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Our team

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Irina Duisimbekova

CEO & Founder

Graduated from South Bank University, London, MBA Degree in 2003.

Since 2007, she has been running her brokerage company in the field of agricultural and energetic commodities sector supplying the largest companies from Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, France, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China and the Kingdom of Bahrain in joint-venture with the investment company of a Prime Member of a GCC Royal Family.

In 2016 she became the CEO in the Arabian Gulf of a Swiss multinational Fortune 500 petroleum commodities trading company, located in the Kingdom of Bahrain with revenues over 3 billion USD annually.

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Alexandre Katrangi

Chairman & Founder

Graduated from the Trinity College with an MBA of International Business.

Over the past 20 years within USA, France, Middle East & Africa, he has established and implemented energy, technology and industrial projects in emerging areas, raising the necessary finances for capex & opex and providing strategic advices and contacts for the development, experiencing constant growth and vibrant activities, for a range of companies and individuals from blue chip institutions, large Fortune 500 conglomerates to private investors and UHNW individuals.

Partners and Clients relied on him for critical financials, legal, and strategic commercial advices on investments and deployment as well as optimized ROI.

Over the past 16 years Alexandre has held the position of Board Member and Advisor of a Prime Member of the Saudi Royal Family. He also holds the position of Vice President of Strategic Investments of a Forbes Fortunes private family from the Emirates.

In 2018 he invested in the venture Licorne Gulf along with Thomson Computing Group and Irina to become partner in the structure and support the international development of the Thomson Computing products across the globe.

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Dr. Shaikh Khalid  Al Khalifa

Board Member & Advisor Gulf Region

Dr. Sheikh Khalid M Al-Khalifa
Founder & Chairman of the Board of Trustees, University College of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain

Sheikh Khaled has international extensive relations and he is renowned for business and humanitarian vision with life dedicated to projects such as the empowerment of women and youth, disaster relief, disease eradication and building bridges of understanding between cultures.


Bachelor of Arts - University College of Arts & Sciences, Bahrain, 1983
Master of Science in Technology Management - Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain, 1992
Doctor of Philosophy - "The Relevance and Impact of Corporate Culture in the Banking Sector in Bahrain" - University of Northumbria at Newcastle, United Kingdom, 2003 

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Romain Canot

Board Member & Advisor

Romain Canot is an expert in communication.


Animator for 20 years, he has been working with the most important radio and TV media. 

He is also a press journalist who masters the art of debate, conferences, sports events, people interviews and presents prestigious events. 

Romain also uses his experience as a presenter for marketing and becomes a brand ambassador for event tours such as the Tour de France. 

Thanks to its network, Licorne gulf is now able to offer its clients fundraising services and becomes the key man for a new investment horizon.

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Dimitri Roux di Gambatto

Board Member & Advisor

Graduate of the Montpellier Business School with10 years of experience in the fields of finance, investments and strategic advice to worldwide companies.

Specialist in quantitative risk analysis and management.

Support, negotiation and strategic advice (M&A, external growth, business development, executive assistance)

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Rim Mathlouthi

Board Member & Advisor

Expert in the field of finance and all that is specific to figures.
Asset management and financial consulting in Geneva for numerous high-grade and extremely confidential investment mandates.

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Aicha Ghaffari

Board Member & Advisor MENA

With more than 15 years of extensive experience in ICT, innovation, and technological transformation, I am a professional Project Manager with a proven track record of leading Strategy Building, Business Development, Digital Marketing, Venture Capital, and Fundraising to promote and support startups and entrepreneurs as well as underserved communities and business owners such as female entrepreneurs and underrepresented founders based in the GCC and MENA regions.

 

I rely on my strengths of effective relationship building as well as identifying and pushing for global opportunities to successfully synchronize fundraising, special events, and general program responsibilities to drive the success and growth of entrepreneurs in the MENA region. 

 

I have also been working in close association with community partners to organize and execute The First Transcontinental Investment Roadshow, identify global investment opportunities, export best practices, and enhance alliances with the international community of Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Family Offices, and high-net-worth individuals. 

 

My current experience within the investor and startup ecosystem has highlighted the early-stage opportunities across the Middle East and Africa, led to bringing more investment opportunities for startups in the region.  I juggle multiple roles as I am responsible for designing programs and roadshows for incubators and accelerators, providing GTM support for startups as well as supporting companies to relocate and register their business in Qatar.