The Al-Khalifa Business School Advisory Board, chaired by Prof. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez, is responsible for advising on overseeing strategic moves, financial decisions, budgets and end-of-year accounts and for appointing the Dean.

Today, the AKBS Advisory Board is composed of 20 internationally recognized institutions and business leaders from a wide range of industry sectors. 

Board Committees, appointed by and reporting to the Chairman, are also involving representatives of AKBS management and external experts, deal with more specific issues like the Management and Finance Advisors, the Executive Committee and the Fellowship Committees.


H.E. Prof. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez HOKC, LLB, MBA, PhDH, FRAS, FRSA, FRAI, MRSAI 

Founder and Chairman of Al-Khalifa Business School


Special Advisor:

H.E. Prof. Sir Igor Olegovich Eleferenko PhD

Dean at Al-Khalifa Business School

Russian Federation

Special Advisor:

Prof. Olga Mroz 

Director of AKBS Open World at Al-Khalifa Business School


Members from Governments and Governmental Private Offices

H.E. Lansana Kouyaté

 Former Assistant Secretary-General at United Nations and Former Prime Minister at Guinea


Afaf Konja

Former Spokesperson at United Nations

United States of America

Prof. Sir Anthony Ritossa HonDBA, FRSA

Chairman at The Ritossa Family Office

United Arab Emirates 

Mohamed Al Ali 

CEO at Sheikh Ahmad Bin Obaid Al Maktoum International Investment Enterprises 

United Arab Emirates 

Massimo Falcioni

CEO of Etihad Credit Insurance

United Arab Emirates 

Members from Business and Finance 

Sayed Hadi Al Alawi FRSA

Chairman at Al Hayat Group

Kingdom of Bahrain

Hari Eppanapally PhD

Vice-President at The Bank of New York Mellon

United States of America

H.E. Sheikh Ahmed El Haiba 

Chairman of Investment Gate

Kingdom of Morocco

Ali G. Asiri

General Manager at Directorates Merging Project of National Water Company

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Brian Patrick Luining

CEO at MorlandBlack

The Netherlands

Members from Education

Prof. Jagannath Patnaik PhD

Vice-Chancellor at ICFAI University


Sir Sergey Pecheliev 

Vice-Rector at MGIMO-University

Russian Federation

Reza Radmand DMD, FAAOM 

Research Collaborator at Harvard School of Medicine

United States of America

Honorary Members

H.H. Mahmoud Salah Al Din Assaf 
Royal Patron of Al-Khalifa Business School


H.M. Togbe Osei III

Traditional ruler of Godenu 


H.R.H. Prince Rina Telesphore PhDH
Head of the Royal House Andriakazomanga-Zafimbolamena


H.E. Sir Luis Suárez Hernández PhDH

President at Suarez Museum of Natural Science & History

United States of America

Former Members

Academic Year 2019-2020

H.E. Amb. Paulette Bethel PhD

Bahamas Diplomat and Former United Nations Permanent Ambassador (Bahamas)