GlobalWelsh, the global diaspora organization focused on connecting Wales to the Welsh diaspora around the world, has launched a new hub in the Middle East.
GlobalWelsh Middle East joins a network of other hubs in economically dynamic cities around the world, including London, Beijing, Tokyo and Dublin. The hub will officially launch with an event on December 15 at the British Embassy in Dubai with guest speaker Welsh Government Economics Minister Vaughan Gething MS who will join virtually from Wales.
The virtual hub will represent GlobalWelsh and facilitate field activities in the region with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Led by Mark Prendergast, former CEO of the global Harris Pye Engineering Group, who has spent over 20 years living and working in Dubai. The hub also enjoys strong local support from the Welsh government and Clwb Cymru Dubai, the Welsh community within the Dubai-based British Social Club.
Mark Prendergast, Host of GlobalWelsh Middle East, commented:
“I have spent the past 25 years traveling the world on business, and during that time I have been fortunate enough to truly understand the power of networking. Throughout my career I have become increasingly passionate about my roots in Wales. After leaving my company in 2020 now is the time for me to bring my passions back to Wales and GlobalWelsh provides the perfect platform for me to do so. Helping Welsh people and businesses within the community connect locally, globally and in Wales is what GlobalWelsh is all about and I am incredibly excited to put a great Welsh stamp on the Middle East.
GlobalWelsh Hubs are run on a voluntary basis by passionate members of the Diaspora who have networks and experience to facilitate GlobalWelsh activities and support individuals and businesses in the community looking to make connections, discover opportunities and acquire market knowledge. For local members, this allows them to network with other professionals and business leaders locally, but also globally and back in Wales.
Walter May, Founder and CEO of GlobalWelsh, said:
“We are delighted to open our hub in the Middle East. We recognize the dynamism and economic strength of the region and the importance for Wales of attracting investment and trade. The fact that we have an impressive community of high performing Welsh people in the region provides a huge opportunity for GlobalWelsh, our members and Wales. We look forward to working with Mark, the team and his network, on impactful projects and connecting Wales to this important part of the world.
The launch of the new hub will be celebrated with an event at the British Embassy in Dubai on the afternoon of December 15. The launch, in partnership with Welsh tech company Vortex IoT, will be a gathering of local Welsh people and business leaders who will also be joined by Welsh Government Minister for the Economy Vaughan Gething MS who will officially mark the occasion with a speech to come. of a Welsh Government event hosted at the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai targeting the Welsh Diaspora.
Welsh Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said:
“It’s great to see the launch of the GlobalWelsh hub in the Middle East. This hub promises to take engagement with our business diaspora in the region to the next level, and it’s something I can’t wait to see. The Welsh Diaspora is an important asset to Wales, and it is truly encouraging that organizations, such as GlobalWelsh, recognize the value and potential of engaging with the Diaspora and commit resources to help harness that potential.
“The Middle East is a very important market for Wales, especially for our exporters. This hub will play a key role in ensuring that our Welsh diaspora in the region supports and helps increase awareness of Welsh businesses and Welsh products here. As an article in The Economist once pointed out, migrant business networks are changing the world. I am sure this new hub will play its part in changing Wales by supporting and moving the Welsh economy forward into the future.
“Wales is a small country with a population of just over three million and we are already above our weight on the world stage. By engaging with our global family, I have no doubts that, collectively, we can help Wales grow and prosper and I look forward to this trip.
The Hub is now welcoming new members located in the Middle East region to join them through GlobalWelsh Connect, connect.globalwelsh.com. The team can be contacted directly via [email protected].