Our Leadership

Tanvir Shah

Managing Director

Tanvir has established a track record earning trust and delivering value. Based in Dubai for over 30 years, his leadership has been recognized by The Banker Middle East, Cards International and Freddie Awards.

He is Managing Director of The Partnerships Advisory, a team of global banking & finance experts advising on successful strategies across Middle East and Africa. Tanvir is also Founding Partner of Blue Triangle Capital, a regulated Fund Manager focused on India. 

Tanvir sits on the Decision Committee of Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund, a $ 545 M government venture debt fund of the UAE Ministry of Finance operated by the Emirates Development Bank.

Previously, at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Tanvir launched and built one of the largest Payments & FinTech businesses in the region with $ 3 B in annual volumes. At ADIB he also managed a $ 2 B Mortgage portfolio. Earlier he launched the Advisory division at The International Investor (TII).

Tanvir is an Instructor and Alumni of Harvard University (USA), a qualified Chartered Marketer (UK), holds a Business degree from Bombay University (India), and graduated high school from Dubai (UAE).

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Senior Advisor - Sustainability & ESG

Aruna Narayanan

Corporate Relationships

Rachel Maria D’Souza

Marketing Strategy

Ibolya Kiraly

Real Estate Expert

Lynnette

Banking Technology Expert

Akshaya Gaur

Information Technology

Shafique Ibrahim

Blockchain Entrepreneur

Aman Ladia

Business Analyst

Yasser Ansari

Emergent Strategies

Michael Peters

Real Estate Expert

Scott

Emerging Tech

Soumitra Banerjee

Banking Tech

Venky

Financial Services

Sanjay Sethi

Internation Speaker & CEO

Tariq Qureishy

Business Strategy

Kavin Shah

Travel & Learning

Vibha Talati

Partner - Turkey & CIS

Yilmaz Sonisik

Strategy Director

Benita Morgan

Senior Advisor - Sustainability & ESG

Aruna Narayanan

Aruna Narayanan is a highly accomplished Sustainability & ESG professional, with over 20 years of experience in Management Consulting, Innovative Waste Management, Circular Economy, Marketing Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has successfully supported clients on sustainability journeys with a lasting positive impact.

Aruna’s previous roles include:

  • Director of Sustainability – Purecog Holdings [Singapore & UAE]
  • Head of Environment Solutions Strategic Initiatives – Dulsco [UAE]
  • Head of Marketing, Customer Relations, and CSR – Dulsco [UAE]
  • Senior Specialist, Marketing and Communications – Accenture Management Consulting [India]

Aruna is an alumna of Harvard Business School and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She advises Government-Related Entities and private sector companies on Sustainability, ESG, Impact Investing and UN SDG Programs.

Corporate Relationships

Rachel Maria D’Souza

Rachel is an experienced Corporate Banker, based in Dubai for over 25 years.

  • At Mashreq Bank Rachel,
    • Managed a portfolio of Corporate & SME relationships.
    • Built expertise in Corporate, Trade Finance, Transaction Banking, Treasury & Cash Management
    • Key negotiator in successful closure of corporate syndications of over AED 300MM
  • At Noor Bank Rachel,
    • Gained expertise in Credit Analysis and Portfolio Management managing Islamic Banking clients
    • Forged relationships with key stakeholders to optimize asset-building

A long term UAE resident, she holds a Business degree from Madurai Kamaraj University (India) and graduated high school in UAE as well.

Marketing Strategy

Ibolya Kiraly

Ibolya is an entrepreneurial, strategic, results-driven and agile C-Level Marketing Executive, with 15+ years of leadership experience in building, innovating and growing profitable brands, and developing high-performance organizations.

At The Partnerships Consulting, Ibolya advises senior executives looking for market entry, expansion growth, build strategic partnerships and other Board level initiatives. Her objective has always been to combine marketing strategy with the delivery of a full suite of marketing initiatives adding real value at each stage.

She seeks to win by rallying teams behind a compelling vision backed by execution excellence. Her focus is on driving big brand-building ideas, delighting customers throughout their physical and digital journeys, and delivering disruptive 360 innovation. Ibolya thrives in environments where change is needed to accelerate growth.

Her key skills are Relationship Management, Talent Development, Stakeholder Centric Marketing, Strategy, Conceptual Innovation, Integrated Communications, Consumer Journey & Funnel Mapping, Digital Marketing, Social Media and E-commerce.

Real Estate Expert

Lynnette

Lynnette’s core professional passions are technology and real estate. She has spent her career in the technology sector for over 20 years and has specialized in the PropTech industry for the last 11 years due to her passion and experience in the real estate industry in the U.S. and Dubai. 

Lynnette holds multiple accreditations from the US based National Association of Realtors (NAR). She currently is Director of Research & Data for the Propertyfinder Group providing strategic direction on real estate data intelligence in the UAE. Previously, Lynnette was instrumental in building the tech stack, business plans and regulatory outreach for Property Monitor amongst other real estate digitalization efforts in Dubai.

Lynnette applies her unique blend of technology and real estate experience to optimize business performance through data and tech driven strategies. Her highly developed understanding of real estate consumer behavior is sought by leading Banks, Developers, Institutional Investors, Consultants and Governments.

Banking Technology Expert

Akshaya Gaur

Akshaya Gaur has over 39 years of experience in the Banking industry and has a track record of leadership in Banking Technology with a strong customer, business, and delivery focus.

Akshaya’s previous roles include:

  • Chief Information Officer, Mashreq Bank, [UAE]
  • Chief Executive Officer of Mindscape IT, a subsidiary of Mashreq Bank [India, UAE]
  • Member, Executive Leadership Forum, Mashreq Bank [India, UAE]
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Mashreq Global Services, [India]
  • Executive Vice-President, Technology, Standard Chartered Global Business Services [India]

Akshaya is an alumnus of IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta, INSEAD and Oxford University.

He is also a qualified Executive Coach.

Information Technology

Shafique Ibrahim

Shafique is a qualified and tenacious digital professional with 20 years of extensive experience in Transformational Technology. In his previous roles, Shafique:

  • Spearheaded digital growth in payments and cross-border remittances, with advancements in strategic partnerships with Fintech, Government and Financial Institutions.
  • Created new revenue streams by leveraging innovative technologies and introduced Payment APIs for B2B and B2C business models.
  • Worked closely with organizations like Western Union, Visa, Etihad Airlines, and other industry players to introduce new digital payment products and enhanced customer experiences.
Blockchain Entrepreneur

Aman Ladia

Aman Ladia is a 19 year old inventor and entrepreneur based in Bombay, India. Aman has keen interest in blockchain and cybersecurity having also won international level cyber and mathematics competitions.

Aman’s catalogue of products includes an AI-enabled power-saving home automation device and a wearable safety jacket for bikers, both of which have received awards from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Government of India. Aman, as a solo competitor age 14 beat out larger, better funded and more experienced teams.

As a technical architect at Blockchain Fortress, a Canadian based firm, Aman has been working toward constructing new applications for the technology, in vastly different fields: from finance to real estate to education. He views the technology as a bridge between corporations and governments. In addition to his hands-on experience with blockchain, he is also working with the R&D Department of Emirates NBD Bank to develop new Blockchain technologies.

To contact Aman Ladia, please email [email protected] with your specific requirement.

Business Analyst

Yasser Ansari

Yasser is a Business Analyst at The Partnerships Advisory. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering along with a Minor in Finance and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst – CFA Level 1 Candidate.

In his previous roles, Yasser has been a Business Development Intern at Sanbook Quality Consultancy – a consultancy firm with services in the field of ISO certifications and Risk Management.

Emergent Strategies

Michael Peters

Michael H Peters, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Harvard Business School, Real Estate Management, is CEO of Architekton Resources, Illuminate Technologies, and Panjshir Valley Emeralds, Washington, DC. as well as co-instigator of new endeavours, Emergent Development and Emergent Strategies, also based in Washington, DC.  

He is Board Chair of RenascentInc.com, experts in Demolition, as well as on Boards of other manufacturing and retail companies. He’s an Instructor and Advisor for the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Executive Education, in Cambridge, MA and internationally. 

He has helped build organizations in multiple industries, technology, manufacturing, real estate development, construction, and retail, as well as communities, careers, and forging the ideas for multiple patents in laser use, typesetting, photopolymers, anti-fraud chemical and mechanical security document features for Wall Street, American Express, and 50 Airlines, worldwide, software, job creation and education for underserved communities and the Presidential Intellectual Fitness (IF) Award credentialing construct discussed at the White House and Cabinet level, and technological innovations across disciplines and industries and Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. Currently, he has helped birth both Development and Technology projects in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Dubai, Malawi, and elsewhere: Design-based, Technology, Health, and Quality of Life centric without economic divide, New Urban Planning and technology. Michael owns NIMBY.com, as well as NEMBY.com, display technology for collaboration, charrette, classroom, sales, government, investors, and presentations: “New Enhancements for My Back Yard.” Michael invented Piezo Energy Carpet, alternative energy technology, harnessing gravity and momentum from vehicular traffic to power neighbourhoods and retail. He architected the concepts of ArchResLLC.com/GigabitPresidentialIFAward.com, “Connecting the DDDOTS” (“Data Driven Deployment of Training and Skills” – an Uber-like system for jobs and job training), and Free Food for Families, a multi-platform app for real-time daily connection between restaurant and grocery food waste — and families in need. In a new adventure, Michael is helping utilize natural resource wealth for economic growth and security in Asia.  

Michael is also a partner for Brenz Pizza Company at the University of TN, Duke University, Ohio State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and others.  

Michael’s engineering degree is from #1 ranked Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, with emphasis in physics, electrical engineering, computer science, technology, civil engineering, and finance. 

Real Estate Expert

Scott

Scott Hechlik is President/Founder at Coatue Companies (Coatue Investments, Coatue Management, and Coatue Development) a full-service commercial real estate firm in Sarasota, Florida. His firm specializes in family offices & trusts, consulting, construction, and property management. He has over 20 years experience in commercial real estate, asset management, acquisitions, and investments.

Prior to founding Coatue Companies, Mr Hechlik was the Director of Asset Management / Managing Director of a privately held real estate group. In this role, he was directly responsible for daily asset, property, project, and development management of more than 65 real estate assets in Florida, Michigan, and North Carolina consisting of multi-tenant office properties and industrial assets. He began his career as Project Manager with Turner Construction in their Detroit and Chicago offices.

As Managing Principal for Coatue Companies, Mr. Hechlik is responsible for the overall strategy, guidance, and management of the properties. Providing daily hands-on senior asset management involvement and utilizing his skills to minimize risk and maximize return for the ownership. He is involved in many of the area’s most distinguished and high-profile lease/development transactions. He is also a key player in the development of an influential condo project in excess of $120M and has most recently directed the site selection and project development for a prestigious block of private family offices. Additionally, he has recently partnered with Githler Development of Sarasota, Florida and is currently working on the development of an 18 story, 170 unit, Hyatt branded condo project.

Mr. Hechlik holds a B.S. in Construction Management, with a minor in Accounting from Michigan State University, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

In 2016, he completed his AMDP at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is also a partner with Emergent Development and Emergent Solutions of Washington D.C., a group of highly-seasoned executives focused on delivering a fresh perspective across the full spectrum of real estate development.

Mr. Hechlik previously served on the Board of Directors for Sarasota’s Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone (GWIZ). He was selected by the Chairman of the Board to co‐lead the emergency management and strategic repositioning of the non‐profit organization.

From 2003‐2011, Mr. Hechlik served as a two‐term member of the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) Alumni and Advisory Board (MSU CAAB). He is a member of Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA), and Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Emerging Tech

Soumitra Banerjee

Soumitra Banerjee is a technology professional with 28 years of experience,

In his previous roles, Soumitra:

  • Was responsible for leadership, streamlining the infrastructure delivery in India, creating the next level of functional capability has been the key deliverables in HSBC Technology.
  • Co-created the global IT service center in India for Standard Chartered GBS & went on to lead transformation & run global production support.
  • Was responsible for services marketing application projects/training. Interactions include IICM (Ranchi), JJ Silk Spectrum, GRSE Ltd, Coal India & Siemens. Strategic positioning of REPL IT & services in e-commerce initiatives, application development, and training in India.
  • Soumitra completed a PG diploma (systems) after graduating with majors in Physics. He was sponsored for an INSEAD management development course & as an internal systems auditor. He is certified as an ITIL practitioner & trained as a solutions architect in AWS & robotic process automation (UiPath).
Banking Tech

Venky

Govindarajan Venkateswaran, a.k.a “Venky” believes in working for the betterment of enterprises, their customers and communities by harnessing his skills and experience and doing something he loves doing. A consummate career banking technology professional, he brings his technical and his management skills to help clients transform their businesses to deliver outcomes and customer/staff experiences that delight. He sees value in the use of technology and tools to help enterprises maximize their potential and performance, and generate tangible business benefits with a guaranteed measure of success. ​

Venky specializes in Business and Technology Strategy, Architecture and Design, he has seen action across Corporate and Institutional Banking, Financial Markets, Payments and Wealth Management and businesses. For a while, early in his career, he also worked with Supply Chain logistics and finance with large FMCG’s. In this context, he has worked with operating models, strategy and roadmaps, governance and due diligence of various large projects/platforms and business domains. This has been possible given his skills and knowledge of the banking and technology domains coupled with excellent stakeholder management and collaboration with several partners that deliver the client desired outcomes. ​

His experience has been over many years with major global banking institutions as well as emerging global and super regional banks operating in Asia. The roles have geographically covered a footprint that stretches from Australia and New Zealand to OECD markets and also the emerging Africa, Middle East and Asian markets.​

In his career, he has started as a developer, and worked as a product owner, a software quality assurance and audit manager and has been a career architect heading the function for Institutional Banking for several banks. He has kept pace with the arrival of new technologies and methodologies in technical areas like Dev/Ops, Cloud usage, Data and Analytics, Container based development and deployment, Open Banking and API led architecture and makes it a point to ensure he is armed with up to date knowledge of technology and tools to deliver optimum results as befitting the client needs. He is also well aware of new regulation in the banking domain such as GDPR, PSD2 and the emergence of disruptors which have an impact on the financial services industry.​

His commitment to a better future also drove him to lecture at leading universities as an adjunct professor, primarily in the field of Banking and Technology. He is also committed to serving the community through his various efforts to help those less fortunate through organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Riding for the disabled and several independent initiatives of his own. He is also an avid sports person, personally involved in equestrian sports and cycling and an avid follower of rugby union. His hobbies include music, documentaries, travel and photography.​

Venky graduated with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and followed it up with a Post Graduation in Business Management specializing in Technology and Systems Management.​

Financial Services

Sanjay Sethi

Sanjay Sethi is an international executive with over 20 years of experience primarily in financial services, payments, loyalty and real-estate. 

  • He has an excellent track record with blue-chip companies including American Express, MasterCard (managing the Citibank relationship), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, a private equity portfolio company and a real estate firm.  Sanjay brings an entrepreneurial flair having started two businesses.
  • Recently, Sanjay has been a trusted advisor to senior executives looking for independent analysis on acquisitions, private equity investments, expansion growth, product launches, market entry and other strategic initiatives.  Sectors include FinTech, Banking, E-Commerce, Real Estate, Health Care, Heavy Industry, Manufacturing and Food Service.
  • Sanjay has lived in London, Dubai, outside Tokyo and Paris, Chicago, Nairobi, Toronto and Montreal, worked across 28+ markets in Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America and speaks 3 languages.
  • Sanjay holds an MBA from London Business School where he was a Scholarship recipient and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Retail Bankers. He also studied at JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, ESC Rouen (a Grande Ecole) and Concordia University.
Internation Speaker & CEO

Tariq Qureishy

Tariq is currently the Founder/CEO of MAD Talksa storytelling platform and media brand for the emerging world. This TED like platform captures stories shaping the future, of leadership & innovation, entrepreneurship and breakthrough thinking, in video and audio digital platforms.  

He has worked in leadership roles with top global organisations including; 

  • Bloomberg Media – Media Representative and Consultant MENA, (2010-2014). 
  • The Times & Sunday Times newspaper, CEO/Publisher in the Middle East (2007-2009).   
  • Dow Jones Markets, Regional Director EMEA. (1987 -1998). 

Tariq’s media and broadcasting experience includes being a keynote motivational speaker, panellist, chairing and moderating global conferences, radio and television. He specialises in talks about the future, breakthrough thinking, the brain, innovation and creativity, moon-shot thinking, always with practical business solutions that can be applied immediately in your environment.  

He has a degree in Economics and studied at Harvard Business School.  

He is also Founder of 100% MAD (“Make A Difference”), not for profit Social Enterprise, a global millennial movement using the power of the digital environment to democratize philanthropy. 

Business Strategy

Kavin Shah

Kavin is a management professional with over 15 years of experience, driving brand marketing and insights across both traditional and digital marketing activities. His previous roles include:

  • Insights Manager, British American Tobacco [Dubai, UAE]
  • Account Management, Kantar TNS [Dubai, UAE]
  • Research, Ipsos [Mumbai, India]

He is adept at Customer Insights Management, Innovation, Brand Management, Competency Development, Retail Audit Management, People Management, Negotiation, Creative Conceptualization and Problem Solving.

Kavin’s expertise is in integrating diverse data sets to build a holistic view of consumers, channels, and the competitive environment. He holds a business degree from Narsee Monjee College (India) , and a Master’s in Business Administration from Chetana’s R.K Institute of Management & Research (India).

Travel & Learning

Vibha Talati

Vibha is a professional in the travel and learning sector.

Her business experience spans India, the Middle East and Germany.

She is a multilingual, fluent in 6 different languages: English, German, Hindi, Gujarati, American Sign Language and Arabic.

Her functional focus includes Business tours in the Delegate Hospitality and Travel sector, along with Personal tours, for cultural insights, shopping, sports, and adventure.

Vibha is an alumnus of Pune University, India.

Partner - Turkey & CIS

Yilmaz Sonisik

Yilmaz is an experienced C-level business professional with over 20 years of Financial Services and Technology experience.

He was CEO of Hangikredi.com, one of Turkey’s largest FinTechs. He advises clients across the region on digital business & strategy development and helps build productive banking partnerships.

Yilmaz’s previous roles include:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Hangikredi.com [Turkey]
  • Product & Project Manager, Sigortam.net [Turkey]
  • Co-Founder, dodotravel.net [Turkey]
  • Chief Technology Officer, Orbis Yazilim [Turkey]

Yilmaz is an alumnus of Columbia University and Istanbul Technical University. He is also an Executive Board Member at Mentor Effect, which aims to strengthen and accelerate Turkey’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Strategy Director

Benita Morgan

Over the past 20+ years, Benita has worked and lived in several key regions across the globe, including Europe, Africa, Latin America, the CIS and the Middle East. She has managed projects and cross-cultural teams focusing on building networks liaising with stakeholders ranging from top-government officials to relevant public and private sector entities.

At the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (2009 — 2019), she was a key contributor towards the setting up of the then newly formed External Relations Department identifying and engaging key stakeholders within the UAE and later internationally. Her work focused on the development and implementation of new partnership concepts and initiatives that allowed for a greater liaison between Dubai Chamber, the business community and various government entities. Her work brought together various stakeholder groups together in a focused exchange of ideas and best practices.

Benita introduced oversaw and participated in several outgoing Trade Missions and high-profile inbound visits, as well as managed the evaluation and implementation of Dubai Chamber’s participation in overseas events. From 2016 she managed Dubai Chamber’s involvement with Latin America as a new market including the development of a Stakeholder Plan within the Chamber’s overall business strategy. She led initiatives to engage with and devebp relationships with identified priority stakeholder groups.

Her final project, the Global Business Forum (GBF) – Latin America in Panama in April 2019 – was Dubai Chamber’s first overseas large-scale events including a HE Presidents of Panama and Haiti as well as a large high-profile business delegation from the UAE (https://gbflatinamerica.com/).

Since June 2019, Benita has been part-time involved with a UK-based Fintech start-up heading their Global Partnerships vertical. She has set up a Global Partnership Network of over 60 associations, industry government bodies and private sector entities from across the globe.

Benita holds an MSc in Services Marketing (Distinction) from Bournemouth University, UK, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM UK) as well as a BA in in Business Administration & Tourism from the University of Applied Studies and Research “Hochschule Harz”, Germany.

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