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…

Gillian Jones – Al Naboodah Group

Gillian Jones-Williams is an author & founder of Emerge Development Consultancy and Managing Director. Gillian’s main focus is in organizational strategy development and change initiatives and she has successfully implemented HR strategies and projects, coaching and mentoring strategies and visions for many organizations. Her understanding and application of psychology, hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming allows…

Dr. Auma Obama – Sauti Kuu Foundation

Born and raised in Kenya, Dr. Obama studied in Germany, obtaining a Masters degree at the University of Heidelberg, completing her doctorate studies at the University of Bayreuth and also graduated from the Berlin Film and Television Academy. Dr. Obama lived and worked in Germany and the UK for several years before returning to Kenya…

Bedour Al Raqbani – Kalimati Speech & Communication Center

Graduate of American University of Sharjah in Visual Communication, Bedour’s vision of Kalimati Speech & Communication Center started when her little daughter, Noora, was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. Not being satisfied with the quality, service and lack of warmth of speech therapy centers in the UAE, she decided to create one. With the support…

Abby Bailey – FedEx Express Middle East

Abby Bailey is the Head of Communications and Community Engagement for FedEx Express serving the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (MEISA), a role she has held since February 2017. Abby first joined FedEx in Asia Pacific as a Senior Communications Specialist in 2003, responsible for South East Asia, Australasia and Pacific Islands. She then…