OBG Bahrain Team: Anna Dabrowska, Country Director and Gregory Kramer, Editorial Manager
Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consultancy firm, has put in place a new team to oversee its latest project on Bahrain’s economic development and investment opportunities.
Anna Dabrowska moves to Bahrain from Qatar to take up the role of Country Director while Gregory Kramer has been appointed OBG’s Editorial Manager in the Kingdom for the second consecutive year. The team will spearhead the groundwork and compilation of business intelligence for OBG’s forthcoming publication The Report: Bahrain 2012.
Dabrowska said she was delighted to be playing a pivotal role on OBG’s new report which is expected to provide in-depth analysis of Bahrain’s efforts to drive growth in services and manufacturing.
“Our research is set to put a number of developing sectors in the spotlight, particularly Bahrain’s manufacturing industry, which is a key component in the Kingdom’s plans to diversify its economy,” she said. “We will also be exploring the steps Bahrain is taking to ensure it retains its position as a favoured investment destination following the unrest earlier in the year.”
Kramer added that the new report would explore the progress Bahrain was making in expanding high-potential growth areas, such as tourism, IT and finance. “Our work will also involve closely following the National Dialogue which is expected to be pivotal in the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to attract investors,” he said.
Dabrowska played a valuable role on OBG’s Qatar project, securing contributions for its most recent report on the State from a number of leading national figures, including the Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani and the Minister of Finance Yousef Hussain Kamal. Her career exploring the workings of emerging economies has taken her to Jordan, South Africa, the Philippines and Mexico.
As a key member of OBG’s Bahrain team, Kramer was instrumental in documenting the important developments taking place in the Kingdom’s economic development for The Report: Bahrain 2011. In his role as Editorial Manager, he has interviewed Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj.
Michelle Solomon, OBG’s Regional Director, voiced her confidence that the experience both Dabrowska and Kramer have acquired across the Gulf would help the Group push new boundaries in its 2012 report.
“Bahrain’s continued success diversifying its economy away from hydrocarbons, the important regional role it plays in terms of financial services, together with the challenges it faced earlier this year, have highlighted the need to ensure accurate and up to date business intelligence is made available to international investors,” she said. Both Anna and Greg possess an in-depth understanding of the economic landscape across the region and beyond. I am confident that their skills, together with the valuable work Greg has carried out in the Kingdom for OBG during the past year, will help them raise the bar once again in our highly-anticipated 2012 publication.”
The Report: Bahrain 2012 will mark the culmination of more than eight months of on-the-ground research by a team of analysts from OBG. It will provide information on opportunities for foreign direct investment into Bahrain’s economy and will be a guide to the many facets of the Kingdom, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and sectoral developments. The Report: Bahrain 2012 will be available in print form or online.