A collaborative research project between New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum

Exploring the Family Business Histories Spotlight Series: Stories from MENASA family businesses


The Family Business Histories Project proudly launched the Spotlights Series – a collection of 60 case studies, each documenting the history of a regional family business. www.familybusinesshistories.org/spotlights

As a first-of-its-kind endeavor in the MENASA region, this series is a growing collection of brief case studies, or profiles, which aim to shine a light on the unwritten stories of regional family businesses. The profiles are available through the project’s web portal, where the histories of family businesses from various countries and industries are explored. Each profile provides insights into the founders’ background, the business founding story, and key milestones of the entrepreneurial journey over time.

During the session, we discussed the vision behind the Spotlight Series, the research involved, and the unique histories of the region’s leading family enterprises. Together with our guest speakers, Prof. Rania Labaki and Mai El-Kinawi, we discussed the impact and relevance of the Spotlight Series on the academic and business communities.



Family Business Histories in the MENASA Region

Farida El-Agamy, Tharawat Family Business Forum

Martin Klimke, NYUAD


The Spotlights Series

Shereen El Agamy, Tharawat Family Business Forum

Israa Mahgoub, NYUAD

Panel Discussion

Discussion and Q&A

Rania Labaki, Associate Professor of Finance and Family Business, EDHEC Business School; Director, EDHEC Family Business Research Centre

Mai El-Kinawi, Communications Strategist; Founder of True North Consulting FZ-LLC

Farida El-Agamy, Tharawat Family Business Forum

Martin Klimke, NYUAD