The forum will feature an exciting line up of speakers that will include experts from leading organizations in the region.
Chief Financial Officer, Middle East & Africa
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Muscat Securities Market, Oman
Abu Dhabi Exchange
Rashed Abdul Kareem Al Balooshi joined Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in April 2000 where he played an instrumental role in establishing the exchange in November of the year 2000. Mr. Al Balooshi started his career with ADX as Manager of the Clearing, Settlement, Depositary, & Registry (CSD) department. In 2007, Al Balooshi became Deputy Chief Executive, and manager of operations of ADX. He was promoted to Chief Executive in 2012.
Prior to joining ADX, Al Balooshi was Head of Registrar & Depository at the Sadiyat Free Zone Authority.
Mr. Al Balooshi holds an MBA from The UAE University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.
Government CEO Excellence Award in 2014
Qatar Stock Exchange
Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Emadi is the Director of Listings at Qatar Stock Exchange ("QSE") where he is responsible for QSE's listing strategy in the primary and secondary markets covering business development, listed company client coverage and listing services.
Abdulaziz actively participates in equity capital markets review, including but not limiting to the examination of new issues of initial public offering (IPO's), Rights Issue and prospectus adherence to market listing requirements and teaming with business owners of privately owned companies while repositioning companies to go public. Abdulaziz is supervising and promoting Investor Relations (IR) awareness amongst all types of listed companies as one of QSE's main objectives whereby his latest initiative was the launching of IR Excellence Reward Program for Qatari listed companies. Moreover, he supervised the establishing and launching of QSE-Venture Market for small-medium size enterprises (SME's) and other related projects.
Abdulaziz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and has over 20 years' experience in the financial sector and during his time at QSE has held several managerial responsibilities in all of the Trading Department, Market Operations & Control and the Information & Market Relations Department (the predecessor of Listing Department).
Prior to joining QSE, Abdulaziz gained extensive experience in the brokerage industry with Commercial Bank of Qatar' Investment Department.
In his most recent position at QE, Abdulaziz has overseen several IPOs including the IPO of Mesaieed, Mazaya Qatar Real Estate, Vodafone Qatar, Amal Holding, Mannai Corporation, Gulf International Services, Al Khaliji Bank, and Qatar Oman Investment Company; and rights issue for many listed companies. Abdulaziz supervised the merger/acquisition transactions for all companies such as Qatar Navigation and Qatar Shipping and the corporate transaction for Barwa Real Estate and Alaqaria and Woqod and Technical Inspection.
Deputy Secretary General
Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges
Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges
Union of Arab Securities Authorities, UAE
Jalil Tarif is a Jordanian economist. He currently serves as the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Securities Authorities (UASA). Tarif started his career in the Central Bank of Jordan and held the positions of Executive Director and Deputy Director General in Amman Financial Market between 1992 and 1999, where he oversaw Jordan's entire capital market. Through his role as Deputy Director General, Tarif assisted in writing the new securities law that implemented the three separate entities that make up Jordan's Capital Market today.
In 1999, Jalil Tarif was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of Amman Stock Exchange. He left his position as CEO in December 2012 to become the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Securities Authorities located in Dubai.
Some of the roles Tarif has held during his career include:
Qatar Stock Exchange
Mr Rashid Al Mansoori is the current CEO and a board member of Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE). He is also a board member of Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).
Through his leadership, the QSE has and continues to pursue an aggressive agenda to enhance and promote the Capital Markets in the State of Qatar by actively pressing government and regulatory agencies to streamline the legislative and regulatory framework for the benefit of the investment community and the country as a whole. During his tenure, he has overseen the upgrade of Qatar to emerging market status by MSCI and to secondary emerging market status by FTSE Russell.
He champions Qatar as an investment destination of choice in the region through the instigation of and involvement in numerous international roadshows and sponsored events. He provides continuous leadership to encourage and further develop effective corporate governance practices and the creation of investor relations functions within both prospective and existing listed companies. He is a strong advocate for financial literacy of the local community and has led and supported numerous events and initiatives to support this aim. At QSE, Mr. Al Mansoori has commissioned an extensive and ongoing education programme to improve the efficiency and quality of delivery across all units of the company.
Mr. Al Mansoori has extensive administrative and technical experience gained from the senior roles he has held in a number of companies and institutions.
Prior to his appointment as CEO at the QSE, Mr. Al Mansoori served in the field of financial management at Qatar Petroleum (QP) for 5 years and worked as IT Director at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) where he was responsible for establishing the IT department and managing investment and financial applications. In addition, Mr. Al Mansoori has gained specific knowledge and expertise in the field of sports through his secondment as IT Director to the Qatar Olympics Committee, as the Chairman and CEO of the Qatar Equestrian Federation, the Vice Chairman of the Qatar Fencing Federation and as a Board Member of Al Shaqab, which is part of Qatar Foundation.
Mr. Al Mansoori holds a BSc degree in Computer and Management Sciences (USA 1987).
Muscat Securities Market
Mr. Ahmed Saleh Al Marhoon, Director General, of Muscat Securities Market since the year 2001. During his career he has acquired several leading positions in Government & Private Sector in the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to joining MSM he was the CEO of a brokerage firm, and has also served as a board member in several financial institutions. Mr. Al Marhoon holds an MBA from UK.
Financial Controller - GCC
Aster DM Healthcare, UAE
Kartik is an experienced finance professional and has spent over 18 years in the healthcare industry.
He is currently the Financial Controller for the GCC region in the Aster DM Healthcare. Having been with the company for o13 years, he has been a one of the central pillars in the growth and success of Aster DM Healthcare.
He joined Aster DM Healthcare as finance manager in early 2003, and has since been instrumental in the milestone achievements of the Aster DM Healthcare. He led two private equity fund raises and administered three major debt transactions of the group. Being part of the core strategy team, he is actively involved in the IPO filing of the company.
He started his professional career in 1998 as Assistant Finance Manager with Moidu’s Medicare (P) Ltd, based in South India.
Kartik holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Strathclyde Business School, United Kingdom. He has completed the intermediate level from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and a Bachelors in Commerce from University of Calicut, India.
London Stock Exchange
Nikhil was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LSE plc in September 2015. He also has Group-wide responsibilities for International Development. He is a member of the LSEG Executive Committee. He joined LSEG in May 2014 as Director of International Development and Chief of Staff from the UK Treasury, where he held a number of senior positions over an eleven year period. Most recently he was Director of the Financial Services Group, representing the UK Government's financial services interests in the EU and internationally. He served as the UK representative on the EU Financial Services Committee. Prior to that, he was Head of the Financial Stability unit, overseeing a number of the UK's financial stability interventions during the crisis. Nikhil also served as Private Secretary to the UK Prime Minister for three years from 2005 to 2008.
London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) is a diversified international market infrastructure and capital markets business sitting at the heart of the world's financial community. The Group can trace its history back to 1698.
The Group operates a broad range of international equity, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS, Europe's leading fixed income market; and Turquoise, a pan-European equities MTF. It is also home to one of the world’s leading growth markets for SMEs, AIM. Through its platforms, the Group offers international business and investors unrivalled access to Europe's capital markets.
Post trade and risk management services are a significant part of the Group’s business operations. In addition to majority ownership of multi-asset global CCP operator, LCH.Clearnet Group, LSEG operates CC&G, the Italian clearing house; Monte Titoli, the T2S-ready European settlement business; and globeSettle, the Group’s newly established CSD based in Luxembourg.
The Group is a global leader in indexing and analytic solutions. FTSE Russell offer thousands of indexes that measure and benchmark markets around the world. The Group also provides customers with an extensive range of real time and reference data products, including SEDOL, UnaVista, Proquote and RNS.
Following the acquisition of Russell Investments, LSEG conducted a comprehensive review of the investment management business to analyse its strategic fit with the Group. This was concluded in February 2015, and LSEG is now exploring a sale of the business in its entirety.
London Stock Exchange Group is a leading developer of high performance trading platforms and capital markets software for customers around the world. In addition to the Group’s own markets, over 35 other organisations and exchanges use the Group’s MillenniumIT trading, surveillance and post trade technology.
Headquartered in London, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,700 people.
Chief Executive Officer
Ahmad Aweidah is the Chief Executive Officer of the Palestine Exchange (PEX) since June 2008. His strategic vision is to position the PEX on the world's investment map through conducting regional and international road shows to promote investment in Palestine in general and in the Palestinian companies listed on the PEX in specific by marketing the success stories of these companies. The PEX promotional road shows target investment funds interested in frontier markets, as well as Palestinian Diaspora communities to encourage them to invest in their homeland. He plays a leading role in fostering the PEX as one of the pioneer institutions in the development of an independent national economy.
Before joining the PEX, Aweidah held leading positions in private sector institutions; he was VP Commercial and Operations (2005-2008) at PalTel Group- the primary telecom operator in Palestine. Before that, he was VP Head of Retail Banking (2002-2005) at the Arab Bank- the largest bank in Palestine- and other positions in the field of banking, marketing and telecom during the years 1995-2002 in Palestine and France.
Aweidah's core professional skills include setting and driving strategy, leadership and mentoring. He enjoys strong sales, marketing, customer service, management and business development skills. He also has extensive experience in the design, planning and roll out of new products and services.
Aweidah obtained excellent multi cultural and interpersonal skills through studying, living and working in the UK, France and the Middle East. He also masters three languages; Arabic, English and French. Aweidah holds a Master's Degree in Economics from The University of St. Andrews, Scotland UK.
Group CFO & Board Director
Crescent Petroleum, UAE
Neeraj Agrawal is Board Member of Crescent Group, a family firm operating in the UAE for over 42 years, comprised of Crescent Petroleum, the region's first independent and privately-owned petroleum company, and Crescent Enterprises, the company's conglomerate operating across multiple core sectors of the global economy. Formerly, Mr. Agrawal served as CFO of Dana Gas (an affiliate), the Middle East's leading private sector natural gas Company, listed on Abu Dhabi Exchange.
For over 25 years, Mr. Agrawal has provided investment, international financial and petroleum industry expertise to the Crescent Group and in particular to Crescent Petroleum, Crescent Enterprises, Dana Gas PJSC and Gulftainer Limited. His achievements for Crescent's energy business include farm-outs and joint ventures for operations in Canada, UAE, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and several corporate, project and asset financings including the successful formation and capitalization of Dana Gas PJSC (including a successful $ 80 billion public offering), a US $1.2 billion acquisition & financing of Toronto Stock Exchange's listed Centurion Energy International Inc., and the US $1 billion Sukuk (convertible bond) issued by an associate company including its recent restructuring which received the 2013 “Restructuring Deal of the Year” award in New York.
Additionally, Mr. Agrawal engaged in investments, mergers & acquisitions, financing, treasury, accounting and taxation, with specific attention to upstream project development, farm-outs and joint operations with regional and international energy companies including through his previous work with Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
As Executive Director of Crescent Enterprises Mr. Agrawal provides management oversight on the company's operations and investments. In particular, he has supported the company's evolution and transformation throughout its years of expansion by fostering new investments as well as nurturing its various established businesses, including in the field of ports and logistics, mining, healthcare and power plant engineering & construction.
As a member of the Executive Board of Gulftainer, Crescent Enterprises' ports and logistics subsidiary, Mr. Agrawal provides oversight and support in all of the company's major decisions and policies, playing a key role in its international expansion, diversification and related financing activities.
Mr. Agrawal is a member of IBPC & ICAI and supports voluntary work and philanthropy through charities in India and UAE.
Ansar Financial and Development Corporation
Mohammed Jalaluddin has a Master of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, United States and has over 30 years of experience in Islamic Finance as well as in Senior Business Management. Mohammed Jalaluddin is the founding member and currently the President of Ansar Financial Group as well as the President of Ansar Financial and Development Corporation (AFDC), a Public company which is First of its kind in North America based in Toronto that offers interest-free investments and is Sharia Compliant. This Public Company has a Sharia Board and is listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange (CSE) with the symbol "AFD".
Mohammed Jalaluddin has served as a Board member of Islamic and Ansar Housing Cooperative Corporations for many years and currently is the Vice Chairman.
Mohammed Jalaluddin has played a significant role in establishing the first Takaful (Islamic Insurance) in North America as a joint project with the Co-operators General Insurance Company of Canada in 2007 that is currently offering Home, auto and Commercial Insurance.
Mohammed Jalaluddin has made many presentations on Islamic Finance in Canada, USA as well as other countries, including Malaysia, Turkey, Brunei, Dubai and to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), Canada.
Board Member and Trustee Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and President CISI UAE Regional Advisory Board
Richard spent his entire career with Lloyds Bank, formally as Middle East Regional Head and latterly as CEO Lloyds TSB Global Services Pvt Ltd and India Country Head. With a focus on the topics of Anti Money Laundering, Combating Terrorist Financing and Combating Corruption, he has spoken internationally on these topics on behalf of the UN, IMF / World Bank, Arab Monetary Fund, Swiss Government, UAE Central Bank and others.
He has been an expert prosecution witness for the US Dept of Justice and has sat on a UN Financial Committee advising the UN Security Council Monitoring Committee on terrorist financing sanctions. Since leaving Lloyds Bank Richard has acted as a Consultant advising corporates internationally on marketing, management and legal issues, in a range of activity sectors.
Richard is Chairman of the Northern Aircraft Company Ltd, a UK aviation design and manufacturing start up and is CEO of Construct Africa, an online portal start up, providing services to the African infrastructure construction industry.
He is an Advisory Board Director of India's first Anti Corruption Academy where he is focused on integrity based initiatives for the youth of India.
Richard is a Trustee and Director of the CISI, President of the CISI's UAE Regional Board and a past President of the CISI's India Advisory Board.
He is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Chief Financial Officer, Middle East & Africa
Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Market Operations Division, DFM, UAE
As Chief Operating Officer, since the inception of the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) in 2000, Mr. Hassan Al Serkal spearheaded the Market Control and Information Technology divisions in the formulation and implementation of progressive market control policies and IT strategies.
Mr. Al Serkal was instrumental in the introduction of X-Stream, the world-class trading system enhancing efficiencies and SMARTS, the innovative surveillance system driving greater transparency of trading.
Before joining DFM, Mr. Al Serkal headed the Information Technology division in the Department of Economic Development of Dubai, since its creation in 1993.
Mr. Al Serkal championed the smooth transition of application systems from the Dubai Municipality to the Department of Economic Development.
Mr. Al Serkal’s career began in 1988, as a Computer Analyst for Etisalat, one of the leading telecommunications providers in the United Arab Emirates, where he spearheaded a new Service applications processing system for subscribers and services combining multiple systems across Etisalat branches and remote offices in the UAE.
Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development Division, DFM, UAE
Mrs. Al Bastaki carries a wealth of experience within the financial sector and capital markets in particular. She started her career at HSBC Middle East in 1998 and then in 2004 joined Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to head the Listing and Disclosures Department where she spearheaded a number of successful initiatives attracting companies to list on the DFM managing over 80% of total listings to date. By 2009 she became the Business Development Division Head as an expansion to her role. Mrs. Al Bastaki is one of the top Executive management team at DFM and plays a key role in the development of the DFM as a Public Listed Company and an Exchange championing best practices in Investor Relations, while working collaboratively with the regulator. Mrs. Al Bastaki initiated and continues to lead the organization of the DFM International Investor Conferences in London and New York since 2007. Notably, Mrs Al Bastaki also developed the IPO strategy for DFM in 2009 including a study and a regular private IPO Forum, which has become a flagship event for Decision Makers.
Mrs. Al Bastaki holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science of Business Administration. She is a Certified Financial Advisor (CIFA) from the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK) since 2000, and a holds a CFA Claritas certification for capital markets. Mrs. Al Bastaki is a Certified Investor Relations Officer as well as an Accredited Director with the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance. Mrs. Fahima is a graduate of the Women on Board Program by Hawkamah in partnership with the Dubai Women Establishment.
Mrs, Fahima had the privilege of being a Senior Quality Assessor in Dubai Quality Award in 2006 & 2007. Moreover, and as part of her role in DFM, she was a Committee Member of the Officials & Directors of GCC Stock Markets and Authorities under the GCC Secretariat General in 2009 and the chairperson of the Middle East Investor Relations Society (ME IR) Dubai Chapter for 3 years.
Head of Initial Public Offering Unit
Capital Market Authority, KSA
Director - McLagan
AON Hewitt, Dubai UAE
Capital Market Specialist and Legal Expert
Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, Egypt
Mahmoud Elshenawy, has over 13 years of Experience in Legal Banking, Investment Banking and Corporate, he is currently a Senior Capital Market Specialist & Legal Expert in Egyptian Financial Supervision Authority (EFSA). He has served as a legal Counsel in Commercial International Bank - Egypt, Ahli Bank Qatar, Corporate Legal Counsel, Economic Researcher & International Agreement specialist in MOIC. Shenawy has a Master Degree in Public Law, AUC Legal Drafting Achievement, EuroMoney Syndicated Lending course, Lawyer Banking Certificate from EBI and Strategic Studies course.
Managing Director - Securities & Funds Administration Services
NBAD, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Egyptian Exchange, Egypt
Mohammed Omran is the Executive Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange, the Chairman of the Federation Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) and Professor of Finance at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Prior to his current job, he served as a Vice Chairman for Operation of the Insurance Holding Company for one year and the Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange for four years from 2006-2010. Professor Omran holds an MSc from Cairo University and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Plymouth. UK. He was a visiting Professor in several research and academic institutions such as University of Plymouth, University of Oklahoma, the World Bank, University of Laval, and Vaasa University. He severed several years as an Economist at both the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi and the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He was an advisor to the Minister of Investment and an Acting Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors. Professor Omran had been awarded several research grants and prizes, and he was a Fullbright Scholar and he served as an International Board Member at the Privatization Agency of Kosovo for 5 years from 2009-2014. He served as reviewer for more than a dozen of Economics and Finance Journals. Professor Omran specializes in financial markets, corporate governance, corporate finance and privatization concentrating on the MENA region. He authored and co-authored around 40 papers and his work appears in several international Economics and Finance Journals such as: Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, World Development, International Review of Law and Economics, Multinational Finance Journal, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of Investing, Emerging Market Review, International Journal of Business, Review of Accounting and Finance, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, and Global Finance Journal.
Capital Market Authority, KSA
Chief Financial Officer, Middle East & Africa, Mastercard
Giulio leads Mastercard's finance function across Middle East and Africa as Chief Financial Officer. He brings with him over 19 years of international consulting, auditing and finance experience working across financial services, travel, manufacturing and distribution, technology and payment industries.
Giulio started his career at Mastercard in 2011 as Divisional Finance Officer managing UK and Ireland. In 2013, he took a broader role becoming the Divisional Finance Officer for Western Europe, managing 18 countries across Iberia, France, Benelux, Nordics and the Baltics.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Giulio served as Finance Director, Global Foreign Exchange Services at American Express. He previously worked at the Pirelli Group where he became Group Controller of the Telecom Cables and Systems division and led the finance function through the sale of the business to a private equity group, which is now known as Prysmian Cables & Systems Group, one of the largest listed manufacturers of cables in the world.
Giulio graduated from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy with a major in International Business. He attended Executive Leadership Programs at London Business School and volunteered for Prince's Trust foundation in the UK.
AON Hewitt Middle East, UAE
Martin McGuigan is a Partner at Aon Hewitt and McLagan. Martin is based in our Dubai office and has been working in the UAE full time for six years. He covers all countries in the GCC and other regional markets such as Egypt.
Martin joined Aon Hewitt Middle East as the Head of Reward Consulting in 2012. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, he spent four years as Head of Executive Compensation and Reward at Towers Watson Middle East, having previously spent a decade with the firm in London.
Whilst at McLagan and Aon Hewitt in the Middle East, Martin has worked across a variety of industry sectors but his main focus areas are the financial services sector, the Energy sector and the public sector with some work in Construction, Real Estate, Energy and FMCG sectors.
With almost twenty years’ experience across public and private sectors, Martin‘s area of expertise includes: Executive Compensation, Performance management systems, Pay and Grading structures, Short term and Long term incentive plan design, Sales Incentive design, Market pay assessments, pay structure design.
Martin is also responsible for all aspects of Aon Hewitt's Reward offering. His experience in Europe and the Middle East allows him to bring ideas and concepts to this market and adapt them to fit within a regional context.
Martin is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a degree in Law from Durham University in the UK.
Tamleek Real Estate
A licensed U.S Attorney from New York, Brian Etemad is a man of sound academics and rich experience across continents. A high energy, fiscally conscious and goal-driven real estate guru, Brian Etemad approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking to drive consistent success within the real estate industry.
Brian Etemad began his career on a path that is rare among other Real Estate professionals. Having become a licensed U.S attorney in New York, some of the prominent state politicians in New York and California have benefited from his legal acumen using Brian as their strategic consultant in addition to spending considerable amount of time in Singapore tendering his legal counsel to various diplomats. Brian then went on to serve as the legal counsel to the renowned development giant, Emaar Properties in the UAE and was involved in finalizing the collaboration between Emaar Properties and the fashion icon, Giorgio Armani. As Emaar's legal counsel, Brian was responsible for leading Emaar's real estate development initiatives across the company's key markets locally and internationally.
While making a name for himself in the UAE, Brian then went on to serve as the Managing Director for Hamptons International Real Estate in the UAE and North Africa (MENA region). At Hamptons International, Brian spearheaded the international expansion of the company with a special focus on strengthening the brand presence in the UAE and the MENA region. His extensive background in real estate investment advisory, brokerage services, overseeing real estate projects across the Middle East, long-term experience working with some of the most influential families in the region and overseeing their property portfolios, made Brian the obvious choice for the CEO position at Christie's International Real Estate, UAE.
After being selected as the top Real Estate Investment Advisory and brokerage firm in the UAE and because of the rapid success and expansion plans of the company across the MENA region, and eventually throughout the globe, Brian decided to open his own Real Estate Investment Advisory and brokerage company, named Tamleek Real Estate Co., UAE.
The newly established Tamleek Real Estate Co. has become a giant powerhouse entity in Dubai over a very short span and a leader in Investment Advisory and Brokerage in the MENA region as evinced by being Emaar Properties NO.1 selling entity 6 months in a row!
Moreover, because of the reputation of both Brian Etemad and Tamleek Real Estate Co. throughout the region, the iconic firm of Al Habtoor Group has exclusively chosen Brian and Tamleek Real Estate Co. to market and exclusively sell their prestigious Al Habtoor City project. Brian has signed exclusivity deals with the Kempinski group and other major developers in the region.
Over the years Brian has amassed extensive industry experience in identifying growth opportunities in new markets, setting the base for current developments and undertaking negotiations for strategic partnerships in new markets; his across the board experience has facilitate the formation of several international associations, which led Emaar's pioneering developments in international markets. Brian was earlier the Director of Real Estate Development at DTZ, Singapore and has honed his legal skills working at the Attorney General's Office in New York and working for Senator Tom McClinton of California.
In this short span of 5 months, under Brian's leadership, Tamleek Real Estate Co. was recently ranked No.1 Investment Advisory and Brokerage Company throughout the Arab world by Forbes!