The Arab British Chamber of Commerce, in association with The Embassy of The State of Qatar in London, invite you to join our Ambassadorial e-Roundtable for Qatar to be held on 10th June 2021 from 11:00am to 12:00pm BST.
We will be joined by His Excellency Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in London. The discussion will be chaired by The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Chairman of the ABCC, and will be joined by Mr Bandar Reda, Secretary General & CEO of the ABCC.
The Qatar economy proved its resilience during the pandemic, cementing its position as a fast growing hub for international commerce and foreign investment. The strength of the country’s dynamic private sector is indicated by a 10 % increase in exports recorded month-on-month in February, as shown in latest data released by Qatar Chamber. Tremendous opportunities in the technology and digital sectors are reflected in the growth of new digital firms from diverse countries establishing a presence in the Qatar market. In terms of new infrastructure, Qatar awarded projects worth over $136 billion in the decade to 2020, MEED reports, in preparation to hosting the FIFA World Cup next year, when it will be the first-ever Arab country to host the competition. The event’s legacy will see an influx of visitors and new investors.
Join us for what will be a timely and informative e-Roundtable.
His Excellency Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater, Ambassador, The Embassy of the Kingdom of The State of Qatar in London
H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater was appointed as Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Court of St James’s in October 2014. H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater joined the Qatari civil service in 1992 working for the Ministry of Education in Doha, Qatar, where he began his pursuit to further develop and enrich the Qatari education system. H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater’s passionate belief on the importance of education and STEM education led him to assume the role of Director of Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education, in Doha, Qatar, and subsequently Secretary-General of the Qatari National Commission for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).
H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater became a member of the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) for the State of Qatar and a member of the Executive Board of the State of Qatar to the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO). In 2008 he began his consular career in Texas Houston. From 2012 till 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Australia and New Zealand.
As Ambassador of the State of Qatar in the UK, H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater has continuously looked to strengthen Qatar’s engagement with the UK through invest in UK communities and businesses and to deepen the historical ties that connect the two nations.A keen sportsman H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater has made it a priority objective to support health and physical education in the UK by promoting Qatar’s National Sports Day through various schools initiatives.
H E Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater received an MBA from the American University in Washington D.C. He is married with three daughters and two sons.
The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Chairman, The Arab British Chamber of Commerce
The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean is a senior Labour member of the House of Lords and a business leader. Formerly Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Symons was a Minister in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005. Among her government posts she was Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade and Minister for Defence Procurement, and the Prime Minister’s envoy to the Gulf.
Previously a trade union general secretary, she was an Equal Opportunities Commissioner and a governor of the London Business School. As well as working closely with DLA Piper, Baroness Symons is now involved with a number of other commercial organisations, including roles as a non-executive director of British Airways, and as an advisor to other companies, including those with strong Middle East links, and with a number of not-for-profit organisations, including the International Red Cross.
Mr Bandar Reda, Secretary General & CEO, The Arab British Chamber of Commerce
Mr Bandar Reda took up his position as Secretary General and CEO of the ABCC on 1st March 2019. As CEO for the Chamber, Mr Reda will contribute his expertise and a proven track record, along with his combined experience as a diplomat and extensive hands-on experience in the private sector to help bring the Chamber to the next level. Mr Reda has a distinguished professional career of more than a decade in banking and corporate industry at SABB HSBC Saudi Arabia, prior to taking up senior positions in the diplomatic service of his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the Commercial Attaché in the UK & Europe and before that in Italy and the Saudi delegation to BIE in Paris.
Mr Reda holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Orlando USA. He was an Executive Member of the Saudi-Italian Business Council, Council of Saudi Chambers; a Member of the Business Youth Committee, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce; a Member of the Saudi Economy Association; and a Member of the Saudi Arabian legal accountants. Mr Bandar Reda’s undoubted experience and abilities is clearly demonstrated in his extensive career of service in both public and private sectors. This appointment will enable him to make a vital contribution to the strengthening of the Chamber’s activities and extend its influence as the leading strategic business services organisation in the UK working to improve bilateral trade.
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