Startup Oman hosts two local entrepreneurs in monthly event


Startup Oman, the sultanate’s only platform created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and the ‘home of entrepreneurship’ in Oman recently hosted the May edition of Caribou Chats. Caribou Chats is an educational programme designed specifically for Oman’s startup community.

It aims to fully promote the entrepreneurial lifestyle, with all of its daily hurdles and learnings. Speaking on the Startup Oman stage was Dawood al Wahaibi, who is the founder of Five Oceans. He is a fisheries specialist with over 18 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. After working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as a marine specialist, Wahaibi worked as a marine environmental consultant in the private sector until he founded Five Oceans.

Joining him was Shaima al Lawati. Shaima is the founder & CEO of Destination Sustainability. She has over 16 years of experience with various organisations developing sustainability strategies and programmes. These companies include Bank Muscat, Shell and Vale Oman. She is the vice chairperson for Oman Road Safety Association. Wahaibi said, “Taking the local community into consideration has affected our business tremendously. Giving them a tour of our facilities before opening and giving them priority when selling fish has turned the whole community into advocates on our behalf.”
Shaima said, “Most companies adjust their CSR strategies every year, taking on new projects. However, it takes at least three years to measure the true impact of any project. Companies need to understand that CSR is a long term investment and treat it accordingly.

“Having both Shaima and Wahaibi as speakers provided immense value to our programme. Caribou Chats is designed to showcase successful local entrepreneurs. Their work in sustainability is crucial for the development of Oman, and we’re very pleased to have hosted them this month,” said Ali Daud, co-founder of Startup Oman.

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