Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Mrs. Mouza Al Nasri is the Acting CEO of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise
Development (KFED), Abu Dhabi; a Government entity established in 2007
to foster entrepreneurship and develop thriving and competitive SMEs in
the UAE. Prior to becoming the Acting CEO, she has been heading the core
functional departments at the KFED.
Mrs. Mouza has been an active member in the growth and success of
Khalifa Fund. She has been involved in planning and spreading the
awareness of entrepreneurship culture in the country, developing
strategies and initiatives to foster entrepreneurship, setting up processes
and support structures for entrepreneurs and SMEs.
Mrs. Mouza is a board member of Sougha Establishment; a social
enterprise fully owned by Khalifa Fund for enterprise Development aimed
at creating market links that improve the sustainability of Emirati micro-
businesses, the preservation of heritage and socio-economic development
in opportunity scarce region of the UAE. Mrs. Mouza is also a board
member at the Khalifa Innovation Center, an incubator that focuses on
promoting innovative projects. In addition, she is a board member in the
UAE Franchise Development Association.
Mrs. Mouza graduated with a Bachelor’s degree specializing in
Management Information Science from the Business College, Zayed
University. In addition, she has Executive MBA degree from the Zayed
14:00 - 15:30
SME Pillar Session 1 - Financing SMEs in the Digital Era
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for over 90% of firms worldwide. They are the most significant contributors to employment and generate the majority of jobs in developing economies. SMEs are also a substantial contributor to overall value-added in these economies.
However, SMEs face greater financing obstacles than larger firms—they enjoy less access to external finance and face higher transactions costs and higher risk premiums. Almost 70% of SMEs do not use external financing from financial institutions, and another 15% are underfinanced. The total credit required to finance these SMEs fully is over $2 trillion, equivalent to 14% of total developing economy GDP.
The session will discuss how to finance SMEs in this digital era and what challenges are.