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Keynote speakers: Rizwan Sajan, Omar Jackson and Nayla Al Khaja to headline Startup Forum

Arabian Business Startup Forum will take place on Sunday, November 24 at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm

Keynote speakers: Rizwan Sajan, Omar Jackson and Nayla Al Khaja to headline Startup Forum

Rizwan Sajan, Omar Jackson and Nayla Al Khaja are among the keynote speakers at this year’s Arabian Business Startup Forum.

Indian business tycoon Rizwan Sajan, young British entrepreneur Omar Jackson and Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja will be among the keynote speakers at this year’s Arabian Business Startup Forum, which takes place on Sunday, November 24 at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm hotel.

Spaces are limited so register in advance for the event here.

Sajan is a true titan of the Dubai business community and will give some insights into his journey from a start-up in a small Deira trading office in 1993 to the billionaire empire that is Danube Group today.

“I have a lot of competitors and everyone asks me ‘how are you so successful?’” he told Arabian Business in an interview earlier this year.

“Recruitment was the key – getting the right people, making sure they are handling the right things. When you are going at that speed, you have to look not only at the numbers and the sales, but make sure the processes are in control. Because you can be taken for a ride if you are not controlling the processes, the logistics department, the HR department,” he added.

UK-born Omar Jackson is a serial entrepreneur and partner at private equity firm Berkeley Assets, who will give insights into how he became a millionaire at just 25. Now 28, he also nurtures aspiring business youth as a Young Enterprise Ambassador and will give some insights into his personal entrepreneurial journey, how he has attracted high profile business partners such as the British boxer Amir Khan and the upcoming launch of his own lifestyle brand.

Gender debate

Nayla Al Khaja is credited with being the UAE’s first female filmmaker. She will describe her entry into the competitive creative industry and how she is expanding her horizons and going global in a bid to win funding for ‘The Shadow’, her new Hollywood-style feature film project.

Al Khaja will also take part in a panel highlighting the fact that a recent report found that only around one in seven investments in new start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) were in companies founded by women. Why is this, and how can the gender imbalance be addressed? These issues and more will be addressed as part of the main panel discussion at this year’s Startup Forum.

Launchpad

Other panels will focus on the journey from idea to launching into the market, with expert advice and insights from Sam Quawasmi, co-founder, Eureeca; Gregor Amon, co-Founder, Hotel Data Cloud; Sudhakar Kadavasal, chairman, Entrepreneur Organisation; and Bianca Gracias, co-founder and general counsel, Suits & Advisors.

Finally, Namir Hourani, managing director at the Mohamed Bin Rashid Foundation, will head a panel looking at the new generation of start-ups who are not just chasing revenue and profit but are aiming to make a real social change and have a positive impact on society.

Spaces are limited so register for the event here.