Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Dr. Ashraf Mahate is currently the Chief Economist at Dubai Exports, which is the trade promotion organisation within the Emirate of Dubai and an agency of the Dubai Department of Economic Development part of the Government of Dubai. Dr. Mahate is responsible for providing evidence-based advice that promotes a structured and detailed understanding of trade policy in promoting economic growth, diversification and development of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Mahate is responsible for overseeing thought leadership within Dubai Exports in the areas of trade, trade policy, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. He manages the high-profile portfolio of publications that serve the market-based needs of the business community. His professional career has spanned academic, corporate assignments, and government assignments in the UK and the UAE.
Dr Mahate is an accomplished public speaker and regularly delivers presentations at seminars, conferences, and industry-based events across the globe. As a professional economist with high-level management experience in the region, Dr. Mahate is an advisor to the SME sector, especially in the area of trade and a judge for various industry awards. Dr. Mahate is a regular contributor to regional business magazines and newspapers as well as having written a number of academic journal articles, chapters in books and edited books in the areas of entrepreneurship, trade, finance and innovation.
14:20 - 15:20
SME Pillar Session 2 - Improving Access to Capital for SMEs with Financial Risk Management
To navigate through the crisis, the key step is to secure and improve access to capital for SMEs. Advances in access to finance for SMEs do not depend on banks alone. They can be achieved through a range of non-bank financial institutions as well.
Meanwhile, financial risk management is an important area of management of SMEs. The ability of SMEs to grow highly depends on their potential to invest money to the development of their companies. These investments need capital access to internal or external financial sources. The session will discuss the up-to-date strategies to improve financing access for SMEs and what risk management should SMEs deploy.
10:00 - 10:20
10:35 - 11:50
SheTrades MENA Session 1 - Digital Development: The New Opportunity
The new normal has brought about a digital world and with its opportunities as well as challenges for governments, businesses, and support institutions to adapt to increasing interactions virtually. The Facebooks, TikToks, and Microsofts of the world have been changing the way we engage with the world as social media and advancing technology create new methods to connect and carry out business. Further, the Covid 19 pandemic, has accelerated digital development and shaken up the status quo in business.
The current situation gives women an opportunity to reposition their business in an environment still undefined of expectations and gender roles. Being well positioned to take advantage, women can thrive in the next normal by adapting new, innovative and creative skills. This panel will guide participants to take advantage of the opportunities of digital development in the future.