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WLP Global Summit Discussion Leaders

Meet the global leaders from business, government, and international organizations who will lead discussions at the WLP Global Summit.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is one of Dubai's leading businessmen. He is the Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World – which helped to launch the WLP at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also the Chairman of the Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation.

Mr. Bin Sulayem’s expertise and visionary leadership spearheaded the rapid expansion of Dubai’s infrastructure, including ports and free zones, contributing significantly to the stellar growth trajectory of the United Arab Emirates. He was also a leader in developing the infrastructure supporting Dubai’s successful tourism industry, among various other sectors.

Mr. Bin Sulayem is a Board Member of the Dubai Executive Council, the UAE Federal Tax Authority. He is also Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One.

Mike Bhaskaran, CEO, WLP

Mike Bhaskaran is CEO of the WLP. He is also COO for Logistics and Technology of DP World.

Mr. Bhaskaran has valuable experience in Blockchain, e-commerce technology, and driving innovative digital capabilities in complex supply chains at scale. He started his career within Engineering before moving into Distribution Operations and Supply Chain at Dell Computer Corporation. Prior to joining the WLP and DP World, Mike was the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Staples Inc.

Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager, WLP

Mahmood Al Bastaki is General Manager of the WLP. He is also the COO of DT World and Chairman of the Board for Dubai Trade.

Mr. Al Bastaki has played a major role in the advancement of e-business in the Middle East region. An expert in e-governance solutions, he served as the CEO of Dubai Trade before taking up his current responsibilities. He is also the former Acting Director of E-Services of the Dubai E-Government where he formulated the then E-Government Strategy.

H.E Bakhyt Sultanov, Minister of Trade and Integration, Republic of Kazakhstan

H.E. Bakhyt Sultanov started his career in 1994 as a leading economist in the division of corporatization and licensing of the financial market securities Department in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since 1995, he has held numerous governmental positions including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Mayor of Astana (now Nur-Sultan). In June 2019, he was made Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

H.E Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Minister in charge of Talent Attraction and Retention at the Ministry of Economy, UAE

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was appointed the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade following the new UAE Government structure in July 2020. H.E. also oversees the development of non-oil foreign trade sectors and the expansion of global partnerships, in addition to enhancing the investment climate in the country, in order to cement its position as a major business destination at the regional and global levels.

H.E. Amadou Hott, Minister in charge of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, Senegal

Prior to joining the Government of Senegal as Minister in charge of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation in April 2019, H.E. Amadou Hott was the Vice President of the African Development Bank’s Power, Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change Complex since November 2016. He has 20 years of experience in areas such as structured finance, sovereign wealth funds management, investment banking, infrastructure and the development of integrated energy solutions.

Basil Pietersen, President, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

Mr. Basil Pietersen has valuable expertise in the logistics industry and has managed projects in more than 40 African countries. He served as a chairperson of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and senior vice-president of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). In late 2019, he was elected as the new President of FIATA.

Pranab Kumar Das, Director of Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization

Mr. Pranab Kumar Das started his career in 1985 as an Assistant/Deputy Commissioner in the regional Customs of Bengaluru Area in India. Since 1992, he has held numerous positions at Customs Authorities including Commissioner of Customs at Delhi Preventive Zone, Chief Commissioner of Customs at Chennai Customs, and Special Secretary and Member of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.

In January 2019, he was made Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, Ministry of Finance. Mr. Pranab Kumar Das was then elected as a Director of the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate at World Customs Organization, and joined the Secretariat in January 2020.