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Desert Green


To be the leading authority on family business related services including business strategy, wealth advisory, talent management, education and research in the Gulf region.


Reinforcing UAE’s market competitive position as a leading family business research hub; benchmarking it with innovative cities like Singapore, Hong Kong
Training the SME entrepreneurs and the next generation of family businesses to ensure their growth and continuity
Ensuring sustainable growth of a diversified economy
Our Vision
Family businesses & SMEs play a vital role in driving global economic growth. In the Middle East and GCC, family business account for 80% of non-oil GDP and 75% of private sector. Most businesses in this region are young and are in the midst of a succession from the second to the third generation. NextGen Desert Green understands what makes family and closely held businesses unique and the spectrum of challenges that can limit their success. We at NexGen, focus exclusively on helping both the family and the business. We combine our deep understanding of family dynamics with the latest research and best practices to provide solutions that balances business strategy, family systems, control, and family harmony while maximizing shareholder value.

Michael Chahine


+1 802 829 1490

Michael has held several Board memberships, Advisory and Management Committees, most recently Emirates NBD Trust Company, Jersey; Emirates NBD Wealth Management Leadership and Investment Committees; Chairmanship of Emirates NBD Parivate Capital Investment; Chairmanship of Credit Suisse Lebanon; Member of Executive Committee Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia; Ongoing Advisory role to UHNW families in the GCC Region.
His global assignments included KSA, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, New York, London, Geneva and Dubai
He has developed close strategic relationships with institutions, sovereign, merchant families and family offices in the MENA region and in particular, in KSA
Michael holds a B.A in Economics and History from Haigazian University and an MBA with Honors from Thunderbird, School of Global Management, USA

Emirates NBD

  • 5 years GM Private Banking, Dubai.


Credit Suisse

  • 10 years Head strategic relation UHNWI & Family Offices. London and Dubai


JP Morgan

  • 5 years Global Head Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Market, New York, London and Geneva.


Citibank - Citigroup

  • 15 years in various roles in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi,UAE, Denver, Colorado, Chicago, Illinois and New York.

strategic partners


Dr. Daniel Hasler

MBA Oxford & Ph.D. Biochemistry 


Family Office

  • 3 years Business Consultant


  • 5 years Middle East & Finance

Credit Suisse

  • 5 years Head Business Development ME & ISC

Key Competences

  • Business building and implementation

  • Corporate governance and managerial improvement

  • Strategy and market entry

  • Emerging markets experience in broad range of sectors

Lic. oec. Jean-Luc Zehnder

MA in Business Administration and Finance 


Family Office

  • 1 year Investment Director



  • 2 years M&A Advisory London

  • 5 years Strategy/M&A Advisory Zurich


Julius Baer

  • 1 year Director Direct Investments


Key Competences

  • Direct investments and M&A advisory

  • Corporate strategy consulting / Business development

  • Seasoned project/interim manager with entrepreneurial spirit and hands-on attitude

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