Red Sea Foundation

Meet the people behind the Red Sea Foundation

The day to day operations for the Foundation are managed by an executive team appointed by the Board of Management. The executive team is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing the Foundation’s strategy, research content, activities, liaising with members, developing partnerships, advising on policy agreements, organizing events and reporting to the Board of Management.
Maliha Hashmi Dr. Maliha Hashmi
Executive Director


Dr. Maliha Hashmi is the Executive Director of the Red Sea Foundation. She has served as a Senior Legal Advisor, Director for Research Programs, Partnerships & Legal, and Legal Consultant for various sectors and globally renowned companies, foundations, think tanks, firms, startups, hospitals, research centers, and universities including but not limited to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Emaar the Economic City, KFCRIS at the King Faisal Foundation, DLA Piper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the United Nations.

She has assisted startups legally and strategically to develop, grow and become sustainable globally. Dr. Hashmi played a lead role for the United Nation’s World Food Program’s Freerice initiative in collaboration with the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center of Internet & Society.

Dr. Hashmi received her Doctor of Law & Jurisprudence Degree from Harvard Law School, and her Masters degree in History of Ethics from Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Furthermore, she also has a Master’s degree in Systems Design Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering and MIT Sloan School of Management. She has authored various publications in the research, academic and corporate sector. She was listed as one of the Top Twenty College Women in the Nation in United States of America making it into the Who’s Who in America List.
Bilal Sabri Steve Bowen
Head of Communications


Steve Bowen has 20 years of international communications experience spanning Asia and the Middle East. He has held regional leadership positions with the world’s largest public relations firms and has worked with leading Fortune 500 companies, governments and NGOs to enhance internal and external communication.

Steve began his professional career with the Korean Financial Supervisory Service before moving to the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea managing partner communications and outreach. He also led international PR for Kia Motors working from the company’s global headquarters in Seoul, Korea.

He held leadership positions with Edelman in Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia and regional roles with Burson-Marsteller in Singapore and Australia before moving to the Middle East with Weber Shandwick running the Riyadh and Bahrain offices.

Steve holds degrees from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K. and the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.