Essam Disi at present is the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Est. for SME Development (Dubai SME), a government agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED) – Government of Dubai - tasked with the development of Entrepreneurship and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Dubai.
In his present job, his main roles and responsibilities are to formulate long-term plans, strategies and policy support framework for SME development, in addition to executing strategic initiatives to support the SME sector and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Dubai. Key to this is to advocate for economic and business policy reforms that will enable the development of a pro-enterprise environment in Dubai. This includes undertaking strategic SME research studies & impact analysis of policy changes and leveraging key stakeholders to support and collaborate with the Establishment to deliver SME initiatives. Mr. Disi is also a member of the Dubai 2021 plan team and the Dubai 2030 Industrial Strategy team.
Mr. Disi is also a member of the judging panel of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders since 2008 and has been involved in assessing and evaluating hundreds of SMEs from all over the Arab World. In addition, Mr Disi is a founding member of Dubai SME100 and RATE, the main two initiatives to support high growth SMEs in Dubai.