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7. Giselle Pettyfer
\nFalcon & Associates
\nAs vice chairman of Falcon & Associates, which was established in 2009 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Giselle Pettyfer has a wide mandate to craft, shape and influence the image of Dubai. The company played a key role in Dubai’s successful bid to host the World Expo in 2020. Falcon & Associates attempts to positively influence views in Dubai in both emerging markets and more established economies. The University of Cambridge graduate was previously the head of communications for the International Olympic Committee and head of corporate communications for Jordan Grand Prix.
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13. Jonathon Davidson
\nBritish Business Group
\nFor much of the last year, Jonathon Davidson has been helping to set up a business centre in Dubai to help support British SMEs trying to set up base in the city. And he’s been doing it for free too — despite the fact he already has enough on his plate by running his own busy legal practice. Davidson is a dispute resolution lawyer and managing partner at Davidson & Co. He has acted in all manner of disputes for institutions, developers, investors and public and private companies and individuals. Davidson previously worked for Clyde & Co, the international law firm, based at its Dubai offices and, more latterly, associate legal director of Sama Dubai, the international real estate arm of Dubai Holding. He has litigation experience in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the Dubai World Tribunal (DWT) and acted as counsel for the claimants in the ground-breaking case of Diamond Developers & Ors versus Nakheel PJSC & Jumeirah Village LLC. Davidson is also chairman of the British Business Group of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, co-chairman of the Joint Committee of the British Business Groups of the UAE and is an official observer to the UK-UAE CEO Forum, a think tank established jointly by the UK and UAE governments to promote bilateral trade and commerce.
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15. Mark Beer
\nAnother Briton to be honoured by the Queen recently, Mark Beer was made Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours list. As the registrar of the DIFC Courts, Beer is the senior administrative officer of the judicial authority of the DIFC, and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the DIFC Courts. He also has various judicial functions such as handling urgent applications and ensuring the delivery of efficient justice by actively managing the progress of cases. Prior to joining the DIFC Courts, Beer, a University of Oxford graduate, spent five years with MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he served as the company’s regional legal counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA), handling legal and regulatory matters across the region, and later as vice president, heading the company’s government relations and corporate services initiatives across SAMEA. Previously, Beer worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland, and prior to that worked for Clyde & Co and Edge & Ellison.
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14. Paul Rayner
\nSpecial Advisor to Khalaf Al Habtoor
\nPaul Rayner came out of retirement to assume his present role as special advisor to the chairman of the Al Habtoor Group two years ago. Rayner has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, dealing with ultra-high net worth clients for more than 30 years and has an in-depth understanding of the region. The former vice chairman of Credit Suisse UK left the world of banking in 2007, having amassed a wealth of banking experience through having worked in the industry for nearly 40 years. Prior to his vice chairman role at Credit Suisse he was senior advisor and head of offshore private banking with the bank. He previously held positions at Barclays Private Bank Ltd, with his last position being regional director, Middle and Far East. Rayner is involved in several British charities — particularly Help for Heroes, a British charity to help provide better facilities for wounded servicemen and women. He is also an active member of several British establishments including Guards Polo Club, National Farmers Union and Greenfields Shooting Club.
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24. Alison Hubbard
\nAlison Hubbard is a Partner of international law firm Pinsent Masons, leading the Corporate Group in the Gulf.
\nHaving spent the early part of her career practising Law in the UK, Hubbard arrived in Dubai in 2006. Hubbard leads a team focusing predominantly on M&A, private equity, joint ventures and structuring and restructuring for international clients, including many of those listed on the world’s key bourses. Hubbard’s experience includes advising on, and project managing, a series of multi-million-dollar acquisitions, and subsequent restructuring of the acquired business, in the wider MENA region. Her other clients have included listed companies seeking to enter the MENA region, or to consolidate their existing positions within the region, either through acquisition or green-field start up. Appreciated by clients for a pragmatic and commercial approach, Hubbard is a trusted advisor to a number of global companies operating in the region, working with them to help manage risk, while maximising the commercial opportunities, in the potentially challenging environments of the region.
\nAn active member of British Business Group Dubai and Northern Emirates, Hubbard Chairs the Legal Focus Group, running sessions for members on issues directly impacting their day-today activities.
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25. John Martin St Valery
\nHaving founded Links Group, the company formation specialists in 2002, he has spearheaded the growth of a partnership into the corporate structure that now exists. More than sixteen years living and working in the UAE and Qatar has given St Valery a unique and unrivalled insight into the commercial opportunities in this rapidly developing region.
\nAn entrepreneur who also has been recognised as a corporate governance specialist, he has been involved in the establishment and ongoing local partner services of over 250 companies ensuring that the interests and assets of the foreign party are always fully protected whilst maintaining a strict duty of care for local partners involved.
\nPrevious senior management roles with Citibank and Kodak were preceded by an eight-year period with the Metropolitan Police in London.