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Financing and Policy Responses to the Global Crisis Impact on SMEs and Entrepreneurship

Date: 27-May-2020
Time:: 2:00 PM (UAE Standard Time GMT +4)
Duration:: 1 Hour

Financing and Policy Responses to the Global Crisis Impact on SMEs and Entrepreneurship

For SMEs to grow and thrive in a country, they need to be supplied with a suitable environment to function in, to set up, get registered and thrive. During the COVID-19 crisis, SMEs and entrepreneurs have suffered the financial and economic challenges and crisis.

This session will discuss the policies responses and measures that have been set up to support SME development and what needs to be done for further growth of SMEs.

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
Executive Director of International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy serves as the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business. He is also the deputy chair of the Department of Management at the George Washington School of Business. His work involves bringing the principles of Humane Entrepreneurship to the forefront of entrepreneurship education in addition to promoting the voices and visibility of MSMEs, portrayed through his influential work in creating the United Nations Name Day for MSME Day celebrated on June 27th.

Lilia Naas
Chief of the Office for the Arab States International Trade Centre

Ms Lilia Hachem Naas has worked for the United Nations for more than 20 years. She is currently Chief Office for Arab States at ITC. Ms Hachem Naas has extensive experience in coordinating complex trade development programmes to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth, focusing particularly on SMEs competitiveness, regional integration, South-South cooperation, women empowerment and youth employment. As Chief Office for Arab States at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, Ms Naas was able to strengthen the strategic position of ITC in the Arab region by increasing the portfolio of projects, and by expanding and enhancing relationships with institutions at national and regional levels including activating new partnerships with development partners and the donor community.

Sufyan Al-Issa
Regional Head of Operations for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) International Finance Corporation (IFC)– World Bank Group

Sufyan has more than 15 years of international experience in financial and private sector, economic policies and issues, connecting finance with investment opportunities and fund mobilization. Prior to being the Regional Head of Operations for MENA, he was a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Program Leader at IFC, covering both investment and advisory services, especially skills, education and entrepreneurship in MENA. Before joining IFC, he was a Senior Advisor to the Dean of the Board and Executive Director for Middle East at the World Bank Group.

Ahmed Osman
President at International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

Ahmed Osman is the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to small businesses internationally. Ahmed is also the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt) and is a Project Management & Strategy Advisor for several Government and Private organizations in Egypt. He holds both a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with Honors and a Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from The University of Birmingham, UK and is a certified Project Management Professional from The Project Management Institute, USA.

Dr. Winslow Sargeant
Senior Advisor for Globalization and Head of Capital Markets at Genaesis, LLC

The Honorable Dr. Winslow Sargeant is the Senior Advisor for Globalization and Head of Capital Markets for Genaesis. In this role, Dr. Sargeant syndicates opportunities with unaffiliated third-party capital partners – both domestically and internationally – facilitating optimized valuations and deal structures. In 1997, Dr. Sargeant co-founded Aanetcom, a computer-circuit design company, which was acquired by publicly traded PMC-Sierra only 3 years later for $$900M. As an investor, he has participated in numerous private equity and venture capital funds in both limited and managing partner capacities. In addition to his business and investing experience, Dr. Sargeant is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of the Presidential Leadership group at Stevens Institute of Technology, a Trustee for Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), a Trustee at Northeastern University, Trustee for the Morgridge Institute for Research, and founding board member of First Women’s Bank (FWB).

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