Dr. Farouk El-Baz
Research Professor & Director: Center for Remote Sensing
Boston University, U.S.
Dr. Farouk El-Baz is a world-renowned Egyptian-American scientist who worked with NASA on scientific exploration of the moon, including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar observation.
In addition to being Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Massachusetts, Dr. El-Baz is Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of America Foundation and is a member of myriad global scientific institutions.
He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Golden Door Award of the International Institute of Boston; the Nevada Medal of the Desert Research Institute; and the Pioneer Award of the Arab Thought Foundation. Dr. El-Baz is widely considered to be the pre-eminent scholar of his generation in the study of desert formation
Dr. El Baz earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ain Shams University, his Masters and PHD degrees in Geology from Missouri University. He has a Doctors in Law Degree from American University of Cairo and Honorary Doctor of Science and Honorary Doctor of Engineering
Rima Christine Zaitoon
Senior Assocaite Director: Principal Gifts & International Fundraising
Rima Zaitoon has 24years in Fundraising and Private Banking – consistentlys ecuring business capital and multi – million dollar gifts for her clients. These gifts included $30 million solicited during her first year at Yale, the American ‘Ivy League’ University she joined in 2006. Since then, Ms.Zaitoon has managed relationships with Yale’s top-rated donors and prospects, including family foundations and the University’s international alumni. She was equally successful during her previous postings in banking and academia. At Park AvenueBank, New York, she originated 17% of their deposit base from U.S, Middle Eastern and international clients. At International College (Beirut, Lebanon and New York),s he raised $7.5 million during the school’s first international fundraising campaign – exceeding tar get by 57%. And at the American University of Beirut, Ms.Zaitoon identified principal and major donors, generating more than 10% of the annual gift total.
Ms. Zaitoon earned her Bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the American University of Beirut, and Accounting and Economic Certificate from Economics Institute in Boulder, and Market Analysis and Accounting Certificate from American Institute of Banking.
Managing Partner; Head of Banking & Finance
Al Tamimi & Company, UAE
Husam Hourani is an internationally-recognized banking and finance legal counsel who has been voted “one of the world’s leading Islamic Finance lawyers” (IFLR 2008). He has been lauded for his work in the UAE Capital Markets and Finance by “The Best Lawyers in America” – leading global guide on legal practitioners. Further plaudits have come from ‘Legal 500’ in which Mr. Hourani’s clients describe him as “the most knowledgeable banking lawyer in Dubai, insofar as the local market is concerned”. With a profound understanding of both Islamic and conventional banking, he is particularly singled out for his expertise in equity issuances. Chambers Global states that Mr. Hourani “really knows how to get a deal done to international standards”, adding that clients and peers “repeatedly praise his outstanding professionalism and informed handling of a broad range of commercial matters”.
Mr. Hourani earned his Honors degree in Law from Kent University and Masters of Law from IISL. He was admitted to the Jordanian Bar in 1994
Investcorp, Gulf Business
Mohammed Al-Shroogi is the President of Gulf business for Investcorp and oversees all Investcorp’s activities in the Gulf region.
Mohammed joined Investcorp from Citigroup where he was Division Executive for the Middle East and North Africa region and CEO for the United Arab Emirates. Mohammed had a 30 year career with Citigroup in Bahrain, London and the UAE. Amongst his many achievements at Citigroup was establishing Citibank Bahrain as a major trading room between Asia and Europe.
Mohammed holds a BA in Commerce from Kuwait University and attended the Executive Program at Harvard Business School. He is a Member of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, a Member of the Board of Trustees at Bahrain University, a Member of the Board of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. and a Member of the Board of Injaz Al Arab.
Farid Mohammed Ahmed
Farid Mohammed Ahmed plays an important role in the continued development of Dubai. He is Secretary General of Dubai World, the holding company of such business pillars as DP World, Economic Zones World, Drydocks World, Dubai Maritime City and Istithmar World. Prior to joining Dubai World, Farid was Senior General Manager, UAE Operations, at Ducab where he was the key driver of the company’s local and international growth. Farid is also an enthusiastic promoter of Quality and the Environment. He is one of the founding members and former chairman of Dubai Quality Group and remains a permanent Member of the Board in an advisory capacity. He is also an advisor to Emirates Environmental Group and dictates the strategic direction of both organizations. He has served as a Member of Technical Governance of Dubai Municipality Best Practice Award for Civil Societies. He is an Assessor of Dubai Quality Award and Government of Dubai Excellence Award, as well as the Sheikh Mohammed Award for Small & Medium Enterprises.
Mr. Ahmed has earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University, his Masters in Quality Management from University of Wollongong. He has also participated in the Advanced Management Program from INSEAD, & Leadership Development program from University of Ashridge
Mohamed S. Binbrek
CEO: Hospitality Asset Management
Jumeirah Group, UAE
Mohamed Binbrek is a senior seasoned executive with more than 25 years experience at the highest levels of property development and financial institutions. Formerly a board member of NASDAQ Dubai, and a Vice President of Citibank, Mr. Binbrek is attributed with regularly delivering innovative solutions, sustainable growth and enhanced profitability. Currently at the helm of Hospitality Asset Management in Jumeirah Group, he continues to lead the sizable portfolio of assets to deliver sustainability and growth. Mr Binbrek was previously Head of the Land Bank and Infrastructure Department at Government-owned Dubai Holding. There he was tasked with establishing a department to manage their extensive portfolio of land assets in the UAE, GCC, North Africa and beyond. Mr. Binbrek was entrusted with this undertaking following seven years at another Dubai Holding enterprise, the Dubai Properties Group, where he rose to Group Chief Executive Officer. He was credited with DPG’s phenomenal growth and transformation into a diversified property development holding company. Prior to that, he spent 13 years with Citibank where he held various leadership positions. Mr. Binbrek is also the Chairman of the Board of Dubai First.
Mr. Binbrek earned his honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and his Diploma in Higher Education from the U.K. He also earned his Advanced Certificate in Real Estate and Hotel Investment from Cornell University.