EMEA Advisory Committee

Giorgio Marcolongo
Chair Giorgio Marcolongo Partner/Shareholder

Sorefisa Spa

Milan, Italy

Time Zone: UTC+1

Tel: +39 2 880 7791
Mobile: +39 335319575

Maria Zabala
Deputy Chair Maria Zabala Partner/Shareholder
James Hickey
Chief Executive Officer James Hickey Chief Executive Officer

Alliott Group (Exec Office)


Tel: +44 203 330 0111
Mobile: +44 7595 042 779

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.

Selim Ozutez
Member Selim Ozutez Partner/Shareholder

ICS Bagimsiz Denetim A.S.

Istanbul, Turkey

Time Zone: UTC+2

Tel: +90 212 232 5200

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

Alliott Hadi Shahid (Abu Dhabi)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Time Zone: UTC+4

Tel: +971 2 622 2300
Mobile: +971 50 6416458

- Founder and Managing Partner of Alliott Hadi Shahid Chartered Accountants

- Doctorate degree in Accounting

- Over 40 years of experience in UAE, with 4 years as area in-charge of Major accounting firm

- Certified Fraud Examiner from USA

- Fellow Member of ICAP & British Institute of Management

- Affiliate Member of Association of Int�l. Accountants, and member of Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance, UK

Lex Thielen
Member Lex Thielen Partner/Shareholder

Thielen & Associes

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Time Zone: UTC+1

Tel: +352 262 60202

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).