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Shared Services

Meet the team, a diverse group of professionals and talents that makes RISE who we are – a diverse group of talents and professionals.

Our shared services team keeps the engine running at RISE and supports the wider business across a variety of functions. Meet the diverse team of superstars that keep us going:

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RAY SMART

PARTNER - COO

Ray Smart oversees RISE’s finances and operations. Based in Riyadh, he brings 20+ years of experience, fueling growth, streamlining operations and delivering the platforms to guide multicultural professionals to excellence.

Having led a record breaking transaction in the Marketing sector, he is committed to driving value across the organisation.

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    ABDUL
    ELSHAWEESH

    Financial Accountant

    ABDUL
    ELSHAWEESH

    Financial Accountant

    Abdul is an Accounting & Finance specialist at RISE with over 10 years of experience across various functions including bookkeeping Product Cost analysis, financial management, etc.

    He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Accounting from the German Jordanian University.

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    ABDULLAH
    ALHARBI

    HR Executive

    ABDULLAH
    ALHARBI

    HR Executive

    Abdullah is a Human Resources specialist at RISE, with a strong understanding of KSA Labour Laws, HR Policies and Employee Relationship Management.

    Abdullah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Imam Mohammed Bin Saud University.

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    ALAA
    MOUNIER

    HR Executive

    ALAA
    MOUNIER

    HR Executive

    Alaa is an HR Executive with 4+ years’ experience across HR functions. Her data-driven approach and interpersonal skills foster a thriving workplace.

    At RISE, Alaa coordinates employee obligations across UAE and KSA Labour Laws and implements growth-oriented HR strategies, emphasizing diversity and inclusion.

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    BERNICE
    THORN

    Talent & Recruitment Executive

    BERNICE
    THORN

    Talent & Recruitment Executive

    Bernice is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in recruitment, marketing, communications, and business development. She is dedicated to driving business growth by enhancing human capital, profitability, and operational efficiency.

    With a background spanning SA, the UK, and UAE across diverse industries, Bernice has successfully managed cross-functional projects and teams in both agency and in-house settings. Currently, she contributes to RISE’s HR team, focusing on recruitment, talent management, and business communications.

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    GARETH
    HUGHES

    Talent & Recruitment Manager

    GARETH
    HUGHES

    Talent & Recruitment Manager

    Gareth has c. ten year’s experience across recruitment, Executive Search, workforce planning, talent management, and HR transformation projects.

    Prior to RISE, Gareth was working at NEOM, heading up recruitment for THE LINE.

    Gareth now leads recruitment and talent management at RISE, supporting the business in attracting, engaging, and amplifying the very best talent across sport and consulting.

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    ISSA
    ALSALAMIN

    Head of Creative - Acting

    ISSA
    ALSALAMIN

    Head of Creative - Acting

    Issa leads the creative team at RISE, where he drives their creativity and storytelling. He has 12+ years of experience in production cycles across events, animation, film, TV, and creative agencies.

    Issa has been involved in award-winning projects in the Middle East, where he has delivered commercial assets through his expertise in multimedia tools including 2D/3D design, UI/UX, etc.

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    KRISTA
    NAVARRO

    Receptionist

    KRISTA
    NAVARRO

    Receptionist

    Starting as a receptionist and eventually progressing within administration-focussed roles, Krista has over 11 years of Dubai-based experience.

    At RISE, she manages the front desk, and supports the administration, operations and management.

    Her readiness to offer smiles, aid, and foster positivity extends to RISE’s Dubai and Saudi offices.

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    KRISTY GARBO

    Accountant

    KRISTY GARBO

    Accountant

    Kristy is the Accountant at RISE, leveraging over 5 years of expertise in balance sheet reconciliations, financial reporting, and advanced accounting software to deliver high-quality service and solutions.

    With a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, she ensures accuracy, compliance, and efficiency in financial operations.

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    MICO
    PEDRIGAL

    Senior Graphic Designer

    MICO
    PEDRIGAL

    Senior Graphic Designer

    A seasoned design expert with over 7 years of diverse experience in Graphics, Web, and Photography. Certified in Visual Design Professional by Adobe.

    At RISE, he excels in crafting visually impactful sales presentations and agency proposals, showcasing his passion for creating captivating designs.

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    MOONIA
    BILAL

    Copywriter

    MOONIA
    BILAL

    Copywriter

    Moonia is a translator at RISE, with big experience in translating technical proposals, contracts and legal documents.

    She has a bachelor’s’ degree in English-Arabic translation and over 8 years of experience in translation including the private and public sectors.

    Moonia has experience in working with international NGOs.

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    Rickus
    Rossouw

    Finance Manager

    Rickus
    Rossouw

    Finance Manager

    Rickus is the Finance Manager at RISE with a demonstrated history of working across various industries. He is strong finance professional with a Chartered Accountant Qualification in focus.

    He holds Postgraduate diplomas in Applied Accounting Sciences, Accounting and Finance from the University of South Africa.

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    Shanu
    Basheer

    Transportation

    Shanu
    Basheer

    Transportation

    Our superstar on wheels, Shanu coordinates logistics for the RISE Team in Riyadh.

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    STEFAN
    URSACHI

    Junior Graphic Designer

    STEFAN
    URSACHI

    Junior Graphic Designer

    Stefan is a Graphic Designer at RISE and is adept at problem-solving, where he excels in designing brand mockups, infographics, turning language into visuals, and concepts that enhance graphic visualisation on proposals.

    With unwavering creativity and flexibility, Stefan is a proven asset for RISE, delivering innovative solutions for entrepreneurial success.

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    Stephanie
    MacKinnon

    HR Manager

    Stephanie
    MacKinnon

    HR Manager

    Stephanie is the HR Manager at RISE and Aim to create High-Quality Company Cultures through satisfaction and Employee well-being.

    She drives the team to enhance employee engagement, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, learning & development practices, and overall career development.

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    TALITA
    BOUDNAIN

    Operations & Recruitment Manager

    TALITA
    BOUDNAIN

    Operations & Recruitment Manager

    Talita is the Operations & Recruitment Manager at RISE.

    Whilst ensuring that RISEs operations run smoothly, she actively drives engagement across the business ensuring that all departments are focused and effective.

    On top of the demands of the operational needs of the business, she also leads Talent Acquisition and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the business.

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    WAFA
    ALTHUBATIY

    Marketing Executive

    WAFA
    ALTHUBATIY

    Marketing Executive

    Wafa is a Marketing Executive at RISE, specializing in developing and executing innovative marketing strategies.

    Their top skills include strategic thinking, proficient writing, and expertise in both static and specialized marketing content & campaigns.