I am a lawyer and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience advising regulators, government authorities, boards, and high-profile organizations on strategy planning, business establishment, development and execution, governance, compliance, social-responsibility, financial and cyber-crimes-mitigation, FINTECH, REGTECH, SUPTECH, AI and gaming …
In a world in which change is a constant, it’s easy to lose sight of one’s goals, vision and the path ahead. My passion as a coach is to help both individuals and businesses faced with challenges to find clarity, identify and enhance their capabilities, develop mental strength, and ultimately thrive in addition to my various qualifications across leadership, software development and customer …
I am passionate about transforming dreams into reality, not only my own but those of others too. I am creative, driven and results-oriented with strong attention to detail, and have found that the best way to combine these strengths with my passion is in creating unique events with wow factor, and innovative branding and marketing strategies. I have a …
I am passionate about transforming dreams into reality, not only my own but those of others too. I am creative, driven and results-oriented with strong attention to detail, and have found that the best way to combine these strengths with my passion is in creating unique events with wow factor, and innovative branding and marketing strategies.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in MIS, a diploma in digital marketing and a postgraduate certificate in brand management from the University of London, plus over 15 years’ global experience in sales, project management, branding, marketing and events across all sectors. I love working under pressure within a fast-paced, challenging environment, and have thrived in roles such as that of Account Manager for Vodafone Egypt, Strategic Marketing Manager at Thomson Reuters and Events Manager MEA at Refinitiv in the UAE, establishing a reputation for consistently delivering high-quality results.
I enjoy designing and implementing innovative marketing strategies to support business expansion and retention, and believe that translating a company’s vision into a memorable experience is one of the best ways to make a lasting impression. Creating events is a real passion for me, and I am often called a “magic maker” or “event freak” because of my obsession with achieving perfection on every level. In the course of my career, I’ve given life to hundreds of events across the MENA and SSA regions, from closed VIP dinners for 15 people to product launches and large summits attended by up to 3000 delegates, working with thought leaders, market leaders and influencers in a variety of sectors.
As part of the HAD team, I create exciting events for businesses and individuals, as well as collaborating with my co-founders to deliver inspiring topic-driven networking events, such as business breakfasts and round-table discussions. I am adventurous and sociable, and believe that work should be collaborative and fun, always working closely with stakeholders and clients. So, whatever your event, you can be assured that it will be as unique as you are, with a dash of my special brand of magic. Let me dream with you and transform your ideas and visions into reality.
Dreams are not just flights of fancy. They are there to challenge you, move you, inspire and motivate you. Never give up on your dreams.
In a world in which change is a constant, it’s easy to lose sight of one’s goals, vision and the path ahead. My passion as a coach is to help both individuals and businesses faced with challenges to find clarity, identify and enhance their capabilities, develop mental strength, and ultimately thrive.
In addition to my various qualifications across leadership, software development and customer experience, I have a Master’s in Business Psychology with Coaching, and am a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I also draw on 17years’ experience working within a global corporate environment, developing and leading large teams across sales, training, marketing and events.
I discovered my passion for training while working at ThomsonReuters, where I was asked to lead their training teams in Africa and the Middle East, later becoming Head of Training for the Financial Markets business. It was here that I discovered my natural ability to build a rapport with people across cultures and job levels, to motivate teams in a positive, uplifting way, and to lead for growth. I also interfaced with customers, providing technical advice on specialist products, and discovered the joy to be derived from meeting their needs and delivering excellent customer service. In addition to leading the training and client specialist team, I lead the Investment and Advisory team across MEA, and developed and lead the Marketing & Events team across the MENA region.
As well as working with businesses,I love helping individuals to discover their purpose, refocus their goals and unlock their potential to achieve success without sacrificing their well-being. I draw on first-hand experience in this respect, having reached a point in my corporate career when I was no longer fulfilled, felt exhausted and knew that something had to change. After a great deal of soul-searching and delving into who I was at core, I reconnected with my desires and ambitions, which led to my Master’s in Business Psychology and subsequently this role, in which I am able to apply my strong ethics, authenticity and passion for working with people. This has brought me fulfilment, contentment and work-life balance, and I love helping others to achieve the same.
Whether you’re an individual in search of focus, direction and a new lease on life or a business in need of team-building, motivation and training for growth, I would love to help you be your best.
You owe it to yourself to unlock your potential, develop your edge and thrive, because as Nelson Mandela said,
“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
I am a lawyer and entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience advising regulators, government authorities, boards and high-profile organisations on strategy planning , business establishment, development and execution, governance, compliance, social-responsibility, financial and cyber-crimes-mitigation, FINTECH, REGTECH, SUPTECH, AI and gaming. I am also a professional speaker, thought leader, trainer and the author of numerous articles and research papers, as well as a book on Artificial Intelligence & Labour Law.
A member of the Lebanese Lawyers’ Bar Association, I hold two Master’s degrees, an Executive LLM in International Business Law from Boston University in the USA and a Dual LLM in Artificial Intelligence and Law from Lebanon’s Université La Sagesse. I am also a member of the Arab Monetary Fund Regional Fintech Working Group, an advisory board member in the Faculty of Business and Law at the British University in Dubai, a contributor to Forbes Middle East, and a registered trainer and speaker for several government authorities and reputable organisations, including the Union of Arab Securities Authority, the International Organisation for Securities Commissions, Capital Markets Authority and Thomson Reuters, among others.
Prior to establishing my own firm, Hala Bou Alwan Consultancy (HBA), in 2018, I held two senior roles at Thomson Reuters over a period of nine years. During this time, I built their Market Development for Financial Crimes business from scratch in some markets, and led and developed the business in others. Later, I established their Advisory, Educational Governance Risk and Compliance business across EMEA and Asia, developing and leading teams, markets, processes and services. Previous roles have also included: Head of Anti-Financial Crimes at BLOM Bank in France, where I established their Anti-Money-Laundering/Terrorist Financing department; TSME-DIFC Compliance Consultant, authorised by the Dubai Financial Services Authority; Intellectual Property Compliance Officer for the United Nations Development Programme, and Legal Consultant at Abou Alwan law firm. I have also volunteered on numerous leadership and corporate social responsibility projects.
Throughout my career, I have had a strong focus on entrepreneurship, teams' development and empowerment, training, coaching, advising and speaking at local & international events. Having spoken at over 600 events globally to audiences of up to 3,000, the latter is a particular passion and skill, which I bring to coaching in public-speaking, entrepreneurship, leadership & communication at HAD, while I draw on my professional expertise to help executives develop the skills required for senior roles such as C-suites and board members, and to offer training in areas such as compliance, financial crimes and cyber-crimes, governance, FINTECH, REGTECH, SUPTECH, AI, CSR and gaming. I also collaborate with my co-founders in planning and executing topic-driven networking events and training programmes focusing on employee empowerment, customer service and CSR.
I look forward to informing, motivating and empowering you to reach your true potential, and in so doing contributing to a healthier, happier society.
We have the power within to manifest everything we want in life and beyond that.. We create our own miracles.