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…

Infusing The Human Element: Aster DM Healthcare Alisha Moopen

Alisha Moopen’s personal office at Aster DM Healthcare’s corporate headquarters in Dubai’s Business Bay neighborhood may seem like a relatively small space, but there’s quite a lot in there for observers to take in while within its confines. For instance, besides the expected assortment of files, papers, and notebooks on Moopen’s tidy desk, there’s a brightly colored…

Startups Graduating Flat6Labs Beirut Inaugural Cycle Showcase Solutions At ArabNet

Ten Lebanon-based startups have graduated from Flat6Labs Beirut -a seed program and early-stage fund supporting Lebanese entrepreneurs to scale their ventures- showcasing their solutions at the first Demo Day held during ArabNet Beirut 2018. Flat6Labs Beirut’s first seed program cycle supported a diverse group of entrepreneurs working on solutions across industries including hardware,…