Dubai - the 21st Century’s trading hub. Built on the foundations of its original pearl diving and fishing port, Dubai has evolved into a globalized hub, with world-class trade infrastructure supporting the emerging economies of the Gulf, and across the globe.

Within Dubai the importance of Family Business continues to be a corner stone of commercial activity and growth. It has been estimated that over 90% of commercial activity in the Middle East is controlled by family businesses.

In the Middle East, just as elsewhere, family firms are more likely to take a longer term approach to running their businesses showing a readiness to invest capital with patience that can become a competitive advantage.

The Financial Times - in partnership with Hezar Ventures & G9 Private Office - will hold the inaugural regional FT Global Family Office Summit in Dubai. Focusing on private capital, investment opportunities, and family values, the summit will be two days of keynote addresses, interactive debate and educational workshops.

The objectives of the summit include connecting wealthy Gulf based families and financial institutions to a global network of peers, while introducing private foreign investors to opportunities in markets served by Dubai’s hub status.

Delegate Profile

  • - Senior family members working in the enterprise
  • - Next generation members: working in the business: working outside the business and still in school
  • - Business and wealthy family members not working in the business
  • - Single / Multi Family Offices
  • - Private Holding Company/Investment Company Senior Executives in C-Suite roles
  • - Selected Sovereign Wealth Fund Principal Investors

The FT Family Business Summit Dubai is an invitation only event and the Financial Times will assess all registrants to make sure they meet the above criteria before confirming a delegate place at this event.

Discounted hotel rates

We have secured discounted delegate rates with three Dubai hotels, which delegates can secure by following the links below.

The St. Regis
W Dubai
Al Habtoor City
The Westin Dubai
Al Habtoor City


Agenda and program subject to changes.

Day 1 - Tuesday 21 March 2017

Asset allocation strategies for family businesses.

Theme: Dubai’s role as a global hub

    • 08.45

    • Opening remarks - Chairman's welcome
      • Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
    • 08.55

    • Co-Investment Introduction - The power of co-investment between Families
      • James Cadbury, Managing Partner, Hezar Ventures
    • 09.00

    • Keynote - Dubai’s Economic Landscape: Leadership, Consensus, and the race to the Top | المشهد الاقتصادي لإمارة دبي: القيادة، التوافق والسباق للقمة
      • H.E. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General - Dubai Department of Economic Development
    • 09:15

    • Keynote - Investing sustainability – the key to long term development based success
      • Khalaf Al Habtoor, Chairman, Habtoor Group
    • 09.30

    • On stage interview - The keys to success in Dubai’s growing landscape
      • Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine in conversation with Khalaf Al Habtoor

Theme: Managing the impact of the modern wealth owning Family
– perspectives on governance, philanthropy, succession, impact and the role of the sexes

    • 09.45

    • Keynote Introduction - The role of women as changemakers in wealth and entrepreneurship
      • Adwa Al Dakheel, Chairwoman, Though Holding and CEO, Direct Influence Company
    • 10.00

    • Panel - The role of women as changemakers in wealth and entrepreneurship
      • Moderator: Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa
      • Kate Quartey-Papafio – Chairperson, ReRoy Group
      • Noor Sweid – Dubai Holding
      • Adwa Al Dakheel, Chairwoman, Though Holding and CEO, Direct Influence Company
      • Sean O’Sullivan – Founder & Managing Director, SOSV – The Accelerator VC
    • 10.30

    • Q&A - Interview on stage with Badr Jafar on: Corporate governance and family firms | Entrepreneurship | Philanthropy
      • Hugo Greenhalgh with Badr Jafar
    • 11:00
    • Morning break
    • 11.25

    • Keynote - A direct perspective on developing the next generation to become managers and custodians of family wealth
      • The Hon. William Waldorf Astor IV
    • 11.40

    • Panel intro - Build on strong foundations: the role of governance in providing the secure foundations required to create a sustainable legacy
      • Jan Nigel Bladen – Former COO DFSA and Executive Director, ADGM
    • 11.50

    • Panel - Next Gen Focus - Passing the baton without dropping it how to keep good governance and a sustainable track for family growth
      • Moderator: Jan Nigel Bladen
      • Andrew Doust – Vice President, Strategy, Legatum Limited
      • William Waldorf Astor IV – Longharbour
      • Adil Al Zarooni – CEO, Emirates Al Zarooni Investments
    • 12.30
    • Lunch
    • 13.30

    • Keynote - Beyond philanthropy: families giving back through business in the 21st century family enterprise. A new definition of wealth measured by the positive impact that your family has had on the world. Aligning the entirety of a family’s wealth with its values. Philanthropy vs. Impact
      • To be announced
    • 13.50

    • Panel - Impact as a changemaker in investment through healthcare, education and societal development
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Hardeep Rai – Founder, Kaleidoscope Investments
      • Abhishek Sharma – CEO & Founder, Foundation Holdings
      • Adil Al Zarooni – CEO, Emirates Al Zarooni Investments

Theme: Living in a globalised world
– challenges and impacts for global citizens and the world

    • 14.20

    • Keynote - A values based approach to patient capital –investments in things that create social change in emerging economies
      • Michael Moe – Founder & CEO Global Silicon Ventures
    • 14.35

    • Presentation - The challenge for securing your confidentiality and assets in a globalised world. ‘in association with EY’
      • Ismael Hajjar – Director, Private Client Services, EY
    • 14.45

    • Panel - Threats and challenges to Family asset preservation in a globalised world
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Jonathan Ivinson – Partner, Akin Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      • Ismael Hajjar – Director, Private Client Services, EY
      • Adil Al Zarooni – CEO, Emirates Al Zarooni Investments
    • 15.15

    • Keynote - Living in a Resources driven world – can we sustain growth?
      • Ziad Abdelnour – CEO & Founder, Blackhawk Partners
    • 15.30

    • Panel - Access to Power: global impacts and challenges for resources in focus
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Kate Quartey-Papafio, CEO ReRoy Group
      • Javier de Rocafort – Chairman, Quimera Project, Deer Valley Capital
      • Ziad Abdelnour – CEO & Founder, Blackhawk Partners
    • 16.00
    • Tea - Afternoon Break

Theme: Where the smart money is going – global asset allocation

    • 16.25

    • Presentation - The Knight Frank Global Wealth Report
      • Liam Bailey, Proprietary Partner, Head of Global Research, Knight Frank
    • 16.45

    • Panel - Global real estate: Mitigating the specific risks of global real estate investing. ‘in association with Knight Frank’
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Hisham Al Gurg – CEO, The Private Office
      • William Waldorf Astor IV – CEO, Longharbour
      • Ramy Echo– CIO, Alargan Company for Real Estate Investment
      • Joe Morris, Partner, Knight Frank
    • 17.15

    • Presentation - Partnership as a model for Real Estate success
      • Hisham Al Gurg – CEO, The Private Office
    • 17.25

    • Panel - De-risking global direct investment: An enhanced due diligence process for cross border direct investing
      • Moderator: Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa
      • Mac Fadlallah – Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      • Ziad Abdelnour – CEO & Founder, Blackhawk Partners
      • Ramy Alargan – CIO, Alargan Company for Real Estate Investment
    • 18.00

    • Panel - An analysis of the strategic and tactical asset allocation trends of UHNW families around the world
      • Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Owais Dagra – Founder, Stallion Textiles Pvt
      • Ziad Abdelnour – Founder & CEO, Blackhawk Partners
      • Charlie Morris – Head of Multi-Asset – Newscape Capital Group
    • 18.30
    • Event - Event close
    • 18.30
    • Evening Reception (TBC)
    • 20.00
    • Departure

Day 2 - Wednesday 22 March 2017

Structuring your Family Business.

Theme: Sector analysis; which sectors are global families targeting for strong risk adjusted returns? Focus: Early Stage Technology, Entrepreneurship Consumer/Retail and Renewable Energy, Education, Healthcare, Logistics, Hospitality.

    • 09.00

    • Opening remarks - Chairman's welcome
      • Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
    • 09.05

    • Keynote - Investing in early stage technology – every investor ‘s responsibility to drive development of diversified economies
      • Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman Wamda Capital, Founder Aramex
    • 09.25

    • Panel - Innovation and technology: from frontier market to developed economy in one generation
      • Moderator: Michael Moe – Founder, Global Silicon Ventures
      • Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman Wamda Capital, Founder Aramex
      • Mohammed Jaffar, Technology Investor, Founding Partner Faith Capital, former owner Talabat.com
      • Mbwana Alliy, Founder & Managing Partner, Savannah Fund
      • Sean O’Sullivan, Founder & Managing Director, SOSV
      • Noor Sweid, Dubai Holding
    • 10.05
    • Panel closing keynote - Avoiding the common pitfalls of diversifying into Tech – lessons learned
      • Fahad al Sharekh, Managing Partner, TechInvest
    • 10.20
    • Q&A - Global Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in perspective for families. ‘in association with 500 Startups’
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • With Hasan Haider – Venture Partner, 500 Startups
    • 10.50
    • Keynote - Accelerating the Future - How Communities of Startups speed hardware, sciences, capacity development and commercialization in China & USA
      • Sean O’Sullivan – Founder & Managing Director, SOSV The Accelerator VC
    • 11.05
    • Morning break

Theme: Emerging Markets, emerging risks and opportunities

    • 11.25

    • Keynote - The growth of Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurial wealth – global opportunities with the billion person markets
      • Rupert Hoogewerf, President & Chief Researcher, Hurun Report
    • 11.40

    • Panel - Emerging Markets – Emerging Risks – disruption in emerging economic models
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Alex Asiedu – Chairman, Atlantic Holdings
      • Owais Dagra – Founder, Stallion Textiles Pvt
      • Hasan Haider – Venture Partner, 500 Startups
    • 12.15

    • Q&A - Why Africa? Why now?
      • Adrienne Klasa - Editor, This is Africa, in conversation with Frank Braeken, Non-Executive Chairman, Feronia Inc
    • 12.30

    • Panel - Africa’s context in the emerging markets. Dubai as a hub for emerging African growth
      • Moderator: Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa
      • Mbwana Alliy – Managing Partner, Savannah Fund
      • Alex Asiedu – Chairman, Atlantic Holdings
      • Kate Quartey-Papafio, CEO ReRoy Group
      • Atiq Anjarwalla – AC&H Legal Consultants
    • 13.10

    • Panel - Why there’s still value in developed economy investment in a world of emerging risks
      • Moderator: Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine
      • Owais Dagra – Founder, Stallion Textiles Pvt
      • Ziad Abdelnour, CEO & Founder, Blackhawk Partners
      • Javier de Rocafort – Chairman, Quimera Project, Deer Valley Capital
    • 13.50

    • Closing Keynote Address - Global trade in a post-Brexit / Trump world.
      An analysis of the global impact of a new 'political world' on investment opportunities and risks
      • HE Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World
    • 14.15
    • Closing remarks - Chairman’s close
      • Hugo Greenhalgh, Wealth Correspondent, Financial Times
    • 14.30
    • Late Lunch, networking & scheduled meetings

Agenda and program subject to changes.


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  • HE Sami Al Qamzi
    Director General, Department of Economic Development - Government of Dubai

  • His Excellency Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development - Government of Dubai

    His Excellency Mr. Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi was appointed Director General of the Department of Economic Development in September 2008, and Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) in November 2012.

    Prior to this appointment, Mr. Al Qamzi held the position of Director General of the Department of Finance where he worked directly with the Ruler's Court and Executive Council of Dubai to develop strategies that supported the economic and financial objectives of the Emirate.

    Mr. Al Qamzi started his professional career with the Central Military Command of the UAE in 1986 in a financial administrative role. In 1998, he joined Al Bayan Press as Finance Manager and in 2003 he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Dubai Media Incorporated. The following year, Mr. Al Qamzi became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Al Bayan Press where he played a key role in designing a strategy that led to the re-branding of the Al Bayan newspaper.

    Mr. Al Qamzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics and Accounting, from the Emirates University in 1985. With a strong commitment to professional development, Mr. Al Qamzi attends a range of specialized training courses and conferences.

    Mr. Al Qamzi is extensively involved in business and industry through his board affiliations. His leadership, vision and commitment to the economic development of Dubai perfectly complement his ability to lead Department of Economic Development into the future.

  • Badr Jafar
    CEO, Crescent Enterprises

  • Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises

    Badr Jafar is CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a multinational company headquartered in the UAE, with diversified global businesses across six core sectors. He is also President of Crescent Petroleum, the region’s first independent and privately-owned petroleum company in the Middle East.

    Badr is active in a variety of other industries including ports and logistics, serving as Chair of the Executive Board of Gulftainer, and private equity, serving as a member of the boards of The Abraaj Group and GrowthGate Capital.

    In 2010, 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. He is an appointed member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to address and examine the growing humanitarian finance crisis.

  • Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

  • Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

    Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor is a prominent and highly respected citizen of the United Arab Emirates. A self-made man, he is Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group – one of the most successful conglomerates in the Gulf.

    Al Habtoor is known not only for his many business achievements but also his extensive knowledge of international political affairs; his philanthropic activity; his efforts to promote peace; and the fact that he has long acted as an unofficial ambassador for his country abroad. Writing extensively on both local and international politics, he publishes regular articles in the media and has released a number of books. Al Habtoor’s articles are available on www.khalafalhabtoor.net

    Al Habtoor began his career as an employee of a local UAE construction firm and in 1970 established his own company, Al Habtoor Engineering. The UAE Federation, which united the seven emirates under the one flag for the first time, was founded in 1971 and this inspired him to undertake a series of innovative construction projects – all of which proved highly successful.

    The company later became the Al Habtoor Group and over the last 45 years it has grown with the United Arab Emirates. Today it is recognised as one of the most prominent business corporations in the region with interests not just throughout the Middle East, but around the world.

    While best known for construction, it is globally recognised through its involvement in the hotel, automotive, real estate, education and publishing sectors. Today, it employs thousands of people and continues to grow.

    Khalaf Al Habtoor’s long list of awards and achievements does not only reflect his business acumen. He believes it is his strength in the face of adversity; his willingness to take calculated risks; and the fact that he is always looking ahead, that has enabled the Al Habtoor Group to grow and diversify.

    Known for his optimistic outlook and warm personality, Al Habtoor is well respected by his associates and considered a well-balanced and progressive man. An active member of society, he feels it is his civic duty to contribute to his country in any way that he can. He is also a devoted family man who loves meeting new people; enjoys acquiring knowledge; and looks forward with pleasure to each new day.

  • Mohammed Jaffar
    Technology Investor, Founding Partner Faith Capital, former owner Talabat.com

  • Mohammed Jaffar, Technology Investor, Founding Partner Faith Capital, former owner Talabat.com

    Mohammed is the CEO of Faith Capital Holding, a Kuwait based venture capital fund focusing on young, e-commerce businesses, based in the GCC region, which have high growth potential for the future. Faith Capital’s approach is to support and create further value in those companies through both its funding and, importantly, with specialist local and international operational and management expertise. Faith Capital takes companies from start-up phase through to a successful exit by way of listing or buyout".

    Prior to Faith Capital Holding, Mohammed was the former CEO of Talabat.com an e-commerce business he acquired in 2010. Under his leadership the firm moved from a Kuwaiti domestic business to a GCC player in 2012. In the space of two years Talabat.com took the mantle as the market leader in its space and region. Shortly after in February 2015 Rocket Internet acquired Talabat. Rocket Internet is a German based e-commerce giant and widely viewed as the largest Internet platform outside of the U.S. and China. Talabat was purchased for 170m USD representing the largest Internet technology transaction to the date in the Arab world. Today Talabat and Mohammed Jaffar are now recognized as pioneers and key innovators of the e-commerce space in the GCC.

    Mohammed was the vice-chairman of Danah Al Safat Foodstuff Company, a Kuwaiti listed company holding prominent position as one of the leading companies in its field. He was also a board member of Al Safat Dhiafa Company.

    Mohammed is currently a board member in Azzad Trading Group Company, Nexgen Group Company and Tujjar Events Management & Execution Company.

    Prior to Talabat Mohammed started his entrepreneurial endeavors at the brick and mortar level, establishing his own business in the F&B industry in 2008. The business continues to flourish under his families F&B portfolio.

    Mohammed started his career his career in the Banking Industry and worked for four years in the Corporate Banking Division at Gulf Bank –Kuwait.

    Mohammed received his education in England attending boarding school and later graduating from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Economics.

  • Hugo Greenhalgh
    Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine

  • Hugo Greenhalgh, Hugo Greenhalgh, Editor, FT Wealth Magazine

    Hugo Greenhalgh is Wealth Correspondent and editor of the FT Wealth magazine. He has been with the FT for the past eight years in a number of positions, most recently as deputy head of the special reports division.

    Prior to joining the FT, he has numerously been a TV presenter, reporter, magazine editor and writer. He has been a financial journalist for the past 20 years. His first book, a three-part history of the archival records of Adjara in Georgia, was published in 2004.

  • Fadi Ghandour
    Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital, Founder of Aramex

  • Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital, Founder of Aramex

    Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Capital, a Venture Capital fund that invests in technology‐enabled companies in the Arab World, and the Founder & Vice Chairman of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation companies.

    Fadi is a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, the Board of Endeavor Global and the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, Fadi is the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, a private‐sector led community empowerment initiative that helps disadvantaged communities across the region overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion.

  • Noor Sweid
    Chief Investment Officer, Dubai Holding Future Fund (DHX)

  • Noor Sweid, Chief Investment Officer, Dubai Holding Future Fund (DHX)

    Noor Sweid is the Chief Investment Officer at DH Ventures, an arm of Dubai Holding that focuses on investing in technology and innovation, while fostering the development of Dubai as an innovation hub. Prior to this position, Noor was a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based out of Dubai and Beirut.

    With experience as a biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US, and moving back to the MENA region in 2005, Noor joined her family business, Depa. Implementing best-practice corporate governance and enabling the scaling of the business tenfold in three years, Noor then led the US$1 billion IPO for the company in 2008, on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange. In her eight year tenure at Depa, Noor’s involvement ranged from strategy, growth planning and execution, to the implementation of corporate governance, the completion of a private placement and an IPO, cross-border acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and investor relations.

    During this time, Noor also founded the largest chain of wellness studios in the Middle East, which she exited ZenYoga in early 2014 through sale to a private equity firm.

    Noor has been named in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times.

    Noor holds bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan.

  • The Honourable William Waldorf Astor IV

  • The Honourable William Waldorf Astor IV

    William Astor is the heir to the current Viscount Astor, Conservative Peer and businessman who is related by marriage to former Prime Minister, David Cameron. As CEO of £1.5bn property fund, Longharbour, William is a major shareholder, Board Director and a member of the Investment Committee of the group which invests across UK property interests. He has been instrumental in building the business and his primary responsibilities include the sourcing of finance, and management of Long Harbour funds and strategy. He is also actively involved in the origination and execution of transactions undertaken by the business.

  • Adil Al Zarooni
    CEO, Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI)

  • Adil Al Zarooni, CEO, Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI)

    Mr Adil Ismail Saeedi Al Zarooni has 16 years of experience in executive management, investments, sales, and IT security. He has strong expertise across multiple sectors in investment and operations, and in family owned businesses, industrial business zones and logistics, UAE government owned entities and software and IT development.

    Adil founded Al Zarooni Emirates Investments LLC (ZEI) in 2009, which is the UAE holding company managing the Al Zarooni family assets that spans over private equity, public equity, investment funds and real estate. Mr Al Zarooni holds directorship positions in firms in the sectors of healthcare, financial services, logistics, media, real estate and more.

    Mr Al Zarooni is also a Senior Vice President at JAFZA. Prior, he assisted in the setup of Mobily in Saudi Arabia and worked for Etisalat.

    While structuring his Family Business, Mr. Alzarooni grew an academic interest in the subject of institutionalising family businesses in the UAE and the region. He is often a speaker in the subject and a reference point. He took on his shoulder a social goal to help families sustain their businesses as he does to his own.

    He holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Etisalat College of Engineering, and an MBA from the American University of Sharjah. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the subject of Family Businesses.

  • Fahad AlSharekh
    General Partner, TechInvest

  • Fahad AlSharekh, General Partner, TechInvest

    Founded TechInvest in 2015 to provide an opportunity for Middle East investors to obtain exposure to private investment opportunities in the technology sector. Techinvest advised and structured several deals in early, growth and late stage VC totaling over $500m in money raised.

    Over 17 years’ experience in global business development, with expertise and specialization in the IT and VC field. Initiated and executed targeted strategies to facilitate joint ventures, partnerships, startups, account generation and public listings of holdings in several capital financial markets including NASDAQ and KSE.

    As CEO of Sakhr Software, he received 3 US patents from US PTO and CIPO office for Sakhr’s proprietary technologies. Played key role in founding 1st Saudi Arabia ISP AWalNet which was acquired by STC in 2006. Developed the first Multilingual Speech to Speech app 'S2S', Language Buddy launched on the App Store in 2009 and was one of the first adopters of "The Cloud". Initiated and supervised the transformation of the 30 year old family IT business company and publicly listing the company on KSE in 2006 under the new name Al Alamiah Technology Group ATG.

    Served on several boards including AlMal, Saftec, AwalNet.

  • Jan Nigel Bladen
    Family Board Advisor, Past Founding COO DFSA and Executive Director, ADGM

  • Jan Nigel Bladen, Family Board Advisor, Past Founding COO DFSA and Executive Director, ADGM

    Jan has held Senior Executive and C-suite positions in leading International and regional organisations, including the Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

    A proven expert at building high performing teams and on identifying and developing local and international talent, Jan’s historical divisional reports have included corporate strategy and business planning, human resources, information technology, finance, corporate communications, corporate administration, risk management, internal and external audit and others. Fluent in English, French and Spanish, Jan obtained an MBA (Summa Cum Laude) from Lausanne and holds both British and Swiss Nationalities. A believer in making a positive impact, Jan is a non-executive board member of several organisations.

  • Rupert Hoogewerf
    President and Chief Researcher, Hurun Report

  • Rupert Hoogewerf, President and Chief Researcher, Hurun Report

    Rupert is the publisher of the Hurun Report, a monthly magazine best known for its "China Rich List", a ranking of the wealthiest individuals in China. A qualified chartered accountant, Hoogewerf worked for seven years at Arthur Andersen, before launching Hurun Report in 1999 as an independent researcher with the China Rich List. Other key lists produced by Hurun Report include the "Hurun Philanthropy List", a ranking of the most generous individuals in China, and the "Hurun Contemporary Art List", a ranking of the top fifty living Chinese artists based on their sales of art at public auction in the past year. The "Hurun Best of the Best Awards" are the annual awards held in January for brands targeting China's richest.

    He graduated in Chinese and Japanese from Durham University, UK in 1993 and went to Eton College. Rupert was awarded the 'Person of the Year Award' in 2002 by News weekly magazine and in September 2009 was presented with the Magnolia Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the city of Shanghai on foreigners.

  • Mbwana Alliy
    Founder & Managing Partner – Savannah Fund

  • Mbwana Alliy , Founder & Managing Partner – Savannah Fund

    Mbwana Alliy is the founder and Managing Partner of Savannah Fund, a seed and growth capital fund manager specializing in early stage technology startups in Africa. The first fund, pioneered the Venture Capital model in Sub-Saharan Africa was backed by investors such Tim Draper of DFJ and 500Startups out of Silicon Valley with the mission to bridge the early stage tech investment gap in Africa. Since 2012, Savannah Fund has made 25 investments across 6 African countries with combined total funds invested with co-investors exceeding $50M.

    Mbwana is a engineering graduate from Bristol University, holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business. He is a regular guest lectured at Stanford Business school on emerging market entrepreneurship. Previous tech careers include working in military Aerospace in UK, as a product manager at Microsoft in Seattle, Entrepreneur in Residence at i/o Ventures in Silicon Valley and launching a travel startup in Tanzania before becoming a Venture Capitalist. He is also on the Board of Ubongo Kids, a Not for profit African Edutainment animation studio based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  • Alex Asiedu
    Chairman Atlantic Holding Company

  • Alex Asiedu, Chairman Atlantic Holding Company

    Alex Asiedu is a business executive and the Chairman of Atlantic Trust Holding Ltd., with subsidiaries and associates in Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai and Hong Kong. He also facilitates business development between Asia and Africa and directly employs over 2,800 workers.

    He spent sixteen years at JP Morgan Chase as a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He further served as an External Consultant to the African Development Bank (ADB). He is the Chairman of Zoccus Limited and the Chairman of Atlantic Holdings Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Atlantic Ebanc Global Systems, and The Sun Publishing Ghana Ltd.

    He is the owner and Chairman of Special Steels Limited, a leading steel manufacturing company in Ghana. He is a consultant to Wilmar Africa Limited, a subsidiary of Wilmar International.

    Alex chairs the African Rights Initiative International, a non-profit and non-governmental African humanitarian network, which has been granted “Special Consultative Status” by the Economic and Social Council of The United Nations.

    He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He holds an MBA in Finance from New York University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Finance and Investments from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Owais Dagra
    Founder & Chairman, Stallion Textiles Pvt Ltd

  • Owais Dagra, Founder & Chairman, Stallion Textiles Pvt Ltd

    Owais Dagra is the Founder & Chairman of Pakistani Group Stallion Textiles. He operates with a business philosophy of detail orientation, hands on operations, strict financial disciplines and a hybrid corporate culture of professional management with an entrepreneurial mind-set.

    Owais Dagra carries with him a wealth of entrepreneurial and management experience in diverse businesses fields. A key factor of his past and present successes is his ability to identify opportunities and capitalize on them using simple yet creative and innovative solutions.

    Owais Dagra has been associated with the textile spinning industry since 2002. In his initial due diligence on the textile industrial sector he found an opportunity for consolidation in the spinning industry. He then actively participated in all facets of Stallion’s development and implementation. He has made a substantial financial and long term personal commitment to his vision for Stallion Textiles as a vibrant and sustainable spinning unit through maximizing economies of scale and optimizing operating efficiencies.

    Owais Dagra has built Stallion Textiles’ infrastructure from scratch including recruiting, assembling and development of Stallion’s management team along with the development of Stallion’s unique corporate culture and the development of Stallion’s corporate vision of maximizing opportunities and profitability through “Enhanced Efficiencies with Sustainable Consistencies”.

  • Javier de Rocafort
    Chairman, Quimera Project S.L.

  • Javier de Rocafort, Chairman, Quimera Project S.L.

    Javier de Rocafort is the Chief Executive Officer at Balmoral Capital Partners and Corporalia Investments. He is a Strategic Advisor at IFR Automotive and IFR Engineering since June 2008. He also serves as Ambassador at 80 day race BV since December 2014 and Partner and Mentor Startupbootcamp IoT & Data at Startupbootcamp Previously, he was an Investment Partner at Lanta Digital Ventures, and Strategic Advisor at Genetrix and Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild. Javier is a Special Advisor to the Board of Antarctica and Southern Ocean Coalition and W Motors. He serves as the Chairman of Quimera Project S.L. and Executive Chairman of Quimera Responsible Racing. He serves at the Board of a number of companies in US, India, UAE and Spain and four Family Offices.

    He has 20 years experience in the private wealth and investment banking industry at top executive positions at Banco Santander, BNP-Paribas, A&G (Banque Cantonale de Vaud), having worked in several countries (US, Switzerland, France, Spain and UK). He has more than 25 years’ experience in Private Equity Investments. He holds a Bachelor, Finance and Corporate Management from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; MBA, Senior Corporate Management from CEOE; degree in Economics-Distressed Company Management from ICADE; International MBA, Intl Finance and Corporate Strategy from Madrid Business School; degree in convertible bonds from IESE Business School - University of Navarra, and Corporate Negotiation from Carnegie Mellon. He also holds a degree in Law.

  • Ramy Echo
    Chief Investment Officer, Alargan International Real Estate Company

  • Ramy Echo, Chief Investment Officer at Alargan International Real Estate Company

    Ramy Echo is the Chief Investment Officer at Alargan International Real Estate Company. He manages corporate and client’s investments in excess of USD 2 billion. He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, private equity, real estate and management consulting with leading global and regional institutions. Ramy holds a Masters in Finance from ESCP Europe and completed the AMDP at Harvard.

  • Kate Quartey-Papafio
    Chairperson, ReRoy Group

  • Kate Quartey-Papafio, Chairperson, ReRoy Group

    Ghanaian entrepreneur Kate Quartey–Papafio founded Reroy Cables Ltd in 1992 to distribute high quality electrical cables. As a major player in the production and supply of power cables, conductors, provision of electrical power distribution systems and strategic contract services to the electricity sector, its business is also linked to the electricity distribution and transmission business.

    Over the last two decades, she has led Reroy to build a brand with a client-focused approach underpinned by responsiveness and keen attention to detail. Through her positive influence and initiative, Reroy has developed into a specialist engineering entity, embracing diversity and gender balance and integration of product and service offerings to become a one-stop-shop for power solution.

  • Hisham Al Gurg
    CEO, Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum and SEED Group.

  • Mr. Hisham Al Gurg, CEO, Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum and SEED Group.

    With over 18 years of experience in setting up and running new ventures in the MENA region, Mr. Algurg is a pioneer 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 also the Executive Counselor 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. A member of the royal family of Dubai.

    Currently, his main day-to-day activities are focused on managing SEED Group. As a Group CEO, Mr. Al Gurg manages 8 growing companies in 6 diversified industries. The group’s core activities are Telecom Services, Media Production, Entrepreneurship Training & Development, General Trading, Business Services, Restaurants, Medical Labs and Real Estate Investment and Management. He is also the UAE partner of the Chinese petroleum giant "Sinopec Petroleum". Sinopec is one of the five largest energy corporations in the world, headquartered in Beijing. Mr. Algurg is a Bachelor degree holder from Southwest Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas).

  • Michael Moe
    Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, GSV Capital

  • Michael Moe, Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, GSV Capital

    Michael T. Moe has served Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of GSV Capital’s Board of Directors since 2010 and is primarily responsible for overall investment strategies and portfolio management. Mr. Moe served as President from 2010 to 2014. In addition, Mr. Moe co-founded GSV Asset Management and has served as its Chief Executive Officer, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer since 2010. Mr. Moe previously co-founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkEquity Partners, an investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies, from 2001 to 2008.

    Prior to founding ThinkEquity, Mr. Moe served as head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch from 1998 to 2001, and before that served as head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities from 1995 to 1998. In 2006, Mr. Moe published his critically acclaimed book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin/ Portfolio Books, 2006). Mr. Moe has also served as a member of the board of directors for Cricket Media Group, a K-12 social learning network, since September 2010, and has served as a director for 2U Inc., a leading provider of educational cloud-based software-as-a-service solution, since February 2013. Mr. Moe earned his BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Minnesota and is a CFA charter holder.

  • Sean O’Sullivan
    Founder & Managing Partner, SOSV – The Accelerator VC

  • Sean O’Sullivan, Founder & Managing Partner, SOSV – The Accelerator VC

    Sean O’Sullivan is founder and Managing Partner of SOSV. Sean got his entrepreneurial start as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees. In another startup, he and George Favaloro from Compaq invented the term “cloud computing.” Sean has continued as a visionary entrepreneur and investor, creating and supporting a range of businesses, humanitarian and educational endeavors, including JumpStart International, CoderDojo, Mathletes and Khan Academy.

    Sean graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering.

  • Charles Morris
    Head of Multi-Asset, Newscape Capital Group

  • Charles Morris, Head of Multi-Asset, Newscape Capital Group

    Charlie Morris spent 17 years at HSBC Global Asset Management as the Head of Absolute Return. There he managed a $3 billion multi-asset fund range as well as contributing to the overall strategy of the business. Charlie is now Head of Multi Asset at Newscape Capital Group.

    Having joined in May 2016 to take over and restructure the Newscape funds business.


The St. Regis Dubai
Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 124405, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The St. Regis Dubai extends the legacy of the Astor family to Dubai. Located on the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road, the hotel’s interiors are influenced by the city’s beaux-arts architecture of the original St. Regis in New York, and accentuated by bespoke elements such as the grand staircase and carefully selected artworks dotted across the hotel.

Part of Al Habtoor City, Dubai’s first-ever integrated urban resort, the hotel sits alongside two other hotels, three high-rise residential towers, as well as a Las Vegas-style theatre that will collectively be located on the banks of Dubai Water Canal.


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About Al Habtoor Group

The Al Habtoor Group has grown with the United Arab Emirates. What started out as a small engineering firm in 1970, is today one of the region’s largest and most respected conglomerates with interests in the hospitality, automotive, car leasing, real estate, education and publishing sectors. The Al Habtoor Group has earned itself a solid reputation both locally and internationally due to the vision of its Chairman, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor.

Just as the name of the UAE has become synonymous with trade and enterprise all over the world, the name of the Al Habtoor Group has become synonymous with dynamic growth, evidenced by its commitment to develop and grow businesses in multiple sectors.

It proudly waves the UAE flag in many cities around the globe including London, Vienna, Budapest, Beirut and Springfield, Illinois. The Group’s hospitality division incorporates 14 world-class hotels – including The Ritz-Carlton Budapest, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah and two St. Regis hotels in Dubai.

Al Habtoor Motors' brand portfolio includes Mitsubishi, JAC and Chery as well as premium marques such McLaren, Bugatti and Bentley. Diamondlease specializes in short-term and long-term leasing of popular brands ranging from small to mid-sized saloons to pick-up trucks and buses.

The Group’s real estate division includes a variety of commercial and residential properties from office space to luxury villas. It includes Al Habtoor City’s Residence Collection, currently under development. The upmarket lifestyle destination embodies exclusivity and style.

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About EY

إرنست ويونغ| (EY) التدقيق المالي | الاستشارات الضريبية | المعاملات التجارية | الخدمات الاستشارية نبذة عن شركة EY

‎EY هي شركة رائدة عالميًا في مجال التدقيق المالي والاستشارات الضريبية والمعاملات التجارية والخدمات الاستشارية. وتساعد الخدمات التي نقدمها لعملائنا في شتى المجالات على زيادة الثقة في أسواق المال والمساهمة في بناء الاقتصادات حول العالم. ويمتاز موظفونا حول العالم بأنهم متضامنون من خلال قيمنا المشتركة والتزامنا الثابت بالجودة وأن نحدث التغيير للأفضل من خلال مساعدة موظفينا وعملائنا والمجتمع لتحقيق النمو المستدام والابتكار والتميز. ونحن نسعى جاهدين لبناء عالم أفضل للعمل في المجالات التي تتصل بعملنا ومعرفتنا وخبراتنا.

تشير EY إلى المنظمة العالمية أو إلى احدى الشركات الأعضاء في إرنست ويونغ العالمية المحدودة، حيث تعتبر كل شركة في المنظمة كيانا" قانونيا" مستقلا". وكونها شركة بريطانية محدودة بالتضامن، لا تقدم إرنست ويونغ العالمية المحدودة أية خدمات للعملاء.

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  • About One Blackfriars

    يعد برج One Blackfriars كإضافة رائعة لسماء لندن. ويتميز هذا البرج بتصميم يستحق التقدير والإعجاب وإطلالة خلابة على نهر التايمز، وتتولى شركة سيمبسون هوج آند بارتنرز الشهيرة المتخصصة في الهندسة المعمارية تصميم هذا البرج العملاق الذي يبلغ طوله 170 متراً ويشغل موقعاً مثالياً ليحتضن الحياة الثقافية الثرية التي تتميز بها لندن تحديداً في منطقة ساوث بانك.

    ومن المقرر أن ينتهي العمل في البرج الأيقوني عام 2018 ليوفر 274 منزلاً فاخراً و161 فندقاً صغيراً بغرف نوم رائعة يطل على ساحة بتصميم مميز مفتوحة للعامة ومنطقة تجارية تبلغ مساحتها 14.000 قدم مربع مخصصة للمتاجر والمقاهي والمطاعم الجديدة.

    ومن خلال إطلالته على مناظر متسعة في المدينة وتصميمه الفريد من نوعه، تم إنشاء برج One Blackfriars ببراعة وإتقان بحيث يتمتع السكان بأفضل المزايا التي تقدمها لهم مدينة لندن؛ إذ يقدم لهم البرج مجموعة كبيرة من المرافق المتوفرة داخل الموقع نفسه مثل نادِ صحي مزود بغرف للمعالجات الحرارية يديره صالون Urban Retreat وقاعة سينما وجهاز محاكاة (سميولاتور) للعب الجولف وصالة ألعاب رياضية متطورة وحمام سباحة، فضلاً عن حديقة لممارسة رياضة اليوغا وخدمة شؤون السكان (الكونسيرج) المتوفرة على مدار الساعة من وكالة هارودز للعقارات.

    ومن المقرر أن يوفر هذا المشروع العقاري الباهر برجاً سكنياً مكوناً من 50 طابقاً بإطلالة على مناظر بانورامية تمتد من الشرق إلى الغرب، لتظهر جميع المعالم الأيقونية البارزة في لندن – بدءاً من ناطحة سحاب ذا شارد ومتحف تيت مودرن وعجلة لندن آي وكاتدرائية سانت بول. وبإطلالة على المناظر المتسعة في المدينة وبتصميم فريد من نوعه، تم إنشاء برج One Blackfriars ببراعة وإتقان بحيث يتمتع السكان بأفضل المزايا التي تقدمها لهم مدينة لندن.

    وقد نجح مهندس الديكور العالمي تير برنارد في ابتكار مجموعة من المنازل الفخمة بدءاً من شقق الاستوديو وصولاً إلى شقق بنت هاوس تضم 4 غرف نوم، لتجمع بين المزية الحصرية للسكن في أيقونة معمارية والاستفادة من نمط الحياة الذي توفره الفنادق الكبرى على مستوى العالم. ويراعي التصور الخاص ببرج One Blackfriars جميع الاحتياجات الممكنة للسكان ليوفر لهم راحة فائقة ومتعة استثنائية.

    لمزيد من التفاصيل والمعلومات عن الأسعار، يرجى الاتصال بفكتوريا جاريت على 971567835523+ أو عبر اvictoria.garrett@me.knightfrank.comلبريد الإلكتروني

    One Blackfriars is a magnificent addition to the London skyline. Envisaged as an awe-inspiring sculpture looking down on the River Thames, the 170-metre high tower designed by renowned architecture practice SimpsonHaugh & Partners is ideally placed to embrace London's rich cultural life on the South Bank.

    Complete in 2018, the iconic tower will bring to realisation 274 luxurious homes, 161 bedroom boutique hotel, a landscaped piazza open to the public and 14,000 sq ft of commercial space for new shops, cafes and restaurants.

    With sweeping views across the City and built to a unique design, One Blackfriars has been expertly created for its residents to enjoy the best that London has to offer. It offers residents a wide array of onsite amenities including a thermal spa with treatment rooms operated by Urban Retreat, cinema, golf simulator, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and pool with yoga garden and a 24hr concierge through Harrods Estates

    The impressive landmark development is set to offer a 50-storey residential tower offering panoramic views from East to West, taking in all of London’s iconic landmarks – from The Shard, the Tate Modern, London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. With sweeping views across the city and built to a unique design, One Blackfriars has been expertly created for its residents to enjoy the best that London has to offer.

    World renowned Interior Designer, Tare Bernard has created a luxury collection of homes ranging from Studio apartments to 4 bedroom Penthouses. The exclusive privilege of living in an architectural icon, and benefiting from the lifestyle found in the leading hotels of the world. With every need taken into account in its conception, One Blackfriars provides residents with outstanding comfort and remarkable indulgence.

    For further details and information on pricing please contact Victoria Garrett on +971567835523 or e-mail victoria.garrett@me.knightfrank.com

  • About Knight Frank

    نحرص في نايت فرانك على بناء علاقات تدوم طويلاً مما يتيح لنا تقديم مشورة واضحة ومدروسة ومناسبة للاحتياجات في جميع المجالات العقارية على مستوى كافة الأسواق الرئيسية. كما نؤمن بأن التفاعل الشخصي يعد عاملاً مهماً لضمان تقديم العقارات المناسبة على أفضل وجه بما يتناسب مع احتياجات كل عميل – سواءً كانت عقارات سكنية أو تجارية.

    ونرى في نايت فرانك أن فرق العمل ذات الأداء المميز تقدم بطبيعة الحال خدمات ممتازة ومخصصة للعملاء، لذلك فقد قمنا بتأسيس مكان عمل يحترم الآراء ويرحب بالجميع للمساهمة في تحقيق نجاح أعمالنا ويكافئهم على تحقيق التميز. وفي المقابل يؤدي ذلك إلى تحفيز العاملين بشكلٍ أكبر لنضمن لك المرور بأفضل تجربة معنا.

    كما نسعى للعمل في الأماكن التي يرغب عملاؤنا أن يجدونا فيها لنقدم لهم خدمات بمستوى عالمي تتميز بأنها خدمات متخصصة على المستوى المحلي وخدمات مترابطة على المستوى العالمي. ومن خلال مكاتبنا التي تشغل مواقع استراتيجية في أبوظبي ودبي والسعودية، تقدم نايت فرانك خدمات متكاملة لمعاملات واستشارات وإدارة العقارات السكنية والتجارية في الإمارات العربية المتحدة والشرق الأوسط وفي جميع أنحاء العالم. ومن خلال شراكتنا مع مجموعة نيومارك جراب نايت فرانك الأمريكية نجحنا في تطوير أعمالنا لتصبح مجموعة تضم أكثر من 1300 خبير في مجال العقارات موزعين على أكثر من 411 مكتباً في 59 بلداً.

    At Knight Frank we build long-term relationships, which allow us to provide personalised, clear and considered advice on all areas of property in all key markets. We believe personal interaction is a crucial part of ensuring every client is matched to the property that suits their needs best – be it residential or commercial.

    We believe that inspired teams naturally provide excellent and dedicated client service. Therefore, we’ve created a workplace where opinions are respected, where everyone is invited to contribute to the success of our business and where they’re rewarded for excellence. The result is that our people are more motivated, ensuring your experience with us is the best that it can be.

    Operating in locations where our clients need us to be, we provide a worldwide service that’s locally expert and globally connected. From our strategically positioned offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, Knight Frank provides integrated residential and commercial real estate transaction, consultancy and management services across the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East and globally. Together with our US alliance partners, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank we have grown to a group of over 13,000 property professionals, in more than 411 offices in 59 countries.

    Knight Frank - One Blackfriars London

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  • About Hezar Ventures

    Hezar Ventures is a general trading and investment partnership headquartered in Dubai. The Founders James Cadbury and Rob Garrett work with a global network of family offices and private investment companies facilitating co-investments and growth opportunities, discreet M&A transactions and helping connect clients looking for direct private investments. Hezar Ventures proprietary activities focus is on the emerging market geographical span of Africa, The Gulf and South Asia.

    James Cadbury left the British Army in 2008 and worked establishing new operations for a prominent Indian Family Business in Dubai. Making a number of investments in Africa focused on the security and mining services sector, James developed a strong network of trusted associates across the continent and still remains active in a number of ventures. James brings a wide network of global relationships to Hezar with a personal focus remaining on the emerging market sector.

    Rob Garrett served in the same Regiment as James, the King’s Royal Hussars, leaving in 2010 and entering the world of Family Business. Running the private offices of the Earl of March and Kinrara and then Sol Kerzner in Dubai. Rob has exceptional connectivity to Family Offices throughout the Middle East and Europe, also acting as a trusted advisor to a prominent Chinese Family Office. Hezar Ventures is committed to building long term trusted relationships with clients seeking to establish exemplary access to direct investments which offer flexibility and advantage over traditional Private Equity, Growth Equity or VC fund structures.


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