Board of Directors
Deputy Director General, Dubai Creative Clusters Authority
Ali BuRuhaima joined the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority in 2001 and was appointed Deputy Director General in 2005. He oversees five Divisions—Zoning, Strategy & Policy, Commercial Affairs, Legal & Regulatory and Corporate Support. He spearheads the delivery of the new mandate of Dubai Creative Clusters Authority to foster the growth of Dubai’s creative industries to drive Dubai’s Strategy for Innovation.
In addition to his role at the Authority, BuRuhaima set up Tamdeen in 2007, a subsidiary of TECOM Group, offering technical project management solutions. Tamdeen has delivered master planning, infrastructure and building project management for key Dubai Holding projects. In 2009, the regulatory function of the Authority was centralized, under BuRuhaima’s leadership, with the addition of Registration, Licensing and Compliance departments. Prior to joining DCCA he spent seven years working in the engineering Division of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation.
BuRuhaima holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, USA, and a postgraduate Diploma in Airport Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Group TV Director, MBC and Dean, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication, American University of Dubai
Ali M Jaber is a journalist, academic, media consultant and television personality. In his early career he set up the Broadcasting Department at Beirut University College and taught a range of courses in television production. Concurrently, he worked as a Journalist covering the conflicts in Lebanon and Iraq, and was the correspondent of New York Times and The Times of London, and Chief Correspondent for Lebanon and Syria for the German Press Agency (DPA).
He was appointed as a consulted in 2005 to head Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), to revamp and re-launch its seven national and pan-Arab satellite channels. Working closely with now UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DMI’s Board Members and the Chairman of Dubai’s governmental organizations, his responsibilities are wide-ranging and have grown to include the development of the media sector in the UAE.
In 2008, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum instructed Jaber to set up a Communication School at the American University of Dubai, for which he was appointed as Dean. In 2011 he was approached by Middle East media leader, MBC Group for a different type of challenge—this time in front of the camera, as a judge for the mega successful talent show Arabs Got Talent.
He serves on the board of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council. He also helped set up the non-governmental organization: Young Arab Leaders (YAL) and was on the Advisory Board of American University of Beirut, School of Architecture and Design, in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also the goodwill ambassador for Sanad, the home hospice organization in Lebanon which offers free physical, psychological and spiritual support for terminally ill patients.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, an MS in Communications from Syracuse University, USA, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Executive Director, Landmark Group
Nisha Jagtiani is the Executive Director at Landmark Group, the region’s largest retail and hospitality conglomerate, operating over 2400 stores in over 20 countries.
In her current role as Executive Director, she is responsible for driving the strategic future vision for one of the Group’s principal brand’s Lifestyle. She also leads the Group’s key corporate functions including Human Resources, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility and is involved in building a strong roadmap for these departments for the future. As part of the Landmark Group Board of Directors, she is strategically involved in new business development and growth opportunities.
Prior to being appointed Executive Director, she conceptualized and spearheaded the operations of brand ICONIC, a one stop fashion destination that offers on trend wardrobe solutions for men, women and children. She was responsible for the brand’s rapid expansion across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Under her wing Iconic won several Retail Middle East Awards, including Most Admired Departmental Store, and she was highlighted as one of 25 Next Generation Business Leaders in the UAE.
Besides her role at the Landmark Group, Jagtiani serves on the board of Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC), and is a Co-Founder and Partner of Fashion Forward. She is an alumni of King’s College London, UK, and Harvard Business School, USA.
Group CEO – Middle East Communications Network (MCN)
Ghassan Harfouche is Group CEO of the Middle East Communications Network (MCN), the leading advertising and marketing communications agency in the region. He is responsible for developing and driving the vision and strategy of MCN, identifying new growth opportunities in the region and enhancing integration between the various operating companies of the group and their respective global networks (IPG McCann Worldgroup and Media Brands). MCN manages and operates 14 different advertising, media and PR agency brands in 16 cities across 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining MCN, he was the Managing Director of the Middle East Media Services (MEMS) for nine years, where he was responsible for establishing and growing the MEMS operation. Previously, he was the Deputy Executive Director at Saudi Arabian public company Tihama for Advertising and Public Relations, where he contributed to its restructuring and led its media representation network. In addition, he has held the position of Trade Marketing Director for De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company, covering the MENA region. He has also served as a media economics professor at the American University in Dubai.
Harfouche holds an Executive MBA from London Business School and a Masters Degree in Economics from St Joseph University.