William Chappell is the Chief Financial Officer of Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority previously acting as The Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology and Entrepreneurship at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). In his capacity, Chappell is responsible for DIEZ’s long-term financial health, providing his expert strategic inputs on the development and implementation of relevant policies and procedures to facilitate the achievement of the organization’s strategic business objectives. As part of his role, Chappell assumes responsibility for maximizing returns on stakeholder investments through the effective management of the company’s financial resources.
As the Chief Financial Officer of DSO since its inception in 2005, he was responsible for the financial management of the government free zone, ensuring that strategic business objectives were met, stakeholder investments are maximized, and the organization experiences long-term financial health. In addition to his role as CFO, he has overseen the development of DTEC, a thriving technology start up ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs.
Chappell’s financial experience spans more than 37 years, stretching back to when he first joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in 1984 as an auditor. His experience involved a variety of multinational and publicly listed companies in the UK followed by five years in Silicon Valley responsible for primarily technology clients. After leaving PWC in 1995 he spent ten years in the tech industry as CFO, including Trikon Technologies – a NASDAQ listed Semiconductor equipment company, a backup storage company and a start-up software company based in Germany.
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