Board of directors

The Board oversees the general business and strategy of FBN. It is composed of 14 FBN members and the CEO, who is Secretary to the Board


Farhad Forbes

Forbes Marshall, India – G2, FBN Chairman

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Farhad Forbes represents the 2nd Generation of Forbes Marshall, responsible for the Industrial Process Automation and Control Group of the Company. He has been in the company since 1982. Forbes Marshall is one of India’s leading companies in the fields of Steam Engineering, Energy Conservation, Utilities Management, and Industrial Process Automation and Control. It employs over 1100 people and has Joint Ventures and alliances in Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Japan.

Alexander Scott

Applerigg, UK - G4, FBN Treasurer, Family Office Co-Chair

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A fourth-generation family business owner, leader and strategist, Alex is Chairman of Applerigg, a private, family-owned business built on the foundations of a financial services group established by his great-grandfather in 1903. Following his leadership of the sale of Provincial Insurance Group in 1994, Alex founded the first of the Applerigg group portfolio companies: Sandaire, an international multi-family investment office, later joined by Yealand Administration, a funds administration company; Mount Kendal, a real estate investment advisor; and Horizons, a contemporary network and learning environment for the leaders of tomorrow. He is a Non-Executive Director of his family’s investment holding company, as well as of several private companies. Alex is a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, and chairs the Grosvenor Pension Plan and Wheatsheaf Group. He is a member of the Board of the Family Business Network International, co-founded and is a Life President of the Institute for Family Business (UK) and has served as a Director of the Family Firm Institute Inc. He is a Trustee of the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Patron of Tomorrow’s Company. Alex graduated from Exeter College, Oxford with an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.

Alexis du Roy de Blicquy

CEO, FBN, Belgium / Switzerland

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Alexis is the CEO of The Family Business Network (FBN), the world’s leading network bringing together over 4,000 business owning families  – 17,000 individual members including 6,400 Next-Generation members – in 32 chapters covering 65 countries.

Prior to FBN, Alexis held senior positions, including at Lhoist, Verlinvest, Armonea and IFC (World Bank Group). For 6 years, he was Chairman of the Board of ToolBox, supporting NGOs by offering professional consultancy.

He is member of the Board of Trusted Family, the leading governance platform for family offices and boards, of the Advisory Council of AITIA Institute in Singapore and of various cultural organizations.

He has recently been recognized as one of the Top 100 Family Influencers by a leading magazine.

A Belgian and Swiss citizen, Alexis holds a Master in Management Science from Solvay Business School, is an INSEAD IEP and IMD HPL Graduate.

Phone: +41 21 618 04 56

Fred R. Sasser

Sasser Family Holdings, USA – G3

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Fred R. Sasser is a third generation Sasser Family member.  Fred entered the business in 1973, eventually leading the business as CEO for 36 years, transitioning this position to a non-family CEO in 2016.  In 2019, Fred handed the Chair of the Board position to the company’s first non-family Chair, while still remaining a stockholder and Chair Emeritus.

Role within FBN:

  • FBN-I Board of Directors
  • Member of FBN-I Polaris Steering Committee
  • Chair of FBN-USA Chapter
  • FBN-USA Board of Directors

Key Topics of Experience

  • Role of family business in the economy
  • Succession within family enterprises
  • Governance of family enterprises
  • Introduction of independent directors
  • Transition to initial non-family CEO

Joaquin Uriach

Grupo Uriach, Spain – G5

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Joaquin Uriach is President of the Board of Directors of Grupo Uriach, founded in 1838. Grupo Uriach is the oldest pharmaceutical company in Spain and the second oldest in Europe. Joaquin is is a former member of the Family Business Advisory Committee at FFI, President of the Family Business Chapter (Esade Alumni), and member of the Board of several Family Businesses. He was founder of the Next-Generation Group at FBN Spain (IEF), former President of FBN Spain (IEF) and FBN Ambassador.

Sajen Aswani

Tolaram Group, Singapore- G3

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Sajen Aswani is CEO of Tolaram Group, Singapore-based company, founded in 1948, with companies in several business sectors – manufacturing of food, paper and textile, marketing and distribution, financial services and real estate developments in six countries. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in managing and developing industrial and trading operations in Asia, Europe and Africa. In addition to his leadership in the family business, Sajen plays a number of significant community leadership roles at local, regional and global levels. Since 2013, Sajen has been advisor to the Board of Directors of the Business Families Foundation, alongside influential thought leaders John Davis and Nadir Mohamed.

Arjun Chowgule

Chowgule & Co, G4, India, President NxG

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Arjun is a 4th generation member of the Chowgule Family - a group that is headquartered in India with global operations in commodities, logistics, engineering and trading. Arjun completed his BA in Economics from the University of Durham and his MA in Organisation Studies from the University of Warwick. He works in the family business managing the group finance operations and parts of the engineering business. He is also associated with a number of industry initiatives and currently co-chairs the skill development initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry (Western Region). Arjun was also on the drafting committee for the education vision document of the present Indian government. He is a volunteer with the Art of Living Foundation and teaches their yoga and meditation programs aimed at youths. 

Valentine Barbier-Mueller

Société Privée de Gérance, G3, Switzerland, Vice President NxG

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Valentine Barbier-Mueller is a third-generation member of the SPG-RYTZ Group in Switzerland, which operates in real-estate services.

Before joining the family business, Valentine worked with innovative organizations, such as Swiss project Solar Impulse, and Techstars-backed startup Codementor. With her sisters and cousins, she also founded Les Muses BM, an ethnic-inspired jewellery brand that perpetuates the century-old family tradition in the world’s arts and cultures.
Valentine is the Vice-President of the NxG Leadership Team. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from King’s College London and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESADE Business School.

Philippe Grodner

Simone Perele, France, G2

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Philippe Grodner holds a MBA from Essec in France. He has been CEO and President of Simone Perele since 1978. Since 2016, he is member of the Board of METI, a French middle-sized companies syndicate, lobbying for legal and tax regulations. Since 2016, Philippe is President of FBN France.

Mark Oliver Schreiter

Erco, Germany, G3

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Mark Oliver is Managing Director of ERCO GmbH. Representing the third generation of the family in the ERCO Managing Board, he is also a member of the supervisory board of Carpe Diem GBS mbH, an elderly care group in Germany, and his other family business. Mark Oliver holds a MA degree in History and Economics from University of Cologne and is a board member of the German FBN Chapter.

Alessandra Nishimura

Jacto Group, Brazil, G3

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Alexandra was the Next Gen Coordinator and FBN Brazil Board Member for seven years. Alessandra is a part of the the group of founders of the recently launched NowGen Community. 
Currently she is a board member of the Jacto Group, leads the family governance, and is devoted to philanthropy. She is the co-founder of Arvore da Cidadania, a project that encourages volunteer work. Alessandra is a Board Member of the IDF-Instituto de Desenvolvimento Familiar, as the Family Responsible Company Program.

Günseli Ünlütürk

Sun Tekstil, Turkey, G1

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Günseli Ünlütürk is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sun Tekstil's retail brand Jimmy Key; she is also serving on the Board of Directors of Sun Textile and Ekoten at Sun Group. As one of the founders of Sun Textile and Ekoten; she has served in different positions in the family business and played an active role in Sun Tekstil's growth journey since establishment in 1987.

Role within FBN-I

  • Founder members of TAIDER Family Business Association, member association of FBN-I. 
  • Board member of TAIDER for 2017-2019 period and leader of Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee.

George Terberg

Terberg Group, Netherland, G4

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George Terberg is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Terberg Group. They have over 30 family shareholders and have started the preparations of the 5th generation.
George is in the process of handing over operational tasks to other executives allowing him to have more time and flexibility to other activities. With 28 operating companies in 11 countries, Terberg is one of the largest independent specialist vehicle suppliers, from terminal tractors to cars, conversions to new builds. Turnover reaching 1 billion. In 2017 they have won the Family Business Award in the Netherlands. They are one of the founding members of FBNed.

Omar Alghanim

Founder of YAKOA and Chairman of Family Business Council Gulf

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In a business career spanning over 20 years, beginning as an M&A Analyst with Morgan Stanley, Omar has brought a unique skill set to his role as Group CEO of Alghanim Industries and Chairman of Gulf Bank.

During his 17-year tenure at Alghanim Industries, Omar grew a geographically diverse multi-business group fivefold. This growth was enabled by building a culture of meritocracy of people and creativity. The Harvard Business School even wrote a case study to showcase the company for MBA students. Omar’s distinctive management style was also successful at Gulf Bank, where in seven years, he doubled net profit with double-digit growth figures every year, making Gulf Bank one of the fastest-growing banks in the region.

Omar is co-founder and continues as a regional board member of INJAZ-AL ARAB, which has touched over 3 million youth in the region. He is also involved with the World Economic Forum as Chair of the MENA Regional Business Council (2014-2015), and Chair of the initiative, ‘A New Vision for Arab Employment’ (2014-present). Omar also sits on the Leadership Council at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Centre for Public Leadership (2018-present), Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisor’s (2018-present), and Harvard Business School’s MENA Advisory Board (2015-present). In 2018 the Family Business Council – Gulf (FBCG) elected Omar as their chairman.

Omar Is soon to launch a new impact Investment vehicle. He believes very strongly that business cannot exist for the sole purpose of profit. As a responsible investor, he wants to combine financial performance with social commitments, to become a pioneer in quality of life investments. He sees it as a way of improving the lives of the people in the Gulf Region.

In 1997, Omar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Commerce from New York University’s Stern School of Business and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School (Class of 2002).

Mehrad Jaberansari

Sepahan Industrial Group, G3, Iran, NxG Leadership Team President

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Mehrad is a 3rd generation member of an Iranian enterprising family.

Born in Vancouver, raised in Tehran, and having lived in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Madrid over the past 17 years, Mehrad is a global citizen with a strong belief in the family institution.

Before founding his own social enterprise in the pet industry, Mehrad worked as a Project Manager at Julius Baer in Hong Kong & London, where he was involved in the international acquisition of Merrill Lynch IWM, and later as Business Development Manager for ACC Aviation in Dubai.

Mehrad is an avid snowboarder, and enjoys maintaining a balanced lifestyle via fitness, nutrition, meditation and an active social life. Most notably, he is an ardent dog-lover who enjoys parenting his 2-year old pup Meeko. In his free time, he organises dog-friendly events to raise money for dog rescue & rehoming charities.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Development Studies with Economics from the University of Westminster, an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

Roles within FBN-I:               

  • Member, Board of Directors
  • President, NxG Leadership Team
  • Ambassador & Former Chair, Entrepreneurs Community
  • Member, Polaris Committee

Key Topics of interest:

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • The environment & sustainability
  • Dogs & Innovations in the pet industry