A collaborative research project between New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum

From Past to Present: The Enduring Legacy of Family Enterprises

Session Details

​Date:  24th April 2024

​Time:  9:30 – 12:15 pm Abu Dhabi time

Format: In-person Session

​Open to NYUAD community and by invitation (seats are limited)


The Family Business Histories project explores the historical significance of family-owned businesses and their impact on the economy, culture, and society across the MENASA region.

Through a panel discussion featuring leaders and representatives from family businesses we will explore the role and influence of family businesses in driving regional economic growth and societal change, as well as look at how legacy impacts today’s business leadership. Additionally, a focused lecture will provide an overview of the history of merchant families in the Gulf and a visit to the NYUAD Archives and Special Collections will allow participants a direct encounter with the documented entrepreneurial heritage that has shaped the region’s development.

Event program:

  • Panel discussion with prominent family business leaders.
  • Lecture detailing the merchant history of the Gulf region.
  • An exclusive visit to the NYUAD Archives and Special Collections.


  • Tony Jashanmal, President & Member of the Board of Directors, Jashanmal Group of Companies 
  • Khalifa Al Qaz, Head of Science & Technology Diplomacy Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Family business member
  • Mohammed Abdulla A. J. Al Fahim, Group Head of Business Development, ALFAHIM
  • Nelida Fuccaro, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies; Professor of Middle Eastern History, NYUAD
  • Martin Klimke, Vice Provost; Associate Professor of History, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Farida El Agamy, General Manager, Tharawat Family Business Forum