What is EdaraLab Education?

EdaraLab Education Management by Harvard Business Review aims to contribute to the national discussion on how to improve education and how to position the U.A.E. as a regional center of educational excellence. We have assembled a team of international, regional and local Education Experts in the U.A.E. to discuss how leadership strategy, financial management, academic excellence and technology integration can help build a trusted and relevant education Eco-system as well as regional and global reputation for educational excellence.

Who`s Speaking?

(in Alphabetical order)

Why you should attend?

  • Understand how leadership influence student learning.
  • Engage and network with stakeholders in the education system to share perspective, ideas and latest trends.
  • Keep abreast of the latest development in education management locally and globally.
  • Explore the latest IT and innovation in the field of education and how it can improve the delivery of knowledge with the challenge of e-learning.
  • Bridging the gap between the education and the labor market and fostering entrepreneurial thinking at the graduates’ level.
  • Listen to and discuss HBR’s case studies and research on education.


November 12, 2018
08:00 - 08:45 Registration and refreshments
09:00 - 09:10 Opening remarks and welcome from Hamoud AlMahmoud, Editor-In-Chief, Harvard Business Review Arabia
09:10 - 09:30 Keynote Address 
Mohammed Khalifa AlNuaimi, Director of the Education Affairs Office, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.
09:30 - 09:50 Education Redefined
09:30 - 09:50 Forging New Horizons: Learning Re-Imagined

Dr. Mansoor AlAwar, Chancellor & Founder, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.
09:50 - 10:10 AI is changing universities

Professor Ramesh Jagannathan, Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Managing Director of startAD, NYU Abu Dhabi.
10:10 - 10:30 In Conversation with Sir Christopher Stone

Sir Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer, GEMS.
Hamoud Almahmoud, Editor in Chief, Harvard Business Review.
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee Break and Networking Session
10:50 - 11:35 Strategy & Leadership
10:50 - 11:35 Education and the Knowledge Economy – The new Challenges facing the Education System in the GCC Talent Challenge

  • Mr Cameron Mizra, Head of Strategy, University of Bahrain.
  • Professor David Sheehan, Interim Dean Faculty of Arts and Science, Khalifa University.
  • Nancy Bercaw, Chief of Staff, Ajman University.
  • Kamal Puri, Chairman and Founder President, Skyline University College.
Moderated by Roland Hancock, Director Education, PwC.
11:35 - 11:55 Future-proofing your Organization

Mohammed Arab, Enterprise Lead MENA, Udacity.
11:55 - 12:15 Business intelligence in Higher Education - Tatweer and Najran University, leap forward to smart Decision Support System (DSS).

Bandar AlShehri, Qualitative Programs Department Director at Tatweer, KSA.
12:15 - 13:30 Prayer Break and Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Talent for Tomorrow’s Economy
13:30 - 14:15 Overcoming the Talent Challenge

  • Dr. Mona El-Sholkamy, Assistant Professor Public Finance, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government.
  • Professor Lance de Masi, President, American University Dubai.
  • Tamer Zumot, Head of Regional Partnerships, INJAZ Al Arab.
Moderated by Mr Cameron Mizra, Head of Strategy, University of Bahrain.
14:15 - 14:35 The Disconnect between Education and Entrepreneurship

Professor Abdullah Abonamah, President & Provost, Abu Dhabi School of Management.
14:35 - 14:55 Education with Real Impact – the Reengineering of Education in the UAE

Professor Raed Shubair, Senior Advisor & Higher Education Expert, Ministry of Education, UAE.
14:55 - 15:15 Coffee Break and Networking Session
15:15 - 16:00 Innovation & Transformation in Education
15:15 - 16:00 Preparing for a VR and AI world - Visual literacy and Values

  • Dr. Sana Farid, AR VR strategist, CEO & Co-Founder, Munfarid Consultancy.
  • Dr. Ritika Anand, Vice-Principal, The Winchester School.
  • Dr. Najla Alraway Alnaqbi, Education Technology Expert, Department of Education and Knowledge.
Moderated by Dr. Linda Rush, SVP, TELLAL Institute & Honorary Professorial Fellow University of Manchester, UK.
16:00 - 16:20 Reimagining the Student Journey

Sebastian Hare, Manager, Education & Skills Practice, PwC Middle East.
16:20 - 16:30 Chairman Closing Remark and end of Conference


  • Institutional Leaders & Management.
  • Senior Educators from Higher Education, K12/P12 and Executive Education.
  • Representatives from Government/ MoE.
  • Education Regulatory Authorities.
  • Consultants.
  • Solution Providers & Ed Tech Providers.
  • Investors.
  • NGOs & Charities (Education Focused).
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