Monday 15, February 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Babson College, the No. 1 ranked college for the study of entrepreneurship according to Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Entrepreneur magazine, is set to host its annual Babson Connect: Worldwide, a signature event for alumni, parents and friends, March 4-6, 2016.
This unprecedented opportunity for the global Babson community to gather and celebrate Entrepreneurship of All Kinds® will take place in the international hub of entrepreneurial action that is Dubai.
Attendees at this esteemed global business summit will include Babson alumni, parents, and friends; and prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders from the Middle East.
Dubai is the perfect city to host Babson’s annual, global celebration given the College’s rooted connections with that part of the world:
The region is home to over 341 alumni,
UAE is home to one of the largest concentration of Babson graduates in the Middle East,
Fifty-five current students are from the Middle East (14 Graduate, 41 Undergraduate),
The Babson Middle East Alumni Club (BMAC) includes Alumni from 16 different countries throughout the Middle East,
Sixty-six parents of Babson students reside in the UAE.
“Join us as we celebrate the impact of entrepreneurship in Dubai, the economic engine of the Middle East and one of the world’s most dynamic, innovative, and business-friendly cities,” said Babson College President Kerry Healey​.
To register for Babson Connect: Worldwide in Dubai, visit the Babson College website.
The summit will feature:
A diverse program, including educational and cultural forums and presentations, as well as social events that feature the best of the region’s cuisine and entertainment
Engaging keynote speakers and panels discussing emerging trends in youth entrepreneurship, family business, global investing, social enterprise, entrepreneurship in the MENA region, new media entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs, youth employment and entrepreneurship, sustainable business, and corporate responsibility, practicing entrepreneurship through design thinking
The newest inductee into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® – H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Airlines
The 2016 Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award winner honored – Shainoor Khoja, Managing Director, Better Business Enterprise Ltd.
Special panel focusing on Family Entrepreneurship and interviews with leading entrepreneurs from the region.
Networking lunch with table topics focusing on environment, globalization, and urbanization, technology, convergence economy, women entrepreneurs, and youth unemployment
Opportunities for you to network with Babson faculty, fellow alumni, and parents, as well as prominent members of the global business community

Industry and Business Speakers
H.E. Abdullah Al Darmaki, CEO of Khalifa Fund
Fadi Ghandour, Founder of Aramex
Dr. Iqbal Surve, Founder and Chairman of the Sekunjalo Group
Ramez Mohamed, CEO of Flat6Labs
Mark Stoleson, CEO of Legatum
Christopher M. Schroeder, author and investor
Karim Khoja, CEO of Rosha
Rafiq Habib
Faculty, Alumni, Parent, and Board Speakers
Professor Heidi Neck
Professor Bob Turner
Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Candy Brush
Professor Richard Bliss
Alex Thomson ’06
Aya Sadder ‘13
Jean-Pierre S. Mondalek ‘03
Said Darwazah P’15
Pimjai Laochinda P’13
Khaled Bichara P’15, Chairman CEO of Accelero Capital
Muhammad Habib ’81, P’09
Hamaza Habib ‘09
Sonia Husain ’04
Advisory Committee
Muwaffak and Rana Bibi P’18
Vishal and Pooja Chhabria P’19
Lupo M. del Bono ’79, P’09, Overseer, Global Advisory Board
Said Darwazah and Mariana Melhem P’15
Harish Fabiani P’17, Board of Trustees
Sunil Goyal P’13 ’16 ’19, Global Advisory Board
Muhammad Habib ’81, P’09, Global Advisory Board
Vivek Jain M’83, P’07, Global Advisory Board
Manish Kumar P’18, Global Advisory Board
Manoj Narender Madnani ’91, Board of Trustees / Global Advisory Board
Umer Mansha ’95, Global Advisory Board
Rupprecht Queitsch P’09
Christian Tabet and Lara Farha P’18 ’19
Ozcan Tahincioglu ‘94
Philip Vassiliou ‘99
Farhana Vohra P’17
Host Committ​ee
Mohammed Alafaleg M’15
Budoor Ashadawi M’10
Hamza Habib ’09
Girish Hiranandani ’93, Former President, Dubai Alumni Club
Sonia Husain ’04, President, Dubai Alumni Club
Mukund Menda ‘05
Alvaro Pena ’96
Aya Sadder ’13
Mark Vandemore ’07