Focus on Syria
New Investment and Business Opportunities in a Transformed Market



08.00h - 09.00h



Registration and coffee

09.00h - 09.15h   Opening Session:

  • Opening remarks: Dr. Fawaz Akhras, Co-Chairman, British Syrian Society
    09.15h - 10.45h   Panel Session One:
    Transformed Business Environment: International viewpoint

    Moderated by: Wafic Said, Chairman, Said Holdings Limited

    Guy Gantley, Middle East/North Africa Economic Advisor, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
    • Bashar Jazmati, Manager Middle East/Africa, HSBC Bank plc
    Peter Young, Director, Adam Smith International, UK
    10.45h - 11.15h   Coffee Break
    11.15h - 11.45h   Keynote Speech:
    H.E. Dr Abdullah Dardari, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Syrian Arab Republic
    11.45h - 13.15h   Panel Session Two:
    Success Stories of Investors

    Moderated by: Brian Constant, Treasurer, British Syrian Society

    • Daudi Lelijveld, Vice-President of National Sugar Company, Syria
    Gordan Carrick, Senior Vice President Operations, Petro-Canada
    • Dr. Mohamad Al Sakka, Dean, Faculty of Business, Kalamoun University, Syria
    • Robin Cole-Hamilton, Director, Massar - The Children's Project
    13.15h - 14.30h   Lunch: Haberdashers' Hall Reception Gallery
    Sponsored by Bank Audi
    14.30h - 15.00h   Keynote Speech:
    H.E. Dr. Adib Mayaleh, Governor, Central Bank of Syria
    15.00h - 16.15h   Panel Session Three:
    Getting Established in Syria

    Moderated by: Costi Chehlaoui, Vice Chairman Syria Kuwait Insurance and Advisor Syria Gulf Bank

    • David Freeman, Solicitor and Consultant, Thomas Eggar Solicitors, UK
    Bassel Hamwi, Deputy Chairman and General Manager, Bank Audi, Syria
    Amer Moujtahed, Director Information Technology, Syriatel Mobile Telecom
    Alistair Drew, Director, Willis Re
    16.15h - 16.45h   Tea Break
    16.45h - 18.00h   Panel Session Four:
    Syria in a Changing Political Climate

    Moderated by: Ghayth Armanazi, Executive Director, British Syrian Society

    • HE Dr Faisal Al Miqdad, Deputy Foreign Minister, Syria Arab Republic
    • Peter Ford, Former Ambassador to Syria and Representative of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
    • Raymond Hinnebusch, Professor, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews
    18.00h - 18.15h   Closing Remarks
    Sir Gavyn Arthur, Lord Mayor 2002 - 2003, City of London
    18.45h   Cocktail Reception at Gibson Hall Garden Room
    Sponsored by Said Holdings Limited
    Guest violinist: Maria Arnaout
    Guest pianist: Radwan Zerikly

    Gala Dinner, Gibson Hall Banqueting Suite
    Sponsored by Said Holdings Limited

    Keynote speech:
    Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram, QC, Member of Parliament

    Introduced by:
    Sir Andrew Green, Co-Chairman, Britsh Syrian Society

    Vote of thanks:
    H.E. Dr. Sami Khiyami, Syrian Ambassador to London