With the UAE aiming to become the most food-secure nation by 2051, New Zealand is accelerating efforts to bring its world-leading AgTech solutions to the region.
Meet the speakers
Senior Project Manager,
Agro Flying Swans
Tom Bouwman is an agro-logistics expert working for the Flying Swans Programme. With over 15 years’ experience in fresh produce trade and agro-development in Ethiopia, he is an expert in accessing new sourcing areas together with a produce importing sector. This summer he played a key role in organising Ethiopia’s first rail-borne reefer shipment of avocados.
Head of Research Products, Drewry and Director, Drewry Group.
Martin is Head of Research Products within Drewry and is a director of Drewry Group. He has more than 30 years’ strategic and operational experience in shipping and supply chain management. Martin has followed a wide and varied career in international logistics and maritime intensive supply chains. With an initial background in logistics operations with DHL and London-based department store group Harrods, he broadened into managerial roles in sales and marketing with German forwarding and logistics group DB Schenker, gaining particular exposure to Europe, Middle East and Africa markets.
TTMS (Gulf) Director, TT Club.
Abdul has been with TT Club since January 2013, initially in the London office before relocating to TTMS (Gulf) office in Dubai in August 2020. Prior to TT Club, Abdul worked as an Insurance and Claims Manager for a CMA-CGM subsidiary in London. Abdul holds master’s degrees in marine policy as well as Maritime Law from Cardiff University and Swansea University respectively. His focus since 2013 has been on the ports and terminals, freight forwarding, multimodal logistics and container shipping industries.
Abdul is fluent in English and Arabic.
Chief Executive Officer | SOHAR Port and Freezone
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Logistics from the Maritime Institute De Ruyters in the Netherlands, Mark set-up and managed HT Research from 1991-2001, an international consultancy focusing on logistics and quality. In 2002, he returned to De Ruyters as a lecturer, where he created a specialised business faculty for logistics and established many working relationships with other leading universities. In 2006, Mark joined ABN AMRO as Vice President, where he helped to lead the company through the global financial crisis. From 2010-2014, Mark was appointed CEO/CCO of APM Terminals at Port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, where he was responsible for attracting significant Chinese investments and returning the loss-making port to profit. Mark joined SOHAR Port and Freezone as CEO in July 2016 from Hong Kong, where he had been working for two years as Global Client Director with APM Terminals. Mark is married, lives in Oman and has three children.
Omar bin Mahmood Al Mahrizi
Chief Executive Officer | SOHAR Freezone Deputy Chief Executive Officer | SOHAR Port
With his vast experience across a wide range of industries, Omar Al Mahrizi brings a lot to the table in leading the growth of Oman’s largest industrial area. In Sep 2019, Omar joins SOHAR Port and Freezone with his distinguished 20+ years of experience in different industries spanning from logistics, financial services, Oil & Gas and academia, combined with extensive boardroom experience both as a chairman and a board member.
Omar has a solid track record in developing and executing business strategies using delivery focused program and project management, as well as leading process reengineering projects and new technology implementation. He has an extensive human resources expertise, in particular culture transformation and employee engagement, talent acquisition and performance management.
Omar’s most recent position was Chief Corporate Development at ASYAD. Before that, he was the COO of ALAHLIA insurance company, prior to that he held several leadership positions in Orpic and Majan University College. Omar holds a BSc in Computing and Information Technology from the University of Manchester, a PGDip in Database Systems from the University of Westminster, and a Graduate Certificate in International Management from University of Melbourne, Australia. Omar currently lives in Oman, is married, and has four children.