Georges R. Chakar

Experience

Georges is a Business Strategist with diverse experience spanning over 20 years in Customer Service, Marketing, Corporate Communications and Strategic Counselling. His regional experience covers diverse industries such as Hospitality and Tourism Development, Real Estate, Banking, FMCG and Education. Landing senior role with leading corporate organisations such as the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Interpublic Group (IPG), Starwood Group and Hilton Group, allowed Georges to be immersed in different corporate cultures and life cycle dynamics during start-up, maturity or change phase. Georges was a key member contributing in the establishment and launch of regional landmarks such as Saadiyat Island – a multi-facet destination that encompass cultural, tourism, leisure and educational institutions – Eastern Mangroves, Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa and Sir Bani Yas Island, the regions’ first nature and wildlife reserve and more.

In a recent role Georges worked at Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), for eight years, where he headed communications for all its projects portfolio. In addition to his general scope of work, Georges was mandated to mentor and develop young talents as well as coaching and training senior management for strategic media and public encounter. His passion to exchanging knowledge landed him in the education industry, where he was part time faculty member at the European International College. In addition, George performed in several occasions the role of master of ceremony as well as facilitator in thinking tank groups and panel discussions.

Current Role

Georges is a founding member and Vice Chairman of Link ME Group and Managing Partner for Link ME UAE. He is a Board Member of Link ME Indonesia, Millennial Capital and Millennial Beauty. George is responsible for developing and executing the growth strategy for Link ME Group and its subsidiaries and for creating a multidisciplinary holding specialized in travel, tourism and human development.

Educational Background

Georges has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School, where he led a team of five classmates to win the Hult award for best Action Project for Disney Corporation. He has a Bachelor degree in Hospitality and Tourism, from Notre Dame University (NDU).

Georges love for personal development lead him to enrol in one of the most engaging Leadership Programmes in Barcelona through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). In addition, he holds a certificate in Hospitality Leadership from l’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL).

Professional Affiliations

Georges is a member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) and a member of the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA). He is an associate with the World Travel Award (WTA) and of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).