Ammar Al-Saleh

THRIVE - Class 02

Ammar Al-Saleh
Senior Counsel
My pronouns are: he/him/his
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I am based in: Amsterdam
THNK connection: THNKer , THRIVE - Class 02

I am a lawyer that specialises in the area of access to finance legal reform and policy dialogue. I grew up in the Middle East and have lived and worked in Singapore, Dubai, London and Amsterdam.

I was fortunate enough to go on career break in 2022 where I spent the year travelling in South America, Pakistan and East Africa - disconnecting, reflecting, taking stock, exploring and living in the present. I am now back and have based myself in Amsterdam where I live with my partner and our cat “Jordan".

While my career began in traditional law, it quickly evolved into creative planning for impact and community development. I currently facilitate innovative solutions for countries transitioning to market economies, leveraging their cultural strengths and connecting them with business best practices, and supporting them with sustainable and inclusive growth.

I believe three things awaken my soul: travel, reading, and the outdoors. I would describe myself as a curious explorer, always looking to experience new and challenging opportunities in the interest of self-discovery. Travel is a personal passion of mine as I get to enjoy the culture and arts scene in every city, adding value to both my professional and personal aspirations. I see beauty in small things like natural scenery or reading a book. I like to be surrounded by people who are spirited, creative, hands-on, and who, in the middle of everything, never forget the healing power of a good laugh. This type of curious playfulness helps recharge my batteries by introducing me to new and interesting perspectives and inspiring new projects and ambitions.