The Speakers 

Join next year's forum on 31st Jan - 1st Feb 2023 at the Palace Downtown Dubai to meet your peers, share your experience, and learn from each other.

We are currently busy working on the 2023 forum programme; should you wish to be involved in a prestigious speaking capacity, please let us know at speaker@prestelandpartner.com.

See the 2023 Agenda here.

 

2023 Speakers Confirmed so far

Mishal Kanoo
Chairman
The Kanoo Group

Mr. Mishal Kanoo is one of the most iconic business figures in the Middle East.....

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....and has a reputation as a futurist and strategist with a strong track record in forecasting economic developments in the region. 

Mr. Kanoo currently serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest, longest running and independent family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. Furthermore, he is a professional and motivational speaker, writes articles for local and regional media, is published in business journals on a regular basis, and holds chief positions as Chairman/Director of various reputable companies, including Gulf Capital, KHK & Partners Limited, Dalma Capital, Johnson Arabia LLC and KAAF Investments.

Mishal Kanoo tries to help people reach their professional dreams. The excitement of helping others achieve their goals, both big or small, is what drives him. Playing a role in bettering people's lives is a great instigator for doing what he does. Kanoo has been investing on a personal and company level since 1991. 

Mishal Kanoo adheres to family values and ideals in pursuit of quality and excellence. Over the years, the Kanoo family has always been associated with the progress and development of the entire region combined with a sense of philanthropy.

Mishal grew up in the United Arab Emirates and finished his early schooling in Dubai. Thereafter he obtained two MBAs, one in finance from the University of St. Thomas, in Texas, and one from the American University of Sharjah. He began his professional career within the family business before going to university to get his first Master’s Degree. He then worked as an auditor outside his family business with Arthur Andersen in Dubai, before Re-joining The Kanoo Group in 1997 as the Deputy Chairman.

Francesca Agostinelli
President and co-founder
NetworkHER

Francesca Agostinelli is an Italian businesswoman , entrepreneur, and philanthropist.....

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She holds a first-class honours degree in Literature , Philosophy and Journalism. She is a commercial and residential real estate advisor both In Europe and America and active as Founder and Director of ERA international, a global luxury real estate brokerage firm.

She is the President and co-founder of NetworkHER, an organization that seeks to connect professional women around the world. Francesca Agostinelli is the former co-host of the TV show Bold Women.

Her weekly interviews gave voice to dynamic and accomplished conservatives women with inspiring and empowering stories. Francesca Agostinelli is the MC of The American Italian Cancer Foundation, a New York based non-profit organisation that supports cancer research, education, and control , emphasising the outstanding resources of Italy and the United States.

Francesca Agostinelli also sits on the advisory board of the Robert F. Agostinelli Foundation, which provides support for American war veterans and broad-based freedom agenda. She has become increasingly active over the years in the organisations that the Foundation supports including the Warrior 100 veteran support effort of the Bush Institute as well as the National Memorial Day parade chaired by her husband. As a frequent public motivational speaker Francesca Agostinelli is dedicated to sustaining an agenda of classical values in a modern age where woman can and do make a difference.

She is a Trustee of Museo Del Prado, in Madrid, Spain. An institution dating back more than 200 years, housing the world’s richest and most comprehensive collection of Spanish paintings, as well as masterpieces of other European paintings.

Francesca Agostinelli currently splits her time between London, Rome, Paris and Palm Beach. Speaking five different languages, Francesca is a mother of 3 young children and is an incredibly passionate woman, who takes the utmost pride in all that she does.

Graham David Bell
Managing Partner
Bridge Partners

Mr. Bell possesses 35 years of corporate finance and management consultancy experience.....

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....during which time he has spent over 25 years in the Middle East (GCC) working on behalf of local and international client base operating across a diverse array of industries.

He founded Bridge Partners in September 2004 as a Strategic Investment Advisory Firm through a network of Pan-Arab business leaders.

Bridge Partners has successfully introduced various investment opportunities with a focus on healthcare, clean tech, security and F&B, direct investments globally and locally, new technologies and innovative businesses to Bridge Partners network for investment.

Graham has developed a superior network in the region based on his 25 years in the region, including senior government officials, Royal family members, top executives in the private sector and the heads of the major families in the region with a focus on Saudi Arabia.

Previously he was an Associate Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, based in Riyadh and Bahrain responsible for business development, quality control, programme management and the overall management of the Saudi Arabian practice.

Mr. Bell has also held senior management positions within Ewbank Preece/Mott Macdonald (Engineering Consultants), InterMatrix (cross border strategy consultants) and Lloyds Bank International.

Vianney Mathonnet
Director
Kappafrik Group

Vianney Mathonnet is the Director of Family of Kappafrik Group an Africa-focused Single Family Office.................

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He worked widely across Sub-Saharan Africa in the energy, hospitality, and infrastructure sectors with a proven experience in management, private equity, and venture capital. In Central and Southern Africa, Mr. Mathonnet was in charge of internal auditing and cost optimization for multinational companies and managed various African profit centers with up to +400 employees. In West Africa, he spearheaded the expansion of the Kappafrik Group Family Office and lead several M&A and RTO.

He is a Director at the Board of multiple public and private companies all involved in private direct investments on the African continent such as the Impact Investment Cooperative, Kapower, and Reservoir Capital Corp. (REO.CN) investing in baseload clean power assets. Mr. Mathonnet is an advisor to Adalabs, a pan-African incubator specialized in Blockchain, AI, and smart technologies and has undertaken various investments in real estate, tourism, digital marketing, and micro-finance as an angel investor.

Mr. Mathonnet holds a BSc in Management and is a Certified Financial and Modelling Analyst.

Viktoriya Tigipko
Founding & Managing Partner
TA Ventures

Viktoriya Tigipko is the Founding and Managing Partner of a global early-stage VC fund TA Ventures with 200+ investments, 65 exits, 3 unicorns, 6 IPOs in US/EU since 2010....

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Viktoriya is the Founder and the President of ICLUB Global, the global network of angel investors.

She is also the founder of WTECH, an international network of women tech founders and entrepreneurs with 5k+ members. She is the Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Startup Fund and a Member of the Committee for Innovative development of the Ukraine economy.

Viktoriya is the Founder and the President of the Odesa International Film Festival; and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy.

In 2022 Viktoriya co-founded OneUkraine, a charitable platform to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and to set the foundation for Ukraine’s recovery.

Isabell Moessler
Head of Distribution EMEA
21Shares

Isabell Moessler is the Head of Distribution of 21Shares, the world's largest ETP crypto issuer.....

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She heads up the Sales, Marketing and Capital Markets teams. Her focus is to increase awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing digital asset space and explain how 21Shares’ innovative products provide access to this asset class.

As a seasoned finance professional, she has over 15 years of leadership and management experience at several leading companies - including iShares, ETF Securities, Goldman Sachs and most recently at Euronext.

Isabell holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a degree in business administration from City University, London. She is involved in several volunteer organizations, including Women in ETFs, the Young Women's Trust and as an Advisory Board member of Equileap.

John Trammell
Managing Director, Global Strategic Relationships
Symphony Financial Partners

John Trammell is with Symphony Financial Partners as Managing Director, Global Strategic Relationships. Symphony is a Tokyo based Japanese deep value equity investor................

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John is currently on the board and a past President of the NY Episcopalian Diocesan Investment Trust. Trammell also serves on the Investment Committee of Episcopal Diocese of New York, is a member of the Investment Committee of Somerset Hills Learning Institute and St. James Parish. He is also a past member of the Advisory Board at Tiedemann Investment Group.

He was previously the Global Co-Head of Asset Management at Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Advisors from December 2011 until 2015. Prior to joining Cantor, Mr. Trammell was the CEO of Cadogan Management, LLC, an asset management firm, a position he held from September 2007. Prior to joining Cadogan, he spent seven years at Investor Select Advisors, a hedge fund investment platform, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Trammell joined Investor Select Advisors from Argonaut Capital Management in New York, a global macro hedge fund, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Trammell began his career with the Hudson Institute, a New York-based think tank, where he served as a primary economic research assistant to Herman Kahn, the founder and a noted strategist. Mr. Trammell received a BA in History and Economics from DePauw University and studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Mr. Trammell has also spent time as a MD / Institutional Sales with Solovis, LLC., an institutional money management and analytics software platform. Prior to Solovis, Mr. Trammell was a member of the management committee at Novus Partners, a financial technology firm utilizing both public and private data for portfolio analytics.

Mr. Trammell is the co-author of several books and has written numerous articles for publication.

Piet Jansen
Managing Director
Yes We Can Healthcare Group

Yes We Can Youth Clinics is recognised as the world-leading treatment centre for 13-25 year olds suffering from a wide array of mental health issues...

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...addictions and related behavioural disorders. With a global reputation for excellence and the highest staff to client ratio in Europe (400+ staff vs 170 beds) over 8,000 young people have been through the Yes We Can Programme and gone on to rebuild their lives.

Piet Jansen is the Managing Director at Yes We Can Youth Clinics. As a Keynote speaker at many events, he enjoys grasping the attention of any audience, addressing universal issues that often resonate long after the event has passed.

Of Dutch origin, yet a true internationalist having studied International Affairs and having lived in Salamanca, London and Bordeaux, he now travels the world on behalf of Yes We Can to build a network of like-minded professionals to help as many families in need as possible. His mission is to create a world- leading environment where every young person can feel safe and be given a reason to change. “Young people getting their lives back on track motivates me to carry this message around the globe. Seeing hope and joy return in the lives of others is my raison d’être. There is nothing more powerful than seeing these apparently broken flowers reach for the sun and stand straight again in all their beauty.”

Thomas F. Wiese
President of Institutional Solutions
Crown Global Insurance Group LLC

Tom is the President of Institutional Solutions at Crown Global Insurance Group LLC......

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He is responsible for expanding the domestic and international markets for institutional products providing innovative solutions that combine insurance and investments to address the needs of a global audience of Institutional Investors, Family Offices and Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals. The Company offers custom solutions that enable investment managers and investors to enhance their returns on investments in alternative assets and managed accounts. For non-U.S. Institutions, Crown Global provides efficient and effective solutions to block ECI, FIRPTA and Branch Profits Tax on their U.S. investments. The Company operates globally and maintains offices in North America, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. Since its founding in 1998, Crown Global has established a solid track record of issuing U.S. and non-U.S. compliant private placement life insurance and annuity policies for Institutional and Ultra-High Net Worth Clients.

Tom has over 30 years of extensive experience in the insurance, asset management and financial services industries. Prior to joining Crown in 2021, he was the Executive Managing Director, Institutional Solutions and Head of the Institutional Business at Lombard International where he achieved a dramatic compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in assets under management from 2016 to 2021. Tom was formerly a Managing Director and Client Executive at BNY Mellon responsible for the overall client management and strategic business development for a number of the bank’s largest global insurance clients. His previous experience also includes positions as the EVP for Business Development in Hartford Life’s Institutional Solutions Group, COO for Marsh’s Benefits Business, CAO for Nationwide’s Asset Management subsidiary Gartmore Global Investments and VP of Operations and Systems at Prudential Investments. Tom started his career in financial services working as an Originator for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets followed by several business development and management roles at the Bankers Trust Company.

Tom holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Series 7 and 66 Registered Representative, a Series 24 Registered Principal and is Life Insurance Licensed.

Christopher J.R. Tyrer
Head
Fidelity Digital Assets SM

Chris Tyrer is head of Fidelity Digital Assets SM in Europe, which provides enterprise-grade digital asset solutions for institutional investors...............

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He leads all client service activity for the region, addressing their needs to secure, trade, and support digital assets.

Prior to joining Fidelity Digital AssetsSM, Chris served as a managing director at Barclays Investment Bank, leading its digital assets project, which examined the market opportunities for the firm. He also served as global head of commodities trading for Barclays following a long career in traditional financial markets.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics.

Thomas F. Wiese
President of Institutional Solutions
Crown Global Insurance Group LLC

Tom is the President of Institutional Solutions at Crown Global Insurance Group LLC......

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He is responsible for expanding the domestic and international markets for institutional products providing innovative solutions that combine insurance and investments to address the needs of a global audience of Institutional Investors, Family Offices and Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals. The Company offers custom solutions that enable investment managers and investors to enhance their returns on investments in alternative assets and managed accounts. For non-U.S. Institutions, Crown Global provides efficient and effective solutions to block ECI, FIRPTA and Branch Profits Tax on their U.S. investments. The Company operates globally and maintains offices in North America, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. Since its founding in 1998, Crown Global has established a solid track record of issuing U.S. and non-U.S. compliant private placement life insurance and annuity policies for Institutional and Ultra-High Net Worth Clients.

Tom has over 30 years of extensive experience in the insurance, asset management and financial services industries. Prior to joining Crown in 2021, he was the Executive Managing Director, Institutional Solutions and Head of the Institutional Business at Lombard International where he achieved a dramatic compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in assets under management from 2016 to 2021. Tom was formerly a Managing Director and Client Executive at BNY Mellon responsible for the overall client management and strategic business development for a number of the bank’s largest global insurance clients. His previous experience also includes positions as the EVP for Business Development in Hartford Life’s Institutional Solutions Group, COO for Marsh’s Benefits Business, CAO for Nationwide’s Asset Management subsidiary Gartmore Global Investments and VP of Operations and Systems at Prudential Investments. Tom started his career in financial services working as an Originator for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets followed by several business development and management roles at the Bankers Trust Company.

Tom holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Series 7 and 66 Registered Representative, a Series 24 Registered Principal and is Life Insurance Licensed.

Thomas F. Wiese
President of Institutional Solutions
Crown Global Insurance Group LLC

Tom is the President of Institutional Solutions at Crown Global Insurance Group LLC......

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He is responsible for expanding the domestic and international markets for institutional products providing innovative solutions that combine insurance and investments to address the needs of a global audience of Institutional Investors, Family Offices and Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals. The Company offers custom solutions that enable investment managers and investors to enhance their returns on investments in alternative assets and managed accounts. For non-U.S. Institutions, Crown Global provides efficient and effective solutions to block ECI, FIRPTA and Branch Profits Tax on their U.S. investments. The Company operates globally and maintains offices in North America, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. Since its founding in 1998, Crown Global has established a solid track record of issuing U.S. and non-U.S. compliant private placement life insurance and annuity policies for Institutional and Ultra-High Net Worth Clients.

Tom has over 30 years of extensive experience in the insurance, asset management and financial services industries. Prior to joining Crown in 2021, he was the Executive Managing Director, Institutional Solutions and Head of the Institutional Business at Lombard International where he achieved a dramatic compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in assets under management from 2016 to 2021. Tom was formerly a Managing Director and Client Executive at BNY Mellon responsible for the overall client management and strategic business development for a number of the bank’s largest global insurance clients. His previous experience also includes positions as the EVP for Business Development in Hartford Life’s Institutional Solutions Group, COO for Marsh’s Benefits Business, CAO for Nationwide’s Asset Management subsidiary Gartmore Global Investments and VP of Operations and Systems at Prudential Investments. Tom started his career in financial services working as an Originator for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets followed by several business development and management roles at the Bankers Trust Company.

Tom holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Series 7 and 66 Registered Representative, a Series 24 Registered Principal and is Life Insurance Licensed.

See the 2021 Speakers below:

Andreas Schweitzer
Director
Arjan Capital Ltd

Andreas Schweitzer is the Director of Arjan Capital Ltd since 2017...............

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...a Central Asia focused advisory and merchant house providing M&A and corporate finance consultation for large business entities with expansion interest in the region.

In 2016 Arjan Capital brought the first international corporate finance and M&A boutiques to the Central Asia region, the Swiss based, Translink AG.

Andreas has been passionately invested in the alleviation of the trade gaps caused due to lack of banking support in frontier markets within Central Asia and as a result founded Artis Trade Invest Ltd. Artis Trade Invest Ltd, provides short term equity to SMEs to co-invest for up to 120 days. He provides consultancy services to various mid- and large cap SME’s regarding their trade strategy and execution with frontier and emerging markets.

Previously he played an active role in the establishment of a USD 200m market-timing fund and held management positions in Treasury, Risk and Finance at Jacobs Suchard (now Kraft Foods Schweiz AG) working in Switzerland, Panama, France and UK. He started his career with a few years in banking in Switzerland and London mainly in the Eurobond and Asset Management market with Bank A. Sarasin & Cie, now J. Safra Sarasin.

Andreas Schweitzer joined the Young Presidents’ Organisation(YPO) in the Geneva Alpine Chapter in the late 90ies. In 2015, he was named Honorary Senator of the German Senate for Economy and Technology (WBA, Bundessenat für Wirtschaft und Technologie).

Souheil Hajjar
Chief Executive Officer
Majid Al Futtaim Trust

Souheil Hajjar is Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Majid Al Futtaim Trust...............

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Souheil Hajjar is Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Majid Al Futtaim Trust, the Dubai-based global family investment office of Mr. Majid Al Futtaim. Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. (www.majidalfuttaim.com).

Souheil has over 30 years of global investment management and banking experience. He is a founding Board member of Endeavor UAE, and a member of IE University Alumni Advisory Board.

He holds an MBA from the George Washington University, and a Master in Leadership and Strategy from IE University.

Nicholas Charles FCCA
Founder and CEO
Charles Group

Nicholas Charles FCCA is a family prosperity advisor, author, property investor and Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant...............

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He created the Four Fundamentals of Family Prosperity© a bespoke programme that helps families to retain their wealth for multiple generations.

Nicholas started his journey in Family Prosperity to create a paradigm shift in family wealth legacy planning. His purpose is to help families understand the business of being a family.

Nicholas specialises in family prosperity advice, tax planning, asset protection and property consultancy. He is the CEO of the Charles Group an organisation that bridges the gap between High Net Worth Families and their advisors. Whilst working with families to help them establish and build the Four Fundamentals© he focuses on the one key area and the foundation for family prosperity – enhanced, effective communication both within the family and externally with their advisors.

After working with hundreds of family businesses and property investors Nicholas was shocked to discover that despite helping them to save millions in tax, they still managed to lose the wealth. It was at this point that Nicholas realised that Family Prosperity was not just a personal aspiration but something that was needed by all wealthy families. Combined with his personal story, Nicholas became inspired to create a Family Prosperity programme that would help families across the world to retain and grow their wealth for multiple generations.

Author of the Amazon number 1 best-selling book The Four Fundamentals of Family Prosperity which was released in December 2018.

He runs his own successful accountancy practice specialising in property tax and looks after a portfolio of high net worth property investors and developers.

Nicholas also runs the family property portfolio. Since he took over the family portfolio the value has increased five-fold quadrupled whilst the rental income has quadrupled.

He is currently involved in creating a digital platform that can be accessed globally which will help individuals digitally copy their mind so that they can pass down their human and intellectual capital for multiple generations and create their own digital legacy.

Vianney Mathonnet
Director
Kappafrik Group

Vianney Mathonnet is the Director of Family of Kappafrik Group an Africa-focused Single Family Office.................

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He worked widely across Sub-Saharan Africa in the energy, hospitality, and infrastructure sectors with a proven experience in management, private equity, and venture capital. In Central and Southern Africa, Mr. Mathonnet was in charge of internal auditing and cost optimization for multinational companies and managed various African profit centers with up to +400 employees. In West Africa, he spearheaded the expansion of the Kappafrik Group Family Office and lead several M&A and RTO.

He is a Director at the Board of multiple public and private companies all involved in private direct investments on the African continent such as the Impact Investment Cooperative, Kapower, and Reservoir Capital Corp. (REO.CN) investing in baseload clean power assets. Mr. Mathonnet is an advisor to Adalabs, a pan-African incubator specialized in Blockchain, AI, and smart technologies and has undertaken various investments in real estate, tourism, digital marketing, and micro-finance as an angel investor.

Mr. Mathonnet holds a BSc in Management and is a Certified Financial and Modelling Analyst.

Dennis M. Bushnell
Chief Scientist
NASA Langley Research Center

Dennis M. Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center...............

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Member, National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of AIAA, ASME, RAeS, Contributions to National Programs include military missiles, SST, Gemini, Apollo, Viking/Mars, X15, F-18E/F, Shuttle, National Aerospace Plane, Submarine/Torpedo Technology, Americas’ Cup Racers, Rail Gun, MAGLEV Trains, Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion, Revolutionary Aeronautical Configurations, Planetary Exploration, Humans-Mars both safe and affordable, Power and Energy Futures. Extensive Futures studies for government, industry, academia, national security including solutions for land, water, food, energy and climate. 480 invited presentations, 260 publications.

Florian Kemmerich, MSc
Managing Partner
Bamboo Capital Partners

Florian, Managing Partner at Bamboo Capital Partners, entrepreneur and impact investor...............

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...holds a BBA and Master of Science in Marketing and his personal leitmotif is “Impact Lives, Share Profits.” Florian supports the society and global economy by sharing his extensive background in fundraising, business transformations and personal development to invest in and build purposeful companies. These impact-focused enterprises are mitigating some of the world’s biggest challenges: poverty uplift, digital inclusion, (women’s) economic empowerment, climate change mitigation/ alleviation, access to energy, access to healthcare, access to education and financing smallholder farmers.

Florian collaborates hereto with the Palladium Group, WorldBank, United Nations, NGOs, governments, private and institutional investors to fund, back and scale companies in the world’s most remote locations. He is a globally active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, founded the YPO Impact Investing Initiative (Y3i) and the Planet Action Network as well as the North Star Chapter. Currently also acts as Chair of the YPO Impact Networks Council.

On a personal note Florian is a hobby blues-rock musician and proud husband & father of 5 children. Florian previously held C-level positions at Parter Capital, Olympus, SBi (Stryker) and B.Braun. Fluent in German, English, Spanish, French & Italian.

Ida Beerhalter
Co-Head
IOME Family Office

Ida Beerhalter is heading IOME, a private investment partnership of women principals from the Gulf with its head office in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia..............

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Additionally she currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees of Astia, USA a unique not-for-profit organization build on a community of over 3000 experts dedicated to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth, as member of the board of Trustees of First Light Trust, United Kingdom, a grass-roots, community-based charity which assists the 'hard to reach' veterans by providing physical, emotional and psychological aid, as Investment Partner at MedXperts, a Germany-based investment and consulting firm with the focus in the HealthTech and Life Sciences Sectors, as Investment Advisor at Bellwald Partner GmbH, Switzerland, the investment arm of a multi family office, as Strategic Advisor to Impact Investment Partners LLP, United Kingdom, specialized in investing in critical service sectors in emerging markets, as Advisor to Yunus Social Business GmbH, Germany, dedicated to setting up and investing in non-dividend companies created to solve sustainably social or environmental problems, as Member of the advisory board of Social Business Earth, Switzerland, dedicated to raise the awareness on Social Business and to create new social businesses that will benefit the poor and the disadvantaged in countries around the globe, as Advisor to Omnia Strategy LLP, United Kingdom & USA, a worldwide strategic 360° liaison agency for companies and investors, as Consultant to Shanghai Biomedical Enterprise LLC, Hong Kong, as Director Corporate Affairs at Cardionovum GmbH, Germany, specialized in Drug-Eluting technologies and biodegradable vascular scaffolds, and as Advisor to MedPrivee, Germany, which she co-founded in 2011. Ida is registered acquisition coach at High-Tech-Gruender-Fonds, Germany, which is managing two +250 mio € seed fonds and which has helped to start up more than 300 companies since 2005 in Germany, and serves as juror and coach at the European Venture Contest, which identifies each year the most promising European companies from the LifeSciences, ITC and CleanTech sector out of more than 700 companies.

Prior to her current roles she served as Investment Partner at Bellwald Partner GmbH, as Head of Business Development at NonWoTecc Medical GmbH, as Vice President Business Development at mNEMOSCIENCE GmbH, and as Director Business Development, Sales Manager and, Training and Education Manager at the KRAUTH group. Before joining the KRAUTH group, Ida served as European Marketing Manager at Medtronic Inc., and as Marketing Manager at both AVE GmbH and Cordis GmbH, the latter of which is where she started her career.

Reema Khan
Founder and CEO
Green Sands Equity

Reema founded GSE in 2015 to invest on behalf of her own family office, in 2016 she added a PE arm to GSE...............

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She currently serves as chairman and CEO of Green Sands Equity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Tokyo, Doha, Zurich and Singapore, GSE leads and co-invests alongside the world's leading institutions and families. Focused on Technology and Life Sciences in growth and late-stage, GSE has invested in the most iconic companies of our time. Reema also specializes in strategic advisory for governments in their branding for Foreign Direct Investment. GSE's vast political and diplomatic network makes GSE one of the top strategy advisors to governments. Since 2018, Reema has been a managing member of the United Nations Women in Science & Technology Platform. In 2017, She was awarded the 21st Century Icon Award in Finance by CNBC. In 2019, Reema started the "Green Sands Prize," which honors an individual or organization with the potential for profound impact. The Prize provides both a financial grant and partnership to advance the work of an exceptional individual or organization. The 2019 recipient of the award was a civil and climate entrepreneur Tenzin Seldon, the 2020 recipient was Kizzy Corbett a scientist who led the Coronavirus task force at NIH for the United States with Dr. Faucci.

Reema also hosts the annual "Green Sands Global Summit," an exclusive invitation-only meeting of 50 global leaders that span intelligentsia, business, and government to foster global cooperation across sectors, families, and governments. Reema is a trustee and chairman of the endowment at the SETI Institute (previously a division of NASA that was later structured as a stand alone non-profit while still mostly funded by NASA grants).

Yann Mrazek
Managing Partner
M/HQ

Yann is the Managing Partner of M/HQ. He chiefly focuses on private wealth, tax and immigration practice...............

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He has vast experience advising successful individuals and entrepreneurial families with Middle Eastern exposure on implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and structuring their operational assets and global wealth. He is regularly involved in the ongoing management of such structures – as a board member, council member, guardian or protector.

Yann is recommended by all of Chambers & Partners Private wealth, Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite and Who’s who legal private client.

He was the Chair of STEP Arabia from 2015 to 2018, and is a Guest Lecturer at Fribourg University, Switzerland, LLM in International Business Law – Doing Business in the Middle East.

Petur Georgesson
CEO and Co-Founder
TM2

As a principal investor and entrepreneur, Petur’s career has spanned over two decades on 4 continents and in a diverse array of industries including media...............

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As a principal investor and entrepreneur, Petur’s career has spanned over two decades on 4 continents and in a diverse array of industries including media, publishing, land, farming, energy production, trading, online gambling and motorsports.

Petur is a creative deal architect with both a pragmatic and think big approach. From 2010-2015, Petur served as the chairman for Iceland of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organisation.

Petur studied economics at Bethany and French literature at the Sorbonne.

Günes Seyfarth

Serial Social Entrepreneur

Guenes is a serial social entrepreneur – in her business and personal life................

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Her currency is the impact she can make. Her goal is to enable others to be the best version they can be. She founded several projects to make life for others easier or innovate:

As a dance teacher and graduate in business administration, she found herself later in the ShareEconomy and founded Mamikreisel. After 4 years of secondhand and 960,000 members in Germany, it was time for something new.

As an entrepreneur, she now takes care for questions about business modeling and financing of various startups that create impact such as the mission of the first German woman into space with initiative DieAstronautin to create role models for women and girls, With her own startup Fruitiverse she produces and sells the first real fruit gummis made of 100% fruit for joyful and healthy snacking for kids. With Next Entrepreneurs she brings entrepreneurial thinking and acting into the minds of schoolchildren from the age of 12 years with their nonprofit organization Next Entrepreneurs gUG.

In her free time, she engages for less food waste and founded Foodsharing München e.V. and for a fairer school system in Bavaria with Eine Schule Für Alle e.V.

As a mom of 3 children, it is not surprising that she solved her own care problem by founding her own Kita Karl & Liesl e.V. https://www.facebook.com/KarlundLiesl/videos/697610326946291/

Because being a role model she has the biggest effect on people she organizes since 5 years her open christmas dinner for everybody who wants to celebrate it not alone: www.diemacgyvers.de/2019/12/27/ein-moment-der-familie-bedeutet

Ismael Hajjar
Director
MENA Private Client Services Leader
EY Middle East, Dubai

Ismael Hajjar leads the MENA Private Client Services (PCS) core practice of EY Middle East............

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In his role, Ismael focuses on assisting successful families, entrepreneurs and family offices across MENA managing risks and preserving wealth.

Ismael has been serving international families for over 14 years and currently acts as trusted advisor to a number of successful families across MENA. He has been successful in designing and implementing inter-generational succession, inheritance, governance, tax compliance and confidentiality strategies. He has contributed to building and currently serves Family Offices.

Ismael is a regular speaker in the GCC and beyond on topics such as family business and private wealth institutionalization, global tax transparency, succession planning and the role of the family office. The team that he leads won the “WealthBriefing MENA Tax and Accountancy firm of the year” award in 2017 and 2019.

He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, HEC-Ulg School of Management (Belgium) and is a certified chartered accountant in Luxembourg (“expert-comptable”). He also holds an Islamic finance qualification, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (UK), is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA, Family Firm Institute).

Amine Bentaleb
Senior Portfolio Manager
Kimera

Amine Bentaleb, joined Kimera in 2017...............

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Prior to this, he served as a Portfolio Manager for General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) in Abu Dhabi. Amine has over 15 years’ experience of managing equities and fixed income portfolios across economic cycles, with a predominant focus on emerging and frontier markets. Previous public mandates have been ranked top quartile by Bloomberg in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Amine has extensive experience in setting up an integrated front to back asset management process to oversee multi-asset portfolios with large institutions, GPSSA among others.

Amine holds active board memberships of diverse institutions across Education, Fish Farming, Technology and Real Estate Investment.

Amine is a member of Young Arab Leaders, a government sponsored group with a mission is to develop and bring together a strong network of influential business leaders to serve as role models to the youth and young entrepreneurs across the GCC region. http://www.yaleaders.org/

Amine received his BBA in Finance from Al Akhawayn University, Morocco, and his MSc in Financial Analysis from Neuchatel University, Switzerland.

Laith Al-Khayat
Associate
Kimera

Laith Al-Khayat joined Kimera in 2017...............

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Prior to this, he worked at BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking within the Debt Restructuring advisory team, and was a Graduate Analyst at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking (SGCIB). As well as holding the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Laith has an MSc in Finance and Investment from Nottingham University Business School, UK, and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Finance from Nottingham Business School, UK.

Khaled Sharbatly
Managing Director
Desert Technologies

Khaled is an elevating international entrepreneur, investor, and influencer for sustainability...................

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He started his career at an early age with multiple start-ups and gaining access to the business through his family office Al Nahla Group. Khaled joined dt in early 2018 as a Partner, and led business development and capital markets, assisting in increasing the company value by securing multiple investments, partnerships, and projects across 24 countries.

Khaled is active sustainability and renewable energy influencer, as he spoke at over 15 international conferences including B20 under G20, WFES, Intersolar and others in the past 2 years.

After graduating from the University of Miami B.B.A and Msc in 2016, Khaled gained great experience through courses at the United Nations, and Harvard Law, LBS, and believes learning is a lifelong journey.

Leopold Feiler
Managing Director
Global Energy Storage (GES)

Leopold Feiler is a serial entrepreneur in the fields of strategic marketing, digitalization and renewable energy................

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He conceptually designed and realized countless successful and award winning marketing campaigns and sales activations for international brands and companies. As a Futurist and Blockchain enthusiast since the early days he is consulting companies on digital transformation processes and guides on impact and business models of upcoming technologies.

Currently, Mr. Feiler is focussing on the energy sector; as cofounder of a company aiming to disrupt energy markets worldwide by revolutionizing and shaping the future of renewable energy implementation with smart utility scale energy storage systems to realize sustainable smartgrids.

Abdallah Baassiri
Manager MENA Private Client Services
Ernst & Young Middle East

Abdallah is a Private Client Services practitioner at EY and a family governance specialist, advising entrepreneurial families and family offices on how to preserve the family wealth and manage risks. ............

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Through his extensive work with top tier families in the MENA region, he has significant experience in areas of family and ownership governance, succession and inheritance planning, corporate governance and family office set-ups.

Abdallah works with the principals of entrepreneurial families, often comprised of the shareholders or senior members of the family. He specialises in the design of ownership governance frameworks, drafting bespoke Family Constitutions/Charters and supporting their implementation thereafter. He also focuses on the development of next generation family members through educational workshops.

He has considerable experience in the assessment, and design of fit-for-purpose governance frameworks. This often comprises working with the board of directors and executive management of family businesses and private companies.

Abdallah has also worked in the corporate finance space within two big four firms before focusing on the wealth management industry. During that time, he has gained extensive transaction advisory experience ranging from equity valuations, building/developing financial models, financial due diligence, restructuring, and business plan development across various sectors.

He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Finance from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Fairuz Taqi Eddin
Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
UNICEF Gulf Area Office

Ms. Fairuz Taqi-Eddin joined UNICEF Gulf Area Office as the Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization based in Dubai. ...............

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In her capacity , Fairuz heads the UNICEF Dubai office and overseas UNICEF’s Gulf Area partnerships and resource mobilization operations for both private and public sectors.

Fairuz Prior to joining UNICEF, Fairuz served as UNRWA’s Sr. External Relations Officer and managed government relations for UNRWA in the Gulf region. She also served as the Director of Fundraising and Partnerships at Jordan River Foundation, a leading Jordanian NGO founded by HM Queen Rania Bin Abdullah. Fairuz spent 11 years of her career working for CARE USA. During her time with CARE, she held various senior roles in the USA, Egypt and Jordan. In her last five years with CARE, Fairuz was the Regional Director of Partnerships in the Gulf region where she established CARE’s presence in the Arab Gulf countries. As a volunteer for several philanthropic organizations, Fairuz served as a Chairwoman of Capoeira for Refugees, a UK Charity that teaches capoeira to children and youth who are the victims of conflict in the Middle East region. She also served as an advisory board member of Spark, a San Francisco based organization that supports women global issues.

Fairuz holds an MA in International Relations.

Stephan Heller
Founding Partner
Quentum Capital

Stephan Heller is one of the founding partners of Quentum Capital..............

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Previously, he was a serial entrepreneur and raised over €50 million from venture capital funds. He also led Intel's European Start Program and founded Intel Ignite, which was voted the best corporate startup accelerator for early stage startups. The program was first established in Israel and later expanded to the startup ecosystems in the United States and Germany.

Stephan Heller is the founder and CEO of FinCompare GmbH, a fast-growing online platform for SME financing since 2017. In 2015, he founded Watchmaster - a European trading platform for new and used luxury watches. He led the company as CEO for a year, helping to shape the digital transformation of the watch market. Prior to that, the Munich native, born in 1986, worked for the international discount portal Groupon for three and a half years. His last position was Head of Merchant Marketing in London from 2013 to 2015. There he played a key role in Groupon's success and strong growth in Europe.

He also worked as an investment analyst at Waterland, an investment company focused on medium-sized companies, and as a management consultant at Roland Berger, a global strategy consultancy. Stephan Heller also worked for BMW in Tokyo and for UBS in London.

He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Vienna and a master's degree in international management from ESCP Europe in Paris, London and Berlin.

Edouard “Ed” Hindi
Chief Investment Officer
Tyr Capital

Ed joined Deutsche Bank’s investment banking division in 2002................

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He rose from its graduate program to head out the energy proprietary trading desk in less than 4 years. In 2008, Ed joined Geneva Energy Markets (GEM) taking it to the biggest market maker, liquidity provider and proprietary trader in the energy space in less than two years. In 2011, Ed established the Hartree Partners’ energy arbitrage and market making business line (most profitable desk three years in a row). In 2013 Ed joined Oak Capital to expand its trading strategies across the whole commodities spectrum (headcount from 4 to 100+ during the mandate).

Ed discovered and started trading cryptos in 2016 and launched Tyr Capital Partners in 2018.

Ed graduated from Mc Gill, Canada (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering) and INSEAD, France (MBA, 2001).

Sergey Karulin
TM2 Chief Product Officer (CPO) & Co-Founder
Technology Metals Market

A technology entrepreneur with more than a 15-year track record of successful projects and investments...............

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Sergei serves on the board of six software companies. Software developer by training Sergey holds broad skills in multiple tech disciplines such as AI, DLT, and business process automation, leveraged by considerable experience in intellectual asset management, investor relations, and corporate law.

Sergey launched a Single Family Office for a Russian technology entrepreneur back in 2018 and had been steering it for two years.

Peter Thomas
Senior Vice President of Zaner Precious and Co-founder
Tornado Bullion

Mr. Thomas is considered one of the leading authorities in the world today on the gold markets................

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He has held multiple financial licenses, such as an exchange member and floor broker, and currently is registered with the NFA where he holds a series 3, owns a CTA and is a licensed Swap Dealer. Peter is also a co-founder and holder of copyrights, trademarks, and patents on the world renowned Hedging Platform known as the Tornado Bullion Cart ®. As a licensed floor broker, he was a filling floor broker in the silver pit when silver ran to $55 an ounce.

Peter currently manages a global cash desk which handles Refiners, Recyclers, Mining Operations and Coin & Bullion companies. He is constantly in demand for his insightful opinions drawn from his 38 years of metals trade to such news networks and magazines publishers as Econo-Times (Newsweek), Bloomberg News, WSJ, The Guardian, US News and World Report, Hard Assets, Kitco News, and Modern Trader magazine. You can follow his tweeter commentary at @Goldbug111 and @MetalZaner.

Paul Lack
TM2 - Compliance Director
Tornado Bullion

A Barrister by training, Paul began his career in private practice before transferring to the employed bar in the late ‘90s................

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During his career he has gained wide experience in the financial services sector, working in almost every facet of compliance, legal and operations at a variety of investment firms; establishing himself as a multi-talented senior executive with an operational and commercial approach. Now an independent consultant and non-executive director to a number of financial services firms, Paul’s recent positions include CEO at Met Facilities LLP, a regulatory hosting platform and Group Chief Operating Officer at Exotix Partners LLP, an emerging market fixed-income and equities brokerage and research house and corporate finance advisor.

Paul is also a non-executive director and founding shareholder of a regtech software business, AxiomHq, providing compliance and assurance software to financial services firms; large and small.

2020 Speakers

HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa
Chairperson
Sheikha Jawaher Al Khalifa Foundation for Youth Empowerment

An ambitious young woman who does not know the impossible...............

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She chose a different path, it was not easy, but she challenged the obstacles and is still in a challenge to reach what she aspires to.

During her studies, she began to volunteer with Takatof a Social Program. From there began the aspirations of Sheikha Jawaher to choose her career path which included a lot of social work. Her choices in entrepreneurship often includes working with others. Sheikha Jawaher graduated from high school in 2013 and completed her university studies but it was not enough., she started working in entrepreneurship in a simple way and within the family, From Abaya fashion shop to events organizing office, and finally real estate management offices, Sheikha Jawaher was not satisfied with this simple experience and insisted on working in the government sector, to expand her experience in the field of work, from one job to another in the field of marketing and human resources to public relations .. She was convinced that she learned the basics of work and entrepreneurship. That’s when she started her own career in the world of entrepreneurship, she knew that she had to learn from her mistakes. Where she believes that the human every day must learn something new.

Sheikha Jawaher is a 23 year old young woman who has established an institution to empower young inventors and innovators. Where their ideas do not remain on paper, but applied to the working fields, believing there are a lot of creative young people waiting for the right opportunity to achieve their dreams. Here begins a new chapter of the life of Sheikha Jawaher, new challenges and more achievements.

Shanu S. P. Hinduja
Chair
Hinduja Foundation

A senior member of the Hinduja family, Shanu is Chair of Hinduja Bank (Switzerland) Ltd, Chair of the Hinduja Foundation US and Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Accelerator...............

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She is a respected speaker on the world’s most pressing issues – having notably addressed the leaders of more than 130 countries at the UN General Assembly, and publicly discussed achievement of the UN’s gender equality goals with former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Davos. Shanu has written on subjects ranging from technology to education, and from Brexit to globalisation, for publications across the world from the Sunday Times to Forbes and International Banker.

In addition to supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the UN Global Accelerator – a programme designed to foster entrepreneurial ideas to tackle today’s economic challenges – Shanu, through the Hinduja Foundation, and alongside her father, has provided scholarships at Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cambridge University.

Shanu is a Professor of Leadership at the University of Bolton's Institute of Management, and was a founding member of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco’s environment-focused Foundation. She works closely with, and is supported by, her sister Ms. Vinoo Hinduja, and her children Mr. Karam Hinduja and Ms. Lavanya Hinduja.

Bilal Zein

COO

In 2001 Bilal set up Quanon Capital Ltd (Single Family Office)................

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Since, Bilal is responsible for providing services including investment strategy, opportunity sourcing, deal closing (M&A), on-going monitoring of investments, Real Estate, Treasury, Tax and corporate structuring, investment & consolidated reporting, Bank and Trustee liaisons as well as Concierge (lifestyle) services

Prior to Quanon, Bilal had 10 years’ experience in the industry up to C level ranging from industrial trading, contracting, commercial, setting up, trouble shouting and turning around businesses.

Bilal holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, an MBA from ESCP, and a Diploma in Company Direction from the IOD London. Bilal Joined the Family Firm Institute and obtained his Advanced Certificate In Family Business Advising and Advanced Certificate In Family Wealth Advising. Bilal has several diplomas and certificates in corporate finance, M&A and Governance from Insead, London Business School and City. Joined STEP in 2018.

Proficient in English, French and Arabic. Bilal enjoys traveling with the family, playing squash and basketball.

Hadi Al Alawi
Chairman
Al Hayat Group

Hadi Al Alawi is the Chairman and Founder of Al Hayat Group...............

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.........which was established in the early 1990s as a holding company to oversee the diversified interests held under sole ownership, joint ventures, and equity stakes of varying sizes. Hadi is an experienced businessman with extensive regional and international networks who has successfully propelled various start-up ventures into industry leaders with record-breaking growth and expansion within highly competitive markets.

He is also the Managing Director of Al Alawi Group of Companies founded in the early 1930s by his late father. Today the group has emerged as one of the most diversified and highly regarded business houses in the Gulf region and beyond. Mr. Al Alawi has been responsible for the strategic direction and the driving force behind the development of his family’s business. He is widely recognized for the role has played in expanding the group’s portfolio towards a more diversified and globalized model. His group of companies is well diversified and active in the fields of advertising, marketing public relationships, IT and telecom, construction, general contracting, electrical and mechanical divisions, manufacturing, printing, property development, real estate and investment, travel, and fashion.

Mr. Al Alawi is also the Executive Chairman of Fly.bh, the Chairman of Mackenzie Forbes Group, a Board Member of Innovative Film City, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ebrahim Abdulaal Group of Companies, the Executive Chairman of Build Block Middle East, Founder and Board Member of Bahrain Family Business Association, a member and past President of the Manama Rotary Club, Founding Member of Manama Charity Fund, and a Board Member and a Shareholder of various companies worldwide. He is also a member of Advisory Committee for various organizations and he has been main speaker in a lot of international conferences and forums.

Ida Beerhalter
Co-Head
IOME Family Office

Ida Beerhalter is heading IOME, a private investment partnership of women principals from the Gulf with its head office in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia..............

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Additionally she currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees of Astia, USA a unique not-for-profit organization build on a community of over 3000 experts dedicated to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth, as member of the board of Trustees of First Light Trust, United Kingdom, a grass-roots, community-based charity which assists the 'hard to reach' veterans by providing physical, emotional and psychological aid, as Investment Partner at MedXperts, a Germany-based investment and consulting firm with the focus in the HealthTech and Life Sciences Sectors, as Investment Advisor at Bellwald Partner GmbH, Switzerland, the investment arm of a multi family office, as Strategic Advisor to Impact Investment Partners LLP, United Kingdom, specialized in investing in critical service sectors in emerging markets, as Advisor to Yunus Social Business GmbH, Germany, dedicated to setting up and investing in non-dividend companies created to solve sustainably social or environmental problems, as Member of the advisory board of Social Business Earth, Switzerland, dedicated to raise the awareness on Social Business and to create new social businesses that will benefit the poor and the disadvantaged in countries around the globe, as Advisor to Omnia Strategy LLP, United Kingdom & USA, a worldwide strategic 360° liaison agency for companies and investors, as Consultant to Shanghai Biomedical Enterprise LLC, Hong Kong, as Director Corporate Affairs at Cardionovum GmbH, Germany, specialized in Drug-Eluting technologies and biodegradable vascular scaffolds, and as Advisor to MedPrivee, Germany, which she co-founded in 2011. Ida is registered acquisition coach at High-Tech-Gruender-Fonds, Germany, which is managing two +250 mio € seed fonds and which has helped to start up more than 300 companies since 2005 in Germany, and serves as juror and coach at the European Venture Contest, which identifies each year the most promising European companies from the LifeSciences, ITC and CleanTech sector out of more than 700 companies.

Prior to her current roles she served as Investment Partner at Bellwald Partner GmbH, as Head of Business Development at NonWoTecc Medical GmbH, as Vice President Business Development at mNEMOSCIENCE GmbH, and as Director Business Development, Sales Manager and, Training and Education Manager at the KRAUTH group. Before joining the KRAUTH group, Ida served as European Marketing Manager at Medtronic Inc., and as Marketing Manager at both AVE GmbH and Cordis GmbH, the latter of which is where she started her career.

Dr. Lina Kouatly
CEO
Lunatus

Dr. Lina Kouatly is the founder, president and CEO of Lunatus...............

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Prior to Lunatus she ran Novartis CH (Arabian Gulf, Near East & Iran) from 1996, growing the business 11 folds in six years before founding Lunatus in 2003.

With over 25 years’ experience working in the Middle East, Lina was has adapted to cultural diversity successfully steering Lunatus to become one of the Top 40 SMEs in the Gulf region.

Lunatus is the link between international healthcare companies and expanding markets of the Arabian Gulf and Middle East - offering a turnkey representation across all divisions, insuring successful launch and double digit growth .

Lina has turned Lunatus to be a multimillion-dollar company, 140 team members with branches in USA and Canada.

Lina was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018, and Lunatus is recognized and awarded A rating within the region.

Fady Debbané
CEO
Debbane Saikali Group
Lebanon

Fady Debbané is the CEO of Debbane Saikali Group and the chairman of Pesco Telecom, a Lebanese wireless broadband operator...............

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He is also a board member in several regional companies with a footprint spanning from Algeria to Dubai in the sectors of agriculture, retail, contracting and construction. He started his career in the USA where he worked in several companies, among them Data-Tek as director of business development, a software company specializing in retail and route distribution software, and Bank Audi USA as senior vice president and head of the credit department. He returned to Lebanon in 1994 when he joined the Group as group CFO and started the group’s activity in the technology sector.

David Werdiger
Author
ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today (Australia)

David is a technology entrepreneur, strategic advisor, philanthropist and not-for-profit innovator, public speaker and author.............

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He has thousands of ideas and is always creating new ways of looking at the ordinary to make it better. His capacity to think quickly through options and synthesise outcomes makes him a powerhouse in any conversation. With a generosity of mind and heart, his eye is always on creating ways to help those in his community.

David’s unique perspective starts with his position as a second-generation family member. Having also founded several tech startups and not-for-profits, he has developed a sophisticated 360 degree understanding of families, governance, entrepreneurship, and intergenerational issues. Author of the best-selling book Transition: How to Prepare Your Family and Business for the Greatest Wealth Transfer in History, David now works with families and business owners, and is an acclaimed speaker.

David is married with five children.

Kenneth Winther
Family Principal
Moonwalk

Kenneth is a London-based Norwegian serial entrepreneur with exit experience and a leading authority on innovation and impact ventures...............

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His family champions a new way to develop, finance and grow startups as the most efficacious way to solve the big challenges of our time.

For 15 years, Kenneth developed the next growth ventures for big corporates, advised politicians on innovation strategy, and built R&D and Entrepreneur programmes for the Norwegian Government. He was repeat government appointed Strategy Review Auditor for Statkraft and Statoil and earned professional awards across technology, advertising, media, oil & gas, and professional services with several national TV and news appearances. He was named the 'most innovative person in Norway' by Google.

The Winther family established the Innovatorium Foundation, where it pioneered Scandinavian innovation and entrepreneurship in learning partnerships with global brands like Ferrari, Credit-Suisse, Banco Santander, and Real Madrid, training 1,500 Scandinavian executives and managers on innovation for impact.

The family now disrupts the approach of innovation, entrepreneurship and venture with the family owned award-winning and university endorsed impact venture system: Moonwalk. Moonwalk turns Epic Challenges of our time into Stellar Startups to transform 1 Billion Lives and create Superior Wealth, with 'Norway beyond oil' as its first challenge programme. A proprietary deal-flow of 5 growth companies and 13 seed stage startups are active on three continents.

Kenneth and his family moved from Oslo to London in 2018 to grow the impact ventures and expand Moonwalk operation from a London HQ.

Herman Winther
Next-Gen
Moonwalk

Herman is a trainee with the family business Moonwalk, an Impact Venture Builder................

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He now works on conceptualising and documenting impact across 17 companies.

Herman has since the age of 14 participated in Moonwalk programmes, turning big challenges of our time into viable growth companies: He has provided Sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid electricity; freed women and children from everyday water collection; developed sustainable aquaculture; turned human waste into valuable resource; and reinvented learning and democratised health in various companies.

Herman graduated with honours from the Greener Earth Programme of the United States’ top boarding school, Phillips Exeter Academy.

He graduated top of class in Social Studies with special Headmaster commendation from Oslo Private High, the #1 ranked secondary school in Norway.

Based on own initiative and application and a WISC-test, he was allowed to skip 9th year of education and finished his mandatory education at the age of 17. Herman has been a student representative for Factory of Change, a Norwegian non-profit working for the improved wellbeing of children and youths in education and child services; he has participated in Polytechnic Society’s debate school; and is a brown belt in Shotokan Karate.

Herman recently finished is debut fiction novel, a coming-of-age story with themes of growing up and accepting responsibility over one’s own fate. He plays the guitar and lives in London with his family.

Ismael Hajjar
Director
MENA Private Client Services Leader
EY Middle East, Dubai

Ismael Hajjar leads the MENA Private Client Services (PCS) core practice of EY Middle East............

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In his role, Ismael focuses on assisting successful families, entrepreneurs and family offices across MENA managing risks and preserving wealth.

Ismael has been serving international families for over 14 years and currently acts as trusted advisor to a number of successful families across MENA. He has been successful in designing and implementing inter-generational succession, inheritance, governance, tax compliance and confidentiality strategies. He has contributed to building and currently serves Family Offices.

Ismael is a regular speaker in the GCC and beyond on topics such as family business and private wealth institutionalization, global tax transparency, succession planning and the role of the family office. The team that he leads won the “WealthBriefing MENA Tax and Accountancy firm of the year” award in 2017 and 2019.

He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, HEC-Ulg School of Management (Belgium) and is a certified chartered accountant in Luxembourg (“expert-comptable”). He also holds an Islamic finance qualification, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (UK), is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA, Family Firm Institute).

Alex Collins
Partner
EY Government and Public Sector Advisory team

Alex Collins is a Partner in the EY Government and Public Sector Advisory team, based in Dubai................

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He has spent the last 15 years focused on designing and delivering complex programs and initiatives across Strategy, Customer and Innovation that deliver results aligned to Purpose, with IBM UK and EY in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Alex is passionate about working with start-up, scale-up and rapid growth businesses to help them innovate & grow. He believes that governments and corporates have a big role to play in nurturing these businesses’ in order to unlock tangible economic and social benefits.

Alex leads the EY team that operate the Mohammad Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF) Accelerator, a public-private initiative sponsored by the UAE Ministry of Finance. The Accelerator offers world-class services and coaching to member companies, to accelerate their businesses, elevate capabilities, unlock value and achieve scale. Via the Accelerator, Alex and his team identify, develop and nurture high potential innovators from around the world to thrive in the UAE.

Luka Gubo
CEO
Blocktrade

Luka Gubo is Chief Executive Officer at Blocktrade.com, quantitative fund manager of FT Quant, author of several books and academic research papers, public speaker and stoic. ...............

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He has wide-ranging experience in trading, investing and risk management. As a high-frequency macro event-driven trader he has helped a small private fund achieve a Sharpe Ratio higher than 4. He has deep knowledge of the market microstructure while also having a great understanding of global macroeconomic trends and cycles.

The Blocktrade CEO is shaping the disruption of the financial markets with his mission to develop platforms, tools, and methods that simplify investing in both primary and secondary markets for digital assets.

Toby Ruckert

Musician, Entrepreneur, Inventor

A serial entrepreneur and multi award winning inventor of AI related technologies (over 19 patent applications)..............

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Toby is a worldwide leader in AI, IoT and Digital Transformation. Born and grown up in Germany and having lived on an island in New Zealand for over a decade before becoming a digital nomad, Toby is now based out of Singapore. His goal is to empower people to regain control of their digital lives by creating solutions that help to realize the importance of our attention and manage it with awareness to shape our destiny consciously.

Zaid Al Qaimi
CIO
Kimera Family Office

Zaid Al-Qaimi is the Chief Investment Officer at Kimera, a Dubai based single family office that he started to set up in January 2017...............

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Since then, he has put in place an institutional standard infrastructure, including a team of very talented individuals, to support the execution of a global mandate across all asset classes. Zaid has successfully established a global network of contacts across the investment ecosystem, which has helped Kimera secure access to premium transactions. Kimera leverages this network to maintain a healthy pipeline of opportunities throughout the year and invests across the life cycle of companies, from late seed stage to public equity. Private investments are made on both a direct basis and through funds whilst the public equity and bonds portfolios are managed internally (https://www.bloomberg.com/professional/cio-journeys/zaid-al-qaimi/).

Zaid is a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg’s recently launched GCC gender diversity initiative “A Fair Share”, in line with Kimera’s increasing emphasis on ESG and impact investing.

Following numerous inbound requests, Kimera has started to invite other investors to participate in the premium transactions it continues to source.

Zaid previously worked at ADIA for 16 years covering private equities, public equities and strategic investments. Prior to joining ADIA, he spent over a decade in management consultancy, audit and accountancy, including 5 years with PWC.

Asher Noor
CIO, Group CFO
AlTouq Group

Asher Noor is the Chief Investment Officer and Group CFO for AlTouq Group...............

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.......a sophisticated Saudi Arabian family investment office making investments globally in private equity, real estate, public equities and venture capital amongst others. Asher is based in Riyadh for more than 18+ years and has worked for PwC and Banque Saudi Fransi in the past. His last position was CFO for Morgan Stanley in Saudi Arabia.

Asher is or has been on the board of many companies, in sectors as diverse as aviation, energy, financial services, infrastructure, information technology and telecom amongst others, representing AlTouq Group’s global investments. His achievements include taking a company public, executing the first equity swap on Saudi stock exchange, several M&A transactions, trade sale exits as well as financial restructuring and advisory roles for subsidiary companies. He is also the chair of the board at a leading MENA asset manager in UAE.

Asher has written for various publications including recently co-authoring a chapter on the Gulf States in the Family Office handbook published in the UK. He has spoken at multiple seminars and conferences worldwide, on topics relating to investment banking, private equity, finance and family businesses topics, amongst others.

Dena Mekawi
CEO
Style & Resilience

Dena Mekawi is a first generation Egyptian Muslim American living in New York................

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She ran for Miss Arab USA 2013 when she realized she wanted to be the voice for underrepresented communities. Dena then went on to work at Oprah Magazine, where she was able to use self-expression of fashion and editorial to celebrate her individuality. Ms. Mekawi has struggled with her own identity, as well as self-esteem issues that stemmed from the media that she consumed. She now uses her experience of self-discovery as an Arab American to work collectively, creating space for culture diversity. Dena has been chosen as a representative to the United Nations NGO, DGC which compliments her work as a Social Entrepreneur.

Dena Mekawi curates creative communication strategies, & partnerships to engage brands, advertisers and high profile individuals to create impact messages, using the power of their influence with a creative approach through her company, Style & Resilience. Ms. Mekawi works with family offices on identifying projects that have impact on the economy, as well as for humanity.

Ms. Mekawi has advised several United Nations Agencies, and has worked with private sector to create strategic communication strategies and partnerships. Ms. Mekawi was chosen to moderate International Day Of Peace 2016 alongside notable Goodwill ambassadors, DiCaprio, Stevie Wonder, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, Ms. Mekawi was also personally recognized by Michael Douglas.

An international change agent, Ms. Mekawi has built her company from the foundation of impact. Dena is involved in business development for high net worth and UHNWI, as well as partners of the royal family in the UAE. Ms. Mekawi serves as the bridge for multinational companies in the USA, as well as the MENA, and GCC region. Ms. Mekawi believes in the power of investing in human capital.

Dr. Ruchi Dana
Board Member
DANA Group

Dr Ruchi Dana is a qualified medical practitioner, who has transitioned successfully into a seasoned entrepreneur and Business Leader.................

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Ruchi did her MD from JNMCH, AMU and her full-time MBA from Stanford University and is a SSGSA Scholar. Ruchi also received her PMP Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from Stanford University and was part of the Stanford BioDesign Exchange Team to China. Ruchi is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences and sits on several Corporate and Startup boards including Dana Group of Companies, UAE and Duluth Medical Technologies Inc, US. Ruchi has been recognized by Forbes Middle East as the “Next Generation Business Leader, Arab World” for 3 consecutive years 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has also been recognized by Campden Wealth as the “Women to Watch” in September’18 issue, and was conferred with the Yuva Ratna Award, 2018. Ruchi has also been recognized as “Top 75 Family Business Leaders” 2019 by Campden Research (UK).

Ruchi is currently the President, COO of Duluth Medical Technologies Inc, a Silicon Valley based Robotic Medical device startup. Duluth is focused to develop intelligent, agile and affordable surgical robots, to improve patient care. Ruchi has been working on medical devices right through her undergraduate college days and has presented various papers, publications on low-cost medical devices at international conferences. While at Stanford, Ruchi was part of the Stanford BioDesign Team and her team won the NIH grant for needs finding under the C-IDEA consortium at Stanford. Ruchi has also worked with Golden Seeds, a women focused Angel Network in New York and New Silk Route Growth Capital, a PE firm in Dubai, she has mainly focused on healthcare related investments at both these firms.

While still sitting on the board of her $500-million-a-year family business, Dana Group, Dr Ruchi Dana has managed to earn her MBA from Stanford and found three businesses: Jugaad, an on-demand last mile logistics provider in the UAE, Pik A Venture, a crowdfunding accelerator platform for South-East Asia and One Big Family, an app for the elderly. Still in her early thirties, Ruchi’s contributions to the family business include helping it diversify into value-added steel products, lubricants, retail, and hospitality sectors. Ruchi mentors startups/founders and also volunteers her time for Médecins Sans Frontières, TiE and AIF. Following her passion for Medical Devices, Ruchi is currently devoting her time to Duluth Medical Robotics and is looking for strategic partners, who can help realize her dream of making Robotic Surgeries more affordable and scalable.

Flurin Grond
Deputy CIO
Progressive Capital Partners Ltd

Flurin joined Progressive Capital Partners in 2017. Before that, he worked as a Portfolio Manager at the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADIA...............

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..........with a special focus on alternative equity strategies in the hedge fund group for five years. From 2002 to 2012 Flurin worked at Man Group's (RMF) Multi Manager Business in London and Switzerland, responsible for analysis of equity hedge, emerging markets and global macro strategies and managing various multi manager portfolios. Prior to that, he spent five years in equity trading and derivatives market making at Bank Vontobel and Credit Suisse, Switzerland. He started his career at UBS Zurich trading G7 and emerging markets equities. Flurin holds an MBA (with distinction) from the Strathclyde University Glasgow.

He is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Progressive Capital Partners Ltd is an independent Swiss investment boutique. Progressive has approximately USD 820 million assets under management focusing on Niche Alternatives and Liquid Alternatives strategies. The company aims to manage and create products with a low correlation to traditional investments. For specific requirements, the firm offers alternative mandates via its Customised Solutions offering. From the very beginning, Progressive's goal has been to promote alternative investments and to make them available to a broader investor base.

Progressive Capital has been operating successfully for many years and has consistently strived to enhance its product range to meet its clients' needs.

Matthias Knab
Founder
Opalesque

Opalesque founder Matthias Knab is an internationally recognized and highly connected expert on hedge funds and alternative investments with three decades of experience in information technology, consulting and finance...............

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Opalesque, the first internet based media company focusing on hedge funds and alternative investments (2003), publishes six electronic publications to a global subscriber base of over 70,000.

The firm also produces the popular Opalesque.TV video series (www.opalesque.tv) with leading hedge fund personalities like Julian Robertson, Izzy Englander and many more.

Bijan Foroodian

Family Principal

Mr Foroodian is part of the team at a private family office and an active investor...............

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In his current role he looks at a variety of investments from early stage private to large cap public companies. His career includes a brief tenure at New Jersey based MPI after having served as Principal of a London based multi family office firm focusing on PE deals in the financial services industry. Mr Foroodian’s experience includes his roles as chief investment officer of Inflection Point Capital Management, Chief investment officer of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Vice President of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Barclays Global Investors and Mackenzie Financial.

Mr Foroodian is a CFA charter holder. He completed his studies at the University of Oxford in Engineering, Economics & Management and has a MBA from Imperial College.

Nabila Maqsood
Stylist
Philanthropist

For three decades, pioneering stylist Nabila has been transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary...............

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With an innate genius for remaining ahead of time and an aesthetic defined by classic sophistication, she has constantly fostered the upward spiral of her career with new benchmarks, innovative techniques and unforgettable images.

Nabila’s creations remain her own, fresh, unblemished by borrowed inspirations and always evolving. It is this originality that characterizes her cutting-edge brilliance. To invent and re-invent style constantly; to make fashion exciting rather than just enjoyable; to work her Midas touch and make statements.

Recognizing the demand in the market for state-of-the-art men’s grooming, N-Gents was launched in 2013. It now caters to an extensive clientele that encompasses avoid sartorialists, society movers and shakers to celebrities or simply put, men who like to look and feel good. N-Gents’ distinctive brand of old-school finesse serves them well.

The ‘Zero’ palette by Nabila is an ingenious, miraculous culmination of her three decades of expertise with state-of-the-art manufacture within European labs. In a handy, cleverly packaged box, it’s a first of its kind all in one face perfecting palette.

The product was initially developed purely out of necessity,” says Nabila. “I had dark circles and needed a pigment to cover them. When no product I used managed to blend effortlessly into my skin, I ended up creating one for myself.

Created with diverse skin tones in mind, the palette comes in seven different shades, running the gamut from very fair to very dark hues.

Work continues to evolve; creative, artistic, always in the spotlight, winning awards and accolades, gaining international significance and never stagnating. It is the chameleon-like ability to change and challenge herself that, three decades later, has made Nabila a powerhouse to reckon with. In her life, change is the only constant.

Reema Khan
Founder and CEO
Green Sands Equity

Reema Khan is founder and CEO of Green Sands Equity, a boutique private equity and late stage venture firm headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Singapore, Dubai, and Frankfurt...............

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Clients of the firm include: family offices globally, governments, corporations. and sovereign wealth funds. With a diverse professional history alongside having lived across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the North America, Reema has cultivated a refined global perspective for business. Reema’s appreciation for socio political nuance in finding the gap between innovation and application is a core strength. She began her career with Merrill Lynch, then joined Pfizer, and Goldman Sachs. She founded Phyze LLC, a real estate holding company, and Fundeca, a media investment PE fund. She was also a Managing Partner at Capinvest, the Middle East investment advisory arm of United Overseas Bank of Singapore.

Core areas of focus are decentralized trust, mobility, human genome, fintech, and insurance industry. Reema’s recent tech investments have included Lyft, Pillpack, Spotify, Didi, Space X, N3N, and Coin Base.

"In today's global marketplace, international capital mobility and social cooperation are vital for true progress and sustained profitability."

Christopher Aw
Managing Partner
Pandan Ventures

A veteran of the investment and technology industries, Chris is currently the Managing Partner at Pandan Ventures..............

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In this position, he serves as an adviser and investor for start-ups moving within finance, food/agriculture, and industry – all of which are undergoing massive transformation due to the impact of advanced technologies.

In addition to his role with Pandan Ventures, Chris is also the founder and Managing Director of two3six; a company focused on the nexus of operations, technology, and analytics and volunteers with the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards supporting social & environmental impact businesses and CRIB, a non-profit focused on supporting female entrepreneurs.

Chris is also an operating adviser at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a series A-focused, SE Asian, venture capital firm. He is a member of the German Accelerator in South East Asia’s selection committee. He is also a mentor at the Chinaccelerator in Shanghai, China and the MOX accelerator in Taipei, Taiwan. In additional to these roles, he independently advises multiple start-ups in varying sectors within technology and business.

Outside the investment and technology spaces, Chris is a former US Air Force officer who focused on areas such as tactical communications and all-source intelligence. He also previously worked for the Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence, providing technology advice and operational implementation recommendations.

Chris graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business; majoring in Information Systems. He later completed his Master of Science in Information System from Bowie State University and did his MBA at the University of Maryland.

Lama Al Fozan
Partnership Manager Next Gen
King Abdullah Financial District

Lama has always been interested in matters of international relations this is why she picked up a master’s program from the American university in the Emirates majoring in international affairs and diplomacy...............

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She currently works as the manager of strategic partnerships and alliances in King Abdullah financial district.

Alfozan is one of 360 global citizens chosen to tackle the UN sustainable developmental goals, she presented a project concerning (SDG1) ending extreme poverty in the UN headquarters in NYC. Furthermore, she is a delegate in an elite leadership program called The Prince’s Trust selected out of 10 thousand applicants and founded by the Prince of Wales; which aims to develop young leaders and help them evolve their local communities.

In addition, Lama is a Fencing player and a member of the national Saudi female fencing team; representing the kingdom in regional and international competitions, and paving the way for future Saudi females to participate in sports, she was nominated as a candidate to go to the Rio Olympics. In addition, she is part of the athlete committee that aimes to address main problems facing Saudi athletes today.

Moreover, Lama Co founded an NGO named” TALGA “ a name of a Saudi tree in the southern part of the country. It is designed to be a community boutique think tank for the purpose of providing culturally relevant sustainable solutions and consultancies to develop social and economic challenges by linking research to action. Lama’s ultimate goal is to be a true public servant and reflect a positive image about her country.

Dr. Nasrine Shah Abushakra
Family Member
ESOL Group

Dr. Nasrine Shah Abushakra is a fourth-generation cross-cultural leader with a passion for finding the commonalities that unite us................

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In her time between the United States and the Middle East, she has gained perspective on the fundamentals of respectful social interaction and focuses that insight into the online world. Her gift for finding actionable solutions to complex issues is why her intermediary skills are sought after by diplomats on both sides of the globe and now the Internet.

A true global citizen, Nasrine has frequently traveled between her two often conflicting worlds of the U.S. and the Middle East, to serve as a visionary liaison. She has gained perspective on the fundamentals of respectful social interaction and focuses that insight to both the virtual world and the real world—Her gift for finding actionable solutions to complex issues is why her intermediary skills are sought after by diplomats on both sides of the globe and now the Internet, and has met with leaders such as President Clinton, Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon, and HRH and Vice President of the UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She also serves on numerous committees dedicated to such causes as reviewing scholarly publications, family business elements, and global understanding. She has served as the editor for Haute Living, where she launched their Dubai outpost and continued her passion for writing.

Nasrine holds a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Technology and Education held a professorship at the University of Michigan and served as the Director of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Orientation Program at the U.S. Department of State. She has had her research presented at the MIT LINC Project, World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Education. She is also the Happy Post Project, Ambassador to the Middle East, and represented the project at TEDxDubai in November 2011.

In 2017, Nasrine started her journey at Harvard Medical School’s esteemed program, mentored by Dr. Herbert Benson, where she earned her meditation certificate and has successfully intertwined yoga in early education in the Middle East. She will be launching her third book, during the summer of 2018.

Nasrine lives between Dubai and Washington D.C. with her husband of more than a decade and their child. A woman with many interests, when not working she can be found whipping up a gourmet meal with fresh, organic ingredients, from her garden or spinning old-school hip-hop tunes, hosting an elegant party for dignitaries, artists, (11-year-old’s) from around the world.

Brendan O’Shannassy
Private Yacht Captain
Master Unlimited

Brendan O’Shannassy is an Australian Master Mariner who has held command on some of the most lauded Private Yachts of the Modern era working for some of the most renowned Private owners and their teams.................

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In 1988 Brendan commenced a 9-yr Maritime Career with the Royal Australian Navy, that included service throughout Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. After Naval service he broadened his experience by working in commercial shipping. This included, Harbour Services, Offshore Support and Remote area Logistics support.

A passion for Ocean Yacht Racing in 2001drew Brendan to join the Yachting community, though ironically, since this time all employment has been with Motor Yachts. This has included Captaincy of the Iconic MY OCTOPUS, construction and delivery of VAVA II (the largest private yacht construction project in the UK (2012)), construction and delivery of the 106m MY AMADEA and Captaincy of the industry disrupting MY ULYSSES / ANDROMEDA.

Brendan is also a qualified DPO and licensed Marine Pilot (2014). He has completed undergraduate studies in Oceanography and Politics of Marine Affairs and Post Graduate Studies in Maritime Law, and Business.

Brendan is active in the yachting community as a Board Member of the International Superyacht Society. Social contributions include; support for Ghami School in Nepal and annual fundraising for the Brain Tumour Foundation.

Chee Yang Chen
CEO
Carta Biosciences

Dr. Chee Yang Chen is the Chief Executive Officer of Carta Biosciences, a biotechnology company that uses computational systems biology and machine learning to reverse disease and aging...............

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He is a physician and investor with a deep interest in machine learning, neurogenetics and computational drug discovery. He qualified as a Medical Doctor with a Distinction in Medical Sciences (MBBS) and graduated with Honours in Neuroscience (BSC Hons) from Imperial College London, where he led research elucidating the genes for intelligence.

By applying emerging computational methods to create maps of human gene expression, he is on a mission to halve the cost of drug development, make healthcare affordable, by discovering novel drug targets that not only relieve symptoms, but cure disease. Aside from his medical expertise, Dr. Chen has over a decade worth of experience in global capital markets. As Director of Crossbow Capital, he is passionate about understanding the world from first principles, and was an active investor in emerging technologies, focused on cultivating deep technological innovations that will democratise traditional industries.

He leads the Asia-Pacific Region of the Young Investors Organisation, and is a proud member of the Milken Young Leaders Circle. He was previously President of the Singapore Medical Society in the UK, served as a Platoon Commander during his two years in the Singapore Armed Forces, and hopes to integrate his varied experiences into saving lives and making the world a better place.

Zaid A. Midani
Vice President
Capital Guidance

Zaid Midani has over eighteen years of investment and commercial real estate experience including origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, underwriting and project leadership. ...............

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Zaid worked with Capital Guidance and its subsidiaries for 14 years. His areas of responsibility include corporate and business development across several business sectors. He has been involved in investment sourcing and property management as part of the Real Estate team in the US and Middle East; business expansion and international business development within Luxury Home Products; and GCC marketing and operations in International Financial Services. In addition, he is involved in corporate leadership development and co-leads the Families Committee.

Previously he was an Analyst at Yellowstone Capital, a Senior Fund Administrator at JPMorgan, and a Retail Associate with Provident Financial Group.

aid holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris. Additionally, Zaid has successfully completed a number of executive courses at Harvard, Wharton, Georgetown, Cornell, Tsinghua and Singularity University. Additionally, he is an active member of the Family Business Network (FBN-Levant).

Zaid is passionate about working with communities on different projects and has worked with a number of NGO’s in different capacities from advising to volunteering. He is an enthusiastic supporter of community activities, education, and mentoring initiatives.

Mutassem Daaboul
Managing Director
Canex Aluminum
Director
NEXUS MENA

Mutassem Daaboul is an aluminum innovator and a family man who aspires to use aluminum to save the planet and create beauty by improving the lives of families and social impactors...............

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Daaboul is an active second generation Board Member of Daaboul Holding, and the Managing Director of Canex Aluminum, one of the main operational companies of the group. He started as a manager of a small business from the group of companies. Starting with a small business taught him entrepreneurship methods and approaches at its core. He performed all operations first hand; grew the small company he restructured in 2005 from a $600,000 turnover company to over $10 million before he stepped out.

Being part of a family business, he started performing feasibility studies and business plans for many new ventures for the family holding. Canex Aluminum, is a project he has been working on since 2009. It was more of an idea, which he was able to turn into reality by 2013. It is one of the most diverse aluminum extrusion companies in the MENA region, exporting 70% of its output to North America, Europe and the Middle East. During his aluminum carrier he registered a patent for a an aluminum facade system that gained recognition as one of the most environmentally friendly systems.

Daaboul loves spending times with his kids, enjoys experiencing different cultures through travel, and finds pleasure connecting with diverse families and individuals through various business networks of which he is a member of. He holds an MBA in Family Business from Kennesaw State University – Michael J. Coles College of Business, USA, and an Honours Bachelors of Administrative Studies specialized in Marketing from York University in Canada.

Yann Mrazek
Managing Partner
M/HQ

Yann is the Managing Partner of M/HQ. He chiefly focuses on private wealth, tax and immigration practice...............

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He has vast experience advising successful individuals and entrepreneurial families with Middle Eastern exposure on implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and structuring their operational assets and global wealth. He is regularly involved in the ongoing management of such structures – as a board member, council member, guardian or protector.

Yann is recommended by all of Chambers & Partners Private wealth, Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite and Who’s who legal private client.

He was the Chair of STEP Arabia from 2015 to 2018, and is a Guest Lecturer at Fribourg University, Switzerland, LLM in International Business Law – Doing Business in the Middle East.

Thea Myhrvold
Founder and CEO
GetBEE

Thea is the proud founder and CEO of GetBEE and TeachMeNow. Passionate about making knowledge and expertise accessible to all. Digitally transforming education, healthcare and consulting. ...............

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With Iraqi, Saudi and Norwegian heritage, her international experiences and perspective has shaped how she aims to scale global impact. From coding one of the first edtech game-based apps, to launching a global marketplace for learning with TeachMeNow, and now scaling a global B2B technology that digitally transforms the future of work with GetBEE, she has a proven track record of delivery, impact and results. Securing partnerships with Microsoft to Expo2020 and One Million Arab Coders.

Thea has been recognized with numerous awards including being an Expo2020 Global Innovator, The Cartier Woman’s Awards, INC. Arabia’s Top Female Startups, Mercedes Benz Brand Ambassador and top 10 Linkedin Power Profile all under the age of 30. Regularly quoted in international media in Forbes, Bloomberg, Skynews, The Financial Times, The BBC, Gulf News, to name a few. An advocate for women and diversity and how technology is and can be used as a force for good and social impact. With a belief that facilitating human connections through technology has a positive impact for people and the planet.

Jennifer Bodrow
Representative
Family Office 360 Grad

My name is Jennifer Bodrow and I work as a representative and partner relations officer for the family office 360grad...............

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I was born and raised in Germany. After graduating high school I moved to New York City, where I worked as a photo-journalist for a group of local news publications. Following my time in NYC, I started my Bachelor studies at the University of Passau in 2005 and graduated with a B.A. in European Studies in 2007. Afterwards I studied for one semester international business and law at the University of Sydney, before my relocation to Tel Aviv in the end of 2007. There I studied mediation and conflict resolution at the university of Tel Aviv and have been working as a project and campaign manager until I started my own business and private concierge service in 2011.

In 2014 I returned to my hometown, located in the broader area of Düsseldorf, where I eventually continued perusing my concierge business. Since 2019 I work closely with the Swiss family office 360grad, which I am happy to represent at this conference.

Dr Tariq Bin Hendi
Director General
Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Dr Tariq Bin Hendi is the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office.................

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He has more than 18 years of experience in asset management, private equity and investment banking.

Prior to his current position, Tariq held various roles at Emirates NBD, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Mubadala, Citigroup, Dubai Holding, Delta Airlines and UPS. Currently, he also sits on the Boards of ENBD REIT, DGCX, AXA GCIC and EPG (Emirates Post). Tariq holds a PhD in Economics from Imperial College London (UK) as well as graduate degrees from Columbia University (USA) and London Business School (UK), and an undergraduate degree from Clayton State (USA).

Abdullah Abu-Sheikh
Founder
Rizek

Abdullah Abu-Sheikh – known for turning opportunities into successful business propositions. He is among the youngest entrepreneurs who disrupted the market with unique ideas and conceptualised a future tech unicorn..................

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Synopsis: Abdullah Abu-Sheikh is a Jordanian entrepreneur and a visionary pioneer in inventing digital technologies for cultivating human resources, connecting human skills, and enabling youth with numerous empowerment programs and employment initiatives. His ability to turn opportunities into successful business propositions lead him to launch a unique platform that is disrupting the regional unemployment crisis and bringing heaps of careers opportunities.

He is also a recognized investment consultant who made a mark in the industry through several successful business deals in the Middle East and Africa. Career Highlights: His professional experience includes serving as the CEO of Air Rum as the General Manager and working as the Business Consultant Huawei Consumer Business Group.

He is also the Managing Partner at Enara Capital and the co-founder and Managing Partner at LuxDP, a renewable energy and power development company. Serving as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at LuxDP, a renewable energy and power development company, Abu Sheikh secured a successful deal of 350 million USD with the Tanzanian government for an Energy and infrastructure Project.

Recognition: Over the past few years, Abu Sheikh has received several awards and distinctions including, Youth entrepreneur of the year by African business magazine, Youth entrepreneur of the year by Arabian business magazine, IC award for best project finance. He has also received an honorable distinction and Excellency title from President Yahia Jammeh of the Gambia, a distinction from the Mahmadou Baoumia VP of Ghana and an honorable distinction from President Joseph Kabila of the Congo as well.

Education: Abu-Sheikh graduated from Dalhousie University in Canada with a degree in International Business, Finance and Banking.

Khaled Sharbatly
Managing Director
Desert Technologies

Khaled is an elevating international entrepreneur, investor, and influencer for sustainability...................

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He started his career at an early age with multiple start-ups and gaining access to the business through his family office Al Nahla Group. Khaled joined dt in early 2018 as a Partner, and led business development and capital markets, assisting in increasing the company value by securing multiple investments, partnerships, and projects across 24 countries.

Khaled is active sustainability and renewable energy influencer, as he spoke at over 15 international conferences including B20 under G20, WFES, Intersolar and others in the past 2 years.

After graduating from the University of Miami B.B.A and Msc in 2016, Khaled gained great experience through courses at the United Nations, and Harvard Law, LBS, and believes learning is a lifelong journey.

Karim Nehme
President Co-Founder
New Maple

Karim Nehme is the President and Co-Founder of New Maple Holdings Ltd................

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A diversified and federally licensed cannabis holdings company based in Canada.

Karim holds an HBA from the University of Toronto and an MBA (with distinction) from the Schulich School of Business. Drawing on his global background, Karim’s professional experience encompasses the telecom, data analytics, and logistics industries. Karim has worked in both private growing businesses and established, publicly traded companies. Karim’s track record of success includes implementing ISO 9001 quality assurance standards for an international trucking firm and preparing USD 20 billion+ worth of bids for major Middle Eastern projects with AECOM.

Since New Maple’s founding, Karim has helped raise over $12 million in private capital, growing the company with an industry-leading team and securing access to over 1.4 million square feet of cultivation and processing space.

Yuri Lobyntsev
CTO & Co-Founder
Cindicator Capital

Yuri started coding at the age of ten. He is now an out-of-the-box inventor, investor, entrepreneur, and distributed application developer.................

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Yuri has 10+ years of expertise in big data, machine learning, leading research groups, neuroscience and tech entrepreneurship.

In 2015, Yuri сo-founded Cindicator. He is passionate about new challenges and revolutionary ideas.

Yuri is a member of the Global Shapers community and ambassador of both the Global Education Futures Initiative and the Seasteading Institute. He is a Blue Frontiers Advisor, as well as an avid traveller.

Prof. Fred Fändrich
Director and Chair Dept. of Applied Cellular Medicine
University of Kiel

Prof. Fred Fändrich is currently head of the University Chair assigned to the Department of Applied Cellular Medicine at Kiel Medical Faculty, Germany................

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Being a trained surgeon, having chaired the Surgical Department of the University Hospital UKSH, Campus Kiel, Germany for 8 years, he took over the Dept. of Applied Cellular Medicine in order to translate basic scientific ideas into clinical application. Holding a variety of broad patent families, his major interest is in cellular medicine and R&D of supplement compounds which prevent chronic disease, postpone -and to some extent- reverse aging. Prof. Fändrich is also CEO / CSO and major shareholder of a small enterprise, “FF-Foerdeforschung GmbH (Ltd) nearby Kiel, Germany (24220 Flintbek), which develops medicinal supplements to restore microbiome functions in the gastrointestinal tract, for wound repair and to resolve scarring. In addition, Prof. Fändrich has established a private day-care Clinic for chronic diseases and antiaging at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is currently holding a guest professor status at the Faculty of Medicine, UiTM, Sungei Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia (since 2015). He is also advisor and consultant for the Military Hospital RSPAD, Jakarta, Indonesia and currently member of the advisory board for the Ministry of Health, Indonesia, under the minister, Dr. Terawan.

Prof. Fändrich has published and edited numerous articles and books which mainly focus on immunomodulation of autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as cancer. He chairs the European Society of Applied Immunology Clinic for Applied Cellular Medicine / CACM as president since 2014. His academic vita comprises numerous international nominations, (e.g.tenure professor Chair for Biomedicine at the Royal Free University for Biotechnology College, London, UK) and national and international awards including the Outstanding Physics Award, University of California, USA, Walter- Brendel-Award for outstanding achievements in the field of Transplantation of the German Research Society, the von-Langenbeck Award of the German Society of Surgery, the Rudolf-Pichlmayr-Award for outstanding research in the field of peptide and stem-cell mediated tolerance induction, the Medicine Faculty Award for the best PhD. thesis, and the Georg-Heberer-Award, donated by the Chiles Foundation Portland, Oregon granted for the published Nature Medicine Article, “Preimplantationstage stem cells induce long-term allogeneic graft acceptance without supplementary host-conditioning. Besides, he is member of numerous academic societies, editorial boards, and foundations.

Domenick Pisciotta
Managing Director
Boardwalk Hospitality Development

Domenick Pisciotta was born in Switzerland and has 25 years of experience working as a real estate and finance entrepreneur................

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During his career he has owned, managed, renovated and sold commercial and residential properties in the Tri-State area, including ownership and management of 100+ commercial, specialty and residential units. In addition, he has invested more than $250 million in the construction of hotel ventures, including eight hotel properties with 1000+ rooms in the Tri-State area.

Pisciotta’s focus is on identifying and acquiring off-market, under-valued and distressed properties and then adding value by investing substantial equity in each project in a general contractor role.

In addition to his real estate holdings, Pisciotta was the Vice President of New World Mortgage, a mortgage bank with 25 offices in NY and banking licenses in 32 states. He was also Vice President of Geneva Settlement Services, a title and settlement company that served the New York area.

His specialties include: financial analysis and forecasts of assets and instruments; preparation of action plans; investment decisions based on feasibility studies, construction planning, cash flow analysis, industry and economic conditions; and complex asset and instrument acquisitions and restructuring.

Currently, his companies concentrate on the ground-up development and management of flagged airport, business and suite hotels with limited to mid-range services.

Philip Pang
Chief Commercial Officer
Liquefy

Philip is Chief Commercial Officer of Liquefy, a venture-backed technology platform which enables primary issuance and distribution of illiquid assets such as real estate, funds, and other exotic assets using blockchain and tokenization................

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Previously with Colliers International, a NASDAQ listed commercial real estate consultancy, advising institutional asset owners and multinational companies. Mentor for TechStars Colliers PropTech Accelerator, a global initiative to develop and bring to market new property technologies. Philip is also an Advisor to Genesis Block, a leading Digital Assets OTC trading centre in Asia.

Philip has spoken on international media and conferences including Bloomberg Daybreak Asia, Private Equity Real Estate (PERE), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA), Coindesk Asia, Singapore Venture Capital Association, Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV).

Christian Borel
Head Corporates
SEBA Bank AG

Christian Borel joined SEBA Bank in August 2020 as Head Corporates.................

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Prior to joining the Zug Office, Christian worked for Falcon Private Bank in Zürich and Bank Frick in Liechtenstein where he was responsible for establishing Crypto Corporate Banking and OTC services which rapidly became the fastest growing offering at both institutions.

As managing director of a privately owned company, Christian led a team of 3 in the UAE, providing bespoke solutions and services for family offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and for UHNWIs in Liechtenstein, Switzerland. Services included the management of clients’ personal passion investments such as horse breeding and crypto currencies. As a natural step from having led the business development initiative to build a presence for SEBA in the UAE over the last months, Christian has been appointed Branch Manager for the SEBA Abu Dhabi branch, license has been applied for and is pending with the regulator.

As a Certified Crypto Finance Expert (CCFE), Christian holds both a degree in Software Engineering from the Minerva Institute (now Kalaidos) in Zürich Switzerland and a certification of Introduction to Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.

Yves Longchamp
Head Research
SEBA Bank AG

Yves Longchamp is Head of Research at SEBA Bank................

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His professional experience has taken him from the Swiss National Bank to the world of crypto-currencies via major banks and asset management. Market finance and macroeconomics are the research topics that mark out his career. Before joining SEBA, Yves worked at Ethenea Independent Investor, Pictet & Cie, UBS and the Swiss National Bank.