The first ever Middle East Direct Selling Forum organized by the United Arab Emirates DSA (UAE DSA) and supported by WFDSA was held on March 28, 2017 in Dubai. The Department of Economic Development, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing fully supported the event as well.
WFDSA Executive Director Tamuna Gabilaia presented on the global state of the direct selling industry. There was a panel discussion focusing on international experiences in direct selling in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia from WFDSA Association Services Chair Garth Wyllie, Executive Director of DSA of Australia Gillian Stapleton and Executive Director of Malaysian DSA Lawrence Cheah.
Kelly School Institute for International Business LaVonn Schlegel and University of Monash Dr. Rowan Kennedy and General Secretary of the French DSA Jacques Cosnefroy discussed working with the academia and developing direct selling programs.
WFDSA Association Advisory Council for the Asian Pacific Region Melissa Qujano, Tamuna Gabilaia and Jacques Cosnefroy discussed the industry ethics and best practices.
Over 150 participants from DSAs, member company executives, government officials and academia from the Asia / Pacific region and other regions attend the event.