Fariborz Samadian “Sam” has been since the beginning and even before the opening of the Embassy one of the main drivers for establishing a Swiss Business Council in Qatar. He is working in Qatar since 2010 and is Chairman of Swiss OpenAir LLC.
Ex-officio / Swiss Business Hub Middle East-Qatar
Sarra Messaoudi has been in Qatar since 2008. She works currently as Commercial Attaché and trade officer for Swiss Business Hub Middle East-Qatar with their partner Switzerland Global Enterprise. She provides support to Swiss SMEs who are interested in exporting, investing into Qatar and links companies and institutions between both countries.
Executive Member – Deputy Secretary / Treasurer
Antoine Berberi has been in Qatar since the beginning of 2016. He works as General Manager in Alfardan Jewellery where he has been focused on the expansion of the family owned business. His professional background initiated in IT, however Antoine moved into FMCG, retail and watches & jewellery sales where he has spent most of his career working for large brand portfolios composed of the most prestigious and luxurious international enterprises including Swiss companies.
Executive Member – Business Development Officer
Mabrouk Benattia is a senior executive with many years experience in the field of strategic management.
With over two decades of experience in providing strategic management oriented risk and resilience management in Europe, Africa and the GCC, he will help to further develop and strengthen the local and international business network and shape the future of the SwissBCQ.
Mabrouk has also a good understanding of international security matters covering a variety of interconnected issues.
Urs Straub has been in Qatar since 2008. He has been an active supporter of the Swiss community activities in Qatar and will focus on promoting the SwissBCQ and developing interaction between the various business councils and relevant entities. Urs is CEO of Aljabor Cement Industries (LafargeHolcim).
Executive Member – Treasurer
Beat Reinhart has been in the ME for over five years and in Qatar for two. With similar experience in the US and Switzerland, he is big supporter of connecting Swiss in the business community. Beat is a banking and finance specialist on comprehensive risk management systems implementations based on regulatory requirements across Treasury, Finance and Market Risk.
Executive Member – Secretary
Elisabeth Palander has been in Qatar since 2009. She works for Authorized Trading, who are the specialist when it comes to natural stone care and protection. As part of the Executive Team, she is striving to develop further the Swiss platform for the community as well as for the Qatari business partners to ensure further growth and success.