Abdullah Ahmed Al Saleh
Mr. Al Saleh has been the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Trade since May 2008 and is the head of the UAE negotiating team within the framework of the Free Trade Negotiations between the GCC and other countries and regional blocks. Previously, he was the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Economy from 2006 to 2008 and Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Economy from 2004 – 2006. He was also a Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE Embassy in Washington DC, UAE Embassy in Paris from 1991 to 2004. Mr. Al Saleh has a Masters in International Politics from American University, Washington D.C., USA, and a Bachelor of Political Science from UAE University.
Dr. Zarrouk is the Chief Economist at the Islamic Development Bank. His research focus includes International Trade and International Finance. Prior to holding this position, Dr. Zarrouk served as Chief of the Studies Division at the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), from 2003 – 2012. He has also served as the Division Chief of the Technical Cooperation with International and Regional Institutions from 1999 – 2003, and as the Senior Economist in the Economics and Technical Department at AMF from 1991 – 1999. Dr. Zarrouk holds a Masters and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado.
Mr. Binay Shetty is COO of NMC’s healthcare and distribution divisions. Prior to holding this position, from 2004-2010 he was an Executive Director of NMC with responsibility for strategic planning and governance and the management of new projects. From 2006 to early 2011 he was also Head of Investments for BR Shetty Pvt Investments, and from 2004 to 2006 he was Business Coordinator at Neopharma – Abu Dhabi’s premier pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Mr. Shetty is a director of UAExchange, a leading global remittance and foreign exchange provider. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.
Mr. Gollin is a Managing Director of OEP. Prior to joining OEP he held advisory and senior management roles with affiliates of the OP Jindal organization, India’s second largest steel producer and fourth largest industrial group, and led ICO Inc. (NASD: ICOC), a producer and distributor of specialty compounded plastics. Mr. Gollin received his B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Yale University.
Kofi Blankson Ocansey
Mr. Kofi Blankson Ocansey is the Founder and Managing Partner of Dixcove Ventures Limited, and is the Board Chairman of Coastal Agricultural Farms – a salt producing company in Apam. He has extensive experience in Executive Operational Management and Strategic Consulting and Policy Formulation. Dixcove Ventures Limited provides international business services that are uniquely adapted to the Ghanaian market. Prior to founding Dixcove Ventures Limited, Mr. Ocansey was the President of Netvalue USA, the American subsidiary of Netvalue, SA, an online behavior tracking and analysis company headquartered in Paris. In this role he was responsible for launching the company’s U.S. operations, forming strategic partnerships and spearheading the company’s marketing efforts. During his tenure, the company went public in what was then the most successful initial public offering on the Nouveau Marche of the Paris Bourse.
Prior to joining NetValue, Mr. Ocansey was a Principal at Capital Consulting and Research, a consulting firm later acquired by Wunderman Cato Johnson (WCJ), then the world’s largest direct marketing communication company, and a subsidiary of Young & Rubicam. A citizen of Ghana, Mr. Ocansey received a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University (1984), and a M.A. in Private and Public Management (later re-designated as a Master’s of Business Administration) from the Yale School of Organization and Management (1991). He is an avid reader, squash player, and contributor to several social causes. In addition to his advisory role on the board of the NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development, he currently serves as the president of the Yale Club of Ghana.
Robert Danso Boakye is presently the Country Head, Retail Operations Department of EcoBank Ghana. He also previously served as the Head of Domestic Operations and the Head of Commercial and Consumer Banking at the Trust Bank Limited in Ghana, where he began working as a Branch Manager, before moving to Deputy Head Corporate Banking, and then Deputy Head Treasurer. His career in banking began with Societe Generale SSB Bank Ghana in 1981 where he worked as an Economic Research Officer, and then a Credit/Project Analyst.
He holds a BA (with honours) in Economics from the University of Ghana, and a MSc in International Banking and Financial Studies from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Amadu Baba is a businessman and industrialist from Kumasi, Ghana who has devoted the last thirty years of his life to building successful Ghanaian businesses. He is currently the CEO of four companies including: Bafla Limited, a property development and civil engineering firm and manufacturer of elite, bespoke concrete building products; Amba Greening, an agricultural development enterprise that owns a five hundred acre Teak Plantation, and a fifty four acre Mango Plantation; Al-Anisa Travel Service Ltd, the GSA of Afrigiyah Airways; and Amba Gallery (Accra, Ghana), which is a specialist purveyor of West African Tribal Art.
Baba has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europa and Africa. He has lived in numerous countries and has acquired a deep appreciation of the cultural differences that make the world so unique. Outside his professional life, Baba enjoys tree planting, cattle rearing, philanthropy, travelling and fashion; and is a keen art collector. He is married with four children.
Mr. Akosah was educated at Wharton Business School (MBA Class of 1989) and the University of Ghana (Economics & Statistics, 1984). Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, in the late 1990s, he had worked in various capacities with Sallie Mae and United Technologies – Otis Division. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Akosah is the co-founder of ENO International, LLC, an investment firm with interests in financial services, technology and plantation agriculture, all of which enterprises are in Ghana. He serves on several boards in both for-profit and non-profit establishments. Mr. Akosah is a fellow of the Aspen Institute – African Leadership Initiative, a promoter of good society ideals and works. He is married to Pearl, an alumna of the JFK School of Government, Harvard. They have a ten-year old son, Nyamekye. Mr. Akosah is an amateur poet.