No. 24

Abu Dhabi Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities for Change in the 21st Century

  • 26 - 27 March 2019

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) annual conference coincides this year with the ECSSR’s Silver Jubilee. The event titled ‘Abu Dhabi Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities for Change in the 21st Century’, will examine opportunities and challenges as we move toward the future. Four panels will highlight a variety of significant issues throughout the conference. Panel I titled ‘Modern Technology and the Future of Energy’ will include sessions focusing on Technology and the Future of Fossil Fuel, Prospects for Development in the Field of Renewable Energy, and The Future of Electricity in the World’s Energy Mix. Panel II titled ‘Change and Security’ will tackle Technology and the Changes in Warfare, Technology and Internal Security, and Crisis Management in Light of Technological Advancement. Panel III titled ‘Industrial Strategy for Sustainable Competitiveness and the Role of Business Education’ will include sessions on Industrial Strategy and International Competitiveness, Place-based Smart Specialization and Ecosystem-based Strategies, and Business Education and Industrial Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity. Panel IV titled ‘Cultural and Social Changes’ will explore New Media and Its Effect on Social Values, National Identity in Light of Global Changes, in addition to Change and the Future of the Arabic Language.

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AGENDA

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


9:30 Registration


10:00 Welcoming Remarks
H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi
Director General, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), United Arab Emirates


10:10 Keynote Address
H.E. Maj. General Staff Pilot Rashad Mohammad Al-Sa’adi 
Commandant of the National Defence College, United Arab Emirates


10:20 Break


Panel I: Modern Technology and the Future of Energy
Panel Chair: Dr. Ebrahim Al-Hajri
Vice Chancellor of the Emirates College of Advanced Education (ECAE), United Arab Emirates


10:30 Technology and the Future of Fossil Fuel
Dr. Steven Griffiths
Senior Vice President – Research & Development, Professor of Practice,
Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates


10:50 Prospects for Development in the Field of Renewable Energy
Mr. Adnan Amin
Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
United Arab Emirates


11:10 The Future of Electricity in the World’s Energy Mix
Dr. Ahmed Al-Durra
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates


11:30 Discussion


11:50 Break


Panel II: Change and Security
Panel Chair: H.E. Maqsoud Kruse
Executive Director of Hedayah, United Arab Emirates


12:00 Technology and the Change of Warfare
Dr. Nathan Toronto
Associate Professor, National Defense College, United Arab Emirates


12:40 Crisis-Management in Light of Technological Advancement
Mr. Hamad Mubarak Al-Ameri
Director of the Information and Communication Technology Department, National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, United Arab Emirates


13:00 Discussion


13:20 End of Day One Proceedings


13:25 Lunch

Wednesday, March  27, 2019  


9:30 Registration


10:00 Keynote Address
Eng. Omran Sharaf
Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission Project (Hope Probe),
Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, United Arab Emirates


10:10 Break


Panel III: Industrial Strategy for Sustainable Competitiveness and the Role of Business Education
Panel Chair: Dr. Mohammed Abdel Rahman Al-Asoomi
Expert in Economic Affairs, United Arab Emirates


10:20 Industrial Strategy and International Competitiveness
Prof.  David Bailey
Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School, Birmingham, United Kingdom


10:40 Place-based, Smart Specialization and Ecosystem-based Strategies
Prof. Dominique Foray (Via Video Link)
Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Swiss Federation


11:00 Business Education and Industrial Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity
Prof. Christos Pitelis
Dean, College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates


11:20 Discussion


11:40 Break


Panel IV: Cultural and Social Changes
Panel Chair: Mr. Mohammed Al-Hammadi
Editor-in-Chief of Alroeya Newspaper, United Arab Emirates


11:50 New Media and its Effect on Social Values
Eng. Ahmed Aljbreen
Co-Founder and General Manager of Smaat Company for Digital Media and Marketing, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


12:10 National Identity in Light of Global Changes
H.E. Dherar Belhoul Al-Falasi
CEO, Watani Al Emarat Foundation, United Arab Emirates


12:30 Change and the Future of the Arabic Language
Dr. Mariam Khalfan Al-Suwaidi
Assistant Professor, Arabic Language Department, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates


12:50 Discussion


13:10 Recommendations


13:20 Closing Remarks
H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi
Director General, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), United Arab Emirates


13:30 End of Conference Proceedings

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