Douglas Aitkenhead is Team Leader of the EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification project. During his career, Douglas has worked in a number of fields related to economic development at both Urban, Regional and National levels in both Europe and the Middle East.
A key interest of Douglas is the encouragement and support of women’s participation in the economy through the use of targeted training and support schemes to enhance female activity rates. Early in his career whilst working in the field of Urban Regeneration, Douglas promoted social and economic development activities targeting youth and women groups in urban areas.
In his work as Team Leader of the EU-GCC Dialogue project, support for SME’s particularly those owned and managed by women entrepreneurs was prioritized. Initiatives taken in this area included a roundtable with Omani women entrepreneurs, a Women’s Leadership Event organized in conjunction with the Netherlands Embassy, and the incorporation of a Women in Technology panel in the Fourth EU-GCC Business Forum held in Muscat, Oman.