Group CEO, BPG Group
Avi’s 34 year career spans Marketing Services, Media, Education, Private Equity and Government sectors. At the helm of the BPG Group (www .batespangulf .com) since 1991, Avi consolidates the Group’s interests across advertising, public advocacy, public relations, design, activation, media asset management and digital verticals, in the Middle East and North Africa regions.
He has also assisted in the conceptualization and execution of a number of strategic Dubai initiatives (DSF, ) and has served the Government of Dubai while assisting with the development of Knowledge Economy hubs in Dubai (Internet, Media and Knowledge).
An Alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Avi is the Managing Director of Innoventures Education (www .innoventureseducation.com) and sits on the Boards of Dubai Private Schools Group, PanIIM Alumni Network Gulf; Endeavor UAE, the Advisory Board of Abu Dhabi Capital Management and the Global Advisory Board of IIMPact in Singapore .
Avi is widely recognized as one of the most influential expats in the GCC, and has been honoured by H. H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his contribution to the evolution of Dubai Shopping Festival. Avi has been honored by the leading organisations such as Forbes Middle East and Arabian Business, both as an Entrepreneur of the Year as well as a Chief Executive of a Media company.