Take a break from the rat-race.
Look at life outside the box. #RethinkSuccess

SME Beyond Borders 2015 is the largest business conference of its kind in the MENA region for top-line entrepreneurs.

Discover what the world’s best-performing SMEs are doing.
Learn more about their infrastructures, their alliances, their financial strategies.
Understand what technologies they’re using and why.

With a format that enables high interaction and a first of its kind ‘Unconference' activity, you’ll experience first-hand what the trailblazers have to say. Interact with the creative leaders of tomorrow and brainstorm with them to find out how you’re going to translate strategies into a better bottom line for your business.

It’s a time to #Rethink Success

Who should attend?

  • SME owners & directors
  • Government agencies
  • Public sector decision-makers
  • Thought leaders
  • VIPs from key SME bodies
  • Banks & finance houses
  • Investment specialists
  • Incubation & start-up services

Meet our speakers

  • Anielle Falcão Guedes

    A world leading innovator, printing architectural components with 3D printers. ...

  • Christina Lee
    GGE Consulting

    In 2012, launched Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF) in Singapore. GGEF ...

  • Olimpia T.Mascolo
    Anfasic Dokhoon

    In 2007 she co-founded Anfasic Dokhoon, a leading-edge brand inspired by ...

  • Marjan Faraidooni
    Legacy EXPO 2020 DUBAI

    Ms Marjan Faraidooni is the Vice President of Legacy for Expo 2020 Dubai. ...

  • Patricia Pena
    Wikimedia Foundation

    At Wikimedia, Patricia created an elaborate payment structure enabling donors ...

  • Antonio Aguilar

    Antonio Aguilar is a social entrepreneur from Guatemala who is ...

  • Paolo Privitera
    Pick 1

    CEO and Founder of Pick1 "Know Your Audience" - Polyhedric ...

  • Dave Troy
    410 Labs

    Dave Troy is a serial entrepreneur and community activist in ...

  • Dan Dimmock
    Principal Brand Consultant

    Winner of the Global Leadership Award at the World Brand ...

Explore our sessions

Session One

Unmissable, powerful, provocative – welcome to a Masterclass in online culture.

Digital Disruption

Session Two

A close-up analysis of what it takes to create a vibrant infrastructure ...

The SME I.O.S.

Four sessions to #RethinkSuccess

Four provocative verticals kickstart and re-engage your business with contemporary approaches to finance, strategy and technology. Delivering dramatic and nourishing intelligence that your business can adopt right now.

Take a fresh look at SME DNA as you step inside the SME IOS – Identity, Opportunity, Sustainability and experience the ecosystems encouraging growth.

Relish the ingenuity of entrepreneurs in Be Inspired!
Find a solutions shop-window to marketing challenges in Digital Disruption.
Then plan how you’ll boost business skills at The SME Academy.

  • Session OneDigital Disruption
  • Session TwoThe SME I.O.S.
  • Session ThreeBe inspired!
  • Session FourThe SME Academy
09:00 AM

Moderator’s Introduction

09:05 AM

VIP Keynote

HE Hani R. Al Hamli
Secretary General, Dubai Economics Council
09:10 AM

Keynote welcome

Dominic De Sousa
Founder and Chairman, CPI Media Group
09:15 AM

VIP Keynote

Alex Thursby
Group Chief Executive Officer, National Bank of Abu Dhabi
09:40 AM

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presentation of CPI Lifetime Achievement Award

09:45 AM

Digital Disruption

Session keynote
Salvador Anglada
Chief Business Officer, Etisalat
Patricia Pena
Director of Payments and Fundraising Operations, Wikimedia Foundation
Dave Troy
CEO and Product Architect, 410 Labs
Paolo Privitera
CEO and Founder, Pick 1
10:50 AM

Unconference and Coffee

Intensive, informal interactions with key speakers

11:35 AM

Moderator’s Introduction

11:40 AM

The SME IOS (Identity, Opportunity, Sustainability)

12:40 PM


01:40 PM

Moderator’s Introduction

01:45 PM

Be Inspired

02:45 PM

Unconference and Coffee

03:30 PM

Introduction to SME Academy

04:30 PM

Closing remarks

Re-calibrate your goals and #RethinkSuccess

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of SME Beyond Borders and to reinvigorate your personal quest for growth. Register your attendance now. Registration is free but places are strictly limited.