Dr. Adil Alzarooni is an Emirati business leader and educator. He has over two decades of experience in executive management, investments, sales, logistics, IT security and economic zone development. He has served in various leadership positions within UAE government entities as well as family owned businesses. He currently operates two family offices. 

Dr. Adil has served in various leadership positions within UAE government entities as well as family-owned businesses. He has bolstered his portfolio with directorship positions in a number of firms in diverse sectors including healthcare, education, financial services, logistics, media, technology, food and beverage, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and real estate. 

Dr. Adil completed his undergraduate degree in engineering from the Etisalat College of Engineering, then headed to the American University of Sharjah for a Master’s in Business Administration, following which he completed his PhD in Family Businesses and Business Systems from the British University in Dubai.

He is a passionate educator and an inspiring public speaker in the fields of economic zone development and the sustainability of family businesses. He is the co-author of Economic Zones: The Essentials and the author of Sustaining Family Businesses: The Essentials.


With nearly 20 years’ experience in the GCC region, Hisham provides insights and direction to businesses on growing and optimizing their investment portfolios in the sectors of healthcare, education, financial services, food and beverage, logistics and SME.

As the Chief Investment Officer of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI), Hisham has been managing the company’s investment portfolio since 2013. 

Prior to this, Hisham worked for Istithmar World Capital in DIFC, Dubai and QInvest in Doha, Qatar.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut.


Naveed has 13+ years of experience in financial management, reporting and analysis. With a strong grasp of the creation and review of complex financial models, he helps companies conduct feasibility studies, in-depth due diligence and business valuation in order to make sound business decisions.

Currently, he is also the Finance Manager of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments since 2017 and has previously worked for Grant Thornton Pakistan, Crow Horwath UAE and Bahmani Group UAE.

Naveed is a fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan and an associate member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK.
Naveed also has certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.


Behzad assists clients with financial modeling analysis, forecasting investment outcomes, assessing economic data and developing risk profiles.

As an Investment Associate at Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI), he helps analyze markets for business opportunities.

Behzad has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Imperial College of Business Studies (Pakistan) and a master’s degree in Applied Finance and Banking degree from the University of Wollongong (Dubai).


Caren offers people management, administration, investor relations and project management services.

As the Office Manager of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI) since 2019, Caren has provided support in human resource, administration, marketing and investment processes of various large-scale projects. 

She also has valuable experience working with multinational and publicly listed companies.

Caren holds a degree in Business Administration, with focus on Human Resource Development Management.


Ayesha works closely with clients to develop their marketing/ communication strategies in line with their business goals.

She brings 15+ years’ cross-industry experience in marketing, having worked with MNC clients including P&G, PepsiCo, ICI, Toyota, Barclays and Citigroup, amongst others.  

She has also worked with leading non-profits and donors such as USAID; led the marketing function at SMEs; and provided consultancy services in healthcare, education and e-commerce sectors. 

Ayesha is an MBA (Gold Medalist) from the Institute of Business Management (Pakistan) and has completed various trainings/ certifications in leadership and in digital marketing, including one from Columbia Business School.