Michael Garin
Former CEO of twofour54 Abu Dhabi

Michael Garin (panel dicussion 5) is a highly respected media industry executive with more than 50 years of experience. He is the former CEO of twofour54 Abu Dhabi, the Emirate’s media and entertainment hub which hosts more than 600 media companies from around the world, including CNN, SkyNews Arabia, Unity Technologies, and Ubisoft.

Prior to twofour54, Michael served as CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, where he oversaw Image Nation’s business strategy and operations and played a vital role in managing and forging key international partnerships. Michael also spent four years as a member of the executive committee of the Abu Dhabi Media Company.

His media career began at Time Inc., where he worked for TIME, Fortune, and Time-Life Television for over a decade. From there, Michael helped co-found what would eventually become Lorimar-Telepictures, a leading independent television company in the U.S. His other previous roles included CEO of Central European Media Enterprises and global head of media and telecommunications investment banking for ING.