Meet our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors

About GFG’s Ambassadorship Program

We envision a Gulf For Good Ambassador to be an individual who promotes the mission, goals and core values (Compassion, Community, Courage, Fun, Trust and Teamwork) of Gulf for Good. The role of a GFG Ambassador will be to serve as a representative of the organization, in a volunteer capacity, and to help raise awareness and support for our challenges and charity initiatives. GFG’s Ambassadors may use their influence, networks, and public platform to spread the GFG message, participate in fundraising efforts, attending events and meetings, and provide support and guidance to the Board and Ops Team where appropriate. In some circumstances, they may also act as liaison between GFG and external stakeholders such as donors, partners, and media outlets.

Program Goals:

1. Increase visibility

The Ambassador will help increase our visibility through advocating our challenges, charity initiatives and overall mission and vision.

2. Sponsorship/Fundraising

Ambassadors will actively create opportunities, open doors to potential partnerships and establish connections with people and organizations that could assist with sponsorship, fundraising and partnering with GFG either financially or in-kind and spread awareness about GFG’s upcoming challenges and charity initiatives.

3. Outreach

Ambassadors will engage new audiences and stakeholders by reaching out to individuals who may not have heard of GFG before, but who could potentially become supporters, challengers or partners.

4. Impact

A GFG Ambassador will aim to increase the impact of our work by mobilizing a network of dedicated and passionate supporters who can help amplify the organization's message and reach a wider audience.

Naila Kian | High-altitude mountaineer

Pakistan’s most successful female high-altitude mountaineer.

She is the first and only Pakistani woman to climb eight peaks above 8,000 metre. Kiani is the first Pakistani woman to climb all Pakistan’s highest peaks above 8,000-metre. Kiani is also the fastest Pakistani (male or female) to climb all Pakistani 8,000-metre peaks and eight peaks above 8,000-metre in two years.

Dan Bolton | CEO and Founder of Echo

Dan Bolton's extensive experience in executing major events globally makes him a valuable asset in the world of ceremonies, large-scale live events, and broadcast. With experience in Olympic Ceremonies, the Asian Games, and the FIFA World Cup, has made a lasting impact on the events and entertainment industry.

Now, as CEO of Echo, he's fostering sustainability and innovation through several businesses, including Dan Bolton Creative Management Agency, BE Experiential, Podcast Now, Its Curio, and the Rooted Within podcast. His leadership, commitment to entrepreneurs, and profound industry understanding make him an invaluable industry asset

Halima Jumani | Founder and CEO, Kibsons International

Halima Jumani is Director and part of the founding family of award winning Kibsons Online Home Delivery Service, which focuses on distributing fresh, healthy food directly from market-to-door for thousands of UAE residents. Halima has worked at Kibsons for over ten years, having seen the company go from strength to strength and leading the expansion through the practical challenges of implementing several projects/initiatives in the world of operations and trading. Today, Halima oversees all finance and operations for Kibsons and a team of over 1500 across the business and over 30,000 orders weekly.

Recently, Kibsons e-commerce has won several accolades and awards including BBC Good Food Awards, RetailME Awards, Entrepreneur Middle East, Arabian Business and Emirates Woman for leadership, innovation, customer service and the best grocery delivery service in town.

When she is not working, Halima loves to spend time with her family, particularly her three children aged 13, 19 and 20. Good nutrition, health and fitness are an integral part of their family routine with all three children passionate about sport and each of them having the honour of representing Australia in junior squash at international tournaments across the globe

Brett Jones | Public Relations & Comms Manager, Volkswagen

Brett Jones is a dynamic and accomplished professional with extensive experience in the fields of marketing, branding, and communication. Based in Dubai, he currently serves as the Public Relations & Communications Manager for Volkswagen in the Middle East.

With 15 years of experience in the industry, Brett has a proven track record of success in developing and executing strategic marketing initiatives that drive business growth and increase brand awareness. He has worked for a diverse range of brands across various sectors, including Volkswagen, Microsoft, Nespresso, Samsung & Yahoo!

In his spare time, Brett enjoys exploring the culture and history of the Middle East and traveling!

Shali Grote | Senior Consultant, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

GFG Challenger of the Year

Shali is a corporate communications strategy professional who is enjoying living and working in the UAE. An American of South Asian descent, she is a proud ‘second culture kid’ and enjoys the unique life perspective that only viewing the world with more than one cultural lens can provide. She is passionate about helping people in need around the world, especially children, and has taken on charitable causes from a young age.

Recently, she joined the Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge in support of the Larchfield Children’s Home in Tanzania. Her effort on the challenge garnered her the recognition of Challenger of the Year from Gulf for Good, and she hopes to use her account of the mountain climb to move others to pursue a charitable cause. She lives in Dubai with her husband Keenan and their two boys, Kieran and Devin.

Ben McCabe | Founder of McCabe + Partners

Ben is the Founder of McCabe + Partners, a purpose-driven executive search firm, designed to give and intent on offering a more inclusive, more sustainable approach to hiring. Ben has a long-established reputation working with Founders and CEO’s on behalf of global retailers and consumer tech platforms across D2C, marketplaces, subscription based, and rental.

He has a broad functional understanding but a bias towards fashion, food, and non-food categories as well as health and wellness brands in the United States and EMEA regions. He has a specific passion for partnering with brands with a social conscience and purpose and partners closely with B Corp certified businesses and brands with sustainability at the core.

Graduating with a BA Hons in Political Science Ben spent time earlier in his career working at Constituent and Parliamentary level shadowing a prominent UK Member of Parliament. Heis also a Board Advisor to The Middle East Fashion Council and Cofounder of Impact Startups, the MENA regions first ESG focused Venture Studio on a mission to support underserved Founders get access to investment opportunities.

Derek Bellis | World Explorer

Derek arrived and settled in Dubai in late 1985; working in various IT fields, until his retirement in mid 2018. Having been raised in Alexandria, Egypt, in his early years, he is an Arabic speaker. In fact Derek has spent more than half of his life in the middle east, which has helped him build a wide network of contacts, in many walks of life.

He has undertaken several challenges with Gulf for Good, over the years, starting with Kilimanjaro in 2003, and more recently volunteering in Malawi, at the Sparkle Foundation. In addition, Derek has trekked in Bhutan, Vietnam, Patagonia, Cambodia, Kazakhstan and India. Like many Gulf for Goodies, he is an avid traveller, having visited 67 countries and lived in 8 of them. His current bucket list includes Iceland, Namibia, Cuba, and Tajikistan.


Jamal Hussain | Managing Director, Kibsons International

Jamal Hussain is the Chairman and part of the founding family of Kibsons International LLC, which focuses on importing and distributing fresh produce across GCC and Africa. Jamal’s entrepreneurial spirit and long-term view of the consumer goods industry has created the foundation for market leadership in the fruit, vegetable, meat and poultry sectors.

Today Jamal oversees all strategic and international management of the business with a team of 1,500 employees and more than $150 million turnover annuallyJamal and his team’s unwavering commitment to building lasting relationships with suppliers and customers is why Kibsons enjoys a global reputation of integrity and trust with a network of more than 600 suppliers and customers. Known for creating a business and brand recognized for its quality, transparency, support towards the community and a team that truly cares, Jamal and his team paved the way in bringing these values and mission to life.

Jamal has an incredible passion for food and family, he loves to spend time and enjoys being a private chef for his family, particularly his three children aged fifteen, twenty-one and twenty-two. Good nutrition, health and fitness are an integral part of their family routine with all three children passionate about sport, and each of them having the honour of representing Australia in Junior Squash at International tournaments across the globe.

Mark Hunt | Regional Managing Director, McLaren Construction Ltd.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Mark started his career as Civil Engineer and spend 20 years working in the Construction Industry across a multiple of sectors. He moved to the UAE in 2008 and has been involved in many high-profile construction projects across the Emirates.

He currently leads the McLaren Construction business in the Middle East. With a passion for lifelong learning, he most recently completed his MSc in Construction Project Management at Heriot Watt University.Outside of work Mark enjoys playing golf (badly), networking, and mentoring up and coming talent with the construction industry.

His passion for golf and supporting those less fortunate, has enabled him to facilitate various golf days to support local charitable organizations and individuals. His extensivenetwork combined with his enthusiastic nature will support and expand the Gulf for Good activities.

Yasmeen Bhat | Partner and Managing Director, Yas Media, LLC

YAS Media Group, headed by Ms. Yasmeen Rashid Bhat and Mr. Aleemuddin Shaikh, is a culmination of more than 10 years of International Advertising and Printing Experience.