Exceptional international media business leader with particular expertise in branding, marketing and ad sales for print, digital and broadcast media. Over twenty years’ leadership experience delivering success for magazine, newspaper and pay TV in developed and emerging markets across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
FremantleMedia creates, produces and distributes some of the best known and loved content in the world. FremantleMedia have an outstanding global network with operations in 31 countries, producing over 11,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and airing more than 420 programmes a year worldwide. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories.
UTURN, the leading Arabic entertainment network in MENA, was founded in 2010 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. UTURN produces premium content with the aim to promote Arabic content globally. UTURN is a Multi-Channel Network for Arabic speakers around the World. UTURN has 33M followers and it is spread over 50 YouTube Channels. It helps creators turn their passion into success.
Majed Al Suwaidi is the Managing Director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City – members of TECOM Group.
He provides strategic direction and ensures steady growth of the Media business districts, home to thousands of media companies and tens of thousands of creative professionals. As the Managing Director of this integrated creative ecosystem which is home to many Fortune 500 companies from around the world, entrepreneurs and start-ups alike, Majed plays a key role in positioning Dubai as an international media hub. Previously, he was part of the team that launched in5, a dedicated platform for emerging talent that supports innovation and entrepreneurship across TECOM’s business parks.
Prior to this role, Majed was Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City. Under his leadership, the integrated ICT hub became a strategic partner of the Smart Dubai initiative that is driving Dubai’s transformation into one of the smartest cities in the world.
In a previous role as Director of Business Development for Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City, he was part of the team that launched in5, a dedicated platform for emerging talent that supports innovation and entrepreneurship across TECOM’s business parks.
Majed has also served as Director Commercial Operations and Director of Sales at Dubai Internet City and prior to that gained invaluable experience with Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Airlines.
Amongst his other responsibilities, Majed is a Board Member in Young Arab Leaders a non profit organization looking after Young Arab Youth from the region and on the Board of Smart City Malta, a specialized zone managment company in Malta.
Specialties: brand management, budgeting, business development, business plans, customer relations, customer satisfaction, directing, executive management, finance, human resources, international business, investments, management, market planning, marketing, negotiation, networking, new business development, policy analysis, presentation skills, promotional materials, public relations, purchasing, recruiting, sales, sales management, strategic, vision, cluster development
DMI is a pioneering media organization focused on innovation, quality and working in line with the strategic objectives of the Government of Dubai. Under its umbrella, DMI comprises a number of print, radio and TV channels including: Dubai TV, Al Bayan newspaper, Sama Dubai, Dubai One, Dubai Sports, Dubai Racing, Noor Dubai Radio & TV, Emarat Al Youm, Emirates 24|7, and Masar Printing Press. The various TV, radio and press channels operate to provide quality materials each according to its competence and in accordance with a comprehensive strategy to meet the aspirations of all segments of the public in various categories and ages.
Sophie Boutros graduated with a Bachelor degree in Directing for TV and Film at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Lebanon, in 1997. For twenty years, Sophie has been directing shows, promotional videos, music videos, and most recently a feature film, which she also co-wrote.
Sophie directed the highly acclaimed feature film Mahbas (Solitaire), which made waves of success, was watched by more than 120,000 viewers around the Arab world and is still touring the world in festivals. It premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival 2016 and released in Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Jordan, Palestine and Kuwait in Spring 2017.
Has 23 years of experience in Private Equity, Venture Capital, Investment Banking, Consulting and Audit. Founded Genero Capital in March 2011 focusing on Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Corporate Finance in the MENA region. Served as Group CEO of Rasmala, a UK listed and MENA focused Investment bank with USD 1.3 billion in assets under management, where he spent 8 years. He previously worked at Dubai Financial Market, Deloitte in Canada and Ernst & Young in the UAE. Mr. Bazzari holds a B Com from McGill University and a Graduate Degree from Concordia University, Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Mr. Bazzari is a board member of ENBD Capital Saudi and an Arab Sovereign Wealth Fund, and a member of the Investment Committees of Middle East Venture Partners and Dubai Angel Investors.
Tarek is a serial entrepreneur, active mentor & angel investor serving on the board of many startups in the region. He has founded and managed media / technology companies including Connect Ads across MENA, exiting his first startup, CareerMidEast.com in 2000. Driven by his passion for the startup ecosystem he founded Dubai Angel Investors (DAI), a member based angel network supporting the startup ecosystem in MENA, where he serves as board member and permanent member of the Investment Committee. Amongst his ventures Tarek founded Zanad the leading animation studio in the MENA region. He served as managing partner & executive producer at Alkarma Edutainment where he launched Pan Arab drama series Al Jami3a. Tarek Amin is currently CEO | Digital at Adline Media Network