The Oman Business Forum is a professional platform for dialogue and communication where leaders from the public and private sector can come together to advance key issues and uncover new opportunities. Its aims are to provide value-added networking, exposure to business opportunities and knowledge sharing. It also seeks to develop and adopt initiatives supporting Sharaka.
What does this mean? It means providing OBF members with the insights and information on relevant global and industry-level trends that are shaping the future of different markets, it means access and exposure to global speakers and leaders that are driving major collaborations, and it means increased business opportunities through a better-connected network, made possible by building collaborative partnerships with regional and international forums.
Dr. Ali Qassim Jawad
Chairman, Oman Business Forum
The Oman Business Forum offered on May 3rd its members a chance to meet representatives of the Mittelstand, Germany’s economic backbone, to foster their mutual acquaintance and explore reciprocally beneficial business opportunities, particularly around business applications of artificial intelligence.
The working lunch, organised in close collaboration with the Omani office of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, was moderated by Sharifa Al Barami, Managing Director of the Oman Technology Fund. Delegates of three Bavarian Mittelstand companies, led by Dr Dalia Abu Samra-Rohte, Representative of the State of Bavaria Emirates Office, gave brief presentations of their companies and products to a select group of OBF members and invited guests, representatives of Omani businesses and technology-investment institutions click here.
Dr. Stefan Kaneff, Managing Director of Euros Embedded Systems, described his company’s systems for secure cloud connectivity for industrial Internet of Things and his highly advanced, AI-driven translation software for natural languages, as well as portable real-time operating systems. He also offered apprenticeships for Omani youths in his company in Germany. Dr. Maria Athelogou presented Definiens’s Cognition Network Technology, which makes it possible to extract knowledge from histological images. Powered by artificial intelligence, the system can be used to detect prognostic biomarkers in personalised medicine. Iris Meinl offered her consultancy services to help companies adopt artificial intelligence in their products and processes.
Germany’s Mittelstand can offer Omani companies a wide range of opportunities. Defined loosely as small and medium-sized companies that are either family owned or run under a family-like corporate culture (and therefore include such large companies as Bosch), they account for 99.98% of the 3.7 million companies in Germany. The remaining 0.2% are the internationally better-known giants such as Siemens, BMW, Daimler, BASF, SAP, Volkswagen, Allianz and Bayer, amongst others. Intent on learning to do one particular thing really well, which makes them focus on innovative and high-value manufactured products, many of the Mittelstand companies have come to dominate up to 90% of the global market in their respective niches. Their emphasis on long-term profitability translates into a cautious, long-term-oriented approach to business.
Today, the Mittelstand is faced with questions about how it will adapt to the digital revolution of the 21st century, which it is tackling head on in order to stay relevant. It is not surprise that it was Germany, through its National Academy of Science and Engineering, that introduced the concept of "Industrie 4.0", back in 2013. With Oman now also engaged in gearing itself for the 4th Industrial Revolution, there is great potential for extended collaboration between local companies and the German Mittelstand’s hidden champions. The Oman Business Forum will endeavour to capitalise on these opportunities more easily and make them available to our members, to the ultimate socio-economic benefit of the Sultanate.
Name: Dr. Yousuf AI Balushi
Position: Head of Science, Knowledge & Technology Transfer Office
Company: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Phone: +(968) 24634151, +(968) 99338707
Yousuf joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in May 2015 to lead Oman’s Science and Technology Diplomacy, and helps to contribute in developing Oman’s transformation process towards innovation-based economy as well as shaping the national innovation ecosystem through international transfer of advanced science and technology. Prior to joining MOFA, he was serving as an International Innovation Advisor at the University of Oxford - Oxford University Innovation - from September 2012 to May 2015. With his experiencein developing market entry strategies, marketing and product development and developing technology-based enterprises, he also helped the University of Oxford to transfer technology to the Middle East.
Name: Talal Hasan
Company: IDO Investments
Phone: +968 92227634
Board Member at Voltea, 2017, Board Observer at Locum’s Nest, 2017. Former Associate Counsel at Oman Oil Company, Former Commercial Director at Al Barij International LLC. Studied at University of California Berkeley - Haas School of Business.
Name: Hilal AI Busai
Company: Gulf Energy SAOC
Phone: +(968) 99418471
CEO and Co—founder of Gulf Energy. He graduated in Petroleum Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University and began his career as an International Field Engineer with Schlumberger, and spent time in the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, he co-founded Falcon Oilﬁeld Services, followed by Gulf Energy.
Sharifa Muslim AI Barami
Managing Director at Oman Technology Fund (OTF), a US $150M Technology focused Fund. Sharifa leads the Wadi Accelerator, a US $15M fund and accelerator program aimed at investing in technology startups at the seed stage across the MENA region and emerging markets. Named as one of the top 20 female venture capitalists in the MENA region (2017) by Entrepreneur Magazine, she is an entrepreneurship development consultant, mentor and businesswoman With multi disciplinary skills set.
Amer Awad Al RawasChief Investment Officer Oil and Gas Technology Equipment Manufacturing Company OBF Member
Amer Awad Al Rawas
Dr. Rawas is the Chief Executive Officer of Tasneea Oil & Gas Technology Group. Prior to his current post. he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Oman Telecommunications Company (OmanTel) and earlier was the Managing Director of Oman Mobile Telecommunications Company (Oman Mobile). Before his joining the Telecom Sector, Dr. Rawas served in various academic and leadership positions at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) the flagship university in Oman. His last assignment was the Dean of educational Services. Earlier to that he was the Director of the Center for Information System where he led the transformation of the role of ICT in the university. Dr. Amer Al Rawas is the current Chairman of MELA (Middle East Leadership Academy).
Firas Ali Al Abdwani
Firas, founder and CEO of HTC, has over 10 years’ experience in buiIding and leading teams along a clear strategic vision With experimental development of operating models, and is a firm believer in the social and economic responsibility of firms towards their local communities, striving for positive contributions.
Fatma Yousuf AI Ibrahim
As Executive Director, Fatma is responsible for the management and financial operations of Dolphin International, a family Investment company. She has been responsible for essential inputs in the restructuring of current companies under the umbrella of Dolphin International and instrumental in the strict implementation of the overall check and balances for the group.
Hassan Fida Hussain Al LawatiDirector General of Digital Society Development Information Technology Authority OBF Member
Hassan Fida Hussain Al Lawati
Hassan Fida Al-Lawati has 19 years' work experience in both the government and the private sectors. He received his MBA degree from the University of Bedfordshire (UK) in 2008 and his bachelor degree in Marketing from Sultan Qaboos University in 1998. He has worked at Oman Telecommunication Company (Omantel), Shell Oman Marketing Company, and the Information Technology Authority, which he joined in 2008. As Director General of the Digital Society Development Division, he aims to convert the Omani ICT industry from technology-consuming to a technology-producing culture.
Abdulmalik Abdulkarim AI Balushi
Abdulmalik‘s career trajectory spans over 15 years, including managing multiple functions and sectors in the Sultanate's public and private sectors. Currently leading a strong organisation of 550 employees and 83 branches throughout the country, his renowned leadership is characterised by strong communication skills. effective stakeholders’ management, resourcefulness and high performance.
Dr. rer. nat. Maria AthelogouPrincipal Scientist & Scientific Alliances Manager Definiens AG Speaker
Dr. rer. nat. Maria Athelogou
Nobel laureate and Kavli Prize winner Dr. Gerd Binnig founded Definiens AG in 1994, and developed Cognition Network Technology (ONT) with his team. The keynote for development of CNT was to embed elementary mechanisms of human perception in image analysis procedures as naturally and simply as possible. Used in digital pa-thology, CNT makes it possible to extract knowledge from histological images. Combined with further Artificial Intelligence methods, CNT enables the discovery of complex patterns in digital biopsies or tissue sections, which can be used as new prognostic biomarkers for patient treatment in the context of personalized medicine. Business objectives in Oman: Definiens AG is seeking to establish seientific and commercial cooperations.
For successful Industry 4.0 transformation you require an excellently balanced portfolio of various hardware and software products that effectively merge your development, your production and your suppliers as seamlessly as possible. I will advise and lastingly support you in a reliable and innovative way on many questions concerning Industry 4.0. My portfolio of services comprises: Consulting, Business Analysis, Project Management, Stakeholder Management, Change Management & Training. Business objectives in Oman: Digital transformation and Industry 40 will put your company in a good position to master the future. I will provide you on-going assistance, either onsite or remote, on all initiatives and projects concerned with Industry 4.0, digital transformation and product lifecycle management.
Dr.-lng. Stefan Kaneff
EUROS Embedded Systems GmbH is a leading software specialist in the area of embedded systems. For over 30 years EUROS has been developing portable real~time operating systems as well as cross-development environments, debugging tools, OPC UA and integrated solutions for secure cloud connectivity (Industrial loT ) on the basis of TLS 1.3. Further areas of its work concern edge computing, analytics, machine learning, predictive maintenance & spontaneous, confidential translation of natural languages using modern Al methods. Business objectives in Oman: EUROS wishes to explore the market in the Oman & gain new customers and cooperation partners where possible.