After a contested nomination process, Gulf Business short-listed the region’s ten leading entrepreneurs for its 2017 GCC Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Khonji is the only Omani businessman who has been named among top ten entrepreneurs by Gulf Businesss.
Khonji, who has been a central figure in Oman’s entrepreneurial scene for several years, launched his first company Qais United Enterprises Trading in 2010, followed by an IT solutions firm Genesis International in 2012. A year later he established an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) services business Genesis Projects and Investments LLC, which is a laboratory services provider for upstream and downstream oil sectors.
Gulf Business, through an online public voting, will select the best entrepreneur from ten short-listed names and the winner will walk away with the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award later this year.
“I believe my hard work is paying off. I had started Genesis Projects and Investments LLC from scratch in 2013. Today this company is successfully working on contracts with major oil companies in Oman. An entrepreneur has to fight through towards the success of his business,” Khonji said.
Working across fields including energy, smart technology, medical education and trading, Khonji also gives fellow entrepreneurs the benefit of his experience, helping Omani youths set up their own start-ups. He is also an angel investor and has helped introduce entrepreneurship into the country’s schools.
Khonji said with various initiatives taken by the government and private sector to promote entrepreneurship and start-up culture in Oman, the mindset of Omani youths is positively changing toward entrepreneurship. “These efforts have encouraged the youths to start their own businesses. Things will improve further once we see more funding institutions, advisory centres and incubators in the sultanate,” he added.