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“The World Business Association of Suryoye is finally a great opportunity not only to connect all Suryoyo entrepreneurs, managers and business people from all over the world but also to organize them and to establish a platform for the future where Suryoye can exchange knowledge, startup new ventures together and socialize with our great people. We, GGM Gastro International, will support the WBAS to become a sustainable Suryoyo ecosystem which our people will be proud of. We are taking this commitment for granted and we hope that we can inspire more Suryoye to become a part of this association.”

“I loved the idea of a suryoye network from the first second. We urgently need this conference and this network, and we need a „suryoyo first“ policy. I am looking forward to exchange views, share my knowledge and create new projects out of this conference.”

“A tree needs strong roots so it will grow. The central idea of Zalin Products has its roots in our home country. This is why right from the establishment of my business I’m following the philosophy to create a piece of culture and homeland in Europe. The World Business Association of Suryoye shares not only this idea but goes further by generating enormous synergies and and new potentials. This will make the tree rooted in the homeland so much stronger.”

“I am pleased to attend the World Business Conference of Suryoye and to support and encourage a network for business matters for Suryoye.
The World Business Association for Suryoye (WBAS) provides a fantastic platform for us Suryoye to come together, share and learn about each other‘s experience and enhance our business life and hopefully that of the next generation Suryoye. As child of immigrants I noticed that our parents had difficulties in finding out their way in the diaspora and had limited experience regarding education and career possibilties in their new homeland. The kids of that generation had to find out their way when it came to education and starting a career. The WBAS will enable us to help also the next generation Suryoye to benefit from our experience, network, and knowledge.”

Elizabeth Ilik LL.M, Head legal department JAN©️ advisers

“The conference is an amazing opportunity to meet, connect and learn from other Suryoye. I am really looking forward to have great discussions. WBAS is the ideal platform for collaboration with other Suryoye.”

Edip Saliba, Enterprise Marketing and Sales Lead Microsoft


Dear Colleagues, Friends, and Guests,

Welcome to the first World Business Conference of Suryoye. After the tremendous success of the World Conference on Medicine in November 2017, we are glad to announce our next big project.

At this conference we want to bring together all Suryoye businessmen, entrepreneurs, managers, specialists, and also all those who plan a career in these fields.

Our goal with World Business Association of Suryoye (WBAS) is to create a strong and sustainable network for all business matters. With this we want to enable all our businessmen, managers, and specialists of all industries to benefit from each others’ experience, network, knowledge, ressources, and other forms of capital. Together we can add value to each others’ businesses and to our society.

We are a people scattered throughout all the world by discrimination, persecution, and even genocide. However, we have always managed to survive and to stick to our Syriac Christian belief and culture. To strengthen these ties and to intensify mutual relationships is also our goal.

But if you want to go a step further: through proactive networking and need matching we want to pave the way for joint ventures, joint projects, and other forms of cooperations between the members of this network. The World Business Association of Suryoye shall be an enabler for mutual cooperation in the Suryoye business world.

We feel honored and privileged that His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II., patriarch of the syriac-orthodox church, will bless and inaugurate this conference. He has ever been and keeps supporting all endeavors to serve our community.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Stuttgart and we wish you all a successful and fruitful conference!

Sami Sagur, CFO of Formel D Group
Conference President

Dr. Raid Scharbil Gharib
Secretary General

Adai Malki
1st Chairman of Kano Suryoyo

Flyer WBAS – Conference

Promo Video

Interview Suroyo TV


H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

Mor Philoxenos Matthias Nayis

Mor Julius Dr. Hanna Aydin


Time Programme Speaker / Location
17.00 – 19.00 REGISTRATION Conference Venue
CONFERENCE OPENING AND BLESSING H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
21.00 COME TOGETHER Conference Venue
Time Programme Speaker / Chair
08.00 – 09.30 Holy Eucharist – Qurobo lu qudošo du lumoḏo H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
10.00 – 12.00 Conference Programme (Part I) Conference Venue
12.00 – 13.00 LUNCH – CRAYTO Conference Venue
13.00 – 15.00 Conference Programme (Part II) Conference Venue
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break Conference Venue
15.30 – 16.30 Conference Programme (Part III) Conference Venue
16.30 – 18.00 GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Official Founding of the World Business Association of Suryoye (WBAS) – Xnušyo gawonoyo lu šutoso rušmoyo d WBAS Conference Venue
19.00 – 20.00 Entrance to the Gala venue Le Mérdien, Stuttgart
20.00 – 01.00 Gala Dinner Le Méridien, Stuttgart


World Business Conference for Suryoye invites papers to be presented at the very first conference from Suryoye for Suryoye. Submissions should tackle a business approach, a technology solution or a business model and should be linked to the contributor. The paper should deal with the main topics of the conference.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Innovation approaches
  • Digitalization of business models
  • New technologies and their market perspectives
  • Human Ressources and Human Ressources Development

Final papers should be written in one of the two conference languages (English and Suryoyo), have no more than 200 words, and show the following structure:

  • Introduction
  • (Market) Environment
  • Research/Technology/Business/Innovation approach
  • Key findings and learnings
  • References

Papers are expected to be submitted in A4 Format. The selected papers will be published in the conference publication and on the website. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their papers at the conference.

Submissions should be sent to papers@wbas.info. Deadline for paper submissions is 15th of August, 2018.


Kano Suryoyo e.V.

Kano Suryoyo e.V. is an honorary association for the promotion of education within the Suryoye people. It is the aim of Kano to raise awareness of the role of education, to increase the level of education of our Suryoye in the long run and to establish a strong network among our businessmen, all kinds of graduates and all other education loving people. Since its foundation, Kano is a non-profit, non-religious, non-party and independent organization. Its roots go back to the year 1990, when it was founded as a student association in Paderborn, Germany. In the course of time, it has become the biggest, most active and innovative federation for academics in Central Europe.

Kano counts currently around 400 members, three active state associations, several university groups and many motivated members in Germany and internationally. Projects, like the Kano award-show (recurring since 2010), the different acadamic conferences (recurring since 2005) and the world conference on medicine and the foundation of WMAS (World Medical Association of Suryoye) set new standards for the Suryoye. Besides, there are cultural journeys, student information days, workshops, series of lectures, book publications and many more events taking place that shape the image of Kano Suryoyo as the independent, professional and innovative organization among the Suryoye.


Kano Suryoyo e.V., in its endeavor to endorse educational, professional, and business success within the Syriac community worldwide, is organizing and promoting the first World Conference on Business by Suryoye for Suryoye. This conference will set another milestone and pave the ground to found an internationally acting business association of Suryoye termed World Business Association of Suryoye – WBAS (Ḥuyodo Suryoyo tibeloyo di Tagorutho), which will be legally located within Kano Suryoyo. During the inaugural conference from September 21-23, 2018 a board shall be elected for the World Business Association of Suryoye.


Sami Sagur, CFO Formel D Group (Conference President)

Sami Sagur is originally from Beth Zabdey, Tur Abdin and lives in Germany. He graduated in Economics and started his career in the controlling department of the international fashion company HUGO BOSS. In 2005, he was hired by Porsche, the famous german sports car producer, where he left after five years as Director. In 2010, he became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the drugstore chain Anton Schlecker with a broad responsibility for approx. 55.000 employees and a turnover of 6 billion €. For five years now, he is the CFO of an international automotive engineering group.

Dr. Scharbil Raid Gharib (Secretary-General)

Dr. Scharbil Raid Gharib is a PhD in Social Sciences and graduated from Tübingen University where he also took a Master’s degree in Political Science. He currently works as Senior Project Manager in DEKRA SE’s Corporate Innovation department focusing on Innovation and Digitalization strategies (turnover 2017: 3,1 billion), after heading the Department of Energy and Technology at the Baden-Württemberg Confederation of Handcraft. Scharbil – as he is called in Syriac – was awarded a scholarship from the renowned Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation during his time at university. He headed the Archdiocesan Council in Germany as youngest head of the council ever and has a long record and a proven experience in German politics.

Paulus Akbaba (PMO and Assistant of Secretary-General)

Paulus Akbaba is a young professional with a master degree in Business Administration and Engineering. During his studies he gained practical experience in many global companies, such as Daimler, BENTELER (turnover 2017: 7,9 billion Euro) and CLAAS (turnover 3,8 billion Euro). He contributed to various projects in sales, product management and corporate strategy. Because of his practical skills in project management he is responsible for the WBAS project management office and assistant to the secretary-general.

Aram Bar Schabo (Key Account Manager / Marketing)

Aram Bar Schabo studied theology at the University of Salzburg. He is a subdeacon and advised the diocesan council in Germany in 2014 and 2015 in theological issues. He is also a member of the HR department of Kano Suryoye e. V. He currently works as placement officer in Jobcenter.

Alexander Can (Key Account Manager / Marketing)

Alexander Can is an experienced Key Account Manager, with a successful track in B2B sales for more than 11 years. At Group level, he has placed high-caliber specialists and achieved a sales target of up to 5 million, as well as employee responsibility for up to 6 employees. In the WBAS team, he is active in the marketing area. Alexander worked for over 9 years in the church council of his own community. In addition, active in the Steering Committee of the first Kirchentag of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Germany. He is also a member of the HR department of Kano Suryoye e. V. and member of the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany e. V ..

Jakob Khoury (Board Kano Suryoyo / Ressource Management)

Jakob Khoury is a mechanical engineer and an expert in product management issues. He currently works as head of product marketing in SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG which is a leading company in gripping and clamping. He worked for several years in the Suryoye community Aramäer Bietigheim e.V. where he was the 2nd chairman. Afterward he was the chairman of the state committee of Kano Suryoyo in the federal state Baden Württemberg in Southern Germany. Currently he is responsible for the marketing resort at the federal association of Kano Suryoyo e.V.. He is a member of the WBAS board.

Mattias Malki (Board Kano Suryoyo / Ressource Management)

Mattias Malki studied business and mechanical engineering with a focus on process optimization, project management and finance at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden) and the Griffith University in Brisbane (Australia). He is alumni of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation as well as the Deutschlandstiftung Integrationsponsor. He currently works in the management accounting department of the chemical company and Borussia Dortmund sponsor Evonik Industries in Essen (Germany). Moreover, he is chairman of Kano Suryoyo in the state of Hessen and project team member of WBAS.

Anish K. Joy (WBAS Ambassador in India)

Anish K. Joy is an Assistant Professor in the field of Christian Anthropology and Spirituality at MSOTS. Academically he is a Research Scholar at The Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome and his disciplines includes Gender Studies, Cross Cultural Issues in Multi-Religious Context, Bible & Spirituality. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. He is the Educational Director of Poornodaya Vidyanikethan – An alternative educational approach through Holistic Education which is one of his unique educational project in Kerala since two years. He also gives Guest Lecturers at Dr.-Engel-Realschule, Eislingen, Germany. He serves as a Sub-Deacon (Ephudiakno) in Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, India. Recently he got associated with India Peace Centre as Program Co-ordinator.



Handwerkskammer Region Stuttgart
Heilbronner Strasse 43
D-70191 Stuttgart / Germany


Le Méridien Stuttgart
Willy-Brandt-Straße 30
D-70173 Stuttgart / Germany


The following hotels are a selection of hotels close to the Conference Venue as well as to the Le Meridien Hotel, where the Gala Dinner on Saturday night will take place. Please book your individual stay directly at the hotels websites or by phone:

Arcotel CAMINO Stuttgart
(right next to the Conference Venue)
Altoff Hotel am Schlossgarten
Hotel Motel One Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Unger
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin
Aloft Stuttgart


In case of any questions around the Conference and WBAS please contact Aram Bar Schabo:
Email: info@wbas.info
Phone: +49 – 177 21 53 930