Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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


Tuba Terekli

Executive Advisor to the Chairman, Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh
Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh

Tuba Terekli is an international business development and investment expert with a focus on
futurism, innovation, tech development and equity investments. She is an avid supporter of
entrepreneurs across borders and an angel investor. She also serves on many for-profit and
non-profit boards, locally and internationally. Her current roles are the Executive Advisor for
Fakieh Group and GM of Avon Saudi Arabia and Saudi B20 Taskforce member in Infrastructure
and Investments till recently she also represented Saudi Arabia as High Commissioner in World
Business Angels Forum as well as the President of WBAF Women under G20.
She is known for her following roles mostly; Former Advisor to the Governor of Saudi SME
Authority, Co-founder of Qotuf Al Riyadah Development Company, the first Private
Entrepreneurship Foundation in KSA and established the First Tech Accelerator in Saudi Arabia
Flat6LabsJeddah among many other initiatives that she has brought to the entrepreneurial
ecosystem since 2011.
She has established and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Global Entrepreneurship
Network, Creative Business Cup in Saudi Arabia in addition to serving as a judge in many
regional and global competitions.
Furthermore, she has reached out to over 70,000+ entrepreneurs in numerous events and works
with over 57 countries'​ top institutes in SME and entrepreneurship development. Working
throughout Silicon Valley, Europe, Turkey, GCC, and 13 regions of Saudi Arabia with the various
chambers, ministries, universities, accelerator programs, and venture capitals.
She has supported key local policy reforms, the World Bank Studies, regional governmental
research, legislative reviews and development towards formulation of knowledge-based
economies in the region.
Her current top project is leading the team to develop plans for tripling the revenue of Jeddah
Municipality working with private investors and government agencies.

Sessions of the speaker



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


Dr. Ashraf Mahate
Chief Economist – Trade and Economic Development
Dubai Exports

11:05 - 11:15

Keynote Address

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

Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki (PhD)
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
East African Business Council (EABC)
Essam Omran Disi
Director of Strategy & Policy
Dubai SME
Noor Azmi Mat Said
Chief Executive Officer
SME Corporation Malaysia
International Federation of Consular Chambers for Africa (FICA)
Tuba Terekli
Executive Advisor to the Chairman, Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh
Sh. Tarek Abdulrahman Fakieh