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Innovation Tours

TAMAKKAN USA LAUNCHES: INNOVATION TOURS USA Our Innovation Tours are highly customizable, and can be set against institutional objectives and outcomes, for public and private entities. While many of our standard visits are one week long (+ 3 days of travel and leisure time), we can adjust timings to suit your needs. Let us know about your requirements. The outlined programmes are indicative.   NEW YORK TOUR This is a weeklong program for all the entrepreneurs to experience the latest trends and ideas that will shape the future of their industry. Our next tour focuses on the big Covid rethink, and how the world must pivot to rebuild its institutions and prepare for a new world. Check out our last New York Innovation Tour programme which was cancelled due to Covid, here. SILICON VALLEY TOUR This is a weeklong programme is focused on the innovation ecosystem and is aimed at decision makers, policymakers as well as institutional stakeholders who want to understand the DNA of Silicon Valley, and how to establish valuable contacts and to understand evolving models in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and the startup space. The tour includes immersion sessions in, and introductory meetings with, some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies. SEATTLE TOUR This is a weeklong program for all the decision makers and policymakers to explore new paradigms in technology, smart cities, governance and new business models that are redifining global economies. The Seattle Innovation Tour includes experiential sessions featuring real learnings and explorations of global brand leaders such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbuck, Boeing, Expedia and others. WE CREATE CUSTOM TOURS Tamakkan's innovation tours are organized as public registration basis and on custom basis for groups for corporates and institutions. Our previous innovation tours have included Dublin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Guanghou, Dubai and New York. Due to Covid we are organizing our innovation tours from the second half of 2021 for businesses and institutions upon request. We can customize our tours to meet your specific objectives and outcomes, for both public and private entities.   We can create bespoke programming for senior government executives, middle managers, entrepreneur groups, women's leadership groups and youth groups.  We can adjust the itineraries as needed, as well as lengths and timings. Tamakkan can provide your group with a unique experience, that can be fully focused on learning with immersion sessions as well as workshops on the side. Alternately they can be a corporate retreat, focused on leadership, innovation, or a specific specialty. The tours can combine different aspects, including immersion visits to places of interest, or seminars delivered by subject experts, networking opportunities, and even some relaxation and wellness sessions. Explore some of the...

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Partners

TAMAKKAN CORPORATE PARTNERS   AMCHAM ABU DHABI AmCham Abu Dhabi, the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi, is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. Since 1986, AmCham Abu Dhabi has worked to promote commerce, investment, and goodwill between its membership, the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit trade association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies, and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates   INSEAD, ABU DHABI As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD offers participants a truly global educational experience. With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi) and North America (San Francisco) and alliances with top institutions, INSEAD's business education and research spans the globe. Our 165 renowned faculty members from 41 countries inspire more than 1,300 students in our degree and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year    FRANKLINCOVEY FranklinCovey is a world leader in helping organizations achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior, often the most difficult challenge any organization faces. When accomplished, it is also the most durable competitive advantage.  They provide content, tools, methodology, training and thought leadership, all based on a foundation of unshakeable principles and proven practices. Franklin Covey states that their ultimate aim is to deliver not just incremental but also transformational results. Their reach extends to more than 150 countries  with over 2,000 associates working toward our common mission of enabling greatness in people and organizations everywhere. ... ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  STEPHEN M.R. COVEY  Stephen is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. As President and CEO of Covey Leadership...

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Sana Bagersh

SANA BAGERSH CONNECTOR, MULTI-CULTURALIST. HUMANIST. I believe everyone should be part of the solution. Businesses should strive to give back to their communities, and together with government and the public find better ways to  solve today's challenges. We need to make our more sustainable, more compassionate and more livable. I will strive to make Tamakkan a platform that supports these values by bringing people together to discuss, collaborate and find solutions.”   Sana Bagersh is CEO of a communication and strategy consultant based in Seattle, Washington and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is founder of Tamakkan, an entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation thought leadership platform that provides empowers organizations through strategy, communication solutions and consultancy services. She is also Global Engagement Advisor for BrandMoxie, a full service communication agency  out of Abu Dhabi which she led as  CEO from 2008 to 2020. Since 2015 Bagersh has also been providing high level consultancy services for government and private institutions especially in the areas of strategy, communication, innovation, intrapreneurship, digital transformation, business development, international marketing and stakeholder relations. Throughout her career Bagersh has always been a champion of corporate social responsibility, establishing a few social enterprises that she continues to oversee. She established Tamakkan in 2009 to create an ‘ecosystem’ for entrepreneurs to learn, engage and collaborate.  Also in 2009, Bagersh established Tempo, a magazine which later went online (www.feelyourtempo.com) to bridge cultural understanding, promote diversity and social cohesion, while celebrating 'everyday people doing extraordinary things' such as community leaders, artists and innovators. In 2015, Bagersh set up a short film platform called The Smovies (www.thesmovies.com) to support emerging artists and promote the creation of content that is organic, authentic and reflects real stories on social impact and public good themes. Bagersh’s consultancy services to government have spanned communication strategy, innovation, intrapreneurship, stakeholder engagement and partnership building. These have included work for the Higher Colleges of Technology where she developed a framework to organize and streamline communication for internal and external communication across the 17 colleges. She also has provided consultancy services for Emirates Foundation in the areas of partnership building and engagement, as well as community building and social entrepreneurship. She worked from 2018 up to February 2020, as a senior strategy and innovation advisor to the Abu Dhabi Municipality and helped develop their partnership and CSR initiatives. As Innovation Advisor to the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Bagersh has helped to launch innovation initiatives including Innovation Nation, a platform that brought government partners, VCs, incubators and accelerators together to collaborate to build a startup culture for the emirate. She also served on the advisory board of the Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit which...

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EXPERTS OFFER GUIDANCE TO UAE FILMMAKERS
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EXPERTS OFFER GUIDANCE TO UAE FILMMAKERS

EXPERTS OFFER ADVICE TO UAE FILMMAKERS   TAMAKKAN HOLDS SESSION ON FILM MAKING IN THE UAE Experts offer advice to UAE film makers Abu Dhabi—The production of a film is dependent on the film maker’s ability to effectively raise funds and monetise their creation, regardless of the artistic merits of their creation. In the context of a small, but rapidly growing market, this is particularly challenging for potential producers, writers and directors in the UAE. Several of the leading lights within the UAE film industry came together at a recent Tamakkan Seminar to offer advice to filmmakers on challenges of production and fundraising within the UAE. Michelle Nickleson, Founder of Women in Film and Television, UAE, spoke at length of the difficulties of raising the large sums of money required to produce blockbuster films and alluded to the creation of her own company, MenaCine Finance, an investment group that seeks to provide “opportunities for high-worth individuals and corporations to invest in media.” Vida Rizq introduced an alternative method of raising funds for media production: crowd-funding. Her own company, Aflamnah.com, is a platform for crowd-funding within the Middle-East that enables individuals and companies to invest in projects in return for rewards. The aim, she says, is to ‘encourage people to make, not just consume’, and it is apparent that she has been successful: her claim that “even professional film makers are taking part” is backed up by the fact that two films shown at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Film Festival were partially funded by Aflamnah.com. Hana Makki and Amal Al Agroobi showed a trailer for their documentary, ‘The Brain that Sings’ that is being funded through the website and related their experience of fundraising in the UAE. Fiona Robertson, a media lawyer at The Rights Lawyers gave an introduction to the basics of copyright law, particularly regarding joint ownership of projects and the various steps needed to bring a creation to profitability from a legal standpoint. “There are some sharks in the industry,” Robertson said, “And that’s why you need a lawyer!” The presenters were joined by Wayne Borg, Deputy CEO and COO of twofour54, and Mohammed Al Otaiba, Head of Imagenation, Abu Dhabi, for a panel discussion on topics raised by the audience. Borg emphasised the role of twofour54 in promoting participation in the creation of films and their aim to “give young people the confidence to follow their hearts and to pursue their passions.” Al Otaiba took a more business-minded approach to the conversation, stating that “the challenge [for film makers in the UAE] is to target other markets and platforms” in order to increase profitability....

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Empowering Women’s Advancement
Jan31

Empowering Women’s Advancement

THE RISE OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: FOSTERING VISION AND INNOVATION

Abu Dhabi, UAE —Tamakkan’s entrepreneurship seminar stressed the important role of women businesses in helping to fuel the growth of Arab economies, and for women business owners to become better prepared risk takers, and bolder leaders.

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