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EMEA Advisory Committee

Colin Farmer
Chair Colin Farmer Partner/Shareholder

Firm
Alliotts (London office)

Location
London, United Kingdom

Time Zone: UTC+0

Tel: +44 20 7240 9971
Mobile: +44 7889 597104
Website: http://www.alliotts.com

Colin Farmer is a partner in London / South East accounting firm member Alliotts. As well as Deputy Worldwide Chair, he is also EMEA Chair.

Colin is specialised in understanding the complex issues facing inward investing businesses setting up in the UK. He currently provides advice and services to numerous UK subsidiaries of overseas companies, including a number of well known international retail chains.

Giorgio Marcolongo
Deputy Chair Giorgio Marcolongo Partner/Shareholder

Firm
Sorefisa Spa

Location
Milan, Italy

Time Zone: UTC+1

Tel: +39 2 880 7791
Mobile: +39 335319575
Website: http://www.sorefisa.it

James Hickey
Chief Executive Officer James Hickey Chief Executive Officer

Firm
Alliott Group (Executive Office)

Location
Petersfield, United Kingdom

Time Zone: UTC+0

Tel: +44 203 330 0110
Mobile: +44 7595 042 779
Website: http://www.alliottgroup.net

As Chief Executive Officer, James is responsible for the day to day management of Alliott Group. Working in conjunction with the Worldwide Executive, the Worldwide Board and the Regional Advisory Committees, James supports the development and implementation of membership services and the strategic development of the Group. James joined Alliott Group in July 2008 and has over 15 years' experience of working within a membership/association business environment.

Ralph Blaes
Member Ralph Blaes Managing Partner/Shareholder

Firm
actis ag (Berlin office)

Location
Berlin, Germany

Time Zone: UTC+1

Tel: +49 303726188475
Website: http://www.actis.ag

Born in 1961, I decided after both the German and French A-Levels to study economic sciences and finish my studies in winter 1988/89 in Saarbruecken, Germany, where I specialized in accounting, business evaluation, merger and acquisitions, management of companies and groups. I wrote a thesis on the differences in audit in the United Kindom, France and Germany. I started my career at a German group of Consultants specializing in familly owned businesses, where I ended up becoming one of the seven majority partners at the age of 37. I left the group and founded my own group at the age of 41. We specialize in international consulting of family owned businesses in the fields of strategy, organisation, growth, due diligence, corporate finance, personnel, accounting and taxes. Main business sectors are the nutrition industry, real estate, recycling, IT and financial services.

Maria Zabala
Member Maria Zabala Partner/Shareholder
Paul Marmor
Member Paul Marmor Partner/Shareholder

Firm
Sherrards Solicitors LLP (London office)

Location
London, United Kingdom

Time Zone: UTC+0

Tel: +44 20 7478 9010
Website: http://www.sherrards.com

Paul Marmor is the head of international services at Sherrards Solicitors, and runs the litigation department.

Selim Ozutez
Member Selim Ozutez Partner/Shareholder

Firm
ICS Bagimsiz Denetim A.S.

Location
Istanbul, Turkey

Time Zone: UTC+2

Tel: +90 212 232 5200
Website: http://www.ics.com.tr

I am a partner with ICS Bagimsiz Denetim A.S. in Istanbul. I have been with involved with the firm from 1997 through 2001 at various levels and as partner since 2008.

I am currently serving as the firm's partner in charge of Accounting and Auditing responsible for monitoring the firm's quality control systems, Risk & Compliance and Fraud Examination departments, and managing relationship with clients. I have previous experience in audits of media and entertainment, technology and internet, aviation, retail and royalty and vendor audits and compliance audits.

I hold Bachelors degrees in Business - Economics, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accountancy.
Additionally, Ihold an active CPA license in Turkey and the United States of America as well as being a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics, Certified IT Professional, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Forensic Certified Public Accountant certifications.

Abdul Hadi Shahid
Member Abdul Hadi Shahid Managing Partner/Shareholder

Firm
Alliott Hadi Shahid (Abu Dhabi)

Location
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Time Zone: UTC+4

Tel: +971 2 622 2300
Mobile: +971 50 6416458
Website: http://www.alliottuae.com

Lex Thielen
Member Lex Thielen Partner/Shareholder

Firm
Thielen & Associes

Location
Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Time Zone: UTC+1

Tel: +352 262 60202
Website: http://www.lexthielen.com

Lex Thielen graduated from the University of Paris Sorbonne in 1985. After his law degree, he continued with a specialized study in contract and tort law (D.E.A in private law) which he finished with distinction. He was a lecturer at the Sorbonne from 1986 to 1988. He was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in February 1987 and opened his own law firm in 1991. After defending several individuals in highly publicised white collar crime trials, he decided to focus on commercial and financial law, and later also real estate and tax structures through Luxembourg. Recently he published a book on real estate law (Les professionnels de l''immobilier en droit luxembourgeois, Ed. Larcier 2010).