Catherine Ladousse – Lenovo

A graduate of the University of Aix en Provence, with degrees in literature and philosophy, Catherine Ladousse also holds a diploma from the Institut Français de Presse, University of Paris II. Catherine Ladousse began her career with the Association of Francophone Universities before joining the Communications department of Credit Agricole in Paris, then in Cairo.…

Chantel Rijtma – PDSi Kids

Passionate about helping children and youth to fulfil their potential, Chantel is a Director at PDSi Kids, a BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate and certified Coach. Chantel began her professional career in the financial sector; after a decade of successfully working within global banking institutions, she decided to expand her horizons and pursue her interest in…

Deirdre Walker – Norton Rose Fullbright

Deirdre Walker is Head of Norton Rose Fulbright Middle East. She recently moved to the region from London, where she was Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Deirdre has considerable experience in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration as well as general banking and commercial dispute…

Donna Benton – The Entertainer

Donna Benton started the Entertainer in 2001 after identifying a market need for both providing consumers with dining incentives and enabling restaurants to reach new customers. The Entertainer filled this gap by providing buy one get one free offers to the best restaurants, cafes, nightspots and attractions. Donna worked alone to build the business from…

Edward Matti – CCM Consultancy

As Managing Partner for CCM Consultancy, Edward’s responsibilities put him in front of clients from all industries and with wide-spanning challenges. From effective talent management strategies to the design of complex progression models set to instill behavioral change, his team consults on end-to-end solutions for their clients.  CCM Consultancy focuses on aiding clients in building…

Florence Fontani – ENGIE

Florence Fontani is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience across Europe and the Middle East. Florence has worked with some of the world’s most recognised brands, including Nestle and La Henin Bank. Florence has been an integral part of the ENGIE team since 1998, when she joined Suez HQ as Head…

Alia Al Rifai – Siemens

Alia assumed her current position on July 1, 2016, after almost two years as Senior Executive Vice President of Finance for the company’s Energy Management Division in the region. Alia, whose career at Siemens spans close to two decades, is leading the company’s financial operations in the Middle East, focusing on strengthening key growth areas,…

Alice Laugher – CTG

Alice is the CEO of CTG Global, a company that provides unique support to the humanitarian and development community in fragile and conflict-affected countries, specialising in the rapid mobilisation of personnel and operational support. Taking over the company in 2007, she quickly expanded the existing operations from focusing solely on Afghanistan to include international humanitarian…

Amna Al Owais – DIFC Courts

Amna joined the DIFC Courts in 2006, she became the Deputy Registrar in 2008 and Deputy Chief Executive of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, she practiced as a lawyer in the litigation department with Hadef Al Dhahiri and Associates (Hadef & Partners now) in Dubai. Prior…