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Dr. Koch received in the GRC offices the new Consul-General of Canada, Kris Panday, to discuss issue related to GCC-Canada relations. Mr. Panday is the first Consul-General to be appointed to Dubai.

Dr. Koch held a meeting with Mona Seghal, Jeena Beverridge and Jeffrey Phillips, of the US Governmental Accountability Office (GOA) in Washington DC to discuss US-GCC Relations specifically in relation to the Gulf Security Dialogue.

Dr. Koch discussed current developments in the Gulf states during a visit to the Middle East Policy Council in Washington DC including a meeting with their newly appointed president Frank Anderson

September 29, 2009


The Chairman of the GRC, Abdulaziz Sager, met with Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Board Member Aziz Pahad, the former Deputy Foreign Minister of South Africa, and Hayden Allen, General Manager at ACCORD for Corporate Affairs. They were joined in the meeting by Dr. Christian Koch, Director of International Studies and Dr. Oskar Ziemelis, Director of Cooperation at the Gulf Research Center. The discussion focused on closer relations between the two institutions, ACCORD’s plan for the building of a Green Peace Center in Durban, South Africa, the role of conflict resolution in international affairs as well as regional trends and developments.

September 28, 2009


A delegation from the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) visited the Gulf Research Center. The delegation consisted of Dr. Tom Pearsall, EPIC Secretary General and Dr. Richard Kirk, CEO, Polyphotonix Company who were accompanied by Dr. Dieter Fuchs, General Manager of the Fraunhofer Middle East Office. EPIC is a not-for-profit consortium that brings together 80 European photonics businesses and institutions in support of sustainable development. The delegation discussed potential cooperation with the GRC Chairman and the managers of the GRC Science & Technology and Environment Research Programs.

September 23, 2009


Dr. Koch received at the GRC Mr. Joerg Herrera, the newly appointed Deputy Consul-General of Germany in Dubai to discuss current development and the status of German-UAE Relations