Judges named for ‘Innovators Under 35 MENA’

The committee includes a selection of thought leaders, university professors, deans, investors and entrepreneurs in different sectors from various Arab countries.
Updated 07 July 2019

Judges named for ‘Innovators Under 35 MENA’

Dubai Future Foundation and EmTech MENA have announced the committee of judges for “Innovators Under 35” in its second year. The winners will present at EmTech MENA 2019 conference in Dubai, which will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the executive council, in cooperation with Dubai Future Foundation.

Abdul Aziz Al-Jaziri, deputy CEO and COO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Organizing this global event in Dubai attracts talents from key future sectors, supports innovation and emerging technologies and allows Arab talents the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas to international companies and government entities.

“This initiative is a global platform that aims at shedding light on successes achieved by young Arab innovators in developing emerging technologies, their ability to cope with rapid changes, and contribute positively to the global civilization.” 

The committee includes: Huda Al-Hashimi, assistant to the director-general for strategy and innovation at the prime minister’s office, UAE; Majed Al-Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Production City; Mansoor Al-Awar, chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University; Razan Al-Mubarak, managing director of Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi; Abdul Aziz Al-Jaziri, deputy CEO and COO of Dubai Future Foundation; Bashar Kilani, regional executive, Gulf countries & Levant, IBM Middle East; Dr. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, dean of the faculty of medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences; and Dr. Maryam Matar, founder and chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association.

This year’s judges also include: Abdulsalam Haykal, CEO of Haykal; Ossama Hassanein, chairman of Rising Tide Fund; Ziad Sultan, product lead of Google News; Habib Haddad, managing director of E14 Fund; Hassan Sawaf, director of artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services; Rania Khalaf, director of IBM Research AI, Cambridge MA; Sharif El-Badawi, partner, 500 Startups and chairman, TechWadi; Shahd Attar, principal director at Accenture; Adil Al-Zarooni, CEO of Al-Zarooni Emirates Investments; Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Elm; Abdo George Kadifa, managing director at Sumeru Equity Partners; Fadel Adib, founding director at Signal Kinetics Research Group and assistant professor, MIT; Fatimah Alhamlan, scientist, research center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and assistant professor at Alfaisal University; Lamya Al-Haj, assistant professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. 

Additional judges include: Mohammad Hajjiri, interventional electrophysiologist, member of board of trustees, KHCF-USA; Mohamed Qasem, assistant professor in electronic engineering and consultant to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Latifa M. Alabdulkarim, AI adviser, MCIT; Moataz Al-Nozhi, dean of computer science, computational and electrical engineering, KAUST; Malak Abed Al-Thagafi, chairperson of Genomics Research Department — Saudi Human Genome Lab site, KACST-KFMC and medical director, Saudi Diagnostic Lab, KFSHI; Nabeel Koshak, CEO, Saudi Venture Capital Company; Nizar Habash, associate professor of computer science, New York University Abu Dhabi; Nidhal Guessoum, professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE; and Hani Enaya, partner, STV; Hala Hanna, director-general of the Solve Community, an MIT initiative; and Hala Qanadilo, senior director of operations, Pfizer Inflammation and Immunology covering North America and international developed markets.

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.