Gilbert Rustom is a Special Advisor for AccountAbility working within the Middle East region.
Gilbert brings an entrepreneurial spirit and client focus to AccountAbility along with significant CR consulting experience. As an independent contractor he previously partnered with AccountAbility to establish the first CSR Index in Saudi Arabia. As part of that initiative, Gilbert worked with nearly 250 major companies in the Kingdom assessing their CR efforts.
Gilbert is also the founder and managing partner of BlindSpot Communication, a brand and marketing consultancy based in Saudi Arabia.
Previously, he served as Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather’s office in Riyadh where he substantially increased O&M’s revenue and organizational footprint in just two years. Earlier in his career, he worked in television production and in broadcasting, as an on-camera sportscaster on Lebanese TV.
Gilbert graduated from Notre Dame University in Lebanon with a BA in Marketing and Communication. He received an executive MBA from the American University in Beirut.
Outside of work, Gilbert is a proud husband and father. When not enjoying time with his family, Gilbert rides Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He is multi-lingual with fluency in Arabic, English and French.
Mr. Abou Zaki has over 25 years of experience in Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, where his innovative approach was a major drive for the Group’s diversification. His main focus has been to help the Group’s development into a leading force in conferences and business events in the region.
In the process, Mr. Abou Zaki developed a close working relationship with government leaders, policy makers, as well as a wide spectrum of leading figures in business and banking. He also contributes to regional policy forums and is a frequent commentator on regional and global events.
Mr. Abou Zaki also serves as the Deputy Editor in Chief for Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Magazine and is a Board Member in Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal.
شغل حاليا منصب نائب الرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة سمانته. ويتمتع بخبرة 15 عاما في مجال التخطيط الاستراتيجي للشركات وتنفيذ أعمال التطوير وهيكلة المشاريع والتمويل والدراسات الاقتصادية وتطوير المشاريع الاستثمارية في السوق السعودي. بالإضافة إلى التدريب والتطوير الذاتي وريادة الأعمال وتخطيط برامج المسئولية الاجتماعية وتقنيات التعليم الذاتي والتوظيف.
مؤسس فريق أجيال السعودية للاستشارات وتطوير المشاريع الصغيرة والمتوسطة في مجال تنفيذ دراسات الجدوى الاقتصادية منخفضة التكلفة وإعداد الدراسات الفنية والادارية والمالية للمشاريع الصغيرة. كما أنه عضو مؤسس في "مركز التنافسية للاستشارات" في مجال الاستشارات السياحية والضيافة والتخطيط الاستراتيجي والاستشارات المالية والصناعية، وعضو فريق البحث والدراسة لمشروع استراتيجية السياحة الوطنية 2020. الذي تم اعتماده من مجلس الوزراء.
Dr. Sherif H. Zaki Tehemar is an oral and maxillofacial consultant. He is currently the chairperson of the CSR committee and member of several committees at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH). Dr. Tehemar has presented several lectures related to CSR and TQM nationally and internationally. He is also a member of CSR International (UK), Network for Business sustainability (Canada) and Business Link (UK)
Dr. Tehemar was in charge as a team leader for CSR to introduce the sustainable practice within DSFH. His responsibilities include formulating. Implementing and monitoring a CSR strategy and related policy and the publication of the first CSR report for DSFH based on the GRI guidelines in 2009. Under his leadership, DSFH was the first to publish CSR report in the healthcare sector in the MENA region in 2009 and the first to publish an externally verified report in 2010. In 2011, DSFH published the first A+ CSR report worldwide and he is the co-author of the Good Hospital Guide which is considered the first sustainability guide directed to the healthcare sector worldwide.