With over 18 years of experience in setting up and running new ventures in the MENA region, Mr. Algurg is a pioneer in the region for his visionary approach, high profile networking, and for concluding and managing large regional projects and investments worth more than 1.06 Billion USD.
Presently he is managing the private investments and strategic partnerships activities of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. He is also the CEO of Al Fajer Investments & Development, an investment division of Al Fajer Enterprises, a holding group of companies owned by His Highness Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum. Both Sheikhs are members of the Royal family of Dubai.
As a CEO of Seed Group, he is managing 8 growing companies in 6 diversified industries with other UAE and International partners.
He is also the UAE sponsor of the Chinese petroleum giant “Sinopec Petroleum”. Sinopec Petroleum is one of the largest energy corporations in the world, headquartered in Beijing.
Hisham holds a computer science bachelor degree from Southwest Texas State University.
Krists Grigis is a Key Advisor to SEED Group, heading up the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's Eastern Europe operations from Riga, Latvia. Krists' area of expertise is investment policy, partnership relations, governmental relations and start-up environment in Eastern Europe, with particular focus to the Baltic countries and Poland.
Krists has gained high level business and market knowledge and built valuable business relationship in the region during his successful development of restaurants and hotels in the Baltic countries. It is accompanied by his managerial experience in the retail business as Krists also runs his family company Batas Avots, emerging bottled water producer represented in all major markets around the world. Krists previous experience and contacts are core assets for the TPO group companies and their partners. Recently Krists has become mentor for several start-up companies in the region sharing his knowledge and experience as a successful business leader in order to foster start-up friendly environment in his hometown Liepāja. His main motivation is a strive for new technologies and innovations that could highly improve existing products in the market or bring new ground-breaking solutions.
Roger Chi is a Partner at Candareen Capital based between Bangkok and Singapore. Roger has extensive experience in helping large corporates enter into SE Asia in Telecom, Augmented Reality, Mobile Security, Technology, Real Estate, Food and Beverage. Roger has advised some of the leading families in SE Asia. Prior Candareen Captial, Roger was Director of Investments of Brainrush Venture, a $100m USD venture capital fund based in San Francisco. At Brainrush, Roger served on the investment committee and had investments in San Francisco, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Roger started his career at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm founded by Michael Porter and was based in the Los Angeles practice.
Currently, Roger serves as a Non-Executive Director to UCAP a private bank based in Zurich and Geneva.
Roger holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Marketing and Finance from UC Berkeley.
Aldo Garbagnati is the Chairman of the Emicapital Group, a Dubai based advisory framework specialized in supporting Corporations and HNWIs interested in doing business with the United Arab Emirates.
Aldo founded Emicapital in 2006, when he moved to Dubai from his home town in Switzerland. His Group now features multiple specialized structures such as consulting, trading, legal, real estate and investments. The financial activity is performed through a sister Company, a DFSA-licensed asset management Firm at the Dubai International Financial Centre. This infrastructure enables Aldo’s group to play a one-stop-shop role for families interested in the Arab Gulf area, served through the three offices in the UAE and the European offices in London and Lugano. Aldo has a proven track record in the industrial, financial and trading sectors, having served European families for over 25 years. His experience covers the needs of families moving their operations abroad or starting venues in a new world region. An Italian National, Aldo grew and was educated in Switzerland and is fluent in most European languages, plus mastering the basics in Arabic. Among others, Aldo is a consultant to the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Public Works in the UAE, besides serving as advisor to Royal Families across the region on international projects and regulatory Laws. In the last few years Aldo presented several publications, including a study on structuring family offices in the UAE, devoted to non-Muslim families.
Among other public and private charges, Aldo presently manages the Middle East office for Global Partnership, an association of Family offices based in London.
In 2013 Aldo founded the Emicapital Foundation in London, a Charity registered with the UK Charity Commission, supporting art and education projects between Europe and the Gulf region.
With more than 25 years of experience in marketing and business development, Ted Howard develops strategic partnerships to expand clients’ global presence particularly in the Asian, Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) and North American markets. Ted’s business development expertise includes building multicultural corporate relationships and leading marketing campaigns in the entertainment production and distribution, and public sector markets. A range of companies from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies including the Charoen Pokphand Group © utilizes his marketing and business development services.
Ted’s career started with managing a technology services company, generating more than $35 million in revenue by securing contracts with United States federal, state and local government agencies. The firm assisted the public sector in improving efficiencies by providing information technology (IT) innovation and services via strategic private sector partnerships and ventures.
Ted then coupled his marketing expertise with his passion for music production, achieving an impeccable and proven track record for effectively taking record labels and music production ventures from their inception to musical success. As founder of the Howeird Entertainment music production company, Ted negotiated production and distribution contracts with RCA, Motown, Universal and other music powerhouses. His team has produced, penned songs and created remixes for musical greats such as Yolanda Adams, Tony Terry, John Legend, Kirk Franklin and Def Leppard.
Ted also served as president of WanMor Entertainment, a production company and record label owned by Grammy Award winner Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men. Under Mr. Howard’s direction, a joint production venture was made between WanMor Entertainment and Universal Records. He negotiated the distribution deal with Universal Records as well as assembled the radio, retail, sales and marketing team for WanMor. Later, Howard led the initial marketing and production team for then startup, Big 3 Entertainment.
Ted Howard is a graduate of Long Island University and has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He resides in California and Maryland.
Andrea Raimondi – Andrea is Partner of R&P Consulting, an Italian Advisory boutique founded in 1979 and specialized in cross border business development and asset protection, based in Europe, Asia and South Pacific.
With more than 20 years of experience in cross border business development and internationalization projects for Italian companies, as well as in international asset protection, he is also specialised in Family Business Advisory and Family Office services.
He supported Family owned companies from different industries (ceramic tiles, food & beverages, Pharmaceutical, crypto-exchange, …) in their international development plan, from US to Russia, from Africa to China and South East Asia. With solid relations in Middle East, he developed a successful approach for the business development in this Region.
He does teach International Tax Planning at related most prestigious Post Graduate Training Program in Italy (held by Sole24Ore). His leadership combines strategic vision and personal enthusiasm.