Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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


Joe Hepworth

Director of Middle East Operations
IDA Ireland

He has a long track record in international trade development and FDI promotion, both on the direct business management side and in an advisory capacity. After eight years in the shipping industry Joe moved to the UAE in 2007 and has subsequently managed hundreds of inward investment & market entry projects in the region. In 2013, Joe founded the British Centres for Business (BCB) in Dubai Which was acquired by OCO Global in 2017. As part of Joe’s work with OCO, he holds a number of other important client representational roles in the Middle East, including acting as the Regional Director for IDA Ireland, Missouri Department of Economic Development and Connected Places Catapult. Prior to OCO, Joe managed The Links Group in Dubai. His previous career with P&O Nedlloyd & Maersk Line saw Joe hold senior commercial roles in India, Sweden, Russia, China and Holland.  Joe holds a first-class degree with honours in Politics and International Relations.