With over 18 years of experience in setting up and running new ventures in the MENA region, Mr. Al Gurg 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. He is a published author and a public speaker on the topic of conducting mega transactions with governments and large corporates.
Huda Al Lawati’s career has spanned 17 years in private equity and investments across emerging markets, having deployed over $1 billion in equity capital and arranged over US$1.5 billion in acquisition across a broad range of sectors. She is currently a member of the board of directors at the Young Arab Leaders and the Middle East Investor Relations Association, and a member of the advisory board at Global Ventures.
With more than 20 years of experience in technology-driven Commercial Operations Management, Business Development, Strategy and Planning, he generated multi-million-dollar revenue across several verticals of Wireless Telecommunications, Semiconductors Industry & Adjacent Verticals (VAS, Telecom Products Distribution & Retail, Mobile Computing, IoT, AI, AR / VR, Automotive, Healthcare, Smart Cities).
Peter is an experienced lawyer and adviser. With almost two decades’ experience in resolving complex disputes and advising on white-collar crime matters, Peter is also frequently asked to advise on non-contentious matters. Of particular note, Peter is currently involved in providing assistance for projects in a number of sectors across Africa. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Peter trained at the Bar. In 2000 he commenced his practicing career at LeBoeuf Lamb (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) in the City of London.
With over 23 years of experience in the fields of executive management, Mr. Al-Halabi is involved in the REIT industry in the region. Prior to that, he was the Group Chief Investment Officer of Meraas Holding, the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Properties, and Chairman of DXB Entertainments. He also held senior positions within the Dubai Holding Group.
With more than 25 years of experience in marketing and business development, Ted develops strategic partnerships for a range of companies from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, including the Charoen Pokphand Group©, to expand their global presence particularly in the MENA markets. His expertise includes building multicultural corporate relationships and leading marketing campaigns.
Khaled has served as a professional in the hospitality industry for over 28 years. With work experience in both the US and GCC, Khaled has launched several businesses as well as elevated various business models by delivering a richer level of service focused on providing quality and a genuine approach to the work environment and hence impacting all of his stakeholders in a positive manner.
Avsar Koc is a commercial and hotel operations specialist as well as a brand strategist who orchestrated to launch multiple hotel brands globally. He oversees all operational and commercial aspects of five Blazon Hotels with an additional nine new properties and spearheaded Kempinski Hotels India, Middle East & Africa commercial operations with annual revenues crossing EUR 420 million.
Andrea is a partner of R&P Consulting, an Italian advisory boutique that specializes in cross-border business development and asset protection based in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. With more than 20 years of experience in cross-border business development and internationalization projects for Italian companies, he is also specialized in family business advisory and family office services across various industries.
With over 20 years of experience, Karl is a Globally experienced Creative Director specialising in branding, UX & prototyping wireframing, digital design, corporate identity and print in the luxury market. He has been responsible for designing, launching & producing more than 20 magazines to date; across the luxury lifestyle, fashion, contract publishing & B2B sectors. He has worked across magazines such as The Rake, Revolution etc. along with contract publishing like Nikki Beach, The Galleria, Choithrams and more.
Rachel is a passionate and accomplished expert in strategic brand creation and management, with 20 years’ experience developing brand and experience strategies across Europe, Asia, United States, Russia, and the Middle East.
Rachel is the owner of RH Consulting, an independent brand and experience consultancy, specializing in humanizing brands. RH is a partner to local leaders such as Dubai Holding, EMAAR, Majid Al Futtaim and Nakheel. While delivering boutique concepts for Meraas, award-winning regional experiences for Dubai Airports, Porsche, du and ADCB. With a background in Consumer Marketing and Master’s Degrees in Business Strategy and Consumer Psychology, Rachel has worked with a diverse range of brands, both at own consultancy, agency and client-side, offering a unique 360 view.
Rachel has developed strategies for global brands such as Virgin, Adidas, P&G, and Harrods. In the region, she partnered with Dubai Airports, Qatar Airways, Etisalat and Bee’ah. Working alongside global personalities including Sir Richard Branson, David Beckham and The Kardashian’s, while also developing brand activations at high-profile events including Formula One and Dubai Film Festival.
Rachel is also the Founder of Beyond Wellness; the region’s first 360-degree wellness experience encompassing ‘mind, body, and spirit’. Rachel has hosted 20+ luxury wellness retreats here in the UAE, in Bali, Thailand, and the Maldives, working closely with corporates and individuals to achieve optimum levels of wellbeing both personally and professionally.
Tariq Sanad is the Chief Financial Officer of Fetchr, with over 17 years of experience building and leading finance teams in global companies that operate at scale and complexity. Prior to joining Fetchr, Tariq, as CMO and VP-Finance at Careem, played a pivotal role in scaling Careem from a growing start-up to the multibillion-dollar company it is today.
Sami is a highly skilled dedicated Forensic scientist, law enforcement & public safety senior advisor and trainer. With over 25 years of experience in criminal investigations, Forensic Imaging & Multimedia Forensics Consultancy, he is a well-known scientist internationally for supporting & training organizations in international crimes and was selected by United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR) to participate in investigating international crimes against humanity.