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10 AWARDS

november 9 – jw marriott marquis, dubai

THE LOCAL HEROES’ EDITION

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WE ARE BACK, WITH A FRESH APPROACH! HERE’S WHAT’S CHANGED

For over a decade now, we’ve been focusing on recognising companies and entities for their growth, achievements, aspirations and position in the market. We’ve honoured some fabulous, well-merited institutions and received much appreciation.

We are taking a slightly different route in 2017. We want to pledge this year to those who dedicate their entire livelihood to that one passion, one dream, one ambition. We want to award those visionaries, who use their leadership skills and innovative thinking to drive an entire team forward with them.

HOW DO WE PLAN ON DOING IT?

Stars of Business Awards prides itself for its credibility and objective selection of winners. To help us continue upholding to these standards, we are working closely with an independent, neutral and transparent jury. Here’s what the selection process will look like:

Based on data analysis as well as the market reach and expertise of CPI Business, five top performers from the UAE will be shortlisted across 10 categories.

CPI Business, in collaboration with its prestigious Jury, will have a stringent look at these nominations and put forward a round of questions for each candidate.

These candidates will then be invited to provide compelling responses to these questions, which will be undertaken in a video interview format.

Finally, the Jury will review all the video responses, assess the candidates’ leadership capabilities and present the final selection of winners.

CATEGORIES & NOMINATIONS

Stars of Business Leadership Awards 2017 will recognise winners across 10 categories. Each category will feature five nominees.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is, of course, not open for nomination.
Select a category to proceed to the next step

  • Family business leader
  • Leader Shaping The Future
  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Emirati Business Leader
  • Business Leadership – Male
  • Business Leadership – Female
  • Sustainability
  • Social Entrepreneurship Leader
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

PRE-QUALIFIED NOMINEES

NOMINEES FOR
FAMILY BUSINESS LEADER

vikram

Vikram Shroff

Director
Regal Group
rizwan

Rizwan Sajan

Founder & Chairman
Danube
faizal

Faizal E. Kottikollon

Founder & Chairman
KEF Holding

NOMINEES FOR
Stars of Business Leadership Award 2017 – Male

filli

RAFIH FILLI

FOUNDER
Filli Cafe
binod

Binod Shankar

Managing Director
Kaplan Genesis
Ian

Ian Cohen

Founder & CEO
Freedom Pizza

NOMINEES FOR
Stars of Business Leadership Award 2017 – Female

nadine

Nadine Benchaffai

Managing Partner
Taqado Mexican Kitchen
sonia

Sonia Seth Gokhale

Partner
Venture Souq
joy

Joy Ajilouny

Co founder & Creative Director
Fetchr

NOMINEES FOR
Emirati business leader of the year

raja

Raja Almazrouei

Acting EVP
Fintech Hive At DIFC
salwa

Salwa Alzahmi

Scientist (Researcher)
Ebtic PSL
faisal

Faisal Al Shammari

Founder
Digital Research

NOMINEES FOR
Outstanding contribution to sustainability

yunib

Yunib Siddiqui

CEO & Owner
Jones The Grocer
lama

Lama Younis

Founder
Hissa Enrichment Center
david

David Stockton

Managing Director
Dulsco

NOMINEES FOR
Youth leadership award of the year

abzal

Abzal Assembekov

Founder & Managing Director
Heptagon Media
simran

Simran Vedvyas

Founder & Chairperson
Synergy Youth

NOMINEES FOR
Leader Shaping The Future Award

marwan

Marwan Alsarkal

CEO
Shurooq
akbar

Akbar Moideen Thumbay

VP
Thumbay Group

NOMINEES FOR
Social entrepreneurship leader of the year

abu

Abu Muadh

Founder
Smart Labour
habiba

HABIBA AL MARASHI

President/CEO
Arabia CSR Network
louise

Louise Karim

Managing Director
Mums@Work
daniel

Daniel Zywietz

CEO
Enerwhere

NOMINEES FOR
Outstanding contribution to workplace wellness

akanksha

Akanksha Goel

Director
Socialize Agency
FOLLOWING ARE THE PRE-QUALIFIED NOMINEES FOR THE CATEGORY SELECTED
family_business-1

NOMINEES FOR
FAMILY BUSINESS LEADER

vikram

Vikram Shroff

Director
Regal Group
rizwan

Rizwan Sajan

Founder & Chairman
Danube
faizal

Faizal E. Kottikollon

Founder & Chairman
KEF Holding
emerging_leader

NOMINEES FOR
Stars of Business Leadership Award 2017 – Male

filli

RAFIH FILLI

FOUNDER
Filli Cafe
binod

Binod Shankar

Managing Director
Kaplan Genesis
Ian

Ian Cohen

Founder & CEO
Freedom Pizza
stars_of_business_leadership_female

NOMINEES FOR
Stars of Business Leadership Award 2017 – Female

nadine

Nadine Benchaffai

Managing Partner
Taqado Mexican Kitchen
sonia

Sonia Seth Gokhale

Partner
Venture Souq
joy

Joy Ajilouny

Co founder & Creative Director
Fetchr
emirati_business_leader

NOMINEES FOR
Emirati business leader of the year

raja

Raja Almazrouei

Acting EVP
Fintech Hive At DIFC
salwa

Salwa Alzahmi

Scientist (Researcher)
Ebtic PSL
faisal

Faisal Al Shammari

Founder
Digital Research
sustainbility

NOMINEES FOR
Outstanding contribution to sustainability

yunib

Yunib Siddiqui

CEO & Owner
Jones The Grocer
lama

Lama Younis

Founder
Hissa Enrichment Center
david

David Stockton

Managing Director
Dulsco
work_wellness-1

NOMINEES FOR
Outstanding contribution to workplace wellness

akanksha

Akanksha Goel

Director
Socialize Agency
youth_leadership

NOMINEES FOR
Youth leadership award of the year

abzal

Abzal Assembekov

Founder & Managing Director
Heptagon Media
simran

Simran Vedvyas

Founder & Chairperson
Synergy Youth
emerging_leader

NOMINEES FOR
Leader Shaping The Future Award

marwan

Marwan Alsarkal

CEO
Shurooq
akbar

Akbar Moideen Thumbay

VP
Thumbay Group
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JURY

amir

AMIR FARHA

CO-FOUNDER AND CIO
BECO Capital
fares

FARES GHANDOUR

PARTNER
WAMDA CAPITAL
mustafa

MUSTAFA KHERIBA

COO
ADFG
najla

NAJLA ALMIDFA

GENERAL MANAGER
SHERAA
shahram

SHAHRAM HASHEMI

HEAD OF STRATEGY & PLANNING
RAKEZ
trixie

TRIXIE LOHMIRMAND

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS MANAGEMENT
DWTC
valarie

VALERIE LINDSAY

PROFESSOR
American University of Sharjah
Malcolm Wright

Malcolm Wright

Head of Partner
Commercial Distribution
Oman Insurance Company
& Bupa Global
Craig

Craig Moore

Founder & CEO
Beehive

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