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.
World’s trusted global brand facilitating international business connections and trade.
● Promoting and protecting our WTC brand for the collective benefit of our membership;
● Expanding the reach and increase the quality of our global WTCA network;
● Strengthening our global presence through connecting engaged members;
● Actively seeking out potential members and establishing WTCs in new growing markets;
● Providing members support in enabling them to connect with their counterparts within the network to foster international trade;
● Expanding the reach and quality of the WTCA network through our members WTC branded properties and integrated trade services;
● Making sure our members maintain and provide the highest quality service to their business members;
● Having strong continental and regional structure to meet our members’ needs; and
● Migrating, leveraging, transferring, and utilizing the strengths of our experienced Members’ best practices
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.
John E. Drew
– WTC Boston
– WTC Nice/Sophia Antipolis
– WTC Panama
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.
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.
WORLD TRADE CENTER NICE / SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS.
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.
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 advisor of the Digital Task Force Committee. At this time Remy Swaab has the positions of Executive Director and 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. As a Director of the WTCA board he is also currently holding the position of Vice-Chair Secretary of the board as well as 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/.
Ghazi Abu Nahl
– WTC Qatar
– WTC Accra
– WTC Istanbul
– WTC Savannah
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Center is a Savannah native, born in 1955. He is a product of the public school system and graduated from Beach High School in 1973. Scott attended George Washington University, the University of Southern California, and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1978. In 1982, he attended the Fails Management Institute at Georgia Tech where he received the "Outstanding Student Award."
Mr. Center is the president of National Office Systems, an interior design/contract furnishings firm. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah (Past President) and Leadership Georgia. He is a Director of the Savannah Technical College Foundation (Past Chair), Step Up Savannah (Treasurer), Savannah Jewish Federation, and the Savannah Music Festival. Mr. Center also was formerly president of the local chapter of AIPAC. He was a Director the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the Rotary Club of Savannah, the Mickve Israel Synagogue (Past President of the Brotherhood), The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, King Tisdale Cottage Foundation, the Executive Association of Savannah, the Frank Callens Boys and Girls Club, Vision 20\20 (Past President), the Chatham County Democratic Party, the American Cancer Society, The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Council, CASA, United Way of the Coastal Empire, Ameribank, BB&T Bank, Parent and Child Development Agency, and the Greenbriar Children’s Center.
As president of Vision 20/20, Scott was involved with the conception, planning, and passage of the first local option sales tax for community improvement projects, the successful solicitation of a low fare airline for Savannah, a lobbying effort to create state incentives for businesses expanding and relocating in Georgia, the nomination of Savannah as an All American City, and the Yamacraw Art Project. As a Board Member at SEDA, he successfully recruited DIRTT Environmental Solutions to open a manufacturing facility in Savannah and help found WTC Savannah. As Chair of WTC Savannah, he established an EB5 Regional Center and helped Savannah secure its first international regularly scheduled air service.
The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce named Scott Center its “Small Business Person of the Year” in 1995. Scott was the president of the 1996-1998 class of Leadership Savannah. Scott has received accreditation from the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Professional. Scott is married to Tatsiana Shakhmuts and has two children, Sofia and Leo.
– WTC Utah
– WTC Cyprus
– WTC Miami
– WTC Trieste
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.
· 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.
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.
• 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
• 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)
• 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.
Executive Director, Vice President, Board Member
World Trade Center Trieste, WTC Srl Trieste, Italy
July 1, 2015- present
• Support Chief Executive Officer with operational functions,
including recruiting new members, development of the Business
Academy, and the analysis and betterment of trade services.
• Promotion and assistance with incoming trade missions.
• Provide the link for our WTC members and Samer & Co Shipping SpA (sole owner of the WTC Trieste license)
Samer & Co Shipping, Spa Trieste, Italy
February 2005 - present
• Business and sales development in North America.
• Scouting out clients who need shipping assistance for new traffic, primarily through trade shows.
• Strengthening relations with existing American partners and finding new agencies to collaborate with in the USA
Shareholder, Country Coordinator, Board Member
Distribution Internationale de Vins Italiens, Srl Trieste, Italy
July 1, 2015- present
• Back office management, sales team coordinator, budget management, trade show coordinator, identification of new export markets for Italian wines, consultation services for Italian wine producers.
• Responsible for all public relations for D.I.V.I.
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Weidel Realtors Princeton, NJ
November 2000- July 2004
• Listed and sold residential real estate within the state of New Jersey.
• Member of the Million Dollar Club (activity equaling the sale of 1 million dollars) within first five months of activity.
Executive Director of USA Desk
World Trade Center FVG, SpA Trieste, Italy
September 2000 – July 2004
• While living in Princeton, N.J., provided assistance and support for WTC FVG, including analyzing potential real estate opportunities, both residential and commercial, in Italy for American buyers and vice versa, provided information about listed properties for Italian investors.
• Participated in international events on behalf of WTC FVG and developed public relations.
• Bachelor of Arts, Classical Archaeology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 1984-1988
• Minor in Cultural Anthropology
• Outstanding College Students of America, Washington, D.C. 1986-1988
– WTC Mumbai
– WTC Paris
– WTC Nanjing
– WTC Bengaluru
Mr. Vijay Kalantri, an eminent and versatile business leader, is a first generation entrepreneur who has made remarkable contribution to Industry & Trade Promotion, Infrastructure Development, Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Sector, Financial Services and Globalization of Indian Business. His work with the central and state governments of India to promote trade and commerce is only matched by his contributions to leading International business organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), UN International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNIDO-India Industries Council.
Mr. Kalantri is the pioneering spirit behind the Balaji Group of Industries, which owns businesses in the Textiles, Leasing Finance and Infrastructure Development sectors.
Currently, he also serves as the Chairman & Managing Director of Dighi Port Ltd, Maharashtra’s first private sector port and port-based Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Mr. Kalantri is also the President of All India Association of Industries (AIAI), the Indian Council of Foreign Trade and the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry, besides serving as the Vice Chairman of World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai and as a member of the Board of Directors of World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), New York. He also serves as a member on several committees of the Reserve Bank of India, such as the Standing Committee for Small Scale Industries, the Exchange Control Committee, and the All India Export Advisory Committee.
He is also a member of the Steel Consumers’ Council, the Bombay Stock Exchange Derivatives Council Board, the Advisory Board of Corporate Governance Committee of SEBI and the Central Council of Customs and Excise. He is on the national advisory board of Small Industries Development Bank of India and the Employees State Insurance Corporation. Previously, he has also served as director of many institutions such as the Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited, Dena Bank and Canara Bank.
As President of All India Association of Industries (AIAI), Mr. Kalantri has always represented the cause of industries to the respective central and state governments and tirelessly worked to create unique solutions. As the Vice-Chairman of WTC Mumbai, he has painstakingly worked to make the institution the premier trade promotion body in the nation. Under his leadership, WTC Mumbai and AIAI have jointly organized several unique initiatives, such as the Global Economic Summits (GES) and the ITM Expos, to name a few.
Throughout his long career, Mr. Kalantri has been at the forefront to promote social welfare and won a number of laurels from private institutions and government bodies alike.
The Government of Poland in 2005 conferred on him the ‘Commander Cross of the Order of Merit’, its highest civilian award. The Russian Federation has also commended his outstanding work by conferring on him the ‘Pushkin Award’ in 2014.
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 ».
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.
• Masters degree in Economics, Madras Christian College, University of Madras, India
State Bank of India: 1972-1986
• Last assignment held: Manager Credit, (USA, Canada and European branches), International Banking Division, Central office, Mumbai.
• Job responsibility included credit management of Advances portfolio at the bank’s foreign branches in designated countries. A major part of my 12 years in SBI was spent in assignments managing Small businesses and Small Scale Industries
Standard Chartered Bank: 1986-1994
• Last assignment held: Head Corporate Banking, Northern region, New Delhi.
• Responsible for business development and supervision of Relationship management teams at branches in the territory. Budgetary responsibility for volume growth of deposits and advances and profitability. Accountable for safety of bank’s lending portfolio and quality of business booked.
BNP Paribas: 1994-2003
• Last assignment held: Head Corporate Banking (India), India Management Office, Mumbai. Member, India Credit Committee.
• This was a country level function overseeing Corporate banking business of all the Indian branches of this French multinational bank. It carried responsibilities for business development, drawing up business policy, implementing budget strategy, cross selling business across the bank’s global network and credit structuring. During this tenure I have had the opportunity to deal with large corporates across industries
Imperial Bank Ltd. Kenya: 2004-2006
• Assignment held: Head, Marketing & Business Development, Nairobi.
• This was a 2 year contract assignment with a mid sized bank, with the specific task of setting up a Marketing and Business development structure for the bank.
Aptivaa Consulting – Principal consultant: 2006 – 2011
• This company is involved in implementing Basle accord requirements, (Capital requirement and measurement), for multinational banks.
• Completed a major assignment in Risk restructuring for SAMBA Bank, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
World Trade Center, Bangalore: 2010 till date
• President WTC Bangalore and the Managing Director of the WTC Trades & Projects Pvt. Ltd., the WTC license holder for Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvanthapuram, Kochi and Hyderabad.
• Have been involved with this project since planning stage. WTC Bangalore has emerged as a widely recognized Trade facilitation organization in this region. Currently in the process of leading the development of 4 additional licenses in important State capitals/ Metros of which two are expected to become operational this year.
• Brigade Hospitality Ltd., Bangalore
• Member of the Management Committee of Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce
• This is the region’s Apex Chamber consisting of members who are Owners/CEO’s of most of the large Business houses in the State of Karnataka.
Luciano Montenegro de Menezes
– WTC Sao Paulo
– WTC Winnipeg
Pedro Pablo Alamos Zañartu
– WTC Santiago
– WTC Rennes Bretagne
• Hemet High School – Hemet, California – USA – from January/1991 to September/1991
• PUC-SP - Pontifícia Universidade Católica: Business Administration – From January/1992 to June/1997
• University Of Pittsburgh
• The Katz Graduate School of Business
• International Executive MBA Program – From March/2000 to June/2001
AMCHAM – American Chamber of Commerce – Brazil – WWW.amcham.com.br
• Internship in Sales in the Trainee Program – From June/1992 to July/1993
• Best Seller Award in the year of 1993
• Coordinator of the Trainee Program - From August/1993 to August/1994
• Commercial Coordinator – From August/1994 to November/96 – creation of a commercial area structured to procure sponsorship for institutional programs and events.
• Membership Services Manager – From December/1996 to July /1998 – responsible for areas including commercial, events and committees, international, products and services to the associate.
• Brazil Commercial Manager – From August/1998 to June/2000 – partnerships with international entities such as University of Thunderbird, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Corenet - Real State, among others. Responsible for opening Regional Units in Recife, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Campinas, Goiânia, Brasília, and Ribeirão Preto.
• Services and Commercial Director – from July/2000 to August/2002 – Growth from 900 members to 7500. A revenue from R$ 3 million to R$ 35 million in a period of 10 years.
• Executive Director – From September/2002 to May/2006 – responsible for one of the two business units of Amcham, besides the Exhibition and Convention Center.
TESA Telecom – Telecom South America SA – WWW.tesatelecom.com (telecommunication operator – STFC – fixed telephony) and part of the Graber Group
• Marketing and Commercial Direction (statutory director) – From June/2006 to february/2012
Start up of the operation, today with a revenue of R$ 25 million. Title of the operator that has grown the most in the last two consecutive years by the Telecom Yearbook and recently awarded by Exame PME as the 14th company that has grown the most among 250 other competitors. The first one in the telecommunication sector.
Main activities: development of products, sales channels, press advisory, corporate sales and alliance with retail sales. Development, strategy and execution of the commercial and marketing area, web channels.
Management of customer service area 24x7 in accordance with all Anatel requirements.
World Trade Center SP - www.wtc.com.br
• CEO - Chief Executive Officer - September/2012 to present
ACTIVITIES & COURSES
• US Chamber – Washington DC - From December/1996 to February/1997 – work performed while a manager of membership services in order to narrow the relationship between the Amcham Brazil and US Chamber
• University Of Buffalo – NY Creative Solving Institute – June/1996, June/1998, and June/1999
• Obra do Berço – Octorber/1997 – Volunteer work for gathering resources
• SOS Nordeste Sem Fome Campaign – Volunteer work of collection of funds and forwarding of food for the Northeast drought - 1998
• Instituto Qualidade no Ensino [Institute of Teaching Quality] – Entity maintained by the American Chamber of Commerce SP and Recife – Volunteer during 3 years
• Infinity Officing Solutions – From January/2006 to June/2006 – consulting related to the best results of the sales team
• ABCR – Associação Brasileira de Captadores de Recursos [Brazilian Association of Gathering Resources] – Founding director in the period from 2000 to 2003
• ABEOC – Associação Brasileira de Empresas de Eventos [Brazilian Association of Event Companies] – director in the 2004 term
• World Trade Center – vice-president of the WTC Club board – From January 2007/ to present
• FIESP – participation in the committee of young entrepreneurs
• Jovens Lideres [Young Leaders] – participation in the creation of the New Generation National Front
• Work performed to end the CPMF tax in Brasilia
• Green Building Council – participation in the founding in Brazil
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.
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.
# 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.
- 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
– WTC The Hague
– WTC Shanghai
– WTC Taipei
• 1978: Graduate of Erasmus University Rotterdam, General Economics (final thesis in Port & Transport Economics).
• 1978-2001: Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Director International Trade
• 2001- 2012 : Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion, Director
• 2012-2013: Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion, Advisor to the Board
• 2013-present: Vaandrager International Business Support B.V. (VIBS BV), Director/Owner
• 2013-present: World Trade Center The Hague, Director External Relations
• 1986-2001: Board member (and co-founder) of the Rotterdam Commercial Representative Office in Shanghai (P.R. of China)
• 1989-2001: Board member (and co-founder) of the Netherlands Turkey Business Association (Netuba), Holland Trade Bridge (in St. Peterburg), Holland Trade Bridge (in Ho Chi Minh City).
• 1980-1990: Coordinator of the Dutch participation in the ASEAN EU Business Council.
• 1994-2008: Board member of the Rotterdam American Business Club (Rotterdam Chapter AmCham).
• 2008-2013: Chairman of the Joint Business Council The Netherlands-Taiwan.
• 2007-2013: Chairman Bilateral Economic Committee Cuba-the Netherlands.
• 1988-2005: Member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation Rotterdam Top Sport.
• 1996-2008: Member of the Supervisory Board of Rabobank Drechtsteden.
• 1984-2004: Chairman of the Foundation Rotterdam Baseball (organising body of the 2012-2013: World Port Tournament).
• 2005: Chairman of the Advisory Board of the World Championship Baseball 2005 (held in The Netherlands).
• 2012: Chairman Local Organising Committee Rotterdam for the European Championship Baseball 2012 (held in The Netherlands).
• 2006-2009: Vice President Confederation of European Baseball (CEB).
• 1970-present: various positions in the board and committees of the baseball- and softball club “Zwijndrecht” (present position Chairman).
• 2011-2013: Board member of the International Business Club of World Trade Center the Hague.
• 2014-present: Chairman of the Enterpreneurs Association Zwijndrecht.
• 2014-present: Chairman of the Foundation Social Fund of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion.
• 2014-present: Board Member of the Association of Dutch cooperating WTC’s in the Netherland (WTC NL).
• Baseball: From 1968-2011 active as player.
Member of Rotary International (on August 29 2013 named a Paul Harris Fellow).
Honorary Member of the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (2004).
Decorated by the Municipality of Rotterdam with the Erasmus pin (2001)
Member of the Recommending Committee of the Foundation Breath Care for Kids (2013 onwards).
Mar. 1994-Aug. 2000 Deputy Director and Director, Shanghai Municipal
Government Development and Research Center
Aug. 2000-Dec. 2003 Vice Governor, Shanghai Pudong New Area District
Dec. 2003-Sept.2009 Director General
Shanghai Municipal Government Taiwan Affairs Office
Sept. 2009-Oct. 2014 Secretary(No.1 leader), Jinshan District, Shanghai
Oct. 2014-now Chairman of WTCA Shanghai, CPIT Shanghai, COIC Shanghai, Director General of Shanghai International Arbitration Center
PRESIDENT & CEO
Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC)
Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA)
Taiwan Exhibition and Conference Association (TECA)
● Master of International Business （1977~1979）
National Chengchi University, TAIPEI, TAIWAN
● Bachelor of Management Science （1973~1977）
National Chiao Tung University, HSINCHU, TAIWAN
● 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
● 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
● 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
● 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
● 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
To date, our exclusive 'World Trade Center' and 'WTC' branded properties and trade service organizations are located in more than 90 countries and supported by 15,000 WTC professionals.
The World's Fair in Queens, NY, names its grounds 'World Trade Center'
Rockefeller envisions the construction of a permanent building in New York that would be a gathering place for international trade
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approves the World Trade Center project
Guy Tozzoli is assigned to oversee the building of the World Trade Center
Guy Tozzoli incorporates the World Trade Centers Association in Deleware, USA, as a non-profit organization
The first 15 members of the World Trade Centers Association meet in Tokyo
The World Trade Centers Association moves to the 77th floor
The WTCA reaffirms its message of peace and prosperity through trade and investment
Eric Dahl served as second Chief Executive Officer in the history of World Trade Centers Association from 2012-2015
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.