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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Essam Omran Disi

Director of Strategy & Policy
Dubai SME

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.


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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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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H.E MAWE TICHA Virginie
President
International Federation of Consular Chambers for Africa (FICA)
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Tuba Terekli
Executive Advisor
Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh