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Testimonials
Mohammad Yousaf Pashtun, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
"It was a pleasure to be with you in the conference in Dubai. Thank you very much for the BEST POSSIBLE ARRANGEMENTS. I liked and appreciated all the details of the topics covered. With hope for more success of your work which is the base of success for Afghanistan."
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Joe Caruana, Dräger Medical GmbH
"It was a pleasure to attend the CWI Summit in Juba South Sudan; I would like to congratulate you all on the excellent organization against such difficult situations. It was very beneficial for my company to be present and I look forward to positive result."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Nicos Chulk, Seafast Group
"The whole event was excellent and very much appreciated and worth every second of my time."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Mark Jones, USACE - Afghanistan Engineering District-South
"Overall I thought the conference was very well run and the staff very professional. Thank you for the opportunity. Please keep USACE South in mind for the follow up conference in May."
The Afghanistan Summit

Don Ritter, Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)
"As partners with CWI Summits on a recent Dubai Summit on Afghanistan, we found them to be extremely well-organized in their ability to attract high-level officials and important businesses, and in putting together valuable roundtable networking sessions to complement the Keynote and Panel speakers. CWI executives and staff are seasoned professionals who proved to be not only sophisticated in their ability to execute on a complex event in a foreign country but also we at AACC found them to be honest and trustworthy individuals who were true to their word. It was a pleasure to work with CWI colleagues like CEO Chris Higgins, Conference Mgr. Ian Whitty, Marketing Mgr. Jason Smith and Administration Chief Ms. Anna Bobcow to name just a few of the stellar performers on the CWI Team. Indeed, AACC looks forward to working with CWI Summits on another opportunity related to Afghanistan, this coming spring."
The Afghanistan Summit

David Billingsby, Conrico International
"Mr. Higgins; My thanks to you and your team for another excellent Summit from which I expect to transact business in South Sudan."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Lyle Hendrick, Fluor International Inc.
"Meeting CWI team was most refreshing; overall organisation - excellent; speakers - very good with one exception; benefit - could be conduit for mission accomplishment."
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Paul Cruickshank, UNOPS Afghanistan Operations Centre (AGOC)
"Truly excellent event, with obvious benefit for those attending on both sides of the fence. Very impressive event management displayed by CWI - many thanks indeed."
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Emily A. Buckman USAF, Defence Logistics Agency (DLA)
"The Summit went incredibly well. Truly enjoyed sitting down with many business teams during the afternoon sessions. Thanks for your amazing support."
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Najwa Naderi, Eagle Kabul Corporation
"Conference was fabulously organised. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Please add my company to your list so we are informed of future conferences."
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Ehssanullah Saeedi, Southern Women Logistics and Construction Company
"This was one of the most wonderful events with plenty of opportunities that I have participated in.The hospitality was excellent and CWI Staff being so kind and cooperative. Thanks, CWI!"
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Khan Agha Rezayee, Aria Target Logistics & Services
"Thanks for the summit it was good opportunities for those company which they want to open new way of business in South Sudan as the government are interest to support foreigner companies."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Norman Banks, Southern Mapping Company
"It was a pleasure to work with you and your colleagues this week. I think that you climbed more than a few mountains to pull this conference off and I think that you guys did a magnificent job. I was not able to say goodbye to all of the team so please see this is done."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Stein Bexrud, Vizada Networks
"Great to be able to meet so many Ministries and build networks. We have lots of good opportunities to follow up on."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Hon. Garang Diing Akuong, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment
"This was a fantastic Summit ever organised in the Republic of South Sudan. It gave South Sudan an excellent chance to show its business and investment potentials to the International Investors. The investors have had a real picture about investment in South Sudan."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

William Oyet, Ministry of National Security, Office of the President
"Truly we are impressed with such great arrangement for this investment Summit held here in Juba. You have lifted us to the International level. I have nothing to say. Your service is excellent and I would say all things has been excellent. Please do it again soon."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

James Yousif Kundu, Ministry of Petroleum & Mining
"This has been a successful Summit. It has provided a rare opportunity of networking between public & private sectors."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Gholam Sachi Hassanzadah, Dehsabz City Development Authority (DCDA) - 'New Kabul City'
"Excellent arrangements + preparations + services + results, many thanks for that! If we would be planning a conference for Kabul New City Development in Dubai or Kabul, we would be for sure asking for your support."
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Ahmad Jan Naeem, Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health
"Participating for the first time in the Summit was very informative and exciting; it was a great opportunity to network. We was so glad that there is so much interest from the private sector in the development of Afghanistan."
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Zahid Hamdard, Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation Development
"I must say CWI excelled in organizing this conference right from the start. When I say this, I mean the day invites were sent out, there was a lot support shown to make sure that conference participants participate. Though in little time we were supposed to arrive in Dubai, everything went great, and conference participation was a success. The two days conference’s proceeding were well arranged both with human support, and logistics. Participation from very key private and government leadership was very visible and engaged. I personally felt, I need to be in such conferences, and through this conference, I was able to connect around 5 construction companies to work with ministry of rural development, which I represented. The speakers of the conference were highly profile leaders of corporate services, and a great path and vision was outlined during the speaking notes. International investment was encouraged through different stalls and desks. All stalls represented by companies were informative, and the conference sessions were very informative. I felt the conference was a great session and venue for matching up government and private sectors, and there were many issues that were discussed openly. Representatives of the US government and private sector at the conference along with senior Afghan officials formed the main success."
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Paul Spellacy, Lego Afghan Logistics (LAL)
"I just wanted to say it has been a pleasure to attend the summit and get to know all of you. The professionalism and execution of the event was outstanding. I would like to express my personnel gratitude to all of the CWI team on a “job well done” and I look forward to attending the next summit. Once again thank you."
The Afghanistan Summit

Rohullah Ahmadzai, Afghan Investment Support Agency (AISA) - USAID
"I on behalf of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) whole-heartily thank you and CWI Summit Management team for your sincere efforts towards convening The Afghanistan Summit held on 16th- 17th Jan, 2012 in Dubai. I strongly believe the summit was first of its kind in the history of those Forums, Match-Making conferences and B2B gatherings, I have ever experienced. I appreciate the way CWI Summit managed B2B sessions and the pre-event arrangements in order to find relevant match to each participating organization/individuals. Moreover, I & my colleague Marshall Ferrin had fruitful meetings with a number of investors during the two days afternoon B2B sessions. We have started to work with some of them and hopefully a number of them are expected to enter the Afghan Market."
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Doug Brooks, International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
"The Afghanistan Summit was an unqualified success – well managed, well resourced and hugely successful from our perspective. I’ve known almost all the CWI personnel for several years, and they have truly brought the best talent together to run these events. They have been able to attract impressive high-level speakers combined with a phenomenal networking model. Their last conference was hugely useful for our association and our Member Companies that attended the event, and we look forward to working with them in the future."
The Afghanistan Summit

Jamie McGinlay, Orbis Terram Solutions
"I wanted to personally thank you for all of your hard work and assistance that you gave myself and Chantal both before and during the Afghanistan summit. We found that everything went very well and we managed to draw an exceptional amount of information from all areas and our meetings are still continuing and being booked up for opportunities that we hadn't looked into before. Thank you also for you help and assistance during the round table section for getting me in to speak with all that I wanted to and all the CWI staff were exceptional at going that extra mile. Please ensure all of the staff and team involved know how delighted we were with the whole experience."
The Afghanistan Summit

Bishop William Lobu Upendo, Acape Christian University of technology (ACU)
"The Summit held in Juba for the last three days has been highly incredible, very impacting."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Victor Irama, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment
"This Summit has been a very successful one and has provided a unique opportunity for investors all over the world to hear and get first hand information from various government ministries, representatives, commissions, UN and NGOs about investment opportunities in South Sudan. Thanks to CWI Summits and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment for organising this wonderful event."
The Republic of South Sudan Investment Summit

Doug Brooks, International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
"The Afghanistan Summit was an unqualified success – well managed, well resourced and hugely successful from our perspective. I’ve known almost all the CWI personnel for several years, and they have truly brought the best talent together to run these events."
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Don Ritter, Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)
"As partners with CWI Summits on a recent Dubai Summit on Afghanistan, we found them to be extremely well-organized in their ability to attract high-level officials and important businesses, and in putting together valuable roundtable networking sessions."
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Jason Kennedy, International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
"I want to thank the whole CWI team for putting on a great conference; I know ISOA got a lot of value out of it."
The Afghanistan Summit - CSCM

Arnold Fields, U.S. Marine Corps (RET), Peacefulquest, LLC
"I wish to congratulate CWI and your excellent staff for organizing and conducting another highly successful summit focusing on Afghanistan's current and future development. Each of the three Afghanistan Summits has been timely, especially as the country continues its transition from a donor agency model to a viable private sector driven by internal and international investment. Thank you for your leadership and innovative thinking that have been pivital in bringing together so many distinguished individuals committed to Afghanistan's current and future development. It has been my honor and pleasure to be invited to participate in CWI events and to personally witness the exceptional professionalism, commitment and personal courtesy exemplified by your staff. CWI is certainly helping to make a positive difference in troubled areas of our world"
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Sulaiman Akbari, Mercy Corps - Afghanistan
"The initiative and the arrangements by the CWI is PERFECT. I appreciate it and thank you for that."
The Afghanistan Summit III

Paul Cruickshank, UNOPS - Afghanistan Operations Centre (AGOC)
"This has, once again, been a remarkably successful, well-organised summit. It is rare to attend such an event during which there are, quite literally, no issues which need to be raised with the event organisers. Excellent, and well done CWI."
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Farid Nabi, Comprehensive Agriculture & Rural Development Facility (CARD-F)
"From attracting investments in agribusiness point of view, I found the event successful. The summit enabled some potential Afghan and foreign entrepreneurs to talk to us and get information on policy measures as well as facilities and access to finance etc., and information on value chains with high returns of investment in Afghanistan. We arranged follow up meetings in Kabul. In summary, this event was successful and more of such summits should be arranged."
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Waliullah Rahmani, Kabul Center for Strategic Studies (KCSS)
"Congrats for this amazing event on Afghanistan and promoting investment at the time that there is not much hope for Afghanistan beyond 2014. The positive side of the Afghan picture discussed in the last two days of the conference is what we need. That is only CWI that projects such a hopeful picture of my country, so keep it up!"
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Lela Achles, Express Publishing
"A very interesting conference and well organized. CWI members were friendly and helpful. "
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Shaimaa Badra, ICDL GCC Foundation
"Provided an excellent platform for networking & showcasing projects of interest with the right audience at the right place."
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Hamed Al-Raweshidy, Network of Iraqi Scientists Abroad (NISA)
"Well-organised Summit, well done!"
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Tim Kerr-Dineen, Kings Colleges
"From the opening reception to the end of the second day I found this event to be enjoyable, informative and extremely helpful. The opportunities to network with existing contacts 24/7, and to establish new links with Iraqi government officials, were exceptional. Many thanks!"
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Patricia Bond , University of Kentucky Graduate School
"CWI has done an exceptional job in planning and executing the event. The programme has been well organized and coherent in its design. The staff members have been outstanding in their care of every single detail throughout the event. The event far exceeded my expectations."
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Ajmal Paiman, Afghanistan Enterprise Development and Advisory (AEnDA) Program - ISAF
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues at CWI for organizing such an important and successful event. As someone who is in routine contact with Afghan vendors, I believe that event like the Afghan Summit are key in promoting the private sector in Afghanistan as a catalyst for economic development. AEnDA team has greatly enjoyed the summit and we derived much benefit from it. The event was a good opportunity for us to match with Afghan private sector most of whom are in contact with us and are utilizing AEnDA’s services for their needs."
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Pamir Patang, Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce & Industries
"Events of such nature are very useful for Afghanistan's economic growth. The Afghanistan Summit gave my Ministry an excellent opportunity to target key businesses to come to Afghanistan and invest in the giant market of mining, agribusiness, cashmere, transport, fruit processing, construction and other areas of interest to investors. We managed to attract some if not all businesses to come to Afghanistan and invest here. I thank CWI for its professional organisation of the event - which really had the touch of business and Afghanistan investment oriented."
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Louis Littleton, Afghanistan Enterprise Development and Advisory (AEnDA) Program - ISAF
"The Summit provided a great opportunity for our Afghanistan Enterprise Development Advisory (AEnDA) team to meet leaders, vendors, and donors who all share the same goal of supporting a better future for Afghanistan; the conference was great!"
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Nasria Pashtun, Development of a New Future Organization (DNFO)
"Wonderful conference! Met many people and learned a lot form people I spoke to. Overall, it was a great experience and a very informative conference."
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Junaid Azam, Afghan Business Council - Dubai
"First of all Afghan Business Council in Dubai would like to thank the organisers for inviting us to the Summit. Indeed it was a very nice summit and I have really enjoyed it and I am very happy about the CWI management. In the future, we will work together to make the upcoming summit even more successful. If you need any assistance from our side, I and the Afghan Business Council are always at your service."
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Naseem Akbar, Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization (Harakat-AICFO)
"It was a real honor to be part of the CWI Summit and present on the work of Harakat in the Investment climate reform as well as our position and projects on anti-corruption in Afghanistan. I also thank the organizers for the hard work they put in order place the development of the private sector in Afghanistan at the higher stage. Lets all work together in making Afghanistan a good place/environment for business."
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Najeebullah Maqsoodi, Zahir Najib Group of Companies Afghan Business Development Program U.S. Department of Commerce
"Firstly, let me express my gratitude to the organisers of this summit which is a good and constructive platform to enhance the functions of private sector and the concept of Public-Private Partnerships. In order to show tangible outcomes of this summit, I would recommend to mention the advantages some of the companies benefited from this occasion in the forthcoming summits."
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Ghulam Rahman, Rehman Reza Construction & Logistic Company
"The CWI Summit was positive for all Afghan local contractors because they had an opportunity to meet the donor agencies face-to-face"
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Ali Shah, ABCS
"I found this summit, as well as the whole chain of summits very productive, profitable, helping to develop economy of the country and growth of business."
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Ondrej Kryspin, TRIUMPH BOARD
"The Summit exceeded my expectations; good match with the MoE people and great networking which will hopefully lead to new business! "
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Mohammed Al-Saraj, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MoHESR)
"Well-organised conference with diversified attendance. I think the event was a great success. Thanks to CWI, organisations and Sponsors."
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Suhail Najim Abdullah, MoHESR - Contracts & Planning
"Conference was well-organised. I suggest deleting part of the morning session to allow for more meetings with the delegates."
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Reem Al-Bustani, UNESCO - Iraq
"Indeed this event was a very precious opportunity to meet face to face with our main partner the ministry, various team members as well as some other active stakeholders on the ground whom are collaborating in developing Iraq Higher Education sector. I would like to reiterate my deepest gratitude for both for expressing outstanding proactive efforts, full cooperation and flexibility towards us in order to help us take part in this important summit. We truly look forward to taking part in the next intended summit in 2014."
Iraq Education & Technology Summit

Mohammad Qaseem Pacha, Qaseem Salem Construction & Engineering Consultancy (QSCEC) Afghan Business Development Program U.S. Department of Commerce
"In fact the Summit was held very good.. It was good due to facilities accommodation also."
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About Us
CWI Summits Ltd. are an established conference organiser and producer, specialising in events for Emerging Economies.
 
Our successful Summit format, combined with vast knowledge and skills places us at the very top of of our profession. 
 
Each of our Summit's are designed with a particular audience in mind and the Agenda's and Content reflect that.
 
However, all of our Summits follow a similar structure, as this has been proven time and time again to be the most productive and effective of them all.
 
Each day starts with morning plenary sessions consisting of three to four panels, each consisting of 4 to 6 speakers covering a specific subject area. Each of our speakers are a leader in his or her field and the presentations are usually no longer than around 10 to 15 minutes. Each panel session ends with a short Q&A session.
 
The afternoon sessions are devoted to private consultations between participants from leading sector Ministries, agencies, organisations and commercial contractors & investors. Schedules are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss the key issues affecting the development and investment opportunities across the country the Summit is focusing on. The booking of these private roundtable meetings is undertaken by our proprietary Registration Management Software.
 
Throughout the day there are also ample opportunities for networking, such as coffee breaks between the morning panel sessions and an evening cocktail reception/dinner.
 
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Our Team
We have brought together a team of people with experience dating back to a series of successful events held for the Government of Iraq in early 2004. Since then, the CWI Summits team members have worked on Summits for Afghanistan, Haiti, South Sudan and Pakistan, as well as being active in the promotion of humanitarian aid and assistance across sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Through our experience, we developed a Summit format that pushes the boundaries of the traditional conference model by focusing on personal interaction and the fostering of business ties, trade and investment in developing countries. Our aim is simple, to facilitate commercial development, investment and promote private sector participation in emerging economies, with a view to achieving lasting and sustainable development.

Christopher Higgins - CEO

Christopher, has worked in international trade for over 20 years, and spent considerable time in many countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He entered the conferencing industry over a decade ago when he was involved in a UK start-up company which hosted the first international investment summit in the Middle East.  Since then, he has led the successful organisation of investment summits for South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, Afghanistan and Pakistan held in London, Dubai, Nairobi and Amman respectively.

Christopher is a strong leader and passionate supporter of emergent market development. He ensures that the host countries of such events gain as many benefits from an investment summit as the attendees and sponsors.

Christopher has overall responsibility for all Summits.

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