Swiss Business Council Award
Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates
presented by IWC Schaffhausen
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. – The Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce that H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, has been awarded UAE Business Personality of the Year 2017 and Franco Vigliotti, PhD, EPFL Presidency & Dean of EPFL Middle East, has been awarded Swiss Business Personality of the Year 2017 in the 2nd Swiss Business Council Award Ceremony.
The Swiss Business Council Award is given by the Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates and presented by IWC Schaffhausen, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, to give recognition to one Swiss and one UAE personality of the year.
A panel of judges was formed that carefully selected the two awardees of the “SBC Award 2017”. Part of the committee was H.E. the Swiss Ambassador to the UAE Maya Tissafi, H.E. the Consul General and Director of the Swiss Business Hub Chris Watts, the President of the Swiss Business Council Dubai and Northern Emirates Peter Harradine, IWC Reginal Brand Director Luc Rocherau and the President of the Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi, Jean-Marc Suter.
The awardees were honored at the SBC Award ceremony at the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi on 12th October 2017 in the presence of H.E. Jürg Stahl, President of the Swiss National Council, H.E. Maya Tissafi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE, H.E. Chris Watts, Consul General and Director of the Swiss Business Hub, Jean-Marc Suter, President of the Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi and 150 distinguished guests.
His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri has been a key figure in the UAE’s transformation into a unique attractive environment for investment and commerce. With a never-tiring commitment, His Excellency has played an essential role in making the UAE a thriving haven for foreign businesses, including the more than 200 Swiss companies which chose to settle in the UAE for their regional activities. A remarkable result of those invaluable efforts and a true milestone for Swiss-UAE relations was the signing of the EFTA-GCC Free Trade Agreement, a testimony of the deep trust between the UAE and Switzerland. His Excellency played a crucial role in ensuring the proper implementation of this landmark agreement in the UAE, which contributed to the enhancement the opportunities for bilateral trade.
Thanks to the dedication of Dr. Franco Vigliotti, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Middle East (EPFL Middle East) has become a catalyst for Swiss-UAE cooperation: it has contributed to creating the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, the first building under “MINERGIE” standards in the MENA region, an edifice which consumes a third of the energy of standard school buildings. Similarly, it supports the Ras al Khaimah government in the conception and implementation of its waste management strategy. Finally, the institution was instrumental in the creation of several start-ups, including “Enerwhere”, a company which provides solar energy solutions and employs 40 people in Dubai. Through his commitment, his hard work and his vision, Dr. Franco Vigliotti has made an invaluable contribution to Ras al Kaimah, the UAE and Switzerland.
About The Swiss Business Council Award
The Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi proudly presents an exclusive SBC Award Ceremony under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates, presented by IWC Schaffhausen, the Swiss watch manufacturer, to give recognition to one Swiss and one UAE personality of the year for their outstanding achievements and their invaluable contribution to the Swiss-UAE relations.
The mission of the Swiss Business Council Award is to recognize exceptional contributions of Swiss and UAE individuals who have notably enhanced and intensified the bilateral friendship and global relations between Switzerland and the UAE, be it in the economic, cultural, commercial, educational or political sector and are committed to upholding and to the further development of those strong ties.
A panel of judges was formed that carefully selected the two awardees of the “SBC Award 2017”.
Sponsors and Partners of the Swiss Business Council Award 2017 include
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About IWC Schaffhausen
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people, and maintains partnerships with organizations dedicated to climate and environmental protection.
About Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi
The Swiss Business Council (SBC) Abu Dhabi, established in the year 2000, is a non-profit organization, licensed by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI). It is a socio-cultural-economic forum that promotes the interests of companies and individuals bridging Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.
For over 16 years, it has been serving the community by organizing and supporting a wide range of events. In 2016 it created many valuable opportunities and marked its presence through 32 events with over 2’200 people in attendance plus more than 15’000 visitors at the Swiss Christmas Market. It has successfully launched the SBC Award & Gala Dinner, which is a celebration of Swiss-Arab business relations merging. With it the first SBC personality award was launched to honor two outstanding personalities for their achievements in linking Switzerland and the UAE closer together. All events are open to members and invited guests; they are supported by sponsors and managed by the Executive Director.
The SBC Abu Dhabi has an active, enthusiastic and constantly expanding membership base. It is open for membership under individual and corporate categories. In addition, it has another independently managed branch in Dubai and members may join both and thus increase their networking benefits in both Emirates.
The primary objective is to support commercial and personal relationships among its members, by providing a platform for high profile networking and discussion of business opportunities. The SBC regularly successfully teams up with other Business Councils organizing joint events to further increase the networking opportunities for its members and to benefit from synergies.
For more information, visit: www.swissbcuae.com