Advisory Council Members (2015-2016)
Avi's professional career spans Marketing Services, Media, Private Equity, Investments and Government sectors. At the helm of the BPG Group (www.batespangulf.com) since 1991, Avi consolidates the Group's interests across advertising, public advocacy, public relations, design, activation, media asset management and digital verticals, in the Middle East and North Africa regions. He has also assisted in the conceptualization and execution of a number of strategic Dubai initiatives and has served the Government of Dubai while assisting with the development of Knowledge Economy hubs in Dubai. An Alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Avi is a founding Director of Endeavor UAE, PanIIM Alumni Network Gulf and the Advisory Board of Abu Dhabi Capital Management. Avi is also the Managing Director of Innoventures Education, General Partner of Montana Capital and AMEA Ventures Ltd, and is Chairman of International Management Ventures FZ LLC.
Hamdi is the Chairman of Solitaire IGT. He graduated in physical education from Helwan University, Cairo, in 1976. He then moved to the US to pursue his interest in professional soccer and in 1978 joined FedEx, an organization he served for 33 years. 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 1998 and 2006. He is a former CEO of FedEx for the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
Poonam is an Economics Honours Graduate with an MBA from India's premier business school, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Prior to envisioning and cofounding Dubai International Academy, Poonam has had significant industry experience working on leading edge technology solutions with a range of organizations across India, Hong Kong, USA, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Oman and UAE. She is the CEO of Innoventures Education and has served as the President of the Middle East IB Association of Schools and is the Secretary of the Dubai Private Schools Group.
DR. SEHAMUDDIN GALADARI
Dr. Galadari graduated with Ph.D. from Imperial College, London. He is a Professor of Biochemistry and Advisor to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Provost) at the UAE University. He has served as Vice Provost for Research & Graduate Studies and on the Advisory Boards of Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research, Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Medical Research Grant Committee of Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences. He has been a visiting Professor at Imperial College, University of Glasgow, Duke University Medical Centre, Medical University of South Carolina and POSTECH in South Korea.
Ashish is a Partner at KPMG and head of Deal Advisory in the UAE and Oman, and a member of its Executive Committee. He has worked in the UK, Africa, Middle East and India. He joined KPMG UK in 1997 and in 2003 he was seconded to KPMG in the UAE. Ashish has worked with clients in banking, insurance, transport and logistics, retail and fund management. For 5 years, since 2008, Ashish was a Partner and Group CFO at The Abraaj Group, a private equity fund manager investing in global emerging markets. Ashish has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ethics committee and is currently a member of its Members Advisory Board.
Abdullatif AlMulla holds a Master's in Economic & Social Development, and Public Administration, from the University of Pittsburgh, besides a PG degree in Corporate Communication from the Duquesne University. He is the Group CEO of Dubai Properties Group and CEO, SmartCity. Prior to that he served at the Group CEO of TECOM, General Manager of Microsoft South Gulf and led the growth of Microsoft subsidiaries in the Gulf. During his 9-year stint, he played an instrumental role in driving Microsoft's growth in the region successfully. AlMulla serves as a Board member in many companies and is highly regarded as an industry leader for his consistent delivery of results and endorsement of creativity, strong values and ethics.
Farina comes from South Africa. She is a parent of a child at Raffles World Academy as well as two grown up children. She has degrees from Witwatersrand University, the University of Durban and Midrand University in Speech and Hearing Therapy and Psychology. She was a founding member of The Caring Women's Forum, an NGO in South Africa, and has been a representative on several school PTA's and is involved in various other charities and humanitarian projects.
Anil works as Editorial Director of Arab Publishing Partners, part of the ITP Publishing Group – overseeing the content for a number of international celebrity and fashion titles. He has worked in journalism for the past 25 years. He was a business journalist with Daily Mirror in London before moving to Dubai eleven years ago. A British citizen, he was born in Mauritius and later moved to the UK, where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1988. Anil has three children with one child at Raffles World Academy.
Michael is the Director, Finance & Administration at Innoventures Education. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Diploma in Portfolio Management with over 20 years' experience in consulting and industry. He was part of the core team of Innoventures Education that set up Dubai International Academy in 2005. Michael started his career in an accounting firm focused on audit, tax, corporate law, and business and investment advisory services. He is a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants, UK and has been on the faculty of a business school in Dubai.