Power players: VentureSouq
They invest. They run companies. And they rule the region’s VC space. Who are they? What do they have in store for the future of finance? A stellar interview that you shouldn’t miss. Tell us about VentureSouq. What is its mission and how did the idea come about? Sonia... Read more
Assessing risks in the financial services industry
To pursue profitable opportunities in dynamic markets, it is important for decision-makers to be armed with a trusted assessment of risks. We turned to experts at Protiviti Global to provide an authoritative outlook on the risk sentiment within the financial services landscape.   Technological advancements. Disruptive innovations threatening core business... Read more
What’s next for workplaces?
Elements like flexible and remote working or on-demand employment aren’t really things we’ll see in the future, they are happening now. What we will, however, see shaping the future of work is how employers upskill their teams. Sonal Sodha, Founder, Acivva Consulting, shares her insights… Firstly, where do you... Read more
Future perspectives: where we’re headed
In line with our recently held SME Beyond Borders – 4X conference, the team at SME Advisor felt compelled to assess the top trends that we think will have a major impact in four years to come. Here are our two cents on what to expect in the future…... Read more
Gen Z – Malika Alidina’s take on reinventing retail
We talk about Gen Z, write about them and even try to analyse them. But how often do we get a Gen Z themselves to pen their opinions and express what they really think about the way moving forward? Well, not that often. That’s exactly why when Malika Alidina... Read more
Commuting in a smart city
How does it feel like to live – and commute – in a smart city? Marcin Budka, Principal Academic in Data Science, Bournemouth University, paints a realistic picture… The alarm on your smart phone went off 10 minutes earlier than usual this morning. Parts of the city are closed... Read more
Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining the new normal
Brad Keywell, Co-founder and CEO of Uptake, weighs the possible challenges and opportunities of surviving in a new era… The world is changing. There’s no way around this fact. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is now. And, whether you know it or not, it will affect you. Billions of people... Read more
Generational transformation should be the next thing  on your agenda.
In the MENA region alone, more than 28 per cent of the population is between the ages of 15 and 29. And, the way that they behave is disrupting traditional workplaces, business models and even how brands sell themselves. Generational transformation is probably one of the biggest challenges facing... Read more
4 Individuals that changed the future of business.
    Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg Challenges: The biggest challenge Mark Zuckerberg currently faces is keeping up with the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon in the augmented reality space. Moreover, it will also be interesting to see how Facebook sustains its fast-paced growth. It is in a strong... Read more
Background screening: How will it impact hiring for SMEs
The UAE government had shared its plans to commence background security checks on expatriate workers in the country. To understand the implications of the new regulation, we sit down with HireRight executives Steve Girdler, Managing Director EMEA & APAC and James Randall, Regional Sales Manager, Middle East. The UAE is home... Read more