The BCB has a small but highly effective team on the ground in the UAE to help British companies get underway. We are proud to boast a spectrum of experience across different industries and sectors, both within the UAE and internationally, so we have a better understanding of our clients’ many and varied requirements. We are all passionate about British business, love the UAE and hugely excited about working with the best UK SMEs and helping them get established in the region.
Joe is the BCB’s founder & first CEO. He launched the company in mid-2014 and since then has supported over 100 UK exporters with their market-entry plans in the UAE through the BCB’s Incubator and Trade Services divisions. In the UAE since 2008, Joe managed a retail business through the Global Financial Crisis in Dubai and then moved into the world of FDI with The Links Group before working with UK SME Event Marketing Solutions to launch the brand in the GCC region. Prior to that, he enjoyed a successful career in the container shipping industry with P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line, which encompassed senior commercial roles in Holland, China, Russia, Sweden and India.
Out of the office, he is woken up too early by his two young daughters, loves stand-up paddle boarding and enjoys any sport where Australia are getting beaten.
Emma comes to the BCB from a media and commercially driven background, as well as experience working within a governmental environment in the UAE. She has been in the UAE for the last 6 years, with a global awareness that stems from an international childhood.
She has been working with clients of varying sizes, from international media organisations, to local businesses, ensuring that their requirements are delivered in the most cost effective manner. She is passionate about supporting British businesses develop in the UAE, and ensuring that the BCB gives them the right support to enter the market.
Outside of the office, Emma can be found in the gym, catching up with the latest British TV shows, eating breakfasts at one of Dubai’s many breakfast spots and finding any excuse to watch Rugby.
May has joined the BCB team as a Marketing and Administration Assistant. May oversees marketing for the BCB ensuring that the company is seen, read and heard about in the UK and also making sure that the BCB’s online and social media posture is saying the right thing in the right places. Her other primary responsibility is client management in the UAE in terms of coordinating with UAE government departments to ensure that the company formation and licensing processes are managed efficiently and quickly for the BCB’s clients.
She has moved to Dubai from Jordan. Back in Jordan, she had experience working with different international Non-Governmental Organizations in the administration and logistics field. She had also been involved in handling finances and accounting.
When she is not at work, May spends an awful lot of time skyping with her family and friends back home. When she gets over feeling homesick, she loves spending time on the beach and enjoying good food.
Ali S. Ali
Ali is the Trade Manager for the Food & Drink sector. He was born and raised in the UAE and has recently moved to the BCB after nine years with the British Embassy in Dubai.
He has been advising UK companies on expanding into the UAE market for almost a decade and is the go-to person for any food & drink related queries, having previously been in charge of the sector for UKTI. Ali is an MBA graduate from Murdoch University.
Outside of work, Ali loves travelling, watching movies, bowling and trying new restaurants and cuisines. He loves his strawberry cheesecakes and Indian pani puris – especially the ones that his wife makes – and can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ali has a young son who keeps him extremely busy at home.
Tamreez has joined the BCB as a Trade Manager for the Retail sector. Having previously worked for over a year with the UK Trade & Investment team at the British Embassy in Dubai, she comes with relevant experience of supporting UK companies in doing business in Dubai. Originally from Pakistan, Tamreez has lived in Canada, Pakistan and the United Kingdom and worked for humanitarian and international development organisations such as Oxfam and the United Nations Development Programme.
Tamreez moved to Dubai from the UK in 2013 with her husband and son and was pleasantly surprised that the ‘cooler months’ (read: beautiful weather) last nearly half the year. She spends most weekends playing host/tour guide to the constant stream of family and friends who make Dubai their go-to holiday and stopover destination. She loves food (eating more than cooking) and her idea of ‘me time’ is being curled up with a good book.
Sheethal Rishi is the BCB’s Trade Manager for the Creative Sector. She moved to Dubai in 2005 and has since worked at the British Council, managing their Cultural Relations projects and the Creative Economy programmes which helped to develop collaborative work between artists and institutions in the UAE and UK. She also worked at the Dubai International Film Festival as a producer for the Dubai Film Market, a platform that that aims to raise the visibility of Arab Cinema internationally. Having worked in the UAE’s Cultural sector for 9 years, she brings an extensive network and enormous wealth of industry experience to the role.
If you bump into Sheethal at the weekends, you will find her pondering ‘existential’ questions, enjoying her South Indian filter coffee and being constantly amused by the non-stop chatter of her 6 year old.
Dipti joins the BCB as Trade Manager for the Tech sector after almost two years as a Trade Advisor with UKTI at the British Embassy in Dubai. Previous to that, having worked with two of India’s leading IT & Business Process Outsourcing companies she has extensive business development experience across high-growth sectors and has assisted well-known brands such as Yahoo! Viacom and New York Times across the US and UK.
Dipti moved to Dubai in 2012 after a brief stint with the French Education Ministry teaching English at two high schools in Strasbourg….her most challenging assignment to date!
Her main passion is for travelling (with or without her husband) and when she doesn’t have enough time or money for it, she loves to blog about her adventures (www.oncethebugbites.wordpress.com)
Vineetha is trade manager with the BCB taking care of the Financial and Business Services Sector. Before joining the BCB early this year, she has dabbled in varied roles across different industries in the UAE and India.
She started working in 2003 as an English newscaster in an India-based television channel, from where she moved to the Human resources department of IBM global services.
In 2006, marriage brought her to Dubai where she joined a leading consultancy firm as recruitment manager. It took her a few years more to realise that hiring people was not her cup of tea and she tried her hand at events, both on a freelance basis and in association with a leading events management company.
If you can’t reach Vineetha on weekends, it’s most likely that she’s either engaging in cheap thrills scaring herself witless bungee jumping/para sailing/i-flying or being downright lazy curled up on her couch watching the latest psycho – thriller series on TV.