A Year of GE-Led Innovation Workshops in the UAE Concludes
Where does innovation come from? How do you spark it in yourself and in your organization? More than 30 government, semi-government and private sector employees from the UAE explored these themes across a variety of topics during a recently concluded year-long series of GE-led workshops.
Led by GE executives, as well as industry and startup ecosystem partners, the workshops were the result of an MOU between the UAE Ministry of Economy and GE that was designed to strengthen the culture of localized innovation, and inspire UAE government and semi-government employees with compelling insights on the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The officials came from more than a dozen agencies and entities, and participated in the workshops, held at the GE Ecomagination Innovation Center in Masdar City.
“By sharing international best practices, the workshops equipped participants with the understanding of how disruptive innovation is changing the world we live in, and how they can creatively explore new solutions to address challenges in their everyday work,” said H.E. Abdullah Al Saleh Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Economy. “This is a strong example of the public private partnership model we are promoting to achieve our goal of establishing the UAE as a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Participants came from the Ministry of Economy, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, International Economy Development Center, Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Khalifa Industrial Zone, Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi Council for Quality and Conformity, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SMEs (Dubai SME), Dubai Department of Economic Development, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, and Securities and Commodities Authority.
Among the workshop leaders and topics were Rania Rostom, GE’s Chief Innovation & Communications Officer for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, who spoke about GE’s transformation into a digital industrial company; Marwan Al-Roub, Director of the GE Ecomagination Innovation Center, who talked about how to incorporate the lean methodology into problem solving; and Amir Yazdanpanah, CEO of MakersBuilders, GE’s local startup ecosystem partner for GE Garages, who outlined the possibilities of 3D printing.
Lana El Chaar, Executive for GE Power Digital Services, introduced the tremendous potential of the industrial internet of things and how big data and analytics on GE’s proprietary Predix platform will change the world. Tim Richards, GE’s Managing Director of Government Affairs & Policy for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region, discussed the interplay between innovation and policy making in the region. Christine Nasserghodsi, Director of Innovation at GEMS Education, led a workshop on the role of entrepreneurship and education in innovation.
The program originated as part of the 2015 “Year of Innovation” announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
GE is a long-standing supporter of innovation in the UAE, operating a range of initiatives, the most recent being a collaboration to bring additive manufacturing Microfactories to the UAE to help accelerate revolutionary additive design, customer innovation and digital manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing and its endless possibilities.
Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the government of Abu Dhabi, and the Dubai Future Foundation are teaming up with GE to establish the facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which could be operational as soon as next year.
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