Reg Athwal is the Chairman of RAW Group & TAO-Inc Family Office, and the Founding Partner & MD of RTS Global Partners, the leading family business advisory firm in Africa & Middle East with 50+ members in eight countries, with offices in Dubai-UAE and Nairobi-Kenya. Athwal is a life-long entrepreneur, building his first business at age 17, faced bankruptcy at age 21, then bounced back to build a $20million executive search and human capital research business by age 28.
Athwal to date is the youngest ever elected Past President of the Professional Speakers Association in UK and is a World Certified Public Speaker in Family Business. He is currently retained as a Global Trusted Executive Advisor by many large family-owned businesses and first generation entrepreneurial enterprises throughout the Africa, Middle East and Asia (AMEA) region. To date he has worked with 108 family businesses from 2 members to 53 members.
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His ‘Unleash Your DNA’ and ‘Family MBA’ brands, and award-winning ‘DNA Profiling’ system, combined with his personal success stories, case studies, extensive research and best practices have been delivered to over 2 million people in 56 countries; including thousands of top students at Oxford University, University of Chicago, Hult International Business School, SP Jain Institute of Management, MIT College of Management, Indian School of Business, Cranfield University and many other leading business schools and universities. Athwal is a best-selling author and published hundreds of articles on ‘Family Business Matters’. His new book ‘Unleash Your Family Business DNA’ is soon to be published after 15 years of research, evaluating family businesses who have lasted beyond the 5th generation. He is also a media executive producer and presenter of ‘Talking Tycoons’ and numerous other shows sold to airlines for in-flight edutainment. His latest media project is a family business reality show focused on next-generation entrepreneurship and succession planning issues.
Athwal has been a top-rated speaker for over a decade for all major global executive membership organizations, including Academy for Chief Executives, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, CEO Clubs, Vistage International, World Presidents Organization and the Young Presidents Organization. Athwal is a British Indian, resides in Dubai-UAE and is married with four children.