Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Conference 3 January 25, 2022

Innovation Systems for Sustainability



Innovation Systems for Sustainability

January 25, 2022

Conference 3

Industrial development has adversely affected the state of the environment, leading to a negative impact on the quality of human life. In an era of increased environmental awareness, society now expects business institutions to reverse the trend by minimizing the impact of their operations on the environment, and to contribute to improving its physical state. One approach to this end is through innovation systems geared towards sustainable development. These emanate from setting up an institutional ecosystem conducive to the launch of new products, processes, and services that are designed for both efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, institutions are contributing to enhance our physical environment by implementing strategies geared to “doing well by doing good.”

This one-day virtual conference part of Innovation Arabia invites conceptual or empirical research presentations, and case studies, thereby enabling interaction and debate between academics, practitioners, and other stakeholders to critically analyse the policies and strategies related to the developments of innovation systems for sustainability.

It features a judicious mix of events, including keynote speech, panel discussions, strong mix of invited and contributed research presentations, and technical demonstrations.


A broad definition of sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. The one-day virtual conference part of Innovation Arabia will address a number of themes relating to the contribution on innovation systems to sustainable development, including inter-alia:

  • Adoption of environmental quality standards, lean production, and environmental performance
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Consumer adoption of green products and the marketing of sustainable business initiatives
  • Regulatory mechanisms, such as voluntary programs that act as information diffusion programs
  • Antecedents of environmentally beneficial activities
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Innovations for addressing Covid-19
  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning in online environments
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Mr. Saad E. Abbas

Smart Training Manager | United Arab Emirates

Saad personally conducts several training programs such as Human Capital Development, Leadership, Strategic Planning and Entrepreneurship Saad Has had a long and diverse career that led him to work in several organisations and different positions during his Thirty Seven years Including the post of Smart Training Manager Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Director Human Capital Development Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation Coordinator General Dubai Human Development Award, Head of Trade Industria [...]

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Mr. Mohamed Al Hammadi

Certified Human Development and Creativity trainer | United Arab Emirates

Master of Science in Service Leadership & Innovation, Bachelor in Business & Quality Management, and National Diploma in Aerospace Engineering Certified professional trainer excellence from Emirates Association for Management Consulates and Trainers focusing on leadership, innovation, service design and quality management. Experience professional having previously worked with various government projects and training programs. Over 15 years of experience working closely with clients providing ex [...]

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Mr. Mousa Al Raeisy

Director - Technology Strategy & Governance Department | United Arab Emirates


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Mr. Ali Al Shamsi

.Student | United Arab Emirates

Student in HBMSU Master of Science in Innovation and Change management, Entrepreneur

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Ms. Alia Aljanahi

Senior Project Manager | United Arab Emirates

Alia Aljanaahi is a Senior Project Manager in UAE Federal Government. She has a rich professional experience in Information Technology, Government Excellence and Performance. Alia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Higher Colleges of Technology (Distinction with Honors), and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Higher Colleges of Technology (Distinction with Honors). She also completed a various professional certifications in Artificial Intelligence, Pro [...]

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Mr. Hadeel Almuraqab

Freelancer photographer and social media marketing, UAE | United Arab Emirates


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Ms. Laila Alshaer

Owner and Founder | United Arab Emirates

A passionate Emirati Entrepreneur and businesswoman. Graduate from Michigan University in United States of America. Serving in Abu Dhabi Police Force and owner or Medical Health Care, Food and Beverage, Online Platform services.

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Ms. Reem Alsuwaidi

Owner | United Arab Emirates

An Emirati entrepreneurial and the owner of United Football Academy in Dubai. Currently enrolled in master’s degree of Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University with 15 years’ of professional experience in different sectors such as banking, customer service and human resources. Working in a government sector as a Deputy Senior Manager, the first Emirati to win two Global awards from the ROI methodology creator (Dr. Jack Phillips – ROI Institute – US [...]

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Mr. Darshan Dagli

Director Software Solutions, META | United Arab Emirates

Managing a world class team with a software mindset that can deploy latest IoT technologies. This allows customers to transform their building operations towards digital services resulting in sustainability and efficiency improvements.

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Dr. Ashraf Mahate

Chief Economist – Dubai Exports, Dubai Department of Economic Development | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Ashraf Mahate is currently the Chief Economist at Dubai Industries and Exports, which is the industrial development and trade promotion organisation within the Emirate of Dubai and an agency of the Dubai Department of Economic Development part of the Government of Dubai. In his current capacity, Dr. Mahate provides econometric analysis, evidence-based policy design and development, information and advice to key decision makers that promotes a structured as well as detailed understanding of i [...]

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Dr. Sanjai Parahoo

Associate Professor | United Arab Emirates

Dr Sanjai K Parahoo combines an Engineering degree with an MBA and a PhD in Services Management. He is currently Associate Professor of Service Innovation and Management at the School of Business and Quality Management at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai. He has published over 40 articles in leading journals in Service Innovaton and Management in both Education and Business settings. He is formally trained in Innovation and IPR management and has over 10 years experience in securing f [...]

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Ms. Joelle Saab

Head of the EXPO 2020 Project, Dulsco, Official Waste Management partner of EXPO 2020 | United Arab Emirates

As the Expo 2020 Project Head assigned to represent Dulsco who are the Official Waste Management Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Joelle Saab is charged with the responsibility of overseeing all aspects pertaining to the delivery of a successful event including the design and execution of the waste management and recycling strategy, as well as achieving the sustainability related goals set for this event. Her academic background, including a bachelors degree in Biochemistry/Life Science and a masters [...]

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Mr. Olav Scholte

Strategic Alliances, Public & Government Affairs and Agriculture | United Arab Emirates

After graduating from the University of Amsterdam as MA in business economics, Olav started his career in 1999 as product manager for Philips Lighting in the Netherlands. After several positions in Latin America, Olav worked on the introduction of LED technology in Philips’ lighting fixtures for general lighting. Olav is based in Dubai since 2012 to bring LED technology and other innovations to the market in the Middle East, such as Dubai Lamp. Now Olav is looking after the agriculture busines [...]

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