أعضاء المجلس Board Members

The President of the Private Council and Grand Chancellor of the Royal Order of Banu Assaf: H.E. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez

His Excellency (H.E.) Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez HOKC, LLB, MBA, PhDH, FRAS, FRSA, FRAI, MRSAI (Santiago de Compostela, 1995) is a Spanish jurist, diplomat, journalist and academic.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from A Coruña University, he is graduated in Journalism from the National Journalists Association of Cuba in Exile and has an MBA in “International Construction Management” from the European University. He completed more than 300 courses and specialisations in business, management, education, health, or security from IVY league universities and top-ranked European Business Schools. He received two Doctor Honoris Causa Degrees in the field of diplomacy.

Since his beginnings in the educational field, he works in Law and Education research. Currently, he is a professor and senior advisor at various universities in Asia-Pacific and North America. He lectured and participated in events at the Davos World Economic Forum and universities such as MIT, Harvard, Oxford, or New York University. He has published nine books and more than sixty professional and scientific articles.

He is an elected fellow and member of several British and Irish Royal societies, and Spanish and American academies. He has stood out at an early age for been invited to collaborate in media at Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MSNBC, Microsoft, Le Figaro, or Le Monde. He is a regular contributor to The Economic Times and The Times of India.

His Higher Education efforts have been developed in his project, Al-Khalifa Business School (AKBS), considered by some media as one of the fastest-growing internationally accredited learning institutes of 2020. AKBS is supported by some of the most respected family offices and UHNWI with headquarters in the Middle East. Nowadays he serves as the Chairman of the educational group Al-Khalifa Business School LLP.

He officially works in the field of diplomacy. He holds various commitments such as Special Envoy of the Republic of Madagascar’s Presidency, personal advisor of the former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Prime Minister of Guinea (H.E. Lansana Kouyaté), or President of the Private Council of the Prince Mahmoud Salah Al-Din Assaf. 

He works in philanthropy, giving free education and resources to the Middle East and Africa. He is highly recognised for his remarkable contributions by organisations such as the IDPs National Centres of Iraq, the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre, or the UNESCO member FUNVIC. Because of his social impact he was included in many global ranked lists and has been highlighted and interviewed in media like Forbes, Cosmo, CNBC, CBS, ABC, or Fox News. Additionally, he is a recognised Honorary Ambassador to many organisations with consultative status at the United Nations and he is an active member of Lions International Club.

He holds different legitimated knighthoods given by religions and representatives for service to the royal houses and States heads. He has received high civil honours from the Russian Federation, the Russian Orthodox Church, the States of Arkansas and Kentucky and the local governments of Machu Picchu, Medley and North Miami Beach.

Special Advisor to the President and Delegate for the United Arab Emirates: Sir Anthony Ritossa

Sir Anthony Ritossa studied at Harvard University and the University of Technology of Sydney. He is Chairman of the Ritossa Family Office which represents the distillation of 600 years of history – of a grove, a family and a region. The gnarled roots of the Ritossa olive groves have persevered through war and natural disasters, through changes of climate and country, and under the rule of warrior princes, wealthy merchant kings and modern despots. The Ritossa Family Office is known for its contrarian and thematic investments. These include the US Subprime Crisis, the European Sovereign Debt, Banking Crisis, strategic PE, RE and blockchain allocations.

He has over 30 years of international financial markets and investment experience. Before his family office role, Sir Anthony is recognized for his distinguished Wall Street career in New York. He has held senior executive positions at Nomura, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, and Bankers Trust (acquired by Deutsche Bank. He is an advisor of other royal families like The Private Office Of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nehayan and LEAD Ventures – The Office of Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Qasimi. 

The Ritossa Family Office is host to The Global Family Office Investment Summits. The Summit Series has made global headlines as the world’s largest and most exclusive gathering of the private wealth of all time. 600+ Elite Family Offices, Prominent Business Owners, Sheikhs, Royal Families, Private Investment Companies, Sovereign Wealth Funds & industry professionals from around the globe convene representing more than $4.5 trillion in wealth.

Secretary of the Private Council: Syed Anas Ali

Syed Anas Wajid Ali is a Saudi entrepreneur. He studied Bachelor in Sciences at Oxford Brokes University and he did many courses of specialization in Business Administration.  He was Selected to handle OASIS Innovation Incubator online system development as well as website design and development due to superb professional acumen and excellent work ethic. He has Flawlessly conducted event management and planning for the International Innovative Platform of Islamic Economics Products and the 2nd International Innovative Platform for Islamic Economy Products.

He is Delivered expert assistance in matters relating to marketing and publicity for the company and administered employment agreements and project contracts. He worked as an administrator on Nasser Al-Dossary and on NTM Co. He was Secretary-General of Creative Gravity. Nowadays he is a member of the Islamic Center of Arab Economy, developing new opportunities for Arab Markets around the World.

Vice President and Delegate of Institutional Relations: António Manuel Almeida Dias

His Excellency (H.E.) Antonio Manuel Almeida Dias MD, Ph.D., FRSM, is a doctor in Medicine, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences (1993), with a final classification of Approved with Distinction and Praise, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal. He gets PAPCC in Medicine (1990) with a final classification of Very Good with Distinction, by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal and Doctor of Medicine (1985) by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), Portugal. He was a professor of Medicine at Porto University from 1984 to 1999 and is President of the CESPU Group of Universities since 1999. He is author of more than 20 relevant publications in medicine and health sciences.

Nowadays, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of CESPU – Cooperative of High Education, Polytechnic and University, Crl; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CESPU Europa, S.A. (Barcelona – Spain).

In academics, he is President of the General Assembly of RACS (Academic Network of Health Sciences of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries); Scientific coordinator of 65 Post-graduations in the health area. (2000-2018), the most recent being the Executive master’s in management and Health Administration – 6th Edition; Member of the Directed and Investigated Council of IINFACTS – Institute of Research and Advanced Training in Science and Technology of Cheers; Responsible for the extension of the HUBc (Health University of Barcelona Campus) and at International Campus of Excellence at the University of Barcelona – Portugal (CESPU). (2012-2016).

He works hard for the development of Educational Institutions in Africa since different positions like Coordinator of the Installing Commission of the Medical Course of the University Private of Marrakech, a course approved in September 2018. He is also Professor of Physiology at the ISTM Medicine Course – High Institute of Technical Military (Luanda – Angola); Associate Professor of the University Institute of Health Sciences; Coordinating Professor of the Polytechnic Institute of Health of the North; and Board of Directors of PEA – Educational Projects of Angola, S.A. (Benguela – Angola); President of the North Polytechnic Institute of Health; as well as Director of the Ave Superior School of Health.

He coordinates and advises many universities in other groups in Portugal with positions like Member of the Board of the Portucalense University Infant D. Henrique, Cooperative de Ensino Superior, CRL, Gestal process controlled from January 2006 to January 2009, at the invitation of Millennium BCP.

*Deputy Delegate of Institutional Relations: Sergey Pecheliev

Director of International Relations: Manuel Alejandro Freire-Garabal Núñez

Manuel Alejandro Freire-Garabal Núñez MD, Ph.D., FRSM, is a Full Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). 

Born in Spain, he has a Medical Degree (1986) and a PhD in Medicine (1989) from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC).

He has adquired complementary education in Drug Discovery and Development, Global Health, Management, Organizations, Finances, Economy, Law and Cybersecurity.

Specialist in General Medicine by the Spanish Ministry of Health.
Currently, he is a Full Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela, lecturing in Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Degree of Medicine.

He also participates in Master courses (Research and Development of Medicines; Healthcare Management; Clinical and Social Gerontology), Ph.D. training (Research and Development of Medicines; Comprehensive Healthcare; Clinical and Social Gerontology; Pharmacology; Clinical and Health Psychology) and other pre- and post-graduate educational activities (on Neurosciences, Mental Health, Stress and Health; Stress in high Risk Professions; Training Course for caregivers of Mentally Handicapped; Nursing Training; Pharmaceutical Industry; Oncology; Traslational Medicine; Emergency Medicine; etc.)

Director of the Stress and Neuroimmunology Laboratory research group, originally dedicated to Psycho-Neuro-Immunology, developing strategies to reduce the impact of stress and living conditions on cancer, infection and autoimmune diseases. Nowadays, he is more involved in the discovery and development of new drugs against cancer, immune diseases and infection, having obtained new compounds, of synthetic and natural origin – including some from the sea – that can be useful in future prostate and breast cancer treatment.

Authored +100 publications, addressed 23 PhD, and have participated with +200 lectures, keynotes and communications to scientific meetings worldwide, having received 15 national and international awards.

He was member of the board of directors and advisor of several companies a where he had the opportunity to create products and solutions, develop strategies and design performance improvements.

Currently, he is also involved in the design and development of artificial intelligence applied to healthcare and higher education.

He had international executive responsibilities in higher education, science, healthcare and entrepreneurship.

He was Advisor Responsible for International Relations of the USC for 10 years; during this time, he was in charge of the creation of one of the influential university international consortia in the world, the Compostela Group of Universities – still being member of its executive committee – and in the organization of outstanding international programmes and meetings.

Delegate of Public Relations: Afaf Konja

Afaf Konja began her international career in television news at the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) local affiliate, KGTV/10 News in San Diego, California. Her broad interviews with world leaders span throughout the globe to include heads of State and Government, the United Nations Secretary-General, UN General Assembly Presidents, along with in-studio and on-location interviews with cross-sector leaders, focusing on sustainable development and the political, economic and social issues of the Global South. Her specialization as a communication expert encompasses a suite of talents; from public speaking, delivering keynote speeches, building strategic communications campaigns to chairing and moderating High-level UN meetings and conferences around the world and hosting and producing live talk shows. Elevating her work at the United Nations as a UN Resident Correspondent, anchor, field reporter, producer and program editor to becoming the Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly. Afaf also hosts live High-level red carpet galas, including the South-South Awards for 2010, 2011 and 2012 and co-organized the official Concert of the President of the UN General Assembly during the 2013-2014 term. Afaf also enjoys performing voice work as a public announcer for important causes and contributes her talents as Master of Ceremonies at major events.

Working in the context of international diplomacy as the Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Afaf pulls from her vast hands-on experience; from live coverage at UN General Debates to offering special coverage at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20, Conference on Least Developed Countries, ECOSOC High-level Ministerial Reviews, ECOSOC High-level Political Forum, UN World Urban Forum, Global South-South Development Expos, Conferences of Independent Financial Advisors, Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Conference, Climate Change conferences, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and on; respectively serving as the head media liaison for the Office of the President and previously receiving a personal “Thank You” note from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for her coverage of his official visit through South America in 2011, personally addressing her, off the cuff, as a “Champion for South-South Cooperation.”

Innovatively expanding her career as a leading international communication specialist and public speaker with a technical background of the 2030 Development Agenda, Afaf has extensive knowledge of the issues before the United Nations General Assembly and acts as a bridge-builder for public-private partnerships for economic and social development, and a promoter of corporate social responsibility. Afaf displays exemplary talent both on-and off-camera with extensive public relations experience and sheer diplomatic finesse. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Speech Communication and Journalism. Afaf speaks Aramaic fluently and has a working knowledge of French and Arabic. Afaf is a native of Iraq and a national of the United States.

Delegate of Investment Affairs: Naeem Aslam

Naeem Aslam CFA, has over 10 years’ experience in the financial markets, running the market research department at ThinkMarkets with a focus on technical and fundamental analysis.  Based in London office, Naeem Aslam is well-known on financial TV with regular contributions on Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, Fox Business, Fance24, Sky News, Al Jazeera and many another tier one media across the globe. He is a columnist on Forbes and CNBC digital print sites, where he shares his views on key volatility events. Among his most popular predictions are Donald Trump’s against all odds victory and Britain’s vote on Brexit.

He has participated in panel discussions on emerging market trends with official economic ministers in the Middle East. He has also paneled in Ireland alongside Charles L. Evans (President of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), Philip R. Lane (Governor of Central Bank of Ireland) and Enda Kenny (Taoiseach of Ireland).

Naeem regularly delivers guest lectures at top-tier universities in the UK such as The London of Economics and Political Science, The Warwick University, The University of Leeds and The Coventry University.

His wealth of knowledge comes from his experience with Bank of America in equity trading and Bank of New York as a hedge fund trader. He has worked with top UK universities to provide financial education to students, including lectures at the London School of Economics. Apart from holding the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA), Naeem is the proud winner of the National Award – Young Irish Broker 2010.

Delegate of Legal Affairs: Sir Domingo Bello Janeiro

His Excellency (H.E.) Sir Domingo Bello Janeiro LLB, Ph.D., is a Full Professor of Spanish civil law. He holds a bachelor’s degree with an extraordinary end-of-career award and a doctorate in law from the University of Santiago de Compostela, of which he was vice-dean and a professor of civil law at the University of La Coruña. In addition, he is a member of the Technical Commission of Law dependent on the Galician Culture Council, a member of the plenary session of the Higher Commission for the Study of the Development of Galician Civil Law and a full member of the Galician Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation. He is also the author of several books on his specialty and numerous scientific articles in legal journals, many of which are translated into Russian by the Private Law Center attached to the Russian Presidency. He is a member of the General Codification Commission.

*Deputy Delegate of Legal Affairs: Aleksander Sajarov

Delegate of Health Advisory: José Luis Balboa Gómez

Honorable (Hon.) José Luis Balboa Gómez MD, Ph.D., is a doctor and stomatologist. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery as well as in Odontology. He has been a professor of medicine and dentistry and has held various positions in the Spanish Society of Odontology.





Delegate of Social Affairs: Sir Luis Suárez Hernández

His Excellency (H.E.) Sir Luis Suárez Hernández Ph.D.H. is Vice-President of Miami Kingdom Lions Club, President of Suro Global Corp., President of La Diaspora Magazine and Chief-Curator of Suarez Museum of Natural Science & History Inc. He is Executive Director and International Relations of the Chamber of Commerce of Medley, Florida. Director of public relations at the National College of Journalists and  Liaison Officer of the Cuban Academy of History. He represents international institutions as the Rosario Gatón Foundation (Secretary-General), The Holy Order of San Miguel del Ala (President and Delegate for North and Latin America) and the Order of Vilaviçosa, International Museum of Motorcycles “Calvo de Barrientos” (Vicepresident).

He is an ambassador with the diplomatic credentials of NOHE/ UN. He is an Honorary Doctor and Honorary Graduate by letters in the UAC University School of Global Management. He is a member of various national and international academies and advisor of various houses and royal families.

Delegate for Russian Federation: Sir Igor Olegovich Eleferenko

His Excellency (H.E.) Sir Igor Olegovich Eleferenko Ph.D. is a Graduated and Doctor in Pedagogy. Professor of University Leon Tolstoi in Moscow. He is Advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation and State Counselor and Colonel of the regular troops of the Cossacks. He is a member of the Union of Journalists of Moscow, and has been President for several years of the International Film Festival and the television “Radonezh”. He is a member of the International Academy of Television and Radio.

He is a member of many national and international academies and has received the highest decorations of the Russian Federation for which he has received the gratitude and admiration of President Vladimir Putin. He is the author of more than 1,000 publications in Russian and foreign press, more than 50 scientific articles and monographs and a multitude of documentary films. He is the liaison of the Private Council of His Royal Highness with the Russian Government and the Russian Imperial House. 

Delegate of Media Relations: Moazam Ali

Moazam Ali is a Pakistani with residence in UAE writer and engineer. He is Graduated in Metallurgy and Material Science Engineering in 2006, having a postgraduate diploma in Computer sciences with some field-related international certifications in hand.  In 2014, he started in media and blogging as well as in professional writing. He wrote his first book dedicated to poetry and running literary blogs. Nowadays, he works with media like Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur or the Times.