Family Business Histories – Founding Years

Family Business Histories – Founding Years

The Founding Years
Successful Family Businesses and their Founders

As part of Tharawat’s collaboration with our research partner New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) we were delighted to announce our second joint event around family business history and legacy.

The Family Business Histories project is a globally unique research project started by the Tharawat Family Business Forum and NYUAD Arts and Humanities Division with the goal to research the entrepreneurial legacy of family-owned enterprises in MENASA.

About the Program

This session explored some of the fascinating founder stories of leading enterprises in our region. Experts and family business members highlighted and analyzed the social, economic and business challenges these founders faced whilst starting their journeys decades ago. Creating an understanding around the drive and attributes of founders of long-lasting enterprises allows us to extract learning points for today’s leaders and entrepreneurs.

The program included insights into the research project and first outcomes,  as well as a panel discussion sheding light on some of the long-lasting enterprises’ unique attributes comparing today’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


  • Abdullah Ali Almajdouie, President, Almajdouie Group, KSA
  • Mustafa Koita, Founder and CEO, Koita, UAE
  • Robyn Brazzil, Director, Start AD, NYUAD
  • Farida El Agamy, GM, Tharawat Family Business Forum
  • Martin Klimke, Vice Provost for Academic Policies and Governance, Program Head of History Associate Professor of History, NYUAD


Members of family businesses, entrepreneuers, academics and invited guests.


Dubai, UAE


Read more about this session in the news: Arabic and English


Get a first insight into the worldwide unique research program between the New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum. Read more about this unique project here!

In Partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi