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About Us

We Grow Trade

The World Trade Centers Association stimulates trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies, and international businesses looking to connect globally and prosper locally.

Our association serves as an 'international ecosystem' of global connections, iconic properties, and integrated trade services under the umbrella of a prestigious brand.

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Vision

To become the world’s trusted global brand for international business connections and trade through our proprietary network of branded properties and integrated trade services.

Mission

To expand the reach and increase the quality of our global WTCA network.

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Our Values

  • Service-oriented: We continuously seek to better understand member needs and offer solutions that deliver value and create long-term relationships.
  • Responsive: We strive for efficient and meaningful interaction.
  • Collaborative: We work together to create an enriching culture built on trust and respect.
  • Innovative: We are strategic, entrepreneurial, and forward-thinking.
  • Ethical: We conduct our affairs with integrity and transparency.
  • Culturally diverse: We create a culture that fosters creativity, productivity and mutual appreciation.
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WTCA Board

Leading the Future

Our Board Members contribute diverse global trade and industry expertise that encompass the WTC global brand of iconic properties and integrated trade services. Click on the names below to learn more about the Association’s officer and directors.

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Ghazi Abu Nahl was born in Barbara, Palestine in 1946. He started his career in insurance with an Insurance Agency (Arab Commercial Enterprises) in Qatar in 1960. Today, the Jordanian businessman is a major shareholder and Chairman of a Group whose net assets exceed US$300M with subsidiaries and affiliates in the MENA region, UK, Spain, Qatar, Oman, Cyprus and Malaysia.

In 1979, with 20 rich years of experience under his belt, he started Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Company as a domestic Insurance company in Qatar now with a Paid-up Capital of US$37M. He has been the General Manager since then, and today the shareholders equity stands at more than US$320M. The Company is publicly quoted in the Qatari Stock Exchange and considered an excellent security in both Middle East and the International Market with a BBB+ Rating.

In 1989, he established Trust International Insurance Company BSC© Bahrain, Trust Re, as one of the then few Reinsurance Companies in the region, with a Paid-up Capital of US$15M now standing at US$100M. He has previously held the Chairman position and is currently a Board Member and a Special Advisor to the Board. The recent upgrade of TIIC- Bahrain rating to A- (AM Best) is one of the major achievements of Ghazi Abu Nahl and a great pride to the Arab Reinsurance Industry.


For Ghazi Abu Nahl, Trust is not just a business tag; it is a name he has carefully chosen to reflect the trust he has in the potential the Arab markets holds and the capabilities the Arab Professionals enjoy; Trust that hard work and persistence definitely yield positive results.

He believes that success is achieved by building trust with all stakeholders; employees, colleagues and business partners and he has always strived to build this trust. Trust as a keyword is evident in the expansion in the Arab geographical scope especially in countries where the political or legal situation was not particularly encouraging to investors and businessmen like Palestine or Algeria (at the time of the establishment of Trust Algeria).

1989 was truly a year brimming with achievements with the establishment of Nest Investments (Holdings) Ltd of which he is the Chairman and 100% Shareholder. The company's net assets exceed US$300M.

1989 also came to crystallise the aspiration of creating a direct insurance arm of the group with the establishment of Trust International Insurance Company (Cyprus) Ltd now with a Paid-up Capital of US $31M with subsidiaries and affiliates in Algeria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya and Syria. Other expansion plans for direct subsidiary companies include insurance market like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and others.

Ghazi Abu Nahl is also a Board Member of the World Trade Centers Association-New York since April 2004 and is the Chairman of World Trade Centre Holdings (Cyprus) Ltd. The Cyprus World Trade Centres Holding Company owns and operates 15 World Trade Centres in the MENA, Cyprus, and Perth (Australia) region.

Ghazi Abu Nahl has a profound vision to see the entire Group maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and to be a household name regionally. His colleagues and staff unanimously agree that irrespective of the many ways in which he phrases his vision; it is the faith and commitment he works with and the motivation he spreads that inspires them to work up to this vision.

He has an affirmed commitment to build up and strengthen his staff calibre and professional ability, which he demonstrates in the substantial amount of time and resources dedicated to training and development. Enhancements of the in-house training facility and internal on-the- job training have been on-going and a new ambitious graduate trainee programme was introduced to refine the staff expertise and ability.

Ghazi Abu Nahl is relentless in strengthening and enhancing long-term relationships with strategic partners in select markets as well as expanding presence in new markets within the Group's geographical scope. He is a Pro of solid non-opportunistic investment policy and in adding value through intensified marketing and innovative underwriting philosophy.

Ghazi Abu Nahl has three sons and two daughters Kamel, Fadi, Hamad, Reem and Amal. Having firmly differentiated the Group as a well-reputed and reliable regional player, he has given them a strong platform to take the driver's seat, capitalise on opportunities and expand and strengthen presence and activities towards a continued growth and profitability while maintaining the highest level of operational ability and client satisfaction.

Described by Mr. Abdul Khaliq Raouf, the Secretary General of the General Arab Insurance Federation, Ghazi Abu Nahl has remarkable finger-prints in the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry through a Group of insurance and reinsurance companies that blend some of the best technical and managerial Arab expertise with high level of professionalism and adherence to high standards. On the personal level, he describes him as someone who has never hesitated in lending a helping hand whenever he felt needed.

The least that can be said about the future outlook of Ghazi Abu Nahl is not bounded: more geographical expansion, enhancing corporate risk management and corporate governance, strengthening human resources, rating, diversifying investments, keeping up with technological development are just some of the headlines that will keep the team of Trust working hard towards the vision of its founder.

Despite his frequent travels juggling issues, Ghazi Abu Nahl is a family man; his perfect free time is amidst his wife, children and grandchildren. He seems to always find the time to catch up with the news and the occasions of his brothers and sisters and big family.

John Drew is founder and President of The Drew Company, a Boston-based real estate management and development company that is internationally known for its innovative real estate projects. John Drew serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Seaport Companies, which includes the World Trade Center Boston and Seaport Hotel, and is Chairman of Trade Center Management Associates, which manages the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Drew has served on the Board of the World Trade Centers Association since 1990 and is Vice Chairman and of the Association. He also serves as Chairman of the WTCA Facilities Committee.

As developer and President of the World Trade Center Boston and Seaport Hotel, John Drew is a pioneer in the development of Boston’s revitalized Seaport District. Since its opening in 1986, the World Trade Center Boston has become one of the premier facilities for conferences and exhibitions in New England. Mr. Drew led the development of a three-building, 1.75 million s.f. expansion of the World Trade Center complex that included hotel, offices, retail and parking facilities. The 426-room Seaport Hotel opened in 1998, World Trade Center East opened in 2000, and World Trade Center West opened in 2002. In addition, Mr. Drew’s company is co-developer of Waterside Place, a 1.2 million s.f., mixed-used project to be located adjacent to the World Trade Center.

Mr. Drew’s second major trade center project is the International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., which opened in 1998. The International Trade Center, located at the Ronald Reagan Building, is the US government’s most prominent site for trade promotion. In addition, the ITC’s conference center has become the premier forum in Washington D.C. for international meetings and major special events.

The Drew Company’s development portfolio includes the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts, Bayside Exposition Center and Constitution Plaza in Boston. The firm also provides asset management services, as well as development advisory services to businesses in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Drew served as Director of Federal Relations for the City of Boston. During that time, he was responsible for the creation of the “Boston Plan,” a redevelopment plan for the city. In recognition of this achievement, the Boston Jaycees named him one of its “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.”

Mr. Drew received his undergraduate degree from Stonehill College, a master’s degree from Boston University, and is one of the region’s top authorities on public-private partnerships and development. His civic commitments include Chairman Emeritus for Caritas Christi Health Care System in Boston, and Chairman of “A Better City” (an organization of business leaders working to ensure Boston’s future competitive advantage).

Mr. Drew serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston History Collaborative, The Boston Public Library Foundation, Stonehill College and was appointed Honorary Consulate of Monaco - Boston. He also served as Chairman of the Boston 2000 Commission, having been appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

Mr. Drew’s impact on tourism, hospitality and development in the Boston area has won him numerous awards and distinctions. He has received an honorary degree from Newbury College and a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Jaycees. He was presented with the “Distinguished Individual” award from the Massachusetts Hospitality Association, was honored as one of the “Top 125 Leaders Making a Difference in Boston,” from Banker and Tradesman, and was honored by NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) in 2002 as “Developer of the Year.” Under his leadership, Seaport Companies was recently named “The Best Place to Work in Massachusetts” by the Boston Business Journal.

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Togbe Afede XIV is an investment banker with more than 20 years’ experience. He is the Executive Chairman of World Trade Centre Accra and founder of the SAS Finance Group Ltd, comprising of Strategic African Securities Ltd, a stock brokerage and corporate finance advisory firm, and SAS Investment Management Ltd, an asset management firm.
Togbe also founded Strategic Initiatives Ltd (SIL), a portfolio and private equity investment firm, and is the co-founder of Databank Financial Services, Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd, Africa World Airlines Ltd, Cloud Ghana Ltd and Lighting & Construction Africa Co., Ltd.
As a member of the Government of Ghana Transition Team , Togbe led a three-man interim Ministry of Finance management team which prepared the draft national budget for 2009.
Togbe served on the board of the Central Bank of Ghana from 2003 to 2013 and was a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council from 2009 to 2012.
Togbe’s other current directorships include:
• Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Ltd (Chairman), Ghana’s premier football club
• Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, a partnership of African development organizations
• Africa World Airlines Ltd (Co-chairman), a domestic and regional carrier
• Aluworks Ghana Ltd, an aluminium rolling mill listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE)
• Ensign College of Public Health, a private university training public health practitioners
• National Investment Bank Ltd (Chairman), a majority state-owned, publicly traded universal bank
• Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Ltd, an independent power generating company
Among Togbe’s many awards and recognitions are the following:

• Top 100 Ghana Most Influential People (Ranked 17th), May 2015
• Induction into Ghana Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, April 2015
• Special Entrepreneurial Achievement, 2012 3rd Ghana Entrepreneur Awards, 2012
• Golden Image Award 2011, Liberia Recognition For Peace Development Initiatives
• Best Entrepreneur, Energy Sector 2010, 2011 World Entrepreneurial Day Awards
• Chieftaincy Leadership, 2010 Millennium Excellence Awards, Ghana
• Order of the Volta, 2008 National Republic Day Awards
• Planters of Seed Award, 2006 Ghana Top 100 Businesses Awards Ceremony
• Personality of the Year, 2005 Millennium Excellence Awards, Ghana
Togbe Afede XIV is also a traditional ruler. He is the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State in Ghana. He is also the President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs and a member of the Standing Committee of Ghana National House of Chiefs.
Togbe received his MBA from Yale University in 1989.

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Mr. Rustu Argit was born in 1966 in Istanbul. After graduating from German High School (Deutsche Schule/Istanbul)in Istanbul, he was admitted to University of Istanbul, Faculty of Economics, from where he received his bachelor degree in 1991.

He started his career as Sales Controller at Tokai / Derby Group, which is the biggest lighter producer in Turkey, during the last year of his university education. He visited sales regions all across Turkey to evaluate customer satisfaction.

He went to USA/UW Madison after graduating from university, to study and improve his English. He has been certified ESL program for one year, 1993.

After returning to Istanbul, he started to work as Credit Marketing Specialist at Al-Baraka Finance House until his military service in 1994.

After completing military service, he worked at Cerestar Turkey ( JV with Ulker Group ) between 1995-1999, as Food Division Sales Manager.

In 2000, he decided to run his own business at Food Ingredients and Paper Industry until 2010.

He joined WTC Istanbul in August 2010 as Foreign Affairs Department Manager, and currently serving as General Manager of WTC Istanbul.

He is fluent in German and in English. He is married and has two sons. He likes traveling, sailing and various motor sports.

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Mr. Cramer has served as President and CEO of WTC Utah since 2006. Under his leadership, WTC Utah established a signature building in Salt Lake City and was able to secure one of nine U.S. representations for the World Bank Group, covering the Intermountain West Region.

Prior to taking the helm at WTC Utah, Mr. Cramer served as a Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service, leading the U.S. Government’s commercial staff of 1,400 employees at over 120 embassies overseas and in 65 offices throughout the United States. Mr. Cramer’s expertise extends to his service as the International Advisor to the Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris and as Chair of the Global Affairs Council of the American Management Association.

AFFILIATIONS:
· Board Member, Financial Services Corporation
· Board Member, Utah Technology Council
· Board Member, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
· Board Member, American Management Association (Audit Committee)
· Board Member and Past Chair, Citizen’s Development Solutions (Audit Cmte)
· Board Member, U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute
· Board of Visitors, J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU
· Member, U.S. Dept. of State Advisory Committee on International Communication and Information Policy

Mr. Cramer holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University and is admitted to practice law in California. He is fluent in English and German, and has served as a lecturer as part of the U.S. Information Agency Visitors Program and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute, as well as several universities in the U.S. and abroad.

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As director of a leading development group, Mr. Draak became fascinated by the potential of the World Trade Centers concept and philosophy.

It was this group which in 1980 took the initiative to develop and build phase 1 of the World Trade Center in Amsterdam.

Upon completion of this project in 1985, he took the position of C.E.O. of WTC Amsterdam, a position he held until 1996. As a result of a well-developed business plan and management strategy, WTC Amsterdam has become one of the more successful members of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA).

In 1992, Rolf Draak was elected on the Board of the WTCA and became an active member of the WTCA family, offering guidance and sharing experience with many other WTCs. He has served as Vice Chairman on the Board for many years, and is presently serving as Chairman of the Committee on Planning and Finance, and as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Facilities.

Rolf Draak wants to put his knowledge to work on future WTC developments, and has completed many feasibility studies and marketing strategies for various WTC projects around the globe. He has been helping many members to prepare WTC applications and start-up strategies including those in Almere, Belfast, Curacao, Aruba, Heerlen-Aachen, Leeuwarden, Schiphol-Airport and Tbilisi.

Among others, he has taken the role of leading the development team for the project of WTC Barcelona, which also has become a very successful WTC operation. He has also taken the initiative to develop, build and operate WTC Nice / Sophia Antipolis in France.

Rolf Draak's greatest ambition is to develop a stronger relationship between the countries of the European Community and the countries on the African Continent. In this context he has taken the initiative to develop a twin WTC project in the very south of Spain, Malaga, and in Morocco, Tangier, thus creating a vitual bridge over the Strait of Gibraltar, and enhancing stability, peace and understanding between the cultures of that region.

Rolf Draak holds a graduate degree in Civil Engineering (1964). Prior to joining WTC Amsterdam, he spent over 20 years working in many foreign countries, where he gained a wealth of international business experience and respect and understanding of other cultures.

He has lived in Mexico, Spain, France, former Czechoslovakia, the Middle-East, West Africa and South America and he has a working knowledge of several languages.

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Rolf Draak is Co-investor, Chairman and C.E.O. of WTC Nice.
World Trade Center Nice is located in Europe's greatest international Business and Science park, named Sophia Antipolis, an area located between the cities of Nice and Cannes.

Because of strong development regulations, the authorities do not allow for high-rise buildings and consequently the WTC Nice was developed under a campus model. It consists of 3 adjacent buildings; WTCN-1: 150,000 sq.ft of offices; WTCN-2: 70,000 sq.ft of business center, meeting facilities, a 100 bedroom hotel (Media Garden Hotel), and start-up facilities; and WTCN-3, ( CICA), 250,000 sq.ft ,which is the Convention Center, and Center of Permanent Education.

WTCN is working in very close relationship with local authorities and Chamber of Commerce to foster the international community.

Presently, WTCN has taken the initiative to develop, in close cooperation with local stakeholders, the construction of an Airport World Trade Center at the airport of Nice. It is expected to start the design of this important project early 2009. Nice Airport is France's second largest airport, after Paris, and this new Center will be an important gathering place for international business partners.

Mr. Eftekhar has been a Director and the Group Head of Corporate Services & Finance at Nest Investments Holdings Ltd. since 1995. Through his efforts, WTC Cyprus obtained certification as a Center of Excellence, and hosted the WTCA EMEA regional meeting in 2006. Mr. Eftekhar was advisor to WTCA’s Ad Hoc Governance Committee, helping bring reforms and added transparency to WTCA’s business practices. Mr. Eftekhar has been involved in real estate developments located in Doha, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Spain.

DIRECTORSHIPS:

• Trust Underwriting Ltd (FCA Regulated)
• Market Insurance Brokers Ltd (FCA Regulated)
• Nest Investments (Holdings) Ltd.
• WTC Saudi Holding (Riyadh, Al Khobar, Jeddah)
• WTC Algiers
• World Trade Center Cyprus
• World Trade Center Association (New York)
• Trust International Insurance & Reinsurance Company (A-rated by AM Best and S&P)
• Trust International Insurance (Cyprus) Limited

MEMBERSHIPS:

• Member of Audit & Risk Cmte of Trust Int’l Ins. & Reinsurance Co. B.S.C.
• Chairman of the Audit & Risk Cmte of Market Insurance Brokers Ltd.
• Chairman of Audit and Risk Cmte of World Trade Centers Association
• Member of the Nomination & Compensation Cmte of Trust International Insurance (Cyprus)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

• Former President of the Cyprus International Business Association
• Former President of Limassol Rotary Club

Mr. Eftekhar is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified in 1978. He is also a certified Director by the Institute of Directors in UK.

Charlotte Gallogly leads the World Trade Center Miami's year-round activities, directing hemispheric trade shows and major events that serve international business executives and generate global sales.

In the early 1980s, she recognized the need for an international trade center here and played an instrumental role in creating the World Trade Center Miami, which was founded in 1985 and became operational two years later. Capitalizing on Miami's strategic location at the "crossroads of the Americas," she created successful high-profile trade exhibitions like the Air Cargo and SeaCargo Americas, the Americas Food and Beverage Show & Conference and the International Women's Achievements Awards.

For her leadership in promoting international trade, Gallogly has received numerous awards, including induction into Miami’s “International Business Hall of Fame”, the “Miami International Pioneer Hall of Fame,” Florida’s “International Business Executive of the Year” award for services, and Person-of-the-Year award from the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association.

Since joining the Board of Directors of the World Trade Centers Association in 1996, she has helped develop new WTC business models, providing advice and assistance to new members, and unleash the WTCA's potential to promote global trade. In 2012, she was re-elected to the board.

Prior to forming the WTCM, Gallogly served as director of the City of Miami's Economic Development and International Trade Promotion Department, and the Offices of Protocol, Public Relations and Communications. In these positions, she developed the city’s first Strategic Plan for International Trade Promotion and led trade missions to gateway cities in Asia and Europe. She administered domestic and international trade investment and business retention programs, developed international marketing programs and established trade referral systems with statewide and international trade organizations to increase international business opportunities. Also, she served as the city’s ombudsperson for local businesses and coordinated minority business development and loan programs.

Gallogly, who earned her MA from George Washington University, has also been an exporter/importer, owned a Burger King, served as a general contractor for commercial real estate projects and served on a number of bi-national and trade related chambers of commerce and business organizations.

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QUALIFICATIONS: GCD & Textile Diploma

OCCUPATION: Industrialist

PRESIDENT

• All India Association of Industries (AIAI)
• Indian Council of Foreign Trade (ICOFT)
• Indo-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industries
• Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Indo-Mauritius Chamber of Commerce

VICE PRESIDENT

• MVIRDC World Trade Centre
• Bowling Alley Association

CHAIRMAN

• India-Unido Industries Council
• Armed Forces Flag Day, Greater Mumbai
• National Foundation for Teachers Welfare, Greater Mumbai
• Chairman of SME Committee of FICCI

TREASURER

• Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)

FOUNDER PRESIDENT

• Malabar Hills Jaycees (MHJ)

HON. SECRETARY

• Mayor's International Committee, Greater Mumbai

MANAGING COMMITTEE MEMBER

• Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

• Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA COMMITTEES ON:

• Standing Committee on Small-Scale Industry
• Standing Committee on Foreign Exchange Control
• Standing Committee on All-India Export Advisory Committee
• Steel Users' Council of India
• Central Council on Customs & Excise
• Member of Dr. P.R. Nayak Committee on SSI
• Member of various State & Central Government Advisory Committees
• Standing Committee on Power

MEMBER - CENTRAL GOVT. COMMITTEES

• National Integration Council
• Advisory Board on Foreign Investment
• Indian Labour Conference (ILC)
• Standing Committee on Labour
• Advisory Board Primary Market of SEBI
• Advisory Board of Corporate Governance Committee
• Central Council on Apprenticeship
• Committee on Equal Remuneration
• Small-Scale Standing Committee on Exports and Upgradation
• Apex Committee on Defence Industry
• Zonal Railway Users' Consultative Committee (ZRUCC)
• Labour Advisory Committee

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

• National Tripartite Committee on Structural Adjustment
• National Tripartite Committee on Family Welfare
• National Committee on Management in Industries
• National Committee on Engineering Industries
• Committee Exports for Small-Scale Industries
• Chief Ministers' Relief & Fund Committee
• Rajasthan Welfare Association
• Indian Woollen Mills Federation - Jt. Panel set up by P.M. P.F.
Indian for Trade & Industry
• Licensing Procedure Appraisal for Industries
• Committee on Millennium Celebration

PAST PRESIDENT

• All Indian Manufacturers' Organization (AIMO)
• Association of Machinery Merchants Textiles Stores of India (AMMTSM)

FORMER HONORARY SECRETARY & TREASURER

• Council for Fair Business Practices (CFPB)
• Mayors Fund Committee, Greater Mumbai

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN 3140 (PR)

• Rotary International

CO. DIRECTORSHIP

• Balaji Leasing Industries Co. Ltd.
• Balaji Infrastructure & Development Co. Ltd.
• Balaji Technologies Ltd.
• Dighi Port Ltd.
• Metropolitan Traders Pvt. Ltd.
• Hindustan Housing Finance & Developers Corporation Ltd.
• Sovereign Diamonds Ltd.
• Sai Granites Exporters & Developers Pvt. Ltd.
• BSE Derivatives Segment Council Board
• VIP Industries Ltd.
• Man Industries (I) Ltd.
• Indian Acryllics Ltd.
• Vindyachal Hydro Power Ltd.
• Gannon Presurre Vessels Co. Ltd.
• Laqshya Media Pvt. Ltd.
• S. Kumars Online Ltd.
• Simpark International Pvt. Ltd.

FORMER HONORARY SECRETARY

• Council for Fair Business Practices
• Mayor's Fund Committee, Greater Mumbai

FORMER DISTRICT CHAIRMAN 3140 (PR)

• Rotary International

FORMER DIRECTORSHIPS

• Maharashtra Small-Scale Industries Development Corporation Ltd. (MSSIDC.) (A Government of Maharashtra undertaking.)
• Dena Bank (A Government of India undertaking)
• Canara Bank (a Government of India undertaking)
• Rajasthan Shree Award
• Jaycees Award for outstanding Youth Development Program
• Appointed by Government of Maharashtra as Special Executive Magistrate (SEM)
• Excellence in Public Relations
• Udyog Shree by Economic Development Council
• Fund Collection Award for Armed Forces/ex-Serviceman by Collector of Mumbai--Excellence Social Work Award by Rotary International
• Industries Appreciation Award by Industries Organization

Besides the above-mentioned high positions held in his distinguished career, Mr. Kalantri attended several international fairs and conferences all over the globe. These include:

• Electronica in Munich, Germany
• Telecom 87 & 95 at Palexpo, Geneva
• Round Table ff World Economic Forum at Geneva
• International Labour Conferences in Geneva on behalf of the
Government of India as advisor
• Asian Regional Conference on Structural Adjustment in Bangkok
• WTO Ministerial Conference, Singapore
• WTO Ministerial Conference, Geneva
• Xth International Conference on Small & Medium Enterprises, Miami,
U.S.A.

Mr. Kalantri also had the privilege of being invited as a learned speaker at various international conferences. He also participated in Indian Labour Conference, World Economic Forum meetings, Euro-money conferences, Power India, Economic Reforms and Structuring Meetings, National Conference on Structural Reforms.

As a head of several important trade and industry associations, he organized workshops, conferences on such diverse topics as:
• Role of Capital Market in Economic Growth
• Emerging Power Scenario
• Fnance to Small-Scale Sector
• Bankers-Borrowers Meet
• Export Strategy and Scenario
• India Moving Towards Globalization
• Role of Industry in Economic Growth
• Planning and Industry
• Emerging Scenario in Oil Sector
• Key Role of Infrastructure in Industrial Development
• Prospects & Problems of SSI Sector
• Global India Conference on Trade and Investment from 1995-99 (both years included.)
• International Food Fiesta 1995-98
• South-East Asian Crisis

At present, Mr. Kalantri is deeply involved in making the Mega City of Mumbai, business capital of India, clean and green in cooperation with corporate houses, municipal corporation, and State-owned enterprises.

Chairman of Paris Ile-de-France regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry since December the 1st, 2016 then Treasurer, Didier Kling was born on May the 1st, 1949 in Boulogne-Billancourt.
He earns a Master’s degree in law and graduated from the “Institute of political science” of Paris.
During his professional career he has acted at the crossroads of the worlds of law, finance and economics and succeeded in the daily operations of the company. He’s had the opportunity to work with the directors of large companies as well as the CEOs of SMEs whose interests he knows how to defend.
He carried out works on various topics related to the company like remuneration of the CEOs, shareholders' voting rights, reform of the contract law, law for the companies facing difficulties, consumer class action, entrepreneurship and change in capital, company accountancy, criminal business law, mobility of companies in Europe and mediation between the companies.

When Didier KLING took over the lead of CCI Paris Ile-de-France he focused on four key priorities: to better understand the expectations of companies, to reinforce the training of the youth and of adults working in enterprises, to improve the development of territories by setting up operational partnerships, to improve the governance and continue the transformation of the Paris Ile-de-France regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Knowing the institutional and political environment and being a man of dialogue he actively defends the specific place of the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry network and knows how to deal with the challenges of the business world.
Facing an intense competition from other economic actors the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry must assert their role and legitimacy and be better identified by entrepreneurs. It is a daily struggle. The network of CCIs needs to be reinforced before it creates genuine strike forces and good national and international exchanges.
As Didier Kling puts it himself CCIs more than ever must reinforce their connections, share their views and corporate cultures and promote their knowledge and exchanges.
Didier Kling has been the CEO of the Cabinet Kling & Associates since 1987 and has also contributed in the creation of Crowe Horwath International ranked among the top 10 global accounting networks. Kling & Associates is a member of Crowe Horwath International.
At the same time, he is Chairman of the Company of experts accredited by the Court of cassation and Chairman of the CNCEF, National Chamber of financial advisors and experts and Honorary President of the National Council of External Auditors.
He sits on the board of several institutions including the “Institut Français des Administrateurs” (IFA), VIPARIS, COMEXPOSIUM and SIPAC and the board of the Observatory for companies facing difficulties.
He is « Chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite » and « Officier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur ».

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Catherine Lee serves as the Managing Director of World Trade Center Nanjing, a 4.3 million square-foot mixed use development, and Managing Director of World Trade Center Suzhou. As the head of development and marketing, she gathered a team of international design and planning experts and made WTC Nanjing one of the most iconic WTCs in China. It has garnered recognition for excellence in planning, hosts the first interactive WTC branding center and is slated to become a WTC LEED® certified mixed-use development.

Ms. Lee is a published professional with over fifteen years of corporate real estate experience. Prior to joining F&T Group, she worked as part of the Acquisitions and Development Group at Tishman Speyer and in Development Consulting at Cushman & Wakefield. She began her career in equity research at Wachovia Bank.

Ms. Lee received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Masters degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University where she was a William Kinne Scholarship recipient. She is also an avid collector and a supporter of the arts and culture. Presently, she sits on the Boards of the Queens Council of Arts (QCA), Queens Library Foundation (QLF) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing.

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MBA graduate of the University of Pittsburgh - Katz School. Worked over 14 years at the American Chamber of Commerce - São Paulo, Brazil and 6 years in the telecommunication sector.

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Mariette Mulaire is the President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg since its official opening on April 2013. Prior to that, she was the President and CEO of ANIM since its inception in 2007, where she was involved in numerous economic development initiatives on behalf of Manitoba including helping to spearhead the creation and hosting of Centrallia, the first international B2B forum of its kind in Western Canada. Her previous economic development experience includes holding the position of Executive Director for the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities for ten years, and employment with both the Department of Western Economic Diversification Canada as well as the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Mariette Mulaire represents the World Trade Centre Winnipeg internationally, sitting on several global boards of directors, including those of the International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP), the International Network for Regional Trade Promotion Organizations (RTPO), the Canada-Israel Industrial Research Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and the Canadian-Turkish Business Council. She is also Vice-President of the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques.

In addition to these responsibilities, Mariette Mulaire readily volunteers as an active member on several boards and organizations within Manitoba, including the Manitoba Premier’s Economic Advisory Committee (PEAC) and the Council for International Trade Steering Committee. She was also co-chair of the Canada Summer Games 2017 organizing committee in Winnipeg.

She was awarded the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique in 2010, was the May 2011 recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award under the “Leadership” category, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Mariette Mulaire holds a national designation with the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) as a Professional Manager, in management and administration.

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Commercial Engineering licensed degree from Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires (Faculty of Economics and Administrative) – Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Alamos has also studied two years of Law at the Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile). He has a Diploma in Finance and Administration from the Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile). Mr. Alamos has spent most of his career working in the financial areas in different business sectors such as automotive, domestic appliance, banks and other investments. He also has experience in the agricultural exploitation, communication, fishing, parking and real estate fields. Nowadays, Mr. Alamos a Director of companies, real estate investor, parking operator and participates in social foundations. Since the creation of World Trade Center Santiago, he has always been an important and prominent person. At present time, Mr. Alamos is a shareholder and the President of the Directory at World Trade Center Santiago.

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Remy Swaab holds degrees in Financing and Banking as well as in Computer Science and Systems, both from the Universidad del Istmo in Panama where he additionally took advanced specialized courses in Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting, and Economy. He maintains ongoing studies in the IT realm to keep up with the ever-changing technology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Dutch.

Mr. Swaab has diverse networking and interpersonal skills as well as extensive knowledge of business management and dynamic leadership. He has widespread experience having worked in different industries such as Technology, Financial Services, Shipping and Logistics, Advertising and Real Estate, mainly occupying C-level positions. He has set up multiple commercial companies and partook in the co-founding of different associations (both professional and recreational). He has been asked to join multiple Boards of Directors, mainly occupying the Chairman position during his collaboration.

Additionally, Mr. Swaab has been involved intermittently with World Trade Center Panama since its construction in 1996. Strengthening his commitment in 2010 when he was appointed as the Chairman of Board. During this time he focused the heading on improving communications and maximizing revenue sources. He was also involved in international trade and economic relations of other WTCs through the World Trade Centers Association. He has cooperated with the WTCA as the consultant of the Digital Task Force Committee. At this time Remy Swaab has the positions of International Liaison of World Trade Center Panama and was elected in 2015 as a board member to represent the Latin American Region in the WTCA Board of Directors. He is also a member and the chairman of the Digital Steering Committee.

His additional business interests include companies dedicated to Banking and Fintec Technology, Commercial Real Estate Management and International Business.

See more of Remy Swaab's Profile here: http://remy.swaab.me/.

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# WORK EXPERIENCE
 - Since July 2000: Founder and CEO of e -SOLUTIONS SAS (Rennes), software engineering
company specialized in the development of software solutions for Supply Chain Management and International Trade.
 - From 1997 to June 2000: Founder and CEO of TELETEC SA (Aix-en-Provence, Rennes), software engineering company specialized in the development of automatic polling for
distributing organizations (agencies, warehouses, cash registers, terminals, …). Company sold in 2000.
 - From 1991 to 1997: Sales manager of CONCEPT SA (Aix-en-Provence), software engineering company specialized in the development of management software for press wholesalers networks.
 - Second semester 1990: Strategic audit for AVL Inc. (Audio Video Labs – New Jersey).
 - From August 1988 to July 1989: National Service at the Navy financial head office (Hôtel de
la Marine - Place de la Concorde – Paris)

# EDUCATION AND DIPLOMA
 - 2006-2007: Auditor for the international economic Think Tank “L’Institut de l’Entreprise”,
missions in the USA, China, Turkey, UK and Belgium
 - June 1990: Masters degree in research (DEA) in Bank and Finance – Paris II Panthéon- Sorbonne University.

# LANGUAGES
 - French: mother tongue
 - English: skilled
 - Italian: fluent
 - Spanish: understanding

# ASSOCIATIVE AND EMPLOYERS’ INVOLVEMENT
- Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rennes (CCI Rennes), owner of WTC Rennes Bretagne license
 - VP of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brittany (CCIR Bretagne)
 - Board member of WTCA
 - Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ESC Rennes – School of Business
 - VP of the Board of Directors of Rennes & Dinard Airports
 - Member of the Supervisory Board of BCI (Brittany International Trade Association)
 - Member of CESER Bretagne (Economic, social and environmental Council of Brittany)
 - Strategic orientation board member of BPI Bretagne (Public Investment Bank)
 - Former president of CJD – national employer’s association: VP of the national board

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  • I am responsible for the WTC Service Categories Trade Information
  • Trade Education and Group Trade Missions (inbound and outbound). Furthermore I manage the contacts with our strategic business partners NCH and WFIA and the other WTC’s.

After a career of 35 years in trade promotion (working as Director International Trade of the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion) I joined WTC The Hague in 2012.

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Ms. Julia Xiong, born in December 1965, received her Doctor’s degree in Law from Peking University, majoring in international relations. Currently, she is Chairperson of WTC Beijing, President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-Council, and President of the Beijing International Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Xiong is highly experienced in the business and trade sector, with nearly 20 years of experience in research for decision-making in government organizations. Being enterprising and enthusiastic, and proficient in the English language, she served as deputy director of the Research Office of CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, deputy director of the editor-in-chief's office of China Daily Hong Kong branch, deputy general manager of Beijing Huarong Investment Company, director of the Olympic village mayor's office during 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and director of the Beijing pavilion during 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Since she took the position of chairperson at WTC Beijing in 2007, she has been committed to promoting the development of world trade centers with enthusiasm and excellent leadership. Actively engaged in activities of the WTCA Headquarters and its network in the Asia-Pacific region, she has supported and actively participated in a lot of important work of WTCA and made great achievements, making outstanding contribution to the development of world trade centers in the world, especially the Asia-Pacific region. Under her leadership, WTC Beijing supported WTCA in holding its 41st Global Annual Meeting in Beijing in 2010, successfully held WTCA 2012 Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012; supported the establishment of WTCA Beijing Representative Office in 2013 so as to provided services to the world trade center network in the Asia-Pacific region; helped established World Trade Center Guiyang in 2014, which was unveiled in 2015 by WTCA President Mr. Ghazi Abu Nar. Besides, Ms. Julia Xiong has made active efforts to promote the integration of facilities and services at WTC Beijing, and has signed cooperation agreements with China Oceanwide Group and two other companies for the construction of WTC Beijing complex, creating a new model for the construction of the world trade centres which combines policy support from the government and market-oriented operations by enterprises. Giving full play to the WTC Beijing’s unique advantages of a flexible status, extensive international connections, and rich experience in exhibition and convention, she brought enterprises to WTCA global annual meetings, annual meetings of the Chinese-speaking region, CIFIT at WTCA, the World Trade Center China Forum and other activities, which has effectively built the international influence of WTCA, and promoted economic and trade cooperation and mutual support among WTCA members.

Headed by Ms. Xiong, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-Council and Beijing International Chamber of Commerce have built a professional international trade promotion and service system and a high-level global network of chambers of commerce, and successfully established a series of platforms for large international economic and trade activities, such as China Beijing International High-tech Expo which has continued for 17 sessions, the China Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo which has seen 9 sessions, the Meeting of International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Beijing, which has been held for 11 times, BICCC which has had two sessions, and activities for the Beijing industrial and commercial circle during APEC Beijing 2014. All these have helped Beijing gather global industrial resources, facilitate capital utilization, and promote trade and cooperation.

As China becomes the largest trader, the 2nd largest economy, the 2nd largest investment-attracting country, and the 3rd largest global investor, with Ms.Julia Xiong's successful election as board member of WTCA, the resources at the disposal of WTC Beijing under her leadership will be valuable resources for WTCA’s global development, infusing strong impetus to WTCA’s endeavor to promote trade and cooperation around the world.

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PRESIDENT & CEO
Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC)

PRESIDENT
Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA)

PRESIDENT
Taiwan Exhibition and Conference Association (TECA)

EDUCATION
● Master of International Business (1977~1979)
National Chengchi University, TAIPEI, TAIWAN
● Bachelor of Management Science (1973~1977)
National Chiao Tung University, HSINCHU, TAIWAN

MAJOR EXPERIENCE
● Executive Vice President of TWTC (2004/8~2017/1)
● Board of Directors of UFI (2013/7~)
● Board of Directors of IAEE (2014/12~)
● Chairperson of IAEE Asia Exhibition Council (2014/12~)
● Chairperson of CEM Local Advisory Committee (2012/3~)
● Member of UFI Marketing Committee (2012/2 ~)
● Convener (2010/11~2011/04)
TWTC Project Office at 2010 Taipei Intl Flora Expo
● President (2010/04~2010/10)
Taiwan Pavilion at 2010 Shanghai EXPO
● Executive Director (2004/01 ~2004/07), Strategic Marketing Department, TWTC
● Deputy Executive Director(2001/12 ~2003/12), Marketing Development Dept, TWTC
● Manager (1998/07~2001/11), Overseas Section, Marketing Department, TWTC
● Director (1996/03~1998/06), Taiwan Trade Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

【Honors】
● Taiwan Top 10 Super MVP Managers, MANAGER Today, 2010 & 2014
● 25 Notable Taiwanese in Mainland China, Forbes, 2011
● Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award, IAEE, 2016
● Certified in Exhibition Management(CEM) Emeritus, IAEE, 2016

【Training Programs】
● IAEE Certified in Exhibition Management(CEM), 2013 (Houston, USA)
● Executive Training Program, Harvard Business School, 2007
● International Management Strategic Program by IMD, 2005
● IAEE Exhibition Management Program, 1987 (Austin, USA)

【Working Experience Overseas】
● President, Taiwan Pavilion at EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China
● Director, Taiwan Trade Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
● Manager, Taiwan Trade Center, London, United Kingdom
● Manager, Taiwan Trade Center, Vienna, Austria

【Major Projects】
● Project Director, Program Vanguard for Taiwan MICE Industry-Taiwan MICE Industry Pilot Program, 2013~2020
● Project Director, The Integrated Marketing and Communication for Taiwan International Brands and Industry Promotion Project (IMC Project), 2010~2019
● Project Director, Taiwan Exhibition Competitiveness Enhancement Program, 2013~2016

【Professional Specialties】
● MICE industry
● Brand Management: hosting Taiwan Excellence competitions, Taiwan Excellence Pavilions overseas, assisting Taiwanese companies with branding for international markets.
● Integrated Marketing in Industrial and Service Industries
● Integrated Marketing in Exhibition Promotion
● Supervision of venue management: TWTC Hall 1, Hall3, Nangang Exhibition Hall

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WTCA welcomes global-minded professionals who are excited to make their mark in the world of international trade and business. If you are passionate about cross-cultural business, speak multiple languages, and are motivated to connect people around the world, the WTCA is the place for you. Below is a list of current openings at the World Trade Centers Association in New York, and at World Trade Centers around the globe.

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Some current positions: WTCA Marketing Intern, WTCA Member Information Intern, WTCA Event Management Intern, WTCA Accounting & Operations Intern, and WTCA Asia Pacific Regional Strategy Intern