Shain is a Gen X with a career, two children, a husband and an aging mother. She forms part of the sandwich generation. While trying to be a super mum and a loving daughter the stress of doing so around a busy business is great. In 2014 her mother who is a widow but who was both financially and physically independent fell ill. Despite the best healthcare, the support or rehab care offered to the elderly was inadequate. Shain being a Physiotherapist by profession took on the task of developing a variety of solutions to support herself, her family and her mother. Having been through this process, she became the “go to” person for advice and help. By building the right community and support system, Shain and her mum have found a positive way to navigate the challenges of aging. In 2016, Shain attended the Stanford Executive Program where she worked on a prototype of Thrive before launching Thrive UAE as the first hub of an international organization in January 2017.
Mamta is a passionate communications expert with more than 11 years experience working on marketing for brands from Telecommunications to Automotive, from banking to Travel & Tourism. Her main area of expertise is digital marketing but what motivates Mamta the most is solving problems. Mamta has always been seeking opportunities where she can use her expertise to work on something that makes social impact. Mamta is a part of Thrive in order to change mindsets, challenge the norm and help build a community. In Thrive her role is to communicate to the youth, Gen X and the elderly to encourage inter-generational knowledge sharing and open communication.
Wael is a passionate marketer, he is known for his innovative and methodological thinking. He has 21 years of experience in his field with over 10 years at top management levels running various companies in the MENA region. He has received multiple marketing awards recognizing his innovative ideas. Wael is globetrotter and has been fortunate to travel everywhere from Amsterdam and Bujumbura to Rarotonga. His travel has allowed him to discover amazing food and hidden destinations, while giving him insight into various cultures and history of the world. In his free time, Wael enjoys sports and cooking. His passion for doing good and creating social impact has allowed him to get involved in training and mentoring in various organisation in the region focusing on cultural diversity. Wael is also a supporter of Regional initiatives that drive gender equality at work place. At Thrive, Wael is an advisor on cultural diversity and structural implementation.
Diksha is Indian by birth, Canadian by nationality, was brought up in Saudi Arabia and has over 15 years of leadership experience spanning the United States, Canada, India, Japan and UAE. This has given her a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the diverse MEA region.
With her current research interest in gerontology and over a decade of volunteering experience in retirement homes, palliative care centers and on hospice floors, she has a level of exposure that has helped her understand not only patient experiences but also caregiver needs. One of the key areas of focus in the research is to assess products and services needed within education, entertainment, leisure and travel that deliver on intergenerational engagement opportunities through online and offline communities.
With a BA in International Relations/Japanese and an MA in Human Security and Peace Building, Diksha is committed to delivering value to all participants and stakeholders.
Scott is the founder and managing partner of the Jigsaw Group, an investment vehicle dedicated to developing innovative ecosystems and supporting social ventures. Prior to the Jigsaw Group, Scott was the GM for Smart City Australia, where his team coordinated $25M+ in investments, developed technology parks, fostered regional business incubators, piloted ‘clusters’, and showcased Australian innovations. Scott started his career with Unisys Corp. spending over 14 years working in various positions: CFO for the South Pacific, Director for Consulting Asia Pacific, Finance Director for Japan Operations and industrial engineer in a semiconductor fab. Scott has BSc and MBA plus certified Licensing Professional (2008-2017), numerous board and advisory panel roles, and a continuous stream of coaching and mentoring engagements.
Noorissa is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she studied Economics and Math. In the past two years she has spent her time working in Shanghai, Beijing, and now Dubai. In China, her focus was on business development, specifically, performing market research and developing and executing go-to-market strategies. Currently, she works as a Product Manager at Mastercard where she is involved in the execution of strategy for core products. In addition, she looks closely at ways to enhance customer experiences and to streamline processes. In her spare time, Noorissa is an avid boxer and loves dancing, cooking, and globe trotting around the world.
Kruti has more than six years of experience in sectors such as multilateral agency, academics, banking and private sector business. In her previous engagement with RICS India Pvt Ltd, she was involved in research, financial forecasting and financial analysis assignments in the infrastructure sector. She was also teaching financial modeling to postgraduate students and has published a research paper. Kruti started her career with Axis Bank Ltd managing various verticals under branch banking. Subsequently she joined Asian Development Bank as a consultant in Public Private Partnership unit at New Delhi. She was also involved in launching the first Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) in India IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd.
Kruti has completed her Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor of Engineering. She is passionate about personal finance and enjoys spending time reading books and blogs.