Board of Directors
GCEO, TECOM Group
Malek Al Malek is the Group CEO of TECOM Group, the core enabler of 11 thriving business communities that host over 5,400 companies with over 86,000-strong workforce operating across the rapidly expanding technology, media, education, design, manufacturing and science sectors.Previously, Al Malek served as Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Business Parks. In this role, he led the transformation of TECOM Group’s tech, media, education and science communities into destinations of choice for world-renowned companies and entrepreneurs.Al Malek has played an integral and strategic role in TECOM Group’s growth story since joining in 2002, evolving TECOM’s status as a key enabler of Dubai’s Knowledge Economy Plan.
Through his efforts, he promoted entrepreneurism, built an intellectual framework, and contributed to creating a unique business environment making TECOM a key accelerator of economic development in line with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. The outcome of his resilient efforts is evident through TECOM’s unique business destinations that continue to attract investments from Fortune 500 companies helping to transform Dubai into one of the most innovative cities worldwide.
In addition, Al Malek spearheaded the launch of in5, an integrated innovation platform providing a well-rounded ecosystem that incubates talents, entrepreneurs and start-ups nurturing them to their next phase of growth.
Formerly at TECOM Group, Al Malek was the Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City.
TECOM Group’s portfolio of successful business communities include Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai Design District, Dubai Industrial Park, Dubai Outsource City, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Science Park and Emirates Towers District.
Al Malek serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Media Council, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (DU), DXB Entertainment, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, as well as actively serving in the development of the UAE’s education sector through his roles on the Board of Trustees of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), as a member of HCT’s Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) and as Chairman of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. Previously, Al Malek was a member of the Dubai Free Zones Council, as well as a board member of Energy Management Services International, SmartCity Kochi and SmartCity Malta.
Malek Al Malek holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from HCT in the UAE.
Deputy Director General, Dubai Development 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
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.
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.
CEO, Chalhoub Group
Patrick began his career in 1979 when he decided to become involved in the realisation of his father’s vision to build a bridge between the East and West and be the ambassador of luxury lifestyle in the region.
In 1990, he created a regional distribution platform in the Jebel Ali Free zone with Fendi, L’Oréal, Dior Parfums and Puig. As the director of Christofle and of Bernardaud, Patrick Chalhoub was involved in the strategic planning for the restructuring and redeployment of these brands. From 2000 he developed the retail network of the Group from a few stores to over 600 stores with a workforce which increased from a few hundreds to over 12.000 in the region and with local implementation in 14 countries.
For nearly 30 years, Patrick has been fully involved in the strategic development of the business to guarantee its long-term success. As such, he continues to expand the Group’s distribution, retail business, marketing and communication activities and is also eager to
strengthen the Group’s support services in terms of offer and skills and is very engaged in the Group’s digital transformation.
He has been instrumental in guiding the development of a sustainability strategy for the Group, with a focus on People, Partners, Planet and Community Giving through Chalhoub Impact, the Chalhoub Group community giving strategy, which focuses on fostering Education, protecting the Environment and providing Humanitarian relief.
Patrick is a board member of the UN Global Compact ; he has been appointed in June 2018 by the UN Secretary- General Antó nio Guterres’. The UN Global Compact Board plays an important role in shaping the strategy and policy of the initiative, which acts as the United Nations flagship for responsible business action.
Patrick has also been very actively involved in few associations, such as the French Business Council, which he led for a few years, a founding member of the Rotary and the Capital Club and more recently, established the local chapter of Endeavor, helping start-ups to scale-up. He is also regularly consulted by local Governments on economic development, governance and social responsibilities.
Patrick holds 2 Bachelor’s degrees, one in Economics and Finance and the other in Political Science.
At the age of 42 the French government awarded him with the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. Patrick is also Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur since January 2018.