At the heart of the desert kingdom, United Arabs Emirates lays the billionaire and a real estate titan who has been selfless enough in transforming Dubai city. Most of the luxurious buildings and outstanding architectural designs that are landmarks in the city trace their origin from this renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist. Meet the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of DAMAC properties, Mr. Hussain Sajwani.
The DAMAC owner is one of the key figures that facilitated the booming of real estate in Dubai and since then, he has been moving from one level to another. Hussain Sajwani during his childhood days, his father, Ali Sajwani used to take him to his shop every day after school. He spoke to him for hours concerning business matters.
The way his father conducted his business, made him learn some business principles. Hussain Sajwani has attained position 10 according to Forbes, among the richest Arabs in the world with a net worth of approximately $3.7 billion. In 2017, DAMAC Properties was the fourth largest public company in UAE in 2017 having only a single competitor in terms of scale, Emaar.
This position has made the DAMAC owner, trustable and perhaps one of the most preferred developers in Dubai in establishing massive structures worth billions like Akoya Oxygen and Damac Hills. Despite experiencing some hit in 2008 economic crises that affected the whole world, Hussain Sajwani and his company have become stronger than ever.
His DAMAC Properties began in 1996 with the construction of a 3-star hotel in Deira. It is the mastermind behind one of the luxurious villas in the Trump golf course which Hussain sees as such a large strand in their growth. He studied in Baghdad and later went to the University of Washington in the U.S. for industrial engineering and economics. His experience here opened up his mind and challenged him to develop his hometown, Dubai.
In 1982, the DAMAC owner came back to Dubai where he worked with Abu Dhabi Gas Industries and after 2 years he started his own venture, Global Logistics Services then his properties company which began by developing Marina Terrace and Park Towers. It went global by developments in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UK. Hussain looks forward to new and massive opportunities specifically in Europe.
In life the cream always has away of rising to the top. Sometimes it rakes awhile for excellence to be rewarded but eventually it will be. There are plenty of people still out there who are worthy and deserving of accolades but Robert Ivy has finally received his moment. He is being rewarded with the lifetime achievement award for his outstanding work. He is being shined a light on by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
He is now the recipient of the Polk award and this first time in history that an architect has won the award. However, he is not the first person from Mississippi to win it as he joins a list that already includes Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, and Eudora Welty. According to some people Robert Ivy has made architecture more reachable for the general in his area. Robert Ivy lead the Architectural record to becoming the most read journal of its type in the entire world. He even created a Mandarin and Middle East version of the journal. Ivy was the leader of McGraw-Hill in its construction, formatting, and design during its time in a particularly vast time of expansion in China.
Overall Robert Ivy is a man that has achieved many things in his lifetime that are commendable. He has expanded architecture to the point of new territory. Its excellent that he is receiving this award now rather than later.
Mike Baur is an entrepreneur who hails from hails from Freiburg, Switzerland.Mike has led a rather inspiring and impressive life, and at the tender age of 16, he began his career in the banking sector. In 1991, Mr. Baur became an apprentice at UBS(Union Bank of Switzerland). Baur kept working with Union Bank of Switzerland and got a promotion as an executive board member before hitting 30 years old. Baur obtained his business degrees from Bern University and the University of Rochester.
Despite being successful at UBS, Baur quit working for the company in 2008. Soon after, he got another employment opportunity at Clariden Leu bank, Zurich office where he held a post for almost six years. However, there was a post-recession in the banking environment which made the industry to be less interesting to Mike and in 2014, he opted to go elsewhere. Baur yearned to shift his focus towards helping technology entrepreneurs. In order to achieve this goal, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with the assistance of his two partners namely Max Meister and Oliver Walzer.
Swiss Startup Factory serves as a leading privately financed ICT Startup Accelerator company that provides the opportunity for tech entrepreneurs to network with each other as well as learn how to obtain funding from potential investors. With the assistance of the incubator program, Mike Baur helps Swiss entrepreneurs by giving training and mentorship. This incubator program also grants funding to startups that are quite promising. In fact, each new startup receives at least three months of assistance and is tutored on how to take their product or service global.
About Swiss Startup Factory
In 2014, the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) was established to offer a three-month program that provides early-stage startups with mentoring, coaching, office space, servicing, financing and access to a large investor and entrepreneurial network. SSUF differs from most incubators because it is private and independent, i.e., it does not operate as part of another political organization. The co-founders of the company also invest substantial funds in SSUF which gives them a major incentive to ensure the success of all individuals involved in the organization.
In July 2016, SSUF allied with BV4, a company that estimates the values of inventions, ideas, and assorted intellectual property. According to the Swiss Startup Factory’s website, intellectual property ranks highest among the greatest assets of startups.
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