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Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Stelios Haji-Ioannou

The son of a Greek shipping tycoon has been making waves all of his own with his “easy” branded businesses. Now he’s in Dubai, with the region’s first easyHotel.

May 26, 2010 4:13 by

When Dubai hosted the high-profile gathering of some of the world’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders, Stelios Haji-Ioannou was in attendance and the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was at the helm.

The influential gathering of international entrepreneurs met under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan, who chairs the board for the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders.  The high-profile gala welcomed tycoons and iconic business personalities from around the world, with support from corporate leaders like Shell and Deloitte.

Surrounded by world business leaders, Sheikh Hamdan is “in his element.”  The 28-year-old Crown Prince heads the Dubai Executive Council which supervises public sector and development strategies in the emirate.

Sheikh Hamdan attended the UK’s Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, the London School of Economics, and the Dubai School of Government. And he shares with Haji-Ioannou an interest in supporting persons with disabilities. Sheikh Hamdan in 2006 launched the Takamul initiative, which looks at ways to better integrate those with special needs into the larger society.

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