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Rising to the Peak: Insight on Best Leadership Practices

Tamakkan recently held a seminar focusing on leadership with invited speaker: Gavin Fenn-Smith. Gavin shared his study which is an insight on the experiences of 75 CEOs worldwide and how fellow leaders could learn from their experiences on running the company as the head.

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Tamakkan is proud to bring you Gavin Fenn-Smith, Founding Partner at the River Group to speak on findings and insights of an extensive study on CEO leadership.

Learn from the experiences of CEOs worldwide about leadership tactics, and the challenges leaders have to overcome to rise and stay at the top.


on Sunday, 29 May 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
LOCATION: MoxieZone – BrandMoxie Office,
#307 twofour54, Park Rotana Complex

For directions, click here
Register: Phone: 02-491-8624 Email:
Cost: none – but registration is required
Seating is LIMITED so be sure to register early!




EXCHANGES is the annual CEO study by The River Group. This year it explored the experiences of rookie CEOs. After years of consulting to CEOs, the study formed the hypothesis that there would be many common experiences among leaders making that transition to the role of the CEO for the very first time.

The River Group had in-depth conversations with 75 CEOs during 2015. These CEOs worked for organizations large and small, public and private. In the study Gavin asked the CEOs: “How prepared were you?” “What were the biggest surprises?” “What are the best and worst parts of the job?” “In what way is the job different from other leadership roles?”

During this talk, Gavin will discuss the findings of this research study, and share some additional insights from the conversations with CEOs.


Gavin Fenn-Smith

Gavin Fenn-Smith

Gavin Fenn-Smith is a Founding Partner at The River Group. He has twenty years experience as a advisor to CEOs and senior executives, and as an expert in leadership and organizational development. He has consulted to organizations across the US, and has worked in many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Before forming The River Group, Gavin was a Senior Partner at Equinox Organizational Consulting. He was a co-founder of Kemp and Watson, a nonprofit consulting firm that is now part of The River Group. He is a member of the Board of Saroga, the nonprofit leadership forum, which creates leadership development solutions for nonprofit executives.


Earlier, Gavin was a founding member of the London office of Mercer Delta Consulting (now part of Oliver Wyman), and the Boston office of Smythe Dorward Lambert, a change management firm. Gavin holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BA (Hons) Political Science from the University of East Anglia. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.


About BrandMoxie

BrandMoxie is a leading advertising and marketing agency that provides integrated marketing services including advertising, PR, strategy, research, publishing and production services. Established in 2004, BrandMoxie also runs its own CSR platforms. This includes Tamakkan, an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, The Smovies, a platform for emerging filmmakers in the UAE, and the Dream Players, a programme aimed at nurturing creativity and the performing arts. BrandMoxie is also the publisher of Tempo magazine, a publication that focuses on creativity, innovation and social enterprise, and its online site For more information, |

About Fatima Bint Hazza Foundation

Fatima Bint Hazza Cultural FoundationFatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan to promote intellectual, creative and cultural endeavors and support cultural interaction that empowers people. The foundation aims to enrich the cultural scene in Abu Dhabi and the UAE in particular and the region in general through organizing open to the public colloquia and seminars, exploring further means of art and music, introducing more awards for illustration and art, and collaborating on a local and international level with similar entities, while keeping children literature and education at its very heart. The foundation is a realization of a bigger dream that started with Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Arab Child Prize in 1997.


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