Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Essam Disi is the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Est. for SME Development (Dubai SME), a government agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED) – Government of Dubai - tasked with the development of Entrepreneurship and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Dubai. In his present job, his main roles and responsibilities are to formulate long-term plans, strategies and policy support framework for SME development, in addition to executing strategic initiatives to support the SME sector and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Dubai. Mr. Disi is a member of the DED Economic Policy Committee, the Dubai 2021 plan team and the Dubai 2030 Industrial Strategy team. Mr. Disi is also a member of the judging panel of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders since 2008 and has been involved in assessing and evaluating hundreds of start-ups and high growth SMEs from all over the Arab World. In addition, Mr Disi is a founding member of Dubai SME100 and RATE, the main two initiatives to support high growth SMEs in Dubai.
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.