TariQ is the CEO and founder of MAD Talks, a digital content and storytelling platform that brings together some of the best minds of the region and globally. This website contains his collection of conversations with the wonderful minds that are shaping the world of today and tomorrow on their stories of success, failure and what drives them to make a difference.

Jonathan Oliver – Head of Innovation at Microsoft

We want to know how people make a difference. Well, Jonathan Oliver landed in our net recently. At the time he spoke to Tariq Qureishy, Jonathan was the head of Innovation at Microsoft. Tariq starts off by asking Jonathan, how he makes a difference and why his career is so unique.

Osman Sultan – CEO of du


Du CEO Osman Sultan is a well-known man in the Middle East. The French Lebanese has led du ever since the UAE’s second telco company was launched in 2007.

Building up a second mobile company from scratch, taking on the might of Etisalat in a market where the penetration rate was well over 100 percent, was – to say the least – a challenge.

Tariq Qureishy starts off by asking Osman Sultan, what it was that fundamentally changed him when he was a young man, that one event that defined him.

Allan Pease – Mr. Bodylanguage, Author & Motivational Speaker

Did you know that body language – the nonverbal signals that we use in order to communicate – is the main language you speak when having a chat? Only 20% is communicated verbally, the remaining 60-80% is all nonverbal.

Allan Pease is the number 1 expert on body language. The Australian is the author of books such as “The Definitive Book of Body Language” or “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps”.

Tariq Qureishy asks Allan how it all started and how learning on the field perhaps makes all the difference for a young person.

Paul Sloane – Speaker, Author & Expert on Innovation and Leadership

Paul Sloane is a motivational speaker and recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is also the author of 25 books on lateral thinking & creative leadership and sold over 2 million copies. He worked as MD of the database leaders Ashton-Tate, as VP International for MathSoft Inc. and was the CEO of Monactive Ltd.

A Tesla in Finance – Robert Eccles, Author & Capital Market Activist

Harvard Professor Robert Eccles is the world’s foremost expert on integrated reporting and a leader on how companies and investors can create sustainable strategies.

In 2011, Bob was selected as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, for his extensive, positive contribution to building trust in business, and in 2014 and 2015 was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

Robert is to finance what Tesla is to the automobile industry! Tariq Qureishy talks to Robert how he reinvented finance and why he sees himself as a capital market activist.

Thea Myhrvold – Founder of Teach Me Now

Being half Arabic, Thea’s goal has always been to be a part of the growth and development in the Middle East. As a woman and a teacher, her dream is to contribute to worldwide educational reform, by breaking down barriers to learning and improving how we transfer and understand knowledge.

Thea’s combined interests and background has lead her to her second venture known as Teach Me Now (www.teachmenow.com) under the company EdTech Solutions. At the 18th Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum, held in Dubai and organised by Naseba, Thea tells Tariq Qureishy about her work.

Amna Al Haddad – Olympic Weightlifter

Amna Al Haddad is an Olympic weightlifting athlete from the United Arab Emirates, wo started her career in 2007 at the age of 18. At the 18th Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum, held in Dubai and organised by Naseba, Tariq Qureishy speaks to her about the drive she has to participate in sports competitions, what wakes her up in the morning and what gets her going.

Melody Hossaini – Founder & CEO of InspirEngage International

Melody Hossaini is the Founder and CEO of InspirEngage International, started working at the age of 13 and today has reached over 1 million people in over 100 countries.

She helps individuals to find their purpose, their personal brand and how to develop essential skills to find happiness and create impact.

She tells Tariq Qureishy about her life story – how she created her business, how she immigrated to the UK from Iran, about volunteering, motherhood and finding purpose in life through work.

David Rendall – Author, Speaker, Professor & Stand-Up Comedian

“Oftentimes, we tell the story where ‘we are the hero’, ‘we always win’ and ‘we come out on top’. No one wants to hear those stories.” David Rendall, the author of “The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness” gives Tariq insightful advice on dealing with failure, how to share and learn from it.

Mishal Kanoo – Deputy Chairman of Kanoo Group

Mishal Kanoo serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest, independent and longest running family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region.

He is also one of the most iconic business figures in the Middle East, featured in various magazines and listed in the ‘Top 100 Powerful Arabs 2013’ list, ‘The 15 Wealthiest Arab Businessmen in the World 2012’, among others.

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