Muscat: The Omani French Friendship Association held a Board Meeting on the 13th of January 2022, during which it appointed a new President,welcomed new members of the Board and of the Events Committee, and approved an ambitious programme of events for the first semester 2022.
Mr. Sulaiman Al Harthy, Chief Executive OfficerofAlizz Islamic Bank, already a member of OFA, was nominated to the position of President of the Board. All present Board members, as well as the French Ambassador, Honorary member, payed tribute to the former President, Sheikha Hind Bahwan, for her instrumental role in establishing OFA as a major bilateral association and her continued involvement.
The Board also welcomed a new member,Mr. Sergio Giorgi, new Managing Director of Total Energies in Oman, as well as two new Committee members, Ms. Fatma Al Barakat and Mr. Bechir Chehab, Managing Director of JC Decaux in Oman.
After an intense agenda in the fall 2021 including a Board meeting, an inspirational women of Oman conference, a gastronomic event at the French Residence for “Goûtde France”, a presentation on VAT in November, followed by an encouraging conference on adventure tourism in December, the programme of activities of OFA for the first semester 2022 will includethree conferences, on perfumesin February, on digital transformation in March within the 4th edition of the French Week, and on energy in May, as well as social and cultural events, with a networking cocktail in January, a traditional Iftar in April and a live music in June, for the “Fête de la musique”.
OFA is a non-profit organization that aims at providing a platform that promotes friendship, understanding and matters of mutual interest between French and Omani business and social communities active in the Sultanate of Oman. The members of the Board of the Omani French Friendship Association are:
Mr. Sulaiman bin Hamed Al Harthi - Chief Executive Officer, Alizz Islamic Bank, Mr. Erwan Rouxel - Contracts Representative, Veolia,Sheikha Hind Bahwan - Founder and Chairperson, BahwanCybertek Group, Mr. Talal Said Marhoon Al Mamari- Chief Executive Officer, Oman Telecommunications Company SAOG, Mr. Nailesh K Khimji - Director, KhimjiRamdas, Mr. Mohammed Al Kharusi - Group Director, Business Development, MohsinHaiderDarwish LLC, HE Saleh Al Zakwani - Executive Chairman, Apex Press & Publishing, Mr. Shawqi Sultan, Mr. Sergio Giorgi - Managing Director, Total Energies.