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The Challenge

Many companies that wish to enter the MENA region concern themselves with issues that are secondary to their success.

Like what?

  • Where should I setup my office? Onshore or in a freezone.
  • What should the legal structure be? A limited liability company (LLC), a branch of a foreign company or a joint venture?
  • Should I have a virtual office or a full-fledged office?
  • How many people should I hire and much should I pay them?
  • Which part of town should I setup my office in?
  • Should I hire locally or bring staff from the head office?

All these are valid points but they won’t affect your business if deals aren’t closed fast enough.
Business transactions in the MENA region are heavily influenced by relationships. Trust is a major factor and locals rarely do business with people they have just met.
They need to trust the person first before they give that person their business and herein lies the major issue. Trust takes time to build and time is expensive
The sooner you meet your potential customer; the lesser expenses you will incur and the more money you will make.
Without a network of contacts, you will struggle to sell. And if you don’t sell fast enough, you will fail.

Many foreign companies do fail after a couple of years of unsuccessful operation in the MENA because they don’t have the right connections.

The Solution?

 

The Solution

To overcome these challenges, you need an influential partner who identifies the right decision makers and introduces you to them.

Thus easing your market entry, you get the first mover advantage and gain market share beating your competitors.

But how does SEED benefit out of this association?

Why SEED

Our Competitive Advantage

SEED is owned by a member of the Royal Family of Dubai, which means we can help out clients and partners achieve results much faster and have access to high level contacts which are usually very hard to reach.

  • We open the doors which are usually closed to others.
  • Our extensive business network will become yours.
  • You can have a direct interaction with the most influential people in this region.
  • This minimizes your market entry costs giving you time to devise a strategy for long-term success.
  • As a strategic partner, we invest with you to make you successful.
  • Our connections extend across varied sectors such as telecommunications, media, real estate, healthcare and general trading.

Our Latest News

We believe our clients are our best ambassadors. Browse our most recent strategic partnerships below.

SEED Robotics Introduces Smart Presence System Beam Pro in the UAE
PYRO Group and SEED MENA join hands
SEED Group signs a JV to open Jollibee UAE
Etisalat and Vicom introduce groundbreaking digital advertising service YPAY
Randox Group and SEED MENA sign a cooperation agreement in Germany
  • We at Vodafone are happy with this new partnership (with SEED). This partnership confirms Vodafone Xone’s role in supporting promising projects and helping them grow through investment and business development services.

    Khaled Hegazy - External Affairs & Legal Director,Vodafone.
  • “We couldn’t have found a better partner than SEED to jointly operate our planned 25 stores across the UAE in the next few years.”..

    Dennis Flores - VP International Operations, Jollibee.
  • “Etisalat is striving to keep its 145 million customers connected in the most advanced ways possible. We are pleased to introduce with yet another way of staying in touch with friends and family.”

    Khalifa Al Shamsi - Chief Digital Officer at Etisalat Group
  • “We intend to become a $100m USD company in the next three years. The MENA region will be responsible for a big chunk of that growth. We hope to achieve this via our strategic regional partnership with SEED.”

    SM Reddy – C.E.O. Pyro Group
  • “Our latest transportation project in Dubai has been a great success. I don’t think we could have achieved that success without the vital role SEED has played throughout the tendering, delivery and handover phases during the six years of the project period.”

    Suzuki Masao – Project Director,Palm Monorail
  • “Our growth rates are better in the BRIC countries including the Middle East. Without a doubt, our strategic partnership in the UAE (SEED) is a key factor in this growth. We count on them for joint business development activities. You know very well, it is difficult to operate in such countries without a local partner.”

    Dr. Peter Fitzgerald – Managing Director

The Team

The members of SEED team care about your success in the MENA region.
We will guide you through every step of the way.

Hisham Al Gurg

Hisham Al Gurg

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Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores

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Susanne Macmahon

Susanne Macmahon

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Jim Ferrier

Jim Ferrier

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Grant Kirk

Grant Kirk

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Rajeev Samtani

Rajeev Samtani

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Talal Kocache

Talal Kocache

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Syed Mohammad Furqan

Syed Mohammad Furqan

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Lena Arkawi

Lena Arkawi

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Hisham Al Gurg

Hisham Al Gurg

With over 18 years of experience in setting up and running new ventures in the MENA region, Mr. Algurg is a pioneer in the region for his visionary approach, high profile networking, and for concluding and managing large regional projects and investments worth more than 1.06 Billion USD.

Presently he is managing the private investments and strategic partnerships activities of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. He is also the CEO of Al Fajer Investments & Development, an investment division of Al Fajer Enterprises, a holding group of companies owned by His Highness Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum. Both Sheikhs are members of the Royal family of Dubai.

As a CEO of Seed Group, he is managing 8 growing companies in 6 diversified industries with other UAE and International partners.

He is also the UAE sponsor of the Chinese petroleum giant “Sinopec Petroleum”. Sinopec Petroleum is one of the largest energy corporations in the world, headquartered in Beijing.

Hisham holds a computer science bachelor degree from Southwest Texas State University.

Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores is a specialist in business strategy formulation & execution, acquisition expert, and formulator of market share growth. He is also an experienced C-level Management Consultant, having held senior leadership positions at top-tier international consulting firms such as AT&T Bell Laboratories, Booz Allen Hamilton, Roland Berger Strategy Consulting, and Adentis Management Consulting. Carlos is also a venture capitalist with focus in companies offering breakthrough technologies. He founded and led several companies through conceptualization, structuring, launch and ramp-up of operations. In addition to his active role with SEED Group, he is a managing partner and founder of Argento Digital Ventures. Carlos graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stevens Institute of Technology and has degree in computer science and electronics engineering and received his MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management in 1994.

Susanne Macmahon

Susanne Macmahon

A geophysist, statistician and entrepreneur, Sussane is an expert in critical team building and high-level project management. Having created strategies on market penetration, strategic market planning, business development, and pecuniary program planning/preparation and administration, she has worked with blue-chip companies from all over the world; most notably Debeers Exploration Canada. Highly customer service oriented, Susanne has designed, organized and implemented multimillion dollar programs, managed international research teams, fieldcrews and associated logistics and operations; she also founded Innovate Geoscience. Ms. Macmohan holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in English Literature, Bachelor of Science Degree from McMaster University as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Geophysics and Statistics.

Jim Ferrier

Jim Ferrier

Jim has decades of experience in international business with an emphasis on healthcare services and management. He helps companies maximize their human capital and achieve increased productivity through enlightened employee and labor relations, effective communication and recruiting practices and enhanced employee retention strategies. Jim excels in multicultural environments and is recognized as a strong verbal and written communicator with a high cultural diversity quotient who is praised as a flexible, willing, results-oriented team player who is an accomplished, knowledgeable and proven contributor, grounded advisor and business consultant. Jim has lived and worked all over the USA and the world and done business in more than 40 countries in financial services, retail and the entertainment field.

Grant Kirk

Grant Kirk

Grant Kirk is the Senior Director of International Ventures for the Seed MENA Group.
A strong background in International Sales & Marketing and Business Development gives Grant a wealth of experience across a diverse range of market verticals and regions. His strong leadership and big picture thinking in senior management roles in the Middle East being the catalyt in the success of helping companies fast tracking their revenue streams to achieve their goals.
Grant obtained a Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from Technicon Witwatersrand, now Johannesburg University.

Rajeev Samtani

Rajeev Samtani

Rajeev Samtani is a Chartered & Cost Accountant with more than 17 years in Dubai working in finance and accounting practices and has previously worked for local and multinational organizations such as Cityline International, Burj Al Arab Hotel and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The diversity of Rajeev’s work experience means that he is well placed to service the financial cost and management accounting functions of an equally diversified client base.

Rajeev is the Co founder and Managing Partner of Xcel Accounting, a firm of Chartered and Certified Public Accountants, committed to help businesses go beyond their fifth year of operations. Rajeev is also a Leadership Team member of BNI Middle East, has served as Finance Controller at Burj Al Arab and also worked as a Senior Associate with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Talal Kocache

Talal Kocache

Talal Kocache is business development director and co-founder of a family business, with more than 10 years of experience in the UAE. Studied in Lebanon and wide experience of construction and contracting industry in the Middle East, Talal works on matter of strategic business development and project management for the group. Having studied in Concordia University and American University of Beirut. He has experience in international business, contract management, procurement and global trading which adds to his crucial insight in identifying high, value investment projects.

Syed Mohammad Furqan

Syed Mohammad Furqan

Syed Furqan is one of SEED experienced team members who managed international partnerships and joint ventures.

Syed is has intensive experience in retail, interior design, and healthcare.

Syed studies, worked, and lived in Australia which added a wealth of experience to his profile.

Lena Arkawi

Lena Arkawi

Lena is an experienced communication and PR consultant with strong client and media relation skills. She brings over five years of work and volunteer experience from five different countries (U.S.A, Qatar, U.A.E., South Africa and China.)

Lena understands the media landscape in the GCC and has developed strong relationships with regional and international media in both English and Arabic languages.

Lena is a Georgetown Scholarship fellow of the Qatar Scholarship Program and holds a certificate in Arabic Studies from Qatar University. She graduated the top 1% of her class with high distinctions from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in business and communication and a certificate in Arabic Studies.

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