ABCK Virtual Christmas Networking

December 22nd,2020. The American Business Council- AmCham Kuwait (ABCK-AmCham Kuwait) hosted its Christmas Virtual Networking Event on Monday, December 21st; sponsored by Gas & Oil Field Services Company (GOFSCO), in collaboration with the raffle donors: Del Monte Arabia, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, National Beverage Company, Hectare’s, and Harley Davidson.


The event started off with opening remarks by ABCK-AmCham Kuwait’s Chairman, Mr. Frank Belonus, who welcomed the participants and spoke about the Christmas events in the past years, and the success that integrating virtual speed networking has brought to the membership, in terms of connecting them with people outside the AmCham network. To finalize his greeting, Mr. Belonus gave a special thank you to the sponsor of this evening, GOFSCO.


Executive Director of ABCK-AmCham Kuwait, Mrs. Esra Cavdarli Menke provided a brief regarding what ABCK-AmCham Kuwait’s goal is, which is to support Kuwait in leveraging business and industry to find creative, effective solutions to the challenges Kuwait faces in this time of crisis, in its recovery, and in achieving its New Kuwait 2035 vision. AmCham Kuwait strives to support Kuwait’s ongoing efforts to improve its global competitiveness ranking, and support Kuwait’s goal of being a financial and trade hub that is commercially attractive for investment. She also spoke about the role of the Member corporations, which has allowed them to become a voice for American business interest in the State of Kuwait and encouraged participants to join the Chamber as Corporate Members. Mrs. Cavdarli Menke also thanked GOFSCO for being the sponsor of this event, and she thanked Del Monte Arabia, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, United Beverage Company (PepsiCo), Harley Davidson, and Hectare’s for being the raffle donors of the Christmas Virtual Networking Event.


ABCK-AmCham Kuwait team briefed participants with guidelines and suggestions to start the virtual networking rooms. The AmCham Kuwait team recreated the efficiency of an in-person networking, through the online environment by using Zoom Break-out rooms.


The event was a success as it provided participants with a fun and efficient way to meet other Members and business professionals. Members and non-Members were able to enjoy making new contacts and becoming acquainted with different industries. Virtual Networking is the newest way for people to connect with one another. It has been proven to be a successful way to go about speed networking, as the meetings are short, and they are done efficiently. The concept of virtual speed networking has brought together advantages of the face-to-face meetings, while eliminating the need to travel, geographical constrains, and it has allowed people to meet others at the comfort of their place of choice. Through ABCK-AmCham Kuwait’s Christmas Virtual Networking Event, participants were able to share the holiday spirit, and build new connections. By participating, they were able to meet like-minded individuals, and connect with different businesses and industries.


The networking event concluded with a raffle draw which consisted of several prices. The first price were fruit baskets provided by Del Monte, which were presented by Mr. Akram Kamal- General Manager of Del Monte Kuwait. The second raffle item was a special invitation from Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, for a one-night stay at the Deluxe Room with breakfast included at Elements, which was presented by Mrs. Yesim Insel- Hygiene Officer at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. The third raffle items were assorted gift baskets from United Beverage Company (PepsiCo.), presented by Mr. Rashed Al Manee. The fourth raffle items were in-store vouchers at Harley Davidson, which were presented by Mr. Ahmed Al Sayer. The final raffle items were gift assortment baskets provided by Hectare’s for the winners.


ABCK- AmCham Kuwait is a non-profit organization comprised of American corporations, small and medium sized companies, and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs, both American and Kuwaiti. Since 1985, the American Business Council- AmCham Kuwait has acted as an advocate for American companies in the State of Kuwait. For more information about AmCham Kuwait, please visit our website at or follow us on social media channels @abck1985


Gas & Oil Field Services Company (GOFSCO) was founded in 1972 to meet the growing demand of upstream oil and gas companies operating in Kuwait and the wider region. GOFSCO is a regional industry pioneer since 1972, supporting the development of the petroleum production industry in the region. Today, we are one of the largest integrated service providers for the upstream oil and gas sector, both onshore and offshore. GOFSCO’s experienced management team combined with local and international knowledge and leading-edge technology, to provide a complete range of oilfield services to oil companies operating in the Gulf region. Health and safety are GOFSCO’s top priority – we work to the highest HSE standards and are committed to helping our customers create a safe working environment for their employees. We believe this is the foundation needed to provide quality services and achieve customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit

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