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)



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 [...]

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Prof. Amair Saleem

Director Knowledge and Innovation Department Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector | United Kingdom

Prof. Saleem graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, 1985 and a Master of Science in Air Transport Engineering from Cranfield University, 1987. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship from the University of Birmingham, Faculty of Engineering. Professionally he is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management a [...]

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Mr. Davide Capitanio

Geo Lead for Ventures Middle East | Italy

Ciao, my name is Davide Capitanio, the Geo Lead for Ventures Middle East, and I am thrilled to be connected with our Ventures global community. I joined Accenture 8 years ago and am leading the Innovation & Ecosystem Business Strategy. My cross-industry experience at Accenture has allowed me to develop expertise in Customer Experience Design, Shared Services, and Operating Models. Combining my passion to deliver projects through Design Thinking with a foundation in agility, I am excited to bring [...]

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Ms. Ghada Al Mohammed

Student | United Arab Emirates

My name is Ghada Al Mohammed , I work for the Ministry of Health and Prevention and at the same time, studying at HBMSU.

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Mr. Khaled AbdulRahman Al Awadhi

Director, Transportation Systems Department | United Arab Emirates

Having an experience of more than 16 years augmented and molded with excellence framework of management system. Recognized strength of managerial skills and technical capabilities with sound experiences in Technology, Smart Mobility and operations, with strategy that evolved over the years, which has contributed greatly towards his own management capability. Khaled has also been involved in the Inventory of existing classifications in the area of robotics and UAVs and identify areas that can be [...]

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Mr. Loay Helless

Consultant Quality and Corporate Excellence | United Arab Emirates

Quality and Corporate Excellence Consultant. Worked in Abu Dhabi Government and Dubai Government. Managed quality standards such as: Quality Assurance, Quality Control and certified lead auditor in 12 ISO standards. Managed Corporate Excellence: Certified EFQM Assessor and 4G excellence Model in the UAE.

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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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Prof. Moustafa Hassan

Vice-Chancellor for University Advancement | United Arab Emirates

Professor Moustafa Hassan, Dr.PH, MSc, MPH, M.B.Ch.B Vice-Chancellor for University Advancement Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University UAE Professor Hassan is a medical graduate. He obtained his academic qualifications from Alexandria University (Egypt) and Warwick University (UK). Since 1991, he has assumed several academic and professional roles. In the academic part, Prof. Hassan served as a full-time faculty, program coordinator, dean of School of Health, Vice Chancellor for Academic [...]

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Dr. Omyma Shehata

TQM Expert, Lecturer, Trainer | United Arab Emirates

Over thirty (30) years of combined solid and in-depth experience in total quality management, excellence, ISO standards and quality improvement processes She has attained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master degree in TQM from the Arab academy for science, technology and maritime transport on the years 2002 and 2010 respectively. Dr Omyma has joined HBMSU 7 years ago as quality and accreditation Manger in the academic affairs divisions and worked as well as an Associate faculty in the B [...]

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Dr. Souma Alhaj Ali

Director for Excellence and Governance | Jordan

Dr. Souma Alhaj Ali is an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering-Artificial Neural Network and Robotics; she is currently the Director for Excellence and Governance in HBMSU. She has a strong record of achievement combining skills in diverse areas of Industrial Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Quality and Excellence. She held many positions in the public and private sectors including the Assistant Dean of Engineering for Industry Relations and ABET, the Director of the Center of [...]

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Dr. Tarek Galal Shawki

Minister of Education & Technical Education Egypt | Egypt

Tarek Galal Shawki (Arabic: طارق جلال شوقى ) (born June 12, 1957 in Cairo, Egypt) is the Minister of Education & Technical Education in Egypt (Since February 2017) and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr. Shawki served as the Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering at AUC (2012-2016) and as a senior strategic Advisor to AUC President (2016-2017). He was also named by the Egyptian President as the Secretary-General of the Presiden [...]

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Ms. Thea Myhrvold

Founder and CEO | Norway

Thea is the proud founder and CEO of GetBEE and TeachMeNow. Passionate about making knowledge and expertise accessible to all. Digitally transforming education, healthcare and consulting. Thea has spent nearly a decade in her entrepreneurial journey, and truly knows what it takes to scale and execute from a simple idea to a global business. With both Arabic and Norwegian heritage, her international experiences and perspective has shaped how she aims to scale global impact. From coding one o [...]

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Mr. Troy Tolle


Troy is a visionary and champion of cloud computing, pushing the envelope for what can be achieved through online learning. As the CTO of DigitalChalk, his vision leverages emerging cloud technologies with Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality to provide platforms that are used by corporate and academic institutions around the globe. A sought-after industry pioneer, Tolle collaborates with the largest cloud providers shaping their offerings and actively pursues the creation and adoption of [...]

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Mr. Xavier Anglada

Managing Director Accenture Digital Lead, MENA and Turkey | Spain

• Xavi has 22+ years of combined strategy consulting and operational experience in the Digital, FinTech, high tech, media and telecommunications industries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, leading large teams of professionals and effectively steering P&L in operations. • He has extensive experience as an advisor to top executives of leading groups across multiple domains including: corporate and commercial strategy, business and operational transformation, analytics and org [...]

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Ms. Zainab Al-Saeed

Student | United Arab Emirates

My name is Zainab Al-Saeed, and I am from Baghdad Iraq graduated from Al-Mustansiriyah university bachelor in microbiology in 2004, I worked for one year at Al-Mustansiriyah university. know studying master in public health at HBMSU

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