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Mike began his career in the UK in 1985 where he started to build his leadership and business experience. He worked initially in the hospitality industry moving into retail in the 1990’s. He held several senior management positions both in Europe and the Middle East developing his ability to drive major change, growth and development in organisations. In 2004, Mike moved to the Middle East and was able to utilise this knowledge and expertise as a senior manager working in large local and International organisations. In these organisations he worked at strategy execution and people development in order to optimise growth and profitability.
Over his years as a senior manager, Mike developed a passion for learning and development and has a reputation for developing high performing teams and
managing performance, especially during challenging economic times. This led him to set up his own company, Mike Hoff Consulting based in Dubai.
He has a proven strength in energising teams towards strategic goals and getting them moving in one direction, aligning them to the overall strategy of the
business. Additionally, Mike has been successful through his coaching and mentoring efforts, in developing individuals to their full potential. His energetic style, passion for people development and effectiveness coupled with an in depth understanding of business at both a strategic and operational level creates
a unique blend.
Mike is a Certified International Coach where he works with the variety of tools and methodologies to tailor to the needs of you and your company.
Mike runs his businesses along with his wife, Claire. They both enjoy the outdoors and travel in particular anything that involves Scuba diving where they are both PADI dive professionals at Divemaster and Instructor levels.
Leading with Positivity
A tenacious, positive and inspirational leader, Krysta captained the remarkable transformation of the DMCC free zone.
Krysta is an Australian business leader, transformation expert and leadership trainer, with significant executive level experience. Her expertise as a driver of business results, includes six years as Executive Director of the DMCC free zone leading a team of 160 employees through a major business transformation. She was responsible for a business community of 15,000 companies, comprised 75% SMEs. During the first 18 months in her role at DMCC, the free zone was named Global Free Zone of the Year for SMEs and overall by the Financial Times’ Group, an honour retained throughout her tenure.
Living and working in Dubai for 13 years, Krysta’s style is honest, fun and focused. She cares deeply about people, and creates collaboration, empowerment and support systems in every situation. Seeing the benefits to business growth, Krysta is a prolific connector, creative thinker and practitioner – it inspires her to share her diverse experience to help others.
Alongside her passion for people, is a great affinity for digital transformation. During her tenure at DMCC she led a total digital transformation, creating efficiency, customer focus and connectivity. Her business experience includes strategic leadership, digital transformation, financial management, customer service, sales, operations and business development. She has led commercial negotiations on the international stage and created partnerships and strategic alliances across multiple industries. Krysta is also an experienced presenter and spokesperson.
As a board member of CPA Australia (CPA), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Fred Hollows Foundation, she has worked alongside fellow board members to create growth. She holds a Masters’ level degree in both Accounting and Business Administration, together with a Bachelor of Economics. In addition, she is a Graduate of the AICD and a Fellow CPA.
Krysta has advised businesses, led teams and driven strategic deals across multiple sectors:
Government/Semi-Government: DMCC, Dubai Holdings, Dubai Trade Centre
Technology: DocuSign, Salesforce, AstroLabs
Oil Industry: BP Australia, Supreme Fuels
Real Estate: Al Futtaim Group, DMCC
Multinational Organisations: Eli Lilly, BP, Intercontinental Hotels Group, PwC
Contact: email@example.com | +971 50 2455265
Biography of Darren Carrington
Darren Carrington is a confident but grounded, versatile facilitator, trainer, executive coach and mentor. He is the consummate professional who is extremely personable and prides himself on his passion, patience and laser focussed approach to his work. His mission in any given assignment is to assist his clients in identifying and capitalising on their key skills and strengths.
Darren has a wealth of expertise spanning more than 20 years and is proud to claim international proficiency across numerous industry sectors including Broadcast Media, Oil & Gas, Banking, Real Estate, Pharmaceutical and Hospitality to name a few. He has worked as a dedicated coach for 11 high potentials at the UAE’s 3rd largest bank on their 6 month Al Masar coaching programme – a fast track career development programme for UAE Nationals, 3 of whom were promoted as a direct result.
Style and Skillset
Darren’s passion for people development and adding value to their personal and professional life fulfils his meaning and purpose which is reflected in his facilitation style. He has the ability to engage his audience and make them understand business concepts in the most simplistic manner. He is a great communicator and an empathetic listener who tunes in to the person he is working with so together they can create a bespoke, realistic action plan to align with the organisation’s objectives.
- 6 month Leadership Development coaching programme to enhance sales performance
- 12 month Mentor the Mentor programme
- Introduce leading with Cultural Intelligence to senior managers within the banking sector
- Liaise with clients to identify their needs and facilitate the programme delivery for defining team dynamics
- Coach high potential employees on a dedicated fast track development programme
- Integral member of the design and development team for a bespoke assessment centre within the pharmaceutical industry for their candidates who were eligible for promotion
- Recruitment consultancy to ensure candidates correct fit for roles
- Mentor for an 18-month leadership initiative with an objective to ensure appropriate talent is available to meet current and future business
- Certified CLS Situational Leadership Trainer ®
- Certified Level 1 & 2 CQ Facilitator – Cultural Intelligence Centre®
- Certified Innermetrix Consultant
- DISC Specialist
- NLP Master Practitioner
Based in the United Arab Emirates but is willing to travel to fulfil client needs.
- Merck Serono
- Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company
- First Gulf Bank
- L’Oreal Middle East
- New Zealand Immigration
- Fujairah Media Group
- Property Finder
- Al Futtaim Automotive
Biography of Bharat Phadke
My passion for subject of growth for individuals and organizations has evolved me into a Self – Growth Strategist and a business advisor. I work with corporates and Individuals to help them achieve their breakthroughs to get to the next level of growth. My Individual and corporate programs are based on Neuro-scientific approach and has the potential to bring permanent profound changes to accelerate the growth.
Biography of Majid Kianpour
Majid is a professional entrepreneur with the passion for management consulting. He spent his 12 first years of his professional career in two international companies TOTAL and Henkel in both HR technical positions as well as leadership of the HR department in the country level. He has always been involved in closing the gap between HQ culture and best practices locally by being in charge of either development or restructuring and transformation projects.
He then started his own firm in IRAN in 2011, which is now the top of mind of clients as well professionals when it comes to Leadership Development and Business Performance.
Since 2017, he also started working on an idea to develop professionals in the country to become freelancer management consultants or join his breakthrough business model in consulting. He currently is busy scaling-up his venture in the country and has an ambitious vision of making his firm a regional one.
Majid is an MBA Graduate from Hult International business school and he is an Industrial Engineer. Majid is Wiley Endorsed Facilitator and he is also holding Global Leadership Certificate from HULT and Ashridge Business School.
He is known for his creative mind, passion for growth and extraordinary team building skill. He is passionate about helping SMEs regionally and also worked with many international to develop their top leadership teams in the country level. His list of clients is inclusive but not limite to Renault, Danone, Unilever, Nestle, Bel, Savola, BAT, JTI, KSB, Festo, Roche.
To know him better you may visit his LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/majid-kianpour/
His executive coaching and problem solving style has been received quite unique by leaders who work with Majid.
Biography of Amanda Perry
Amanda is one of the Middle East’s leading CEOs, with over 20 years’ experience empowering entrepreneurs in building and growing companies to the highest levels of success. A regular columnist, media commentator, International keynote speaker and board advisor to a handful of carefully-selected businesses, Amanda’s background in the field of Wealth Management, gained from the major offshore centres around the world, means she is able to impart invaluable experience and knowledge to clients and audiences alike.
Working around the world in the most highly reputable financial centres, including the UK, the Channel Islands, Belgium, USA, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Dubai, Amanda specialises in building businesses and wealth for her clients, across a broad spectrum of industries, each with different aspirations and goals. Having forged her career in leading financial institutions such as E&Y (Ernst & Young), Fortis, Bank of America and DIFC, Amanda utilised her vast experience to set up Vital Corporate Solutions, nine years ago, which helps entrepreneurs and freelancers register and build their businesses in the UAE, both onshore, offshore and within freezones.
Amanda is also the founder and CEO of Vitality, the region’s first female-focused business accelerator, taking a holistic approach to the empowerment of women, driving success at any stage of the business lifecycle. In 2017, Amanda created the Vitality Business Acceleration Programme and Centre to offer a holistic range of benefits for the smart entrepreneur looking to develop and elevate her business, while juggling the
daily responsibilities of being a woman, mother and wife. Based in Dubai, the centre’s client benefits include crèche facilities, co-working space, active networking, health food cafe and daily wellness and educational classes, designed to offer a supportive, safe and collaborative environment for all women.
As a regular and trusted thought leader and commentator in national and international media outlets such as Inc Arabia, Time Out, Finance Middle East and The National, Amanda’s passion and expertise in helping entrepreneurs succeed is renowned throughout the Middle East. Below is just a small selection of topics that Amanda has spoken and written about:
- Female Leadership
- Diversity In The Boardroom
- Breaking The Glass Ceiling
- Gender Balance In Business
- Entrepreneurial Journey/Business Lifecycle Of Success
- Conducting Business In The UAE/How Not To Conduct Business In The UAE
- Company Formation/Acceleration
- Building A Profitable Business
- How To Secure Investment
- Wealth Management
- Financial Planning To Achieve Business Goals
Recently awarded the title of ‘Most Influential Woman In Wealth Management Planning’ and ‘Best Business Start Up Solutions Company in the UAE’ by the Global SME Awards 2017, Amanda believes there is always a business to be built and money to be made with enthusiasm, determination and a specific solution. Combined with a passionate and personable approach to her consulting work with her female clients and mentors, Amanda ensures support and success in line with their goals and aspirations, through a holistic and collaborative approach.
Biography of Leila Atbi
Leila Atbi, co-author of the International Bestselling book “Magnetic Entrepreneur, a Personality That Attracts”, is a Master NLP Coach, with the Robert Simic Coaching Institute (RSCI), an accredited International Coaching Federation (ICF) program. She holds advanced coach training certificates with RSCI and with Dr. Mohamed El Tayeb Experiential Group Coaching Training Institute. She is a certified Wisdom™ Coach for kids and teens, a certified Thetahealing™ practitioner and a certified RSCI Master Hypnotist. Leila is also an educator and completed 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in education.
Prior to becoming a life coach, Leila graduated from Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi with a Masters in Linguistics and has a B.Sc in Biology from Algiers University of Sciences and Technology.
She speaks fluently French, Arabic and English.
Leila is a happy spouse and mother with life experiences ranging from living and traveling in Africa, Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East. She contributes actively in helping her community and brings her passion for growth and self-empowerment into her coaching.
Leila is an active NLP Coach for over 5 years. She helps her clients unlock the joy and power within and create a life they love.
She resides in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with her family. Her biggest accomplishment is now her own life, balanced, and overflowing with love, gratitude and the daily joy of life.
Biography of Warsha Joshi
Warsha Joshi is a serial entrepreneur and a family business coach with over 20 years of experience in GCC.
As a Certified Scaling Up Coach and a Certified Trainer in Referral Marketing, she coaches Founders and CEOs of small to mid-sized organisations to successfully scale up their businesses. Driven by relentless passion to help entrepreneurs achieve their professional goals, Warsha is regularly sought to facilitate strategic planning sessions with founders and their leadership teams.
Inspired by the vision of the Government of Dubai, Warsha’s personal goal is to contribute consistently towards the growth of the country’s SME sector.
Together with her experience as a Professional Certified mBit Coach, Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line TherapyTM and Hypnosis, and a she expertly enables her clients resolve internal conflicts for aligned decision making and action taking.
Starting her entrepreneurial journey in mid-80’s in India, Warsha successfully launched, ran and sold multiple businesses before arriving in Dubai.
Warsha now spearheads Platinum VA, a premier virtual executive assistant service which supports the corporate sector. Today, PVA is the regional powerhouse with dedicated team of professionals with vast industry expertise.
Warsha holds Degrees in Economics and Business Administration. She actively supports a number of local charitable initiatives, including animal rescue organisations. Warsha thrives on constant change and for that reason she is a proud resident of Dubai.
Biography of Evan Le Clus
Evan is a seasoned corporate finance professional with rich experience of over 30 years in multitude of industries such as hospitality, private equity, theme parks and real estate asset management. He is now an established Executive Coach and consulting CFO who grooms owners of SME’s to take their businesses to the next level.
Inspired by Dubai’s leadership and the “can do” attitude, Evan believes anything is possible. Applying his certifications as an mBit Coach, Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy TM and Hypnosis, Evan expertly coaches entrepreneurs to resolve internal conflicts, make aligned decisions and take action. He is also passionate to work with the entrepreneurial community in the U.A.E. and contribute towards strengthening the local SME sector. Stronger SME’s means more employment in the economy, after all.
Leveraging the solid IP of The Alpha Group Evan also runs powerful monthly Peer-to-Peer Executive Boards which are underpinned by masterclass and mastermind sessions. Evan finds it truly rewarding to help Owner-CEO’s realize it doesn’t have to be “lonely at the top” and that they can positively contribute to their own and fellow Peers’ scaling up challenges. The Alpha Group methodology is an elegant way of reaching more SME’s to help them double the value of their businesses over the next 2 to 3 years and to dominate their niche.
Evan holds a degree in Commerce, an advanced certification in Real Estate and Hotel Investment and is CPA (Australia) qualified. He actively supports charities in Dubai, India and Australia and participates in animal rescue work. He loves a round of golf, scuba diving, good books and thought-provoking cinema and the company of good friends.
Biography of Claire Donnelly
A Business Growth and HR Strategist helping medium size companies to Scale Up using proven systems.
Claire is an MCIPD qualified Human Resource professional, with 25+ years’ experience working within various industries and 10 + years’ experience of HR practices throughout the Middle East. As a HR Generalist she has held a number of senior and Board level HR positions. She is experienced in working at both strategic and tactical levels.
Claire is also a Gazelles Certified International Coach and works as an SME business mentor, helping the founders and CEO build their Company to last and grow in a sustainable way.
Claire’s experience is in setting up a strong Growth Plans and implementing systems in the whole company for the flawless execution of the plan. She helps HR departments to develop and implement strong strategies to attract, develop and retain great people.
Claire began her career in the UK in 1984 where she started to build her Human Resources and business experience. She worked initially in the UK Government moving into retail in 1988. Claire spent 12 years working within Sainsbury Supermarket Limited, holding roles within Payroll, Training & Development and Human Resources. Prior to moving on to her first HR Director role, she helped her Sainsbury store achieve the Investor in People (IiP) recognition. In 2000, Claire moved back into central London, holding the position of HR Director for a small food retail Company, again achieving the IiP recognition for the Company.
In 2004, Claire moved to the Middle East and was able to utilise her knowledge and expertise as a Human Resources generalist within a number of different industries, ranging from Architecture, Fashion retail, Telecommunications and Oil & Gas. She has worked in Kuwait and UAE, and has experience of HR across the MENA and APAC regions.
Over her years as a HR generalist, Claire has developed a passion for building solid HR foundations within Companies, allowing them to grow and expand with ease. She has helped Companies, expand and unfortunately decrease in headcount. Of her many achievements, the customisation and implementation of an SAP HR and payroll system and the launch of H&M Middle East are perhaps her proudest achievements within her Middle East experience.
In 2013, Claire achieved her dream of moving into a Business Consultancy role, working on specific HR related projects for Companies and helping small business grow and expand as they scale. Claire is an Innermetrix Consultant and uses this psychometric tool to help Companies source talents team members to join their team.
She runs her businesses along with her husband Mike and their currently small but highly effective team. They both enjoy the outdoors and travel in particular anything that involves Scuba diving where they are both PADI dive professionals at Divemaster and Instructor levels.
Biography of Margaret Mekaat
Margaret Mekaat is an established Financial Health Coach and over the last 7 years has helped business owners and individuals with debt realignment, financial planning and general financial fitness. Margaret offers sound and practical coaching to individuals and business owners who desire a life without financial chaos, by partnering with them to create financial goals, move through obstacles and hold them accountable.
Margaret also heads the Virtual Legal Assistance Business Unit at Platinum VA where she leads her Team to provide outsourced Admin excellence to multi-national legal firms in the UAE.
Today, along with her Financial Coaching, Margaret enables SME Founders to successfully scaleup their businesses through her Peer to Peer Mastermind Advisory Boards.
Biography of Mike Patterson
Biography of Aloysius Gregory
Aloysius has always been passionate about helping others and making a difference. His strengths lie in Coaching and Mentoring where he has been instrumental in bringing about progress and lasting change in the lives of the people he has worked with.
With an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis International University in India and 8 years’ experience in industry, Aloysius’ areas of expertise include Marketing Management, Marketing Communications & Operations, Negotiation, Customer Relationship Management and Event Management. He excels in relationship management and works tireless to ensure his clients achieve results that exceed expectation. Adept at working in, and leading, cross-functional, multi-cultural teams, Aloysius is also known for his strong collaborative, interpersonal and leadership skills.
An NLP Master Practitioner, Masterclass Trainer, Master Coach, Master Hypnotherapist and Master Time Line Therapist, Aloysius’ resilient drive and positive attitude have helped him overcome numerous challenges and one of the mottos he lives by is ‘there is no failure, only feedback.’ By collaborating with The Alpha Group, Aloysius brings his passion and dedication to help SMEs double their value in three years and navigate the seemingly insurmountable challenges many may face.
Biography of Suzanne (Zanny) Gandy
Transforming companies from within by choosing courage over comfort.
As a former British Army Captain, Suzanne assists organisations to rethink their approach to strategy, leadership, governance and people.
Unleash the power of teams and you have infinite possibilities for sustainable business growth.
Suzanne is a c-level leader with two decades of highly successful business leadership experience in UK and the Middle East. Her experience of creating high performance in organisations includes over 5 years as the leader of HR in the number one global free zone where she was responsible for digitising the HR function, establishing and implementing leadership academy, and facilitating strategy development.
Prior to this, Suzanne was the leader of the HR function of the main government emergency trauma centre, in Dubai. She has experience of working under intense pressure on operational tours and subsequently successfully applied those valuable people experiences and leadership lessons, to the corporate world.
Suzanne is a master of finely balancing corporate commerciality and strong HR foundation, with an enriching employee experience. She is deeply committed preparing leaders to foster an environment that results in willing, innovative and passionate employees.
Living and working in Dubai for over a decade, her style is focussed yet compassionate, positive and decisive.
Suzanne is a proud graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, with an MA in Strategic Human Resources. This is underpinned by a BSc in Psychology and she attained ‘Member’ of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Also, she is a recent recipient of GCC Women in Leadership Award.
She has particular passion and expertise in Employment Regulation, Compensation & Benefits, Grading Structures and Reward. She believes that by clearly formulating and articulating strategy; that organisation to team, team to individual continuous performance management, is a key ingredient for achievement of strategic goals.
She obsessive about utilising technology within businesses and particularly HR, to streamline processes, improve efficiency and increase employee engagement.
Her motto – ‘never give up, there is always a way, as you are stronger than you give yourself credit for’.
Her favourite quote – ‘the greatest motivation is contributing towards success’.
Suzanne is a mum, wife, novice triathlete and former European equestrian champion.
Biography of Labueno Bautista Casas
Lab Casas has been in the industry entrepreneurship & business management since the he was in the he was in the Secondary School “1991” this is when hiss parent decided to immerse him into their family business. After finishing a Degree in College, he ventured into different micro businesses & SME’s. During these years, he successfully earns substantial Experiences & Earn considerable amount of money until he decided to turn his enterprises into cash, invest & diversify it into different investments & equities.
Lab was involved into different community works, projects, non-profit organization & international Organization like Red Cross & Red Crescent, Church Communities as well as Government Initiative/Projects. This is where Lab nurtures & developed his Leadership Skills, Communication Skills, Teaching & facilitation Skills & Management Skill.
For more than 9 years in the GCC (Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates, Lab has proven his versatility by able to work in different industries (Oil & Gas, Health Care, Corporates & Military Facilities) in different roles in the Management, Leadership, Training, & Operations.
A firm believer of “Growth” Lab continued his journey, learnings, equipping himself, upgrading his skills & Educating himself by enrolling to various Programs/Courses such as Leadership, Management, Entrepreneurship, Finances & other Soft Skills. Along with this he is maximizing his growth by making sure he continuously received guidance from his Mentors & Coaches.
As a certified coach & keynote speaker, Lab have empowered hundreds of individuals & increasing numbers. He is currently fulfilling his life mission of creating a massive impact to the Leaders, Influencers, Entrepreneurs & Business Owners using the technology of Neuro Linguistic Programming and other effective coaching frameworks.
Other significant qualifications as follows
1. Certified International Coach
2. Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner
4. Diploma in Business Management & Entrepreneurship
5. A Founder of a Non-Profit Organization “Organization of Financial planner & wealth Advocates”
6. A degree holder in Bachelor Science in Nursing