Advisory Board

H.E. Olesegun Obasanjo - Nigeria
One of the most internationally revered African leader after Nelson Mandela, President Obasanjo’s name stands tallest in the Hall of Fame of Nigerian history -a man who has bestrode Nigeria’s history like a colossus not only as three-term president and War General but also as elder Statesman still at the forefront of guiding the destinies of not only Nigeria bur Africa as a whole. Many call President Obasanjo a living legend of Africa. For the past 50 years, he has been a major driving force in the intricate political, socio-cultural and economic systems of Nigeria President Obasanjo is the heart of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who, at the highest levels, advocate for equitable and sustainable development in Africa, a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 80 former leaders of democratic states who are committed to strengthening democratic leadership and governance and has also recently appointed Special Envoy by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Shehab Gargash - United Arab Emirates
Shehab Gargash, scion of Dubai’s prominent billionaire Gargash family, is one of the GCC’s most high profile bankers and Founder Managing Director of Daman Investments, a financial services conglomerate engaged in brokerage, asset management, venture capital and advisory services throughout the GCC, Iraq and the broader Middle East Educated at the George Washington University in Washington, DC Shehab serves as a Director on several regional boards including Commercial Bank of Dubai and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is Vice-Chairman of Burj Bank in Pakistan A frequent public speaker, commentator on regional socio-economic issues and trends and enthusiastic art collector, Shehab established the Daman Middle East Art Fund which invests in Middle Eastern contemporary art and supports regional artists

Boris Becker - United Kingdom & Germany
Former World No. 1 professional tennis star (6 time Grand Slam singles champion, Olympic gold medallist and youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon, Boris also won five major indoor championships titles, five Masters 1000 series titles and eight Championship Series titles Based in London, Becker Private Office LLP looks after his varied business interests ranging from cars to perfumes, tennis equipment to clothing and sports centres Also associated with German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz as global brand ambassador. Boris is currently finalising plans to get into the areas of sports academy and fashion.

Dr. Bulent Goktuna - Turkey
Dr.Göktuna is the Founder and Chairman of Mineks International, a leading independent M&A firm based in Turkey. Spending close to 40 years outside Turkey mostly dealing with business ventures, he has expertise in M&A transactions, Investments and JV’s particularly in the areas of Energy, Telecommunications and Infrastructure. He has served as a strategic advisor to numerous blue chip companies worldwide and entered into partnerships with some of them. He has also formed numerous investment funds in the Energy, Agriculture, PPP, Waste and Technology sectors An active member of World Economic Forum since 2002. He is appointed as the Global Growth Member and approved as a funding member of his organization A proactive member in leading organizations such as TUSIAD(Turkey) and ATC(Turkey), he participates in DEIK and is also a member of Tatlidil Steering Committee. Tatlidil is a diplomacy forum between Turkey and the United Kingdom with a view to expanding already existing strong political ties Dr.Göktuna channels his spare time into philanthropic activities. An active member of UNESCO, he takes an active role in international organizations such as UNICEF, Orphanage Association and Society for the Protection of Children. He is a special advisor to the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicines based in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.

Alessandro Benedetti - Italy & Switzerland
Major player in the global M&A arena especially in Europe for over twenty years Master minded many mega LBOs with audacious structuring moves and ability to pull off multi billion € deals Deeply conversant with business conditions and operating procedures in the world’s key markets Summoned by both concerned EU Governments to balance the delicate competing interests in the €120 billion merger between ENEL and SUEZ Relationships straddle the highest echelons of Government, Corporate and Banking/Finance sectors in various countries

Brian Menell - United Kingdom & South Africa
Vastly experienced in the financing, development and management of mining, oil & gas and energy infrastructure projects across sub-Saharan Africa Currently principal and CEO of the Kemet Group, owning producing or development assets in Tin, Iron Ore, Bauxite, Tungsten, Gold, Oil, Forestry and Power Generation across seven East, Central and West African countries Formerly, Principal and Executive Director of AVMIN, one of South Africa’s foremost diversified mining and industrial groups, with extensive precious, base & ferrous metal interests across Southern Africa, until their unbundling through disposal through Anglo American Plc. to create African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) South Africa’s largest Black Empowerment listed mining company Prior to assuming his role in the family controlled AVMIN Group, Brian spent 8 years in various executive positions with the De Beers Group, with whom AVMIN partnered in the Venetia Mine, South Africa’s largest diamond mine

Bertrand des Pallieres - France
Founder of SPQR, an Alternative Asset manager focused on Structured Finance and Special Investment Situations and and a leading light in international structured finance with ~20 years of experience at top banking echelons Mr des Pallieres, was appointed as CEO of Cadogan on 1 August 2011 From 2005 to 2007 he has been the Global Head of Principal Finance and member of the Global Market Leadership Group of Deutsche Bank From 1992 to 2005 he held various positions at JPMorgan including Global Head of Structured Credit, European Head of Derivatives Structuring and Marketing and Co‐head of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa He is a non‐executive director of Orco Property Group (listed on Paris Euronext), Versatile Systems Inc. (listed on the Toronto and London Stock Exchanges) and Equus Total return Inc. (listed on the NYSE)

Shehzad Rokerya - United States
Advised on infrastructure project financing in excess of US$8 billion in emerging markets and on M&A transactions valued in excess of $14 billion Expertise in advising foreign governments having advised the Indian Govt. in 1997 as special envoy to facilitate a Pakistan/India power sale of 3,750 MW valued at about US$4 billion & as financier, advisor to The Saudi Royal Family Founder Managing Partner of ECP Funds a 14 year old US fund of funds and Director of Platinum Acquisition Group, a private equity buyout firm Charter member of the Pacific Council of International Policy and member of the Global Leaders Forum of the World Economic Forum

Ahmed Kassam - Kenya & South Africa
Special Advisor to Heads of Government in 7 African countries Deeply involved in Innovative Technology, Media and e-Governance for over 20 years Founder of the eAfrica Development Corporation Frequent speaker at key events around the World, including the G8 Africa business summit, the World Economic Forum, United Nations, NEPAD and many Government events

Koosum Kalyan - South Africa
One of the most eminent business personalities in Africa with expertise in oil & gas Served on Boards of globally renowned companies like Standard Bank Group, Mobile Telephone Networks Group (MTN), South African Airways, Macdonald Steel, South African Bank Note Company, and the South African Mint Company Adviser to the South African Government on State Owned Enterprises and a member of former President Mbeki’s Steering Committee on Scenarios for South Africa

Ken Anderson - United Kingdom
Seasoned banker- presently Vice Chairman of UBS Bank, UK he is also adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial Business School, London. He is credited with driving many mega deals at UBS including: Acquisition of the $2.8 billion BUPA hospital portfolio with Cinven, the $3.8 billion privitization of the Swedish pharmacies, sell down of British Energy to Électricité de France (EDF) for the UK government, at £4 billion the largest inward investment into the UK, the privitization of the $20 billion Texas Lottery by the State of Texas as well as advising the UK Government on the famous 2008 Bank Bail Out. A healthcare specialist among his myriad talents, Ken has also been First Commercial Director General in the UK Government, driving Tony Blair’s privatization agenda. He has been responsible for over £17 billion of outsourced clinical and non clinical services, from surgery to supply chain, for kick starting the decant of ambulatory services from large secondary facilities into community based care facilities. He has held overall responsibility for the negotiation and purchase of the UK £10 billion annual branded drug spend as well as for NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency with annual purchasing spend circa £14 billion.