Interactive sessions with UAE's business tycoons

On February 1, 2017

Celebrating the 25th mega edition of
Emirates NBD Global Business Series
1 February 2017, 7PM
Grand Hyatt, Garden Area-1
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H.E. Abdul Baset Al Janahi is currently the CEO of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME development. In his role as CEO, Al Janahi has contributed significantly to their growth and development. In addition, he has become renowned for his support of young and aspiring entrepreneurs in the UAE.
Prior to his appointment with the Establishment in 2002, Al Janahi held a number of senior managerial positions in leading organisations in the UAE. He was a founding member of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). As Projects and Events Manager at the DSF, he successfully liaised with various organizing committees and government departments to add new and exciting dimensions to the global event.


His creative ideas further augmented the success of the DSF brand.

Following his stint at DSF, he moved on to Dubai Internet City (DIC) in 1997 as one of its founding members. He was responsible for formulating a business model that is now regarded as one of the most successful ICT hubs internationally. DIC’s Commercial Department was also set up with his support.

In recognition of his exceptional strategic and business development capabilities, Al Janahi was selected in 2001 to join a taskforce responsible for setting up the Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA), later renamed as Tatweer. The formation of MBRE was a significant milestone for Dubai under the leadership of Al Janahi in PDIA. In MBRE, Al Janahi pioneered the entrepreneurial development process from scratch which enabled the development of entrepreneurs. This covered the core pillars of Development Advisory, Incubation, Funding, Capability Development and Market Access. To facilitate access by SMEs to market opportunities, key agreements with several leading private and public sector organisations to offer exclusive privileges to members of the Establishment were secured. This initiative not only succeeded in helping start-ups and SMEs secure their first business contracts, but also raised the community’s awareness about the importance of SMEs to the growth of the economy.

Today, under Al Janahi’s leadership, more than 9,000 entrepreneurs have been assisted, of which about 800 are active members of the Establishment. Several well-known UAE companies and brand names such as Freej, Brown Bag and House of Hannah Heritage were proudly supported and created by the Establishment. When the mandate of the establishment was expanded to include the Dubai SME sector, Al Janahi scored a first when the first-ever official definition of Small and Medium Enterprises in Dubai and the UAE was established to support the Dubai SME Development Roadmap.

Al Janahi has a Diploma from MIT Sloan in the US, a graduated in Business Administration from the Higher College of Technology, Dubai.


Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna is President & CEO of GE Gulf. In her role, she develops the company’s business strategy for the Gulf region, leading business growth and driving cross business selling across GE’s portfolio.

Leading the overall strategic positioning of GE in the Gulf region, Dalya is committed to building a portfolio of profitable growth initiatives while maintaining the highest level of integrity with an emphasis on leadership and talent development.

She joined GE in 2008 and is the company’s first UAE national to graduate from GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP), during which she received multiple global ECLP awards and undertook global rotations in the US.


Dalya has held multiple leadership roles within GE including Director, Global Growth Strategy for Middle East, North Africa & Turkey where she led strategic partnership activities and drove growth programs and strategic priorities in the region.

Prior to joining GE, she founded and managed an international multi-million dollar franchise.

Dalya holds a PhD degree from Imperial College London (Business model innovation to promote a low carbon economy in Dubai) and an MBA degree from the American University in Dubai.

Agenda of the event:

  • 7 pm – 7.30 pm – Registration & Networking
  • 7.30 pm – 8.45 pm – Interactive Session
  • 8.45 pm – 9.00 pm – Q&A
  • 9 Onwards – Dinner



Emirates NBD Global Business Series

What can business tycoons teach you?


We believe that the combination of strategic thinking and a rational perspective, it’s easier to weather the inevitable storms in your business and make the most of every opportunity. We host business tycoons who have managed to overcome steep challenges and help you learn from their insights

Why attend?

Business success takes strategic thinking, problem solving and good decision making. No matter how long you’ve been in business, there will always be more decisions to make, opportunities to assess and problems to solve. Emirates NBD Global Business Series doesn’t just try to lay out a step-by-step blueprint for success but also helps you become better thinkers.

Another advantage of attending the series is the glimpse that you can get into the blood, sweat and tears that go into making of a great business and the human emotions that are revealed by businessmen who have made the journey from good to great. It is not always smooth sailing on the way to create a sustainable business.

While there’s no denying the fact that many billionaires are brilliant, you can also take action and learn to think more strategically. You can learn to do what it takes to make sure your business stays around for a long time.

At Emirates NBD Global Business Series, we uncover the Mental Models of business tycoons.

We believe that learning is a lifelong process and is also a rewarding one. You’ll end up more curious, interesting, and successful. so register now for a life changing experience.

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for Entrepreneurs, CXOs and Startups.

Conceptualized and organized by SPI Group

SPI – The No.1 B2B Engagement and Positioning platform

SPI Group is the No.1 business engagement & positioning platform for entrepreneurs and senior decision makers.  We are connected with over 100,000 founders and decision makers through a unique combination of cutting-edge business magazines, strategic partnerships with governments & business associations and high profile business conferences

SPI group boasts of a powerful portfolio of Leading and Immersive conferences and summits, focused on B2B audiences. The delegates and speakers we attract are unparalleled in their level of seniority, relevance and influence. Our prominent conferences are:

Ø  SME World Summit – The biggest entrepreneurship conference of the region
Ø  Global Innovation Summit – The largest innovation conference of the region
Ø  Emirates NBD Global Business Series – Interactive sessions with Billionaires
Ø  The Make in UAE Summi t- Largest manufacturing and trade conference

Our conferences have attracted over 18,000 founders and senior executives in the last 3 years thereby emerging as the most trusted and a formidable brand.

In addition to industry leading summits, SPI group is renowned for publishing world-class magazines like Intelligent SME, Innovation & TECH and Robust Rak. These magazines are coveted by our readers and will be able to provide your brand with tremendous visibility and positioning opportunities round the year.

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