Getting out There
1 year ago by Jack Evangelides

Getting out There

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Limassol, Cyprus. It`s great to be back home after an action-packed week spent travelling and meeting lots of new faces. Last Monday I was in Lebanon visiting our new Beirut office, which is coming together very well, and from there it was on to Ireland, to present at Forums International`s ICF International Credit Forum in Dublin together with my colleague Ms Cynthia Gebeily. Technology has changed a lot in business, but it hasn`t changed the need to get out there, find out what`s happening and connect with people in person. I first heard about Forums International through Mr Laurie Beagle, and we were quickly convinced that this kind of event is the perfect vehicle to share our experience about how to safely pursue business opportunities in the MENA. The Forums International attendees were from a wide range of backgrounds, and this for me was one of the main strengths of the event because it meant that we were able to share perspectives and ideas with people from small and medium sized enterprises as well as with representatives of household names like Microsoft, Facebook and Logitech. I was particularly impressed by the workshop sessions, which involved us splitting into two groups and working through a risk mitigation case study – it`s great to see first-hand how our solutions and technologies could help so many companies, and it gives me ideas for how we can continue to improve our services. So, after a busy week it`s good to be back in the office – not that I`ve got time to be putting my feet up on the desk! Our Electronic Identity & Verification (eID&V) services are now starting to cover more of Eastern Europe and over the next few months there should be more growth in our level of coverage. And, of course, I`ll find time to get out and spread the word about all things Cedar Rose. I`m scheduled to attend the BIIA Business Information Industry Association conference in Bangkok, from the 18th-20th October so drop me a line if you`re going. There really is no substitute for meeting face to face. See you soon! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Antoun Massaad is the co-founder and CEO of Cedar Rose, the MENA region`s leading Business Intelligence services provider. With unrivalled insight into the region and access to its most comprehensive database of individual and company records, Cedar Rose works with some of the world`s largest companies to provide KYC, AML and Due Diligence solutions that are helping to bring business practices in the region up to international standards. See what Cedar Rose can do for you at www.cedar-rose.com.