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Important Announcement from the CBC Chairman and Executive Director

Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Dear CBC Members,

We are delighted to introduce Helen Al Uzaizi as CBC Dubai’s new Executive Director, effective February 1st. Under Helen’s leadership, CBC Dubai will continue to work closely with our members, sponsors and stakeholders to strengthen programming and supports, reach out to new markets, and ensure the CBC is delivering meaningful value to each of you.  

With over 17 years of experience spanning non-profit management, social development, fundraising and marketing, Helen is an established businesswoman and active community member. Most recently as the CEO of BizWorld UAE, Egypt, and Jordan, Helen has led a meaningful social enterprise that teaches children entrepreneurship skills. In addition, she is the Founder of Future Entrepreneurs, a platform that aims to empower youth entrepreneurs in MENA. She has also spoken at TED Talks and was recently named one of the UAE’s 100 Smartest People and one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World.  

Helen has been working this past week with the current CBC team to understand the CBC’s inner workings and ensure uninterrupted CBC supports and services.  As a CBC member for the past 2 years, Helen is already well-versed in many of the CBC activities and priorities and will use these insights to lead the organization moving forward.  

Helen can be reached at:


Aside from Beth - As my last day as the CBC Executive Director is this Thursday, January 31st, I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for making my experience with the CBC such a rich and rewarding one.  Having the chance to work with such talented and engaged members and sponsors and with such a committed and capable office team and Executive Committee has been an inspiration and joy.  While I will miss speaking with you all so frequently, I look forward to seeing you at upcoming CBC events and activities. In the interim, I am attaching my contact details below and hope that you will use them to stay in touch:


Aside from Eric - On behalf of the Executive Committee and the CBC membership, I would like to thank Beth for her outstanding service to the CBC.  Beth’s stewardship of the organization over the past 3 years has resulted in a CBC that is the strongest it has ever been, with the largest and most active membership base in its history.  Genuinely committed to the CBC’s mission and members, Beth has also played an instrumental role in the past several months to ensure a smooth transition to a new Executive Director.  Luckily, Beth’s passion for, and commitment to, the organization will not be lost as she will now remain as an actively-engaged Member.

On behalf of the Executive Committee and the CBC Office Team, we hope that you will join us in welcoming Helen into her new role. 


Eric Koeman and Beth Hirshfeld

Chairman and Executive Director, Canadian Business Council