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MENAFN Press - 19/01/2014
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(MENAFN Press) The technological advances of the past two decades have had an immense impact in the way business ventures, especially SME's, are being financed. In light of this The Capital Club, Dubai's premier private business club and member of the ENSHAA group of companies, will be hosting a panel discussion entitled 'Alternative Financing: The Role of Technology" on the 20th of January



Organised by Eureeca along with Cass Business School, part of City University London, and the Capital Club, the discussion will feature Chris Thomas, Co-Founder and CEO of Eureeca, Dany Farha Founder and CEO of BECO Capital, Capital Club Member Christian Mouchbahani, Founding and Managing Partner at M Capital Group, Loulou Khazen Baz, Founder & CEO of Nabbesh and will be moderated by Narain Jashanmal



Speaking about the upcoming panel discussion, Emma Cullen, The Capital Club General Manager, said, "A robust SME sector is one of the most important elements in a healthy and sustainable economy and as such securing financing for small to medium enterprises is a topic of great concern. This panel discussion will shed light on the many ways that technology can positively impact funding and create new avenues for financing. As the premier meeting point for Dubai's business elite, The Capital Club takes great pride in organising and hosting events, forums, and discussions that promote Dubai's thriving business climate and this will undoubtedly be yet another highly successful endeavour.



Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director, MENA and Head of the Cass Dubai Centre said:

"We are proud to work with Eureeca to host an event dedicated to addressing the necessity of alternative financing for small to medium enterprises. As the backbone of any economy, particularly in this part of the world, our prestigious panel will provide insights into the role of technology in such funding. Here at Cass in Dubai we have has been supporting the needs of business executives in the region since 2007 and our EMBA programme continues to attract a vast pool of skilled and multilingual talent from all over the world.

Chris Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of Eureeca further commented: "The reality is that 70% of jobs in this region are made up by SMEs and often struggle to find the funding needed to expand, grow and scale. Crowd investing has emerged as a viable and powerful means for businesses to raise capital from their wider networks. We live in an era where all of us through the power of technology have amassed expansive networks both online and offline and through crowdinvesting you are able to reach these networks to gain the much needed investment. In addition, investors now can participate to quickly see businesses online from across sectors and geographies that they might not have had the opportunity to view before.

The panel discussion forms part of a series of SME focused events at The Capital Club and is a not to be missed opportunity to get a finger on the pulse of the latest developments in technologically aided financing from some of the most knowledgeable figures in this field.



The discussion will be moderated by Narain Jashanmal, a fourth generation member of the Jashanmal family who until recently ran the Jashanmal Group's print media, bookstore, and courier businesses while also being responsible for the company's corporate communications. Furthermore it will feature Chris Thomas, who has over ten years experience in setting up and running businesses and has provided various angel investments while owning two online businesses and a property company in Brazil.



Completing the panel are Dany Farha, who co-founded and exited Bayt.com, the Middle East's largest job site, Butlers, the UAE's largest commercial laundry company and Intercat, one of the largest catering companies in the UAE, as well as Christian Mouchbahani, who has been involved in several larger cross border financial institutions M&A transactions, Merchant Banking principal and advisory transactions, in addition to asset management/ private equity funds.


About Cass Dubai Centre
Cass Dubai Centre was established in 2007 in collaboration with Dubai International Financial Centre, as a regional centre of educational excellence for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Centre operates as a not-for-profit venture. It offers the internationally acclaimed Cass Executive MBA (EMBA), tailor-made executive education, business services including consulting and high profile networking events and MSc programmes in Aviation. The EMBA offers MENA-based executives and professionals the opportunity to combine demanding work schedules with study near their home and work environments. The programme also attracts students from as far afield as Singapore, the USA and Azerbaijan. It was the world's first EMBA programme to offer specialist Islamic finance and energy modules and students can choose to specialise in entrepreneurship, finance or general management. Cass Business School in London is part of City University London. Located in the heart of one of the world's leading financial centres, Cass is the business school for the City of London. It delivers innovative, relevant and forward-looking education, consultancy and research. Cass offers one of the widest portfolios of specialist Masters programmes and has the largest faculties of Finance and Actuarial Science & Insurance in Europe. It is ranked in the top 10 UK business schools for business, management and finance research with leading research centers in areas including Mergers and Acquisitions and Pensions. Entrepreneurship is another strength with Cass's Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship, venture capital fund and sector research. The 2013 Financial Times EMBA rankings placed Cass fifth in the UK and 14th in Europe. The School is in the top one per cent of business schools worldwide to have received the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). City University London is a global University committed to academic excellence, with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location. It is in the top five per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14 and in the top thirty universities in the UK according to the Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2012. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for both graduate-level jobs (The Good University Guide 2014) and in the top 5 for graduate starting salaries (Lloyds Bank). The University attracts over 17,000 students (35% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and academic staff from over 50 countries. Its academic range is broadly-based with world leading strengths in business; law; health sciences; engineering; mathematical sciences; informatics; social sciences; and the arts including journalism and music. The University's history dates back to 1894, with the foundation of the Northampton Institute on what is now the main part of City's campus. In 1966, City was granted University status by Royal Charter and the Lord Mayor of London was invited to be Chancellor, a unique arrangement that continues today. About the Capital Club:The Capital Club is owned by Capital Club Limited, a single-purpose company registered under the DIFC. The major shareholder of the company is Signature Clubs International, which is responsible for the development and operation of the Club. Capital Club Limited is owned by the Dubai-based investment and development firm ENSHAA, and managed by Signature Clubs International, founded in 2005. The group has sister properties in Bahrain Financial Harbor's East Tower and Capital Club (East Africa) located in Westland's, Nairobi. http://www.capitalclubdubai.com

 


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