An Honorary Doctorate is an individual’s first step towards the world of research
and new knowledge. It provides an opportunity for business leaders to create a
transformational change and translate their expertise for higher credibility and
serve as an authority on the industry. AIMRI’s Honorary Industrial Doctorate Program
honors Industry professionals for their sustained achievements in their field of
The first-ever Honorary Doctorate, in the history of AIMRI, was awarded to Dr. Ravi
Mehrotra (Chairman of Foresight Group, UK) for rendering extraordinary service to
the maritime industry for the past 57 years. His Professional Biography, “What’s It
in For You?” (published in 2012) and his unparalleled accomplishments and personal
achievements made him worthy of this honor.
AIMRI has awarded 85+ professionals with the Industrial Doctorate in the last 3 years.
This year AIMRI will be awarding Industrial Ph.D. in association with the European International University
25+ years of Industrial
Any unique initiative / project or CSR activities implemented in your
Must have technical articles published in acknowledged journals
Must have presented a Technical Paper in an International
A Creative Designer by profession and a Visionary by action, Sir Sohan Roy is an
accomplished, performance-driven entrepreneur, poet, lyricist, producer, and a
proven leader who has been credited with pioneering innovations in Movie, Media,
Maritime and Medical industries. His first directorial Hollywood venture DAM999 was
a thought-provoking movie on Dams and its effect on human life. The movie was well
appreciated and found its place in many national and international film circuits.
The movie also garnered 5 Oscar selections in 3 categories including Best Picture,
Original Song (3 songs) and Original Score. He is also the founder director of
Concept Indywood, the USD 10 billion project to elevate the Indian film industry at
par with Hollywood, author of 'Anukavyam' and Founder Chairman and CEO of Aries
Group of Companies, and a multinational consortium of 59 companies in 25 countries.
He has also completed his Doctorate from European International University, Paris
where his subject for Doctorate was EFFISM - The innovative efficiency improvement
management system based on the time management principle of 1:1:1. Incorporates 200
parameters, EFFISM, helps in changing the basic character of an individual improving
it on a daily basis.
Dr. Sunilkumar PG
Prof (Dr) Sunil Kumar P G is a Navy veteran, and is at present working as Professor
of Naval Architecture & Shipbuilding and the Dean of Research at SNG College of
Engineering, Kerala, India. He is an alumnus of Cochin University of Science and
Technology, Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi and University College London,
with PhD in structural analysis of ships. His vast experience as a professional
engineer for 3 decades covers academic and industrial fields including teaching in
reputed universities and colleges, academic and industrial research guidance and
mentoring, design maintenance and repair of ships and submarines, operations and
maintenance of marine assets etc.
Dr. B. Anirudhan
Dr. B. Anirudhan is the Principal of Nehru Arts and College with 28 years of
experience in Teaching Research and Administration. He has organised 35 Conference,
Seminar and Workshops at national and international levels and published more than
40 Research Articles and 3 books. He has organized and chaired International
Conferences in Malaysia, Bangkok, Dubai, Indonesia and Australia. Being a
coordinator of the Winning Team in the VI National Youth Parliament Competition, he
was awarded by Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad, Hon. Minister, Ministry of Parliamentary
Affairs, and Govt. of India on 17 th Feb. 2005 at New Delhi. The College has got the
2 (f) and 12 (B) status of UGC and “A” by NAAC through his guidance. For his
dedicated services to the education he has been honored with many awards and
accolades including Rajiv Gandhi Education Excellence Award, Shri P K Das Life Time
Achievement Award, Rashtriya Vibhushan Samman Puraskar with a Gold Medal and many
Dr. Satheesh Kumar
Dr. Satheesh Kumar is a former Drug controller of the Drugs Regulatory Dept (Drugs
Control Department under Ministry Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Kerala. After 30
years of his service to the organization, he retired in 2013 to join as the Sr. Vice
President, Operations, AGAPPE Diagnostics Ltd, Cochin. Dr. Satheesh is also working
as a Visiting faculty for Lectures on topics on Regulatory affairs for different
Pharma colleges and Examiner for Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at JSS University,
Mysore/Ooty. He completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from Vinayaka Missions, Salem;
Diploma in Business Management and LL.B from M.G. University. He has been
instrumental in auditing and supervising many Pharmaceutical firms and Medical
Devices for regulatory certifications and assessment of quality standards. For his
dedicated services, he has been bestowed with various awards and accolades.
Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan
Founder & Director General European International University - Paris
Dr. Oliver Massman
Visiting Professor, International Business Law European International University - Paris
Dr. Joel Franworth
Dean, Business & Management Studies European International University - Paris
Dr. Chrysanthi Balomenou
Director of Research & Innovation European International University - Paris
Dr. Ajay Desai
Global Promoter European International University
HALL OF FAME
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Dual Doctorate 2023 (May Edition)
Dual Doctorate 2022
Dual Doctorate 2021
Honorary Doctorate 2014
Dual Doctorate 2023 (December Edition)
Dr. Suresh Chandra Sekharan Pillai
Chairman and Managing Director - Mark Group of Companies
A dynamic and versatile professional who has held many senior positions in the Oil & Gas sector for several decades,
gaining extensive knowledge in processing, exploration, and production across Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream operations.
With inborn talent and a dream to become an entrepreneur, he took the challenge and completely channelize all the resourceful
energies and expertise acquired in the Oil & Gas field to establish “MARK Technologies”. Over the years the company grew to
become the flagship company, and now proudly employs over 3000 multi-national employees across its businesses.
Dr. Sangili Gunasekaran
Manager – Quality, Operations - HEISCO
A versatile professional with 27+ years' experience in the oil and gas industry. He is certified in API storage tanks, piping,
quality, environmental, calibration, and health/safety auditing. Has in depth knowledge of compliance with industrial codes
and specifications, QA/QC, auditing, NDT, welding coatings, and project management. He has also worked in technical education
committees of ASNT and ASQ and is highly experienced in quality operations for industrial construction and manufacturing.
Mr. Aabdulhadi Awad J Alajmi
Chief Executive Officer - AJ Logistic General Trading Co. W.L.L
A chemical engineer with over 37 years of experience, including 31 years in Kuwait's oil and gas sector. He has played key
leadership and advisory roles in operations, mega-projects, training, and investigations for refineries and oil companies.
He has served as CEO of a private oil and gas construction firm and advisor to international companies in Kuwait, assisting
in societal contributions. He is skilled in policy analysis and design, safety, environment, and business concepts for oil,
gas, petrochemicals, energy, and real estate.
Mr. Abdul-Razzaq Al-Shamari
Ex. Team Leader - KOC/KIPIC
A dynamic and versatile professional who joined Kuwait Oil Company in 1996 as an Assistant Corrosion Engineer and being promoted
over the years. His key achievements include initiating the internal corrosion management plan at Kuwait Oil Company, leading
activities to maintain asset integrity, establishing an operational lab and process safety management team at Kuwait Integrated
Petroleum Industries Company, serving as Chairman of the Kuwait NACE chapter, and winning health, safety and corrosion industry
Mr. Salem Marafi
Deputy CEO - HEISCO
A seasoned professional who pursued his Cadetship at South Tyneside College - UK, then sailed on board VLCC crude tankers, LPG
ships and products carriers at Kuwait Oil Tanker Company as Marine Engineer. He joined HEISCO in and was later assigned to
handle all of the Shipyard Operations as an Operations Manager till 2019. He has completed several training certification
programs specializing in marine, management, marketing, marine security/general security, auditing, and financial courses.
He also holds a double degree in Management..
Mr. Fadi Chafic Kordahji
Founder & Vice President - International Inspection Centre Co. W.L.L.
A visionary leader with over 43 years of working experience in Inspection and Testing of Oil and Gas Facilities, Power Station,
Petrochemical in Public and Private Sectors. His impact on the technology sector and his role as a visionary leader is a
reminder that with passion, dedication, and a pioneering spirit, remarkable achievements can be accomplished, and legacies
can be built that last for generations to come.
Mr. Ihab Hussein Gueneid
Former President & CEO - Mari Dive Group-Gulf
A noteworthy and dynamic professional with 41-years of experience in the industry. From the early days of hands-on
apprenticeship alongside his father to scaling new heights as a leader at Schlumberger, his story is one of continual
evolution, marked by triumphs, and a profound dedication to the growth of himself and those around him. With a relentless
pursuit of excellence, and a commitment to sustainable practices, he has not just shaped the landscape of his industry
but also imparted invaluable lessons on leadership, adaptability, and the enduring power of dreams.
Mr. Nayef Al Enezi
Sr. NDT Inspector - KNPC
A proficient and skilled professional with more than 30+ years of experience in inspection and corrosion field. He has completed
ASNT Level III in UT, MT and PT and is also a lead auditor in ISO 9001:2015. He is the chairman of ASNT Kuwait chapter and is
currently working as the Snr. NDT Inspector in KNPC.
Mr. Aslam Mukadam
Head of Business Development/ Consultant - Ahmed Fahad Al Fahad General Trading & Contracting Co (AFTCO) | Gulf Engineers Consultants (GEC)
An experienced downstream & Upstream Oil & Gas professional with over 33 plus years of working experience in
diversified fields. He is the Managing Director driven to manage costs and establish strategic mutually
beneficial partnerships and relationships with clients, vendors and service providers. He is also adept at
creating strategic alliances with multinational companies to effectively align with and support key business
Dual Doctorate 2023 (September Edition)
Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed Ghaleb Almheiri
Vice President - Technical (Shipping) - ADNOC Logistics & Services
A highly skilled engineer and a results-driven leader with 22 years of experience in the professional
engineering field. He has an extensive background in serving on various commercial vessels, including
large tugs, technically complex passenger ships, and specialized vessels, operating in diverse locations
worldwide. Throughout his career, he has supervised and executed scheduled and unscheduled maintenance,
alterations, repairs, and dry-dockings while also fulfilling supervisory and watchkeeping duties.
His dedication to safety has led to establishing an exemplary safety record.
He stands as a paragon of excellence in the maritime industry, embodying a remarkable journey of leadership and achievement.
He has played a pivotal role in shaping the commercial strategies that drive success in the shipping sector.
His journey exemplifies the values of innovation, dedication, and resilience that are synonymous with the maritime realm.
His contributions have not only brought success to his organization but have also made a lasting impact on the entire
Dr. Ian F Prescott
Chief Executive Officer - Lamprell Energy Limited
An an esteemed maritime professional with over 30 years of international experience overseeing multi-billion dollar enterprises and projects worldwide.
His extensive career spans diverse industry sectors, including Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Pipelines, Mining & Metals, Power,
and Water industries. Renowned for his exceptional ability to navigate and execute major project implementations and
operations, he brings a robust commercial background and executive management expertise to the table.
Rashid Isa Rishi Al Heddi
Group Managing Director - Seamaster Maritime Group
He has been at the helm of Seamaster Maritime L.L.C. since its inception in 2009, guiding
it to remarkable success. Before this, he held a significant role at V.Ships Agency, where he
climbed the corporate ladder to become the global head of agency during his impressive 9-year tenure.
With a career spanning over 40 years, he boasts extensive experience in every facet of shipping, both
in the Middle East and on the global stage. His insights and expertise will undoubtedly illuminate
the ever-evolving world of maritime affairs.
Captain Jugwinder Singh Brar
Chairman - Prime Tankers
A seasoned professional who comes from a family of Defense personnel. After completing his
studies from the Military school, he joined the Merchant Navy as a cadet and became the
captain of his ship at 26. During his career, he has been fortunate to command the World's
largest shipping tanker and embark on many adventurous sea journeys where he had the opportunity
to display his grit and strong leadership skills. After sailing for 5 to 6 years, he decided to
take charge of offshore operations and established Prime Tanker LLC. Operating in Dubai,
the company generally trades in Arabian Gulf, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and the Red sea area.
Thomas Chacko Arakal
MD-Technical - Delta Corp Ship Management DMCCO
A highly accomplished Ship Manager with a wealth of experience across diverse aspects of maritime operations.
He has a distinguished track record of working with prominent clients, ship owners, and industry stakeholders
worldwide, building robust relationships and demonstrating expertise in dealing with international underwriters,
average adjusters, and flag administrations. His focus on systemized approaches and efficiency improvement
underscores his commitment to excellence in ship management.
Dr. Ramamurty Ayyagari
Managing Director - Arka Global Marine Services LLC
An accomplished marine professional whose influence extends far and wide. With an illustrious career spanning sea and shore,
his contributions to the industry are immense. He's been the driving force behind ARKKA Global’s new shipbuilding initiatives'
technical aspects and ensuring successful delivery from yards in Japan, Korea, and China. Having navigated various ship types
and nationalities, his leadership has been pivotal in the growth and diversification of the company's fleet.
Sathyamoorthy Nandagopal Padayatchi
Vice President - SIMCO Technologies
An esteemed professional in the field of civil engineering with a remarkable career spanning over
five decades. As Vice President at SIMCO Technologies Inc. in Canada since 2021, he has
established himself as a global authority in inspecting, assessing, analyzing, and repairing
civil structures for preventive and reactive maintenance. His extensive expertise encompasses
diverse sectors, including marine structures, oil and gas facilities, tunnels, bridges,
airports, petrochemical plants, and more.
Dr. Prakash Thomas
Project Director - ADNOC Drilling
A seasoned professional with 30 years of dedicated service in the industry. He has overseen many major projects, which involved the
management of New Builds, including Offshore Jackups, Land Drilling Rigs, Workover Rigs, and Waterwell Rigs, as well as
orchestrating major project Upgrades such as the conversion and refurbishment of Jackups and Self-Propelled Barges.
Abdulla Al Nuaimi
Advisor - Seed Group
A seasoned professional with over two decades of distinguished experience in the insurance sector.
Throughout his career, he has held pivotal roles in both the government and private sectors, making
significant contributions to organizations' profitability targets while minimizing costs and maximizing
ROI. However, his role as Executive VP of Shared Services at Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company allowed
him to orchestrate critical functions, providing invaluable insights into the insurance sector.
Beyond his professional achievements, he is a passionate advocate for societal betterment.
A dynamic and results-driven manager whose remarkable skills and insights have left an
indelible mark on the marine offshore industry. With a keen understanding of the complexities
surrounding ships, jack-up rigs, and rigmoves, he brings a wealth of knowledge. His expertise
is not only confined to the technical aspects but also extends to the invaluable art of
effective communication with industry partners. He harbors a noble objective—to bridge the
gap between individual knowledge and collective industry progress.
Dr. Hamdan Ali Rashed Saeed Alsaedi
Director – Infrastructure & Capital Projects - Emirates Schools Establishment
An experienced Project Director with extensive cross-sector project and Facility management experience, especially in the engineering
and education industry. He is skilled in Strategy Development, PMO Establishment, Risk Assessment, Projects Management, Environment, and
Health & Safety management. In addition, he is also an expert in managing Operations on both strategic and operational levels with extensive
professional experience leading teams with sound leadership skills.
VP & General Manager - ADES (Advanced Energy Systems)
A senior executive in the oilfield services industry with a well-established track record in engineering
and business leadership on a global scale. He embarked on his career in engineering and steadily advanced
to spearhead integrated, multi-disciplinary projects focused on optimizing field performance. His exceptional
leadership qualities are reflected in his ability to manage, mentor, and coach globally diverse teams, with
a remarkable achievement of ZERO attrition rates.
CEO - Policybazaar.ae
With an extensive and impressive career in the insurance and technology sectors, he has played a significant role in
leading the company's operations in the United Arab Emirates. Through his strategic foresight, drive, and determination,
he built a strong foundation for his successful multi-million dollar company within a short span of time. Today, under
his astute leadership Policybazaar.ae has grown from a one-man start-up to a 400+ strong organization with over 150K
insurance policies sold each year.
Chief Operating Officer - The New India Assurance Company Limited
A highly accomplished professional with an impressive career spanning over three decades in the insurance industry.
Through her remarkable achievements as the head of Dubai operations, she became the first woman to hold this position
in a GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) operation in New India Assurance. A firm advocate of diversity, she has proactively
taken up challenging assignments in India and abroad with many firsts.
CEO - eSanad
A seasoned insurance professional with a remarkable track record of consistently driving company growth and
profitability throughout his career. He is recognized for his innovative contributions, having led the design,
creation, and implementation of cutting-edge B2B/B2C portals and applications that set industry standards.
His dedication and excellence have earned him local, regional, and international recognition across various
operational areas. His career is marked by a commitment to innovation, technology adoption, and establishing
strategic partnerships across the insurance industry.
Executive Director - Ship Management - Emarat Maritime LLC, Dubai
A seasoned Marine Engineer who holds an impressive thirty-five-year career in the maritime industry.
Since transitioning ashore in 1998, he has held key management positions at many prestigious.
His leadership prowess shines through in his ability to effectively lead and manage large,
cross-functional, and multicultural teams. He has always been at the forefront of delivering
safety and operational excellence with profitability to the organization and finding innovative
ways to reduce accidents and injuries, all while developing a safe working environment for seafarers.
Dr. Tariq Subhi Mohey Al Deen Al Rimawi
Sr. Projects Manager - Emirates Schools Establishment ESE
A seasoned Senior Projects Manager with extensive experience in various roles related to project management and
engineering. He currently serves as a Senior Projects Manager at Emirates Schools Establishment, a position he has
held since May 2023. Before working with the Ministry of Education, he was a Manager of Facilities/Projects in the
United Arab Emirates.
Honorary Doctorate 2014
Ravi K Mehrotra
Founder & Chairman - Foresight Group
It's an honor and privilege to have been bestowed with
the Honorary Doctorate by AIMRI. I express my
gratitude to the institute for encouraging individuals for
their work and expertise, my company staff, family and
all the other members of the industry who have stood by
me through time to make this day Possible. Thank you
again for the prestigious honor.
Dual Doctorate 2021
He is the founder &CEO of the phars film group also credited as the father of the
middle east film cinema. Educated in Iran, he established himself as a reputed
publisher. Due to an onset of war in his country, he later left his publishing
career behind and relocated to the UAE carrying a Persian dubbed Mexican language
film in hand. Since that day, he has been building the foundations to what is now
the largest and most successful film empire in the middle east. Mr. Golchin’s
partnerships and investments span the middle east and operate in as diverse sectors
as distribution, exhibition, post-production, media, hospitality, property
development and property management.
He is being awarded The Honorary Doctorate by AIMRI
Dr.Berthold Josef Peikert
With over 25 years of valuable experience, he has experience in diverse industries,
including Defense, Government/Security, Automotive, High-Tech, Oil & Gas,
Healthcare. He is a perfect example of visionary leadership with expertise in
shaping companies’ business strategies and achieving top & bottom-line growth
objectives..Berthold is currently the Advisor to CEO Emirates Advanced Research &
Technology Holding LLC.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Strategic Planning and
Operations from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Defence
Aero Space from AIMRI
Dr.(Capt) Khalid Al-Owais
An Emirati Underwriter Marine Damage Expert at the Ministry of Justice and
Arbitrator at Dubai International Arbitration Centre. With almost twenty years of
experience in Management, H.S.E., I.S.M., and Marine; his core competencies include
General Trading and Logistics, International Business Management, Strategic
Planning, Legal Marine, H.S.E., I.S.M. in Oil and Gas as well. He is also a veteran
in International Business and Management, Legal Marine, General Trading and
Logistics, Marine, I.S.M., H.S.E. in Oil & Gas Fields, etc.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Maritime Law and
Logistics from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Maritime
Dr. Ram Buxani
He is a Forbes-listed Indian Leader and Chairman of ITL-Cosmos Group. A visionary
entrepreneur endowed with unfailing business acumen, for more than 60 years, he has
been a father-figure to many young entrepreneurs. A Truly multi-faceted, he is a
community leader, spokesperson of the non-resident Indians, writer, theatre actor,
cultural ambassador, and social organizer.
He is being awarded The Honorary Doctorate by AIMRI.
He started his entrepreneurial journey with his family's humble Indian spices and
pulses trading company in Sharjah. He soon became instrumental in turning a small
Indian spices and pulses trading firm in Sharjah into Arab India Spices, a global
giant in the Dry Food Supply industry. Arab India Spices is one of the most
extensive food sourcing and processing firms in the GCC, working hand-in-hand with
farmers in Canada, Australia, China, and Africa. He currently serves as the Managing
Director and co-founder of the firm.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Food Manufacturing and
Technology from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in FMCG
Dr.Ibrahim M Behairy
He is a renowned Egyptian Marine Engineer and a marine veteran with over 35 years of
industry experience; he currently serves as the Managing Director at Winterthur Gas
Ltd. A well-respected professional figure in the Middle East Maritime Industry,
specializes in planning day-to-day group marketing strategies and business
He is being awarded Doctorate in New Dual Fuel Engines
Shipping from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Maritime
He is an accomplished entrepreneur whose passion for learning and innovating led him
establish the leading Medical Disposable manufacturers in India. He is a Master's
holder in Business Management. He has an impeccable record of three decades in the
manufacturing and marketing of medical disposables. He leads Careon Healthcare
Solutions as Managing Director.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Entrepreneurship from
SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Healthcare from AIMRI
Dr.Joginder Singh Billowria
Hailing from a small town in Kashmir, he started his professional journey by joining
Indian Navy as an Apprentice in 1982 and completed his engineering while serving his
1986. He left Indian Navy in 1991. After having a gleeful time sailing ,Joginder
step down to established Heritage Offshore and Marine Services in the heart of UAE –
one of the largest ship repairs and offshore companies.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Marine & Industrial
from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Maritime from
Dr.Joseph Jegan Morrais
Hailing from Kanyakumari. South of Tamil Nadu, his passion in fishing was ignited
saw his father going to sea. He took a plunge into the Export business at the age of
started as a Merchandise Exporter in Neema Cold Storage, Tondairpet, Chennai. It was
when he established St. Peter & Paul. The core areas of his business include export
local market, and they soon plan to introduce consumer supply.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Management
Seafood Exports from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Sea
Export from AIMRI.
She is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience, she is presently the
Director at one of the largest marine lubricant suppliers globally, LUKOIL. She
looks after the Marine Lubricant business in the core East part of the world, the
part of Africa to Australia. She is also looking after the Automotive lubricant in
markets on the east side of the world. She is also the founder member of WISTA Dubai
big supporter of Mission to Seafarers.
She is being awarded Doctorate in Marine Lubricant
from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Oil & Gas from
A dynamic woman who has walked along the challenging paths to assume the position of
in the Maritime industry she was among the first Maritime woman lawyers in the
who sowed the seeds of change in the Maritime and Legal Industry. She is currently a
Director at Arabian Ocean Services, one of the leading companies in the procurement
material and equipment for the Oil and Gas Industry.
She is being awarded Doctorate in Maritime Law from
SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Maritime from AIMRI.
Dr. Guru Pali Chandra
A renowned Kathak Dance educationist with over 30 years of industry experience. Her
encompasses performance, choreography, training, and dance evaluation. She is a
member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, U.K., and a graded member of
Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
She is being awarded Doctorate in Dance Education from
SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Performing Arts from AIMRI.
Dr.Riaz Abdul Aziz Khan
A veteran professional in the UAE and Indian healthcare sector, he leads business
transformations and facilitates business setups. He is a prominent figure in the
industry in the Middle East as well as in India. He has almost three decades of
in the field and significantly towards Hospital/Healthcare Facility Design,
Operation, Hospital/Healthcare Project Management, M&A, Business Turnaround, and
He is being awarded Doctorate in Hospital Management and
Operations from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in
He is one of the known faces in the Global IT industry. He started his professional
in Japan and moved to Dubai to establish Experts Computer LLC in 1994. Regarded
amongst Dubai's reseller community, he is the Chairman of Experts Computer and
the new Dubai Computer Traders Group.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Business Management
SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Information Technology from
An Engineering Graduate and Industrial EPCM Professional with over 26 years of
experience across the Oil and Gas, Energy, petrochemical, refinery and
industries. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of Global Sources – A Premier
Industrial EPC Contractor in Saudi Arabia, Team Global sources, KSK Engineers Ltd.,
International Trading LLC in the United Arab Emirates, KSK International consulting
and Global Sources Technical solutions – Oman and founder of KSK Group of companies
engaged in diverse business operations.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Industrial Project
from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from
Dr.John Peter Gray
He started his professional journey at 17. He joined P & O as an engineering cadet
completed a four-year sandwich course with an engineering diploma in mechanical and
engineering, including a year at sea on general cargo vessels and first-generation
vessels. Moving up the career ladder, he was soon promoted to Passenger ships as a
engineer and eventually returned to the shore to take up new challenges. John Gray
works as the Chief Operating Officer at Fair Deal, focusing on fleet management and
technical and safety services.
He is being awarded Doctorate in Corporate Strategy from
SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary Doctorate in Maritime from AIMRI.
Dr.Padma Shankar Coram
She is a well-respected and globally recognized Spiritual Healer, Meditation &
Wellness specialist, and motivational mentor. For the past 30 years, she has
extensively, learning different aspects of wellness modalities from the masters. She
a wealth of knowledge around leadership effectiveness, talent development, team
change of family engagement, culture, and goal achievement.
She is being awarded Doctorate in HOLISTIC WELLNESS
Specialization in ASHTA YOGA from ECOLE SUPERIEURE ROBERT DE SORBON and Honorary
in Wellness and Spirituality from AIMRI.
Dual Doctorate 2022
Sanjiv Kumar Khurana
President, Eros Tours and Travel Inc and Airtkt.com
He has 33+ years of experience in the travel industry, both as the travel agent and conceptualizer of a popular ticket booking site, AirTkt.com. He has worked as a travel agent and amassed a vast knowledge of all leading booking software, including Worldspan, Sabre, Amadeus, and Apollo. He is also adept at working with all major Airlines, has visited most the Countries, and has handled the passengers for a long time.
Group Captain KN Gopakumaran Nair, VM(G)
Chairman and Managing Director, Thumby Aviation Pvt. Ltd.
He is an Indian Air Force Veteran with a rich experience in Aviation. He took retirement from Airforce in 1998 and started his entrepreneurial journey. He has over 14,500 hours of accident/incident free flying in the 40 years of his aviation career. The President of India has also awarded him the prestigious Vayu Sena Medal Gallantry. He conceptualized the concept of HeliTaxi in 2017 after two years of market study, led by a solid vision to provide the fastest means of travel for a passenger from the city to the airport and vice-versa.
Capt. Yasser Jalal Yasser Hashem
Director, Fleet personnel, BAHRI Ship management
He is a highly proficient mariner with upstream & downstream expertise in world-wide hydrocarbon exploration, production and delivery. He has over a decade of sailing experience and dealing with hydrocarbons in ascending ranks from a Deck Cadet to a Harbor Pilot (Since 1999) on VLCC’s, Suezmax , Aframax Oil Tankers and Product Carriers. He also has a strong background in Internal and External Auditing for ISM, ISO 9000, SIRE inspections, Marine Quality Assurance, operation excellence and Risk Assessment.
CEO & Managing Partner of UHY James (Chartered Accountants & Management Consulting)
A renowned financial practitioner in the audit & advisory space in the UAE, backed by almost 30 years of experience and profound expertise on the workings of diverse industries. A seasoned professional with sharp business acumen and a passion for precision, his leadership style focuses on integrity while helping organizations drive strategic growth. He is the fellow member of ICAI and a certified member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) -Colorado USA.
Director, Marketing and Operations, Five oceans Ship Repairing and Marine Services LLC
An Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the maritime industry. He is a strong professional skilled in Negotiation, International Shipping, Engineering, Maritime Operations, and Project Engineering. As the Director of Five Oceans, he is responsible for all divisions, right from budgeting to decision making. He also ensures the incorporation of new technology into the company and the continual development of his staff
Sonja Louise de Pattenden
Regional Employee Benefits Business Development Director, AXA Gulf
A seasoned insurance professional with over 30 years’ of experience in the industry. She held the position of General Manager, Middle East and Africa at Now Health International and was part of the senior management team that set the company up from inception in 2011. Prior to Now Health, she also held the position of Head of Business Development for the Middle East and Africa for Aetna. She has spent more than 20 years in the Middle East, in management and business development within the employee benefits insurance industry.
Dr. Suma Velekat
CEO/ Founding partner, Maisaloon Group
A Dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in turnaround and high-paced organizations. Utilize keen analysis and insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices. She has superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, legal, financial, operational) issues and is adept at motivating staff to peak performance.
Managing Director, Sensation Group
He is an MS holder in Real Estate from NYU, and has 15+ years rich experience in RE across land acquisition, local legalities and JVs. He keeps himself well versed with the latest developments in the industry & enjoy a great relationship with Real-Estate linked Consultants Globally. Sensation is always enthusiastic of adapting new technologies & systems for improving all spheres of Real Estate development under its umbrella.
Mr. Ved Chhabra
Chairman and Managing Director of Interocean Ship Repairs LLC
An outstanding leader in the maritime industry. An entrepreneur whose skills and expertise has earned him recognition in both India and the Middle east. He went on to become the ‘first’ private entrepreneur to build and export the ‘first’ sea-going vessel from India. For his achievements, he was associated with the Government of India’s Engineering Export Promotion Council, Ship Building Division in 1976. Featured in Forbes Middle east four consecutive times and conferred with the UAE Business Leaders Award and the Lifetime Achievement award in Dubai this man demonstrates the success story of someone who had braved trying times with passion, perseverance and will.
Mr. Shyam Alimchand Bhatia
Founder, Alam Steel group
An entrepreneur and the head of a diversified business group in the Middle East he is an author, a sports enthusiast and a social worker who had been conferred with the Mother Teresa Award. He is named as one of UAE’s 40 most influential Asians, he has initiated his own foundation ‘Cricket for Care’ in 2007 and curated his own one -of – a -kind cricket museum. Under his astute leadership, Alam Steel has become one of the largest steel companies in the Middle-East in the last 30 years. Alam Steel was ranked as one of the top 20 most influential suppliers in the Middle East.
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Capt. Rado Antolovic
CEO- Dry Docks World - Dubai (LLC)
He has over three decades of extensive experience in leading maritime projects and port management. Throughout his career, he focused on directing strategy and operations, to drive innovation and large-scale transformation across international ports in Australia, Hong Kong, the EU and Russia. In his previous roles as CEO of NCSP JSC and a number of senior positions within DP World, P&O, APL and his seagoing experience with MOL, he successfully set-up, restructured, and managed their transformation to accelerate growth. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he has a passion for sports, having successfully represented the Yugoslavia Olympic team at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. He is currently the CEO of Drydocks World.
Capt. Mohamed Al Ali
Senior Vice President - ADNOC Logistics & Services
He is a successful professional with over 27 years of experience in oil and gas and shipping, Starting his career as a deck cadet with National Gas Shipping Company Ltd (NGSCO), he rose to become the first UAE National Master on an LNG carrier in 2008. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Offshore Logistics at ADNOC Logistics and Services (L&S). In his current role at ADNOC L&S, he oversees the commercial logistics and operational activities of the ports, offshore supply, and support fleet to provide end-to-end Offshore Logistics Solutions. Captain Al Ali successfully led the implementation of the Offshore Integrated Logistics service platform, one of the largest in the world, providing substantial efficiencies to UAE Offshore Industry.
H.E. Fareed Lufti
Secretary General- EIA
He is the Secretary-General of the Emirates Insurance Association and the Gulf Insurance Federation Secretary-General. He was earlier Group Director, Insurance Services at Dubai Holding, and remains one of the best-known insurance personalities in the GCC. He previously served as General Advisor of Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Co. and was Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Insurance in Dubai. He was a Founding Board Member and Advisor of Dubai International Financial Centre across insurance and reinsurance issues. He was also a member of the finance working group for the Dubai-United Kingdom Trade and Economic Committee (DUKTEC). This eminent personality continues to work tirelessly as a powerful lobbyist for the cause of insurance and correct insurance practice across the UAE and the GCC.
H.E. Abdullah Sultan Al Owais
Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry & Expo Centre/ Vice Chairman of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry
He is a respected and distinguished professional who has Occupied several positions at the UAE Ministry of Economy and Commerce from 1990 until 2003. He was the Assistant under Secretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy from 2005 until 2008, and Board Member of Emirates NBD from 2005 until 2013, He has also been vice chairman of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry since December 2014. He is currently the chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also chairman of the Expo Centre Sharjah since May 2014.
Mr.Saeed Al Malik
President- Middle East Fuji Group of Companies
He is a distinguished professional who has served the maritime industry for over three decades in various positions. Through his years of expertise and experience, he has played an instrumental role in bringing marine and industrial sectors together while following development plans and protecting the interests of ship suppliers. He is the founding member of UAE National Ship Supplier Association (UNSSA) and headed UNSSA as the President from its inception in 1999 until 31st December 2017. He was first elected to the Executive Committee of ISSA as an Executive Vice President in 2010. Since then, he has continued as a member of the Council and is currently the International Ship Suppliers and Services Association (ISSA) President. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) and 3rd-time president of I.S.S.A. Under his exemplary leadership, Middle East Fuji is now one of the most renowned names in the maritime supply business.
Mr. Brent Perry
CEO- Shift Clean Energy
He is a distinguished expert who defined an industry when he oversaw the development of the world’s first battery for marine propulsion. His 30-year history in commercial shipbuilding and deep knowledge of energy systems gives him a unique perspective on the hybrid and electric marine industry. He has personally been involved in most of the large hybrid and electric ferry projects on the water today. From Ampere in Norway to Scandlines Benedikte and the For Seaferries Aurora and Tycho Brahe, he has unsurpassed experience in the sector. He is an experienced, engaging and impassioned speaker. Major presentations include speeches at the UN Conference on Climate Change, COP21 in Paris and COP23 in Bonn.
Mr. K K Devanandan
Ex. CEO, TMT Shipping, Ex. Managing Director MSI & V. Ships
He is a well-accomplished professional with extensive experience in the maritime industry. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Avantgarde Shipping, a Singapore-based company that offers Ship Management, Ship Chartering, Ship Broking, and Sale and Purchase activities. In his professional journey, he held various key positions in his career, such as the Chief Operating Officer of TMT Singapore, the Chief Operating Officer of NOS Ship Management, the Managing Director of MSI Holdings, and the Managing Director of V.Ships Asia MSI Singapore Pte Ltd. In these positions, he streamlined operations, improved relationships with charterers and shipbrokers, and settled disputes with external parties and owning companies. He also supervised the implementation of systems such as BASS and accounting, effectively supervised new building processes, and led successful TMSA audits. He holds several accomplishments in his career, including the successful design, building, and delivery of FPSO Cyrus to the Persian Gulf region, the successful design, building, and delivery of FSO Admiral 1 in Indonesian waters, and securing 88 vessels in full management (out of 5 in Shanghai) and 10 in crew management for MSI Holdings.
Mr. Joe Brincat
Former Vice President - Middle East Region at American Bureau of Shipping
He is a very respected and accomplished maritime professional. He began his career as an apprentice with Malta Dry-docks. He worked as an Engineer on ships with Texaco and Cunard before returning to the shipyard as a ship repair manager. In 1982, he joined ABS as a Surveyor based in Lisbon, Portugal and later moved to Malta in 1984. He was transferred to Dubai in 1997, where he was responsible for the UAE operations and subsequently promoted to various positions, including Principal Surveyor for the Middle East Region, Country Manager for UAE & Oman, and District Manager for the Southern Middle East Region. As of July 2009, he was Vice President for the Middle East Region, responsible for 18 countries. During his time in the Middle East, he was responsible for several notable achievements, including leading the team in the classification of the first jack-up drilling unit being built in UAE, five FPSOs conversions in Dubai, and 24 jack-up units. He has been nominated to various Judging panels over the years with Lloyds List and Seatrade Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa Awards.
Capt. Gamal Fekry
Managing Director- MC Ship Management – Dubai
He is a distinguished Master Mariner with nearly 42 years of experience in the shipping industry. He was Global Manager Ship Vetting, then Manager of Vetting and Clearance at British Petroleum Shipping in London. He served with BP for 11 years and was the Regional Manager for Marine Assurance (Middle East). He was seconded to The Supreme Petroleum Council of Abu Dhabi as a Marine Manager, where he set up and established the ADNOC Vetting Department. Before BP Shipping, he worked with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company for 24 years. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors in Feb. 2014 after having served three years as Managing Director of Red Sea Marine Management DMCC (RSMM) in Dubai, one of Bihar International Co. Ltd.’s companies (formerly known as Bakri Group of Companies), a Saudi-based company involved in shipping, marine-related activities, and energy trading. After serving the company for 7 Years, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2018 and established MC Ship Management in UAE and Misr Ship Management in Egypt.
Capt. Naresh Kalra
Owner- KNK Group of Companies
He has an experience of more than three decades in the industry and has been trained as a cadet and sailed on cargo vessels. This has helped diversify the revenue profile, with services such as fleet and manpower management and tug and pilot boat chartering, along with building healthy relationships with counterparties. Established in 1990, KNK GROUP OF COMPANIES provides a wide array of complete shipping services, air travel, shipping-related training, courier, and logistic support. They aim to be a premier management service providing units offering economical, quality, and high safety standard services to their clients under one roof.
Mr. Svein Eloff Pedersen
Director- Delta Corp Ship Management
Born and raised on a small island north of Norway, he grew up in a family of fishermen and was the youngest of four brothers who all went to sea at 15. When it was his turn, he traveled from Oslo to Miami at 16 to work as a deck boy on a cruise ship. After three years of sailing, he applied to Technical College and became a Ship's Electrician. He completed his university education in Trondheim and later served as a petty officer at the coastguard base in Ramsund, North of Norway. He worked in Korea as a Newbuilding Superintendent and was soon hired by Siemens Norway as a Project Engineer. He was then assigned a management job with Norsk Hydro during the construction of the Oseberg Platform in the North Sea and was moved to Korea again. After working at DNV as a Newbuilding Surveyor in Korea and Bahrain, Pederson joined Wilhelmsen Ship Owning for their Ship Management arm in Dubai as a Technical Manager. He later became the Vice President of ITM. He was again appointed Managing Director of Barber Ship Management worldwide services in Kuala Lumpur before moving to the Senior Directors in Norway.
Mr. Joaquim Kiteculo
President & CEO- Sonaref
He is a seasoned maritime professional with over 30 years of experience in the Oil & gas industry. He has a proven record of executive management and driving complex projects such as Industrial facilities, Tank Farms, Marine oil Terminals, and Refineries. Before Sonaref, he was the Director of Strategic Major Capital Projects at Sonangol, managing a project portfolio of over 5 billion dollars. With a background in mechanical engineering, he has held roles as a technical engineer, project manager, and project director, supporting Sonangol's group projects. He holds a PMP certification, a Master's degree in Project and Programme Management from George Washington University, an MBA from Imperial College London, and Harvard School of Business certifications.
Mr. Jamil Al Ali
Middle East Regional Commercial & Business Development Director- Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
He graduated in 1990 as a Marine Engineer from South Tyneside College, UK, after completing his engineering cadetship sponsored by Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) and spent 30 successful years in the organization sailing and rising up to the rank of Chief Engineer before joining KOTC Head office as technical Superintendent in 2002. He has held various managerial positions in KOTC Head Office, from fleet engineering group manager to managing the Fleet new building group. He was often recognized for his key role in ensuring the KOTC fleet was maintained to the highest industry standards. He has headed the Kuwait delegation at the IMO MEPC meeting in London and represented Kuwait at COP 23 – Shipping Initiative in Bonn, Germany. He has now been appointed Head of Regional Commercial & Business Development for the Middle East Region within the Marine and Offshore Division of Bureau Veritas.
Dr.Sekharipuram Viswanathan Veeramani
Chairman & Managing Director- Fourrts
He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt Limited with All India marketing and exports to more than 50 countries. He has served as National President of the Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association for 3 consecutive years from 2014-2016. He continues to work with IDMA for the development and welfare of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry. He currently serves as Chairman of Tamilnadu Pharmaceutical Sciences Welfare Trust (TNPSWT), and also helps manage PKTI (Pharma Knowledge Training Institute). He was also the President of Indian Pharmaceutical Congress 2016 held at Visakhapatnam and member of the Jury for UBM India Pharma Awards and AWACS Awards for Marketing. He is also a Member of Committee of Administration (COA) for the year 2021-22 of the Pharmaceutical Export Promotion council of India (PHARMEXCIL), Government of India and Member of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee on Pharmaceuticals 2020`-22. He has been bestowed with many awards and accolades for his contributions to the industry.
With over 30 years of experience in the carbon black industry, he has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field and has played a crucial role in the growth and success of Indo German Carbons Ltd. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its operations and established a strong presence in domestic and international markets, focusing on innovation, quality, and sustainability. His commitment to excellence and ability to inspire and lead his team have earned him a reputation as a respected figure in the industry.
Dr.Muhammad Akbar Laghari
Chief Human Capital Officer-Abdul Latif Jameel
He is a dynamic HR Professional with a strong track record, he holds the position of Chief Human Capital Officer at Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ). Based out of Dubai, he supports the firm’s international operations through HR, in the EMEA region, Turkey and the Far East. Before joining ALJ, he worked for Mercer as the regional business leader for Broad-based Performance and Rewards. In addition, he has years of working experience for Oil & Gas companies, with a short stint in the Hospital & Healthcare sector in KSA, and a few years in Agriculture He has corporate and Consulting experience and thus has had the privilege of seeing many different organizational systems and cultures.
Mr. Ali Rakhbarmadani
Vice President- Mairin Shipping and Management Consultancy DMCC- Dubai
He is a result driven VP with an ability to strengthen business growth with cost effectiveness. He has over 20 years of valuable holistic experience and contribution in the Shipping industry organizing and implementing projects to meet business needs. With a master’s in mechanical engineering, he started his career in 2000 as a Technical Manager at IGAB Transport. He then worked with Admiral Line Shipping in 2003 as Asst Managing Director (MD) and promoted to Managing Director. He joined Marshal Shipping LLC fleet from 2009 to 2013 as Managing Director liaising with Shipping Line customers which led to increased business flow. He is currently the Vice President (VP) at Mairin Shipping and Management Consultancy DMCC, Dubai.
Mr. Osama Mohamed El Shafei
Projects Director- Abu Dhabi Ports
He is a Qualified graduate Mechanical Engineer, with more than 35 years of experience in Oil & Gas industry (onshore and offshore facilities). During this time, he worked with international companies like Abu Dhabi Ports, ADNOC Offshore, ZADCO, SUCO, Cx.C.C and Suez Canal Authority. In addition he has offshore experience on different types of barges in Arabian Gulf. As Mechanical engineer, he has been responsible for maintenance and condition monitoring of static equipment and rotating equipment in Zeit bay, and long term and short term planning for shut down activities and major overhauls. In his last 13 years of experience, he was focused in the field of offshore inspection, maintenance of Structures, pipelines and S.B.M's onboard inspection and maintenance vessels in Zakum, Satah, Zirku and Umm Al-Dalkh fields, usage of Navigation system DGPS(Starnav) and Fugro navigation system.
Mr. Ahmad Al-Ghamdi
QHSSE Vice President- International Maritime Industry
He is a distinguished QHSSE professional with extensive experience working in international multinational companies worldwide. He is an accomplished and technical-minded professional with an engineering background and over 32 years of experience in QHSSE, engineering design, and development of QHSSE management systems—a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. He has successfully provided effective solutions for continuous process improvement to increase work efficiency and revenue. He is currently the QHSSE Vice President at the International maritime industry.
Mr. Youcef Grebici
Technical Director | EX NGSCO- Gulf Navigation
He is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the industry. He is a former Technical Manager on LNG fleet Technical operation and Senior Technical Superintendent, with a record of maintaining good standards and performance to meet the challenging business demands within the Oil and Gas Shipping industry. He has four years of experience in Marine Technical Consultancy projects management, 11 years as Head of technical and Senior Technical Superintendent for LNG/C Fleet with National Gas Shipping Company -NGSCO, ADNOC group. (Abu Dhabi, UAE),11 years as Senior Marine Surveyor & Lead Auditor ISM, ISPS & BV/QI with Bureau VERITAS. (Dubai, UAE) and14 years as a seafarer, exclusively on LNG carriers, Oil & Chemical tankers, HYPROC Oil & Gas National Shipping Co, Algeria. He is currently the Manager, Principal Marine Technical Consultant and superintendency, for projects for LNG ships, LPG ships, Oil Tankers, Containers ships and other type of ships for Refit Execution Support and Tasks Management supervision.
Dr. Muhammed Ishtiaq
General Manager Production- ATM Enterprises FZE
He is an energetic management professional having 30+ years of experience with a varied background, combining the best elements of manufacturing, technical assessments, production planning, sales, procurement, projects management, product designing & development, operations management, quality management, multi-site management with implementation of quality management systems and food safety management systems, ISO 22000, HACCP, ECAS. He is currently the General Manager Production at ATM Enterprises.
Mr. Romany Nagib M.Ekladyous
Manager- Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)
Our next AIMRI Industrial doctorate honoree is a seasoned professional who currently works as the manager at the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. DEWA works within the main three themes of the fourth generation of government excellence system, as a reference for all of its government excellence programmes to make people happy. DEWA manages the entire chain of electricity and water, from electricity and water production to transmission and distribution to its customers.
Dr.Christopher Percival QVRM
Managing Director - Regent Asset Management International
He is an experienced international executive with a proven track record, high reputation, and the ability to build and grow teams and sustainable and scalable business within the International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) and Financial Services sector. His experience includes Group Life and Insurance Brokerage. He has a deep market knowledge within the HNWI space, the Group and Corporate sector with 10+ years’ experience in the UAE/GCC market, as well as the setup of new regulated entities and extensive international business development in the UK, Asia and the Middle East. He is the fellow of the Chartered management institute and CEO & managing Director of Regent Asset Management International Limited.
Director – Infrastructure & Capital Projects - Emirates Schools Establishment
Dr. Ramamurty Ayyagari
Managing Director - Arka Global Marine Services LLC
Dr. Prakash Thomas
Project Director - ADNOC Drilling
Dr. Ian F Prescott
Chief Executive Officer - Lamprell Energy Limited
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