One Woman, Many Missions

By Sandhya D’Mello
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This article takes a look at the experiences of Dubai-based entrepreneur Smita Prabhakar, the first female secretary-general of the IBPC, the largest business group in the UAE.


The uae provides an ideal business environment regardless of gender. In fact, women have more freedom of doing business in the UAE, said Dubai-based entrepreneur Smita Prabhakar.

She is the secretary-general of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC). She has the honour of being the first woman secretary-general of the IBPC, the largest business group in the UAE.

As the managing director of Client Advertising, she has helped organise the Emirates Businesswomen’s Awards and highlighted women’s empowerment in the UAE. A few years ago, she formed Lazer Capital with a number of developers and investors. As the president of Lazer Capital, she is part of a management team leading projects in infrastructure, oil and gas, agriculture, technology, power and utility, real estate and construction businesses.

The company has been mandated to develop 40,000 homes in Iraq as part of a massive housing development plan. The Iraqi government has also assigned the company to develop a shopping mall in Najaf city in Iraq that will house more than 1,000 outlets to be built at a cost of $5 billion (Dh18.3 billion).

She is also the CEO of Apsons International, a trading company, and had recently set up a manufacturing unit which makes detergents and cleaning products. Apsons International also promotes healthy living and well-being through holistic healing, combining physical and spiritual transformation of a person. Although wellness is a rapidly expanding business worldwide, no one has combined it with spiritual and holistic healing to offer a complete solution.

Prabhakar has been involved in working with children with special needs and pioneered initiatives and awareness campaigns for this cause. She has also created musical initiatives for UAE National Day for the past three years on behalf of the expat community.

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