Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Dr. Ashraf Mahate

Chief Economist – Trade and Economic Development
Dubai Exports

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. Dr. Mahate received his doctorate from Cass City University Business School in London (UK). He read Economics at University College London (University of London), followed by a Masters in International Economics and Banking at the University of Wales. Dr. Mahate is a professional educator and received his training at the Institute of Education (University of London). Dr. Mahate is a member of the Chartered Institute of Managers (UK) and a Member of the Institute of Commercial Management (UK). Additionally, Dr. Mahate is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).


Sessions of the speaker

25-MAR-2020

25-MAR-2020

11:00 – 11:50

For SMEs to thrive in a country, they need to be supplied with a suitable environment to function in, to set up, get registered and thrive. In this session, speakers will discuss the benchmark policies governments have set up to promote SME development and what needs to be done by governments for further promotion of SMEs.

11:00 – 11:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Dr. Ashraf Mahate
Chief Economist – Trade and Economic Development
Dubai Exports

11:05 – 11:15

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Dr. Adeeb Al Afeefi
Director, The National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects
UAE Ministry of economy

11:15 – 11:45

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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H.E. Madame TICHA Virginie
President
International Federation of Consular Chambers of Africa (FICA)
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Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki (PhD)
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
East African Business Council (EABC)
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Essam Omran Disi
Director of Strategy & Policy
Dubai SME
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Noor Azmi Mat Said
Chief Executive Officer
SME Corporation Malaysia
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Tuba Terekli
Executive Advisor
Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh

25-MAR-2020

14:00 – 17:00

Objectives

The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among women-owned businesses (WOBs) in the Middle East and North Africa about the opportunities and value of expanding their business into global markets in a structured manner. The session will allow Women Owned Businesses to learn from successful female entrepreneurs as well as professionals that support global trade.

Target Audience
Export ready WOBs, near export ready WOBs, WOBs who are thinking of start exporting, Business Support Organizations (BSOs), private sector companies, government representatives and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of the project.
 

Master of Ceremonies:

Master of Ceremonies
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Dr. Ashraf Mahate
Chief Economist – Trade and Economic Development
Dubai Exports
14:00

Welcoming Remarks and Opening Address

Speakers:
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Saed Al Awadi
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Export

14:30

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