Arwa M. Al-Shaghrood is FII Institute’s Head of Legal & Governance as well as the Secretary of the Board, and its Committees. She has experience of working in both the public & private sectors of Saudi Arabia, having joined the Institute after successful stints with government-backed private equity and venture capital funds where she undertook dual legal and governance functions with equal ease, including undertaking the initial set-up.
Arwa has also worked in-house with the premier government business services company that was responsible for structuring companies to run efficiently, and also automating the services of a number of government authorities to make them available online to the Saudi public, therefore playing a proud part of the ‘digital revolution’ of Saudi Arabia.
Arwa is licensed to practice law before all Saudi courts, having been educated in reputable universities in Riyadh and London prior to obtaining her license. She has also worked in the legal department of the Royal Saudi Embassy in London. Arwa is also licensed notary.
Anthony is a senior investment manager with over 15 years of executive experience at global for-profit and non-profit institutions.
At Prudential Financial, Inc. (“PRU”, Fortune 50) Anthony helped grow the mature impact investing portfolio from USD 250 m to USD 1 bn in 5 years.
At the W. K. Kellogg Foundation — a top 10 private foundations with USD 10 billion in AUM — he launched the Mission Driven Investing platform and invested USD 100 m across asset classes in a high performing impact portfolio.
Anthony has enjoyed many successful exits, including Amplify (2010), Happy Family (2013), Revolution Foods (2014), General Assembly (2018), Southern Bancorp (2019) and Sokanu (2021).
Florence leads X-CHANGE which builds inclusive platforms for international dialogue and knowledge sharing.
It includes the flagship Conference in Riyadh and the international Summits in London and New York. Those platforms gather the brightest minds of the world who craft ideas and solutions together.
She also has the responsibility for the GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS (PIF, MISA, HSBC, BNY Mellon, Reliance, Aramco, Neom, SABIC, SNB, The Red Sea …) and conducts the strategy for its international development.
Florence is rich of more than 15 years international experience in luxury hospitality business and was more recently Board Member of Jumeirah Group based in Dubai.
She successful leads the Commercial, Marketing, Brand, Communications and Events departments in the different hospitality brands she worked for -Four Seasons, Raffles, Six Senses, Taj Hotels & Resorts …
She believes in the power of ideas and human relationships.
Safiye is a business strategist focused on supporting national growth via relationship-building. She is committed to bringing together people, organizations and communities to build better futures. Her diverse international experience focuses on investment and development strategy at country levels, adapting context-specific approaches to national needs.
She has spent the better part of a decade in Saudi Arabia, having first served as Commercial Advisor at the Royal Danish Embassy in Riyadh and later Head of the Embassy’s Trade Council. Here she brought together national and international stakeholders from private and public sectors to boost investment, spur development and build consensus on economic issues that matter to the region and the world.
Safiye most recently served as Senior Strategic Advisor to the President’s Office at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where she supported the institution’s mission for local and global impact, with a focus on strategic partnerships and collaborations around science, entrepreneurship, innovation and education.
At the FII Institute, Safiye leads efforts to build lasting strategic partnerships supporting a vision for a better world powered by advances in healthcare, sustainability, artificial intelligence and robotics. She works with public, private and philanthropic entities and individuals who share the belief that in order to make progress, all areas of business, leadership, society and thought must be engaged.
Adam Jackson is predominantly a corporate, commercial lawyer with both management and legal experience in a full spectrum of transactions ranging from F1 motorsport, to establishing private equity funds and mutual funds, advising on capital raisings, structured finance, Islamic finance, mergers and acquisitions, NASDAQ reverse mergers, healthcare, hospitality, commercial property development, tech and start-ups, large scale productions and concerts, artist management and entertainment, asset protection, succession planning, debt restructuring and education.
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Over the past 20 years, Adam has advised both Royal Family Members and High Level members of Government and HNWI’s on multiple transactions and projects including those with Morgan Stanley Bank, BlackRock Private Equity Group and Lloyd’s of London amongst others.
Adam graduated from Canterbury University Law School, New Zealand, in the year 2000.
Rakan is a motivational executive director who has steered business development across both start-ups and multinational corporations.
With over 20 years of experience at multinationals, Rakan specialises in revenue growth and marketing across the FMCG, banking and technology sectors. Throughout this time, he championed change at the business and cultural levels and implemented processes ensuring team and management integration.
Prior to joining the FII Institute leadership team, Rakan held the position of Head of Corporate Communications reporting to the Governor of the Public Investment Fund. During his time at PIF, Rakan led the creation and launch of the Future Investment Initiative, heading the management of the forum for the past three years. He also worked as business group lead at Microsoft.
Richard Attias has built an unrivaled reputation for advising international leaders, corporations and nations on how to build their global influence, catalyze ideas, and mobilize populations. He has provided clients across private and public sectors with hands-on assistance in branding and strategic communications, the development of public-private partnerships, and investment in emerging markets.
Richard Attias’ talent for anticipating and managing the most pressing issues of our time, activating powerful networks and inspiring innovation, is based on the development and production of more than 2000 events over the past 30 years. The following are just a few examples of the leading platforms he has produced: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Clinton Global Initiative, Nobel Laureates Conferences, The New York Forum, The New York Forum AFRIC, UNESCO NGO Forum, One Planet Summit, Olympism In Action, Future Investment Initiative, Bloomberg New Economy Forum, The African Cup, The African Games, and multiple opening ceremonies. Attias currently serves as the CEO of the FII Institute, a new generation of not for profit foundation dedicated to empowering the world’s brightest minds to shape a brighter future for all, with all.
Prior to founding RA&A, Attias spent a decade at the media conglomerate Publicis Groupe, where he served as Executive Chairman of Publicis Events Worldwide. Attias began his career at IBM where a passion for innovation led him to establish several companies in the IT Industry and Global Communications fields. He also served as the CEO of the UAE Government entity Dubai Event Management Company.