Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
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Time:: 2:00 PM (UAE Standard Time GMT +4)
Duration:: 1 Hour
Digitalization is of vital importance to ensure competitive advantage in the global economy and to deliver growth and jobs. As the most significant contributors to economy and employment, SMEs need to be placed at the core of any digital transformation strategy in terms of financing, knowledge and access. SMEs face greater financing obstacles than larger firms—they enjoy less access to external finance and face higher transaction costs and higher risk premiums.
The session will discuss:
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 the World Business Angels Forum as well as the President of WBAF Women under G20.
Dr. Karim El Solh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital, one of the largest and most active alternative asset management firms in the Middle East. Under his leadership, Gulf Capital has been associated with some of the region’s most prominent private equity transactions and has won numerous awards including ‘Best Private Equity Firm in the Middle East’ for four years in a row. Gulf Capital is currently managing $3 billion in assets, split across three investment strategies: private equity, credit and mezzanine and real estate.
Mr. Shachindra Nath founded U GRO Capital in 2017 with the vision of solving the $600B SME credit problem in India – a major impediment to both SME growth and financial inclusion. He raised ~$130m USD from a diverse and marquee list of investors, anchored by four leading private equity firms. In the ensuing time, U GRO has grown to 165 employees across nine branches throughout India. U GRO has launched its proprietary direct digital lending platform, which aims to provide a non-intermediated channel by which Indian SMEs can directly apply for financing.
As a Forbes 30 Under 30, Kauffman Fellows, Founding Managing Partner at Shorooq Partners, Shane spearheads Shorooq Partners. Shorooq is a leading Seed Stage VC in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Shane has built his career as an investment professional, investment banker and entrepreneur in the US. He used to work at UBS, TD Securities, Lazard Freres & Co., Alpine Investors and GlobalFoundries – wholly owned subsidiary by Mubadala Investment Company, $250bn Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund.