Bassem Terkawi


Bassem has worked for over 21 years with large organizations in the Middle East, GCC and Asia. He held several leadership positions within government and private organizations such as Jumeriah Group – Dubai, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) – Doha, Al Futtaim Group (AFG) – Dubai, Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) – Abu Dhabi. This has given him leadership managerial experience inside organizations and has provided him with in-depth understanding of organizational dynamics and business issues. Also, he contributed to the overall strategic planning of multi-billion dollar hospitality, tourism and cultural projects portfolio. This includes Saadiyat Island, Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, Qasr Al Sarab Resort, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dubai Festival City and more.

In addition, he has worked as an organizational leadership coach with numerous leading organizations such as Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) – Riyadh, Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development – Dubai, Majed Al Futtaim (MAF) – Dubai, Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP) – Riyadh, Rotana Hotels and Resorts – Abu Dhabi, Saudi Telecom (STC) – Riyadh, Ministry of Health (MOH) – Riyadh.

Current Role

Bassem is the Co- Founder & Chairman of the Board for Link ME Group, CEO of Link ME UAE, Board Member of Link ME Indonesia and Board Member of Millennial Capital. He is responsible for steering Link ME’s team and business units to achieve the group’s objective of becoming the world’s leading hospitality advisory and development solutions provider.

Educational Background

Bassem has a Law Degree from Beirut Arab University (BAU) – Beirut. He has a Higher Diploma in Intellectual Property from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Geneva.

His passion for leadership and coaching, lead him to enrich his knowledge on personal development by enrolling into leading international coaching and leadership programs.

In 2013 he became faculty member with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) – San Francisco, the world’s leading coaches training organization.

Professional Affiliations

Bassem is a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF), for which he currently holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential. He also holds the Certified Co-Active Professional Coach (CPCC) credential from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). He is an associate with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)®, Mckinsey and Aberkyn.

Bassem has presented to high-profile dignitaries, including HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s president, French President Jacques Chirac, HRH Queen Rania of Jordan, Prince Albert II of Monaco, HRH Prince Charles (Prince of Wales), Her Majesty Queen Farah Diba.