Held 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 Speakers


Dr. Mansoor Al Awar

Chancellor | United Arab Emirates

Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University. Dr. Mansoor Al-Awar is also the Chairman of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE). Dr. Al Awar has started, built and led several innovative enterprises, like: • Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), the region’s first university with smart learning approach. • Innovation Arabia, the annual scientific conference with a focus on innovation in the Arab world. • First Qua [...]

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Mr. Arash Dara

Group Chief Executive Officer | United Kingdom

Arash is the Group CEO of Lootah Holding, a family-owned conglomerate pursuing ventures in diversified industry sectors, contributing to the international expansion of the UAE’s national economy and creating the most innovative business opportunities. Arash has extensive strategy and leadership experience, bringing over a dozen years of consulting across the energy, FMCG, travel, financial, telecoms, public and health sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Lootah Holdi [...]

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Ms. Brigitte Khair Mountain

CEO & Co-Founder | United Arab Emirates

Brigitte Khair Mountain is the Founder and CEO of gigthree, a new tech startup based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Brigitte is a humanitarian, development and knowledge management professional, and recently became an entrepreneur. Increasingly interested in the power of the private sector to innovate, advocate for positive change, and impact livelihoods, she is keen on exploring ways in which international public servants like herself can impact the work of private sector entities for positive change throu [...]

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Prof. Kamel Mellahi

Senior Manager | United Kingdom

I am Senior Manager at Dubai Chamber- Centre for Responsible Business. In 2020, I featured in Stanford University's list of top 2 per cent scientists in the world. Before joining the Dubai Chamber, I was a full Professor in Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, UK. I have authored/edited more than 10 books, and published over 100 articles in world leading business/management journals, and numerous practical tool-kits and guidelines. I served as a Senior Editor for Journal of World Bus [...]

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Mr. Jean-Luc Scherer

Founder | France

Jean-Luc Scherer is an industry thought leader with 20+ years of professional experience in the mobile industry and digital technologies. He has advised several telecom service providers such as Etisalat, Turkcell, STC and Zain on digital transformation through mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud. Over the years, Jean-Luc developed a passion for innovation and became an innovation coach in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded Ericsson’s president award for his efforts in innovation [...]

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Ms. Lina Hourani

Director | Jordan

Lina Hourani is the Director of Al Ahli Holding Group CSR Division, since 2008, responsible for several youth development programs and initiatives. The Global Business Opportunities program (GBO) was a major milestone in Lina’s professional path, helping Al Ahli Group to identify business opportunities, develop the entrepreneurial skills for youth, shifting them from being job seekers to job providers. Her success with GBO and also CSR in Action Program – an initiative that brings together s [...]

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Ms. Nancy Stearns Bercaw

Chief of Staff and Communications & Marketing Advisor | United Arab Emirates

Nancy Stearns Bercaw has written about health, science, education, and technology for publications around the world including the New York Times, Korea Herald, and U.S. News & World Report. She also is the author of two health-related books: “Brain in a Jar” and “Dryland.” Since 2017, she has served as Chief of Staff and Communications & Marketing Advisor for Ajman University. Ms. Bercaw has been a participant on many international committees, including the QS EduData Summit Steeri [...]

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Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman Alburkani

Director of Creative Thinking | United Arab Emirates

Speaker Biography: __ Eng. Ahmed AL Burkani is an engineer in Civil and holding a master degree in Business Administration. He started his career as a construction engineer in Adnoc Distribution. After his twelve-year career, Eng. Ahmed decided it was time for a change from the Oil Sector to the Government Sector in Abu Dhabi, where he was offered to be a Performance Development Consultant in Department of Economic Development. Eng. Ahmed was accredited on 2010 as Project Management Professio [...]

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Mr. Ivano Iannelli

CEO | United Arab Emirates

Ivano is widely acknowledged as the GCC foremost experts in the fields of Sustainability and Carbon Emission Management. He is currently the CEO of Dubai Carbon, a former United Nations senior official and a subject matter expert in environmental economics and low carbon strategies. Ivano has extensive experience in facilitating economically relevant low carbon pathways. For the past 2 decades he has aggregated and managed GHG National inventories across the GCC, NDCs and State Action Plans, wit [...]

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Dr. Abed Baidas

Founder, Group Chairman & CEO | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abed Baidas has a successful business career spanning over 30 years. He has been involved in business endeavors worldwide. Heading a team of international branding experts, he pioneered the development of Identity Branding Forum fundamentals and processes, introducing the “identity branding culture” in the Arab World, combining the science of human development with the art of branding to build “brand’s identity” value aligned with businesses’ organizational behavior – where our [...]

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Dr. Fahad Alsaadi

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement & Technical Committee Chair | United Arab Emirates

Fahad Alsaadi, is equipped with 20 years of experience in the field of Administration and management. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the American University of Sharjah (U.A.E.), and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Admin (Distinction with Honors) from Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai. Mr. Alsaadi is a PhD Researcher in the area of Total Quality Management. His research focus is on e-service quality in higher education in the United Arab Emirates. [...]

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Mr. Bilal Sabouni

Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa & Turkey | United Arab Emirates

A seasoned business leader based in Dubai since 1999, Bilal Sabouni is Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa & Turkey at the New York-based knowledge services firm, Guidepoint. Guidepoint is a global intelligence organization and the largest proprietary "brain trust" of on-demand Experts in the world. Guidepoint represents an expanding network of ~800,000 industry & subject-matter experts based in +190 countries and deploys their expertise, on-demand, for targeted government [...]

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Dr. Sana Farid

President & Co-Chair Digital Healthcare | United Arab Emirates

General Surgeon and pioneering XR and Ai expert in Healthcare, Dr. Sana Farid strives to utilize futuristic technologies to make the world a better place, through interactive tools helping to build bridges and reach people faster. Immersive tech coupled with Digital Health is bringing the Remote Healthcare dream to reality, Dr. Sana's adept approach has augmented Healthcare training, Patient-centric programs, and community wellness. She is extensively supporting initiatives related to buildi [...]

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Mr. Abdelkader Es Slami Houssine

Head of Digital Education & Smart Government | United Arab Emirates

Kader holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Valladolid University (Spain). He has over 20 years of experience working in different positions in IT Services, Project Management, Educational projects, and Business intelligence technology. He has the experience and knowledge in digital education projects (Solutions, Products, Consulting, ...) for K12 education, public and private universities. He has also a deep knowledge of e-Learning solutions & Platforms, Online Process, MOOC, Neutral Hub, LMS, [...]

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Dr. Naseem Abdullah

Director of Health & Safety | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Naseem is a creative professional in the UAE with having more than 14 years of managerial skills in the field of public health, public safety, occupational health & safety, emergency & crisis management, consumer products safety, customer satisfaction and service improvement. She holds a PhD in public health & occupational health from UAE University, a second PhD in Total Quality Management, MSc in healthcare management and a bachelor degree in pharmacy. She has several publications in the f [...]

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Mr. Ibrahim Seksek

COO | United Arab Emirates

Ibrahim “Abe” Seksek is the current COO of MENA and Russia of Startupbootcamp, a Rainmaking company. Before joining Startupbootcamp he Co-Founded a couple of companies such as ZenHR Solutions, which addresses the entire HR cycle, and Crystel, Jordan's first business process outsourcing (BPO) provider. Ibrahim also worked as Head of Global Operations Support for Naspers, the parent company of dubizzle and OLX, which oversaw the operations in 70 countries.

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Dr. Anas Bataw

Director | United Arab Emirates

Anas is a recognized expert with over 10 years of establishing digital strategies and implementing large-scale technology solutions on an enterprise-wide global basis with strong leadership abilities for identifying, building cases and implementing smart city solutions that are responsive to the needs of rapidly growing organizations and Disruptive industries. With proven track record of creative planning and execution in Digital Transformation, Ecosystems Integration, Innovations strategies and [...]

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Mr. Essam Disi

Director of Strategy and Policy | United Arab Emirates

Essam Disi is the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Est. for SME Development (Dubai SME), a government agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED) – Government of Dubai - tasked with the development of Entrepreneurship and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Dubai. In his present job, his main roles and responsibilities are to formulate long-term plans, strategies and policy support framework for SME development, in addition to executing strategic init [...]

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Mr. Krishnan Gopi

Group Chief Disruption Officer | United Arab Emirates

Krishnan Gopi is the Group Chief Disruption Officer at GEMS Education. He is currently on a mission to disrupt from within and create efficient, sustainable, scalable and future-ready technology capabilities for the needs of education today and tomorrow. Krishnan is a strategic technology leader with two decades of international experience and a successful track record spearheading technology-led business transformation for Fortune 100 companies. He was named “Digital Disruptive Leader of the [...]

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Mr. Qussay Abdul Wahab

Enterprise Development Acting Senior Manager | United Arab Emirates

Qussay Abdul Wahab, 44 years old, an Iraqi-Canadian citizen with over 24 years of entrepreneurial experience in gastronomy, information technology, supply chain management and SME advisory. During his MBA studies, Qussay decided to join the corporate world and started with Injazat Data Systems, an IT outsourcing company, as a business consultant. A year and a half later, in 2008, he joined Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development as a business counselor assisting UAE Nationals to startup their ow [...]

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Prof. Ahmed Ankit

Dean of Research and Doctoral Studies | United Arab Emirates

Ahmed Ankit’s areas of interest for research include Applied Linguistics, Communication, e-learning and Education Leadership. He is the Dean of Research and Doctoral Studies at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was the Dean of Education at the American University in the Emirates and previously the Vice President for External Relations and Cultural Affairs at Ajman University, UAE, where he supervised collaborative projects with international organizations an [...]

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Dr. Shaima Al Harmoodi

Assistant Professor – School of Business and Quality Management | United Arab Emirates

Dr Shaima AlHarmoodi is an Assistant Professor at Hamdan bin Mohamed Smart University. She has a PhD in the field of innovation project management focusing on understanding the relationship between stakeholders in sustainable projects and linking this relationship to the effectiveness of their innovation. Due to her dedication and passion towards her work, she won multiple prestigious awards such as Shaikha Fatima Al Nahayan Excellency Award and Rashid Award for Academic Excellence. She is a [...]

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Dr. Moetaz ElSergany

Associate Professor at the School of Health and Environmental Studies | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Moetaz ElSergany is an Associate Professor at the School of Health and Environmental Studies at HBMSU. He has over 25 years of technical and teaching experience in the Field of health and environmental studies. He taught and developed many environmental health courses (water and wastewater analysis, environmental legislation, water sanitation, integrated solid waste management, environmental aspects of pesticides, environmental impact assessment, industrial waste management, and hazardous wa [...]

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Dr. Meera Al-Reyaysa

Chair of Collaborative Research and Assistant professor at the School of Business and Quality Management | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Meera Al-Reyaysa holds a PhD in Project Management from the British University in Dubai in association with the University of Manchester. She is currently Chair of Collaborative Research and Assistant professor at the School of Business and Quality Management. Research interests include project management, sustainability and CSR. She has previously worked as consultant and acting programme manager at the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), for the Carbon Ambassadors Programme in coll [...]

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Dr. Khadeegha Alzouebi

Faculty & Program Chair in School of e- Education | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Khadeegha has a PhD in education from the University of Sheffield, England. She also has an MEd and an MA in Education from the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Khadeegha has worked extensively on educational policy, school reform, school effectiveness and innovation change management both in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates. She has over 23 years of experience in the education field in many capacities from working on educational policy, working with government, higher learning a [...]

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Dr. Abdalla Sulaiman Alhammadi

Chief Innovation Officer and the Head of Strategy Department | United Arab Emirates

Dr Abdallah Suleiman occupies the position of the Chief Innovation Officer and the Head of Strategy department in the Ministry of justice – UAE. His experience adds up to more than 18 years in the government sector, in Strategy Management, Innovation and Excellence. He participated in various international and local conferences related to innovation such as the HR Forum in the Petroleum sector, the International Conference in Training and Development, Arab Administrative development Organi [...]

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Dr. Hamda Hassan Khansaheb

Consultant Family Medicine and Head of Medical Research Section - Medical Education and Research Department | United Arab Emirates

Hamda Khansaheb is the Head of Medical Research Section in the Medical Education and Research Department in Dubai Health Authority and a consultant Family Physician. She graduated from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in UAE University and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Dubai. She also holds a Master of Science in Public Health from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and completed the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program from Harvard Medical School. She ser [...]

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