THE YOUTH: BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 MANIFESTO
Jan24

THE YOUTH: BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 MANIFESTO

Tamakkan Forum Issues Youth Policy Guidelines for the Changing Landscapes of Technology, Media, Entrepreneurship and Ethics ABU DHABI, UAE – Youth today need to be media literate, technologically savvy, ethical and think like an entrepreneurs, according to the BOLD NEW WORLD Manifesto issued at the end of the Tamakkan’s YOUTH: 2018 forum. The event, held under the Year of Zayed banner, issued guidelines developed by four expert panels on the transformation taking place in technology, media, ethics, and entrepreneurship, and the measures that need to be in place right now, to enable and guide youth to face emerging challenges and opportunities, and build a ‘bold new world’. The forum took place at the Sorbonne University, and included partners Sky News Arabia, Emirates Foundation and Harvard Business Review (HBR). It kicked off with presentation of HBR’s Top Key Youth Indicators, and included an interview of CEO of Emirates Foundation, HE Maytha Al Habsi who shared the foundation’s vision for the future. The four panels explored issues relating to ‘Media’ which was led by Sky News’ Chantal Saliba; ‘Technology’ led by New York University Abu Dhabi’s Jared Grogan; ‘Ethics’ led by Canadian University Dubai’s Dr. Franziska Apprich; and ‘Entrepreneurship’ led by The Improbable Agency’s Laura Toma. The Manifesto defined clear recommendations to help youth realize their capabilities and the new opportunities that are open for them to challenge and conquer. Sana Bagersh, Tamakkan’s founder, and CEO of BrandMoxie announced THE BOLD NEW WORLD YOUTH MANIFESTO: For Technology: Youth are ahead of the curve and more adaptable to change and they must be empowered and trusted from a young age to grow as leaders in driving technological change, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Society needs to democratize knowledge through open source platforms that enable people across ages, backgrounds, and academic disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skill set with hands on experience. Youth need to overcome fear of failure and be encouraged to overcome assumption that STEM subjects are too difficult. Youth need to unlock the power of technology and innovate, by experimenting and opening their minds to new possibilities. For Media: Youth should be vigilant in processing information and should have access to adequate media literacy tools and education so that they are able to know and judge their information sources. Youth should know how to guard their reputation by pushing out digital information responsibly and understanding longterm consequences. Young people involved in social media marketing should accept the responsibility that comes with the power they have to influence others, ensuring information is accurate and will not incur damage on individuals or society. For Entrepreneurship: Young people should be encouraged to pursue social...

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YOUTH: A BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 ON GLOBAL DISRUPTION FACING YOUTH
Jan21

YOUTH: A BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 ON GLOBAL DISRUPTION FACING YOUTH

Tamakkan Brings Experts to Debate Challenges and Opportunities Abu Dhabi, UAE – The changing landscape of technology, media, business and ethics will be explored at Youth: A Bold New World 2018, a Tamakkan forum hosted at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) on the 23rd of January. The youth focused forum being held by BrandMoxie’s Tamakkan platform, in collaboration with PSUAD, Emirates Foundation, Sky News Arabia, and Harvard Business Review Arabic, brings together experts and youth to discuss the challenges and opportunities that are rapidly transforming the world. The forum will feature an interview of Emirates Foundation’s CEO H.E. Maytha Al Habsi, who will share the foundation’s vision and strategy in a chat with Alan Marzo, Culture and Political Advisor of the Swiss Embassy. This will be followed by four panels focused on technology, media, entrepreneurship and ethics. The event will kick off with a presentation on key youth indicators, by Hadi Malaeb of Harvard Business Review which will highlight current and future youth trends in the region. Sky News Arabia anchor Chantal Saliba will moderate the Youth and Media panel which will feature panelists Valia Chami, Senior News Editor, Abdou Gadallah, Social Media Editor and Mahra Al Yaqoobi, Learning & Development Manager. The discussion will address emerging media issues such as the incidence of fake news and the increase in extremist ideologies, and the measures in media literacy that are needed to guide youth. The Youth and Technology panel will be moderated by New York University Abu Dhabi special advisor Jared Grogan whose panelists include Abdelrazak Al-Sharif, Innovation Engineer at StartAD, NYUAD, Hoda Al Khzaimi, Director of the Center of Cyber Security at NYUAD, Britt Spyrou, National Organic Market Access Manager of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and Elizabeth McGuffee, Director of Institutional Advancement at American Community School (ACS). They will discuss the rapidly evolving tech space and what youth need to be aware of with regards to the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality. The Youth and Ethics panel which will be led by Dr. Franziska Apprich from the Canadian University in Dubai will include panelists Anne Russell, Service Learning Coordinator at ACS, and Fatema Al Hameli, Mechanical Engineer at Abu Dhabi Space Agency. It will explore vital issues in ethics that need to be inculcated in youth to enable them to thrive and become responsible and engaged as citizens of the world. Laura Toma, Managing Partner at The Improbable Agency, will be moderating the Youth and Entrepreneurship panel, which will comprise Lina Hourani, Director of CSR at Al Ahli Group, Maria Pearson, Founder of Grow.me, Taleb Al...

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Ignite Positive Change within Organization through Coaching
Oct25

Ignite Positive Change within Organization through Coaching

Abu Dhabi, UAE: International Coach Federation (ICF) UAE, Abu Dhabi Subchapter organized a knowledge sharing event for all leaders, talent development managers and coaches interested to bring a coaching culture into their organizations and private practice. The event was hosted by Suhair Fakhoury, Board Director ICF UAE Chapter & Abu Dhabi Subchapter Leader and was moderated by Maged Khalaf ICF certified coach. The panel included coaches from du – Alia Al Serkal & Steve Page, ARAMEX – Nehad Tadros, Etihad Airways – Dana Salameh and EY – Dalal Denley. The event was attended by various industry professionals and coaches. The event was hosted at and co-organised in collaboration with Tamakkan, a knowledge sharing and training platform supported by BrandMoxie Abu Dhabi, UAE. ICF UAE Chapter exists for the purpose of empowering coaches and the coaching profession in the region. In 2005 ICF Global adopted the Prism Award, a concept developed to recognize each year outstanding organizational coaching initiatives in the world. In this context, a specific Middle East Prism Award was organized in 2017 and it was awarded in Dubai in May to ARAMEX with du, Etihad, EY and Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C. receiving honorable mentions. The event started with a welcome note from Suhair ICF Abu Dhabi Subchapter Leader. The opening remarks from Maged opened the floor for discussion. As Maged noted, today’s businesses are under pressure due to market uncertainty and an unpredictable economic situation. This poses a great challenge to business professionals and coaches being associated with the development of people and organizations at large. Today’s introduction of coaching undoubtedly has become a business imperative. Maged asked how the coaches in the panel have successfully implemented coaching practices in their respective organization for developing young leaders, identifying future leadership potential, culture development and emiratization and how this was integrated with the business outcomes. The organizations first identified the business need for coaching and how it can be integrated with the business performance and with people development. For instance, ARAMEX is a corporate ICF member with dedicated internally certified team for coaching with allocated budget. Eithad Airways continues to evolve as an economic and employment engine for the UAE and the region. Professional coaching plays a significant role in UAE National Development and in building an internal talent pool of accredited coaches. In addition to using coaching for Emirati female skills development, Etihad has launched an internal project to bring catering operational excellence by introducing coaching as a tool. It is yet to embark on a plan to integrate coaching within their continuous improvement framework using internal and external certified coaches intelligently on diverse bespoke projects as...

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Abu Dhabi spearheads the Creative Maker Movement
Jan31

Abu Dhabi spearheads the Creative Maker Movement

• Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee’s (TDC) INNOVATOR Space hosts Tamakkan’s seminar • This is the first seminar among a series promoting innovation-powered mindsets.   Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee’s (TDC) INNOVATOR space hosted Tamakkan’s first seminar, concentrating on getting an innovation-powered mindset within organizations for both government entities and private businesses. INNOVATOR Space, opened during Innovation Week last November, lies at the heart of TDC’s INNOVATOR programme, one of its numerous successful and award winning initiatives. These initiatives are set to drive human capital development in the leading industries of the future; namely science and technology, which plays a crucial role in realizing the nation-wide strategy to create a knowledge-based economy. Majid Al Mail, Senior Manager at TDC and head of INNOVATOR Programme, explained the rise of the ‘maker movement’ in the UAE: “‘Maker movement’ is a global trend in which individuals create and make their products and solutions. As such, the movement has been a major catalyst for entrepreneurship and has been the origin of several successful start-ups in many fields. Here in the UAE and through the comprehensive INNOVATOR Programme, we provide the support these individuals need as part of our commitment to enhance our community’s capacity to innovate.” Commenting on hosting the session at INNOVATOR Space, Sana Bagersh, Founder of Tamakkan, and CEO of BrandMoxie said “The world of business, creativity and communication is going through tectonic transformations, and one of the key factors driving innovation in SMEs is the creative maker movement which provides creatives and entrepreneurs the opportunity to design, prototype and test new ideas and products easily and cost effectively. We are great supporters of innovation and are pleased to be kicking off the year at the Innovator Space.” Tamakkan brings on the year of 2016 with a spirit of positivity towards entrepreneurs by supporting SMEs, promoting startups, and reaching goals they have not reached before. The INNOVATOR Space is the region’s first open-access makers space created to enable the transformation of ideas into reality for the UAE’s budding innovators. The space, designed and operated in partnership with TechShop; the leading operator of “makers spaces” in the USA and globally, provides many technology platforms, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, welders and much more. “By providing training courses in addition to hands-on guidance and professional mentorship, this hub enables the creation of innovations, which is a crucial step in turning ideas into commercial reality and realizing our ambition of becoming one of the world’s most innovative nations,” added Al Mail. Tamakkan’s monthly seminars offer counseling to both established and upcoming entrepreneurs tackling topics ranging from financing, marketing,...

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Initiative Promoting Women’s Advancement in the UAE
Mar12

Initiative Promoting Women’s Advancement in the UAE

AmCham Abu Dhabi’s WOMEN ACHIEVE Celebrates its Second Anniversary (Representatives of some of the 34 companies to have signed AmCham Abu Dhabi’s WOMEN ACHIEVE Initiative are joined on stage by members of the Women in Business Committee) Abu Dhabi, UAE– WOMEN ACHIEVE, a women’s advancement initiative launched by AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee, celebrated its second anniversary at a ceremony reaffirming the seven key principles of its charter. The event featured the success stories of the signatories, and named Northrop Grumman as the 2015 WOMEN ACHIEVE CHAMPION, an honour awarded to the most active signatory that has furthered women’s advancement in the year.   The ceremony was held at Mamoura Auditorium, in partnership with Tamakkan and under the patronage of the Fatima Bint Hazza Cultural Foundation. At the event, the 34 companies and organizations that have signed the WOMEN ACHIEVE charter to date shared their success stories and their new empowerment initiatives.   Northrop Grumman was singled out for its outstanding work in promoting STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to women, particularly Emirati women.  “The Innovation Challenge,” which is open to both male and female engineering students, allows students access to mentors from Northrop Grumman.   “Northrop Grumman is truly honoured to accept this award in recognition of our efforts to further STEM education among the women of the UAE,” said Doug Raaberg, chief executive of Northrop Grumman UAE. “The UAE’s leadership has long championed the advancement of women in the labour force, and our commitment to teach, mentor and guide young Emirati women in STEM is part of a collaborative effort to prepare them as the leaders of tomorrow.”   The theme of the second anniversary, Advancing Women and Pushing Boundaries, featured the Women in Business committee members who presented each of the signatory companies, as well as inspirational entertainment by rising local talents singer  Zainab Hafiz, poet Sara Al Souki and the formidable acapella group Voices of Harmony.   In recognition of March’s focus on women achievement and motherhood, the event also featured a large commemorative Women Achieve mural highlighting the seven principles of Women Achieve that guests were invited to sign. The mural, which also displays all the names of all companies that are part of the Women Achieve initiative, will be presented to HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, “Mother of the Nation” as a token of appreciation for her leadership and her remarkable achievements in advancing the progress of women in the UAE.   “It is because of the leadership and vision of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak that the women of the UAE today stand strong and enabled –  we...

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Ron Herman
Oct07

Ron Herman

“My guiding personal mission statement: First respect others.” – Ron Herman, CEO of Mubadala GE Capital

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