Tuesday 9 May 2017

Small Business, Big Markets: Internationalisation and SMEs

Reha Arar, Level 9, Merit Lefkoşa Hotel (north Nicosia)

In a world of global value chains and interconnected businesses, it is important to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – core to GDP creation and employment across the EBRD’s countries of operations – are not excluded from these opportunities. Internationalisation among SMEs can bring them higher rates of growth, innovation and employment, as well as greater resilience through diversification. As well as looking to export, internationalisation captures a wide range of topics including import, foreign direct investment, domestic competitiveness, international subcontracting and the right/potential of businesses to compete in a fair space. While SMEs may perceive opportunities to expand internationally, they often face barriers to internationalisation, including lack of know-how about processes and procedures or market relationships, and lack of access to trade finance.

This discussion will consider the challenges and opportunities for SMEs within global value chains and how SME stakeholders – international organisations, governments, business membership organisations and businesses – can play their part.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However due to capacity restrictions at the event venue and security requirements for the crossing, please register for this event with Elisabeth McLeod mcleode@ebrd.com, if you wish to attend.

*Events in the Merit Lefkoşa Hotel are organised and funded by the EBRD.

Moderator

Claudio Viezzoli

MD, SME Finance & Development, EBRD

Speakers

Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness, FMO

Samuel Laurinkari

Head of EU Affairs, eBay

Nevila Luzi

Product Development Coordinator, DigitAlb sh.a

Jane Rigler-Faircloth

Management Consultant r-team-sphere; EBRD Team Co-Ordinator, r-team-sphere

Fikri Toros

President, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce

Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness, FMO

Suzanne Gaboury joined FMO in 2015 as the global Director of Agribusiness. She is responsible for the direction and focus of FMO's private sector investments in more than 85 developing and emerging markets. Prior to joining FMO, she was a Managing Director of Cordiant Capital in Montreal. While with the EBRD for 14 years as Senior Banker, she pioneered new private sector investment programmes to capitalize on emerging business opportunities in the former Soviet Union and CIS. She holds a BA Economics from the University of Alberta and a MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland.

 

Samuel Laurinkari

Head of EU Affairs, eBay

Samuel Laurinkari heads up eBay’s work on EU policies impacting eBay and its users, such as e-Commerce legislation, online platform policy, consumer policy, competition policy, and cross-border trade policy. Prior to joining eBay, Samuel worked in government relations for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and as a consultant for FTI Consulting. Samuel grew up in Finland and Germany and studied European law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Nevila Luzi

Product Development Coordinator, DigitAlb sh.a

Nevila Luzi is Product Development Coordinator working for DigitAlb, the leading Albanian Pay tv platform. Founded in 2004, the company is content provider and digital broadcaster via satellite, terrestrial and OTT networks with 460 000 subscribers, with strong presence in 2 markets, Albania and Kosova. Nevila's education background is in Business Administration, holding a BSc from Tirana University and an International Diploma of "Gestion d’ Entreprise” (Business Administration) from IRGAE-IAE University Montesquieu Bordeaux, France. She has 20 years of experience combining Project Management, Business Planning, sales & marketing skills serving in different projects and in various industries including Media and broadcasting, financial and marketing services. Apart from her professional career she is a very proud wife and mother of 3 children. She believes her strength and energy derives from being a lifelong learner and strongly connected to nature. N. Luzi

Jane Rigler-Faircloth

Management Consultant r-team-sphere; EBRD Team Co-Ordinator, r-team-sphere

Jane Rigler-Faircloth recently joined EBRD Advice for Small Business as an International Advisory Team Co-ordinator, focussing on the food sector. She is an independent consultant, based out of Vienna, working on such areas as business process re-engineering, organisational change, governance, team and leadership development. Previously she worked for over twenty years for global food manufacturer Mars, in roles covering manufacturing operations, supply chain management, logistics and business systems in Central & Eastern Europe and Russia. Jane studied Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London.

 

Fikri Toros

President, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce

Fikri Toros holds a BA in Business Operation and Control from the University of Salford in Manchester. After receiving his education, Toros joined his family owned Toros Group of Companies, as a Director. The Group's trading activities consistently diversified in the sectors of textiles, flooring materials, household goods, electrical and electronic appliances and motor vehicles. He took an active role in the civil society groups such as Young Businessmen's Association and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. In March 2014, Toros was elected as the President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. He endevoured to influence economic and social policies aimed at the enhancement of economic growth within the Turkish Cypriot Community. He developed sound relations with the Greek Cypriot Business Community and all EU Institutions, as he deems such relations imperative in preparation for future Federal Cyprus within the EU.

Claudio Viezzoli

MD, SME Finance & Development, EBRD