Richard Attias

Richard is a trusted advisor to Heads of State, business executives and civic leaders looking to build influence and effect change.

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.

Meet the rest of the team

Richard Attias
Richard is a trusted advisor to Heads of State, business executives and civic leaders looking to build influence and effect change.
Rakan Tarabzoni
Rakan is a motivational Chief Operating Officer, who has worked within multinationals and start-ups.
Paloma Haschke-Joseph
Head of THINK
Paloma is a hardworking professional driven by a passion for impactful project management and strategic partnerships.
​​​Florence Dubois
Chief Marketing & Partnerships Officer
Florence leads X-CHANGE which builds inclusive platforms for international dialogue and knowledge sharing.
Anthony Berkley
Head of ACT
Anthony is someone who sees the big picture and always seems to be one step ahead of the market. ​Passionate and hardworking, he has a track record of creating long-term value.
Arwa M. Al-Shaghrood
General Counsel & Board Secretary
Arwa has experience of working in both the public & private sectors of KSA, having joined the Institute after successful stints with PE and VC funds where she undertook dual legal and governance functions with equal ease, including undertaking the initial set-up.
Dr. Tamer Elsayed
Senior Finance Director
Dr. Tamer believes that a company's financial well-being is a mental, emotional, and educational process.