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Executive Team

Martin Newland, CEO

Martin was the Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Launch Editor of The National, and has been a media consultant across the Middle East

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James Drummond, Editor-in-Chief

An Arabic speaker, the British national’s 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. Oxford-educated Drummond is a qualified chartered accountant and anti-money laundering specialist, and has also led geopolitical risk analysis for a number of global banking and corporate institutions

Hector Arthur, Chief Strategy Officer

Hector was Digital Development Director at The Times and Sunday Times, Chief Digital Officer at Which? and CEO at JECT.AI

Frank Praverman, Head of Newsroom

Frank was Digital Newsroom Editor at The Times and Sunday Times and Transformation Lead at Times Online

Robert Cole, Commercial Director

Robert was commercial manager at ITP Media Group and business development director at Daily Mail Group

Tomaso Capuano, Creative Director

Tomaso was Creative Director at WSJ and Dow Jones, Creative Director at The Financial Times and Art Director at The Times

Alicia Buller, Comment Editor

Alicia is a seasoned business journalist, editor and presenter with over 15 years experience based in the Middle East and the UK. 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. Passionate about the role of technology in sustainably transforming societies, she has previously written for Reuters, The National, the UK Department of Trade, Wired and Computer Weekly.

Shane McGinley, News Editor

An award-winning editor with over 20 years of experience in the media industry, across newspapers, magazines, digital, TV and radio. A resident of Dubai since 2008, Shane has held senior roles at some of the Gulf’s biggest media outlets, including Head of News at Expo 2020 Dubai, Editorial Director of Arabian Business, and Head of Editorial Content for Emerging Businesses at Thomson Reuters Middle East. He attended the International Journalists Seminar at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City as one of the winners of the Citi Journalistic Excellence Awards 2015, representing the UAE

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

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