Entrepreneurs

Mindful Management: Entrepreneur And Financier Shailesh Dash

When I interview entrepreneurs and how they go about their businesses, I’ve often thought it to be alarming if the founder of an enterprise tells me that they are not involved in its day-to-day operations. But I’ve begun to rethink this particular notion of mine, more so after my chat with Al Masah Capital founder Shailesh Dash for this particular article- in fact, I’ve come to realize…

Support Systems: What To Do When Things Seem To Be Going Out Of Control

One of the recurring themes in the conversations I have had lately with people in the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem is about how we often shy away from admitting to or publicly talking about the days when everything seems to be going, well, belly up in our respective startup enterprises. It’s something we at Entrepreneur have noticed quite a few times as well- in interviews, when we ask entrepreneurs…

Follow The Leader: Ahmed Khouri, Managing Director, Union Properties

"A company that doesn’t innovate in its operations and products cannot survive in the marketplace nowadays.” With a declaration like that, Union Properties Managing Director Ahmed Khouri makes it clear that he is not someone who believes in sticking to the status quo. And for someone who works in the real estate space of the UAE, this might seem like a hard principle to abide by-…

Changing The Game: Socialize Founder Akanksha Goel On The Evolution Of Her Digital Media Agency

For a company that started out as a one-woman show, Akanksha Goel, founder and Managing Director of Socialize, centers the company’s accolades to its team: “The truth is, an entrepreneur starts a business, but it is the team that makes it successful.” In 2010, Goel recalls launching the company at a time when social media was dubbed as “Web 2.0,” and social networks weren’t…

Bottom-Up Policymaking: A Look At The Origins Of The Landmark Tunisian Startup Act

Tunisia is perhaps best known for its successful transition to democracy in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring, but despite the political transition and compromises that landed the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, the economy has faced significant challenges over the past years. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, in power since 2016, has forged ahead with significant reforms…

Attention To Detail: Ghassan Aboud, Founder And Chairman, Ghassan Aboud Group

"Ah, this is a long story!” laughs Ghassan Aboud, when I cheekily ask him to tell me a succinct version of his 25-year-long entrepreneurial journey so far, which, at the moment, sees him at the helm of Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG), a Dubai-headquartered international business conglomerate of which he is founder and Chairman. The pre-eminent entrepreneur today leads a diversified multi-billion…