22 September 2020

"A vision that anticipates the future"

The M.E.N.A. Innovation Technology Transfer Summit is under the High patronage of
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi,
Supreme Council Member of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah

Sharjah 10:00 am, Paris 8:00 am, NYC 2:00 am – 45 minutes session
H.E. Hussain Al Mahmoudi

H.E. Hussain Al Mahmoudi

CEO of Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park

H.E. Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh

H.E. Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh

CEO Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group

H.E. Hussain Ibrahim AlHammadi

H.E. Hussain Ibrahim AlHammadi

Cabinet Member and Minister of Education, UAE Federal Government

Personal space: how technology and a global pandemic is changing how we experience the physical world

Sharjah 10:45 am, Paris 8:45 am, NYC 2:45 am – 1 hour session

COVID-19 has accelerated our reliance on online experiences. As a collective, we have rapidly adapted to digital learning, working, and socializing. But with so much of our daily lives increasingly happening online, how does this change our relationship to our physical surroundings? This panel of experts discusses what is to be gained through digital possibilities, and what we might be missing with less physical interaction.

Carine de Meyere

Carine de Meyere

CCO Women in Tech®

Sergio Guerreiro

Sergio Guerreiro

Senior Director, Knowledge Management & Innovation, Turismo de Portugal

Galit Ariel

Galit Ariel

Founder & Head of Futures, Future Memory Inc

Hugh Hyung-uk Choi

Hugh Hyung-uk Choi

Innovation Catalyst & CEO, Life Square: Innovation Design Company

George Hedon

George Hedon

Founder & CEO PauseFest

Dr. Wei Zhao

Dr. Wei Zhao

Chief Research Officer - American University of Sharjah

Interview

Sharjah 11:45am, Paris 9:45am, NYC 3:45am – 15 minutes session

 

Baybars Altuntas

Baybars Altuntas

Executive Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum

Marta Leite Castro

Marta Leite Castro

Founder & CEO Project N360

Zoom. SkyWay String Transport in SRTI Park

Sharjah 12:00pm, Paris 10:00am, NYC 4:00am – 15 minutes session

SkyWay String Transport is designed to change forever the conception of speed, comfort and safety on the roads. These systems are superior to all the known types of ropeways and monorails, whereas they have all their advantages that allow to ride above the ground at speeds of up to 500 km/h.

Svetlana Voloshina

Svetlana Voloshina

Head of Business Development at Unitsky String Technologies

Keynote

Sharjah 12:15pm, Paris 10:15am, NYC 4:15am – 15 minutes session

Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews and Africanews, will be expresssing how the news industry is having to adapt in an era where digitalization has given access to an abundance of information and has created a very competitive market to reach.

Michael Peters

Michael Peters

CEO Euronews and Africanews

Panel. Surviving disruption: how to rethink transportation and get it off the ground

Sharjah 12:30pm, Paris 10:30am, NYC 4:30am – 1 hour session

Modern transportation is currently experiencing major changes thanks to transformative transportation technologies.  In this panel, industry leaders discuss how the next era of transportation will be off the ground.

Kyle Weber

Kyle Weber

Managing Partner at Leaf

Florence Verzelen

Florence Verzelen

Executive Vice President in charge of industry, marketing and sustainability at Dassault Systèmes

Anton Skibin

Anton Skibin

Head of Energy & Transport Sector at Skolkovo Foundation

Didier Chabaud

Didier Chabaud

Professor of Management Sciences at IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School, General Director Chair Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation (ETI)

Sohaila Ouffata

Sohaila Ouffata

Director of Platform at BMW i Ventures

Daniel Avdagic

Daniel Avdagic

Co-founder & CEO of AV living Lab

Firesidechat.

Sharjah 1:30pm, Paris 11:30am, NYC 5:30am – 15 minutes session
Lindalia Junqueira Reis

Lindalia Junqueira Reis

CEO Ions & Hacking.Rio

Paula Drumond Guedes

Paula Drumond Guedes

CEO & Founder Jobzi

Interview

Sharjah 1:45pm, Paris 11:45am, NYC 5:45am – 15 minutes session

Dr Abdallah Suleiman, Head of Strategy Department & Chief Innovation, Officer Ministry of Justice, UAE, will be sharing his thoughts on the future of justice in relevance with technological advancements and sustainable development goals.

Dr Abdalla Sulaiman Alhammadi

Dr Abdalla Sulaiman Alhammadi

Head of Strategy Department & Chief Innovation, Officer Ministry of Justice, UAE

David Savage

David Savage

Founder and Host Tech Talks

Fireside chat

Sharjah 2pm, Paris 12am, NYC 6am – 30 minutes session

Melissa Slaymaker, South Africa’s Women in tech ambassador will be having a fireside chat with Dr Adriana Marais, a theoretical physicist, international speaker and the Founder of Proudly Human, pioneering new frontiers in research and technology for a resilient future on Earth, Mars and beyond.

Dr Adriana Marais

Dr Adriana Marais

Founder, Proudly Human

Melissa Slaymaker

Melissa Slaymaker

Executive Search Specialist | Women in Tech South Africa Ambassador

Panel. A sustainable future or no future at all: how together industry sectors can save the planet

Sharjah 2:30pm, Paris 12:30pm, NYC 6:30am – 1 hour session

It is understood that a cohesive work environment and cross-collaboration is the most effective path to innovation. Companies talk constantly about breaking down silos, building partnerships, and creating ecosystems. But what about across industries? To innovate for humanity, a holistic view that transcends borders and industries is required. In this panel, experts from government, industry, and nonprofits discuss what it means to have true inter-sector partnership, and how to do it well.

Polina Vasilenko

Polina Vasilenko

Founder & CEO at HelioRec

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

General Director, International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen

Founder at Ekko.World

Alaa (kamal) Afifi

Alaa (kamal) Afifi

CEO at Bekia

Sarah Mousa

Sarah Mousa

Founder at Shamsina

Keynote

Sharjah 3:30pm, Paris 1:30pm, NYC 7:30am – 15 minutes session

If innovation can change a country, it can change our entire region: Jerusalem, Abu Dabi, Cairo, Amman Dubai, Casablanca, Tunisa, Riad

Erel Margalit, PhD

Erel Margalit, PhD

Founder & Executive Chairman, JVP & Margalit Startup City, building Centers of Excellence

Keynote

Sharjah 3:45pm, Paris 1:45pm, NYC 7:45am – 30 minutes session
H.E. Sarah Al Amiri

H.E. Sarah Al Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Technology, Chair of the UAE Space Agency

Ministerial panel

Sharjah 4:15pm, Paris 2:15pm, NYC 8:15am – 1 hour session

Ministerial panel on sustainable development in 2020-2030. The role of innovation and technology transfer in the decade to come in order to achieve the UN’s SDG’s.

H.E. Tarek Shawki

H.E. Tarek Shawki

Minister of Education and Technical education, Government of Egypt

H.E. Dr. Muhyieddeen Touq

H.E. Dr. Muhyieddeen Touq

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan

H.E. Teuta Sahatqija

H.E. Teuta Sahatqija

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo

Caroline Faraj

Caroline Faraj

VP Arabic Services, CNN

Panel. The Future of Space. Why and How can we take humans to Mars?

Sharjah 5:15pm, Paris 3:15pm, NYC 9:15am – 1 hour session

A human mission to Mars is no longer science fiction. Getting humans to Mars and keeping them safe is something we should witness in a pretty near future. Why and How should humankind reach the red planet?

Dr Christyl Johnson

Dr Christyl Johnson

Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA

Dr. Farouk El-Baz

Dr. Farouk El-Baz

Director, CRS at Boston University

Dr. Douglas Terrier

Dr. Douglas Terrier

Chief Technology Officer at NASA

Dr. James Green

Dr. James Green

Chief Scientist at NASA

Dr. Fabienne Casoli

Dr. Fabienne Casoli

President of the Paris Observatory - PSL

Omran Sharaf

Omran Sharaf

Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM)

Keynote by Swati Mandela

Sharjah 6:15pm, Paris 4:15pm, NYC 10:15am – 5 minutes session

Swati Mandela is a co-founder of the Qunu Staffing Human Capital Solutions entity, co-founder of Long Walk to Freedom Clothing and a non-profit that delivers container libraries to disadvantaged communities in South Africa. She is a real social entrepreneur who supports important values, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Nelson Mandela. Introducing our next panel, Swati shares her insights on how important it is to reduce the digital divide in every country across the globe.

Swati Mandela

Swati Mandela

Humanitatian and Co-Founder at Qunu Staffing

Panel. Internet as a fundamental right: how to reduce the digital divide

Sharjah 6:20pm, Paris 4:20pm, NYC 10:20am – 55 minutes session

Disparity in our access to technology, and the internet, exists everywhere. Within countries and between countries, our ability to gain an education, employment, and information is crucial to our quality of life, but ultimately depends on where you live and your economic circumstances. In this panel, we discuss why equal access to the internet is key to the prosperity of generations to come, and what actions are being taken now to reduce the digital divide.

Isabelle Mauro

Isabelle Mauro

Director - Head Telecommunications & Digital Communication Industry at World Economic Forum

Dr. Michael Amiridis

Dr. Michael Amiridis

Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago

Danielle Geathers

Danielle Geathers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Undergraduate Association President

Adel Darwish

Adel Darwish

Director of Regional Office for the Arab Region at International Telecommunication Union

Danny Arazi

Danny Arazi

President, Keirtsu Forum Israeli Chapter at 100 Plus Angels club

Tech Talk – The 15 minutes City

Sharjah 7:15pm, Paris 5:15pm, NYC 11:15am – 15 minutes session
Pr Carlos Moreno

Pr Carlos Moreno

Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation” Pantheon Sorbonne University

Panel. Planting the seed: from a smart city to the living city

Sharjah 7:30pm, Paris 5:30pm, NYC 11:30am – 1 hour session

Smart Cities represent a Utopian Paradise in 2020. A place where technology creates a seamless experience for the pleasure of a community. But smart cities are contentious, with questions around privacy, security, and the impact they have on the environment. So how do we make a smart city a liveable one? This panel of experts discuss how to take the best parts of technology and innovation, and build them into an ethical, sustainable space.

Dr Amy Hochadel

Dr Amy Hochadel

Director of Global Business, Connected Places Catapult

Pr Carlos Moreno

Pr Carlos Moreno

Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation” Pantheon Sorbonne University

Dr. Ibrahim Hafeez

Dr. Ibrahim Hafeez

Director India and CEO, VITO Arabia LLC, VITO

Nishan Chelvachandran

Nishan Chelvachandran

Founder & CEO, Iron Lakes

Pilar Conesa

Pilar Conesa

CEO at anteverti

Franco Atassi

Franco Atassi

CEO Smart Infrastructure Middle East, Siemens

Firesidechat

Sharjah 8:30pm, Paris 6:30pm, NYC 12:30pm – 15 minutes session

Sustainable innovation depends not only on the collaboration of countries and industry, but on the financial health of the community. Veronica Zavala Lombardi, Managing Director of the Inter-American Development Bank and Former Minister of Transport in Peru, is an expert in digital transformation and inclusion. She joins Isabelle Verlarde to discuss the impact technology is making to global economics.

Isabel Velarde

Isabel Velarde

Founder & CEO Innovation Hub Consulting. Women in Tech® Ambassador for Peru

Veronica Zavala

Veronica Zavala

Former Minister of Transport of Peru. Managing Director Inter-Development Bank, Central America & Caribbean

Firesidechat with Dr Paulo Alvim, Secretary Minister of Technology and Innovation of Brazil

Sharjah 8:45pm, Paris 6:45pm, NYC 12:45pm – 15 minutes session
Dr Paulo Alvim

Dr Paulo Alvim

Secretary Minister of Technology and Innovation of Brazil

Ayumi Moore Aoki

Ayumi Moore Aoki

Founder & CEO Women in Tech® and Social Brain

Panel. Less is more: how minimalism is the key to achieving 2030 SDGs

Sharjah 9:00pm, Paris 7:00pm, NYC 1:00pm – 1 hour session

It’s difficult to visualize a happy future without first considering climate change and the need for sustainable solutions to current challenges. Over-consumption is a visible piece of the puzzle, requiring a global shift in how we produce and consume. In this panel, we’ll hear leaders in environmental innovation, design, and architecture discuss what current technology and innovation trends exist to help reduce waste.

David Ramos

David Ramos

Senior Manager Sustainability - HSBC

Ghassan ABI FADEL

Ghassan ABI FADEL

Cofounder and Managing Partner at Moodfit

Tatiana Mitrova

Tatiana Mitrova

Director of the Energy Centre at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Founder at The Automated Method

Monaem Ben Lellahom

Monaem Ben Lellahom

Group CEO Sustainable Square

Panel. Women in Tech, how gender parity is fostering economic growth

Sharjah 10:00pm, Paris 8:00pm, NYC 2:00pm – 1 hour session

Most organizations recognize the need for gender parity on their teams, not only to drive diversity of thought, but to create equal opportunities in their local communities. Powered by Women in Tech®, this panel of female leaders discuss the ways in which gender parity in their organizations have helped their immediate bottom line, as well as secured potential in future prosperity.

Carolyn Stebbings

Carolyn Stebbings

Managing Director CodeWorldwide, SVP Data & Tech RAPP

Arshi Ayub Mohamed Zaveri

Arshi Ayub Mohamed Zaveri

CEO at Trust With Trade Group

Tatiana Serykh

Tatiana Serykh

Chief Product Officer at Zyfra

Alba San Martin Piaggio

Alba San Martin Piaggio

Sr. Director,LatAm Partner Organization at Cisco

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith

Co-founder and CEO at Nabta Health

Orly Fromer

Orly Fromer

Advisor to the President of TAU, Director of Academic Relations & Business Development in Asia at Tel Aviv University

Firesidechat

Sharjah 11:00pm, Paris 9:00pm, NYC 3:00pm – 15 minutes session

The lack of gender parity in technology, and the reasons for it, are talked about often. However, how are we sourcing the basis for this conversation? What is the process behind the research being collected? In this session, Joanna Carson is joined by Dr Amina Yagoubi Kurtin, one of Canada’s leading sociologists, to share her research on the global inequalities between boys and girls.

Joanna Carson

Joanna Carson

Global Operations Director, Women in Tech®

Dr Amina Yagoubi Kurtin

Dr Amina Yagoubi Kurtin

Sociologist & Researcher

Closing remarks

Sharjah 11:15pm, Paris 9:15pm, NYC 3:15pm – 5 minutes session
H.E. Hussain Al Mahmoudi

H.E. Hussain Al Mahmoudi

CEO of Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park

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