Harry Nadjarian is a humanitarian and philanthropist and is the driving force behind Industrial Motor Power Corporation (IMP), a privately owned industrial power equipment trading company, in the world. In 1975, Harry emigrated to California at the outset of the Lebanese civil conflict. A few years later, he entered the diesel engine and parts rebuilding industry. By 2000, IMP was formed and Harry Nadjarian became Chairman of the Board. He donates to Lebanese-American and Armenian […]
Hisham Jaroudi is an architect, engineer and developer whose large scale residential, commercial and public projects can be found across the Middle-East. In 1960, he formerly co-founded an engineering firm in Qatar and oversaw the construction of various prestigious real estate projects in the Gulf. 1992, Jaroudi founded his own real estate, consulting and engineering firm in Lebanon. A philanthropist and longtime donor to the American University of Beirut, he has funded substantial extension building […]
A self-made man who became an entrepreneur at a very young age, Ayad Nasser is collectively known as a prominent Lebanese business man, investor, environmental activist and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder and General Manager, of Loft Investments, a prominent development and investment company. More recently, Ayad has made it his mission to tackle corruption in his home country. He has launched a campaign to make Lebanon a better place and has […]
Farid Chedid is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chedid Capital SAL (holding), which ranks fourth in the MENA region. Chedid is a member of the Advisory Board of EuroMena II and III Private Equity Fund and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Bill Gates, business magnate; philanthropist; and computer programmer, is currently the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of US$78.3 billion as of August 2016. Since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft, Gates continues his philanthropy and works on Bill and Milenda Gates Foundation, while handling a new post as technology adviser at Microsoft.
Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-Founder at Quanergy, has also started three other companies, two in fiber optics in the telecommunications sector and one in solar energy. The Lebanese engineer resides in the United States but remains engaged with the Middle East by sharing his knowledge on multiple networks.
As the CEO and founder of Medistar Corporation, Monzer Hourani currently directs the successful operations of one of the most dynamic medical real estate development companies in the U.S. This Lebanese tycoon overcame adversity, as his mother was killed in front of him during the Civil War. Now, his company develops all types of healthcare facilities throughout the U.S.
Ihsan Nizam is the CEO of Master Electronics, which plays a major role in assembling computer components and distributing them all over the world. The Syrian businessman faced several challenges but was able to reach his goal.
El-Hibri began his career as a commercial banker with Citigroup. He was the CEO of the Emergent BioSolutions from 2004 to 2012 and is now the Board of Directors’ Executive Chairman. Fuad El-Hibri is active in a variety of non-profit and academic organizations. He has received a number of leadership and philanthropic-based awards.
Noujaim began his career with Goldman Sachs in 1985 and has served on the Board of International College as well as The National Council of Economic Education. As a child, he had to work in gas stations and other fields to pay for his education. Now he has joined Guggenheim Partners, and in 2008 he was appointed as the president for Merrill Lynch’s Middle East and North Africa subsidiary, a special position created for him.
Edmund Kabchi is a Lebanese-Venezuelan entrepreneur born in the city of Zgharta, Lebanon. With his brother Joseph, he invested and grew into different areas of the economy, including banking, insurance, construction, education, and more recently, the area of Health. Kabchi is a co-founder of Saint Charbel Foundation and a holder of several awards and honors.
Randa Bdeir, Group Head of Electronic Banking & Card Services in Bank Audi SAL, played a major role in introducing and developing the ATM business in the Lebanese market, as well as the credit card business in the Syrian market. She is the first Arab woman to be a member of the Board of Directors of MasterCard Worldwide for the Middle East & Africa region.
Carlos Ghosn, the French-Lebanese-Brazilian business man, turned debt ridden Nissan into the most profitable major carmaker in the world. Ghosn achieved legendary status in Japan and throughout the automobile industry. As CEO of Nissan and now Renault, Ghosn runs two major brands in two different continents.
Georges El Ters is the CEO of the GMA Group, the holding company that owns GMA accessories Inc. He is a major shareholder in software and construction companies and a major investor in a high-end Manhattan restaurant. The Lebanese entrepreneur, winner of the 2013 Outstanding Corporate Leadership TAKREEM Award, established a professional soccer club for young people and acquired a soccer team in North Carolina.
Some of his first projects were Dubai’s Palm Island, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (the largest mosque in the UAE and the eighth largest mosque in the world), as well as the Presidential Palace of Abu Dhabi, which was awarded to them after a competitive bid. Andreas Iliovits perfected this art in Carrara, Tuscany and founded Mosart Marble & Mosaic over 35 years ago in Saudi Arabia.
Ayman Tamer is Chairman and Partner at Tamer Group, KSA’s first pharmacy established in 1922 by his grandfather. Headquartered in Jeddah, Tamer Group has established a special position in the Kingdom’s market place. Ayman is also member of Pharma Committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Assaad Razzouk is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources and the founder of South East Asia’s first Middle Eastern contemporary art gallery, Sana Gallery. The MBA graduate started his career in investment banking in London before he went on to excel in clean energy projects where he received several awards.
Born in the West Bank, Dr. Adnan Mjalli has been named among the Triads Most Influential People. He received a number of prominent scientific awards and academic awards. After earning his PhD in medical chemistry from the U.K., he founded TransTech Pharma in 1998. He held various positions in research and senior management.
Malek began his career in 1992 at Salomon Brothers in New York as a Financial Analyst in the Financial Strategy Group. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and BA in Mathematics from Reed College. Marc Malek is the Founder and Portfolio Manager at Conquest Capital Group with more than 20 years of trading experience.
Raphael Sabbagha, with thirty years of experience in the fields of contracting and real estate development, is the Secretary of Solidere’s Board of Directors. He is also a joint venture owner of Le Yacht Club-Beirut and sits on the board of various educational and charitable organizations in Lebanon.
In 2005, King Abdullah Economic City was announced by Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the late King of Saudi Arabia. This megaproject was built upon the highest standards of an American/International curriculum, with a capacity to host a population of two million people. Its CEO and Managing Director is Fahd Al-Rasheed.
Edmond Moutran is the CEO and Chairman of the Memac Ogilvy group, overseeing the agency’s network of 15 offices in 13 countries. Today, Memac Ogilvy is one of the largest marketing services companies in the region supporting clients such as Coca-Cola, American Express and Huawei. Eddie was voted Man of the Year in 2002 by readers of Arab Ad Magazine.
Osman Sultan serves as the CEO of Maltacom PLC and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC. In 1994, he was actively involved in the acquisition of a US based operations and was appointed Vice President for worldwide marketing and sales for the new company of France Telecom Group.
This Lebanese fashion designer dressed A-listers. Georges Chakra’s meticulous designs were also featured in the hit movie, “The Devil Wears Prada”. He earned his degree in the Canadian Fashion Academy after leaving interior design school.
Mohammed Ghaddar, an innovative entrepreneur, is the CEO; founder; and President of Ghaddar Group. Ghaddar Machinery Company, an award-winning business, is currently the leading company in Lebanon and the Middle East in the manufacturing and trade of electric generating sets.
With only $71 in his pocket, Farouk Shami moved to the United States. The Palestinian-American businessman is the founder and chairman of Farouk Systems, an award-winning hair-care and spa products company of which Donald Trump is a loyal client. In 2009, Shami ran for governor of Texas as a Democrat but lost.
Ziad Al-Turki is the Vice Chairman of the ATCO Group, one of Saudi Arabia’s premier family groups, which focuses on construction, marine services, shipping, oil and gas equipment and control systems. He holds a number of other prominent directorships including Honeywell Turki Arabia Limited, Keller-Turk Co Limited, National Air Services and Al Sagr Saudi Insurance Co. He is also a Member of the Audit Committee of Al Zamil Industrial Investments Co. In 2008 Al-Turki was […]
He was the first to receive the Arab Banker of the Year award, in 1993. In recognition of his role in the development of banking relationships between Arab and European states, Abdallah Saudi has received several gold medals and awards. The Libyan national also founded the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank, Arab Banking Corporation, and Arab Financial Services.
Kamel Alzarka is the chairman and founder of Falcon Group, which he formed at the age of 22 with the ideas developed at business school in Paris. His international company provides tailored financing options that enable businesses and corporations to grow quickly and efficiently.
He wrote The Diamond Niche to express his passion for the diamond industry, he established the investment firm, Rachaya Holding in Geneva, and he started the Fondation Sesam to help those in need. A Swiss citizen originally from Lebanon, Abdallah Chatila received his education in Switzerland and graduated as a gemologist in 1993.
Awarded the “Banker of the Year 2004”, Adnan Yousif has had a long journey in banking which started during 1973 at Habib Bank. Since then, he worked with Arab Banking Corporation and Bahrain Islamic Bank. Currently, he is the CEO of Albaraka Banking Group, the Chairman of Islamic Investment Bank of Europe, and the Vice President of Arab Banks’ Union (Lebanon).
Jamil Cheaib, President of Adonis and Phoenicia Group, arrived in Canada in 1976, like many other people that the war in Lebanon forced to emigrate. Aged 19, he had only 200$ in his hands and the desire to succeed and the courage to undertake. He developed a small grocery shop and directly made it a top destination to anyone wanting to buy Middle Eastern food. This smart step was taken boldly and led to the […]
Muna Batayneh is an architect, the executive director for the JK Holdings, and the general manager for EEC Engineering Enterprise Company. Batayneh, who received an AGHA KHAN award for her distinguished work, was part of several prestigious projects in the Middle East Region such as The American University in Sulaimania, Kurdistan/Iraq.
Described as the world’s richest Palestinian and the “Duke of Nablus”, Munib Al Masri is the chairman of two companies: Edgo group, a multinational energy and engineering corporation, and PADICO, a holding company controlling 35 businesses whose main goal is to develop the infrastructure of Palestine. As a close friend of Yasser Arafat, he was asked to become the first Prime Minister of Palestine but declined.
Co-founder and former CEO of UAE-based Rotana Hotels, Selim El Zyr graduated from the prestigious L’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. Selim gained valuable experience in international markets and established a leading fast food chain named “Juicy Burger” in Lebanon.
Khalid Janahi was born in Bahrain and studied in Manchester. Currently, he is the CEO of Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust and Chairman of Faisal Private Bank (Switzerland). With over 30 years of experience in banking and financial services, Janahi held the position of Vice-Chairman and co-founder of the Arab Business Council, World Economic Forum.
Avec mon amitié et mes remerciements pour une des rares interviews que j’ai pris plaisir à faire
En appréciation d’un dialogue (en 6 parties jusqu’à maintenant) fort et important et particulièrement constructif
Thank you for the wonderful moments, for the magical questions and may God bless you