ENG. SAID AL SHANFARI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Al Shanfari has a wealth of experience working in leadership roles in marketing and communications across Oman and the wider region. His professional experience includes progressing through various management positions during his eight-year tenure in Ooredoo Oman, including Director of Business Marketing. Most recently, he held the role of General Manager of Marketing Communication and Performance at Omantel. Al Shanfari successfully completed Oman’s National CEO Program in 2017, which prepared Oman’s brightest talent to compete in the global marketplace with an aim to build the next generation of Omani leaders. Bringing the leadership skills and experience he gained from the CEO program, Al Shanfari aims to promote Oman and OCEC as a hub for regional and international conferences and exhibitions, as well as a venue for live events and showcasing the natural beauty and rich culture of Oman. In 2019, Al Shanfari was selected as one of the Top 100 Most Influential CEO’s in Oman. Al Shanfari holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Hull and a double Bachelor’s from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in Computer Management and Information Systems, as well as Business Administration and International Business. He has further completed additional leadership and management courses from the London Business School and the IMD Business School, and is an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.
SAMIRA HILAL AL-NAAMANI
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND CORPORATE SERVICES
Samira Al-Naamani serves in the position of Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, after joining the team in 2015. Her responsibilities include key stakeholder communications, implementation and management of company-wide financial systems, reporting and budget development, among many others. Al-Naamani brings with her an impressive history of experience in finance and accounts across the hospitality and tourism sector. Having joined the pre-opening team at Grand Hyatt Muscat, she went on to spend 18 years with the company, working her way to the position of Director of Finance and Administration. She holds an Associate Degree in Finance and Accounting from Modern College of Business and Science in Muscat, Oman.
HASSAN AL LAWATI
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS & GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (OCEC) Board of Directors appoints the former Deputy General Manager of Oman International Exhibition Centre Hassan Ramadhan Suleiman Al Lawati, as the Director of Corporate Affairs and Government Liaison. Hassan's career spans 34 years of experience in the private and government sector, including the Office of Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economy (Ministry of Finance) and Office of the Special Advisor for His Majesty for External Liaison for 12 years. As successful banker with Oman International Bank (OIB) doing impactful and growth-oriented work, and building collaborative and customer-oriented products he steered the bank to a record-breaking growth in revenue and profit. He has also held the post of former Deputy General Manager of Oman International Exhibition Centre.
TALAL AL MUSHAIFRI
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
In Business Development, Mr. Talal Al Mushaifri joins OCEC as the departments new Director, to oversee the overall sales plan, and to bring additional events – both local and international – to the iconic venue. Mr. Al Mushaifri brings with him over 17 years’ experience in sales and retail, most notably from the telecommunications sector, including the telecom giant, Ooredoo. With his vast experience in establishing new sales opportunities, Mr. Al Mushaifri is set to play a pivotal role in maintaining OCEC’s image as a regional hub for exceptional events.
DIRECTOR OF EVENT OPERATIONS
In Event Operations, OCEC has brought in Mr. Nagendran Naidu, who will oversee all event related operations. Mr. Naidu brings to OCEC over 26 years of event industry experience, having worked in various arenas, including hotels and large venues around the world. He is highly skilled in all aspects of business events activities, such as venue and facility management, strategic event planning, Food & Beverage operations, and Audio-Visual roll-out. Mr. Naidu’s role at OCEC will be to transfer his knowledge and expertise to young, up-and-coming Omani leaders in the industry.
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