Category: Executive Interview

Easing EU Exports

The EU says its new Rules of Origin agreement with Jordan will give the Kingdom’s exports a much-needed boost and help ease the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis.  By Dina Al Wakeel Hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees…

The Future of the FTA

Washington’s chief economic diplomat in Amman believes the 2000 Free Trade Agreement can be expanded to offer even more support to Jordanian companies. By Dina Al-Wakeel The United States is easily one of Jordan’s most important economic partners. At the…

Mowgli CEO Kathleen Bury

More than Just the Bare Necessities of Mentoring

A mentorship program inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is offering a helping hand to Jordanian entrepreneurs. By Rebecca Irvine Mowgli, the central character in The Jungle Book, famously had a group of animal friends on hand to offer…

Amjad Aryan, Pharmacy 1 President

Prescription for Growth

With plans in the pipeline that include a range of own-brand over the counter medication and toiletries, as well as Jordan’s first drive-through pharmacy, Amjad Aryan has big ambitions for his fast expanding chain. By Dina al Wakeel Amjad Aryan…

How to Spot the Next Big Thing

From Careem to ArabiaWeather, VC firm Wamda Capital has a canny knack of picking out the most exciting prospects from our region’s burgeoning startup scene.   By Dina Al-Wakeel Leading the region’s venture capital firms, Wamda Capital invests in propitious entrepreneurial…

Audi Boss Eyes Clear Road Ahead

Even with the challenges posed by low oil prices and an ongoing emission scandal, Audi Volkswagen’s regional chief Benoit Tiers predicts a bright future for his brand in the region. By Ghaith Madadha With sales of 11,000 cars, Audi said…

Feeling the Squeeze, Orange Comes Out Fighting

A revamped range of mobile packages is just one of the ways Orange Jordan CEO Jerome Henique is trying to stay ahead of the competition amidst tougher than ever trading conditions. By Laith Abou-Ragheb As well as spending millions of…

Mixed Outlook for Regional Airlines

The Secretary General of the Arab Air Carriers Organization says travel barriers and regional unrest continue to hamper his industry. But rising passenger numbers, lower oil prices, and expansion into international markets give him cause for cheer. By Dina Al-Wakeel…

The Work Ahead for the ILO

The International Labour Organization’s newly-appointed regional chief has big plans to improve the lot of workers in Jordan over 2016 and beyond. By Rebecca Irvine With its mission to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection,…

Haitam Giat, Yes Atlas Founder

The University Matchmaker

The head of Yes Atlas says his educational consultancy agency is helping more and more students from across the Middle East secure their higher education overseas. By Rebecca Irvine After Haitam Giat attended university in Australia, he spotted a gap…