Daij bin Salman al-Khalifa

Position: Chairman, General Organisation of Sea Ports

Biography: Daij bin Salman al-Khalifa is the undersecretary for ports affairs at Bahrain’s Finance Ministry and also the chairman of the board for the General Organisation of Sea Ports, the body responsible for developing and regulating the country’s maritime and logistics zone industries. Previously, Al-Khalifa was president of Bahrain Customs from March 2006 until June 2008. Prior to this, he was assistant undersecretary for foreign trade at the Industry and Commerce Ministry. Al-Khalifa has sat on the board of several companies, including being the chairman of Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company, chairman of Bahrain Airport Company and board member of the King Fahd Causeway Authority. Al-Khalifa has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American University in the US.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 735 9595

Hassan Ali al-Majed

Position: Director general, General Organisation of Sea Ports

Biography: Hassan Ali al-Majed is director general of the General Organisation of Sea Ports. Prior to his current position, Al-Majed held several positions in Bahrain’s maritime and customs community, including deputy director general and acting deputy general for customs affairs; director of custom inspection; and assistant head of maritime safety and environmental protection. Al-Majed served as a sailor with United Arab Shipping Company in 1982, qualifying as deck officer class 3. He worked a vessel traffic management system officer and senior marine pilot. Al-Majed has a master’s degree in maritime administration from the World Maritime University in Sweden. He also holds a second mate certificate from Scotland, a diploma in nautical science from the UK and a certificate in leadership for democratic society from the Federal Executive Institute in the US.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 735 9595

Eid Abdulla Yousuf al-Yaqoub

Position: Deputy chairman, General Organisation of Sea Ports

Biography: Eid Abdullah Yousuf al-Yaqoub has been deputy chairman of the board of the General Organisation of Sea Ports since 2006. Prior to this, Al-Yaqoub was president of customs and ports at the Finance Ministry. Earlier, he served as chairman of the board of the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard, the United Arab Shipping Company, the Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company and the Middle East Navigation Aids Services. The General Organisation of Sea Ports oversaw the development of Khalifa bin Salman Port, which opened in April 2009. Al-Yaqoub holds a second marine officer certificate from Southampton in the UK and a diploma in marine shipping management studies from Sweden and also Egypt. Al-Yaqoub was the youngest GCC citizen to qualify as a marine pilot in 1970.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 735 9595

Ahmed Isa Bubshait

Position: Assistant undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Industry and Commerce Ministry

Biography: Ahmed Isa Bubshait is a senior representative of the Foreign Trade, Industry and Commerce Ministry and a director on the board of the General Organisation of Sea Ports. In addition to being the undersecretary of foreign trade, Bubshait is a member of the board of the Bahrain Livestock Company, the Bahrain Convention and Exhibition Authority, the King Fahd Causeway Authority and the GCC patent office. Bubshait has a bachelor’s of science degree in geology from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He also has a gemology diploma from the Gem and Pearl Testing Laboratory of Great Britain and has completed a leadership management diploma (Gulf executive programme) from the University of Virginia in the US. As cargo and freight volumes increase at Bahrain’s new port so will the foreign trade coming into Bahrain itself.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 757 4777

Lars-Peter Gronberg

Position: Managing director, GAC Global Marine Leisure Logistics

Biography: Lars-Peter Gronberg is a Swedish national and is managing director for GAC Global Marine Leisure Logistics. Gronberg held senior management positions with GAC in Nigeria from 1994 to 2003. Prior to this, he worked under Bech Management in Denmark from 1991 to 1993. Gronberg was an officer cadet at the Royal Swedish Naval School and has a bachelor’s of science degree from the Swedish Nautical Science Merchant Marine Academy. Gronberg also holds a postgraduate diploma from the Polytechnic South West in Plymouth in the UK and a diploma in management studies. GAC Bahrain is one of the largest shipping and forwarding agencies in Bahrain. Gronberg has served as a board member of the General Organisation of Sea Ports since 2006. He is also the head of mission of the Swedish consultate in Bahrain.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 733 9777

Iain Rawlinson

Position: Chief commercial officer, APM Terminals Bahrain

Biography: Iain Rawlinson has been chief commercial officer of APM Terminals in Bahrain since July 2006. The Netherlands-based operator was awarded the concession to operate the new Khalifa bin Salman Port in 2005. Rawlinson is responsible for commercial, sales and business development activities at the port. He has worked in the Middle East since 1994, initially representing LEP International in Bahrain before working with Sea Land in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In 1999, following the acquisition of Sea Land by Denmark’s Maersk Line, Rawlinson opened the agency for Maersk Sealand in Bahrain, followed by the establishment of an agency for Maersk Logistics in 2001. In 2004, Rawlinson was appointed as the key client manager for Maersk Line in Saudi Arabia. He is a qualified barrister and holds a degree from Durham University in the UK.

Contact Tel: (+973) 1 736 5500