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James Drummond, Editor-in-Chief

James’ wide experience in the region includes roles as a former hedge fund correspondent and news editor in the Gulf for the Financial Times, as well as FT correspondent in Cairo and Baghdad, where he covered the aftermath of the US-led invasion. A qualified chartered accountant and anti-money laundering specialist, he has also led geopolitical risk analysis for a number of global banking and corporate institutions

Alicia Buller, Comment Editor

Alicia is a seasoned business journalist, editor and presenter. As launch editor of Dubai-based Gulf Business and London-founded AGBI, today she pens and commissions articles illuminating Mena as one of the world’s most dynamic, nuanced and exciting economies

Gavin Gibbon, Senior Editor

Gavin is a journalist with over 23 years of experience in the industry, working on daily and weekly titles in the UK before moving to magazines and digital in the UAE in 2013. He specialises in business reporting, covering all countries across the Middle East and North Africa

Andrew Hammond, Senior Editor

Andrew Hammond began as a trainee journalist at BBC World Service Arabic radio before working with Reuters in Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He was a political analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations and HSBC Middle East, and has published various books on the region

Eva Levesque, Senior Editor

Eva Levesque is senior editor at AGBI, focusing on the energy sector. She is also a TV and radio managing producer and formerly worked at MEED

Shane McGinley, News Editor

An award-winning editor with over 20 years of media-wide experience and resident of Dubai since 2008, Shane has held senior roles at some of the Gulf’s biggest media outlets, including Expo 2020 Dubai, Arabian Business and Thomson Reuters Middle East

Megha Merani, Senior Editor

Megha is a Dubai-based journalist covering the Middle East. She has written for news outlets including Reuters, Bloomberg Middle East and Arab News and is a member of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network

Shruthi Nair, Multimedia Editor

Award-winning Dubai-based Shruthi has worked as a reporter and TV presenter for Times of Oman and as editor of Retail Middle East. She also led the video content division of Arabian Business and ITP Media Group’s other B2B titles

Valentina Pasquali, Construction and Real Estate Editor

Valentina Pasquali came to Dubai from Washington DC where she covered US real estate for Law360, a LexisNexis news website. She has written about global business, banking regulation, international affairs, US politics, and more for publications including Foreign Policy, the Washington Post and

William Sellars, Turkey Correspondent

Williams Sellars has worked as a journalist for more than 35 years, first in Australia and since 1995 in Turkey, specialising in business and finance reporting

Matt Smith, Reporter

Matt Smith is a former Reuters correspondent who has covered the Middle East and North Africa since 2006, specialising in sectors including stock markets, telecoms, technology, banking and finance

Sarah Townsend, Commissioning Editor

UK-based award-winning journalist Sarah lived and worked in the UAE at The National and Arabian Business from 2015 to 2019. She was editor of UK property news website Place North West before joining AGBI and focuses on alternative investment topics such as real estate, education and healthcare


Hussain Al Alawi

Hussain Al Alawi is founder and managing director at Noorwood Group, the Middle East partner of Goanna Capital, which invests in private companies in the global internet, software, consumer and financial technology industries

Austyn Allison

Austyn Allison is an editorial consultant and journalist who has covered Middle East advertising since 2007

Simon Chadwick

Simon Chadwick is professor of sport and geopolitical economy at Skema Business School in France

Lucy Chow

Lucy Chow is secretary general of the Dubai-based World Business Angels Investment Forum and general partner of the WBAF Angel Investment Fund

Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham is an expert in corporate governance, bank risk and international financial regulation. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, with particular expertise in Middle East and sharia-compliant finance

Chris Doyle

Chris Doyle is director of the Council of Arab British Understanding

John Grant

John Grant is partner at UK consultancy Midas Aviation

Sami Hamdi

Sami Hamdi is managing director of global risk and intelligence company The International Interest

Katy Holmes

Katy Holmes is general manager of the British Business Group in Dubai

Frank Kane, Editor-at-Large

Frank Kane is an award-winning senior business journalist, columnist and editor with nearly 30 years of experience at titles such as the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Middle East Arab News of Saudi Arabia and The National of UAE. He also acts as a consultant to the Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia in communications strategy and international business development

Martin Keulertz

Martin Keulertz is adjunct assistant professor at the American University of Beirut and a lecturer in environmental management at the University of the West of England, Bristol

Matein Khalid

Matein Khalid is the chief investment officer in the private office of Abdulla Saeed Al Naboodah and the CEO designate of a venture capital firm. He is also an adjunct professor of real estate investing and banking at the American University of Sharjah

Nish Kotecha

Nish Kotecha is a tech entrepreneur and board professional. He is the executive chair and co-founder of Finboot and non-executive chair of Agam

Scott Livermore

Scott Livermore is chief economist at Oxford Economics Middle East

Alex Malouf

Alex Malouf is a marketing communications executive who has spent the past 18 years in the Middle East

Robin Mills

Robin Mills is CEO of Qamar Energy and author of The Myth of the Oil Crisis

Lech Mintowt-Czyz

Lech Mintowt-Czyz is a multi-award winning speechwriter at the company he founded, Speech Success – He used to be a journalist on British national newspaper titles the Daily Mail and The Times

Nasser Saidi

Nasser Saidi is a Lebanese politician and economist who served as the minister of economy and industry, and vice governor for the Lebanese central banks in the last decade of the 20th century

Matthew White

Matthew White is a partner at PwC Middle East. He leads the cybersecurity and digital trust practice for the region and is a leader in virtual assets

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