Radha Krishna Panday
Ambassador of Canada to UAE
Radha Krishna Panday (BA (Economics and Political Science), University of Toronto 1984, MA (Economics), University of Toronto 1987) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1986. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Executive Director on the Board of the Asian Development Bank. Immediately before that, he was seconded to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as Director General, Market Access Secretariat, with responsibility for the management of bilateral relations, market access issues, and market development activities. He has also served as Minister (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Other overseas assignments have included Dubai, as Canada's first Consul General, Washington DC, as Minister Counsellor (Congressional Relations), Seoul, as Counsellor (Market Access), and Singapore, as Trade Commissioner. Headquarters assignments with Global Affairs Canada have included roles as Director, Softwood Lumber Division, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of International Trade. Mr. Panday is married to Sonja Panday.
Muwaffaq A. Ghazi
Muwaffaq joined CBC-Abu Dhabi in 2004 as a member of the Executive Committee. At that time, the Council, not registered with ADCCI, was in a period of flux. When the past chairman left Abu Dhabi, Muwaffaq was chosen as its chairman. He led the challenge with his committee to develop a constitution and bylaws and officially register CBC Abu Dhabi with the ADCCI in March 2005. Muwaffaq is well-known in the insurance industry. He established Emirates Insurance 25 years ago and was its Chairman during that time. He is now an independent insurance broker with his company, Triumph Insurance Consultants operating in Abu Dhabi. Muwaffaq and his wife Ghada have two children; Fadi, a freshman student at the University of Toronto and Tamara, a graduate of the University of Toronto, now studying at Palmer College, San Jose, California to be a chiropractor. He has a home in Toronto Canada and his support of Canada is well known in the Abu Dhabi society and government circles.