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Mr. Samer Kurdi

Partner – Vice Chairman at Sunbulah Group

Profile

Professional Experience:

Partner – Vice Chairman at Sunbulah Group: Sunbulah Group is a leading company in the Middle East in the field of food manufacturing and distribution, with multiple manufacturing sites, and close to 35 exports countries. www.SunbulahGroup.com. Since 1999, I have held multiple positions at Sunbulah Group, resulting in building vast experience in all aspects of the business, including marketing, sales, manufacturing and quality, strategy and development, IT, and human resources.

Global Chairman at Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO): The Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) is the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, with almost 10,000 members in 50 countries, and more than US$ 550 billion in combined revenues of members, and close to 2 million employees in members’ businesses. 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the organization. www.EOnetwork.org. I have been a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization since 2003, and have been a president of the Saudi chapter, then the director for the Middle East. Since 2010, I have been elected as Global Chairman for the entire organization until 2013, and I was the first non-North American Global Chairman in the history of the organization.

Member of the Board of Directors at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Innovation Factory: The Innovation Factory is a group within The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Our focus lies in building businesses from the ground up. Looking for Innovation through Inspiration. www.facebook.com/JohnsHopkinsInnovationFactory www.jhu1.com/board.php I have been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Innovation Factory since March 2013. I have also been a guest speaker/lecturer at the MBA program of the Carey School of Business.

Member, Industrial Committee – Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry: I have been selected in 2014 by the Board of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry “JCCI” to be a member of its Industrial Committee. The Industrial Committee of JCCI is concerned with formulation of strategies for the development and growth of the industrial sector in Jeddah Province. Also, the committee aims to study & identify problems/issues facing Jeddah industries, to propose appropriate solutions, and to raise them to decision-makers in related government bodies. www.JCCI.org.sa

Executive Committee Member at Al-Aghar Group: Al-Aghar Group is Saudi Arabia’s most prominent Think-Tank. It has led the efforts on many different national initiatives, including the Transformation of Saudi into a Knowledge-Based Society, and the Developmental Plans of Makkah Region. Al- Aghar has over 700 members nationwide from some of the most prominent government, non-government, private sector, scholars, and thoughts leaders. www.Al-Aghar.org. I have been a member of Al-Aghar since 2006, and have worked closely on many initiatives. In 2010, I have been appointed as a Member of the Executive Committee, which oversees the activities of Al-Aghar.

Founder & Partner – Sukna Development Company: A company specialized in developing home units suitable to the new trends for city living since 2013: www.Sukna.com.