Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi


Dear SBC Abu Dhabi members,

Please find here the SBC Abu Dhabi Activity Report of the year 2016:

SBC Activity Report 2016


The Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi held its 17th Annual General Meeting on 28 March 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, one of our member hotels.

During the meeting elections for Vice President took place and we are pleased to announce that Dr. B. R. Shetty, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, nmc Healthcare, has been re-elected as Vice President and will be serving another two-year tenure. At the same time the Advisory Board has been re-elected and will be serving a four-year tenure. The re-elected members of the Advisory Board are:

– Mrs. Jacqueline Duvoisin, Region Director MEA, Turkey, Iran & Central Asia, ELSEVIER
– Mrs. Maissa Fattal, Founder, Ibtisama
– Mr. Alexander Matthey, Senior Project Manager, Etimad Strategic Security Solutions
– Mr. Jean-Claude Salamin, Hospital Consultant

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gérard Bloch as a new Executive Committee member.

Mr. Bloch has a broad technical experience in geosciences and petroleum engineering covering the exploration and production aspects of the oil and gas industry. With four years in academia and over 36 years of experience in the industry, his expertise resides in the areas of carbonate reservoir characterization and geo-engineering (integrating static and dynamic data to build geo-cellular models) to optimize field development plans, predict reservoir performance, assess hydrocarbons resources and reserves and support economic reviews of oil and gas assets.

He was born in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and has an MSc in Geology and a post graduate certificate of Hydrogeology from the Neuchatel University. He initiated his career in 1978 as a research scientist at the Center of Hydrogeology of Neuchatel University, in association with the EPF of Lausanne (Switzerland), then in 1981 he joined Shell International in the Hague and occupied different positions as Exploration Geologist and Production Seismologist in several countries (The Netherlands, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tunisia, Gabon, Tanzania, Malaysia). In 1998, he was seconded to ADCO, the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Hydrocarbons Operations, where he held the positions of Geo-science Coordinator, Geo-science Discipline Expert till 2009 when he retired from Shell. He then joined ADCO as a Direct Hire and in 2011 he became Team Leader in the Gas Development Division till July 2016. He is currently a Project Manager and Independent Subsurface Oil & Gas Consultant at Terracotta International Employment Services in Abu Dhabi.

We are delighted that Mr. Gérard Bloch agreed to join the Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi. We are convinced that his presence and involvement will further strengthen the effectiveness of the Executive Committee and benefit the entire Council. We are very much looking forward to working with him.


The Annual General Meeting was followed by a reception which allowed our members to mix and mingle.

Minutes of 17th Annual General Meeting of the SBC Abu Dhabi


Thank you for your interest and support!

Best regards,
Charoline Engel
Executive Director


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