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CASHFLOW STRATEGIES - Options to manage cashflow for SMEs in the region


Jul 6, 2021 11:55 AM

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Dr. Karim El Solh
CEO @Gulf Capital
Dr. Karim El Solh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital, one of the leading alternative asset management firms focused on Growth Markets, investing across several asset classes including Private Equity, Growth Capital, Private Debt and Real Estate. Under his leadership, Gulf Capital has been associated with some of the region’s most prominent private equity and mezzanine transactions and has won numerous awards including Best Private Equity Firm and Best Private Debt Firm in the Middle East, by Banker Middle East and Private Equity International. The Firm currently manages over $ 2.5 billion of assets across 7 funds and investment vehicles. Dr. El Solh is also the co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related, a leading real estate development company launched in partnership with the Related Companies. Dr. El Solh is the Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association Middle East Council.
Omar Rifai
Head of Growth Capital Solutions @Gulf Capital
Omar is Managing Director, Head of Growth Capital at Gulf Capital Ltd, focusing on growth equity and mezzanine debt investments in SMEs across Africa, Middle East and Turkey. Gulf Capital Ltd. is a leading alternative investments firm focused on Private Equity, Growth Capital, Private Debt and Real Estate across emerging markets. The Growth Capital team manages over $400 AUM across two funds.
Donna Benton
Founder + CEO @The Benton Group
Donna Benton represents another example of female empowerment. She is one of the most inspiring and successful leaders of our time, who constantly challenges misconceptions and defies stereotypes. Donna was born in Melbourne, Australia, where she spent most of her formative years. Her spirit of adventure brought her to Dubai in 2000. Not even a year later she identified a market need for both providing consumers with dining incentives and enabling restaurants to reach new customers. The Entertainer filled this gap by providing her “buy one get one free” offers to the best restaurants, cafes, nightspots, and attractions. Word of mouth from delighted customers drove strong book sales and Donna grew the business into different countries using the same model, while also expanding her product line to include spas, beauty, and hotel accommodation. Consequently, the award-winning Entertainer App was launched in 2013, and transitioned from a print publication to a data-driven technology firm.
Peter Tavener
CFO & COO @Beehive Fintech
Peter is part of the founding strategic management team at Beehive where he is the Group COO and CFO. Beehive is the GCC’s first digital lending marketplace for SMEs that connects creditworthy businesses with smart investors. It was the first regulated P2P platform in MENA (regulated by the DFSA and the CBB). Beehive has written over AED0.5bn of financing across the platform and has over 10,000 registered investors since it launched in November 2014. Peter is focused on regional expansion and strategic partnerships. Prior to Beehive, Peter was Managing Director at BDO Corporate Finance in the DIFC which he co-established in 2009. He advised SMEs and business owners across the GCC and led a broad range of Middle East and International transactions. Prior to that, Peter was in London where he focused on cross-border M&A and International IPOs.
PK Gulati
Founder @The Assembly & SmartStart Fund
Prashant K. Gulati, also known as (PK), is a technology innovator, early stage investor, mentor and commentator with interests in innovation, startups, entrepreneurship, technology, mobility and intelligent communities. He is the founder of the SmartStart Fund, an early stage investor in innovative startups from around the world, especially in smart and exponential technologies, with a footprint in Silicon Valley, India and the UAE. PK co-founded the Middle East Chapter of TIE – the largest organization fostering entrepreneurship and supporting startups globally – in Dubai in early 2002 and now sits on the Global Board of TiE as a Trustee.
Richard Thompson
Editorial Director @MEED
Richard Thompson is the Editorial Director of MEED. He is responsible for business development, product, and content delivery, and for providing editorial and content leadership and management oversight at MEED. He is responsible for ensuring that all MEED products and services are delivered to the highest possible standards of quality and timeliness and for ensuring that MEED’s content operations are delivered on time and within budget. His responsibilities also cover client and government relations as well as new product development. Additionally, Richard is responsible for promoting and marketing MEED and for ensuring MEED maintains a high public profile. Consequently, Richard is a well-known and highly regarded speaker and commentator on regional economic affairs and speaks regularly to business audiences around the world and in the region.