Dubai Family Office Conference

Family Office Forum, Dubai  منتدى دبي للمكاتب العائلية

The Speakers


The Dubai 2020 Edition of our Family Office Forum Collection is the annual meeting of Principals and genuine* Family Offices from the entire MENA region and beyond. The forum is held in English.

3 - 4 March 2020: Join us at the annual gathering of Middle Eastern Principals, Family Offices and CIOs!

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*  Our definition of a genuine Principal or Family Office is at least 150M$ of assets (usually it is much more), and the Family Office is working for one or few (not as a solution provider to many 3rd parties).

Our Speakers in 2019 included:
Click here to see the 2018 Speakers

H.E. Zulfiquar Ghadiyali

CEO, Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

H. E. Mr. Zulfiquar Ghadiyali is the CEO at The Royal office of Sheikh Tahnoon bin Saeed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan- grandson of Rulers representative of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. ..............

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    H.E. Ghadiyali is a fifth generation construction & Steel manufacturing entrepreneur, which lead to his impeccable business acumen and as a CEO, he’s involved in major business’s and strategic management of investment projects across Asia,MENA, region in field of Real Estate, hospitality, General Trading, mining, Fin tech, AI and AR based tech projects. H.E. Mr. Ghadiyali has also been involved in various Social entrepreneurship projects across Asia, India and Africa. He’s associated with famous artists and best friend “Akon” for “lighting up Africa project” and has worked for the refugee and humanitarian cause worldwide under the UN affiliates, United Refugees and green Council.

    H.E. Ghadiyali represents industry and society at large and has been a pioneer in supporting companies from across the world to establish presence in Middle East and North Africa with substantial support from the highest levels through the office of the royal sheikh. Such companies include UHAUL logistics, Fire fly Aerospace and Cinemoi Technologies in the USA while ING Robotics, which develops ISTAR level UAV’s for both civilian and defence applications. Mr. Ghadiyali is a partner at the WDH corporation, and several large US defence corporations on several defence projects worldwide. The Cambridge University has signed exclusively for the MENA region while, & He’s also on board of the Encanto Potash Corporation, based out of Canada- TSX traded company- 1.2 Billion USD valuation company (based on report by Amec foster wheeler).

    Mr. Ghadiyali Is on board of several start ups across the globe and has been a mentor to such companies to achieve financial & market access in UAE and across the world

Sheila Barry Driscoll
President and Co-Founder
The Billionaire Foundation

Sheila is the President and Co-Founder of the Billionaire Foundation where she helps coordinate foundation research work and initiates new introductions between existing foundations and the research team.............

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    She is an Honorary Board Member and Contributing Editor of the Billionaire Chronicle, philanthropy section, and is a sought-after speaker for Global Family Office Wealth and Investment Summits. She holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and is a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Argentina. Sheila has been the Executive Director of the second largest national nonprofit for missing and abducted children to her current position as an exclusive corporate closer for multi-million dollar global corporations. Sheila excels at offering creative, pragmatic solutions to complex business issues as well as providing insightful nonprofit/foundation advice on philanthropic imperatives to private families, family offices and agencies. When she is not steeped in her global philanthropic or corporate work, Sheila enjoys her role as Executive Producer and Script Advisor for numerous Film and TV Show projects in Hollywood and abroad.

    In 1907 Richard O. Driscoll, her great grandfather, began producing fresh strawberries in California’s Pajaro Valley, and more than 110 years later her family is still leading the produce of fresh berries in the United States. Sheila donates her time to the Billionaire Foundation in order to share her creative corporate and nonprofit skills with individuals, corporations and foundations so that educational programs may be developed, communities can be served and future generations may continue a legacy of giving and prosperity.

Mona Shah, Esq.

Mona Shah & Associates Global

UK born, Mona, was formerly a Government Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service, before being admitted to the New York Bar.........

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    Highly proficient and recognized as an industry leader in US EB-5 investments, Mona has received many accolades for her work, including voted top 25 EB-5 attorneys in the US five years in a row; Top Lawyer (Who’s Who International), ‘Top Attorney of North America’. Mona is a part-time adjunct professor at Baruch College, City of New York University. She also is the Co-Editor of the BLS “Gateway to EB-5”. Mona also hosts the first podcast series on EB-5, with over 78 podcast episodes and a worldwide audience.

    Mona has authored numerous articles and is both a published author and a Lexis Nexis editor. She regularly speaks worldwide, has been interviewed by mainstream news channels, including Fox Business News and Al Jazeera; featured in international magazines and quoted in major newspapers, including the New York Times. Mona has extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law; her expertise ranges from specialist petitions to complicated, multi-issue federal litigation before the US Courts of Appeal. Mona is a member of the IIUSA Presidential Advisory Council and Public Policy Committee. Mona founded Mona Shah & Associates Global, headquartered in Manhattan. MSA Global is a Law Firm with an advanced global corporate Immigration practice and has been instrumental in the success of numerous projects and have raised millions in investor capital.

Mohammad Al Duaij
Alea Global Group

Mohammad Al Duaij graduated from Leeds University Business School in 2002 with accounting and finance joint honour degree.............

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    Mohammad started his career at Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development as part of the Asian projects funding team. He followed this by joining Global Investment House as investment manager, forming and managing real estate funds around the world. In 2008 he become the CEO of a single family's office, where his responsibilities include investment in real estate and private equity, investment advisory, commodities trading and business development. Mr. Al Duaij has earned his experience by working in diversified projects and dealing with hight level individuals around the world.

    He recently won the "Man of the Year" Award from the Business Worldwide Publication.The title was awarded due to the success of Mohammad's global mediation work, bringing countries together through business.

Hadi Al Alawi
Al Hayat Group

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

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    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, 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.

Paul Pybus
Head of fiduciary Partner
Adjure Global Limited

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in offshore financial services, he joined Adjure Global Limited in 2010 where he established Adjure Global’s Wealth solutions offering...............

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    The offering developed quickly and now sees clients being serviced in over 26 Jurisdictions with wide ranging services being provided. In 2014 the service offering was extended to insurance management, this was initially focused on offering “self-insurance” to SME’s or wealthy individuals, essentially allowing them to share in the profit should an insurance claim not occur.

    The offshore market place is changing and Paul prides himself on being able to adapt to the changing client needs, which includes new innovative structuring as well as going back to basics. He always looks at matters to determine whether they have been over complicated and could be simplified whilst still achieving the same goals. This normally leads to lower costs for clients as well as structures that they can understand and explain to others.

    Paul, with the knowledge and help of his team, currently advises family offices, private individuals as well as corporates on areas including, family governance, generational planning, offshore structuring, private insurance companies as well as managing family disputes and corporate restructuring.

    The culture which has been instilled in my team is one of understanding the clients and getting to know them, for this reason we are always happy to talk to people to understand their needs. This not only assists them, but it allows us to develop our knowledge about the market place and what we need to be looking at to ensure we continue to service and advice our clients appropriately.

Andrew Jackson

HM Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates
Head of Trade and Investment (DIT), UAE

Andrew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990. He has held a wide range of positions in the FCO and across government.. .............

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    He was Deputy Ambassador in Argentina, Counsellor for the Knowledge Economy in India, and held other overseas roles Algeria, Italy and Norway.

    Other recent positions include Head of Science, Innovation and Climate Department and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser in the FCO, Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office Joint Anti-Corruption Unit, and Deputy Director (Gulf Projects), Department for International Trade (DIT).

    Outside the FCO, Andrew was Deputy Head, Secretariat to the Commission for Africa, twice seconded to the Division for Oceans and Law of the Sea, United Nations Legal Office, and twice independent chair of global and regional multilateral fisheries negotiations.

    Andrew has a Masters in Development and International Law from the London School of Economics. Further study since includes at the LSE Executive Summer School and Cranfield University.

    Andrew is married to Paola and has two children.

Ida Beerhalter
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.

Peter Brock

Since October 2018 a self-employed family officer / strategic adviser to mainly two entrepreneurial families..............

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    in order to set-up and manage their family office and to assist them in drafting their family governance and family constitution. Furthermore, active as independent consultant of entrepreneurial families in the areas of holistic wealth management, setting-up and structuring of family offices, family governance advisory and succession solutions as well as M&A transactions and direct investment projects.

    Until September 2018 Peter Brock was Executive Director and Leader Family Office Services in EMEIA and GSA at EY (Ernst & Young) operating from Düsseldorf. Since over 25 years Peter works in Investment Banking / SME Corporate Finance transactions and in Private Banking initially at Deloitte and the WestLB-Group in London, then HSBC Trinkaus, Sal. Oppenheim and with IMAP M&A Consultants.

    For over 6 years Peter Brock set up and expanded the global and multidisciplinary service offering for Family Office Services at EY. He advises Family Offices and entrepreneurial families regarding holistic services around risk management solutions, family governance and succession issues, M&A advisory or real estate transactions, i.e. assisting family investors in direct investments projects. An important area of his work is to advise entrepreneurial families how to set-up a family office or alternatively use outsourcing solutions.

Bilal Zein


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.

Dominik von Eynern
Blu Family Office

Dominik has more than 18 years of experience in financial derivatives, principal investment and business development. He comes from a business family now in the 5th generation.............

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    Dominik began his career as a structured derivatives marketer for Merrill Lynch and Nomura. He has since held senior positions at a volatility strategy hedge fund and a Swiss based asset manager. Dominik became a Partner of Blu Family Office in 2013 and manages many of our strategic and business development functions.

    Dominik holds a BA in Economics from the University of Augsburg (1997) and a Masters in Financial Engineering from the Goethe University in Frankfurt (2000).

Adil Al Zarooni
Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI)

Possesses sixteen years of experience in executive management, investments, sales, logistics, IT security and special economic zones development within UAE government entities and family owned businesses..............

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    Founded Al Zarooni Emirates Investments LLC (ZEI) in 2010, the UAE holding company managing a strand of the Al Zarooni family assets that span over private equity, public equity, investment funds and real estate. Currently holds directorship positions in firms in the sectors of healthcare, financial services, logistics, media, real estate and more. Holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Etisalat College of Engineering, and an MBA from the American University of Sharjah. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the British University in Dubai.

Dr. Ahmed Emara
Founder, Group CEO & Managing Director
ReAya Holding

Dr. Ahmed Emara is the Founder, Group CEO & Managing Director of ReAya Holding, a company he founded in 2012, that has grown from a small investment company to a group of portfolio companies across different geographies...................

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    He is Medical Doctor/Surgeon by profession, a Healthcare and Life Science Entrepreneur, a Healthcare Operator and an Investor with over 25 years of strong international exposure and operational background in managing a spectrum of multi-disciplinary companies. Dr. Emara holds a solid track record of strategizing in Private Equity Deals where he assumes the responsibility of Identifying and implementing best practices, business process assessments, mapping and process re-engineering.

    Dr. Emara steps in personally and takes over full responsibility of most of ReAya’s portfolio companies as the CEO/Managing Director. This very hands-on-approach differentiates ReAya from all other investment companies across the region. His endeavors also include developing viable investment opportunities in healthcare markets across MENA and escalating investee companies through restructuring, M&A activities, and operational reengineering.

    He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of several entrepreneurial ventures including Muse (A healthcare M&A and advisory firm), and Tech. Developers (An intellectual property commercialization venture). As a recognized Healthcare Thought Leader, Dr. Emara is a regular panelist and speaker on healthcare private equity & operational excellence at international industry conferences.

    Dr. Emara began his career in various senior management positions across Canada and the Middle East in affiliations with distinguished, intercontinental companies like Sanofi-Aventis, Bayer & Abbott.

Doris Sommavilla
Union Hotels Canazei and Sommavilla Costruzioni

Doris is third generation family member of hotels and residential development business. ..............

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    Her background is in quantitative finance at Bocconi University. She has worked for PIMCO, Allianz Global Investors and is specialized in italian distressed deals.

    She is part of an italian family which has invested since 3 generations its wealth mainly in its Hospitality (8 hotels in the dolomites), entertainment (8 clubs, 5 restaurants and conference rooms) and residential projects in Italy and Romania (development of 2000 residential units/ GDV 100mln). Within her family she is responsible for sourcing single name NPLs backed by hotels in distress and for structuring and implementing their turnaround (operative/ financial). At the moment she is working on two NPL hotel deals backed by two hotels in prime location in the dolomites to be added to her portfolio.

    In her previous role as Chief Restructuring Officer, Doris joined the Board of Directors of distressed businesses to support other family’s business recovery during special situations (succession, litigation, liquidity crises) .Working 7 years for a restructuring advisor appointed by multiple italian banks, Doris has been referred to multiple family hotel business in Italy to help with their turnaround often originated from succession matters, litigation or illiquidity issues.

    Doris experience at PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors includes developing financial models for Portfolio Managers at and delivering performance attribution analysis for institutional investors investing in high yield and more in general fixed income mandates. She has also been a key player in the acquisition of new mandates from institutional investors (mainly pensione funds, foundations, endowments and insurance companies).

    Her qualifications include: Master in Family Office, Master of Science in Quantitative Finance at Bocconi University, CAIA qualification, CISI Capital market qualification, IMC qualification and RDR qualification. Doris is a first time pass in all CFA levels (L1 Dec 15, L2 Jun 2016, L3 Jun 2017). She is fluent in English, Italian and Has a good level of german.

Amine Bentaleb


Amine Bentaleb, Senior Portfolio Manager, joined Kimera in 2017. Prior to this, he served as a Portfolio Manager for General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) in Abu Dhabi. .............

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    Amine has over 14 years’ experience of managing equities and fixed income portfolios across economic cycles, with a predominant focus on emerging and frontier markets. Amine received his BBA in Finance from Alakhawayn University in Morocco, and his MSc in Financial Analysis from Neuchatel University in Switzerland.

    Kimera is a single-family office based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that operates a global mandate across all asset classes, investing in public equities, private equity, venture capital, fixed income, real estate and hedge funds. Kimera seeks to generate sustainable superior returns by focusing on long-term value creation through an opportunistic approach to investing. The family office benefits from a growing asset base, and is currently in the process of building the foundation to expand into a multi-family office.

Aradhana Khowala
CEO & Founder
Aptamind Partners

Aradhana is a global authority on the travel, tourism and hospitality industry with 17 + years of experience in four continents across 50+ different countries...................

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    In 2014, she was chosen and featured as one of the 50 most influential next generation leaders who will likely define the future of the hospitality industry by Swiss Economic magazine Bilan. Aradhana is founder and CEO of Aptamind Partners (previously Bridge.Over Group) a specialist Strategic Hospitality & Tourism Consulting practice that advises ambitious leaders in family offices, governments, private investors and international organisations on hospitality related investments. Aptamind works in over 60+ countries, spanning Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa providing critical direction and insight that translates into measurable business growth.

    Aradhana serves as Special Advisor to the Board of World Tourism Forum Lucerne and is Chairwoman of the Board for the Global African Tourism Summit. She also serves on the Board of ETC which is a charity that beautifully weaves together her passion for Africa with the purpose of educating the children - a cause very close to her heart.

Rupert Boswall
Chairman/Senior Partner

Rupert Boswall is the Chairman/Senior Partner of RPC, an international commercial law firm which works closely with Family Offices and UHNWs on direct investment M&A mandates...................

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    .... resisting tax challenges from government revenue services and resolving disputes. As well as in UK/Europe, RPC has particularly strong connections in Saudi Arabia/the GCC, Singapore/Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong/China. RPC works closely with Oculus Financial Intelligence in recovering assets or damages where Family Offices have lost money in questionable circumstances.

Yousef Al-Majali
Co-Founder and COO
Oculus Financial Intelligence

Yousef Al-Majali is a co-founder and Director of Oculus Financial Intelligence and serves as Chief Operating Officer of the company...................

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    Yousef began his career as an entrepreneur, founding Salim Security Group Ltd, a private security company registered in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Between 2008 and 2011 Yousef also worked closely with Skytech International (also known as Skytech Helicopters) an international defence equipment brokerage based in Belgium

    Yousef is fluent in Arabic, speaks basic Mandarin and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter. He brings significant financial markets, company operations and business development experience to Oculus as well as extensive market experience internationally, having worked out of the Levant, the GCC Region, North Africa, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, and The Far East as well as the United Kingdom. Yousef has experience as a Private Equity professional, Hedge Fund Analyst and entrepreneur in the defence, security and intelligence sectors.

    He later co-founded Communication Management Consultants Ltd, also registered in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

    By 2012 Yousef was Chief Operating Officer of a Private Equity investment brokerage and principle investor focused on the Middle East and South East Asian regions. In his capacity as COO Yousef was also the Middle East Director for and Board Representative to EON Reality Inc. (, a company registered in the State of California. In 2014, prior to co-founding Oculus, Yousef was a senior equity analyst for Camargue Capital Management LLP, a global long/short equity Hedge Fund based in London.

Elizabeth Filippouli
Founder & CEO
Global Thinkers Forum & Athena40

Elizabeth Filippouli is a social entrepreneur with a background in Journalism having worked with mainstream media in Athens, Greece and internationally in the US and the Gulf..............

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    For the last 8 years she is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), a global platform that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership, collaboration and partnerships. GTF is London-based with an international advisory board and presence in 7 countries: UK, USA, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, UAE, Saudi Arabia and a fast growth rate. It was launched in 2012 in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania and has engaged influencers from business, philanthropy, academia, media, literature.

    n 2015 Global Thinkers Forum launched an international mentoring programme, Global Thinkers Mentors, pairing youth and women from all over the world with accomplished individuals across 50 countries. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate of taping into female talent and intelligence in order to create prosperity, peace and happier societies.

    In 2018 and as part of its tireless efforts in support of SDG 5, the organisation launched Athena40 the first ever global ranking of the top 40most innovative women from across all industries. The ranking is based on public nominations and merit and will be announced every two years (the first one being in 2020 in London).

    Elizabeth also sits on the Global Advisory Board of the Prince's Trust International, focusing her efforts on global partnerships for development and access to opportunities for youth internationally.

    Elizabeth has read Strategy and Innovation at Said Business School of Oxford University (MBA), Transnational Media and Globalisation at London City University (MA) and has taken the Harvard Executive Education Kennedy School of Government programme on "Shaping Change in the Information Age". She is a CNN Fellow. In 2016, Elizabeth was named among Oxford University's Said Business School's 42 top graduate entrepreneurs.

Tarek Hajjiri
Senior Vice President
Dubai International Financial Centre

Mr. Hajjiri is the Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) since November 2016..............

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    Prior to joining DIFC, Mr. Hajjiri was the Director of Legal Policy at Dubai Economic Council (DEC), Government of Dubai and an appointed member in the Economic Legal Review Committee/Supreme Legal Committee by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Legislation Committee. He was also appointed as a member in the Strategic Committee at the United Arab Emirates University Science & Innovation Park to participate among other responsibilities, the review of the admission process to the University programs, tracking progress and challenges and evaluating success. He also contributes heavily to the newly established SME incubator at the University. Most recently he was also appointed in the Advisory Board of the American University of Dubai IBM Center of Excellence for Smarter Logistics.

    Mr Hajjiri has over 21 years of experience working in corporate and public sectors. He is a senior IP/Corporate lawyer by background. He is experienced in building strong relationships at senior levels of the private sector, government, civil society and funders in order to deliver a broad range of programmes, working in the Middle East, GCC, United States and Canada. For over sixteen years, Mr. Hajjiri has been based in the Gulf working with high-level stakeholders in the legal industry, family business and government sector leading reform programmes to improve laws and regulations, competitiveness and increase transparency and public awareness to increase capacity and implementation of best practices.

    Mr. Hajjiri has been focusing on legal and regulatory matters at both local and federal levels including free zones that effect Dubai’s economy and competitiveness. He has contributed to the development of legal strategies by providing policy recommendations that are the culmination of extensive research and collaboration with public and private sector representatives both locally and internationally. Mr Hajjiri works very closely with the key local and federal departments.

    Mr. Hajjiri has established a global advisory network to benefit from the best practices worldwide. He has launched several initiatives and worked on numerous projects, including among others SMEs, innovation and creativity, family owned businesses, commercial companies law, foreign direct investment, corporate governance, financial restructuring and insolvency.

    Mr. Hajjiri works closely with international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, China Development Bank, UNDP, INSOL, UNCITRAL, WIPO and many others.

    In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Mr Hajjiri was awarded the “Best Professional Achievement Award” for the years 2012 and 2014. Mr. Hajjiri has also established the DEC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department “CSR” to implement strategic initiatives with the private

    Prior to joining the public sector, Mr. Hajjiri was the Regional Chief Legal Counsel for a large family owned business advising on strategic planning, corporate governance, and managing all legal matters including structuring and restructuring of the holding companies and subsidiaries. Mr Hajjiri is a registered and licensed arbitrator with Dubai International Arbitration Center in addition to being a proficient mediator.

    Mr. Hajjiri holds Master’s degree in law from the USA, and is now preparing for his Phd in commercial law, Family Owned Businesses. In addition to speaking in many local and international conferences, Mr Hajjiri has published many articles and edited several books through well-known publishers including the last two books published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan in the UK, “Global Insolvency and Bankruptcy Practice for Sustainable Economic Development, General Principles and Approaches in the UAE and International Best Practice.”

Joel Dietz

Joel Dietz is the founder of Swarm, including co-founding child projects Swarm Fund.............

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    (, Swarm Club (, Swarm Syndicates, and Swarm Research, now with 30+ staff across related projects. Broadly speaking, Joel's projects look at the growing impact of AI and blockchain on finance and other aspects of human life, searching for creative solutions that integrate the best of both worlds. The platforms and communities he has created, including his engagement in the Burning Man and fine art worlds, are focused on creative synergies between what might initially seem like contradictory impulses.

    Joel has long been a pioneer in the open source software and digital currency movements. Among other things, he co-founded the first smart contract educational channel (EtherCasts), the Ethereum Silicon Valley meet-up, wrote the original “AppCoin Manifesto,” and built the first decentralized asset and governance platforms on the Bitcoin blockchain. Joel facilitated a blockchain-community living space in Palo Alto and has presented at every major blockchain conference and festival about real assets, AI, Decentralized Autonomous Society, DAO Democracy, Futarchy, and Liquid Democracy. He holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania and awards from Google and

Dr. Celeste Cecilia Lo Turco
Vice President Strategy
Future Group Holding SWFs Expert

Dr Celeste Lo Turco is a Sovereign Wealth Funds Expert. She has been working for the SWFs Strategic Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SWFs Law Centre..............

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    She has been the advisor for Ancitel, the Italian Municipalities National Association, for the development of the national economy and the relationship with SWFs.

    Former United Nations analyst, she worked within the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). She has been living in the Middle East for a long period and she currently serves as Vice President Strategy for Future Group Holding, a family office based in Dubai.

    She is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher and she holds a PhD in Political Theory and a Master Degree in International Relations, Markets and Institutions of the Global System. She is a part time assistant professor at the American University in the Emirates and active writer on SWFs.

Mas Sajady
Exponential Intelligence®
Medimorphosis and Medihealing®

Mas Sajady, founder of Exponential Intelligence®, Medimorphosis and Medihealing® has helped tens of thousands around the world break through challenging situations in their personal and professional lives so they achieve not only success but also significance in their lives..............

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    Exponential Intelligence® (EI®) is a science based body of knowledge that Mas Sajady discovered through his 2nd near death experience. EI® explains the secrets to life from a quantum physics perspective. The process removes issues at the core of your being for your optimum potentiality to be reached with rapid & tangible results.

    Mas is known as a game changer throughout the world as well as a best kept secret for high profile individuals. He has worked with business leaders, influencers, medical and healthcare providers, professional athletes, celebrities, the Royal Families in UAE and Monaco, Fortune 500 executives that include Capital Records, Cardinal Health, Starbucks, Facebook, Fox, CCTV, CIA, Forbes, Microsoft, FedEx, Australia Post, China Petroleum and more. Mas also donates his time to assist schools, hospitals, special need groups, local communities and people from all walks of life.

    *Mas' abilities have been studied and verified by Dr. Norman Shealy, acclaimed neurosurgeon and pain medicine pioneer, as well as several clinical research institutes. For the fastest way to gain a broad understanding of how Mas works and his teachings, please listen to his Exponential Intelligence Podcast. For clients' success Stories -

Craig Kemsley
Partner, Head of Tax and Legacy
Calibrate Law Limited

Craig has advised international families and entrepreneurs for over 30 years. Craig works with eminent families deploying offshore capital within the UK or to third jurisdictions..............

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    Craig has assisted families establish their UK offices, advised on the investment and divestment of supremely valuable assets and has also structured investment clubs between families. Craig often deals with cross border and multi-jurisdictional transactions involving families or family members investing in business assets, real estate or financial assets. The taxation of non-UK domiciliaries (‘non-doms’) is an area of particular interest to Craig.

    Craig recently joined Calibrate Law which is a new and specialist law firm focussed on delivering most of the legal needs of the wealthy family through a triumvirate of services: legal counsel and litigation, tax and legacy, and family. Uniquely, Calibrate Law was co-founded by the principal of an active London based SFO.

    Craig is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Certified Tax Advisor. Craig was previously Head of the London Private Client Tax practice at Grant Thornton and a tax partner at Deloitte internationally.

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

Ismael Hajjar leads the Private Client Services (PCS) practice of EY Middle East. In his role, Ismael focuses on assisting successful families, entrepreneurs and family offices across MENA managing risks and preserving wealth............

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    Ismael has been serving international families for over 12 years and currently acts as trusted advisor to a number of successful families across MENA. He is recognized for his innovative and tailored-made approach to problem solving, and has been successful in designing and implementing inter-generational succession, inheritance, governance, tax and confidentiality strategies. He has contributed to building and currently serves Family Offices.

    Ismael has worked within the Luxembourg wealth management industry before relocating to the GCC. During that time, he has gained considerable experience in international tax planning and has advised on a number of high-profile transactions and group restructurings with a particular focus on projects originating from the Middle East and Asia. He has developed an extensive experience in fund tax structuring (including Shari’a compliant funds), with a focus on private investment funds for single and multi-family offices.

    Ismael is a regular speaker in the GCC and beyond on topics such as international tax structuring, taxation of wealth management, global tax transparency and its impact on the confidentiality of families, succession and inheritance planning and family offices. The team that he leads recently won the “Tax and Accountancy firm of the year” award at the WealthBriefing GCC Region 2017 Awards.

    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). Ismael is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and active member of STEP Arabia.

Jan van Bueren
FOSS Family Office Advisory & Global Head Family Office Advisory, Union Bancaire Privée

Jan van Bueren, born in 1972 in the Netherlands, is Global Head Family Office Advisory at Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) and co-founder of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Advisory unit, located in Zurich.............

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    He holds a Master’s degree in Tax Law from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

    After his graduation in 1997, he worked in the Netherlands as a tax advisor at a tax consultancy firm focussed on mid-market clients and subsequently joined the tax department of PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on the largest Dutch family-owned companies and their owners. From 2004 until 2006 Jan worked as senior legal counsel with De Nederlandsche Bank NV, the supervisor of financial institutions and the financial sector in the Netherlands.

    He joined ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) AG in 2006 as Head Wealth Structuring in Zurich. When UBP acquired ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) AG in 2011, he became UBP’s Head of Wealth Planning in Zurich. Currently, he is UBP’s Global Head Family Office Advisory.

    Jan deals day-to-day with family office issues for affluent families from all over the world. As well as family office-related matters, he has extensive experience in complex international wealth planning, tax-efficient corporate structuring, private placement life insurance, international relocation schemes and (wealth protection and preservation) structures such as trusts and family foundations . He has been a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners since 2010.

    Jan speaks English, German and Dutch fluently. He lives in the greater Zurich area and is married and father of two children. He loves spending time with his family and practicing winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

Ryan Radloff

Mr. Radloff is CEO at CoinShares and Director at XBT Provider the issuer of the world's first publicly traded Bitcoin and Ether ETPs listed on Nasdaq in Stockholm.............

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    He sits squarely at the intersection of professional investors and cryptocurrency. Apart from his work at CoinShares, Mr. Radloff serves as Vice Chairman of CryptoUK, a consortium of crypto focused companies aiming to promote best practices and to work with government and regulators to ensure that the UK benefits from the exciting potential of this emerging technology.

    Prior to CoinShares, Mr. Radloff served as Managing Director at FiREapps and SageWorks, Inc. two FinTech companies focused on Corporate FX, globally; and Financial Statement Analytics for corporations, respectively. He holds a B.A. from Duke University.

David Purdy, BA(Hons) Law, Barrister
Executive Director
Willis Towers Watson

David has worked for over thirty years in the insurance industry with experience both in London and Australia..............

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    David has worked for over thirty years in the insurance industry with experience both in London and Australia.

    For the last 18 years David has specialised in the Directors’ & Officers’ Liability Insurance arena.

    David’s current position within FINEX Global is to head up the new business push for D&O business for Northern Europe, Russian Federation, Latin America and Australasia and service selected global D&O accounts. His role is specifically to develop new business opportunities and to create the D&O/ Financial Lines service platform required for our local and international clients. He also advises major corporations on the structure and placement of their international D&O insurance programmes.

    David holds a BA(Hons) Law, and is a qualified Barrister.

John Collier
Executive Director
FINEX Global

John has over 25 years’ experience in Professional Indemnity, Crime and Directors’ & Officers’ liability insurance..............

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    He has managed some of the most complex insurance programmes for some of the largest International Financial organisations. John has a wealth of experience in working in partnership with UK and Offshore Investment Managers, Fund Managers, Corporate Service Providers, Trust Companies and Private Equity firms stretching across the whole Financial Institutions sector and Structured Finance sectors focusing around Financial Bonds.

    John has been at the forefront of designing bespoke insurance policies that are cost effective, reliable and truly reflect the client’s needs. John believes in building trust and understanding with clients by working in partnership and putting client needs first.

Helen Al Uzaizi

Social Entrepreneur

Helen Al Uzaizi is an established businesswoman and an active community member..............

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    With over 15 years of experience spanning marketing, non-profit management, and entrepreneurship, Helen has been supporting major brands, non-profit organizations, and startups across the region as a mentor and Board member and advisor. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of PACES Charity working with Palestinian refugee children through sports, and an Advisor and Brand Ambassador for SEP, The Social Enterprise Project working on empowering Palestinian & Syrian refugee women.

    Helen is the CEO of BizWorld UAE, Egypt, and Jordan, social enterprises that teach kids entrepreneurship skills. She is also the Founder of Future Entrepreneurs, a platform that aims to empower youth entrepreneurs in MENA. She was recently named one of the UAE’s 100 Smartest People and one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World.

    Helen is a Certified Marketing Executive (CME) who studied Law & Politics at the University of Manchester and completed her Executive Education at Columbia University.

    On a personal level, Helen is a mother of 2, triathlete and adventurer who believes in making dreams come to life and that anything is possible.

Basma Eissa
Senior Business Development Manager
The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum

Basma Eissa is a Senior Business Development Manager at The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, in Dubai...............

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    She has been in her current position as a Senior Business Development Manager at The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed since July 2017, after working for two different private office for the Royal Family members of Abu Dhabi. During her current role, she leads a team of professionals and is the wing liaison for all events and conferences The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed takes part in. As a Business Professional, she is working closely with the higher management of The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed to achieve its vision and contribute to Dubai economy.

    Because of her challenge-oriented persona, Basma is always seeking excellence through her current career path, motivated by her ability to make a difference at any place she works for and directed by her frequent crave for self-development through a value adding work environment.

    Over the past few years, Basma has received different awards for professional and academic excellence, most recent one was awarded to her by The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed for achieving the largest revenue in the history of the office.

Bharath Takulapalli, PhD
Founder & CEO
INanoBio Inc

Bharath Takulapalli is the Founder & CEO of INanoBio, a company pioneering technologies at the confluence of nanotechnology, systems biology and machine learning................

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    Bharath founded INanoBio with the ambitious goal of developing advanced nano-biotechnologies for resolving biological complexity, to deliver early stage diagnostics for disease preemption, reduce healthcare expenditures to a fraction of todays, saving trillions of dollars. He defines disease preemption as diagnosing, intervening and curing diseases early on, even before symptoms appear.

    What disease specific biomarkers to detect? how to detect them for early diagnosis and to guide precision medicine? These questions have confounded scientific community owing to the extraordinary complexity underlying disease biology. Over 15 years Bharath has worked rigorously on developing disruptive nano-biotechnology platforms to answer these questions, resulting in over 30 global patents. He invented nano-sensors to detect extremely small amounts of molecular biomarkers in blood; a novel 3D nanopore-transistor to readout the human genome at 1/10 the cost & time needed today; and proteomic technologies to develop disease specific biomarkers capable of 99% accuracy diagnosis.

    Combining these innovations, INanoBio is currently developing a blood-based high accuracy diagnostic test for lung cancer that obviates need for lung biopsy (company’s first product), in addition to research on biomarkers for other cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. Bharath got his bachelors from IIT Madras India, PhD in nano-electronics from ASU and researched nano-bio technologies for over a decade prior to founding INanoBio.

Joanne Sawicki
Cerescom, UK

Joanne is a digital health and media entrepreneur with a passion to invest in and promote businesses that are profitable whilst “doing good”................

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    An award-winning journalist and television producer, (News Ltd, Channel 9 Australia, BBC, and Sky TV), Joanne was founder and Chief Executive of Channel Health – the UK’s first health website and interactive television channel which floated on the London Stock Exchange. The channel had 8 million viewers a month and launched the digital pilots for the UK Government that subsequently became NHS Choices. She was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

    After selling her company, Joanne became actively involved as an investor or board advisor to innovative media, health and circular economy companies. Joanne is a non-executive director of Laboratories Isocell SA whose patented anti-ageing SOD melon enzyme Glisodin, is marketed internationally

Noor Sweid
General Partner
Global Ventures

Noor Sweid has experience in scaling and exiting businesses with a long track record of operating high-growth businesses, as well as identifying and realizing high return investments in emerging markets. .............

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    She has been named in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times and has been profiled on the covers of Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, and Arabian Business magazines. Noor serves on several boards, holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, and is a Global Finance Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

    Global Ventures is a Middle East and Africa focused venture capital firm. Founded by entrepreneur-turned-investor, Noor Sweid, Global Ventures benefits from the investment region’s record-high digital penetration rates, its burgeoning young population and Noor’s network in, and access to, the global tech community.

Mel Ragnauth
WET Group

Mel Ragnauth is the Chief Commercial Officer of WET and joined the business in January 2019...............

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    Mel has carved out a niche working with innovative, disruptive, technology focused businesses looking to scale up and commercialise their products. He is the former Managing Director of Spiralite, a 2016 Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company, where he designed and implemented the global IP and international licencing strategy for a unique, patented ductwork system which is now owned by Dubai-based Khansaheb Industries.

    Mel is also a part of the senior management team of Glint, a digital payments business as Chief Business Development Officer. Glint has created a world first, the ability to spend physical gold at the point of sale through a Mastercard. Mel has been instrumental in creating the go to market strategy for Glint and he has led the entry and scale up of that business into the USA during the latter half of 2018.

    Prior to that, he spent 15 years in principal investor and corporate finance roles across both public and private markets with 3i, Deloitte, PwC and Orbis Investments. At 3i, Mel was part of the 3i QPE Fund, which applied private equity investment techniques to large minority investments in publicly listed companies. He led the financial and commercial due diligence teams on several investments in UK and US markets including completed investments in Salamander Energy plc and Phibro Animal Health Corporation. In his time at PwC and Deloitte, Mel was focused on business recovery, including distressed M&A and also in both buy and sell-side due diligence projects.

    Mel is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Martin Cannon
Founder, President and CEO

Martin was previously a Partner at Bain & Company and AT Kearney, which acquired his eponymous strategy consulting firm, Cannon Associates,..............

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    Founded in 1990. In each of these three firms Martin led multiple teams in creating accelerated growth, improved profitability and pathways for innovation at dozens of major corporations. At Hemanext Martin has transformed embryonic IP relating to Red Blood Cell biochemistry into recognized leadership in the field of Red Cell therapeutic potential and safety. Supported by a group of Private Family Office Investors and the National Institutes of Health, Martin and the Hemanext team are on the cusp of receiving regulatory approval in the US and Europe for a transfusion technology which will launch in Europe early next year, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars annually.

    An Englishman living in the United States, Martin has served on numerous Boards in the for profit and non profit sector including the National Symphony Orchestra and the US Russia Business Council.

    He is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Dominic Briggs
General Partner
Blockwall Management GmbH

Dominic is General Partner at Blockwall (, the first BaFin registered Crypto Investment Fund in Germany...............

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    The fund is focused on long-term investments in Distributed Ledger Technologies serving Institutional Investors, Family Offices, and UHNWIs to gain access to this asset class. As industry expert, he is also regularly supporting the OECD in formulating a coherent crypto asset taxonomy and pro-innovation regulation.

    Dominic has over 10 years professional experience and brings along consulting, corporate, and entrepreneurial background.

    2.5 years of management consulting within German leading management strategy consulting firm, focusing on international operations excellence (e.g. lean management, process optimization), after sales service strategy, corporate strategy (market entry, new product introduction), and restructuring projects.

    1.5 years in SME company (renewable energy industry) at one of the market leaders and most successful project development companies in Germany where he gained in depth international project finance and management experience.

    In addition, Dominic was responsible for the sale and financing of renewable infrastructure projects in France and Spain.

    6 years of entrepreneurial experience, focusing on energy efficiency consulting, renewable energy investments as well as venture capital and other opportunistic investments.

    He is also non-executive partner in a family business, which started building and investing in renewable energies in Germany in the early 90s, thus being a pioneer in the field.

    Dominic holds a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Management and a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) from European Business School (EBS), Germany and as part of his studies he also attended the SciencesPo. in Paris and the HEC in Geneva.

Karim El-Jisr
Executive Director
SEE Institute
The Sustainable City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Karim El-Jisr has 20 years of experience in resource management, climate change, and urban development..............

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    He visited The Sustainable City during the construction phase and decided to join this award-winning community, which is now his home.

    He is currently establishing The Sustainable City institute – a global platform for advancing knowledge in sustainability and the built environment. The institute manages multi-year research programs, pilot projects with industry partners, an incubator for sustainability products and technologies, and a modular training program for professionals in the built environment.

    Karim holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering in Agriculture, and a Master’s of Science in Ecosystem Management from the American University of Beirut. He also holds a course certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

    Karim holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering in Agriculture, and a Master’s of Science in Ecosystem Management from the American University of Beirut. He also holds a course certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Faris Saeed
Diamond Developers

Faris Saeed is a Jordanian national of Palestinian origin. In 1988, he graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan..............

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    After military service and a year’s work at a local engineering consultancy, Saeed set up his own architecture and civil engineering company in 1991. In 1995, he moved to Dubai to establish a maintenance and interior design company.

    The next year, he started a contracting company and in 1999, he began developing real estate projects in partnership with his university friend and business partner, Wassim Adlouni. Saeed and Adlouni’s company Diamond Developers, was growing in line with Dubai’s real estate sector, which had experienced a frenzy of growth from 2000 to 2008. In a few hectic years, Diamond Developers had built six towers with more than 1,000 apartments in the new Dubai Marina district.

Dr. Asma Siddiki
Interim Dean
Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC)

Dr. Asma Siddiki currently serves as Interim Dean of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship as well as Vice Dean for Student Affairs..............

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    Dr. Siddiki has held leadership roles, both academic and corporate, in particular working with universities in their early stages of development focusing extensively on student services, institutional effectiveness, curriculum development, organizational development, and global institutional partnerships. Dr. Siddiki is also a Founder and Entrepreneur and serves in a personal capacity on initiatives for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.

    She is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a community of the World Economic Forum, to which she was invited as recognition for her professional achievements and contributions to society.

    She received her Doctoral degree as well as her Master’s from the University of Oxford and has been involved in the education and higher education sectors in the region for the past twenty years.

Clarissa Fraschetti

Sassorossi, Fraschetti & Associati

Clarissa is member of the fourth generation of Sassorossi, Fraschetti & Associati Italian family office open since 1932, professionally involved in company law, tax and business advising.............

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    Clarissa is an active member in her school (International School of Florence) associations for the advancement of ideas in a teenage environment as the Student Council and the newspaper Tuskan Time with the mission to improve the everyday students life and the students environment in and out of school. She also takes part in international association and conferences as the Model of the United Nation Conferences (MUN) and Model of International Crime Court Conferences (MICC).

    She studies at the International School of Florence focusing on history, politics and languages. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Giotto De Filippi


Mr Giotto De Filippi is an investor and an expert in technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency and crypto economics strategy (token model)............

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    He started mining bitcoin in 2011 after having spent a number of years working in software development, designing scalable platforms. Since then he has invested in various companies and participated in numerous ICOs and crypto related projects. He is currently working on developing a proprietary model for predicting prices of crypto currency with a medium-term horizon and actively scouting for new investment opportunities in the field.

    Being an active writer on the subject, he has his own blog about blockchain and related projects with a strong emphasis on fundamental analysis and attempting to define a theoretical framework for token models and their potential.

Dott. Ing. Maurizio Totta

Impact Investor

Maurizio Totta was born in Torino, and graduated in mechanical engineering at the Technical University there.............

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    He is fluent in Italian, German, French, English, Spanish, and is currently perfecting his Portuguese.

    He also has a CHPL (Commercial Helicopter Pilot License).

    While he was finishing his studies, he started working for the family real estate company in Austria.

    Through a series of buyouts, the group became the main owner of Europe’s largest Shopping Mall, the SCS, Shopping City Süd near Vienna. He was the CEO of the SCS Holding AG from 1995 until May 2008, when the company was sold to Unibail-Rodamco.

    Since 2010, while still involved in some commercial real estate projects, he has been focussing his activities on impact investments in biotech, renewable energy, sustainable forestry and land development in Europe and South America.

Rafik Al Hariri
Senior Manager Cybersecurity
Ernst & Young

Rafik leads the cybersecurity services in UAE for EY commanding 10 years of management and technology consulting experience across the Middle East and Europe.............

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    Working closely with executives and boards to achieve success and stability through building enterprise resilience capabilities, developing cyber transformation programs and assessing project risks.

    Rafik has been recognized by key clients as a strategic advisor in helping them operationalize cybersecurity and risk management programs within the evolving digital landscape.

    He holds his Bachelors of Science with Honors in MIS and a minor in Management from the Lebanese American University. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified ISO 22301 BCMS Lead Implementer and BS 25999 Lead Auditor.

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.

Shelley von Strunckel

Few combine mainstream business experience with knowledge of astrology and the spiritual realms, and even fewer blend those skills to advise private clients..............

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    Shelley von Strunckel does and, also - as she has at previous Prestel and Partner conferences – speaks, employing this knowledge to give a clear yet witty explanation of the bizarre changes going on in our world today.

    Shelley combines her training in marketing with decades of advising clients worldwide, and views astrology as a business tool, one that is particularly useful during these unsettled and unpredictable times. Her clients cross business sectors and include entrepreneurs to high level executives. She combines a historical overview with fine-tuned observations about the perplexing mix of unsettling events currently reshaping the world’s financial and political arena, to insights that help decode the realms of cyber-currency – all presented with a balanced sense of irony and the authority that comes with years of experience.

    Her speaking and writing skills led to astrology columns published worldwide, notably in the Gulf News, London Sunday Times and Evening Standard Newspapers, South China Morning Post, and French and China Vogue.