Previous Sessions: Dr. Clark A Miller

DR. CLARK A. MILLER
Associate Director, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and Director, Center for Energy & Society

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KNOW | Designing the Future: Knowledge, Technology, and Prosperity
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Investments in new knowledge and new technologies are widely regarded as the most reliable passports to prosperous futures for contemporary societies. How we choose to design our communal futures matters enormously to human outcomes. This is true with regard to both our choices of which technologies to deploy and how to arrange their relationships with society and the economy.

In this talk, Dr. Miller discussed two strategies for “designing the future”. The first strategy is grounded in the idea that knowledge is made, not discovered, and that organizations can and should adopt a more ambitious strategy for designing and organization the knowledge systems that make and refine the ideas and decisions that create our futures. The second strategy is grounded in the idea that our technologies are more than just machines—they are the systems within which we live our lives—and hence societies can and should do a better job of designing technological futures that accord with their ethics, values, and principles.

Previous Sessions: Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall
Founder of Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

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KNOW | Reasons for Hope
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One of the most legendary conservationists of our time, Jane Goodall has dedicated her life's work to the Gombe chimpanzees. In this session she talked about her childhood life, scientific journey and the future of conservation. Goodall shared highlights from some of her most unique experiences in the field, her candid thoughts on the future of conservation, and above all, provided heartfelt reasons to maintain hope despite growing threats and often overwhelming odds.

Previous Sessions: Dr. Petar Stojanov

Dr. Petar Stojanov
Founder & Managing Partner, Ektibaar

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KNOW | The Science of Innovation
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In a world of accelerating change, large companies are being disrupted by startups with no domain expertise, creating a business world that is highly uncertain and a world that has simply become unpredictable. In this session, Petar revealed the "Smart Failure" methodology; an incredibly simple method of problem-solving based on evolutionary biology and modern economic theory, and grounded in the Scientific Method, which allows us to rethink our fundamental approaches to risk, uncertainty, and decision-making in order to solve the complex challenges we face in the present and the future.

Previous Sessions: Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Rafi-uddin Shikoh
Managing Director, DinarStandard

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KNOW | Role of culture in driving global innovation
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German engineering, American ingenuity, Chinese determination are attributes that are a reflection of their innovation capacity and global outputs and yet linked deeply to their own local cultures.  Within Islamic economies, what is the role of culture in modern times in driving or prohibiting breakthrough global innovations?  Afterall, not one top 100 global brands has emerged from the Islamic economies in the past 50 years. This session highlighted the role of  Islamic economies through an interesting, distinct perspective.

Previous Sessions: Dr. Nidhal Guessoum

Dr. Nidhal Guessoum
Astrophysicist, American University of Sharjah, UAE

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KNOW | Culture of Science in the Muslim World
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Dr. Nidhal discussed the concepts of “scientific literacy” and “culture of science” along with their importance in today’s world. He also reviewed the main factors and activities that influence these two issues, positively or negatively: economics, socio-political situation, education (quality and content), media, religion, etc. Concluding the session with a few recommendations for the development and dissemination of the culture of science in the Arab-Muslim world.

*This session was presented in both English and Arabic.

Previous Sessions: Maryam Mudhaffar

Maryam Mudhaffar
Senior Architect, Architectural Heritage Department at Dubai Municipality

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KNOW | The Arrival of Late Modernism in Dubai
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The John Harris 1960 master plan of Dubai marks a turning point in the architectural language and urban design of the city – traditional practices become altered, and at times completely abandoned, and the influence of late modernism starts manifesting itself in the newly constructed buildings, landmarks, parks, and neighbourhoods. This research explores the arrival of late modernism in Dubai through examples of public/private use buildings and urban monuments that shaped the fabric of the emirate. 

Previous Sessions: Captain Jason Caldwell

Captain Jason Caldwell
President, Latitude 35

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KNOW | Thriving in Chaos
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Captain Jason Caldwell, from Latitude 35 – Adventure racing team, Guinness World record holders, Leadership development experts (presented by Adventure HQ)

Latitude 35 uniquely goes out and creates experiences for leaders and adventure enthusiasts to inspire to try new things, lead from uncertainty, and engage wholeheartedly in a challenging environment.

Previous Sessions: Brandon Kaier

Brandon Kaier
Global CTO, Dell EMA

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KNOW | Achieving operational excellence through deploying disruptive technologies
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Brandon has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry as a transformational leader.  Kaier is responsible for setting the strategy, defining deliverables, and creating the organizational structure for the Global Commercial Enterprise Architect and Principal Engineering Teams. These responsibilities include bringing net new emerging technologies to market with a focus on emerging technology solutions enabling analytics, AI, ML, DP,  agile application development, blockchain, IoT, and many more. Kaier also brings experienced based, IT best practices, Big Data and Transformational strategies to Dell Technologies customers.

Previous Sessions: Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi

Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi
Director of Animal Development and Health Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

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KNOW | The Global Food System: Then, Now & the Future
EDGE | The Global Food System: Opportunities for the UAE

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Dr. Majid highlighted a range of topics on the global food systems from the history of agriculture to the mega corps of today with many moving parts. The future will have many more demands to take into account, do we see all these challenges?

Previous Sessions: Cory Grosser

Cory Grosser
Creative Director, Cory Grosser + Associates

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KNOW | Designing with Creative Intelligence
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Creative Intelligence is a philosophy whereby design is the force behind creative strategies for business and engaging narratives for people.  In this lecture, renowned American designer and educator, Cory Grosser, shared how considering the factors of commerce and culture are integral to his design process, and how you too can leverage Creative Intelligence to empower your design solutions with the ability to impact people and business in a meaningful way.

Previous Sessions: H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammad Al Mehairi

H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammad Al Mehairi
Minister of State for Food Security

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KNOW | The national food security landscape
EDGE | AgTech - The future of agriculture
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Her Excellency Mariam Al Mehairi discussed shaping the future of the national food security landscape and the challenges people face both locally and globally, in addition to presenting some of the solutions that are being explored.

Previous Sessions: H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi

H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi
Minister of State for Higher Education

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KNOW | Advanced skills - A global challenge
EDGE | Advanced skills - UAE’s aspiration
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His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi introduced the topic of advanced skills and its correlation with technology and artificial intelligence. He also discussed the role of both government and private sectors in preparing national competencies and how both sectors can collaborate to foresee future technological trends.

Previous Sessions: H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama

H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama
Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

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Know | Challenges of a Tech future
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His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama addressed the challenges of living in a rapidly changing world led by technology. He also shared potential solutions that could create economic and social returns that will affect humanity in a positive manner.

Previous Sessions: H.E. Saeed Al Eter

H.E. Saeed Al Eter
Director General of the Public Diplomacy Office
Middle East Architecture Network - MEAN

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KNOW | Public diplomacy and soft power
EDGE | Successful government communication campaigns: tools,
new trends and audience engagement
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His Excellency Saeed Al Eter presented a number of engaging topics including public diplomacy, soft power, national brands and national image. He briefly explained the types of diplomacies and how countries can build strategies behind soft power.

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Previous Sessions: Riyad Joucka

Riyad Joucka
Founder and Principal Architect
Middle East Architecture Network - MEAN

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Know | The future of Islamic architecture
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Riyad Joucka explained the concept of Islamic architecture and how it differs to other architectural styles. He also mentioned how various countries embrace Islamic architecture and its future directions.


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