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Nominations for Stars of Business Leadership Awards 2019 now open

SME Advisor has announced that it will now be accepting nominations for the 2019 edition of its prestigious ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards,’ which is set to take place on March 6, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai.

The ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards’ is being hosted in partnership with Exclusive Insurance Partner Cigna Insurance Middle East, Official Freezone Partner Dubai South, Official Airline Partner Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi and Exclusive Car Partner Toyota. The award has been recognizing companies in the region with phenomenal growth stories, exceptional achievements, and top market positioning since its inception more than 13 years ago. This year, the nomination process has become more intensive with every application directly going to a prestigious jury, which will be composed of trailblazers in their respective industries.

This year’s panel of judges includes Mustafa Kheriba, COO, Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG); Trixie Lohmirmand, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre; Jerome Droesch, CEO – Cigna MENA; Valerie Lindsay, Professor, American University of Sharjah; Craig Moore, Founder and CEO, Beehive; Sunil John, President – Middle East, Asda’a Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW); Waleed Dhaduk, CEO, Emaar Industries & Investments; and Investment Banker Talal Nasrullah.

“We have honoured some fabulous, well-merited institutions for more than a decade now and we are continuing this tradition this year when the ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards’ returns in March. This year’s recipients will be recognized for their passion, hard work, vision, and inspiring leadership styles, in addition to their creative and innovative thinking that drives their entire team forward. What’s critical about this year’s Awards is that they are 100% jury-led and we’re going a step further to reinforce the credibility of the Awards. We invite everyone to submit their entries across the awards’ nine categories. We are excited to receive their applications,” said Gina O’Hara, Co-founder, SME Advisor.

“The SME sector drives innovation, which is a vital component, essential to the future growth of any economy. At Cigna, we strongly believe in supporting and nurturing this innovative mindset and are proud to partner along with SME Advisor to honor the innovators and leaders driving growth” said Jerome Droesch, CEO – Cigna MENA.

Categories for this year’s awards are Family Business Leader of the Year; Emirati Business Leader of the Year; SME Influencer of the Year; Digital Disruptor of the Year; Youth Leadership Award of the Year; Star of Business Leadership Award 2019 – Male; Star of Business Leadership Award 2019 – Female; Leader Shaping the Future Award and Social Entrepreneurship Leader of the Year.

Craig Moore, Founder, Beehive, and one of the members of the prestigious jury, said: “The ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards’ is known for its stringent and credible nomination process. We have put in place key criteria to carefully assess and evaluate all submissions to guarantee that they will meet the required standards. The awards are for leading organizations that have made and continue to make a difference in their respective fields–inspiring their fellow leaders and the community at large to make an impact in the future.”

Nominations can be submitted at www.starsofbusinessawards.com.

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