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Mishal Kanoo

Mr. Mishal Kanoo

Chairman, The Kanoo Group

Mr. Mishal Kanoo is one of the most iconic business figures in the Middle East  and has a reputation as a futurist and strategist with a strong track record in  forecasting economic developments in the region. Mr. Kanoo currently serves  as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest, longest running and  independent family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region.  Furthermore, he is a professional and motivational speaker, writes articles for  local and regional media, is published in business journals on a regular basis, and  holds chief positions as Chairman/Director of various reputable companies,  including AXA Insurance Gulf, Gulf Capital, KHK & Partners Limited, Dalma  Capital, Johnson Arabia LLC and KAAF Investments. 

Mishal Kanoo tries to help people reach their professional dreams. The  excitement of helping others achieve their goals, both big or small, is what drives  him. Playing a role in bettering people’s lives is a great instigator for doing what  he does. Kanoo has been investing on a personal and company level since 1991.

Mishal Kanoo adheres to family values and ideals in pursuit of quality and  excellence. Over the years, the Kanoo family has always been associated with  the progress and development of the entire region combined with a sense of  philanthropy. 

Mishal grew up in the United Arab Emirates and finished his early schooling in  Dubai. Thereafter he obtained two MBAs, one in finance from the University of  St. Thomas, in Texas, and one from the American University of Sharjah. He began  his professional career within the family business before going to university to  get his first Master’s Degree. He then worked as an auditor outside his family  business with Arthur Andersen in Dubai, before Re-joining The Kanoo Group in  1997 as the Deputy Chairman.

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