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MEKEI, in conjunction with WASD, has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the network.

Interested in joining the expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at . You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisation: World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

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Abdulhasan Al-Dairi

President Bahrain SMEs Society


Location: Manama, Bahrain


Abdulhasan Al-Dairi is the president of Bahrain SMEs Society, a founding member and shareholder of various companies in and out of Bahrain. He has been a researcher and practitioner in the field of entrepreneurship and SMEs development for almost two decades. In 1995, he started teaching entrepreneurship to university students, which later became a full-fledged ‘Entrepreneurship Training Department’. While serving as the Director of Community Centres at the Ministry of Social Development (2006-2010), he helped families to start their own enterprises through the ‘Productive Family Program’. Currently, he is assisting Bahrain Polytechnic to launch its ‘Enterprise Development Centre’ during 2012.

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