Tamakkan Hosts the First Screening of  “Lemonade” in Abu Dhabi
Jan30

Tamakkan Hosts the First Screening of “Lemonade” in Abu Dhabi

Tamakkan hosted a screening of the Documentary Film Lemonade produced by US born Emirati author and speaker, Dedra L. Stevenson, on home schooling an adult with Autism. The movie is directed by Emirati, Sara Al Hashemi, titled after the famous English phrase: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. It follows the daily life and struggles of Dedra’s son, Ibrahim, a 23-year old adult living with Autism. The movie screening was also an awareness event on the life of people living with Autism here in the UAE, and how even those with a disability can be given a purpose in life that gives them happiness and meaning. The session was attended by family members of Ibrahim, various film personalities, guests who have an autistic relative, and fellow community members who were there to support the cause. It was heart-warming to see Ibrahim’s family there to support him and to bravely share their experience of overcoming their struggles. Tamakkan founder Sana Bagersh found the documentary film very interesting as it tackled the plight and relationship of a mother and her son with autism. “Film-making is a very powerful tool that can be used to entertain and also to educate. Dedra’s film captured my heart as it showcased a sensitive yet crucial topic that needs to be addressed here in the UAE.” The movie screening was followed by a Q&A session where Dedra L. Stevenson, the executive producer, along with the Director Sara Al Hashemi, Creative Director Sheikha Bin Jarsh, and Ibrahim’s nurses, Arden Kristoffer Onayan and Mark Vincent Salazar. They answered questions on what the struggles were in their life to come to where they are now, what more could be done to help other families in similar situations, and how people could help in making such families feel welcome and at ease in public spaces. When asked why she waited this long to show this story, Dedra Stevenson, said it was something that had been in the back of her mind for a while but it was brought out when Ibrahim’s former nurse Kaleb Habtamu, told her about a boy he met in the Al Thiqa Club. “These guys need a reason to wake up every morning just like all of us do. We go to jobs, we go to schools, we go to exercise, and all that so what about them? They need purpose”, said Dedra. About Tamakkan: Tamakkan is an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. Established in June 2009 by BrandMoxie, a leading advertising and marketing company in the UAE, Tamakkan support s the growth of SMEs and startups by providing access to information...

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A Tamakkan Special: Film Screening of “Lemonade”
Jan08

A Tamakkan Special: Film Screening of “Lemonade”

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm LOCATION: MoxieZone – BrandMoxie Office, #307 twofour54, Park Rotana Complex For directions, click here Register: Phone: 02-491-8624 Email: info@tamakkan.info Cost: none – but registration is required  Seating is LIMITED so be sure to register early! Dedra L. Stevenson Film Director, Lemonade Lemonade is a short documentary about home schooling an adult with Autism in the UAE, in spite of the lack of services or support.  It’s one family’s inspiring story of how they made the best of a bad situation and made their adult son, Ibrahim, very happy and productive.  All people who suffer from mental disabilities should enjoy a happy and productive life which gives them a sense of purpose and belonging, and Ibrahim is a perfect example of how life can hand you lemons, but you can find the determination to turn it into Lemonade. Dedra L. Stevenson is an American born Emirati author and public speaker. Her trilogy, The Hakima’s Tale, is a fantasy fiction story set in Emirati culture and based on the lore of the region. Ms. Stevenson also conducts a vast number of writing workshops throughout the region, inspiring the writers of tomorrow.  She lives in Sharjah with her husband and four children, and is an advocate for spreading Autism Awareness throughout the region. INTRODUCTION BY: Sana Bagersh, Founder of Tamakkan About BrandMoxie BrandMoxie is a leading advertising and marketing agency that provides integrated marketing services including advertising, PR, strategy, research, publishing and production services. Established in 2004, BrandMoxie also runs its own CSR platforms. This includes Tamakkan, an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, The Smovies, a platform for emerging filmmakers in the UAE, and the Dream Players, a programme aimed at nurturing creativity and the performing arts. BrandMoxie is also the publisher of Tempo magazine, a publication that focuses on creativity, innovation and social enterprise, and its online site Tempoplanet.com. For more information, www.tamakkan.com | www.brandmoxie.com About US Embassy U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi is dedicated to strengthening US-UAE partnerships in diplomacy, commerce, trade, regional security, education, art, and culture. The Embassy engages with a wide range of local partners to encourage broader and deeper understanding between the people of the United States and the United Arab Emirates. http://abudhabi.usembassy.gov/ STAY CONNECTED! Like us on Facebook Follow us on...

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Meet the Social Media Influencers
Nov13

Meet the Social Media Influencers

Hear their insight on how to create, manage and build a loyal following. Learn about the challenges, the issues and the opportunities. on Monday, 21 November 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm LOCATION: MoxieZone – BrandMoxie Office, #307 twofour54, Park Rotana Complex For directions, click here Register: Phone: 02-491-8624 Email: info@tamakkan.info Cost: none – but registration is required Seating is LIMITED so be sure to register early!   Freya Jaffar Creator and Admin Abu Dhabi Q&A: 28,000+ members Freya Jaffar is the creator of Facebook groups Abu Dhabi Q&A and Fashion & Lifestyle Abu Dhabi. Both have grown to become the most active and engaging social media groups in AD with a combined 34,000+ members. Freya comes from a creative background and graduated from the prestigious London College of Fashion in Fashion Design and Technology. She went on to work for Jemima Khan Ltd – a fashion business in London. This opportunity also led her to experience working for the charity Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) – a cancer hospital in Pakistan that provides free cancer treatment. Freya also helped set up the Jalozai Camp Appeal for Jemima Khan where over 1500 Afghan refugee families were provided with emergency shelter. Freya is of Pakistani heritage but born and raised in London. She has been living in AD for the last 9 years with her family. Her exposure to both the western and eastern cultures and her ability to connect to people, has resulted in achieving an unparalleled social media platform for the residents of Abu Dhabi.   Gina Dillon Creator and Admin Freecycle Abu Dhabi: 25,000+ members U.A.E. Housemaids: 15,000+ members Gina is an American from a town half way between St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee which means one thing: She is a expert on BBQ. Her other love includes creating social good. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a B.A. in Community Development and a Masters in Critical & Creative Thinking/Social Innovation. Gina loves innovation that makes a difference. In the USA, Gina developed a non-profit which taught college girls thinking skills. Gina also taught Critical & Creative Thinking/Innovation. In the UAE, Gina has developed four Facebook groups with a following of 60,000 members. FreeCycle Abu Dhabi: encourages reuse, recycle, rehoming by posting a pic of the things they no longer want or need on FreeCycle. FreeCycle has over 25,000 members in Abu Dhabi and was created in 2014. UAE Housemaids: Connects housemaids and sponsors for employment, educates on UAE labor laws, promotes fair treatment of housemaids, a platform for Q&A. UAE Housemaids has over 15,000 members. It is a secret group which is only...

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American Taxes, FATCA and FBAR Seminar
Nov01

American Taxes, FATCA and FBAR Seminar

Learn about the ins and outs of living and investing in the US regarding taxes and the law. Find out if you are in compliance with FATCA, FBAR and other taxes if you are an American Citizen or a Green Card holder. Take your business to the US as a foreign investor or expand your US business to the international entrepreneurial scene with the right legal tools in mind.   on Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm LOCATION: MoxieZone – BrandMoxie Office, #307 twofour54, Park Rotana Complex For directions, click here Register: Phone: 02-491-8624 Email: info@tamakkan.info Cost: none – but registration is required Seating is LIMITED so be sure to register early!     The 2-hour program will discuss: ·  FATCA Compliance (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) ·  FBAR Compliance (Foreign Bank Account Reporting) ·  Delinquent tax filing programs, STREAMLINED and OVDP options for late filing of Federal and State Taxes ·  Exclusions for Foreign Earned Income & Housing ·  Gift Taxes, Estate Taxes, and Tax Planning for Individuals ·  Tax Planning for U.S. Businesses Overseas ·  Tax Planning for Foreign Businesses and Investments in the U.S.   Fouad Kraishan Fouad Kraishan is the Managing Director of FKAC Audit and Consulting firm in Abu Dhabi, a CPA from the US with over 20 years of experience, a business & tax consultant, he advises on business set up & structure, strategic partnerships, tax planning for businesses and individuals. He is also former CFO for a United Nations Program in Jordan, and former CFO for an Accrediting Organization in Washington, DC, Mr. Kraishan is a graduate from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Executive-MBA program.Business School. G.F. Joey Musmar G.F. Joey Musmar is the Managing Partner at MillerMusmar a CPA firm in Reston VA, he is an expert in International taxes for businesses and individuals, with interest in business structure and tax planning. He is a CPA, a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and an Accredited Business Valuator (ABV). He also holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation and is Series 7 securities licensed.     About BrandMoxie BrandMoxie is a leading advertising and marketing agency that provides integrated marketing services including advertising, PR, strategy, research, publishing and production services. Established in 2004, BrandMoxie also runs its own CSR platforms. This includes Tamakkan, an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, The Smovies, a platform for emerging filmmakers in the UAE, and the Dream Players, a programme aimed at nurturing creativity and the performing arts. BrandMoxie is also the publisher of Tempo magazine, a publication that focuses on creativity, innovation and social enterprise, and its online site Tempoplanet.com. For...

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Emiratisation 2.0: Empowerment After Recruitment
Oct12

Emiratisation 2.0: Empowerment After Recruitment

BOOSTING EMIRATISATION! The new phase for Emiratisation will go beyond meeting quotas, but into nurturing nationals into committed leaders.   on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm LOCATION: MoxieZone – BrandMoxie Office, #307 twofour54, Park Rotana Complex For directions, click here Register: Phone: 02-491-8624 Email: info@tamakkan.info Cost: none – but registration is required Seating is LIMITED so be sure to register early!   EMPOWERMENT AFTER RECRUITMENT   Come and learn how successful and leading organizations empower their talent after recruitment. The new phase of Emiratisation will include the following eight pillars: 1. Employee Involvement and Participation 2. Management of Performance 3. Involvement with the Community 4. Retention of Knowledge 5. Training and Upskilling 6. Stability through Sustainability 7. Optimizing Processes 8. The power of “Employee Happiness” Nadereen’s Assessment Framework (NAF) and provided set of tools, help organizations assess their current talent and readiness to move to the new phase of Emiratisation 2.0. Dareen Zoughbi Dareen Zoughbi is the CEO of Nadereen Consultancy; an advisory and business research firm based in Abu Dhabi. Dareen has over 13 years of experience in business development and research. She held leadership roles with organizations such as Humana Inc., Emirates Advanced Investments and UNDP. Dareen successfully conducted similar initiatives to NAF in organizations, including one who had more than 100 nationals. Mrs. Zoughbi is the Chairwoman of AmCham Women in Business, a signatory of the Women Achieve Initiative and an Advisor to the MENA Council. She holds an MBA degree (distinction) from Alliance Manchester Business School.   About BrandMoxie BrandMoxie is a leading advertising and marketing agency that provides integrated marketing services including advertising, PR, strategy, research, publishing and production services. Established in 2004, BrandMoxie also runs its own CSR platforms. This includes Tamakkan, an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, The Smovies, a platform for emerging filmmakers in the UAE, and the Dream Players, a programme aimed at nurturing creativity and the performing arts. BrandMoxie is also the publisher of Tempo magazine, a publication that focuses on creativity, innovation and social enterprise, and its online site Tempoplanet.com. For more information, www.tamakkan.com | www.brandmoxie.com About US Embassy U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi is dedicated to strengthening US-UAE partnerships in diplomacy, commerce, trade, regional security, education, art, and culture. The Embassy engages with a wide range of local partners to encourage broader and deeper understanding between the people of the United States and the United Arab Emirates. http://abudhabi.usembassy.gov/ STAY CONNECTED! Like us on Facebook Follow us on...

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Rising to the Peak: Insight on Best Leadership Practices
May17

Rising to the Peak: Insight on Best Leadership Practices

Tamakkan recently held a seminar focusing on leadership with invited speaker: Gavin Fenn-Smith. Gavin shared his study which is an insight on the experiences of 75 CEOs worldwide and how fellow leaders could learn from their experiences on running the company as the head. Tamakkan is proud to bring you Gavin Fenn-Smith, Founding Partner at the River Group to speak on findings and insights of an extensive study on CEO leadership. Learn from the experiences of CEOs worldwide about leadership tactics, and the challenges leaders have to overcome to rise and stay at the top.   on Sunday, 29 May 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm LOCATION: MoxieZone – BrandMoxie Office, #307 twofour54, Park Rotana Complex For directions, click here Register: Phone: 02-491-8624 Email: info@tamakkan.info Cost: none – but registration is required Seating is LIMITED so be sure to register early!   INSIGHT: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!   EXCHANGES is the annual CEO study by The River Group. This year it explored the experiences of rookie CEOs. After years of consulting to CEOs, the study formed the hypothesis that there would be many common experiences among leaders making that transition to the role of the CEO for the very first time. The River Group had in-depth conversations with 75 CEOs during 2015. These CEOs worked for organizations large and small, public and private. In the study Gavin asked the CEOs: “How prepared were you?” “What were the biggest surprises?” “What are the best and worst parts of the job?” “In what way is the job different from other leadership roles?” During this talk, Gavin will discuss the findings of this research study, and share some additional insights from the conversations with CEOs.   Gavin Fenn-Smith Gavin Fenn-Smith is a Founding Partner at The River Group. He has twenty years experience as a advisor to CEOs and senior executives, and as an expert in leadership and organizational development. He has consulted to organizations across the US, and has worked in many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.   Before forming The River Group, Gavin was a Senior Partner at Equinox Organizational Consulting. He was a co-founder of Kemp and Watson, a nonprofit consulting firm that is now part of The River Group. He is a member of the Board of Saroga, the nonprofit leadership forum, which creates leadership development solutions for nonprofit executives.   Earlier, Gavin was a founding member of the London office of Mercer Delta Consulting (now part of Oliver Wyman), and the Boston office of Smythe Dorward Lambert, a change management firm. Gavin holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BA (Hons) Political Science from...

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