EXPERTS OFFER ADVICE TO UAE FILMMAKERS TAMAKKAN HOLDS SESSION ON FILM MAKING IN THE UAE Experts offer advice to UAE film makers Abu Dhabi—The production of a film is dependent on the film maker’s ability to effectively raise funds and monetise their creation, regardless of the artistic merits of their creation. In the context of a small, but rapidly growing market, this is particularly challenging for potential producers, writers and directors in the UAE. Several of the leading lights within the UAE film industry came together at a recent Tamakkan Seminar to offer advice to filmmakers on challenges of production and fundraising within the UAE. Michelle Nickleson, Founder of Women in Film and Television, UAE, spoke at length of the difficulties of raising the large sums of money required to produce blockbuster films and alluded to the creation of her own company, MenaCine Finance, an investment group that seeks to provide “opportunities for high-worth individuals and corporations to invest in media.” Vida Rizq introduced an alternative method of raising funds for media production: crowd-funding. Her own company, Aflamnah.com, is a platform for crowd-funding within the Middle-East that enables individuals and companies to invest in projects in return for rewards. The aim, she says, is to ‘encourage people to make, not just consume’, and it is apparent that she has been successful: her claim that “even professional film makers are taking part” is backed up by the fact that two films shown at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Film Festival were partially funded by Aflamnah.com. Hana Makki and Amal Al Agroobi showed a trailer for their documentary, ‘The Brain that Sings’ that is being funded through the website and related their experience of fundraising in the UAE. Fiona Robertson, a media lawyer at The Rights Lawyers gave an introduction to the basics of copyright law, particularly regarding joint ownership of projects and the various steps needed to bring a creation to profitability from a legal standpoint. “There are some sharks in the industry,” Robertson said, “And that’s why you need a lawyer!” The presenters were joined by Wayne Borg, Deputy CEO and COO of twofour54, and Mohammed Al Otaiba, Head of Imagenation, Abu Dhabi, for a panel discussion on topics raised by the audience. Borg emphasised the role of twofour54 in promoting participation in the creation of films and their aim to “give young people the confidence to follow their hearts and to pursue their passions.” Al Otaiba took a more business-minded approach to the conversation, stating that “the challenge [for film makers in the UAE] is to target other markets and platforms” in order to increase profitability....
THE RISE OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: FOSTERING VISION AND INNOVATION
Abu Dhabi, UAE —Tamakkan’s entrepreneurship seminar stressed the important role of women businesses in helping to fuel the growth of Arab economies, and for women business owners to become better prepared risk takers, and bolder leaders.
PRESS RELEASE Tamakkan Seminar in Collaboration with Mubadala GE Abu Dhabi, UAE — Tamakkan launches its new season with a seminar, entitled “Setting Your Personal Leadership Values” by strategy expert Mary Romeo, a Learning Leader for GE Capital Americas (Access GE), which will take place on September 11 at the Mamoura Auditorium in Abu Dhabi. Tamakkan, an entrepreneurship and leadership initiative, presents this seminar in collaboration with Mubadala GE Capital PJSC, as part of its knowledge sharing efforts aimed at entrepreneurs in SMEs and intrapreneurs working within corporations. “We are proud to be partnering with Tamakkan to share expertise and best practices of Mubadala GE Capital to help businesses across the UAE grow,” said Ron Herman, CEO of Mubadala GE Capital. Sana Bagersh, founder of Tamakkan said, “Tamakkan is pleased to dedicate an entire session to strategy, especially as effective thinking and planning tools can lead to breakthrough results, and we’re pleased to be hosting a speaker of Mary Romeo’s caliber, thanks to Mubadala GE Capital’s support and partnership.” Romeo will provide insight on the importance of a company’s vision, mission and values (VMV) and the need to develop a personal mission statement to streamline your goals. “It is critical to set a clear VMV for your company. This ensures your employees are aligned and motivated towards a common goal and this will in turn help build the culture for your company,” said Romeo. “Post the economic downturn this has been one of the most popular trainings for corporations.” Romeo will also present the Leadership Toolkit which are practical techniques to help enhance business performance. “Throughout my 40 plus years of experience, I have come across some very simple yet practical tools that have been instrumental in allowing companies to run more effectively,” she said. Mubadala GE Capital PJSC through their initiative MGEC Advantage, is a platform through which Mubadala GE Capital provides knowledge on best practices; process improvements; and business solutions by opening the doors to its vast banks of expertise. Tamakkan, an initiative of BrandMoxie, is aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. Established in June 2009, it has steadily grown into a powerful knowledge sharing and training platform with free seminars to encourage networking and business development. Backgrounders: ABOUT MARY ROMEO: Mary is currently Learning Leader for GE Capital Americas(Access GE) sharing key GE revenue and business strategies, industry and operating expertise with key strategic clients. In her 16 years with GE, Mary has worked in several GE Capital roles.She designed and taught curriculum for the Risk Management Leadership Program. During the Risk assignment, Mary became one of GE Capital’s first Certified Master Black Belts. After risk management, Mary...
By Sana Bagersh As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, engulfing more and more countries, it will continue to profoundly impact the global economy; from manufacturing and supply chains, to airlines and hospitality, to oil prices and the stock market… While we cannot escape the doom and gloom scenarios, with the impending losses in life, here I offer my two cents on the possible upsides of this global crisis. These will be the many corrections that will inevitably result from our scramble to contain the
Entities in the UAE should work together and share knowledge openly to advance the creation of the Internet of Things (IoT) framework that will power the digital transformation of Abu Dhabi, said experts at “The Role of IoT in Smart Cities,” as part of the Smart Cities Tamakkan BrainTrust held by the Abu Dhabi City Municipality.
Tamakkan Forum Issues Youth Policy Guidelines for the Changing Landscapes of Technology, Media, Entrepreneurship and Ethics ABU DHABI, UAE – Youth today need to be media literate, technologically savvy, ethical and think like an entrepreneurs, according to the BOLD NEW WORLD Manifesto issued at the end of the Tamakkan’s YOUTH: 2018 forum. The event, held under the Year of Zayed banner, issued guidelines