Dr. Mansoor Al Awar
Chairman – Innovation Arabia
Chancellor – Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University
I welcome you all to the Innovation Arabia 14 (IA 14) Conference.
The Conference is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and HBMSU President. The new edition of Innovation Arabia has the title “Innovation Everywhere”. For the first time in the history of the Conference, Innovation Arabia is convened virtually using the latest technologies, an achievement that testifies to our readiness to respond to challenges.
These challenges brought by the epidemic have revealed the quality of the unique global model presented by the UAE’s leadership in dealing with the effects of the pandemic. One aspect of this model is the efficient response by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) that has been up to the level of seriousness of the pandemic’s repercussions on education through many of its initiatives. In this context, HBMSU made sure that the proceedings of this edition of IA14 reflect the most significant issues of the post-pandemic world. This is clearly shown in the names of the carefully selected topics of this extraordinary edition: Crisis Management and Business Continuity, Smart Future Enablers, Learning for Better Life, Social Innovation Systems, and Virtual Experience Economy.
Thanks to the successes achieved over the past editions, IA Conference has become a global destination for the brightest minds, academics with the widely acclaimed expertise. This success continues as the current Conference hosts a group of the most experienced speakers from the UAE, the region and the world. The Conference will shed light on the latest innovations and address the most successful global experiences related to its themes through many interactive virtual platforms.
We pride ourselves on the contributions made by the Conference over the years, spreading the culture of innovation in various fields of knowledge and expertise. This has not been possible without our successful partnership with Index Holding. I would like to thank their corporate leadership and their teams, for their professionalism that immensely contributed to achieving the goals of IA along this journey. My sincere thanks are also due to our other partners and sponsors.
I once again welcome to IA 14 all speakers, participants and guests, and wish you all an extraordinary edition of Innovation Arabia.