Category: Interviews

MEPS CEO Khaled Zakaria

Pushing Forward With E-Payments

The boss of MEPS says he’s committed to making regional e-payment systems safer and more convenient to use. Owned by 11 local and regional leading banks and companies, Middle East Payment Services, or MEPS for short, provides a selection of…

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…

Welcoming the World Cup

Organizers of this month’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup say the event represents a unique opportunity to develop the game at home and prove the Kingdom can host international sports tournaments. By Laith Abou-Ragheb The eyes of the sporting world…

Oasis500’s new CEO, Faisal Hakki

A Leg Up to the Next Level

The newly installed CEO of Oasis500 aims to provide greater post-acceleration support for startups. By Rebecca Irvine Since its establishment in 2010, Oasis500 has graduated several well known Jordanian companies, including ArabiaWeather, e-payment platform MadfooatCom, and book seller Jamalon. Oasis500’s…

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…

Rashad Bibars, acting project director for the USAID LENS project

Registering Right

Registering a company can be fraught with difficulties. But a new USAID-funded guide is here to help. By Rebecca Irvine The Startup Guide is a free, comprehensive guide on how to approach registering a business within the Kingdom. It was…

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…

Lana Ghanem, the managing director of the Hikma Ventures fund

Hikma’s Healthy Investments

Hikma Pharmaceuticals plans to inject $30 million into digital health startups through a new global investment fund. By Rebecca Irvine Until March Hikma was a FTSE100 listed company, and remains the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Middle East. Now making a…

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…