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Aby Sam Thomas

Aby Sam Thomas

Entrepreneur Staff
Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East

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Leadership

Follow The Leader: Ahmed Abou Hashima, Chairman & CEO, Egyptian Steel

If the rate of growth of Hashima's enterprise is any indication, then here's an entrepreneur who's well on his way to becoming one of the region's most prominent businessmen.
Leadership

Follow The Leader: Faisal Al Bannai, CEO, DarkMatter

Faisal Al Bannai is perhaps best known for being the founder of Axiom Telecom, a US$2.2 billion company established in 1997 that is today the official regional distributor for some of the most prominent electronic consumer brands in the world- and it is probably this distinction that makes most of us curious about his latest venture, DarkMatter.
Leadership

Follow The Leader: H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

To say that Mashreq CEO H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair dreams big with whatever he does would probably be an understatement. Consider his latest endeavor, the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, of which he is the Chairman.
Editor's Note

Stepping Up To The Plate: Giving Entrepreneurs Their Due

When an entrepreneur is starting out, do be appreciative of their track record so far, their own particular set of skills and talents, and their abject belief in what they are about to set out to do.
Entrepreneurs

Staying On Top Of Generation-T: The Next Web Co-Founder Patrick de Laive

Growth is definitely on the agenda for The Next Web, but de Laive isn't keen on doing new things at his company, just for the sake of doing them- he's insistent on the enterprise keeping to the ethos that it represents.
Women in Business

Entrepreneur Middle East's Achieving Women 2016: Noor Sweid

Leap Ventures Managing Partner Noor Sweid on encouraging entrepreneurship in MENA and how established businesses can support the region.
Women in Business

Entrepreneur Middle East's Achieving Women 2016: Iman Ben Chaibah, Founder, Sail Publishing

While others may have been tempted to call it quits with the business, Ben Chaibah has steadfastly refused to- and the reason for this can be essentially drawn back to her vision for Sail.
Women in Business

Entrepreneur Middle East's Achieving Women 2016: Hala Fadel, Managing Partner, Leap Ventures

Hala Fadel is easily one of the most recognizable faces in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the MENA region- and for good reason.
Women in Business

Entrepreneur Middle East's Achieving Women 2016: Sonia Weymuller, Founding Partner, VentureSouq

Having known the value of mentorship throughout her career, be it during her time working at places like Microsoft and Viacom, or even when she established her own early-stage equity funding platform VentureSouq, Sonia Weymuller today doesn't hesitate in paying it forward.
Women in Business

Entrepreneur Middle East's Achieving Women 2016: Huda Al Lawati

As someone who led The Abraaj Group's investments in companies like Kudu (Saudi Arabia), Acibadem (Turkey), Careem (UAE) and Kuwait Energy (Kuwait), it's safe to say that Huda Al Lawati knows a thing or two about what makes a young enterprise poised for the big leagues.
Innovators

Building Momentum: AJSM Investments Chairman HH Sheikh Saeed Obaid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Saeed is keen on facilitating the development of an entrepreneurial community in the UAE- AJSM Investments is starting up an initiative called AJSM Hero to help nurture new businesses in the UAE.
Emerging Markets

Come Together: Entrepreneurs From Emerging Markets Converge At Seedstars Summit 2016

As an annual event focused on promoting startups in emerging markets around the world, the summit was the culmination of the efforts made by Seedstars World (the parent organization behind Seedstars Summit) in sifting through more than 3,000 applicants from around the world this past year.
Innovators

Envisioning Qatar's Tomorrow: Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani

Sheikha Aisha is the founder and Chairperson of the Al Faleh Group, perhaps best known for its educational institutions under the Doha Academy umbrella.
Restaurants

Quality Control: Restaurateur Hani Nakkach On Bringing His London-Based French Bistro, Aubaine, To Dubai

While Dubai may be a new location for Aubaine, it must be noted here that Nakkach's concept that has worked quite well in London- launched in 2005, the enterprise today has ten of its restaurants spread across the city's various neighborhoods.
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

Establishing A Culture Of Entrepreneurship In Oman: Riyada CEO Khalifa Said Al Abri

Oman's chief priority is a diversified economy, and building up the SME sector in the country is the way forward for achieving the same.