Author Archives: Nada Atieh

Jamalon

Jamalon: Doing Things by the Book

Jamalon began as a family-driven operation in 2010 but has become a leading distribution line for publishers in the region and an online marketplace for thousands of Arabic and English books. By: Nada Atieh Like many entrepreneurial success stories, Jamalon…

nature

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

The chairman of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) reflects back on the important work of Jordan’s leading conservation body. By Nada Atieh The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is the authority for biodiversity in…

Pharma

Pharma Move Forward

Regional competition is forcing Jordan’s pharmaceutical firms to up their game. By Nada Atieh  Jordan’s pharmaceutical sector isn’t the biggest in the Middle East, but the head of the Jordanian Association for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Salah Mawajdeh, said it stands out…

Parachute16

Parachute16 Works to Develop Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

After a series of ventures he founded failed to gain traction, Ghassan Halawa finally found success with an innovative consulting firm that offers help and advice to budding entrepreneurs, Parachute16. By Nada Atieh Photography by Ala’a Al Sukhny Ghassan Halawa’s…

ramadan

The Business of Ramadan

Increased consumer spending during Ramadan helps offset any slowdown in workplace productivity. By Nada Atieh A study published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2015 looked at data from almost every country over the past 60 years and found…

Thai capital

Brilliant Bangkok

It’s not hard to understand why the Thai capital consistently ranks as one of the world’s most visited cities. By Nada Atieh Last year, international tourist arrivals in Thailand were on the up and up, reaching a record 35 million, about half…

stock

Taking Stock

The Chairman of the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) is quietly confident that 2018 will be a good year for the beleaguered bourse. According to ASE data, trading value increased by 25.6 percent in 2017, reaching JD2.9 billion but the number…

Refugees

Recognizing new ways to respond to refugees

At its second annual Innovate for Refugees competition in Amman in January, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) awarded a total of $100,000 to five teams of entrepreneurs that presented innovative solutions to problems encountered by displaced people.  “There are people…

biotechnology

The business of biotechnology

Penelope Shihab is out to prove that Jordan can become a leading hub for scientific research in biotechnology and development. Penelope Shihab is the founder of MonoJo, the only biotechnology research firm in Jordan, and Skinue, an American skincare line…

importers

Food producers and importers say tax hikes are hard to swallow

Food producers and importers are worried about the impact recent tax rises will have on their sector.   Tax revenues are growing at a slower rate than the GDP and that means trouble for the Jordanian economy. Public debt has…