside of work I like to cook, travel, and play sports sometimes. My cooking includes various cuisines from Indian curry to Chinese rice and Italian pasta. My kids love my cooking and my wife, I guess likes it too.

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Market Trends

  • 11:35 – 12:00

Next Generation Semiconductor Management

The global semiconductor market is forecast to become a trillion-dollar industry driven by digital transformation, electrification and automation across all industries. However, the recent chip crunch and supply chain disruptions have revealed structural vulnerabilities in the electronics value chain. This presentation will discuss best practices in semiconductor management and explore how companies like Tesla and Apple have developed resilient, yet highly innovative strategies to secure their semiconductor supply. The presentation will cover topics such as modular technology architectures, optimized mix between custom developed and standardized components, transparency in the bill-of-material, supplier relationships across multiple tiers, and data-driven market intelligence. The goal is to help organizations rethink their approaches to managing their semiconductor supply and achieve the highest levels of efficiency, growth and customer service. With mega-trends such as autonomous vehicles, smart homes, and an ever-increasing proliferation of AI and cloud computing, the demand for semiconductors is only going to increase. Therefore, it’s crucial for organizations to develop a semiconductor management strategy that allows them to flexibly adapt to changes in supply and demand.

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Dr. Karl Breidenbach

Associate Director, Global Lead Semiconductor Procurement

Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Karl Breidenbach has more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech industry and is an expert in semiconductor management. He leads Boston Consulting Groups (BCG) semiconductor procurement consulting activities globally and is a core member of BCG’s Operations practice, as well as an adjunct member of BCG’s Semiconductor practice.

Dr. Breidenbach specializes on large-scale transformations in technology-driven supply chains, with a focus on complex outsourcing engagements in semiconductors, software, and cost reductions in R&D-focused products. He has experience in leading large-scale post-merger integrations, with a focus on synergy generation and supply chain optimization. He has also developed semiconductor management programs across automotive and industrial companies, including redesign, platform strategies, and operating model evolution.

Prior to joining BCG, Dr. Breidenbach was a Senior Director at Infineon Technologies AG where he was heading semiconductor outsourcing business development with silicon foundries and OSATs companies across all product lines and technologies. He started his career at IBM as a consultant in the Strategy and Transformation Division, where he supported clients in automotive, electronics and the process industry on IT-driven supply chain optimization.

Dr. Breidenbach holds a PhD from Bundeswehr University Munich, M.Sc in Supply Chain Management from Dublin City University & NEOMA Business School France, BA in Information Technology and International Business from Cooperative State University Stuttgart and Open University. He is also a co-author of several books and publications on operations and automotive semiconductor management and regularly lectures at international universities.

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Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global consulting firm that partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. We are a leading consulting firm for the Semiconductor industry having conducted more than 400 projects over past 10 years, serving players across the entire semiconductor value chain. Beyond that we have lead extensive semiconductor-related work for leading companies in Data Center/Cloud, Mobile, Consumer Electronics, Auto, Industrial and Life Sciences. As a thought leader we have co-published research papers with SIA, as well as dedicated work on topics such as the reinvention of the software-defined vehicle, 5G, AR/VR and the Metaverse. www.bcg.com,

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  • 12:00 – 12:25

MEMS Global Landscape Overview and Challenges

The requirements for a successful semiconductor ecosystem will be discussed along with the global distribution of CMOS and MEMS foundries and OSAT packaging participants in the industry. A cost breakdown for the wafer fabrication, packaging and test of typical MEMS products will be overviewed. A Case Study of the speaker’s experience in starting up a MEMS semiconductor industrial park and high-volume 200mm wafer fab in China will be outlined. The element required to design, construct, staff and equip this wafer fab will be part of the Case Study. Applying the lessons learned in China to starting a similar foundry facility in Oman will be covered, as will potential strategies for building a local semiconductor ecosystem in the Gulf region. Comparison in capabilities and development strategies between similarly sized Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia and that of Oman’s will also be discussed.

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Dr. Douglas Sparks

President

M2N Technologies LLC

Dr Douglas Sparks is the founder of M2N Technologies LLC. M2N Technologies is a consulting firm specializing in the MEMS and Semiconductors technology, product and process commercialization and supply chains. Dr. Sparks has international business experience in these fields in the US, China, Japan and Europe in medical, industrial, aerospace, semiconductors, consumer and automotive applications. He has worked at large MEMS IDMs, start-ups and MEMS foundries. Doug was the CTO of Hanking Electronics which built the first 200mm pure MEMS wafer fab in China. He also led technology acquisition, foundry process and MEMS related product development at Hanking. He founded a microsensor packaging company called NanoGetters, which was acquired by Materion. He was the EVP at Integrated Sensing Systems where he launched multiple microfluidic sensor products, including an FDA approved MEMS drug infusion device and industrial products acquired by Endress + Hauser. Doug worked in automotive sensors and semiconductor fabs with Delphi. Dr. Sparks holds a PhD in materials engineering from Purdue University and has published more than 120 technical papers and has 70 issued patents.

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M2N Technologies LLC provides MEMS, semiconductor and sensor consulting and development services. Areas covered include fab selection and MEMS/Semi supply chain improvements & strategies, acquisition due diligence, MEMS hermetic packaging and process development and wafer process integration. Micro 2 Nano Technologies develops new sensors like pressure, flow, optical sensors and resonators, MEMS and 3D printed-based products.

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M2N Technologies LLC
  • 12:25 – 13:25

Networking Session & Exhibitor Visits, Lunch

  • 13:25 – 13:50

Challenges of Semiconductor Manufacturing – Design & Test Perspective in a Diversifying Market (Memory Case Study)

Shrinking modern Semiconductor Technologies and Geometries at the limit of Physics requires huge investments and economy of scales in multi billion dollar factories. Aside of inherent technical risks of operating at the limit of physics in sub 10nm technologies new challenges arose through geopolitical tensions as well as diversifying markets and applications. This presentation highlights such challenges. Future trends from a design & test perspective will be discussed how such risks could be managed and mitigated to achieve economically successful operation of such mega investments. Semiconductor Memory representing 30% of todays and future semiconductor sales will be used as a case study!

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Marco Mezger

COO & Executive Vice President

Neumonda

Marco Mezger is a global entrepreneur, investor, and advisor with over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Born in Germany and based in Taipei, Marco has a unique understanding of global semiconductor businesses with their challenges, resulting in a track record at various companies and as a matchmaker in the industry. As a thought leader focusing on memory technology, Marco has a sizeable global follower base on LinkedIn. He is also a regular guest on the business TV program “Taiwan Talks” commenting on the semiconductor industry news and market trends.

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Neumonda has been founded with profound know how and the ‘DNA’ of former German memory powerhouse ‘Qimonda’. It has the ability to provide memory and storage solutions to worldwide customers, especially targeting the industrial and specialty market segments.

“Deep understanding of the technical/supply chain aspects of product design and developments, in addition to sales and marketing are building the foundation of the the global management team to serve these markets with real ‘Memory Competency‘.”

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Neumonda
  • 13:50 – 14:15

Alternative Career Paths Help the Semiconductor Industry Meet Workforce Needs

We’re facing an unprecedented demand for resources within our industry. Our existing workforce is retiring, we’re building more manufacturing capacity than ever before and together with the impact caused by the pandemic we find ourselves with a challenge that is undoubtedly going to be the number one issue in the coming years and that is talent. With experienced individuals leaving the workforce and not enough new people joining, the talent pipeline is not meeting current demand. In this session, we will discuss these challenges and how a more collaborative partnership model might be the right approach for businesses looking to fill staff vacancies and for individuals looking to start their careers in this exciting industry.

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Geoffrey Stoddart

Commercial Director

Westerwood Global

Geoffrey Stoddart is Commercial Director at Westerwood Global, a leading provider of Managed Workforce solutions, where he leads strategic direction of business development and marketing. Formerly with VP Marketing with Edwards Vacuum, he has over 38 years of experience in the semiconductor industry living in and working in countries such as the US, UK, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore.

Geoffrey started in the industry as an Engineer Apprentice and subsequently grew into senior management roles in Field Service, Business Development, and Sales & Marketing. With a foundation in engineering and decades of experience in management roles around the world, Geoffrey brings a multifaceted perspective to advancing workforce development in the semiconductor industry.

Geoffrey has been a member of the ISES Advisory Board since 2018.

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Westerwood Global is a leading provider of workforce solutions and trusted partner to high tech manufacturing industries including Semiconductor, Battery & Storage, LED, Solar and Flat Panel Displays. Our Managed Workforce Services and Technical Staffing capabilities provide a true value add for all outsourced requirements. With unrivalled knowledge, our management, engineers, maintenance and manufacturing technicians have a deep understanding and expertise in all the industries we serve.

Beyond operational expertise, staffing is a core competency with a robust database of suitably qualified skills globally ensuring the right people for the right job. Continuous improvement while delivering performance through a focus on quality, high productivity, cost efficiencies and flexible service offerings makes Westerwood Global a partner of choice. Rapid availability of trained staff helps manage the load across industry cycles and an ideal solution for long term sustainable activity as well as equipment installation, capacity ramp or other times of peak manpower constraints guaranteeing performance delivered.

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Westerwood Global
  • 14:15 – 14:35

ICT Investments Opportunities in Oman

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Fahad Sultan Al Abri

Director General of ICT Stimulations & Future Skills

Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT)

  • 23 Years mainly in the ICT domain and private sector.
  • Domain experience in areas of strategic planning, project management, startup Eco-system, PM portfolio, capacity building, FDIs, marketing & sales, talent management.
  • Leading projects, civil status, Sas for Entrepreneurship, national PC Initiatives, national government training, community IT training, specialized training, government software licensing management, Oman 2020 census compliance and acceleration program.
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The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology supervises a number of national projects Such as, the ports and airports that connect the Sultanate with the world and contribute to diversifying the sources of income and achieve sustainable development in various economic, industrial, commercial, tourism and other fields.

These efforts are accompanied with the Ministry’s relentless strive to make the transport and logistics sectors in the Sultanate have a global reputation, to be the second source of national income and within the top ten in logistics performance at the international level by 2040.

At the local level, side by side with all these projects, The Ministry works to regulate land and sea transport industries by issuing the needed legislations.

The Ministry is also the responsible body for formulating and implementing the government digital strategies and programs in the Sultanate of Oman. Its main mission is to raise the level of efficiency in government performance, support innovation in service delivery, and enhance spending and economic growth through the use of information and communication technology.

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Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT)
  • 14:35 – 14:55

The Special Economic Zones, Free Zones and Industrial Zones in Oman

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Thuraiya Al Zarafy

Investment Promotion & Business Development – Acting Manager

OPAZ

Thuraiya is an experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the Investments, Telecommunications and FMCG industries in the UAE and Oman. Skilled in branding, marketing, go to market strategy, sales, and product launches. She was selected to be a part of the three year Unilever Future Leaders Programme and has held various roles leading campaign development both locally and regionally. Thuraiya is a strong sales and marketing professional with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce and a double degree in Marketing and International Business from Monash University Australia having worked previously in Ooredoo and Unilever. She currently is working at the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones Investment Promotion team.

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OPAZ
  • 14:55 – 15:15

Invest in Oman

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Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Lawati

Director of Investment Promotion Department by Delegation

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotions (MOCIIP)

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The ministry was established by the Royal Decree No. 40/74 in 1974 as Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

In 2020, Royal Decree No. 97/2020 was issued amending the name of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, defining its functions of reference, approving its organizational structure.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion has various responsibilities such as supervising commercial, industrial, investment activities and developing exports; where it will to strengthen the national economy via promoting the business environment. It also aims to diversify and sustain the economy in line with Oman Vision 2040.

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Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotions (MOCIIP)
  • 15:15 – 16:15

Exhibition Tour

  • 16:15 – 18:00

Rest & Refresh

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