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Entrepreneurship Best Practice panel: Entrepreneurship Best Practice Lessons for Middle East and North Africa

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Dr Shima Barakat, Research and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, is guest speaker at an entrepreneurship best practice event for Middle East and North Africa.

Date: 31 Mar 2011

Time: 19:00 – 20:45

Venue: Imperial College Business School, LTUG , Tanaka Building

Campus: South Kensington Campus

Simon Stockley, Full Time MBA Programme Director and Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School, will be facilitating the panel discussion with Dr Shima Barakat, Dr Mamdouh Barakat and Charbel Aoun. This event will bring together entrepreneurs from Imperial College Business School and other entrepreneurial groups, including the Cambridge Judge Business School London Alumni Group and the American University in Cairo Alumni Association.

Tickets are £10 per person. Guests of alumni are very welcome to attend. Visit to purchase tickets.

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Guest speakers

Dr Shima Barakat is an engineer with a PhD in strategy, an MBA and almost 15 years of teaching experience in the UK and abroad. A graduate of the American University in Cairo (AUC) and recipient of the President’s Cup in 1995, Shima founded a UK company for entrepreneurial research and consultancy for universities, foreign aid organisations and businesses, as well as two social enterprises in the US and Egypt. Shima reviews for several journals and her current research interests lie in sustainable entrepreneurship and in exploring the impacts of entrepreneurship education. She has a particular interest in the training and development of entrepreneurial women. Shima currently teaches at Cambridge University as a fellow of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL).

Dr Mamdouh Barakat is a banker and has founded a number of entrepreneurial businesses across the MENA region and in the UK and grown them to industry niche leaders. Mamdouh is an LSE graduate. One of his leading outfits, MBRM , MB Risk Management, provides a full portfolio of cutting-edge derivative pricing software for industry players. Mamdouh developed the world-famous UNIVERSAL Add-ins. With more than 30,000 users world-wide, the UNIVERSAL Add-ins are the most widely-used derivative software for Trading, Risk Management and Arbitrage (Convertibles; Bonds; Exotics; Options; Futures; Swaps).

Charbel Aoun is a Director at Cisco Services. Charbel has extensive experience in technology innovation, start-up company formation, innovation-based economic development initiatives and planning, and Community transformation using technology . He is an industry figure in the field of government transformation, mainly e-Voting, e-Democracy, e-Government, Connected Real Estate, and Smart+Connected Communities(S+CC). Currently he leads Advanced Services S+CC Practice for European markets. S+CC is a global initiative that uses the network as the platform to transform physical communities to connected communities to enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. Charbel Sits on the European Acceleration Board and co-leads the European S+CC GTM PMO with a dotted line to Cisco Global S+CC Board.

Simon Stockley is Director of the Full-Time MBA programme at Imperial College Business School and a Principal Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship. He has founded and successfully harvested several commercial ventures. In 2007 Simon co-founded HERA , a charity that provides entrepreneurship training and mentor support for trafficked women. HERA currently works in London, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine.

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