Richard Attias & Associates is a strategic communications firm that provides private consultancy and creates ideas and initiatives for corporations and governments. Under the active leadership of founder and chairman Richard Attias, RAA has built an unrivalled reputation for helping governments and corporations articulate their global objectives – and then bring those objectives to reality through tailor-made platforms, summits and conferences.
Focused on creating and mobilizing communities of business and thought leaders around the world, RAA’s ideas platforms serve as catalysts of innovation and imagination, centered on some of the world’s greatest economic and social challenges. Within the next 12 months, these challenges include food security, global education, healthcare in Africa, the global energy crisis, women's rights, and sport as a tool for economic and social progress.
Events led by Attias include the World Economic Forum in Davos and other regions (15 years), the Clinton Global Initiative, launch of the Euro in 2000, the 2008 Arab Strategy Forum, Doha GOALS Forum, The Middle East Peace Summit in Jordan, and the APEC CEO Summit in Hawaii. In 2010, Richard Attias founded The New York Forum, an annual meeting to promote economic leadership and in 2012, The New York Forum AFRICA, a pan-African business and investment platform that brings together more than 1500 participants from over 60 countries.
Headquartered in New York, RAA has other offices in Paris, London, Rabat and Dubai. RAA joined the WPP Group in early 2014 – a move that will see the company expand its reach into Asia and Latin America, while supporting the WPP Group across Africa and other emerging markets.
Having been established in 2003 as a Sports City project, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) today works to develop sports champions, promote healthy lifestyles, provide sports medicine services, and galvanize the sports economy of today and of the future. Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is a pioneering international sports project, thanks to its member organization which embraces Aspire Academy, Aspetar and Aspire Logistics. All these corporate entities were unified by Emiri decree in 2008.
Located in Doha, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) boasts international-standard services and hosts global sports events – all of which contribute to the vibrant sports economy of Qatar. Aspire Zone is home to some of the world’s finest sport amenities and services offering an impressive integration of sport, sports medicine and research, and sport education. It is a perfect setting to combine sport and leisure.
Moreover, AZF was voted the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Development Project for the World Travel Award 2011 – an award that is deserved indeed. In 2011 alone, Aspire Zone was honored with the successful hosting of high profile events, such as the opening ceremony of the AFC Asian Cup 2011, some of the tournament games and some competitions of the regionally-renowned Arab Games.