The Spanish Business Council is a private non-profit organization whose aim is to establish a corporate platform to strengthen business and cultural ties between Spain and the United Arab Emirates, by linking Spanish companies to Emirati public and private entities.
It has been founded in 2005 and supported by the Spanish Embassy and the Spanish Commercial Office in the UAE.
The Spanish Business Council gathers Spanish companies/individuals or foreign companies/individuals, which want to establish business relations in the United Arab Emirates.
Decisions are made by a Board of Directors, led by a chairman and two vice-chairmen, and carried out by an office coordinator.
Vision and Mission
To improve commercial relations between Spain and UAE playing a leading role in the expansion of the bilateral relationship.
- To promote Spanish commercial and business interests in the UAE and encourage economic and commercial activities, investments and other initiatives between the UAE and Spain.
- To offer to the members of the SBC a platform to exchange information and experiences and to communicate and interact with Public and Private entities and persons in the UAE by means of meetings, gatherings, seminars, conferences and receptions.
- To strengthen commercial, economic and cultural ties and promote mutual awareness between the UAE and Spain.
To reinforce the image of Spain in the United Arab Emirates.
Chairman of the Spanish Business Council
Ricardo Fisas, CEO of Natura Bissé Int. FZE ( Middle East )
Vice – Chairman of the Spanish Business Council in Dubai
Tomás Solís Director ARTECHE MIDDLE EAST
Vice – Chairman of the Spanish Business Council in Abu Dhabi
Ramón Areitio Toledo, Accounting and Consolidation Director CEPSA
Members of the Board
Agustín Rodríguez Head of Corporate Affairs and Compliance, MENA, AMADEUS
Anouar Zaoudi, Chief Representative of BBVA
Maya Khelladi, Director Gulf Countries of Caixa Bank
Mario Bayarri, Chief Executive Officer of Mediapro Middle East
Dorothee Anjos, General Manager of Multilem Middle East
Maria Rubert Advocate at United Advocates
Mariano Andrés General Manager F&B Division, WAFI