Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, the integrated free zone technology park, today announced the appointment of Hans Christensen as the Director of Silicon Oasis Founders, the park’s incubation centre.
In his new role at DSOA, Hans is mandated to structure and establish the initiative as a leading regional incubator in the technology space. Additionally, he is responsible to drive the key objectives of the incubator such as nurturing entrepreneurship, promoting technology innovation and positioning Dubai Silicon Oasis as an ideal location for tech outfits.
Towards this end, Hans is responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposed business plans and to select the most promising ventures for funding. He will also lead initiatives such as coaching, mentoring and training of shortlisted participants to help them set up and run profitable businesses. In addition to this, Hans is charged with building up the incubator eco-system of partners, vital for the success of the incubator.
Shahla Abdul Razak Bastaki, Deputy CEO at DSOA said: “We are confident that Silicon Oasis Founders holds endless possibilities for individuals and businesses that thrive on imagination and creativity. Through the incubation center we aim to nurture, encourage and support innovation. We are pleased to welcome on board, Hans, a veteran in incubation development. We are confident that he will contribute to achieving the objectives of the incubator.”
Speaking on his appointment, Hans said: “I am delighted to join Silicon Oasis Founders. Working with new ideas and seeing them realize as revenue generating businesses is extremely fulfilling. I look forward to interacting with the future innovators until they exit with viable financed models.”
Prior to joining DSOA, Hans founded and ran two technology companies in South America for 5 years. Later he served as the director of the Siemens Information Communications Networks’ incubator in Munich Germany. Hans played an instrumental role in building-up and transforming the incubator into a successful incubator through his business acumen, foresight and leadership. He successfully managed to spin-off its main venture, i250, which was his third company and financed through renowned venture capitalists. He led this entity in his capacity as CEO of a 22-member team
A wholly-owned entity of the Government of Dubai, Dubai Silicon Oasis operates as a free zone technology park for semiconductors, microelectronics and other electronics-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters and R&D divisions in the Middle East and North Africa region.