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The Dubai Chapter of the UAE Strathclyde Association, with the support of the University Alumni Office, recently held their Annual Alumni Evening held by  at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai on the 22nd of October, 2012. Dr Catherine Demangeot was at the event:

“The ballroom was initially thrown into a stampede of 88 Strathclyde alumni, friends and current students moving to the beat of a ringmaster with a whistle who forced them to do speed networking and elevator pitches, while exchanging business cards and making new acquaintances.

Thankfully that didn’t last too long, before the theme returned to entrepreneurship and Alistair Munro (one of the few Scots there, and CEO/founder of Projecx) set the tone for the evening with his entrepreneurial personality traits and unique insights into the minds and thinking of entrepreneurs.  Wasef Shaka’a (local counsellor at Strathclyde, former strategy director at Honeywell and entrepreneur himself),  shared his experience of the crucial first year of a start-up – between the acceptance of the business idea and the generation of initial revenues. Just as people were making notes and warming up to starting their own ventures;  Mohammed Johmani, (or MoJo- the serial entrepreneur and founder of O2 network) shared his success/failure stories and cautioned us that successful entrepreneurs are not those who take risks, but those who are able to minimize those risks.

Dr. Ronald Bradfield, Associate Dean, Academic Director of the MBA and Director of the Strathclyde UAE campuses (and claiming to be a Scot!) thanked the speakers, gave out prizes and all the news from Glasgow as well as forthcoming events at Strathclyde UAE. Future events discussed include a Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network UAE and a future workshop to be led by Dr Jonathan Levie of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde. Then followed the perfect cover for a relaxed catch-up and networking over dinner.”