Swenglanese - Talking Business In The Uae



Barry and Oskar are two entrepreneurs based in the UAE. Coming from different backgrounds with different experiences and in many cases differing opinions the two of them have both proof and of course opinions of what is required to be successful.One thing they always agree on though is that travel is the most rewarding experience we can have.Having both been in the UAE for a while and started up various different ventures, to varying degrees of success, it became apparent there was another hole in the market that they might be able to fill. Swenglanese was born!!They want to impart their knowledge and that of other successful business people in the region to share experience, tips and tricks for doing business in the UAE, the GCC and beyond. The UAE is a unique market that takes some understanding to navigate. Through the course of each episode the listener gets an insight into a business persons experience and advice on operating a successful business in a variety of different niches, from solopreneur to multi national enterprises.It will be an awesome trip and we hope youll join them for it. Lets talk Swenglanese.


  • Episode 66 - David and Piero from Exirio - Understand Your Wealth in One Place

    29/09/2021 Duração: 50min

    David and Piero talk about their entrepreneurial journey so far and how it has brought them to Exirio. Helping expats take better care of their money and investments by leveraging technology.

  • Episode 65 - Dr Saliha Afridi - Founder of The Lighthouse Arabia Centre for Wellbeing

    16/07/2021 Duração: 54min

    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 region helping raise awareness around mental health, as well as treating people suffering from mental health issues. The staff at the centre are all about community and as with many of our interviews. We were left inspired and a little in awe!! 

  • Episode 64 - Aakanksha Tangri - Founder of Re:Set

    06/06/2021 Duração: 42min

    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, before turning her skills to build a platform to dig deeper into the conversations and topics that really matter. 

  • Episode 63 - Natalie Banks - Founder of Azraq

    27/04/2021 Duração: 56min

    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.  Motivating, inspiring and doing something she is truly passionate about. Talk about making an impact! 

  • Episode 62 - The one and only Jeff Price - he's back and ready to help!

    22/04/2021 Duração: 01h12min

    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 wellbeing of children is what caused his and Barry's paths to cross in the first place.  Apart from setting up Pearl FM which was a radio station specifically for children and their parents, Jeff has also been involved in setting up and running some of the commercial stations we listen to today, here in the UAE.  Jeff and his family have also been on an excruciating personal journey over the last few years. Jeff gives us an insight into this as well as his experience. Culminating in the fact that he's back on the ground here in the UAE, ready to help in any way he can, across a variety of different areas too. Listen in and reconnect if you know Jeff. He'd love t

  • Episode 61 - Oskar Andermo Swenglanese Catch Up

    11/04/2021 Duração: 41min

    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 core niche markets were effectively shut down as a result of the global pandemic. 

  • Episode 60 - Rosa Bullock - Sociate PR

    17/03/2021 Duração: 42min

    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 perseverance. 

  • Episode 59 - Ziad Matar - Wirelessly Yours (amongst many other things)

    01/03/2021 Duração: 43min

    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 the world. Coconut is the go to resource for recruiting in the hospitality industry. Meditari is the digital advisory network he helped setup, he's on the board of TiE Dubai after having been a member for many years and Wirelessly Yours is his awesome new podcast. 

  • Episode 58 - Vietek Ladislaav - Be LinkedIn Smart

    06/01/2021 Duração: 49min

    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 to stay at the forefront of the niche. Now focusing on LinkedIn and helping leverage the platform for your business, Vietek has his training sessions called BeLinkedInSmart.com and is keen to help business owners make the most of an currently under utilised platform.

  • Episode 57 - Sebastian Bates - Warrior Academy

    13/12/2020 Duração: 44min

    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 mindset that allows you to delegate and keep you in the creator/innovator zone as an entrepreneur.

  • Episode 56 - Karl Edwards - KE Motion Pictures

    22/11/2020 Duração: 55min

    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 the ground here in the UAE in the content creation business over the last 10 years or so. 

  • Episode 55 - Matt Wilson - Animus Creative

    28/10/2020 Duração: 42min

    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 Animus Creative to help people and companies really start to see how branding and design reflected in everything they do.  Enjoy! 

  • Episode 54 - Dr Geoffrey Sharpe - The Perio Clinic

    02/10/2020 Duração: 44min

    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 location as well as support staff prior to seeing a single patient. Deadlines, budget and planning are all covered in an interesting chat with our friendly neighbourhood dentist.

  • Episode 53 - Samantha Dancy, Footstep Communications

    15/09/2020 Duração: 43min

    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 for those thinking about doing their own thing, or have made the leap and are wondering what do do next.

  • Episode 52 - Lukasz Spirala GCC Area Manager Infinite IT Solutions

    29/07/2020 Duração: 27min

    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.

  • Episode 51 - See You Later Oskar

    19/06/2020 Duração: 39min

    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 the UAE. We didn't do video for this one as you might have seen some red eyes - due to allergies and nothing else.

  • Episode 50 - Massimo Cannizzo CEO Gellify Middle East

    18/06/2020 Duração: 36min

    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 getting a company off the ground and flying.

  • Episode 49 - Richard Sikkel CEO of Massar Solutions

    18/06/2020 Duração: 35min

    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 logistics organisation, the current situation is having a huge impact on Massar, just like everyone else.

  • Episode 48 - The obligatory Corona Virus Episode

    06/05/2020 Duração: 43min

    On this week's episode, Barry and Oskar dialled into a Zoom call, as is Corona protocol, to talk about business during this time. What can be done, what we should focus on and of course whether Oskar's home country's (Sweden) approach is the better way to go.

  • Episode 47 - Your finances during Covid19 with Steve Cronin

    27/04/2020 Duração: 45min

    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 money work for you.

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