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Brent Brough
Chairperson

CCO of InflowControl
InflowControl

Brent Brough is CCO of InflowControl a Norwegian oil & gas tech company. He has 23 years of international experience gained from working and living in Canada, Russia, UK, Norway, and UAE. He possesses director-level experience in energy technology companies and start-ups. Brent earned an MBA from Warwick Business School in Coventry UK and graduated Chemical Engineering from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary Canada.


Robyn Albers
Vice Chairperson

Owner and Lead Consultant
Clear Speak GCC Consulting
www.clearspeakgcc.com

Robyn Albers, a seasoned business communication expert, brings over twenty-five years of experience in training employees and university students in Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. With a Master's degree in Education in TESOL and a strong track record of providing successful training solutions, Robyn is a leading authority in the field. Robyn's career highlights include a seventeen-year tenure at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, where she delivered effective training in business communication. Now, as the Owner and Lead Consultant of Clear Speak GCC Consulting, she offers unparalleled expertise in speaking skills for public speaking, interviews, business pitches. She also provides expertise in email communication, and intercultural communication to professionals in the UAE and beyond. Robyn's expertise has enabled her to help clients achieve remarkable successes, such as passing interviews, securing multi-million dirham grants, preparing for video shoots, and winning prestigious speech contests. She has published academic articles on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and has received international recognition for her outstanding teaching abilities. At the core of Robyn's mission is a commitment to helping employees communicate their messages with confidence and competence. She believes in the power of simple and clear messaging to increase productivity and success in the workplace. Robyn is available to answer your questions about CBC membership or to hear your feedback and ideas at Robyn@ClearSpeakGCC.com


Faiza Usman
Treasurer

Senior Vice President, Business Finance - UAE Platform
Mubadala Investment Company

Faiza Usman is Senior Vice President supporting the UAE Investments Platform as part of the Business Finance team at Mubadala Investment Company. She is a Canadian Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in developing and building teams, strategies systems and processes to elevate the efficiency of the accounting and finance function of action-driven organizations. Before moving to the UAE, Faiza was responsible for internal controls, statutory reporting, management reporting, and taxation at various leading Canadian-based companies including KPMG, Bell Canada and Barrick Gold. Faiza holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University, is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA) Certified Public Accountant as recognized by the State of Illinois, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Manhal Younes
Secretary
Head, Admin and Governance

Science Teacher, Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada)

Manhal Younes was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, and went to McMaster University in 2000-2004 for his first degree in Genetics and Biochemistry. He served in the Canadian Forces for 9 years as a Healthcare Administrator, becoming Officer Commanding of 23 (Hamilton) Field Ambulance, and was responsible for coordinating the materiel, 1000+ personnel, vehicles and equipment of all military field hospitals across southern Ontario. He went back to school to become a Certified Clinical Research Associate specializing in allergy and asthma in clinic, and then later did a double masters in New York in Biological Sciences/Adolescent Education (2013). He has been employed as a science teacher in the UAE since 2015, and since 2017 at Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada). He currently teaches Grade 7 and 8 science full time, balancing curriculum and classroom management with professional development. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher in Good Standing, as well as Nova Scotia certified. He has been a Curriculum Leader in the Ontario private school system, and has extensive technological knowledge using Google Classroom and Microsoft products. He has created his own teaching website as an exemplar for his colleagues, and regularly advocate and contribute in pedagogical spaces. He speaks, reads, and writes fluent Arabic, and has a working knowledge of French.



George Holland
Board Director

Vice President of Operations

PALAerospace LLC Abu Dhabi.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, I am Vice President of Operations for PAL Aerospace LLC in Abu Dhabi. I am responsible for all PAL operations in the UAE, including in-service support, aircraft and component maintenance, aircrew and maintenance training, and aviation component manufacturing. Prior to joining PAL in 2016 and moving to Abu Dhabi full time in 2017, I served for 15 years as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Military, specialising in the global strategic movements of military personnel and equipment. From 2006 to 2010, I co-owned and operated a boutique digital marketing company in Montreal, specializing in video marketing strategy, content production, and video streaming. From 2010 to 2015, I was Senior Operations Manager in Afghanistan for a Canadian/US aviation company, responsible for fixed- and rotary-wing aviation operations support to the US Department of State Airwing and various NATO military contingents. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce from the Royal Military College of Canada. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, fitness, reading, and music.



Nirmal Mull

Board of Director

Vice President
Parsons

Nirmal Mull is an infrastructure and energy professional with a global experience of more than 25 years. Nirmal is Vice President of Strategy and Growth at Parsons has been an Abu Dhabi resident for over 10 years. Nirmal's experience includes leading and growing integrated teams of amazing people for business transformations, establishing solutions ecosystems and partnerships, business planning, business operations, and multi-disciplinary ventures across numerous countries and continents. Before moving to UAE from Canada, Nirmal experience includes project finance and city development. Nirmal is a certified engineer licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario. During his time in Canada, Nirmal served as a treasury and advisor for India Canada Association. Nirmal is passionate about nurturing human potential and harnessing the power of technology. Other interests include health and well-being. Nirmal graduated with a Master's from the University of Windsor and received his MBA from INSEAD.




Tasha Sawchuk

Board of Director

VP Strategy Development
Abu Dhabi Ports

I am a proud Canadian who has had the opportunity to be an expat for over 15 years in Australia and Middle East. On a personal perspective, first and foremost, I am mom with amazing children aged 4 and 6 who are thriving here in UAE and consider themselves Canadian, French (husbands from France) and from the desert. I enjoy being active and participate across local fitness events such as running, CrossFit and triathlons. Career wise, I have an MBA and am an executive-level professional with 15+ years’ experience in strategy execution across airlines, hospitality, property development, tourism and most recently transportation within the Middle East and Australia.



Amin Sajan
Board Director

Consultant Emergency Physician
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

I am a Consultant Emergency Physician from Vancouver. This stint will be my third time living in the Middle East. Most recently, we lived in Abu Dhabi from 2012 to 2018 and just returned last December. While we lived here, I completed an MBA from London Business School and was able to work on multiple collaborations with major health tech industry partners on projects to support the clinical planning of a $2B green field health campus build in Vancouver. I’m excited to explore how to raise the profile of Canadian health care brands in the GCC market. .



Irfat Muna
Board Director

Executive Director
Roshn

Irfat Muna is an Executive Leader with Proven Experience in leading international teams, with 27 years of experience in multinational environment in (Aviation Construction, Infrastructure, Real estate Development), Her expertise in P&L, cash flow forecast, budget analysis had helped her in achieving the business KPI, Delivering strong market growth and revenue performance improvement. Internationally accredited. Held key executive and management positions in strategic developments. Currently , Irfat is an Executive Director, Program Management with Roshn Group, a leading Real Estate Developer owned by Public Investment Fund , Previously, she had been a mentor for many years as part of the talent management program, as a Quality Assessor for SKEA she helped in Performance measurement, corporate governance, and organization structure assessment. She is a member of GCC Board of Director Institute, and an international member of Institute of Directors (IoD), UK.



Loc Pham
Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Program Manager

Embassy of Canada in the UAE

Loc Pham (B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering, University of Ottawa, 2001; MBA, McGill University, 2006; Graduate Diploma, International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2018) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2008. In Ottawa, Mr. Pham has held positions in the Pacific Gateway Marketing group, Europe & Central Asia Commercial Relations, South, Southeast Asia, and Oceania Commercial Relations, and more recently in the CanExport SMEs program as Deputy Director (2018-2022). Mr. Pham has served abroad in Turkey (Second Secretary, Commercial) and in Myanmar (Counsellor, Political and Commercial). He is currently the Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada in the United Arab Emirates.

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