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On this episode of the podcast Barry speaks with Madhav Dhar - the co founder and COO of ZaZen Properties - Madhav tells his really interesting personal journey from birth in the UAE, boarding school, corporate life and then starting his own business in a super competitive niche. All in a country where that niche also doesn't have the best reputati…
 
On this episode of the podcast it was an absolute pleasure to speak with Dr Saliha Afridi, the founder of the LightHouse Arabia Centre for Wellbeing. Dr Saliha has had a bright and varied career to date and doesn't consider herself a business person or entrepreneur. But that aside, she is a person that has and continues to make a big impact in the …
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry had the opportunity to speak with Aakansha Tangri, the founder of Re:Set your everyday. A daily online news organisation that looks to shine a light on subjects such as education, mental health, well being and inclusion. Aakanksha has had a varied career to date with time spent at CNN and Vice as a journalist, b…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Barry had a really interesting conversation with Natalie Banks - the founder of a not for profit organisation called Azraq. But her journey didn't start there and Natalie talks Barry through her start in journalism. Setting up an initiative to save the sharks, followed by a move to the UAE where Azraq was born. Motiv…
 
This is a particularly special episode of the podcast with long time friend Jeff Price. Jeff has been an integral part of the broadcast landscape for an extended period of time, both in the UK and very much a part of the foundations here in the UAE. Throughout his career he has tried to help wherever he can and his focus on catering to the wellbein…
 
This episode of Swenglanese saw Oskar and Barry catch up after Oskar's return to Sweden in the the middle of the COVID summer last June. The conversation was an update on what Oskar is doing, how the move from the UAE actually went and the changes he had to implement within his business - Strategic Tech Coaching to keep him going after 2 of his cor…
 
In this episode of Swenglanese Barry had the chance to speak to Rosa Bullock about her professional journey. Where it started with an interest in fashion, studying in London, to setting up a successful PR agency here in Dubai - Sociate PR. As with most journeys into entrepreneurialism, it isn't all plain sailing. Lots of ups and downs and a lot of …
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry had the pleasure of speaking with Ziad Matar. Ziad's story is such an interesting one, spanning the corporate ladder of Ericsson through to investing in companies, creating companies and now his own Podcast too. Potential.com is an empowerment platform that has been used to help develop millions of people around…
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry got the chance to speak with Vietek Ladislaav - originally a TV presenter covering Golf he transitioned into the world of video/content creation here in Dubai in 2013 with his own video production company Square Motion. He's seen the changes taking place here in the UAE and has adapted his business and himself t…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Barry had the chance to sit down with Sebastian Bates - the founder of the Warrior Academy and the global anti bullying movement, Not A Victim. Seb gives an insight into his entrepreneurial journey, his first job as a monkey chaser, the ability to spot opportunities and leverage them and how to hone the kind of minds…
 
On this episode we have an in depth chat with Karl Edwards who runs his own production company KE Motion Pictures. We go back to the beginning and find out how he ended up making videos and content for some of the biggest brands on the planet. We learn a bit about how just asking, can get you where you want to go and also how things have changed on…
 
On this episode Barry speaks with long time friend and owner of Animus Creative Matt Wilson. They talk about Matt's professional journey starting in the UK in the newspaper industry, into IT networking and then to his own company, all with a design lead focus. Moving to the UAE about the same time as Barry, 15 years ago, Matt eventually setup Animu…
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry had the chance to speak to friend and dentist, Dr Geoffrey Sharpe who owns and runs The Perio Clinic located in Healthcare city. Having made the decision to do his own thing, not a decision taken lightly, Geoff talks us through the journey of setting up a business here in Dubai that had to have a physical locati…
 
On this episode Barry had the opportunity to speak with Sam Dancy a PR professional and friend who has been involved in the UAE market for 15 years. Working across agency and in house, she made the jump to her own thing in 2013 and Footstep Communications was born. Sam talks about her own professional journey, the lessons learned and some top tips …
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry had the opportunity to speak with Lukasz Spirala the GCC Area Manager for a company called Infinite IT Solutions. During the chat we learn a little about Lukasz's journey from Poland to the UAE via Canada as well as how supply chain is being impacted by technology and of course COVID.…
 
So this is a special and somewhat sad episode with Barry and Oskar as things are changing. Oskar has been in the region since 2007 but is now relocating back to Sweden full time. We haven't quite sorted out what that means for Swenglanese as yet, but we thought it would be a good time to run through some of the highlights of Oskar's time here in th…
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry jumped on a Zoom call with Massimo Cannizzo the CEO of Gellify Middle East. They talk through Massimo's career to date and the transition from corporate world to entrepreneur. Then into what Gellify actually is and how it can help startups, venture capitalists, investors and all those parties usually involved in…
 
On this episode of the podcast Barry did his first Zoom recording for Swenglanese so there is video as well. He speaks with the CEO of Massar Solutions Richard Sikkel all about his personal business journey. It started in Holland, had a stop in the US at Tesla and now driving Massar Solutions here in the Middle East. As a leading mobility and logis…
 
Steve Cronin is behind www.deadsimplesaving.com and helps ex-pats take care of their finances. In this episode, Steve and Oskar discuss what to do with your finances during the Corona crisis. They discuss what small businesses can do, what to do if you lost your job, or had to take a pay cut and how you might still be able to invest and make your m…
 
This episode of Swenglanese was originally recorded for Oskar's Strategic Tech Coaching podcast at the end of 2019 but we re-listened to it and thought it was a topic that would be of interest to parents regardless. In fact you don't have to be a parent to get value from this episode. If you have siblings, nieces, nephews grand kids or you just kno…
 
In this episode Oskar had the opportunity to speak to Sary Arab about the idea of the lifestyle hotel - specifically Zabeel House. What is the affordable luxury segment and where does Zabeel House sit in amongst the upcoming trend of the more casual hotel. Oskar and Sary talk design, expansion and the product offering to it's customers here in the …
 
This week Barry was flying solo and got the chance to speak to a fascinating young lady who has changed the way we learn. Her own story sparked a fire that saw her wanting to help anyone that wanted to learn and also anyone that wanted to teach. Thea Myhrvold is the CEO and Found of Teach Me Now and Get Bee. She has a fascinating story, a diverse b…
 
This week Barry and Oskar got the opportunity to speak to Yousef Caires, to find out a little bit more about Expo 2020 and more specifically Expo Live, as this is part of Expo 2020 that can really help those people with an idea for a business, just starting their entrepreneurial journey, or those looking to take their idea to the next level.…
 
This week Oskar and Barry had a chance to talk about the idea of happiness and engagement at work. Oskar has been delving into the subject and what he has found is that there's a lot that needs to be done to increase the levels of engagement and therefore happiness at work. Otherwise we have to ask ourselves what are we doing? If the statistics are…
 
This week on the podcast, Barry and Oskar got the chance to speak with two awesome people in the co working space. Jessica Edwards, the curator of NEST Dubai co working space in Barsha Heights and Shahzad Bhatti the creator of the Co Working Pop Up. We explore the definition of what a co working space actually is and what the scene is looking like …
 
Sacha Christe is a 22 year old entrepreneur who set up his company Emirates Graphic aged 16. It was a pleasure to speak with him about his journey so far and where he is going in the future. The enthusiasm for business that this young man has is infectious and his company is aiming to make a difference in the web and app development world. Listen i…
 
Nadine Du Toit is the mind and body behind Glory Girl Fit. She's on top of the world and dominating the social media landscape. But she's also human and has been on a journey of ups and downs. Today she shares some of that with Swenglanese and how she got herself out of the hard times and back on top of the world.…
 
This week on Swenglanese Barry was away in Ghana training their telecommunications provider on social media strategy and so Oskar managed to sneak another fellow Swede onto the show. He had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Anna who brought Dubai the sports medicine clinic up and running. A really inspiring journey and step back in time to when Duba…
 
This week Barry was lucky enough to get some time in Tanaz's diary to learn a little more about her journey from idea to successful business here in the UAE. Insydo was born from a need for recommendations on what to do in the city, but not hundreds of recommendations when asking one question, but more like a trusted friend who would give you one, …
 
This week Oskar and Barry have a chat about the impact of technology in our world. There is no doubt that technology is changing our world. Is it a good thing, is it a bad thing? The discussion goes from wearable tech, to machine learning, to artificial intelligence to the workplace. Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love to he…
 
This week on Swenglanese we had the pleasure of Jill E. Fagan`s company in the studio. Jill shared how powerful your own story can be. By sharing those everyday things about you, you show that you are human and at the end of the day, when it comes to business, people by from people. Listen in to find out how Jill and her husband, who are raising 9 …
 
Martin Rosocha is the general manager of Caparol on the ground in Dubai. He has taken a team of many nations and got them running in true German style, as optimally as possible. This isn`t something that has happened overnight and Martin gives some insight into his approach and how is vast and varied experience in the business world has been implem…
 
This week on Swenglanese we had the pleasure of chatting to Bhavik Haria, the founder of a video production company called Cincera. Bhavik is an inspirational young entrepreneur who is setting a blazing trail in the world of video creation. He is passionate about video and content creation and has been from a very young age. He has taken his passio…
 
On this episode of Swenglanese we sat down with Muhammad Salman, a Dubai-based coach and trainer. He share's his story on how he went looking for fulfillment from the family business. Not all journeys into entrepreneurship are because something is necessarily wrong but in Muhammad's case, it was about looking for something more. We particularly lik…
 
Barry and Oskar discuss the "Swenglanese" year. What was some of the common threads among all the successful entrepreneurs they interviewed? Some of the lessons learned and some of the mistakes to avoid. They also discuss the difference between New Year resolutions and goals that you actually achieve. As we approach the end of 2016 lots of people s…
 
This week's episode comes from Sweden where Oskar got to sit down with Rosie Kropp - the CEO and Senior Advisor at Lavandel who have offices in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Turkey. Rosie and Oskar discuss the broad subject of branding - what it is, who does it well, education, brand ambassadors and promise. Rosie then delivers some great tip…
 
This week on Swenglanese Oskar interviews Barry about the not for profit initiative he setup with Wayne Denner. As an owner of a digital marketing agency, Barry is online all day every day, helping companies to optimise their digital presence. In doing so he identified a big gap that needs to get smaller. That is the gap between parents and childre…
 
On this weeks episode Barry and Oskar discuss procrastination. The art of mastering it for good and not letting it stifle your creative self from moving forwards with projects you want to undertake. Oskar has been researching this topic as part of his continual self development and professional coaching and wants to help business owners get a hold …
 
This week on Swenglanese we have the pleasure of speaking with Olivia and Ahmed from hellochef.me a great company that's trying to help us all eat good food and make it easy for us to do so. Olivia and Ahmed have a contagious passion that will see hellochef.me go from strength to strength. Their biggest learning point. Keep It Simple. Usually the s…
 
This week on Swenglanese we had the pleasure of Mahmoud Adham's company. Mahmoud is the owner and managing director of Munchbox. His story and insight from idea to successful company is one that we certainly learnt from and would like other aspiring entrepreneurs or business owners on the ground here in the UAE to learn from. The major take away? D…
 
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