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. 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).
11:00 - 11:50
SME Pillar Session 2 - Policy Making and Building the Right Ecosystem for SMEs
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.
14:00 - 17:00
SheTrades MENA Programme - Led by Dubai Exports and UPS
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.