Event: The Founding Years

Successful Family Businesses and their Founders

As part of the ongoing collaboration between Tharawat Family Business Forum and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), we were delighted to announce our second joint event around family business history and legacy.

About The Program

This session explored some of the fascinating founder stories of leading enterprises in our region. Experts and family business members highlighted and analyzed the social, economic and business challenges these founders faced whilst starting their journeys decades ago. Creating an understanding around the drive and attributes of founders of long-lasting enterprises allows us to extract learning points for today’s leaders and entrepreneurs.

The program included insights into the research project and first outcomes,  as well as a panel discussion sheding light on some of the long-lasting enterprises’ unique attributes comparing today’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


  • Abdullah Ali Almajdouie, President, Almajdouie Group, KSA

  • Mustafa Koita, Founder and CEO, Koita, UAE

  • Robyn Brazzil, Director, Start AD, NYUAD

  • Farida El Agamy, GM, Tharawat Family Business Forum

  • Martin Klimke, Vice Provost for Academic Policies and Governance, Program Head of History Associate Professor of History, NYUAD

Who Attended?

Members of family businesses, entrepreneuers, academics and invited guests.


Dubai, UAE​

Press Release

Read more about this session in the news: Arabic and English


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