Safiye Kucukkaraca
Acting Head of THINK
🇩🇰 Denmark

Safiye is a business strategist focused on supporting national growth via relationship-building.

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.  

Meet the rest of the team

Richard Attias
CEO, FII Institute
Richard is a trusted advisor to Heads of State, business executives and civic leaders looking to build influence and effect change
Rakan Tarabzoni
COO
Rakan is a motivational Executive Director, who has worked within multinationals and start-ups
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
​​​Florence Dubois
Head of XCHANGE & Global Partnerships
Florence leads X-CHANGE which builds inclusive platforms for international dialogue and knowledge sharing
Arwa M. Al-Shaghrood
Head of Legal & Governance and Secretary of the Board
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.
Safiye Kucukkaraca
Acting Head of THINK
Safiye is a business strategist focused on supporting national growth via relationship-building.