partners and Exec Co

Driving the future together.
Driving the future together.

The founding partners of the network collectively contribute numerous years of experience within the professional services, financial and semi-government industry.  These members have each committed to driving the network forward for the benefit of the wider business community, whilst enabling the development of the future-generation of talent.


Each member commits to supporting and developing the network by:

  • Sharing ideas, knowledge and insights which gravitate around the COO agenda in an agile and digital environment.


  • Providing a safe environment to coach and advise members on key business challenges.


  • Representing the network externally through participation in social and commercial causes which add value to the region and greater good of the business community.


  • Remaining independent when attending and representing the COO forum, therefore no cross-selling, referencing or pitching of the principle business activity is present.

Meet our founding partners
Adel Alfalasi 
Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company
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Patrick Earl
COO, Al Tamimi & Company
Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
CEO, Hawkamah
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Angela Johansson
Deputy COO MENA and Global Head of Sectors, Clyde & Co 
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Mandip Dulay
Founder, COO network
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Peter Tavener
CFO and COO, Beehive UAE
Meet our executive committee 
Evangelos Kaldelis
Head of Mentoring, COO network
Head of Client Service & Change Delivery, Standard Chartered 
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Ali Alhadithi
COO network
Principal, Heidrick & Struggles'
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Philipp Pabst
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Co-Founder, Block Capital
Meet our working group members
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Emma Smelling
Development team
Senior Bids Manager
White & Case
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Charlene Singh
Marketing working group
Business Development
Pinsent Masons
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Mahek Dawood
Marketing working group
Senior Marketing Specialist
Thomson Reuters
Contact us to find out more about becoming a founding member.