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The world is seeing a new wave of entrepreneurial disruption emerge, providing both opportunities and challenges for governments. Everywhere in the world, our governments set the rules and incentives. It is also our governments that must respond when entrepreneurial innovation raises new regulatory challenges and opportunities.

The Startup Nations Ministerial serves as a high-level dialogue among policy leaders and entrepreneurship policy experts about how public-sector agencies across the world can better encourage more new and young businesses to start and grow.

The Startup Nations Ministerial offers a safe space for public sector authorities committed to unleashing growth-oriented entrepreneurship to share their experience and questions with their counterparts of other national ecosystems.

Startup Nations Ministerial 2019 (evolving list):

H.E. Mariano Mayer, Secretary of Entrepreneurs & SMEs, Argentina

H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Kingdom of Bahrain

H.E. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Bangladesh

H.E. Modeste Kerekou, Minister of SMEs and Employment Promotion of Benin

Mr. Igor Nazareth, Undersecretary for Innovation, Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Brazil

H.E. Channmeta Kan, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC), Cambodia

Mr. Ignacio Gaitan, President of Innpulsa, Colombia

H.E. Yvonne Adélaïde, Minister of SMEs & Artisans, Republic of Congo

Mrs. Kristin Schreiber, Director, EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises & SMEs, European Commission

Mr. Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development, Estonia

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development, Ghana

H.E. Ambitah Kant, CEO, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), India

H.E. Mohammed Hashim, Minister of Trade, Iraq

H.E. Dr. Tarek Al-Hamouri, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Jordan

H.E. Khalid Naser Al-Rodan, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kuwait

H.E. Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya

H.E. Fayyaz Ismail, Minister of Economic Development, Republic of Maldives

H.E Soomilduth Sunil Bholah, Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mauritius

H.E. Matrika Prasad Yadav, Minister of Industry Commerce and Supplies, Nepal

Mr. Theodore Klouvas, Programme Manager for Entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, The Netherlands

H.E. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Nigeria

H.E Dr. Ahmed Al Ghassani, CEO, Public Authority for SMEs Development, Oman

Mr. Edgar Colman, Director, National Directorate for Entrepreneurship, Paraguay

H.E. Tadeusz Koscinski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Entrepreneurship & Technology, Poland

H.E. Eng. Saleh Alrasheed, Governor, Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority, Saudi Arabia

Ms. Angelique Antat, Principal Secretary to the Department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Seychelles

H.E. Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa

H.E. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

H.E. Oshik Mohamed Ahmed Taher, Secretary General of the National Investment Authority, Minister of State, Republic of Sudan

H.E. Abdulla AlSaleh, Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Pham Trung Nghia, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Vietnam in Saudi Arabia, Vietnam

H.E. Amina Salum Ali, Minister of Trade, Industry and Marketing, Zanzibar

Discussion facilitators
– Denis Medvedev
– Teo Firpo
– Phil Auerswald
– Susan Amat
– Jonathan Ortmans
– Arnobio Morelix
– Dane Stangler