ISPI EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) invites you to join us in Tbilisi, Georgia, for our 11th conference September 26-28, 2013!
Only you can contribute your unique perspective! At ISPI EMEA, we believe that a conference is more than its programs and presenters. Our conference participants are every bit as much a part of the total learning experience, as our fabulous presenters. Our conferences are compelling because of their innovative, active/interactive format. We invite forward thinking professionals, with a global perspective on performance, to visit our blog or our conference website to view a video containing participant reactions and to read feedback from our 2012 conference. You will also find more information about the 2013 conference and links to for registration. Everyone who attends an ISPI EMEA conference becomes part of these exciting learning/sharing events.  Following is a sample of what you will experience at our Tbilisi conference.

  • Simulation – running throughout the conference, featuring a real client
  • Senior executive panel
  • Smorgasbord event – short presentations over lunch
  • Keynote presentation
  • Concurrent sessions – check our blog and web site

A Panel of Senior Executives Takes on the Topic of Improving Performance in Emerging Markets
One of the highlights of the conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th. Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with a panel of senior executives with diverse backgrounds in a special two-hour session. We have invited respected senior executives representing large-scale heavy industry, telecommunications, and academia who are willing to share their thoughts and insights with our conference participants.

Do you have questions you would like to pose to experienced senior executives successfully leading organizations playing a significant role within their chosen marketplace?
Here is your chance!! Our impressive panel of senior executives will present and discuss their perspectives on the challenges and rewards of managing and improving performance in the real world of their business experience within emerging markets. We will develop the questions to guide this discussion from ideas suggested by conference registrants in advance of the conference. There will also be time within the two hours for questions and comments from session participants.


Farooq SiddiquiFarooq Siddiqui is general director of one of the largest industrial enterprises in Georgia, Rutavi Metallurgical Plant, where he has overall managerial control and is in charge of strategic policy development and implementation of an encompassing restructuring scheme covering construction, installation, and start-up of new production units, in addition to modernization of existing production units.

For two years, Mr. Siddiqui was COO-Production and Trading at ISTIL Group in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he represented ISTIL Group’s interests in the industrial companies within which the group was a shareholder. For more than four years, he was general manager at Metalsrussia Corp. Ltd. in Moscow and for 12 years worked as a superintending engineer at Pakistan Steel.

Rustavi Metallurgical Plant is the largest metallurgical complex in the entire Caucasus region. Today the plant’s new management and owners are embarking on a major program of investment and restructuring to reestablish the company in regional markets and expand into new global markets. We invite you to read a message from the director on the Rustavi Metallurgical Plant website

David LeeDavid Lee is president of MagtiCom, one of the leading wireless telephone carriers in Georgia. For more than eight years, he was MagtiCom’s general director. He managed the company immediately following the Rose Revolution and successfully guided the company during a period of great political upheaval.

Prior to that he was first deputy general director of Comstar, a fixed line operator based in Moscow; vice-president of Metromedia in Moscow where he covered operations; regional director of South East Asia Cable & Wireless PLC in Singapore; CEO of Sakhalin Telecom Mobile in Russia; and mobile business manager at TeleYemen in Yemen.

He is currently chairman of the board of trustees at Eurasia Partnership Foundation Georgia and chairman emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.

MagtiCom, a mobile communications operator, has over 2.8 million subscribers to whom it offers a guarantee of reliable, secure, and uninterrupted connection. The company maintains a focus on technological innovations and providing world standard services. MagtiCom is the biggest company operating in Georgia.

R Michael CowgillR. Michael Cowgill, in his 15th year in Georgia, is the president and co-founder of Georgian American University’s (GAU’s) Business, Law & Social Sciences, Natural Sciences & Engineering, and Humanities & Liberal Arts schools in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has over 37 years of experience in managing all phases of projects in over 40 countries in the energy and education industry with emphasis in project and construction management; environmental, regulatory, and strategic analysis; operational risk management; corporate social responsibility; and global business development. From 1999-2003 he was the pipeline adviser for the Government of Georgia providing strategic, regulatory, and technical assistance for the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (oil) and South Caucasus (natural gas) Pipelines.

Currently, he is first vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.

The Georgian American University was established in 2001. Initially offering degrees in business and law, the university has undergone many changes. By 2012, high rates of employment among students and graduates allowed GAU to stand out in the marketplace. Anyone interested in learning more about the university can find the GAU website about-university.

Panel Facilitator
Juan Pablo Ortiz Jiménez, Partner and Senior Consultant, YesP Consulting AB, Sweden

Juan Pablo Ortiz JiménezJuan Pablo Ortiz Jiménez has worked as a senior consultant at YesP AB since 2003. During the past 10 years, he has been responsible for numerous successful performance improvement interventions and change processes in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. He is a valued partner in helping organizations, teams, and individuals achieve measurable and meaningful results. His experience includes work with large multinationals, the public sector, and non-governmental organizations. He combines theoretical and empiric knowledge with strong training, speaking, and facilitation skills.

Previously, he held executive positions in the IT industry between 1998 and 2002, and worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) between 1990 and 1997. He has formal education in journalism and communication. He has lived in Mexico, Colombia, Sweden, and China, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Swedish.

As a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement since 2004, he has attended many of its conferences. He facilitated the Senior Executive Panels of the ISPI EMEA conferences in Sweden (2010) and Macedonia (2011).

Remember that we intentionally limit the size of our conferences. We do this to ensure that all participants get the full value from these unique events, where our participants are every bit as knowledgeable and experienced as our presenters and as important to the success of these world-class learning and sharing opportunities.

We invite YOU to become part of a select group, this year in Tbilisi. Plan to learn, share, and grow with ISPI EMEA and our host and partners Chemonics and USAID, September 26-28, 2013, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

USAID Chemonics

We look forward to meeting you in Tbilisi!