Conference Programme

9:00 – 9:15am Welcome

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology

9:15 – 9:30am Overview

Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, Executive Dean – Business, Higher Colleges of Technology

9:30 – 10:00am Opening Keynote

Ignacio De La Vega, Ph.D., Managing Director, Babson Global Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership

10:00 – 10:30am Hybrid Business Education: Next Generation Professionals


Mohamed Maladwala, Higher Colleges of Technology


Ian Marshall, Head of International Relations, CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing)

Matthew Mee, Managing Director- Middle East, CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

Lindsay Degouve de Nuncques, Head of ACCA- Middle East

10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00- 11:30am             Guest Speaker

Pablo Martin de Holan, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies & Research and Professor of Management, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

11:30am – 12:00pm      Women in Entrepreneurship

Azza Al-Qubaisi, Arjmst

Sara Al Madani, Sara Al Madani Fashion Design

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:15pm UAE Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Scott Gillespie, Jigsaw Group

Dr. Petar Stojanov, Ebtikaar

Elissa Freiha, WOMENA

2:15pm – 3:00pm Best Practices in Teaching Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Moderator:  Naomi Keir, Higher Colleges of Technology

3:00pm -3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 3:45pm           Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student Experience

Moderator : Sara Al Mahmoud, Higher Colleges of Technology

3:45pm – 4:00pm HCT Innovation Challenge Winners