Abdulmuttalib (Talib) Hashim

Expertise: Emiratisation, Youth Empowerment, Public Speaking

Abdul Muttalib (student) Al Hashimi is an Emirati entrepreneur and an expert on Emiratisation. He is the founder of TBH Consultancy, which is considered the first specialised consultancy firm that offers complete solutions in the area of Localisation and Emiratisation. He is also the founder of 9 year old recruitment firm Next Level through which he managed to enable Emirati jobseekers in obtaining suitable jobs. Talib was recently one of the winners in the Emirati Launchpad program conducted by Impact Hub with the sponsorship of Dubai SME for Emirati entrepreneurs.  His concept idea has been selected to be incubated by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Innovation Incubator. Talib speaks and chairs many local conferences and is trainer in the fields of Career Life and workplace culture. Talib holds a master's degree in Strategic Project Planning from Heriot Watt University. His Master Degree’s thesis was on the subject of "Emirati Entrepreneurship, its challenges and it’s impact on Emirati Social Capital"

Hisham Dirbas

Expertise: Leadership, Skills Development, Project Management

Hisham Dirbas founded EQUINOX Coaching & Leadership Development in 2014 Dubai following his extensive 11-years’ experience of coaching, mentoring and project management for some of the leading companies such as Komatsu, Alstom Transport, TNA Australia in addition to his alma mater, American University of Sharjah. Hisham is a Master Coach from RSCI certified by COMENSA (SOUTH AFRICA), Certified NLP Practitioner under FCNLP (USA) as well as a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker (USA).

Konstantinos Tsanis, PhD (Edin), Chartered FCSI

Expertise: Africa and Middle East Financial Markets Specialist

Konstantinos Tsanis has previously gained 9+ years of international work experience in different sectors [Energy (Oil, Gas and Utilities), Consulting, High Tech, Academic, Military and Financial]. He has skills and experience in areas such as Consultative Sales & Business Development (incl. C-level relationship building), Complete Sales Lifecycle Management, Strategic Planning and Implementation, Project Management, Research Management, Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis, Organizational Training and Development, Team Leadership, Competency in different languages (Greek, English, Russian, Chinese and French), Cultural adaptation, and Use of technology for global collaboration. He is also active in the community, contributing intellectual capital, through both academic and applied research publications, and as a member/founder of industry and professional associations.

Stefania Brunori

Expertise: Brand strategy & Marketing

Stefania Brunori is a Brand Strategist and Marketing Specialist with over 15 years international experience in managerial positions. Having worked in Europe and the Middle East, her core areas of expertise are Strategy, Innovation, Social Media, Creativity and Integrated Marketing Practice, developing and implementing solid strategies and marketing campaigns to facilitate companies expand beyond their limits. Born in Spain, Stefania relocated to Dubai, UAE, in 2009, where she has worked both for multinational companies such asTeka and Nokia and Middle East SME corporations with regional reach.Stefania’s curiosity and hunger for self-improvement makes her constantly develop her education and has achieved a very interesting combination of a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Universitat de Valencia, Spain), Upper Graduate in Design (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain) and Diploma in Coaching (Coaches Training Institute, UAE), which enables her not only to perform at highest levels in Marketing but also to apply a high aesthetics criteria and work with outstanding interpersonal skills in any project she collaborates at.

Mahmoud Qalyoubi

Expertise: Business Strategy, Business Development, Sales & Marketing , Customer Relationship Management, Networking, Operations Management, Leadership

Mahmoud Qalyoubi worked as the Director of Operations & Logistics at Kaloti Precious Metals in Dubai. The work incorporated managing various aspects of the business including logistics, precious metals production, precious metals supply planning, products pricing, market & competition analysis, vendor's cost analysis & contract negotiation, key vendor relationship development and Strategic operational planning & improvements. He has also worked as General Manager at Funsho Int’l Group (Limousine Division) in Dubai. He headhunted to manage & lead the group’s newly acquired division. Work included internal restructuring of various departments, setting up business strategies and long term business plans, creating opportunities to support the capacity for innovation and change, thinking strategically and setting direction with effective leadership, building and continually upgrading a strong high performance team, leveraging revenue generating capabilities and profitability, and maximizing business opportunities and overall performance.

Tarek Fouad

Expertise: Social Enterprise, Accounting and Finance, marketing, coaching, Lean Business Modelling

Driven by the passion to lead and contribute to the world’s sports and fitness industry, Tarek brings in over 8 years of experience in leading business entities and an extensive background in strategic marketing and lean business models for social enterprises. Tarek holds a master’s degree in control engineering and strategic marketing and is also a certified personal trainer, life-coach, NLP practitioner and a hypnotherapist. The 29 years old business entrepreneur is the publisher of numerous research papers in both enterprise and marketing fields and was a motivational speaker on various events held by the Dubai government.

Hanane Benkhallouk

Expertise: Marketing, Market sizing Communication Channels, Value Proposition, Growth Hacking

Hanane Benkhallouk is a consultant with a broad scope of expertise, a business practitioner with over 18+ years of professional experience holding senior managerial positions handling sales and marketing, business development and international expansion, in Fortune 500 companies, government and non-profit organizations, across a multitude of industries from financial services, real estate investments, to retail and franchise development, and global markets within Europe, U.S. and the MENA region. In Dubai since 2005 coming from New York where, she graduated with an MBA in marketing and finance as well as certification of master franchise development. Hanane managed the entrepreneurship and innovation programs across the Arab World at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and is the founder of C2C “from concept to completion”, a New York based boutique consultancy that worked with startups and micro entrepreneurs on developing their business acumen and taking their concepts from ideation to implementation, she is also the Co-founder of Sustain Leadership, a Dubai based consultancy focused on cultivating, talent, leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, through unique experiential learning journeys. Hanane was recognized by the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi as a senior mentor in November 2015. In March 2016, Hanane received the “Saphira” award by the Moroccan government as leader in her field, and for her dedication to youth and female talent leadership development, and in March 2017 she was awarded by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid of Ajman, for her contribution to the Abdulaziz Leadership Program, that aims at developing regional leaders from the GCC. Hanane’s profile has been featured by the world bank among a number of the members of the diaspora of the MENA region living abroad and who are willing to give back to their region. A thought leader, a regular conference speaker and column writer, Hanane aspires to contribute to the MENA region’s move towards an innovation and knowledge based economy.

Ed Capaldi

Expertise: Business Management & Strategy

Ed Capaldi is a passionate results focused strategic advisor & business coach, supporting boards, high octane CEOs & Entrepreneurs accelerate through the chaos of a disruptive age and evolve their business. Ed also served as CIO for 10 years for Obaid Al Tayer / Gulf News. Additionally, he was also ExComm Director for Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Execution for Obaid Al Tayer / Gulf News. A practitioner of Kaizen, Kaikaku, & SCRUM with +20,000 hours in-the-trenches experience, Ed Capaldi aids in supporting accomplished individuals punch through to the next level in the Strategic "Think-Plan-Act" cycle that defines success or failure in markets that are increasingly unpredictable.

Stefania Di Paolo

Expertise: Marketing & Advertising

Stefania Di Paolo is a creative highly-skilled Digital and Social Media Marketing Manager and an experienced presenter, trainer, and workshop leader. Her areas of expertise are Social Media Strategy, Digital Marketing Strategy, Online Community Management and Content Strategy.

Lawrence Flude

Expertise: Branding & Marketing

Lawrence Flude works with organisations to create and refresh their brands. His expertise lie in simplifying complex marketing challenges and creating structure out of chaos. Whether there are four or four hundred companies competing with you, he makes it his mission to distil the essence of your brand, create a distinctive position for you in your marketplace, and communicate your core message. He wants your brand to disrupt – and win.

Andy Yiacoumi MCICM

Expertise: Credit / Cash Management

Andy has enjoyed a diverse career in management spanning 27 years across the regions of the Middle East, North Africa & Europe. With experience in Credit Rating, Debt Recovery, Mediation, Consultancy, Financial Services, Education & Logistics. He has a great passion for his industry & firmly believes in the philosophy of “Prevention is better than Cure”. Andy is also a member of FCIB Global, CICM & ACA International. CMS was formed in June 2013 to promote education through workshops aimed at executives in Management, Credit, Finance & Business Owners. It further expanded in April 2014 to offer a complete portfolio of Credit Management services, a first within the GCC region. Although a relatively young company, it’s collective experience spans over 70 years.

Iain D Colquhoun

Expertise: Business Strategy & Leadership

Iain Colquhoun is a highly skilled leader with over 20 years of expertise in the alignment and engagement of strategies to assist businesses in maintaining their competitive edge. Through his developed culturally aware interpersonal skills, Iain has been able to engage successfully at all levels within business organizations, from the board through to operational departments, and cross functional project teams thus ensuring focus on the delivery of business goals against a clear underpinning strategy. Not only is Iain’s experience senior, it is also reinforced by engagements (but not inclusive) within the following market sectors: Defense, Government, Insurance, Finance, Media, Utilities and IT across a diverse geography: UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Over the past few years Iain has worked closely with Arqitek as a Strategy consultant specializing in the areas of organizational change and digital strategy.

Samia Hasan

Expertise: Personal branding. Business Strategy. Innovation.

Samia Hasan is the founder of Direction Dose – a career coach, entrepreneur, trainer and speaker. She’s a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and International Professional Certified Coach (IPCC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). After completing her MBA in Marketing, she started her career with Procter & Gamble, world leading FMCG organization. She worked her way up as a Senior Regional Brand Manager, working on some of P&G’s billion dollar brands for 9+ years. Throughout this time, she experienced tremendous learning and growth, extensive exposure and travel, managed a huge business with multiple geographies and teams, until she discovered ‘coaching’ as her true calling. Having lived in the UAE for more than 20 years during different stages of her life, she witnessed the country’s remarkable growth and the limitless possibilities it offers. She is well versed with the dynamics of the region, multi-cultural diversity and the unique challenges faced by millennial executives and entrepreneurs. At Direction Dose, Samia helps young professionals see who they really are and achieve what they are capable of. She enables entrepreneurs outline a clear business strategy and craft their unique brand stories, carving out a business they’d be proud of.


Expertise: Design Thinking, Brand and Business Strategy and Coaching

SVivek is obsessed with the desire of making the world a better place. He brings a rare combination of logic, business acumen, and human-centered creativity along with eight years of global experience. He has been a management consultant through out his career with some hands-on roles at the client side. He has consulted clients in the sectors such as e-commerce, banking, technology, automobile, telecom and public transportation in geographies such as Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, and CIS. He offers expertise specifically in process design, value proposition design, culture design, and customer experience design to sustain or enhance growth for the business. He uses design thinking and data to help his clients grow or start and meet their objectives. He is now based out of Dubai for more than three years and has served clients like Noor Bank, RTA, Emaar Hospitality Group and Mubadala. His global clients include Morgan Stanley and Ford Motors. He is trained as a computer science engineer and did his MBA at Imperial College London.

Safa Hijazeen

Safa Hijazeen has unwavering focus on social impact of entrepreneurs. He has started and managed several ventures in the region and continues to explore dynamics of development and growth for teams and communities. Safa facilitates with Inter-Cultural Intelligence (ICI) as a practical framework for global teams. In addition to ICI, Safa is also certified in Everything DiSC, Team Dimensions, and Time Mastery (Wiley) as a globally recognized offering for leadership development, change management, and coaching. He has has worked with team from CNN, ADNOC, Zain Telecom, and many others in the Middle East.

Damu Winston

Damu is passionate about seeing people fulfill their dreams. He began his career as an automation developer, with IBM. At the time, having had the opportunity to start on a software patent, he thought then that he knew exactly what he was destined to be. 10+ years and a global MBA later, with experiences spanning multiple countries, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, Gambia, and Senegal, he learned exposure equals growth and without exposure one never knows the possibilities what could be. Since then he has gone on to successfully consult within the Healthcare, Financial Services, Technology, and Nuclear Energy industries. Having worked across such diverse industries has provided him with a distinct advantage of developing and fine-tuning an approach and methodology that transcends industry as well as cultural boundaries. Damu is the Founder and CEO of Universal Linguistics (ULIQ), a startup that aims to humanize and minimize language barriers. By leverage machine learning advancements, voice over IP technology, and connecting real people with multilinguals from around the global who speak their language and the desired language of choice; all in real time.

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