Aby Sam Thomas

Aby Sam Thomas

Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East

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successful entreprenuers

Follow The Leader: Jean-Michel Gauthier, CEO, Oliv

Jean-Michel Gauthier, CEO, Oliv, started his company with an aim to reduce youth unemployment in the Arab world.
Creative Entrepreneur

Follow The Leader: Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi, CEO, Dubai Design District (d3)

d3's hosting of the annual Dubai Design Week has led to more than more than 70,000 people visit the location over a period of five days
Leadership

Follow The Leader: Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO, KBW Investments

Founded by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal in 2013, KBW Investments has managed to steadily make its mark in the region's business landscape, thanks to the various enterprises under its helm carving out successes of their own in their respective industry sectors.
Editor's Note

Capital Gains: Musings On Mark Zuckerberg's Human Capital Hiring Rule Of Thumb

I believe that Zuckerberg is on to something when it comes to figuring out the best people to hire, and how one should interact with them once they come onboard.
Innovators

Designs On The Future: Area 2071 Aims To Make The UAE The Leading Nation In The World

Dubai Future Foundation Deputy CEO Abdulaziz Al Jaziri explains the vision for the path-breaking initiative launched by Dubai and the UAE.
Editor's Note

When Disaster Strikes (Hard), Perception Is Everything

The toughest hurdles that happen along an entrepreneur's lifecycle are what contribute to their greatest strengths and successes in the long-term.
Growth Strategies

For Whom The Bell Tolls: Acts Of Heroism In The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

If you like what these new enterprises offer, make it a point to do business with them.
Innovators

Redefining Retail: Elabelz Founder And CEO Nooruldeen Agha On His Latest Venture, ST-YL

Agha believes that ST-YL is going to change retail as we know it, and its impact is not going to be restricted to just the UAE, or only the MENA region- it's going to be global.
Editor's Note

Reality Check: We're Running A Business, Too

How many of all the startup support initiatives out there are actually supporting the region's entrepreneurs?
Innovators

Impacting The Future: Ahmad Ashkar, Founder And CEO, Hult Prize Foundation

Ahmad Ashkar, founder and CEO, Hult Prize Foundation on building a global startup movement centered on enabling social good.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems

New Kids On The Block: Silicon Valley-Headquartered Plug And Play Partners With Abu Dhabi Global Market

For those of us who have been watching the Middle East entrepreneurial ecosystem for a while now, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that the region has seen a surge in the number of accelerators and incubators in the recent past.
Innovators

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

The pre-eminent entrepreneur today leads a diversified multi-billion enterprise that has operations in everything from real estate to media to hospitality, but Aboud's flagship business was in the automotive domain, which he entered in Dubai, back in the early nineties.
Startups

Leading The Change: Smart Containers Co-Founder And CEO Richard Ettl On How His Startup Is Revolutionizing The Logistics Sector

Smart Containers may not really sound like a name you'd associate with a high-tech company- but then again, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
Innovators

Going Against The Tide: Jake Dyson, Chief Lighting Engineer, Dyson

The eldest son of the legendary Sir James Dyson, founder of the multimillion dollar enterprise that is Dyson is much like his father- an inventor, designer, and entrepreneur in his own right.
Acquisitions

Exporting Innovation: Dubai-Based Startup Wrappup Gets Acquired By California-Based Voicera

As a mobile app that made use of AI to auto-summarize meetings, Wrappup fits it neatly with Voicera's own offering, which leverages a combination of voice recognition, natural language processing, and machine learning to provide attendees of a meeting with a full recording and transcription, as well as high accuracy meeting highlights.