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Innovation Conference


Unlocking SME Potential Through Partnerships, Innovation and Technology Solutions is a one-day SME conference dedicated to Innovation, hosted and organized by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development with the support of the IFC World Bank within the framework of the “5th SME Toolkit Global Partner Conference” to take place in Abu Dhabi from 9 to 12 November 2015.

AGENDA

8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Energizing Innovation Morning

Creativity and innovation management is critical for all entrepreneurs, organizations and companies. This session provides training in creativity and innovation management that will better develop your abilities to identify obstacles and take necessary actions. The session aims to increase your competitiveness and innovation capacity by providing the necessary creativity tools and practices, through a range of engaging and thought provoking exercises. You will meet and hear from leading local start-up entrepreneurs, who have built fast growth business where innovation and technology has played an important role.

Moderator: Sair Mir (Sport.com, Yoga.com)

Participants:

  • Alborz Toofani, Founder, CEO at Snapp Card
  • Jean-Michel Gauthier, CEO at InternsME
  • Khaled Bin Hamed, CEO at Moving Reflection
10:30 AM Opening Ceremony
  • H.E Khalifa Salem Al Mansoori, Undersecretary Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi
  • H.E Abdullah Al Darmaki, CEO, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
  • IFC World Bank Representative: Mr. Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Director for the MENA region

Introduction to Innovation:

Host: Nicolas Mango Marri- Creative Director at Creative Yas Media Boutique

SESSION I:

Innovate to Inspire

"Guest Country: Singapore"

The objective is to present the case of a country that succeeded because of Innovation strategy in the macro-economy level and SME level.

David Toh, Director CTO - NTU Innovation – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“Guest Company Success Story”

“Souq.com”, Ronaldo Mouchaouar – CEO

To present a Unique and largest e-commerce site in the Arab world

“Guest Innovation Center”

“Thales Design Thinking Center”, Didier Boulet – Director Thales Design Thinking Center

To present a Unique Innovation Platform

12:00 PM Coffee Break
12:30 PM Session II

Panel Discussion 1

Leveraging partnerships and innovative solutions to empower SMEs

This Panel will discuss the role of different entities in creating an enabling environment to support the Innovation in SMEs field. It should reflect Partnerships and coordination supporting the creation of new generation of SMEs: from Academia to Industry

Moderator: Shadi Al Banna, CEO Potential

Panel participants:

  • Representative from the financial sector: Beehive (https://www.beehive.ae/)- Craig Moore
  • Representative from the private sector:
  • Representative from the Government sector: Dr. Adeeb Al Afeefi, Representative from DED
  • Representative from the Academia: Dr. Steve Griffiths, Vice President for Research, Professor of Practice, Masdar Institute
  • Representative from Government and international best practice: Dr. Mohammad M. Al-Zuhair, Executive Chairman - Kuwait National Fund for SME Development
13:30 PM Panel Discussion II

The Game Changers Ambassadors

Moderator: Ali AlJasmi

This Panel will be dedicated to highlight and feature KF Innovators, through an open discussion on their ideas, challenges and ways forward.

Panelists:

  • Khalifa AlQama- Opsys LLC.
  • Ahmed Al Marzouei- Ahmed AlMazrouei Metal Industries
  • Mustafa Al Musawa- 4D Indoor GPS
  • Saeed AlNofali- Maia Systems
14:15 PM Lunch
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