Mr. Francois Guibert is the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board. He holds an Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale France and has more than 40 years of substantial experience in the areas of investment & trade promotion, business development, sales & marketing as well as advisory and consultancy services.
Mr. Guibert has spent more than 35 years at STMicroelectronics where he held several key positions such as the Vice President of Corporate Business Development in Geneva for 12 years, and as the Executive Vice President for Greater China & South Asia Region for 10 years in Singapore. He was appointed as Senior Advisor of ESTIN, a European Strategy Consulting company in September 2016.
He has several accolades in recognition of promotion of industries and enterprises in Asia. He also acted as the Board member of the Singapore Economic Development Board for 5 years where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee for a period of 2 years from 2012 to 2014.
In his capacity of Founding Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Guibert advocated for the consolidation of bilateral ties and strategic partnership between the EU and ASEAN countries.
Mr. Ken Poonoosamy is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board. He is also the Head of the Investment & Trade Directorate of EDB.
Mr. Poonoosamy has a solid academic and professional background with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of investment promotion and has implemented targeted promotional campaigns to access emerging markets with a view to spurring FDI inflows in the ICT/BPO, real estate, financial services, biotechnology, logistics, seafood, manufacturing and the Freeport sectors.
He is also a much-solicited adviser and speaker at international conferences on Africa‐related investments, good governance for IPAs, ease‐of‐doing‐business practices, shipping, seafood and logistics, amongst others. Moreover, he currently serves on the boards of several important government bodies.
Mr. Poonoosamy also served in the Mauritius Freeport after having been in employment at Deloitte and Touche. He holds a Master’s degree in Port and Shipping Management, a BA (Hons) Economics and International Trade from Leeds Metropolitan University (UK). In addition, Mr. Poonoosamy has earned a professional diploma in shipping from Lloyds (UK). He also followed a Graduate General Management Programme at ESSEC Business School in France.
The EDB has been set up to provide strong institutional support for strategic economic planning and ensure greater coherence and effectiveness in economic policy formulation. It also has as mandate to promote Mauritius as an attractive investment and business centre, a competitive export platform as well as an international financial services centre of repute. The EDB also acts as the main institution responsible for country branding for investment promotion and business facilitation.
Mrs Nirmala Jeetah leads the Manufacturing - New Industries cluster. She holds a Masters in Investment Promotion and Economic Development from Edinburgh Napier University. Mrs Jeetah has acquired extensive experience in investment policy review, strategic planning, improving investment climate, investment agreement negotiations, investment promotion and investment project facilitation and has been actively involved in regional projects, having been the Chairperson of the SADC Investment Sub Committee for 2015 – 2017.
Dr. Drishty Ramdenee is presently head of the bio-economy department of the Economic Development Board (EDB) which englobes the Ocean Economy, Agro-Industry, Healthcare and Lifesciences sectors and oversees several innovation-related initiatives at the level of the EDB namely the spearheading of the Artificial Intelligence sector.
Drishty Ramdenee has served as the director of Quebec’s Institute in Industrial Maintenance and has been involved in several major projects namely the structuring of the Industry 4.0 concept in Quebec, development of Business Intelligence tools for several companies including major mining giants. Drishty Ramdenee is an author of more that 50 scientific publications and co-authored the ‘Advances in Wind Power’ edited by Rupp Cariveau. Drishty has also been three times recipient of the University level entrepreneurship award for the Bas St Laurent region (Canada) and won the national level Force Avenir award for Science and Technology in 2012.
Mr. Faraz Rojid holds an LL. B (Hons.) from the University of London, and an LL.M in International Economic Law from the School of Law of the University of Barcelona.
He was a legal intern in the SPS Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva; a Legal Consultant for the Investment Division of the United Nations in Geneva; and an Investment Executive at the Board of Investment of Mauritius. He was previously the Officer-in-Charge of the ex-Financial Services Promotion Agency (FSPA).
Faraz has authored and co-authored articles in trade and investment laws in transnational journals and United Nations publications, including the World Investment Report 2012 and the International Investment Agreements Negotiators Handbook.