Laila Danesh

Managing Director

Laila has nearly two decades of experience in financial and business communications and financial research and journalism. Most recently in 2010, she co-founded FinMark where she leads the firm’s financial and investor relations practice areas. She provides high-level counsel and communications consultancy to a broad range of international and Middle Eastern financial institutions, listed companies, family offices and government organisations helping them strategically build their profiles and manage their reputations across the MENA markets and globally.

Prior to establishing FinMark, she spent nearly 10 years at Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting), a leading City and international financial PR agency. She joined the firm in 1999 at its New York offices, established its Middle East operations in 2003, marking the launch of the region’s first specialist financial PR and investor relations company, and went on to help manage the firm’s London based developing markets practice between 2007 until 2009.‎

Laila began her career working as a political and economic reporter covering Middle East markets. She was also an analyst contributing to research for organisations including The Minaret Group, Eurasia Group and others. Laila holds a Masters Degree in Middle East Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Laila Danesh - Finmark Communications
Laila Danesh

Managing Director

Zahraa Tahar

Managing Director

Zahraa is a communications and events strategist focused on providing FinMark’s clients with high-level counsel and the development and execution of marketing and communications strategies, campaigns and events. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the GCC financial services industry and in regional communications and events management. Zahraa is a native of the GCC region and an Arab speaker giving her strong insight and the ability to add value to her clients’ efforts to navigate the Arab media and business and investor culture.

She began her career in the insurance sector at the region’s largest insurer, Arab Insurance Group (ARIG), where she worked in the development of new products and business lines.  Soon after moving into the communications industry, she established a full service events agency in Bahrain, EVENTSCOM, where for more than seven years she provided strategic marketing, communications and events support to numerous government bodies, regional companies and international firms seeking to enhance their profiles and market positions in the GCC.

Zahraa is very active with nonprofit and professional organizations. She is among the founders and board members of the Bahrain International Federation of Business & Professional Women, a board member of Bahrain India Society and was recently appointed as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Bahrain Chapter.

Zahraa Taher - Finmark Communications
Zahraa Taher

Managing Director