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AGENDA - Day One | Monday, 28 January, 2013
  “The Forum is a platform for leading organizations to share best practices and policies related to innovation. Overall, the presentations were great and provided invaluable insight to the importance of innovation.” - Mohammed Jame, GM, Smelter Maintenance, DUBAL, UAE
08:30 Registration and coffee
09:00 Opening address by the Chairman
09:10 Understanding innovation from global and regional perspectives
  • Examining the results of GE’s Global Innovation barometer Survey
  • Understanding business perceptions about innovation and being innovative
  • Looking at businesses’ innovation strategy and decision making processes
  • Exploring how innovation is managed within GE

Rania Rostom, Director of Communications, General Electric, UAE

09:40 Achieving growth through technology innovation
  • Examining the current technology trends and the impact they will have on you
  • Tapping into the latest consumer trends of mobility
  • Reviewing how trends are influencing and changing consumer
  • Using technology to create and develop better relationships with your customers

Khalifa Alforah, Chief Digital Services Officer, Etisalat, UAE

10:20 Using open innovation to generate ideas and engage stakeholders
  • Successfully putting together ideation campaigns
  • Using crowdsourcing effectively to channel innovation
  • Testing ideas with the right audience in the right manner
  • Creating an innovation ecosystem that supports your product and service development and evolution

Madhusudhan Rao, VP Marketing, North Africa Middle East, Unilever, UAE

“A good opportunity to explore experiences and meet people from various backgrounds” - Abeer Pharaon, Director, Innovation Culture Consulting, UAE

10:50 Networking break
11:20 Panel Discussion: Co-creating value for stakeholders, society and the environment
  • Aligning your innovation with social values and channelling it to solve social problems
  • Developing a sense of purpose to boost innovation, morale and energy
  • Building up your reputation through environmentally focused innovation
  • Creating strategic partnerships to ensure future success

Khalifa Alforah, Chief Digital Services Officer, Etisalat, UAE

11:50 Out-thinking your competition
  • Examining how the most innovative companies out-think their completion
  • Learning how to see opportunities that others ignore
  • Assessing your competitive advantage and creating new “points of leverage”
  • Shifting perspectives to achieve breakthrough growth

Rabei Wazzeh, Executive Director, Summit Career Management Services, UAE

“Insightful” - Zeid Kalis, Business Analyst, Procter & Gamble, UAE

12:20 Networking Break
12:50 Developing entrepreneurship to commercialise ideas successfully
  • Encouraging entrepreneurship within and outside your organization
  • Commercialising ideas - how to go to the market
  • Attracting investment into your venture

Mohammed Alansari, Director, Technology Program, Saudi Aramco, KSA

13:30 Panel Discussion: Exploring IP and Patents in the Middle East
  • Understanding the IP legislation in the GCC
  • Reviewing patent protection and the systems currently in place
  • Vewing the strategic implications of IP to your organization

Mohammed Alansari, Director of Technology Program, Saudi Aramco, KSA
Anthony James, Founder & Global CEO, Sample Central, Australia

14:00 Networking lunch and end of day one
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