GEN Laying Foundation for International Connections in Bahrain Ahead of GEC 2019
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Wray Bradner
16 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – As Bahrain prepares to host the 11thGlobal Entrepreneurship Congress in April 2019, Esam Hammad, is expanding collaboration among the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders and connecting them to their counterparts around the world. Hammad is leading the development of GEN Bahrain, engaging entrepreneurs and ecosystem stakeholders to strengthen the country’s entrepreneurship community.

“Through GEN Bahrain, we will work to develop and execute initiatives in collaboration with local and global partners for the enhancement of the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and the prosperity of Bahraini entrepreneurs,” said Hammad. “ Bahrain has always been a pioneer, and on the forefront of regional economic reform and diversification, and despite its size has a great potential to be an economic leader regionally and internationally.

GEN Bahrain aims to increase the number of people choosing entrepreneurship as a career path, create a generation of investable startups and develop strong platforms for companies to scale. It is being supported by a partnership with Tamkeen, which supports private-sector development and is one of the cornerstones of Bahrain’s national reform initiatives and its Economic Vision 2030.

GEN Bahrain will be an active leader in engaging citizens during Global Entrepreneurship Week, held November 12-18, which Bahrain has celebrated since the Week’s inception in 2008. Last year, Bahrain held 32 GEW events with more than 40 speakers.

At the global level, GEN operates in more than 170 countries. It fuels start and scale ecosystems by fostering  cross-border collaboration, information exchanges and initiatives that engage entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and entrepreneurship support organizations.

GEN Bahrain aims to strengthen its ecosystem by:

  1. Coordinating and promoting local initiatives aimed at strengthening Bahrain’s entrepreneurship ecosystem
  2. Partnering with local stakeholders to implement high-impact GEN programs
  3. Engaging ecosystem stakeholders  to identify gaps,  facilitate dialogue and strengthen a sustainable development cycle for entrepreneurs, and
  4. Raising awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation and self-employment as a means to create value and make the Bahraini private sector an engine of growth.

Hammad brings a wealth of experience to the position as a leader in customer engagement and service and as a startup champion. He has worked to create links between private-sector organizations and different professional and businesses communities in Bahrain. Hammad has also served as a marketing professional in the telecom and real estate sectors across different Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.


About the Global Entrepreneurship Network
The GEN operates a platform of programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For details on the programs that make up GEN, visit and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

Jessica Wray Bradner

Marketing Manager | Local Entrepreneur

Jessica is a former multimedia journalist with a background in print and online media. At the Global Entrepreneurship Network, she created daily… More