Dubai Silicon Oasis to Gain Expert Advice on ‘High-Tech Ecosystem’ from Chris Galvin

Published October 21st, 2009 - 02:25 GMT

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the region’s premier integrated innovations hub for high-technology industries, today announced it will host Chris Galvin, an expert in high-tech ecosystems in the applied business environment, on 21 October at Dubai World Trade Center – Al Multaqua ballroom.

Galvin, former Chairman and CEO of Motorola and the grandson of the founder, and the co-founder and Chairman of Harrison Street Capital LLC, will highlight the importance of the ‘high-tech eco-system’ in the IT sector and its successful implementation in China. Using case studies from his exhaustive experience of nearly three decades, he will focus on the applicability of the technology in Dubai in general and Dubai Silicon Oasis in particular.

Commenting on this initiative, Ray Milhem, Chief Technology Officer - Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, said: “We are pleased to host Chris Galvin who is globally acclaimed for his extensive experience and in-depth market knowledge. His insight into high-tech ecosystems has been commended by major private and public entities for its integral applicability and concrete business results.

“In our continuous drive to grow as a leading innovation hub, we are constantly upgrading our excellence benchmarks and exploring different avenues to reinforce our systems. As part of this strategy, we have enabled a knowledge-focused environment where innovation continues to propel growth. This consistent approach is especially important in high-tech industry as one of the most dynamic sectors.”

Galvin will also discuss the applicability of a high-tech ecosystem in a variety of scenarios such as partnerships with universities and the government, establishing venture capital (VC) funds, supporting start-up companies and encouraging multinational corporations to enter the market.

Galvin said: “It gives me great pleasure to share my experience with experts at Dubai Silicon Oasis. The dynamics of the IT industry have resulted in the creation of new segments and technology hubs, shaping a new direction for the industry in the recent years. Effectively, it is of utmost importance for industry leaders to understand these trends and implement best practices in their operations.”

Galvin has held senior executive positions in the US and around the world. He served Motorola Inc. for over 36 years in various roles, and chaired the spin-out of NAVTEQ from Philips amongst many other accomplishments. He has also chaired and served as a member of numerous boards, co-founded Galvin Projects, a think tank in 2004 that released three books in 2008, and co-founded a global Harvard endowment-like investment business. He holds two degrees from Northwestern University; a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, and a Master’s in Management with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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