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DeCiantis hosted two panels at The Owners Forum in Oman

Devin DeCiantis was in Muscat November 4-5 for The Owners Forum's landmark Middle Eastern conference. He hosted the following two panels:

Best Governance Practices by Leading Family Businesses in the Gulf

Finding the right overlap between family vision and changing business realities is a delicate balancing act. And new people and projects are constantly being added to the recipe. Two presenters from outstanding family enterprises explored an array of common topics including community outreach, finance, culture building, leadership change, sustainability, management in volatile markets and human resources. What are shared patterns and experiences? What can all family enterprises learn from the successes and limitations of implementing family-driven vision?

He was joined on the panel by:

  • Riad Bsaibes / Amana Investments / UAE
  • Noor Sweid / Former Owning Family of Depa Group / UAE


Family Enterprise Resilience – Surviving and Thriving in Complex Environments

All enterprising families face competitive markets and complex family engagement. However, some business families operate in particularly uncertain environments with unstable politics, volatile economic policies, vulnerable labour and capricious legal systems. Devin DeCiantis previewed early insights from global research on family enterprises who survive and thrive in frontier and emerging markets. How have prominent business families operated successfully in adverse conditions? What are some of their unique entrepreneurial stories of resilience?

He was be joined on this panel by:

  • Hassane Baalbaki / Baalbaki Chemical Industries – BCI / Lebanon
  • Mona Bawarshi / Al Gezairi Transport / Lebanon
  • Abdulsalam Haykal / Haykal Group /
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