Mr. Hanafin joined Arton as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2016 and became the Chairman of the Board of Advisors in September 2017. He brings to Arton over 20 years of proven leadership experience in global financial services focused on corporate structures, financial instruments, residency and citizenship planning, tax optimization and other services tailored for high net worth individuals. Before joining Arton, Mr. Hanafin spent 12 years with the Sovereign Group where he led the group’s expansion in the MENA region. He has been credited for developing the brand in the region, through opening of multiple regional offices and building the most productive and motivated sales team of the group. Mr. Hanafin is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), maintains a number of international board positions and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world.
Mr. Marchi enjoyed a distinguished political and diplomatic career. He has been a Federal Member in the Canadian Parliament for 15 years. During his time in government, he served as a Cabinet Minister in three key portfolios: Citizenship and Immigration, Environment, and International Trade. More recently, he was invited by the World Economic Forum to serve as a member of their Global Agenda Council on Migration. Amongst his current professional responsibilities, he teaches at the US Webster University in Geneva, in the International Relations Department. As well, Mr. Marchi is an accomplished communicator, and serves as a public speaker on leading global issues.
Mr. Richard Griffiths (of council) is an international political advisor serving sovereign and private sector clients. He currently serves as a Senior International Policy Advisor to Squire Patton Boggs LLP, a leading international law firm. Mr. Griffiths has worked with NASA, USAID, the U.S. State Department, and has advised 15 governments in 4 continents on international policy, branding and foreign direct investment programs. In addition, Mr. Griffiths is a Special Envoy, Peace Process to the Government of South Sudan and advises the Governments of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala.
Mario David brings to Arton's Board of Advisors a wealth of experience in European politics. Mr. David is a Vice President of the European People’s Party and a Member of the European Parliament from Portugal. A medical doctor, he joined the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in 1979 and was elected to the European Parliament in 1989. In 2002 he became political adviser to Prime Minister José Manuel Barroso and in 2004 he was appointed Secretary of State for European Affairs.
Professor Craig Barker is the Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. As an international lawyer, Craig’s expertise is in the areas of diplomacy and diplomatic law, immunities from jurisdiction, international criminal law, international commercial law, and law and international relations. Craig has authored three books and has published a number of articles in leading international law journals. He has served in an editorial role with both the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the British Yearbook of International Law and is a regular contributor to British and international media on issues of international law.
Mr. Xavier Remond is a seasoned investment banking and private equity professional. He currently serves as Head of Private Equity at Mawarid Finance in Dubai, where he manages a multi-billion portfolio of growth capital, buyout, real estate and hospitality investments across three continents. He is also a director at Arboris Capital Limited, an advisory boutique he co-founded. Mr. Remond previously worked at Rothschild, Millennium Finance, Centuria Capital and Banexi Venture Partners, advising corporations and Governments on mergers, divestitures, acquisitions and IPOs. He holds a Masters in Finance & Strategy from ESSEC Business School and a Masters of Engineering from INSA Lyon.
Mr. Brown is an energetic leader with a worldwide network in the resort and hospitality industry. For over 25 years Mr. Brown has led and assisted a variety of global real estate and hospitality brands into various sectors of the real estate market. His employment and engagements have included Fairmont Resorts & Hotel, Marriott Grand Residence Club and Residence International, UK, among others. Recently Mr. Brown was appointed International Ambassador to One Sotheby’s Real Estate in Florida. Prior to this appointment he acted as Vice President of Sales for WCI Communities in North America, assisting with its sales and marketing of iconic properties, such as the Old Palm Golf Club in the Palm Beaches, The Resort at Singer Island, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel, and One Bal Harbor, now a Ritz Carlton branded hotel and residence in Miami. Mr. Brown was previously a golf professional and resides between London and Miami.