The Bureau des Trustees is the main management body of our organization.
It is mainly shaped by the ideas of its founding members, and others who shared our philosophy and objectives, which were incorporated during the first stage of FEMOZA. Some of these members provide open and regular support, while others have offered their help anonymously to FEMOZA during our 20 years of operations.
From 1999 to 2019, an Executive Committee has been responsible for executing the guidelines set by the Bureau des Trustees. During the FEMOZA meeting held on April 29, this Executive Committee was dissolved and the position of an Executive Director was created in its place.
FEMOZA’s Executive Director, currently Mr. Juan Torrents, is the link between the Bureau des Trustees and the SEZ community.
Juan Torrents, from Barcelona, Spain, is a senior adviser on international trade and special economic zones, having worked as a consultant since 1986. He is the founder and president of FEMOZA, the world’s leading zone federation.
For 25 years, Mr. Torrents gained private sector experience in sales, logistics, finance and management, creating a worldwide network as Managing Director in different economic sectors such as Textile Machinery and Logistics.
Juan later entered the public sector during the decade of 1986-1996 as Managing Director of the Barcelona Free Zone. During this time he led the zone to diversify its activities, develop, expand and increase its influence worldwide. As a result, he gained public recognition in 1989 as Barcelona’s best promoter of the year.
Mondher Khanfir is a professional with a extensive experience in business consulting, governance, transformation strategy and investment advisory. His passion for public policy as an enabler development drove him to policy analysis and advocacy, mainly in Africa and the MENA region, […]
[…] where he is regularly appointed as an expert by different International institutions, namely the World Bank, OECD, UN-ESCWA, AFD, GIZ and EBRD.
Mr. Khanfir assists governments in managing infrastructure investment plans to better integrate international value chains. He authored several reports and led many missions to implement framework programs. He is also a recognized Mentor and Speaker in the Startup Ecosystem.
Mondher has been involved with FEMOZA since 2014, especially in PPP projects. He is the Head of the “For a Shared Prosperity in Africa” Think Tank and the Founder of the African Institute of Public Private Partnership.
With more than 15 years of practical FDI experience in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region, Mazdak Rafaty is FEMOZA’s Gulf Coordinator and an expert foreign investment with a special passion for SMEs, entrepreneurship and startups.
In his PhD thesis, Mr. Rafaty investigated SMEs as sustainable foreign investors to emphasize the importance of small foreign-owned companies for a sustainable development of their host countries. He is a trusted partner and advisor to numerous UAE based international chambers of commerce on social-economic and business aspects in the MEA region, serving as board member for various organizations.
Mr. Rafaty is based in Dubai, having worked there for years in administrative positions. Since the last 5 years, he has been covering the MEA region as the columnist of the fDi Magazine, published by the Financial Times.
Cui Yi is FEMOZA’s China General Director and a senior FDI expert, with 10 years of working experience in some of China’s largest national business organizations. He has extensive connections with companies, entrepreneurs and politicians from across the world.
He is a key organizer of delegations of Chinese top entrepreneurs and business leaders accompanying state leaders of China on their visits to Europe, Asia and America. Mr. Yi also serves as the Chief Foreign Liaison Officer of international ministerial and higher-level summits held in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. Further, he is the Founder of the International Advisory Network (IAN), with 2,000+ lawyers worldwide.
Mr. Yi has a Master’s Degree in Business English from the UIBE and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economic Law from Tianjin Foreign Studies University.
FEMOZA’s Advisory Board
Since we believe in SEZs and their real potential to contribute to the economies of developing countries, FEMOZA created an Advisory Board. Its main objective is to provide help and support to anybody within the SEZ community through our Training Center, offering human and technical resources for the development of Free & Special Economic Zones globally. We have also the experience and knowledge to attend after care projects.
To guarantee the highest standards of professionalism, our Advisory Board is composed exclusively of experienced professionals with successful prior projects implementing, developing, and operating SEZs.
We act as a consultant, and receive professional fees for our services. Due to our NGO status with no lucrative purposes, our fees qualifies to be considered a social cost in emergent countries.