|ABDULLA MAJED AL GHURAIR - Chairman
Abdulla is a UAE National from a prominent third generation trading family. He has been actively involved in setting up
a number of successful businesses over the last 20 years, and is an Investor and Director in a number of privately held
companies. His interests span advertising and marketing, education, contracting, equipment rentals (construction),
building materials, retailing and ceramic tile manufacturing. He sits on the board of the Dubai Financial Market.
|H.E. DR. ANWAR GARGASH - Director
His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash is the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Federal National Council
Affairs of the UAE. Having taught political science for over a decade at the UAE University, he has a long and rich
background in academics. He is also a member of several government and advisory boards. He was, until recently, the
Executive Director of Gargash Enterprises, the authorised dealers for Mercedes-Benz in Dubai and the Northern
Emirates. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gargash studied political science at the George Washington University in Washington
DC, USA and got his doctorate from King's College, Cambridge University, UK.
Toby has spent over 20 years in the international advertising business based in London. 14 years at Young and Rubicam
(seven as CEO) were followed by a short spell with them in New York, before joining Cordiant as Group Chairman of
Bates for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. As Cordiant was acquired by WPP in August 2003, Toby is now Chairman
and CEO of JWT Europe and CEO of Team HSBC within WPP. Toby enjoys both tennis and golf. He is also a Governor of
Hamdi graduated in physical education from Helwan University, Cairo in 1976. He then moved to the US to pursue his
interest in professional soccer and joined FedEx in 1978. After serving in several areas in the US, he moved to Dubai in
1991 to take on the leadership of FedEx operations in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa. He is on the
Board of Directors of the National Association of Freights and Logistics, the American Business Council and the Supply
Chain & Logistics Group (SCLG) of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He was also a member of the
International Advisory Council and the School of Business and Management, American University of Sharjah from
2002 to 2005, and on the Board of Trustees of the American School of Dubai between 2004 and 2005.
|AVISHESHA BHOJANI - Managing Director
Avi is a successful professional who has assisted in the conceptualization and implementation of a number of key
initiatives like the Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Internet City. He is Group CEO of the Bates Pangulf Group and
consolidates the Group's interests across Advertising, Public Relations, Design, Media, and Specialist Marketing Services.
He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. A regular public
speaker, Avi has addressed Stanford University's GSB, MIT, IIMB, ABANA and various other local, regional and international
forums on subjects ranging from Entrepreneurship, Retailing and Advertising to Venture Capital and Education.