Previous CEOs from 2018

The following CEOs participated in our CEOx1Day project for 2018

Ahmad AlFalasi, CEO, Corporate Services and Investment, Dubai Tourism

Ahmad Khalifa AlFalasi is Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Services and Investment at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

Ahmed Galal Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim - Ventures

Ahmed Galal Ismail is the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures, a subsidiary of Majid Al Futtaim Holding. Mr. Ismail is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Enova, and both Majid Al Futtaim Finance and Cinemas.


Bruce Robertson, MD, Jaguar Land Rover MENA

Bruce joined the MENA team with 22 years of experience in global sales and operational roles for Jaguar Land Rover in key markets including China, the UK and South Africa. 

Danilo Cassani, Area Head (NEMEA), Takeda

Danilo Cassani is the Area Head, Near East, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (NEMEA) for Takeda, and a member of Takeda’s Emerging Markets Leadership Team.

Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East & Siemens LLC UAE

Based in the UAE, Siersdorfer joined Siemens in 1987 in Mannheim, Germany, as an electrical engineer and held various managerial positions in the Industry and Energy sectors during his tenure at the company.

Guido Ferralasco, MD, Ferrero

Ferralasco is an Italian Managing Director with 20 years of international accomplishments overseeing all commercial functions, including strategy development, sales development and marketing with in-depth analytical and strategic ability to facilitate operational and procedural planning.

Issam AbdulRahim Kazim, CEO, Dubai Tourism

Issam AbdulRahim Kazim is the CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), which was established in December 2013 as an affiliate of the Dubai Government’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

Jacques Brent, President, Ford Middle East and Africa

Jacques Brent has served as president of Ford’s Middle East and Africa region since July 1, 2016. He leads Ford’s operations in the 67 markets which comprise MEA, the company’s newest business unit, and the final frontier of global automotive growth.

Jasper Hope, CEO, Dubai Opera 


Jasper Hope is Chief Executive of Dubai Opera, the city’s first purpose built multi-format performing arts theatre which opened on 31st August 2016 in the heart of Downtown Dubai.

Khalid Anib, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels


With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, Khalid had the opportunity to manage various hotels under well-reputed international hotel chains in different countries.

Martin Stewart, CEO, OSN

An experienced international pay-TV professional with proven industry leadership credentials, Martin Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network.

Olivier Chavy, President and CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Olivier Chavy (b.1964) was appointed President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in September 2016 as the company embarked on an unprecedented global growth phase.

Olivier Harnisch, CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group

Olivier Harnisch brings to Emaar over 30 years of international experience in the hotel and tourism industry. Previous to Emaar Hospitality Group, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels, responsible for a portfolio of over 350 hotels.

Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports

Paul Griffiths is Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, with the responsibility for the operation and development of DXB and DWC. Paul joined Dubai Airports as its first CEO in October 2007 and has since overseen a series of flawless facility openings including Terminal 3 at Dubai International in 2008.

Prasanth Manghat, CEO, NMC Health

Prasanth Manghat is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NMC Health, UAE’s largest private healthcare company and amongst the top three fertility providers in the world.

Youssef Mouallem, MD MEA, Dyson

Youssef Mouallem is a senior multi-disciplinary professional, with vast experience across the total Value Chain (from factory to consumer) with focus on strategy deployment and general management.

Yves Manghardt, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé Middle East

Yves Manghardt is Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Middle East, which employs more than 13,000 people and operates 18 factories across 13 countries in the region.

Walter Jopp, CEO, Zurich International Life


Walter Jopp is Chief Executive Officer for Zurich International Life in the Middle East. In his 25 years with Zurich, Walter has held several senior roles in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

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