With 20 years business experience including for the FIA, the global Federation that governs world motorsport; as Managing Director at a London based strategic advisory firm serving clients based in Europe, India and Asia; and over 12 years in Legal Services, of which a decade has been in the UAE and the appointment as Regional Partner of Galadari, Advocates & Legal Consultants in 2014, Rosanna founded Qantara in 2016 which was seen as a culmination of producing healthy, enduring results for high echelon clients including major tourism, technology, hospitality and government entities; senior corporate executives; and general counsels for multinational corporations.
Her successful track record ensures she is a person who influences and persuades top ranking people; whose opinion is highly sought after; and whose judgement is respected and trusted. She holds a Board position with an international Private Equity fund that focuses on technology, AI, healthcare and wealth management. She initiated a significant change in the UAE’s equestrian community and its support and recognition of its future Olympic athletes. She is an ambassador for Women Empowerment and a respected mentor for Arab innovators.
Rosanna received her BA Hons degree in Law and International Business from Newcastle, UK and Guanajuato, Mexico in 1998, developing an interest in sustainable development, innovators, agitators, entrepreneurs and the requirement of corporates and governments to work together for a strategically sound future that diversifies and improves the economic environment. She is passionate about Emiritization initiatives in the UAE, the Saudization program in KSA and the development of the next generations skills and knowledge base, considering it fundamental to the preservation of the UAE’s success.
A graduate of law, a professional sports personality and former youth Olympian, Ali al Qasimi plays a dominant strategic role at Qantara. Previously at Galadari working on high value commercial transactions, Sheikh Ali joined the team of Qantara in September 2017 as the company made the significant move to develop its industry sectors and regional coverage.
He is Regional Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, evaluating opportunities, conducting due diligence and engaging with new and emerging projects that drive meaningful growth for the United Arab Emirates and the wider GCC. Primary industry sectors and specialism include sports, technology, hotel, leisure and hospitality, real estate and special projects.
Ali initiated the UAE leaders in business initiative – which aims to inspire and mentor a generation of entrepreneurs and business graduates providing vocational experience, developing, protecting and providing funding for enterprises lead by UAE nationals.