Previous Sessions: Dr. Fatma Taher

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KNOW | CUTTING EDGE TECH. IN EARLY DETECTION OF DISEASES
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Dr. Fatma Taher, Assistant Dean in the College of Technological Innovation and the CEO of Happiness and Wellbeing at Zayed University, discussed the latest techniques in the detection of diseases using artificial intelligence and its importance in early detection of complex diseases such as lung cancer and others.

Previous Sessions: Dr. Mariam Matar

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KNOW | REPROGRAM YOUR GENES
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Dr. Mariam Matar, Founder and Chairperson of UAE Genetic Diseases Association, explained the concept of chromosomes and how they shape us as humans and shape us a male or female. With the help of modern research methods, we can now reconstruct our lifestyle, starting with our eating habits, exercise, and sleeping pattern.

Previous Sessions: Mitch Sinclair

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KNOW | AESTHETICS OF THE FUTURE
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Mitch Sinclair, Chief Creative Officer of Palmwood & Design Director at IDEO, started the session with a question: How do you personally think the future will look and feel? What are the aesthetics of the future? And talked about how each era has a different perception of how the future is going to look like.

Previous Sessions: Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi

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KNOW | MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE FUTURE
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Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, CEO of Al Ihsan Charity Association, talked about his experience facing the future. He shared stories that inspired the youth to prepare for the future and mentioned two of the most important days in one’s life; the day they were born, and the day they understand why they were born. He encouraged to achieve the aspirations of the human’s abilities despite the challenges.

Previous Sessions: Dr. Eva-Marie Muller-Stuler

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KNOW | UNCOVERING THE MYTH OF AI
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Dr. Eva-Marie Muller-Stuler, Chief Data Scientist and Center of Excellence Leader at IBM Middle East, South Africa & Turkey, discussed unravelling the common misconceptions about Artificial Intelligence, explaining the definition of what it is and taking the right precautions, as well as being aware of where we are heading with this plethora of knowledge.

Previous Sessions: Omran Sharaf

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KNOW | GOING TO MARS FOR EARTH
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Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager, discussed how humanity can benefit from going to Mars, what we can take and learn from other technologies and other nations, the past, or even the future. The session stressed on the importance of utilizing our knowledge as it may cause disruptive change. The UAE was mentioned as a lead example as it focuses on survival and retaining sources that help develop existing knowledge as well as sharing it with others to create a better bond with other nations.

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.