121 episodes

The DUBAI WORKS show is where Smashi interviews the business leaders who make a difference in this great city. From founders to CEO’s, we talk in depth about their industry, their business models and get to know what has made them successful.

The shows host is Richard Fitzgerald, founder of Augustus Media, publishers of Lovin Dubai, Lovin Saudi and Smashi.

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The DUBAI WORKS show is where Smashi interviews the business leaders who make a difference in this great city. From founders to CEO’s, we talk in depth about their industry, their business models and get to know what has made them successful.

The shows host is Richard Fitzgerald, founder of Augustus Media, publishers of Lovin Dubai, Lovin Saudi and Smashi.

    EP 120 Anisha Oberoi, Founder of Secret Skin

    EP 120 Anisha Oberoi, Founder of Secret Skin

    In this episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Anisha Oberoi, Founder of the Middle East's conscious beauty e-commerce platform for sustainable beauty, Secret Skin.

    Secret Skin was born after Anisha fought a year-long battle with breast carcinoma - given the toxicity of the medication to assist with her recovery, Anisha was desperate to use clean, non-toxic beauty products but struggled to find sufficient information or accessibility to such products. Secret Skin is a platform that hosts sustainable, non-toxic beauty and wellness brands that are devoted to the ‘People, Planet and Purpose’.

    Today, we'll be diving deeper into the story of Secret Skin, their journey through the pandemic as part of the beauty industry, and a look into their future.


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    • 49 min
    EP 119 Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, Ex CEO and principal at MEGVIN Advisors LLC

    EP 119 Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, Ex CEO and principal at MEGVIN Advisors LLC

    Today we are joined by Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran an innovative entrepreneur and executive leader in the hydrocarbon and chemical sector across the Americas, the Middle East and India with extensive experience in transformational stewardship, navigating organizations through periods of accelerated growth. He is adept at forging alliances with global business partners to enhance synergies, drive profitable growth and maximize ROI.

    Dr. Ramesh is a principal at MEGVIN Advisors LLC he is an Executive Board Advisor, a Keynote Speaker and an Academic Author. Today we will be talking about the challenges and learnings of being a leader during difficult times. The impacts of Covid on the oil and gas industry and what kind of future are we going to have as there is a big push towards sustainability.


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    • 51 min
    EP 118 Julio Bruno, CEO of Time Out Group

    EP 118 Julio Bruno, CEO of Time Out Group

    In this episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by the CEO of Time Out Group, Julio Bruno. Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that helps people explore and experience the best of the city through its two divisions – Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

    Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, the Group’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, magazines, live events and Time Out Market. Across these platforms Time Out distributes its curated content – written by professional journalists – around the best food, drink, culture, entertainment and travel across 328 cities in 58 countries.

    Today we will talk to him about the Time Out Group and its story, the media company’s diversification into the hospitality sector and the impact of covid and the strategy moving forward.


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    EP 117 Mark Willis, CEO of Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa at Accor

    EP 117 Mark Willis, CEO of Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa at Accor

    In today's episode of Dubai Works we are joined by Mark Willis, the CEO of Accor for Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa. Pprevious to Mark's appointment, he was the President for the Asia region with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a very dynamic area with a robust expansion strategy to open 30 properties by 2020.

    Marks brings with him a wealth of operational experience alongside an intuitive knowledge of India, Turkey, Middle East and Africa, a region that he has worked in for over 20 years. Accor is a worldwide leader in hospitality. They take care of millions of guests all around the world, holding 5,100 addresses.

    Today we will talk to Mark about the story of Accor and its long-established success, the hospitality industry and how it is pushing ahead post-pandemic and what is the future of the hospitality industry and what can we expect from Accor.


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    • 40 min
    EP 116 Kashif Bhaor, CEO & Director of BeSoji

    EP 116 Kashif Bhaor, CEO & Director of BeSoji

    Today’s show is sponsored by STEP Food X, - for those that don’t know Step is the leading new media company that hosts events including the largest tech festivals for emerging markets. This year they have announced a virtual event happening on the 25th of May called Food X. It’s the first industry-focused summit that combines the latest trends and tech in the food industry. While the interview is brought to you by STEP Food X the guest and stories told are their own.

    In today's episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Kashif Bhaor who has been in the automotive industry since the beginning of his career. He has worked in Marketing for Dubizzle.com and Dubicars.com, and also been a journalist at YallaMotor.com. With his passion for cars he has founded 86 Club UAE (@86club), and during the pandemic has decided to venture out in the wild world of startups, and create BeSoji.

    BeSoji is a UAE-based startup that's changing how people buy cars.They not only inspect vehicles at the seller's location, they test drive on your behalf and work on providing service contracts and extended warranties, meaning you can now buy a car from anywhere in the world and have a warranty to back you up.


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    • 44 min
    EP 115 Dayana Tertyshnaya, CEO of Dialight, Terra & Mare Events, and Fleur Du Desert

    EP 115 Dayana Tertyshnaya, CEO of Dialight, Terra & Mare Events, and Fleur Du Desert

    Today on the Dubai Works we are joined by Dayana Tertyshnaya a Russian-born and Dubai-based SheEO & Founder of Dialight, Terra & Mare Events, and Fleur Du Desert.

    Dialight is a fully functioning videography and photography company with an ALL-FEMALE Team that covers largescale and intimate events with a strong focus on Emirati/ International weddings.Terra & Mare Events is a cultural influence with Middle Eastern flare come together to create Terra & Mare, meaning Land & Sea. A meeting of the same halves, earth and air, land and water, love and the mind. It is in essence a juxtaposition of cultures and traditions. Merging design elements from the Middle East, Europe and far away lands to redefine the contemporary event experience. Lastly Fleur Du Desert is an eclectic combination of exotic blooms and unique floral arrangements that enhance living spaces.

    We will discuss the types of businesses she owns, their industries, how she manages to juggle the workload of being a CEO and what it takes to lead and support an all-female team.


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    • 43 min

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