Our Contributors

SPI Group

An integrated platform created to serve entrepreneurs and service providers. SPI engages with over 100,000 Entrepreneurs & Senior decision makers through a unique combination of cutting edge business magazines, high profile B2B summits and conferences, strategic alliances with Govt, business associations and government bodies. SPI also leverages the power of digital marketing and social media.

Michael Tolan

Michael J. Tolan is a speaker, writer and corporate mentor and board advisor to several organisations. He is the creator of Mission I’m Possible series of motivational workshops through FirePowerLeadership.com and is the Chief Inspirational Officer of the World Class Academy of Excellence (Follow him on Twitter @worldclassgroup).

Sandi Saksena

Sandi Saksena is a financial planning counsellor with over 15 years experience in advising on life, disability and critical illness insurances. She focuses on exit planning for SME owners, working with accountants and lawyers to provide holistic solutions. Sandi can be contacted by email ([email protected]).

Phil Bedford

An experienced business trainer, Phil Bedford brings over a decade of experience to his role as master franchisee for the Referral Institute. His expertise and experience of working with both companies and networking associations,coupled with a passion for training have helped him immensely. He regularly appears as a speaker in the UAE and abroad, educating people on how to build their business by word of mouth and “creating referrals for life.”

Neil Petch

Neil Petch is chairman of Virtuzone, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing company set­up operators in the region.

Simon Hodges

Simon Hodges, CEO, Alchemy Network Middle East has recently launched the franchise network in the Middle East.Alchemy Network is a UK­based worldwide network of consultant partners, who work alongside owners and operators of SMEs to help bring them financial success, and eventually introduce them to systems that will relieve them from the mundane day­to­day running of the business,and allow them time to concentrate more on what they do best.

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is vice president, corporate communications, at NASDAQ Dubai. He has worked as a solicitor in Hong Kong and the UK.

Prakash Menon

Prakash ‘PK’ Menon is one of the most influential leadership, retail and supply chain and logistics authorities. He is the author of three books – Driven – Accelerate Your Career with Smart Transitioning, Supply Chain is Sexy – Harnessing the Retail Revolution and Fail Smart – The Undeniable Link Between Failure & Success. Please connect with him on [email protected]sme.com

Utpal Bhattacharya

Craig Moore

As Founder and CEO, Craig is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and managing the day-to-day operations of Beehive.
Before founding Beehive, Craig was a Founder & COO of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012. Prior to Butterfly his experience includes various sales, consulting and finance roles at numerous multinational companies such as Dell, EMC, Hitachi and HSBC with an emphasis on 
shaping effective go to market and 
value propositions

Sachin Thombare

Sachin Thombare is a hypnotist, a master practioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Gestalt therapy. He is the creator of the Subtle Skills™ training platform and trains corporate clientele on enhancement of human potential. Sachin is also an intervention based coach who specialises in turnaround strategies.

Suhail Masri

Suhail Masri is VP of Sales, Bayt.com. He has held varied roles in sales, marketing and business development across the Middle East over the past 20 years. Prior to Bayt.com, Suhail worked at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company MERK & Co., where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of leading brands in the region. In addition to his sales and business development experience, Suhail has held various roles in human resource development, where he was in charge of coordinating and leading the implementation of human resource practices, sales capacity building programs, and ongoing development of a superior workforce. Suhail is a graduate of Jordan University of Science and Technology with a BSc in Pharmacology.

Salma El Shurafa & Veronique Ademar

​Salma El-Shurafa and Veronique Ademar are Executive Coaches and partners at The Pathway Project and provide outstanding tailored executive leadership & career development coaching to professional who are navigating the dynamics of the global UAE market. Salma and Veronique draw on over 20 years of combined experience as a Human Resources professionals, entrepreneurs and executive coaches. They have worked with a wide variety of individuals in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, ranging from directors and managers at Fortune 500 companies as well as entrepreneurs, across industries, and other professionals. (www.pathwayproject.ae/ [email protected])

Prajit Arora

Prajit Arora is the Founder and Managing Director across all Sentinel group companies (Sentinel Business Centres, Sentinel Storage LLC, Sentinel Security LLC, and Sentinel General Trading LLC). Prior to establishing Sentinel in 2003, Prajit began his career at Chase Contracting LLC in Dubai, where he started work on site working hands on before moving up through the ranks.
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Kamal Hassan

As founder, President and CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of Dubai-based Innovation 360, a global innovation management firm, he works with organizations of all sizes and specialties to enhance value creation through innovative products, services and business models. Mr. Hassan is also the founder of The Cribb, an entrepreneurial ecosystem for startups in Dubai. As Managing Director of TURN8 Seed Accelerator, he has overseen four rounds of innovative startup development and investment.

Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University and has co-authored over 30 extensively-researched books and training materials, including the award-winning The Leadership Challenge.

Bernd Reichert

​Bernd Reichert became Head of Administration of the directorate "Industrial Technologies" in 2003. From 2007 until the end of 2013 he was heading the unit "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises" in the Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate General. Since 1st January 2014 he is responsible for setting-up of activities "Horizon 2020: Small and Medium-Sized Companies", in particular the implementation of the SME Instrument under the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020, within the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Companies (EASME).​

Jake Thomas

Jake Thomas leads LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions team in the Middle East and North Africa, and is responsible for the growth of the business across the region. In this role, he leads LinkedIn’s regional engagement with brands and marketing decision makers, helping them effectively engage LinkedIn affluent, influential and educated audience of 10m members in the region.

Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan

Ms. Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan is a partner in the corporate practice of Kochhar & Co. Her practice areas include banking, finance, private equity, mergers, acquisitions, foreign investments and securities laws. She has vast experience and expertise in project finance, structured banking transactions, syndicated loans, corporate and retail banking documentation. She regularly advises offshore and domestic private equity funds on all aspects of making an investment and portfolio management issues. She has experience advising clients from sectors including but not limited to automotive, aviation, financial services, infrastructure, oil and gas, real estate and retail.

Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce­Mullan has been instrumental in driving sales growth into companies spanning diverse industry sectors. Robert's area of expertise lies in sales and marketing and several other networking and business set­up ventures.

Ashish Patel

Ashish Patel carries with him global 18 years of experience where he has grown, built, consulted and provided scalability structure for SMEs. He strongly believes in creating “Customer Value Proposition and Building Sustainable Organization”. He has been providing mentoring and strategic guidance to around 100 plus SMEs across GCC, USA, Russia & India. He can be reached at [email protected] or welcomes SMEs to dialogue about their current challenges.

Tony Buzan

Tony Buzan is also co-founder of the Mind Sports Olympiad – an annual event where would be champions meet up to do battle over games like chess, backgammon, draughts and scrabble. It is no surprise that this Mind Mapping genius, and expert on the brain, memory, speed-reading, creativity and innovation, has been named as one of the world’s top 5 speakers by Forbes magazine.

Nigel

Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry with the past fifteen years focused on storage and data management. He has helped organisations ranging from SME’s to multi-national corporations deal with their storage management challenges, ranging from backup & recovery through to archiving, compliance & information management.

Penny Spencer

In 1998, Penny Spencer – a 16-year travel business veteran—set out to open a corporate travel agency with an uncompromising focus on service excellence. Today, Spencer Travel has exceeded Penny’s original vision, growing 400% to become the industry leader in customer-centric travel solutions.

John Lincoln

Senior Vice President
Small & Medium Business
Etisalat

Melina Argyriou

Head of SME Package
Middle East and North Africa Zone
AIG

Verne Harnish

Verne is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 140 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past 32 years educating entrepreneurial teams.