Ablante is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Student Connect. An Education Consultancy that aims to bridge the gap between Schools, Universities and the workplace. He previously had worked part time in Heriot-Watt university and full time in UK College of Business and Computing. 

 

Prior to getting into the job market, Ablanté completed his Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Finance from Heriot-Watt University, Dubai campus.  

Ablante Endalkachew

Managing Partner

STUDENT CONNECT

Bea leads the Lifestyle Team at EON Public Relations, handling clients across lifestyle and technology such as Nike, Uniqlo, Netflix, Spotify and L’Oreal. She has previously handled McDonald’s, MTV Music Evolution, and Louis Vuitton.

Prior to joining EON, she was the marketing manager of ETC Channel and the senior publishing assistant for Preview Magazine and for Town & Country Philippines.

Bea Bautista

Business Development & Accounts Director

EON GROUP

He is currently connected with Chevron Alkhalij, a US-based Energy Company in a Business Decision Support capacity working closely with top management and is in charge of developing the Overall Business Plan for Europe, Middle East and Africa Region.

 

Ben has completed his Masters in Management major in Public Management from the University of the Philippines. He has also earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Manchester Business School Dubai Campus- University of Manchester United Kingdom.

He is an experienced Finance Professional with more than 18 years’ experience in various fields of Finance from Audit, Operational Finance, Compliance, Credit and Exposure Risk Management and has extensive experience in several industries from Manufacturing, Banking, Government Health Services, IT, Construction and Oil & Gas Industries

Ben Lebig Jr,

MBA,MMPM,CMA,CPA,CICP,AFP

Finance & Decision Support Department

CHEVRON

Ben specialises in foreign direct investment. He advises clients on expansion into, and operations in, countries throughout the Middle East, as well as on the establishment and structuring of new entities and group restructuring, often in a cross border context. Ben also advises clients on a range of commercial and compliance issues, including data protection, consumer protection and customs. He has drafted and negotiated numerous commercial agreements and has a detailed knowledge of the legal, regulatory and practical environment in which businesses operate in the region. Ben represents clients operating in many sectors including technology, media, pharmaceutical, retail, FMCG and hospitality.

 

Ben has presented at various seminars and has been featured on the Dubai Eye Business Breakfast radio show. He regularly contributes to publications on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Ben is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global 2019 for Corporate/Commercial & Commercial Contracts (UAE). 

Ben Smith

Partner, Corporate & Commercial

CLYDE & Co LLP

Camille is on a profession to help Entrepreneurs and Businesses start and expand their businesses in the countries UAE and Oman.

 

Appointed as the Head of Sales of Savvy's two division; Savvy Setup and Savvy Zone, she has five years of intensive experience in business registration, PRO Services and Commercial regulations, packed with in-depth knowledge of the process, compliance and the overall essentials for startup.

Camille Erispe

Head of Sales

SAVVY SET-UP

Charmaine is the Commercial Attaché of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. PTIC Dubai is the Department of Trade and Industry’s representative office for Middle East and Africa, working to advance the Philippines’ economic interests in the region through trade and investment promotions, trade policy negotiations, commercial intelligence, and service for Overseas Filipino Investors in the region.

Prior to joining the Foreign Trade Service Corps, Charmaine was a Prosperity Manager at thePolicy Section of the British Embassy in Manila, responsible for the Embassy’s projects underthe ambit of economic policy, growth, and development.

Charmaine Mignon Yalong

Commercial Attache

DUBAI TRADE AND INVESTMENT CENTER

Francis Errol A. Medina, MBA, RFP has more than a decade of holding Top Management Post in one of the biggest international construction company with responsibility encompassing of Middle East, Turkey and Africa – 79 countries. He has developed extensive Change Management knowledge, competence in developing Business Strategies / Scenario Planning and skills including Project Management, Organization and Process Design and Development.

Currently the CEO of FJ Prime Management Inc. and MyHome Manila; President of CMG Technical and Services and a hands-on Partner-Advocate of ‘Innovate. Create. Events’ (ICE).  He is also an owner of popular chains of Restaurants in the Philippines and in Dubai.  

Francis has completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Strathclyde Business School | University of Strathclyde–Glasgow.  In 2017, he became a Registered Financial Planner which paved the way in becoming Financial and Business Coach as he is now.

Francis Errol Medina

CEO and President

FJ PRIME MANAGEMENT INC. 

MYHOME MANILA

CMG TECHNICAL AND SERVICES

Jonas is an entrepreneur who co-founded Organica Nutraceuticals, which markets and distributes (among other products) Sleepasil, the top-selling sleep aid in the Philippines. He is also the co-founder of Mango Tree, one of the top restaurants and events venues in Iloilo City, and technology startup Elevatech Solutions.

He has also worked as a management consultant at a top-tier global consulting firm, taught entrepreneurship at UP Diliman, and is currently the Head of Civilian HR for the UAE Presidential Guard (Special Forces branch of the UAE Military).

Jonas earned his MBA from London Business School and his Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from UP Diliman. 

Jonas Gonzales

Co-Founder

ORGANICA NUTRACEUTICALS INC,

Entrepreneur, marketing professional and social advocate.  Lalaine has been instrumental in helping build quite a few multinational and local brands in the region - first from the corporate side, then, as agency lead.   The former Head of Marketing of Novartis Consumer Health Gulf, she has been building brands in the Middle East for the last 20 years. As an entrepreneur for the last 12 years, she and her team have created, and have been behind the success of reputed Filipino lifestyle publication, thought-leader and pivotal tastemaker Illustrado Magazine, which exists to Champion the World Class Filipino.

 

In 2017, Lalaine has also founded tech startup Gver - Your Friendly Marketplace for Sharing, which seeks to provide the world an alternative model for purchase and consumption.

 

Lalaine brings skills, hardcore experience and market understanding that transcend marketing strategy and communications, providing invaluable business insights to help brands and companies grow.  

Lalaine Chu-Benitez

Founder

ILLUSTRADO FZ LLC

Gver – YOUR FRIENDLY MARLETPLACE FOR SHARING 

Mark is a digital marketing professional with 10 years experience in social media marketing, multimedia production, creative direction, web development, SEO, UI and UX.

Prior to joining EON, he was handling accounts such as San Remo, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Airlines, Shangri-La Hotels, McDonald's, Dunkin’ Donuts, AVON, Oreo, Maserati among others.

Mark Cham

Business Development &  Digital Director

EON GROUP

Mori is a strategist and an expert in digital and mobile with 15 years experience in cross-platform content creation and marketing. Prior to joining EON, he served as AVP and Head of ABS-CBN’s Digital Innovation and Business Development Team where he pioneered a number of award-winning digital platforms.

He is responsible for setting up EON’s digital marketing and analytics business. As EON’s CINO, he is responsible for leading product and business development, corporate affairs, research and analytics, and creatives.

Mori Rodriguez

Chief Innovation Officer

EON GROUP

Since 2016, Natasha Carella is Head of Philanthropy at Jagtiani Foundation, a grant-making family foundation working with a focus on supporting women and girls. She was previously Events Director at Art Dubai – the leading international art fair in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia with the most extensive non-profit programming of any art fair worldwide – helping to develop both the commercial and non-profit sectors of the fair for over five years.

 

Carella has also worked as an independent consultant advising various non-profit and cultural organisations including Tashkeel, Dubai Design District, Sole DXB and Design Days Dubai.

Natasha Carella

Head of Philantrophy

JAGTIANI FOUNDATION

Dr. Niño is the Vice-President of Bath Spa University (BSU) UAE. Prior to BSU, he was the Quality Assurance Manager and Faculty Member of Institute of Management Technology DubaiCampus, and the International Student In-charge and CareerEnhancement Center Manager of the City University College ofAjman.

 

He graduated with a Ph.D. in Development Administration at Philippine Christian University in 2015. He also earned 30 units in PhD in Developmental Research and Administration at the University of Southeastern Philippines. He also attended Business Course Workshops at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in the year 2014.

Dr.  Nino Decenorio

Vice-President

BATH SPA UNIVERSITY - DUBAI

Pam has been with the EON Group since 2012 and she has done events and production management for clients like Spotify, McDonald's, Philippine Department of Tourism, AXA, Asian Development Bank, Disney, and L'Oreal. She oversees overall project management, day-to-day client communications and ensures timely and accurate project delivery.

Prior to joining EON, Pam worked in a below-the-line agency where she handled end-to-end project management for consumer brands.

Pam Enriquez

Business Development & Events Director

EON GROUP

A graduate of NYU, Rajat settled in Dubai after having lived in Los Angeles, Kuwait, India, and New York City. In 2004, he established a media and telecom business for which he served as CEO for 8 years. Rajat has previously partnered with Third Line Gallery’s co-founder Sunny Rahbar on a collaborative project, hosting multiple curated exhibitions with NYC gallerist Candice Madey, Founder of on Stellar Rays.

 

More recently, Rajat has built a recording studio in Dubai, as a place for visiting artists to create and connect. He is also the co-founder of the card game, Panda, and has been serving as a partner in Sole DXB since 2013

Raj Malhotra

Director

SOLEDXB

Raza Beig heads Splash, ICONIC & Landmark International(LMI) the fashion concepts of the Landmark Group. Splash, is the Middle East’s most popular fast-fashion brand that originated in 1993 as a single brand store in Sharjah and is now present across 14 countries with more than 250 stores. ICONIC, a one stop trendy destination was launched in 2010 and has presence in five countries with 50 stores.  

On the Landmark Group front Raza has led the Fashion portfolio and was an instrumental part of building Lifestyle in India. Since the brands' inception, Raza has been actively involved in every aspect of the business, starting from business development to Retail to Buying to Creative briefs. 

Under Raza's mentoring and guidance, Splash has won many industry accolades to be proud of - the most recent being awarded “Great Places to Work ®” twice in UAE and once in KSA for the years 2016 & 2017. While Raza has focused on Middle East for growth and expansion he has recently changed his personal focus to India and shortly thereafter will move to South East Asia.  

Raza Beig

Fashion Director- LANDMARK GROUP

CEO - SPLASH, ICONIC, and LANDMARK INTL.

Dr. Rex D. Bacarra is currently the Dean of General Education at the American College of Dubai. Before his current post, he was the Head for Faculty Training and Development and Administrator of Blended-Online Learning Program of the college. Graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy at De La Salle University but spent most of his administrative life as the Director for Administration in San Beda University. 

He is the Digital Faculty Consultant of MacGraw-Hill for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), which is a first for a Filipino in the Middle East. His opinions on varied issue are also a constant fixture in Khaleej Times, Gulf Today, Kabayan Weekly, The Filipino Times, and the Philippine-based, The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Dr. Rex Bacarra

Dean, General Education

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF DUBAI

Dr. Rommel is the Human Resource Management Program Chair and Associate Professor under the Faculty of Management at the Canadian University Dubai, UAE. He teaches organizational behavior, organizational development and change, leadership and motivation, and business research, among other human resource management courses at the MBA and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Sergio holds a Post-Doctoral in Management and Marketing certificate at Tulane University, Louisiana, USA (2011).He has earned two terminal degrees: Ph.D. in Management (with concentration inHuman Resource Management, with High Distinction, 2015) atLiverpool University, UK; and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology(Summa Cum Laude, 2008) at De La Salle University, Philippines.

Dr. Rommel Sergio

Program Chair

Human Resource Management

CANADIAN UNIVERSITY DUBAI

Savitar Jagtiani is a product and design executive with over 16 years of digital, e-commerce, and omnichannel
experience across five industries: Retail, Hospitality, Travel, Trading and FMCG. 

He specializes on Product Strategy, Product Design, Product Management, Product Engineering, Performance Measurement, Emerging Technology, Digital Marketing, Communication, Content Production, Process Improvement, Design Thinking, Building Agile Teams, Intrapreneurship, and Entrepreneurship.

Savitar Jagtiani

Founder & CEO

TWINNING

Tad works in strategy and business intelligence since 2006 between Europe, South America and the Middle East, in industries ranging from infrastructure to arts & culture. His experience in partnerships and relationship management comes from leading multi-stakeholder international ventures.

He holds a MA in Cultural Management from the University of Manchester and since 2015 is deeply involved in the analysis, planning and partnership-building for key culture and education projects in Dubai.

Tadeu Baldani Caravieri

Business Development Manager

ART DUBAI GROUP

Tricia has handled some of the most exciting events in the region, including Expo 2020 Dubai YouthConnect, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2017 & 2018, Live Nation’s Russell Peters, George Ezra and Dave Chappelle, as well as Achieve the Unimaginable with Tony Robbins, Dubai Music Week, Middle East Film & Comic Con 2016 to 2018, VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show 2018, and BRIDE Dubai 2019.

An expert in brand development, strategic communications, celebrity engagement and stakeholder management, Tricia ensures the work she delivers is consistently the best in its class, which has resulted in account wins and retention, industry awards, and recognition for clients in their respective industries. A firm believer in using the power of communications to impact change in society, Tricia has worked closely with the Global Gift Foundation, Pink Caravan, Kick Cancer, and Doctors without Borders. 

Tricia Rachelle Jimenea

Engagement Director and Partner

KATCH INTERNATIONAL

Zahar is a marketing expert, brand purist and image consultant with a proven track record of success within a variety of roles spanning retail marketing, brand management, IP law, and fashion styling.

 

She has a degree in Law (LLB) (Hons) and specialised in Intellectual Property before moving into Marketing. She is currently the Head of Marketing for Marks & Spencer MENA with Al Futtaim.

Zahar Milani

Head of Marketing

MARKS & SPENCER

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