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 77 - Beth Your Coach - Youth Coach & Go Getter

    08/11/2022 Duración: 43min

    In this episode Barry had the opportunity to speak with Beth Your Coach. Beth tells her story - going back to a childhood where she wasn't sure who she was. But decided to find out. Travelled, learned, and overcame obstacles along the way. All with a view to determining what her purpose was. She found it and talks about her entrepreneurial journey that lead her to setup her own thing to focus on helping young girls and women in particular to be the best they can be.

  • Episode 76 - Paula Jane Cox - People Developer & Kind Human Being

    13/10/2022 Duración: 57min

    On this episode of the podcast Barry had the pleasure of speaking with Paula Jane Cox. A people development specialist, trainer, coach and all round lovely human being. PJ as she's affectionately referred to gives us an insight into her entrepreneurial journey, from the yellow pages in the UK to Ferrari World on Yas Island and beyond.  Really up beat energy filled chat - PJ's energy levels are off the chart and sharing that with you just makes you feel better. So much to learn from her experience and her general outlook on life. Thanks PJ, was a real pleasure. 

  • Episode 75 - Mayur Bommai - Co-Founder & Director of Laundryheap

    30/08/2022 Duración: 54min

    On this episode of the podcast, Barry had the pleasure of speaking with Mayur Bommai, the co-founder and director of Laundryheap. An 'online' business that grew 300+% during COVID - Mayur talks about gaining experience in the family business before making the shift to the entrepreneurial way, scaling and growing a business and expanding into 10 countries, with more on the way.

  • Episode 74 - Brendon Hansford - Creative, Director & Choreographer for stage and screen

    28/07/2022 Duración: 01h06s

    On this episode of the podcast Barry had the opportunity to speak with Brendon Hansford. A super successful choreographer, dancer, director and creative. Brendon shares his entrepreneurial journey to date, from his choices at 16 to heading out to the UAE for his current chapter. Charged with energy and providing some entrepreneurial nuggets of wisdom, it was a real pleasure of an episode. 

  • Episode 73 - Mageri Ottis - Chief Energy Officer at KimonoGirl

    30/06/2022 Duración: 36min

    On this episode of the podcast Barry got the chance to have a conversation with the fascinating Margeri Ottis. Her current business - KimonoGirl - is in a niche that no one has really explored before, but her journey to this point is enlightening with learning points of self awareness. Margeri talks about her childhood and early career journey as the pathway to finding a business that makes her and her customers happy. Pioneering the market space in the energy fashion arena, Margeri and KimonoGirl offer something truly unique. 

  • Episode 72 - Martin Tronquit - Founder and Co-CEO of Infomineo

    22/03/2022 Duración: 50min

    On this episode of the podcast Barry had an enlightening conversation with Martin Tronquit Founder and Co-CEO of Infomineo - the company that helps with brainshoring. Yep that's a new word Martin made up and it's how Infomineo can help you. Listen in to find out more about Martin's entrepreneurial journey, why Infomineo exists and why he's started another business called DataXchange. Learn how optimisation is key to running two businesses as well as being a husband and father to three children!!! Really enjoyed this conversation and the learnings from Martin's journey so far. 

  • Episode 71 - Mike Khouri - Managing Director of Tactical

    26/01/2022 Duración: 58min

    On this episode of the podcast I had the real pleasure of speaking with Mike Khouri about his entrepreneurial journey so far. Our paths have crossed a few times over the years and I've really enjoyed seeing Mike take his agency - Tactical- from strength to strength. So it was really good to speak with him in more detail about his whole approach to business and life. Great conversation, easy to talk to and a very successful business builder here in the UAE. 

  • Episode 70 - Helen Chen - CEO & Co Founder of Nomad Homes

    16/12/2021 Duración: 39min

    On this episode of the podcast we had the chance to speak with Helen Chen, the CEO and Co founder of a company called Nomad Homes. We were lucky to catch her in Dubai before she hopped onto a plane to Europe. Helen tells us a bit about her origin story, working in the world of investments before making a jump into her own thing with her business partners. Recently securing $20 million USD investment into that business, helping people remove the pain of finding a home, whether buying or renting. The decision to move and find a home is not one that she thinks should come with undue stress and frustration - enter Nomad Homes.

  • Episode 69 - Mohamed Al Fayed - Co Founder & CEO of Grubtech

    06/12/2021 Duración: 39min

    On this episode of the podcast Barry had a great conversation with Mohamed Al Fayed the co founder and CEO of a company called Grubtech. His illustrious career in the corporate world helping global brands digitise and explore opportunities in the retail sector positioned him to take a bold move into an industry he wasn't overly familiar with. Food and beverage, but he could see the same opportunities raising their heads just as they had done previously in the retail sector and he wanted to make a difference. Grubtech was born. Super nice guy to talk with, humble and doing some really incredible things with his business.

  • Episode 68 - Elena Agaragimova - Managing Partner at Bessern

    23/11/2021 Duración: 41min

    On this episode of the podcast Barry had a really interesting conversation with Elena Agaragimova the Managing Partner of her company called Bessern. Her entrepreneurial journey is a very interesting one that involves the world of higher education and corporate learning. The huge gap between higher education and the corporate world is something that Elena and her business partner are looking to reduce. To help individuals level up and have organisations nurture a happier more engaged workforce.

  • Episode 67 - Madhav Dhar - Co Founder and COO of ZaZen Properties

    12/10/2021 Duración: 56min

    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 reputation. Precisely because of this, he's doing it differently, to change the perception of the industry but also to deliver properties that live up to the pre sales marketing hype. 

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

    29/09/2021 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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.

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