Mr. Ron Chandiramani
Founder and Group President Al Midas International Group of Companies
United Arab Emirates
The Al Midas International Group is a highly diversified Group across many sectors with sophistication in investment and development of innovative strategies in Funds and Real Estate, with a ‘Midas Touch’ approach to new Projects and investments.
Dr. Salma Abbasi is a technologist, philanthropist and social activist, with a proven track record as a visionary leader with dynamic drive and positive energy, she motivates both, professionals and the civil society. She is the CEO, eWorldwide Group, an international company focusing in development and security. A former Senior Vice President, Lucent Technologies, she has over 35 years’ experience in the field of technology, innovation for sustainable development and policy development for economic empowerment.
Dr. Abbasi is a graduate of Civil Engineering (BSc), Electrical Engineering (MSc) and has her PhD in Information Communication Technologies (ICT). This diverse engineering background has given Dr. Abbasi a unique foundation to innovatively resolve complex problems at both the strategic and tactical levels, in the Public and Private Sectors around the World.
Dr. Abbasi started her career in 1981 in Silicon Valley as a design engineer for AMD and rapidly progressed holding a series of diverse executive management positions in fortune 500 companies in fields ranging from engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and reliability, international business development and customer satisfaction. This rich experience has given her unique capabilities, knowledge and understanding to think outside the box in multiple cultures, challenging situations and in times of crisis. This led Dr. Abbasi to form the eWorldwide Group in 2001, a dynamic consortium of 37 companies, universities and organizations, providing multiple services and solutions focused in two primary areas: sustainable development and security.
As Chairperson of the eWorldwide Group, Dr. Abbasi is using her vast international experience and knowledge, along with her contacts to leverage best practices to develop unique multisector multi-stakeholder partnerships. She has successfully created strategies and initiatives that integrate policies and promote innovation to focus on ‘win-win’ scenarios, thus laying the foundations for sustainable knowledge economies. Dr. Abbasi advocates that the only way to develop a truly resilient knowledge economy is to engage local SMEs, preparing them with holistic capabilities to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and build an inclusive society. This has directly benefited local economies resulting in sustainable socio-economic development, harmonized within local context. Furthermore, she is creatively using ICTs to support the inclusion of people with disabilities and bridge the digital gender divide with practical and culturally sensitive solutions along with the inclusion for all. She is of the view that sustainably empowering women with knowledge and the ability to be economically independent will allow women to gain reliable access to food. This will sustainably tackle malnutrition and create a holistic model for ensuring safer healthier lives across all stages of life for mothers, infants and the girls of reproductive age. Dr. Abbasi has been a member of various UN agencies over the past 12 years and works very closely with Governments across the world, focusing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2009, Dr. Abbasi was invited by the WHO to be part of the international organizing committee for the first global forum on medical devices to build a better understanding of the role that technology can play in improving the lives of people with special needs. This resulted in her developing an innovative concept to holistically address the challenges of people with disabilities (PwDs) and to ensure their inclusion in society by the creation and implementation of the Assistive Technology Centre (ATC).
Subsequently, in 2010, she also developed a concept to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates by using ICT’s for delivering knowledge and awareness at the grassroots level. This was endorsed by the department of Making Pregnancy Safer, at the WHO. In response to the high mortality rate in children caused by infectious diseases, she developed a multi-dimensional school health initiative that targets ‘Preventing Avoidable Deaths from Infectious Diseases (PADID). This was endorsed by UNICEF in 2011 and is currently being implemented in Asia and Africa. In 2014, as a member of Ebola Steering Committee in Nigeria, she established the first purpose built Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC) with her team in Kaduna State. WHO commended this facility as being the first in West Africa. More recently, in 2016 in collaboration with key stakeholders, Dr Abbasi developed a holistic multi-dimensional emergency nutrition strategy and action plan to sustainably tackle malnutrition and food security at the grassroots.
Dr. Abbasi has also been actively working to drive interfaith understanding, dialogue, and awareness to bridge the socio-religious gap and promote human security in multi-cultural societies since the early 80’s. She is also working with Governments and development agencies to promote ‘effective’ community cohesion to prevent extremist violence and radicalization. In 2004 she designed unique models to holistically transform Madaris (Quranic schools) to promote interfaith harmony, understanding and social-economic development for youth. As a result of this work, the following year Dr. Abbasi was invited to be a senior associate fellow in the International Policy department and later in the Conflict, Security and Development department at King’s College, London. Dr. Abbasi is currently an advisory board member of the EastWest Institute in the US, which focuses on building trust and dialogue, influencing policies and delivering solutions threating regional and global stability.
Also as a member of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) High Level Experts Group (HLEG) for Cybersecurity, she is working on defining national level security strategies and policies for cybercrime and security. In this context, Dr. Abbasi authored the concept paper for ‘Child Online Protection’ (COP), focused on protecting children from the dangers of the internet. In June 2008, the ITU’s Secretary General, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, subsequently endorsed and adopted this concept and it is now a global strategic initiative for the ITU and its member nations.
Subsequently, she joined hands with UNESCO in 2010, to help support and drive the ‘power of peace’ initiative. Recognizing the impact of the digital society on youth, she founded and championed the creation of an international network of ‘Global Cyber Ambassadors for Peace’ (GCAP). This network engages school children from around the world to embrace the ‘concept of understanding, peace, tolerance and respect’. In March 2010, Dr. Abbasi was awarded the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence for promoting understanding between global cultures by the UK Ministry of Communities and Local Government.
Dr. Abbasi has been described as a “visionary leader who executes” and pushes for results. It is her personal goal to make a difference in everything she does by striving to improve the quality of life of marginalized people all over the world. She continues to spread her positive ideas, energy, experience and understanding, by delivering key notes at various global conferences on multiple platforms ranging from sustainable development, health and general wellbeing, gender empowerment to security and policy review to create a safe space for debate and knowledge creation to support peace, understanding and harmony in the world.
Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso 1
The Traditional Chief (Omanhene Kyeame) of Asante Juaben traditional area in Ghana, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I is the President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) made up of fifty – four (54) African countries. he is also the current President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) and the leader of the Private Sector Council of Ghana.
A member of the Board of the Ghana EXIM Bank, a merger of 3 Government agencies namely the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF), the Export Finance Company(EFC) and the Eximguaranty Company Li
mited, the President of the Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Financial Management from the Dayspring University U.S.A, a Masters’ degree in Financial Management from GIMPA and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Coast.
In addition Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I has attended several courses both in Ghana and abroad. He is a Chartered Insurer with about two decades experience in insurance practice Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I serve on several governing Boards including Central Investment Consult, Nkosuo Microfinance Co.Limited, Juaben Rural Bank Limited, PML Children Hospital, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Samara Group of Companies, University of Cape Coast Business School (UCC), West African Examination Council (WAEC), Ghana National Petroleum Authority and many more. Nana has received several awards both in Ghana and abroad and has also undertaken some Research work including the following:
• The Effect of Micro Credit on livelihood of Beneficiaries in Evidence from Juaben Rural Bank Limited.
• The Impact of State Oil Palm Plantation on the lives of the people of Juaben in the Ashanti Region Ghana
Keith Bennett –
Chairman Bennett Associates Keith Bennett is the Deputy Chairman of the 48 Group Club, the Icebreakers who pioneered Britain’s trade with the People’s Republic of China since the early 1950s, and a consultant who advises Chinese, Western and other businesses both on the China market and on ‘China going global’.
Keith studied History and Politics of China and South East Asia at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and on graduating worked for the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) from 1979-81, first visiting China in 1981. Prior to his business career, Keith also worked in journalism and in parliament. The British business leader, commenting on the China.
BELT & ROAD initiative believed that as a responsible member of the international community, China has long been an active participant in such global institutions as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. “China is also now increasingly taking the lead in the creation of new institutions, designed not to supplant existing bodies, but to supplement them, based on broad and inclusive participation.” Keith cites key examples such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the BRICS’ New Development Bank. “By far the most ambitious, visionary and transformative initiative that China has unveiled is the concept of the Belt and Road Initiative,” said the business leader. Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road scheme aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia, Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes
Dr. Shawn S. Chen
Dr. Shawn Chen is the President and Executive Chairman of Sias Group, Inc., California USA, Founder and Chairman of Board of Sias International University. and Immediate past President of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP),
Educated in China and the United States, Shawn Chen’s career has embraced education, business, and entrepreneurship in both countries. His business ventures include the hospitality industry and a steel door manufacturing business that sells its products in China and the United States. In 1998, with the approval of the Minister of Education and the State Degree Office in China, Chen founded Sias International University, an innovative educational institution through which students, leaders, and scholars from East and West can meet and profit from an exchange of ideas expressed in both Chinese and English.
Located in Henan Province near the City of Zhengzhou in Central China, Sias International University has graduated over 35,000 seniors. Dr. Chen’s future vision for the University, a campus of over 80 new buildings, now includes a 450-acre park, a-state-of-the-art green environmental facility to house the new Institute for Environmental & Social Responsibility, as well as a Medical School.
As the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Sias International University, Dr. Chen is solely responsible for financing, planning, the implementation and assessment of the university’s overall operations.
Shawn Chen has received many awards from both educational institutions and the governments of China and the United States. Recent recognition includes Resolutions and Commendations from the City of Zhengzhou, the Provincial Government of Henan Province, the Governor of Kansas, the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles, the Missouri State Legislature, and the Arizona State Legislature. He is an Economic Advisor to Henan Province and is regularly selected by both provincial and national government officials in China to lead cultural and trade delegations throughout the United States. He has also led League of California Cities elected officials and Mayoral associations on trade missions throughout China. Chen is frequently invited as a guest speaker by many American organizations and educational institutions, including Harvard University.
An advocate of life-long learning, Chen’s educational career spans twenty five years and includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Chongqing University in China, an MBA from Willamette University in the United States and most recently, a Special Certificate Program from Harvard University designed specifically for university presidents. He has also participated in advanced study programs at UCLA, and in 1987 received a Master’s Degree in Education from Linfield College. His Honorary Doctorates have been awarded by the University for Humanistic Studies in California, the University of the Cordilleras in the Philippines, and Danubius University in Romania.
Dr. Chen is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP). He served as the President of the AUAP from 2014 to 2016. He is an Executive Board Member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), member of the Presidents’ Circle of Cal Tech University in Southern California and Board Member of the University of West Los Angeles (UWLA).
Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed (ADM)
Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed is a Global Strategic Management, Public Relations and Marketing Consultant, a Prolific Entrepreneur, Renowned Public Speaker, Author, Publisher and Philanthropist of high repute.
ADM is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Global South Economic Forum (GSEF) and the Founder and Group Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON). He is the Deputy Director General of the Asia Africa Development Council (ADCO)
Approved by the United Nations former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he is a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Member of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), Affiliate Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Member European Alliance for Innovation (EAI), Strategic Partner, Danubius Academic Consortium (DAC) and Advisory Council Member/Associate of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP).
As signatory to the UN Global Compact copy of his recent report to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres along with a detailed profile of his organisation, AASGON can be found on the UN website https://www.unglobalcompact.org/participation/report/coe/create-and-submit/submittedcoe/416344
Abdul is the Founder and Executive Chairman of SADFA ‘Sino-African Diaspora Forum and Awards’, Initiator of FAAAPUP ‘Forum of Africa, Arab and Asia Pacific University Presidents’, the ‘Pride of Africa Arab and Asia Pacific University Leadership (PAAAPUL) Global Awards, the World First ‘Film Music Arts Awards Festival’ – FIMAAFEST, Global South Strategic Partnership on Nano-Technology for Peace and Sustainable Development (GSSPNT-4PSD), UK Africa Arab Asia Business, Technology and Education Summit (UKAAABTES), initiator of the Global South and the Africa Arab Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (AAAPCCIA), the Global South Heads of State Summit for Peace and Sustainable Development (GSHSS-4PSD), the Global South First Ladies Children Forum, the Global South Children Resource Development Centre (GSCRDC) and the Global South Association of Small Medium Enterprises (GSASME).
He was recently appointed Major Advisor of the Amity College in Florida, USA and Chief Advisor and Honourary Director of the Business Press India (BPI).
Founder of the African Child Association, the African Children Strategic Alliance and the ACA Social Enterprise, as a Children’s Rights Advocate and Social Entrepreneur well acknowledged by the UK government, Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed in 2005 established a multi-purpose social enterprise centre in Westminster, the heart of the City of London. Beneficiaries of the humanitarian self sustaining project included ex-offenders, refugees, lone parents and young people not in education, training or employment, including those with disabilities. With his clients trained in plumbing, electrical, painting and decorating, plastering, carpentry and the manufacturing of black bin bags for local authorities, the multi diverse projects conducted from four outsized shop units and a government school in Lambert Walk, London operated a Recruitment Centre, ICT Centre, a Money Exchange shop, a Charity Shop, a Hair Salon, Music Recording Studio and a Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Centre.
Representing the UK, 10 countries in South East Asia and Africa, Abdul D. Mohammed was in 2012 appointed Strategic Business and Marketing Consultant by the UN Head Office New York based World Energy Forum (WEF). Thereby the World Energy Forum 2012 Strategic Global Media Event officially proposed by him was adopted by the Government of Dubai (UAE) and successfully organised at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai on 19th July 2012.
In the early 90’s Abdul worked in close partnership with ECPAT, Anti Slavery International, the UK Consortium for Street Children, the Railway Children, NSPCC and the London Criminal Justice Board. Protecting and Promoting Children’s Rights, he has singularly raised over £15m for charity causes in Nigeria and the UK and was instrumental to the submission of proposals by children to the office of the Mayor of London and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) on how best to make London and the UK in general a safer community and child friendly society.
In 1991, as Managing Director of De Dove Consortium Limited, Abdul initiated and successfully organized the first ever OAU (Now Africa Union) International Trade Fair which was also the first ever to be held in Abuja as the new Capital City of Nigeria. Held in partnership with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, and presenting the opening remark, as Initiator and Chief Coordinator, the International Expo was declared open by the then Nigeria Head of State and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces. With no monetary investment the Abuja Chamber was able to raise a large sum of income through this initiative which was also well managed, organized and promoted by Abdul.
In his bold effort at advancing human capital and extensively promote sustainable development toward ensuring that Northern Nigeria is not left behind in Nigeria’s development, he established the ‘Arewa Industry, Business and Education Council (AIBEC), which in partnership with the New Nigeria Development Corporation (NNDC) and Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff as Chairman, was successfully launched in Kaduna on 6th April 2000. Late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero had stressed that the project was to better the lives of the poor and not to be hijacked by the affluent.
As the Founder and Executive President of the Child Welfare League of Nigeria (CWLN) highly praised by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) during his official visit to Washington DC, ADM was in 1996, commissioned by UNICEF to Launch the UNICEF Nigeria World Report and for well over a decade he worked in partnership with UNICEF and international organisations such as ILO, USAID, Africare and the UN NGO Children’s Rights Committee. In the late eighties, he served on the board of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO). Receiving Abdul at his Ota residence, former Military Head of State and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and newly elected Co-Chair Council of World Ex-Presidents, Chief (Gen.) Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR was full of praise for his genius, tenacity and humanitarian ideals.
As a renowned philanthropist, Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed was applauded by the Government of Nigeria, in the late ‘90s for organizing an annual ‘Free Children’s Eye and Dental Care Camp’ and in April 2009 he was invited from the UK to Abuja, Nigeria by the country’s First Lady to organize a World Summit of the African Child (WOSAC) and to oversee the establishment of an African Child Resource Development Centre. Abdul promised to raise the sum of N5 billion towards the project which was initiated by him.
Happily married to Wendy, Abdul is blessed with four highly industrious children and four beautiful grand children,