Messe Frankfurt Middle East launches Intersec Saudi Arabia

Organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions, the inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia will feature more than 125 exhibitors from 20 countries.
Updated 12 July 2016
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Messe Frankfurt Middle East launches Intersec Saudi Arabia

Intersec, the world’s major international trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, is making its debut in Saudi Arabia, offering global suppliers direct access to the Kingdom’s vast market where security spending continues to rise.
Organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group), the inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia will take place at the Jeddah Center for Forum and Events from May 2-4, 2017.
The three-day event will feature more than 125 exhibitors from 20 countries.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing security market, as it steps up measures to ensure border safety and protect critical petrochemical and commercial infrastructure. The number of Saudi trade visitors to Intersec in Dubai has increased by 53 percent from 2012 to 2016.”
Muwaffak Al-Harith, chairman of ACE Group, stated: “We are excited for Al-Harithy Exhibitions Company to jointly organize with Messe Frankfurt Middle East the largest security exhibition — Intersec — in Saudi Arabia in 2017.”
Nedap, one of the world’s top 20 commercial security solutions providers, is among the launch partners eager to make an impact at Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017.
Joost van der Willik, MD, Nedap Middle East, said: “Saudi Arabia has proven solid grounds for Nedap technology for more than a decade now.”
Axis Communications is another headline launch partner at Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017.
Marwan Khoury, marketing manager for the Middle East and Africa at Axis Communications, said: “Draeger will be among the top launch partners specializing in fire protection and safety.”
Emad El Lahham, head of marketing at Draeger Arabia, said: “Draeger Arabia is happy to be a launch partner for the first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia.


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.