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BRIDGING OPPORTUNITIES: LUXEMBOURG AND UAE’S STARTUP AND INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM


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Overview

In January 2020, Luxembourg has joined the “Country in Residence” Program in AREA 2071, an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), to reinforce knowledge and experience exchange between Luxembourg and the UAE. Part of our vision of this collaboration is to boost and promote innovation and bring in new knowledge and experiences that will benefit both countries.

In line with UAE and Luxembourg’s effort to enhance mutual understanding of the startup and innovation ecosystem of both countries, Dubai Future Foundation and Luxembourg Trade and Invest is hosting this webinar that will aim to bridge the gap, create awareness, and provide insights about UAE and Luxembourg’s UAE Ecosystem. This knowledge exchange session will include an introduction about the Dubai Future Foundation, overview on Luxembourg’s National Data Driven Innovation Strategy and identifying mutual opportunities for startups/talents from both countries.

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SPEAKERS

David Foy, Head of International Business Development - Digital Economy at Luxinnovation

David has over 25 years of experience in Luxembourg and has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the local economy and the Luxembourg ICT sector. Since 2010, Mr. Foy has focused on technical presales and international business development with both MSPs and Telecom companies. Here he worked closely with ministries and other public institutions, including the Chamber of Commerce and the global trade offices for the promotion of Luxembourg. In July 2017, Mr Foy joined Luxinnovation, a key partner for companies wishing to engage in innovative activities in Luxembourg. His primary responsibility is to lead business development efforts in the ICT and digital economy sector, focusing on attracting foreign direct investment to Luxembourg. David's extensive knowledge of ICT solutions, cybersecurity and data protection is accompanied by a keen sense of investors' needs and expectations.

Faisal Al Hawi, Head of Accelerators and Incubators and AREA 2071 at the Dubai Future Foundation 

Faisal is responsible for creating a myriad of programs that connect different stakeholders, government and private, with innovative startups and companies from around the world to experiment with and deliver innovation and contribute to making Dubai the test bed for future ideas. He has more than 11 years of experience working on digital transformation strategies, digital technology implementation, products management and information security.

Prior to his current role, he was the Product Manager for Trust Services and Blockchain at Smart Dubai; responsible for the implementation of the UAE Pass project, the national digital Identity of the UAE, as well as the Dubai Blockchain Strategy.

Faisal is a Khalifa University graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering and Masters Degree in Information Security. He is also a graduate of MBRCGI’s Public Sector Innovation Diploma Cohort 3 and Palmwood’s Chief Design Officers program.

 

Agenda

12.30 PM TO 1.45 PM (UAE TIME)    |     10.30 AM TO 11.45 AM (LUXEMBOURG TIME) 

  • Opening Remarks by Sasha Baillie, CEO at Luxinnovation, The Government Agency for Innovation
  • Welcoming Remarks by Amer Abdulraoof, Director of Special Projects at the Dubai Future Foundation
  • Presentation on Dubai Future Foundation and its initiatives by Faisal Al Hawi, Head of Accelerators, Incubators, and AREA 2071 at the Dubai Future Foundation
  • Presentation on Strategy and Opportunities with a Data Driven Innovation Partner by David Foy, Head of International Business Development – Digital Economy at Luxinnovation
  • Q&A and Closing

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