The MENAFA Advisory Board is a regional and an international network of professionals covering operations, development, marketing and law, who are available to advise and share their experiences with franchisors, franchisees and investors. The Advisory Board is committed to provide MENAFA with comprehensive guidance in the many different areas of their particular competencies including planning, policy making, outreach and technology.
H.E. Abdulrahim Hasan Naqi, KSA
Secretary General of Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FGCC Chambers)
H.E. Abdulrahim Hasan Naqi is Secretary General, Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FGCC Chambers), Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FGCC Chambers) is headed by Secretary-General Dr. Abdulrahim Hasan Naqi. He served as deputy General Manager of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce Industry before he was appointed Secretary General of the FGCC Chambers in April 2007. The FGCC Chambers is the umbrella organization of the six major chambers of commerce and industry in the Gulf region. The FGCC Chambers was established in 1979 with the objectives of serving the Gulf region private sector, forge closer cooperation between the member-chambers, and promote economic integration among the GCC states. Recently, it has concluded various agreements with many international Chamber’s such US Chamber of Commerce, Eurochambre, ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Cooperation, China Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Indian Chambers, and many more. It has presented the views and visions of the Gulf private sector on economic issues and policies in many forums and exhibitions that we have organized and attended. The FGCC Chambers cooperates with regional institutions and organizations in crystallizing economic issues concerning the GCC countries. FGCC Chambers has implemented reform-building initiatives, including the conclusion of collaboration and cooperation with a number of international chambers and organizations.
Bill Schreiber, USA
Senior Director of International Development, Church’s Chicken
Expertise: Fast Casual/QSR/Chicken
Professional and highly skilled Domestic and International Operating Executive who has worked with Multi billion dollar restaurant companies to include, Yum Brands, Arby’s, Pollo Campero and Churchs Chicken. Has a proven track record of building high performing organizations and proficient in taking control of portfolios and maximizing their value. Background includes senior level general management, and deep experience in Real Estate-Construction, Marketing, Development and Financial analysis. Demonstrated strengths in leading change to increase ROI, maximize productivity and achieving increased company revenues while delivering higher sales, international store growth and profitability to franchise and company business units.
Tareq Aljabry, United Arab Emirates
Founder and CEO ofJabrys International Franchise Company
Expertise: Brand Management / Strategic Development
Tareq is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jabrys International Franchising Company (Jifco), a UAE based organization that specializes in Franchising of multi-brand Food & Beverage concepts within the fast and casual segments, Tareq holds a Masters Degree in Entrepreneur Leadership from INSEAD School of Business. He has over 23 years of Food & Beverage experience. As CEO he is responsible for Brand Management and Strategic Developments of Jifco.
Renowned for his commitment to innovation, Tareq has successfully developed several Award winning concepts that cover a broad spectrum within the Food & Beverage sector. In 2006, Tareq was award by his Excellency Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashed for his outstanding achievement in the F&B segment for Best Food and Beverage business of the year. Tareq is a member of the Emirati Entrepreneur Association and serves as member of the Advisory Board at MENAFA.
Benjamin Simon, USA
Senior Director International Development, RadioShack Corporation
Expertise: Retail/QSR/multi-brand/Consumer Electronics
Benjamin recently joined RadioShack Corporation, a leading retailer of innovative technology products and services in Consumer Electronics. Benjamin is responsible for the International Franchise growth for RadioShack’s 6,500+ store chain. Benjamin’s 20 years of experience in the international retail industry, and 12+ years in Franchise, includes numerous field operations and corporate positions for The Athlete’s Foot® Group and other sporting goods companies worldwide, as well as a solutions provider company specializing in retail digital interaction . From 2008-2010 Benjamin was part of the Global Franchise Group, LLC as Director of International Development, Europe and Africa which owns two retail franchise brands including TAF® and Shoebox New York®, as well as five QSR franchise brands which include MaggieMoo’s®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker®/Pretzel Time® and Great American Cookies®.
Jeff Welch, USA
President, Krispy Kreme International
Expertise: International Franchise Development
Jeff is currently President of Krispy Kreme International, a position he has held since 2007. In this capacity he was responsible for expanding the Krispy Kreme brand into twenty countries and comprising over 450 stores. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President Global Franchise Operations and Development for Krispy Kreme. From 1999-2004 Jeff was Vice President Real Estate International at The Home Depot where he played a key role in the expansion of that brand into Mexico and South America. From 1991-1999 he held a variety of positions with PepsiCo Restaurants (now known as YUM Brands), most recently as the London based Vice President of Franchising and Business Development for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He also played a key role in the entry of the YUM brands into Eastern Europe and Russia while based in Warsaw, Poland. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Jeff was a partner with commercial real estate developer Trammell Crow Company.
Omar Obeidat, UAE
Partner and Head of Intellectual Property Department, Al Tamimi & Co.
Expertise: Intellectual Property
Omar Obeidat is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Co. and the Head of Intellectual Property Department and enjoys over 18 years of experience in this field. Omar also sits as Board Member to the Brand Owners Protection Group and sits on various committees in International “trademarks Association. Omar also sits on the Editorial Board of the Trademark Lawyer Publication. Omar is ranked Band 1 in Chambers and Tier 1 in Legal 500 and highly ranked by the World Trademark Review and is also a Winner of theClient Choice Awards 2015 under the practice Intellectual Property-Trademarks and was chosen by Managing Intellectual Property in the IP Stars Handbook of 2014 and 2015.
Angela Farrugia, UK
Group Managing Director of TLC and Iconix Europe
Expertise: International Franchising
Angela began her career as a retail buyer for apparel, moving into licensing in 1989 for Copyright Promotions to run the apparel area of its licensing business. Her distinct understanding of retailer needs and practices quickly revolutionized CPL’s business. In 1996 Angela, together with fellow Joint Managing Director Melvin Thomas formed TLC. Since its formation TLC has rapidly become recognized as the leading Brand Extension agency on an International level with a powerful roster of clients.
Marwan Abdelrazek, Egypt
Program Director of Franchise Egypt
Expertise: International Franchise Development
Marwan comes with 17 years’ experience in the Development of the Small and Medium Enterprises, his late 7 years of work is specifically focused on the Franchise Development for the SME’s. He was heading the “Franchise Sector Support Program” at the Social Fund for Development, Egypt. The Program Dedicated US $40million funded by the African Development Bank to develop the Franchise Industry and Culture among SME’s in Egypt. Marwan was personally responsible to build the capacity of Franchisors, franchisees and financial institutes. He helped numerous local and international organizations in Egypt expand and develop their businesses using franchise models.