CEO, Crescent Enterprises
Badr Jafar's Biography
Additionally, Badr is active in a variety of other industries, including ports and logistics, serving as Chairman of the Executive Board for Gulftainer (the world’s largest private container port operator); and private equity initiatives, serving as a member of the board of GrowthGate Capital (Bahrain).
Badr founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit venture in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Gulf Region of the Middle East. Through his advocacy for social entrepreneurship, he is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks. Badr was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and is a member of the Stewardship Board of the System Initiative on Economic Progress.
Co-CEO, Chalhoub Group
Patrick Chalhoub's Biography
For nearly 30 years, Patrick has been fully involved in the strategic development of the business to guarantee its long-term success. As such, he continues to expand the group’s distribution, retail business, marketing and communications activities and is also eager to strengthen the group’s support services in terms of offer and skills. He has been instrumental in guiding the development of a Corporate Social Responsibility program for the group, with a focus on education, humanitarian and environmental sustainability.
At the age of 42, he was decorated with the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. He is a founding member of the Rotary and Capital Club and also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Patrick holds two Bachelors degrees, one in Economics and Finance and the other in Political Science. Patrick is a resident of Dubai and married with two children.
Muna Easa Al Gurg
Director of Retail, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Muna Al Gurg's Biography
A personal interest in social initiatives sees Al Gurg serve on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation, allowing her to extend philanthropic efforts by providing primary education support to over 300 underprivileged children in Zanzibar. She is also a board member of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, and ambassador of the UAE’s Pink Caravan’s breast cancer awareness initiative. In June 2010, Al Gurg was recognized and presented the Emirates Women’s Award for outstanding achievers by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. In 2004, a passion for promoting the arts in the GCC led her to a board seat on the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC), where she helped build this cultural centre. Al Gurg started her career with Saatchi & Saatchi in Dubai, and consequently joined the family business in 2001. She holds an MBA from London Business School in the UK and is also a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Al Gurg is a frequent opinion columnist for the UAE’s leading daily newspaper – Gulf News. Her updates can be followed on twitter @MunaAlGurg.
Chief Strategy Officer, Dubai Holding
Yousuf Al Mulla Biography
AlMulla is the Chief Strategy Officer at Dubai Holding. His responsibilities include supporting the company’s long-term investment strategy and overseeing the enterprise value targets. The key focus areas under his supervision include Investment Strategy, Risk Management and Scenario Planning, and Corporate Planning and Development. He is also in charge of creating and sustaining a strategic management governance model, organisational design and strengthening related skills and competencies in the company and its verticals.
AlMulla was the founding member of TCO Management Consulting, the management consulting company initiated by the Dubai government and previously known as The Consulting Office. His tenure at the company lasted four years ending in 2012. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010, following his position as Head of Strategy, Business Development and Alliances, which was a role he held from 2008 to 2010. During his time at TCO, he leveraged his entrepreneurial expertise to lead the company in achieving its vision and developing its 2012-2015 growth strategy. He also advised senior leadership in the Dubai government and the UAE federal government on high-level strategic projects.
In his former capacity as Associate Project Manager of the Government Innovation and Development Unit at The Executive Office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, AlMulla was involved in multiple strategic projects for Dubai. Some of the projects include developing and implementing efficiency programs across a wide range of government departments, as well as setting an educational endowment fund for Dubai (The Knowledge Fund). Additionally, he had a significant contribution to the development of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, and the establishment of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.
AlMulla’s previous roles included his work with the founding team of Dubai Autodrome, from 2004 to 2006, and his position as Vice President of Corporate Finance at Mayfair Hotels Management from 2003 to 2005.
AlMulla holds a Candidate Global Executive MBA from INSEAD, an MA in Public Administration from the National University of Singapore and a BSc in Business Administration (Corporate Finance) from Marshall School of Business- University of Southern California.
CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Trust
Souheil Hajjar's Biography
Souheil has over 25 years of investment management and banking experience globally. He sits on the board of several companies in the Middle East and North Africa region, holds several advisory board positions in global investment funds, and is a Board member of Endeavor UAE. He joined MAF Trust in 2008 from Gulf International Bank in Bahrain where he was Group Deputy Treasurer. Previously, he was with the Inter- American Development Bank in Washington D.C. as Chief of Investments. Formerly, he held senior asset management and finance positions with Banque Indosuez in Geneva, and Credit Commercial de France in New York.
Ahmed Galal Ismail
CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures
Ahmed Ismail's Biography
Ahmed holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a B.Sc. in computer science from the American University in Cairo.
CEO, du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)
Osman Sultan's Biography
His vast experience includes managing operations in several countries in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Osman joined the France Telecom Group in 1983 and for the next 11 years worked in management positions in sales, marketing, and customer services activities in one of France Telecom’s subsidiaries that specialized in electronic information services. In 1994 he was actively involved in the acquisition of a US-based operation and was appointed Vice President for Worldwide marketing & sales for the new company. In this capacity, he was in charge of the merger of two companies in the USA and Europe. He also managed operations in Paris, Washington, London, Frankfurt and Sydney and the set up of a large distribution network in more than 20 countries in Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Japan.
In 1995, he became President of a US-based subsidiary, Questel. Orbit Inc., with a goal of developing a growing business of professional Online Services. In 1996 he received the award for The Best Web Site-Legal Product from the American Information Association and later received the Man of the Year award from the Professional Electronic Information Services Community in France. In 1997, Osman joined France Telecom Mobiles International (FTMI) as Vice President for Business Development in charge of the Middle East and the Arab World. That same year he was in charge of putting together the MobiNil consortium bid for a GSM license in Egypt. The consortium succeeded in acquiring 68% of Egyptian Company for Mobile Services.
Osman holds a Degree in Engineering and has addressed several conferences on Telecommunications and Electronic Information Services, Mobile Telecom and the Internet in the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE), Japan, the USA and Europe.
Nabyl Al Maskari
Vice Chairman & CEO, Al Maskari Holding
Nabyl Al Maskari's Biography
CEO, Omnicom Media Group (MENA)
Elie Khouri's Biography
Driven by Elie’s personal interest in talent development, Omnicom Media Group MENA has been named a top 10 employer in the UAE by the Great Place To Work Institute four years in a row and was also named Workplace of the Year at the 2014 Daman Awards. In addition, the company’s policies towards women have been commended by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Elie has been consistently personally recognized for his work over his twenty five year career in advertising and media, appearing regularly in Arabian Business’ ‘Top 50 most Influential Arabs’ and Power 500 lists. Both CEO magazine and Gulf Business magazine named him “Media CEO of the year”.
Elie’s ardent desire to give back to society and contribute to the community has led him to develop a significant sustainability program that includes support to education and the arts. The latter means a lot to Elie, a renowned art collector who has transformed the company’s regional HQ into a vibrant art gallery. The company is also the first marketing holding group in the region to have its sustainability practices reported in according with the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines.