The Arab British Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom, invite you to join our Ambassadorial e-Roundtable for Palestine to be held on 07th July 2021 from 11:00am to 12:00pm BST.
We will be joined by His Excellency Ambassador Dr Husam S. Zomlot, the Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom. 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.
Join us for what will be a timely and informative e-Roundtable.
H E Ambassador Dr Husam S. Zomlot, Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom
Ambassador Dr Husam S. Zomlot is the Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment to the UK, Dr Zomlot served as Ambassador to the United States (Head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States), and Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Palestinian President. Dr Zomlot’s previous official roles include serving as Ambassador –at-large for the Palestinian Presidency and Director of Fatah Foreign Relations Commission.
Dr Zomlot holds a PhD in economics from the University of London, was a professor of strategy and Public Policy at Birzeit University, where he co-founded and chaired Birzeit school of Government, and held a number of teaching and research positions at Harvard University and University of London. His professional experiences include working as an economist at the United Nations and Economic Researcher with London School of Economics and the Palestine Policy Research Institute.
Dr Zomlot is married and has three children.
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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