Leading innovators from top international organisations to headline Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum

Published December 9th, 2009 - 08:27 GMT

Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, an entity established to support and develop small, medium & developed enterprises and Abu Dhabi University (ADU) announced the initial key note line up for the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum, scheduled to take place on January 11th & 12th, 2010 at the Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri Hotel in Abu Dhabi.


The first round of confirmed headline speakers for the two-day conference – which has been specifically designed for local businesses looking to harness the power of innovation – includes Microsoft’s Regional General Manager, Charbel Fakhoury; Global Head of Mobile Marketing for Procter & Gamble, Khurram Hamid; and Head of Strategy and Partnerships at Philips Research, Dr. John Bell.


“The Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum is focused on offering practical information, new insights and approaches as well as opportunities to discuss and network with peers,” said His Excellency Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University. “As such, we are delighted with the quality and diverse expertise of our confirmed key note line up and believe their presentations will add considerable value to our dynamic and insightful programme.


During the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum organised by Aim Events, the conference and events division of ADU, Charbel Fakhoury, Regional General Manager, Microsoft, is set to profile the software giant’s global success story revealing the ways in which the company has fostered innovation. Meanwhile, Dr. John Bell will share his perspectives as Head of Strategy and Partnerships at Royal Philips on the next steps in open innovation, and Khurram Hamid of Procter and Gamble will address how to build strategic innovation networks as well as providing an overview of P&G’s ‘Connect and Develop’ programme.


“We handpicked our speakers based on strict requirements outlined by ADU and Khalifa Fund to ensure that we would deliver optimal value to attendees. As seasoned professionals and recognised innovators in their field, each speaker is well equipped to draw on their experiences of developing a culture of innovation at their respective organisations, share insights into the latest trends and international best practise as well as offer practical advice to participants.”   


According to ADU’s Chairman, a number of world renowned speakers are scheduled to be announced in coming weeks. “We worked tirelessly to bring international experts and leading innovators to Abu Dhabi for the first time in a bid to offer world-class support to local organisations, ensuring they remain at the forefront of the regional and international stage,”.

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