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Dr. Stephen Meade

President- sustainability and ESG investing
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Stephen Meade, a lifelong entrepreneur, has started 11 companies, including three public OTC firms in the US. His first company, a precursor to PayPal, went public in 1999. He’s globally recognized as a speaker, panelist, and moderator. His previous project, MonetaPro, won more global startup contests in the fintech/blockchain space than any other company in the world. Currently, he runs Green Wave Funding, a global platform for green bonds. Known as “The BullsEye Guy”, he’s an expert in sustainable financing, fintech, blockchain, enterprise software, and e-commerce.

Robert Brij

President- AustralAsia
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

As the founder and chairman of PrimeLand Group, Robert has been the driving force behind the development of a diverse portfolio of properties, including luxurious hotels, high-end residential projects, expansive business parks, and state-of-the-art industrial facilities. Under his strategic direction, PrimeLand Group has turned around over $2.5 billion in real estate assets over the past two decades, a testament to his acumen and the company’s robust operational capabilities.
Robert’s vision for PrimeLand Group is deeply rooted in a philosophy that values sustainable growth, community impact, and architectural integrity. Each project under his guidance is meticulously planned and executed with the utmost attention to detail, ensuring that it not only meets but exceeds the expectations of stakeholders and end-users. The impressive track record of successful projects serves as a clear indicator of Robert’s dedication to creating lasting value through real estate development.
Robert’s expertise extends beyond the realm of real estate development. He has been on the advisory board of multiple private equity firms. His interest within the private equity space underscores his commitment to innovation and his foresight in recognizing the critical importance of innovation in both established and emerging markets. His multifaceted career is a testament to his commitment to excellence and his forward-thinking approach to both real estate development and immerging business opportunities.

Dr Yana Leonova

Head of Dubai Chapter VNTR Capital
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Senior Institutional Business Development at Exante CEO UAE 10 Inspiring Women March 2023. Top 50 Influential Women in Dubai by Womenpreneur me. Awarded by the Sheikh’s office for social impact in 2023 Passionate about agtech, food tech and sustainable tech. Dr Leonova has a great combination of practical experience and academic knowledge in cutting-edge technologies, innovation, VC, startups, and starting a business in the UAE for tech companies and VC. She has assisted more than 100 companies in relocating to Dubai, raising funds, becoming a part of local ecosystems, growing and scaling, etc. Dr. Yana was invited as a mentor in various programs: DHL, PwC, Sheikh Zayed Fund, Rainmaking accelerator in KSA, etc. She is also a part of an association of Russian speaking VC investors in the UAE – AngelsDeck.
She is a guest lecturer at Global Banking School Dubai

Teodora Cosic

Vice President of International Relations
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Teodora Cosic serves as the Vice President of International Relations at the Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan and a Partner of the prestigious American executive search and leadership advisory company N2Growth in Dubai, UAE. With expertise in senior executive searches and leadership development, she works across Middle Eastern and Central Eastern European markets. Teodora also serves as an Advisory Board member at the Serbian-American Friendship Congress and has extensive experience in public sector consulting, managing large-scale projects for governmental clients funded by international financial institutions. Holding an M.A. in English Language and Literature, she excels in articulating complex concepts and fostering effective dialogue, assisting clients from privately owned enterprises to Fortune 500 corporations.

Sharad R.Hegde

VP Events and media.
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Sharad Hegde is a visionary leader in the media and entertainment industry, renowned for his dynamic approach to innovation and sustainability. With a distinguished career marked by pioneering initiatives and transformative leadership, he exemplifies a commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology.

Sharad Hegde’s legacy is defined not only by his achievements in media and entertainment but also by his unwavering commitment to leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment. His vision for a sustainable future continues to inspire, setting benchmarks for ethical leadership and sustainable business practices.

Harsh Patel

Legal and Compliance Head
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Harsh Patel serves as the Legal and Compliance Head at the Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan and is the Founder and Global CEO of Water and Shark. A distinguished lawyer and Chartered Accountant, Harsh specializes in International Corporate and Business Laws, taxation, and cross-border structuring. Recognized as the ‘Icon of UAE,’ he is a frequent speaker at prestigious forums, including the European Parliament, where he shares insights on international business strategies, global policies, and legal updates.

Harsh advises the private office with cross-border corporate transactions and family successions. His leadership and expertise have earned him recognition as one of the most influential legal and financial professionals. Harsh contributes regularly to renowned publications like Forbes Business Council, offering thought leadership on topics such as taxation, legal matters, and effective leadership.

Ms Mubarakka Lokhandwala

President- SME Outreach Program
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Ms. Mubarakka is a founding, an International Lawyer, a trained Pilot and has been passionately involved in Aviation and Tourism development. She’s also member of Commission for Peace of the United Nations University for peace and an Ambassador to the United Nations University for Peace globally.
She is the Chief Promoter and on the board of directors of One world Business Group, which deals in Investment and Development of small and Medium Enterprises focused on sectors such as Agriculture, Food processing, Healthcare, Medical devices, FMCG, Blockchains, Robotics and Artificial intelligence.
Ms. Mubarakka hails from a multi billion-dollar family office having its operations in Asia, Europe and the Middle east.

Mr. Asif Dalwai

President- Industries and manufacturing
  • Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

Mr. Dalwai, Engineer by Education, is an experienced industrialist with more than 2 decades of experience. He’s on board several manufacturing and engineering companies.
Mr. Dalwai has also been appointed as the Trade commissioner for Asian – Arab region by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. Of India. His role involves providing bilateral trade , manufacturing, engineering procurement and support to manufacturers and exporters to find suitable B2B and B2C partners and encourage trade and investments. Mr. Dalwai has mobilised billions of dollars of trade and investment between India, Asia , Middle East and Africa .

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