Managing Director & Co-Chairman
Dr. El-Hag’s career spans nearly 40 years of entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 experience, including thirteen years as a senior executive at Philip Morris’s General Foods’ unit. Skilled in executive management, business development, strategic planning, and capital formation, Dr. El-Hag’s most recent post was as Managing Director of Guney Yildiz Petroleum, a vertically integrated, privately held energy company in Turkey.
Prior to that, he was a founding partner at Pacific Rim Technologies, Inc., where he facilitated business agreements between US companies and government and private industry in Indonesia, China, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia. As a founding partner of Shore Capital, he brokered a business partnership with a leading Middle Eastern financial advisory group to purchase US companies and establish business relationships across the MENA Region in the oil, mining, hospitality, construction and telecommunications industries. As a committed social entrepreneur, he has also founded and managed several other businesses and non-profit initiatives including Fresh ‘n Fit, Inc, American Family Brands, Kid’s 1st Resource Development Group, The Ronald McDonald House Charities Dividend Club Program and The Knowledge Bridge Foundation. He continues to advise numerous public and private enterprises.
Dr. El-Hag, a former Olympic athlete, earned a PhD, MPh and MSc from Rutgers University, an MBA from Fordham University and an accreditation in Executive Management from Columbia University. His many industry accolades include a DuPont Award, a Clio Award and a national Food Processing Award. He has authored numerous patents and scientific publications, and is an honorary member of Phi Tau Sigma.