As part of the World Government Summit, the United Arab Emirates runs the “GovTech Prize”, an annual global award that is designed to motivate world government entities, startups to create and innovate GovTech solutions that help contribute to solving common global pressing challenges.
In its 7th edition, the UAE government will hold a special edition of the GovTech Prize to recognize innovations in Health and Wellbeing, Remote Learning, Refugees, Climate change, AI Powered Government Services, Unique Breakthroughs.
A independent jury team will assess the short list to award the best solution from each category. The event is due to be held on the 30th of March 2022 during the World Government Summit at Expo2020, Dubai.
Dima Kandalaft is the Director of the Country Digitization Acceleration program for Middle East and Africa. With more than 25 years of experience in Management and Technology consulting, her focus is to help government and industry leaders accelerate their digital transformation programs across the region. Before joining Cisco, Dima was the Smart Cities and Government industry leader at IBM responsible for developing new markets and clientele by building C-level relations as an executive advisor and a thought leader. Dima holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering and currently completing her master’s in digital education from the University of Edinburgh.
A Public and Private Sector Leader with 20 years of Experience in the Service and Logistics Industry. Passionate about Citizen and Customer experience and a strong believer in Public Private Partnerships with a growing interest in bridging both sectors and exchanging best practices.
An active member of several Advisory Boards and a passionate Public speaker, and a very active member of the Entrepreneurship community, a Supporter/ Mentor to a number of promising startups in the region.
Ibrahim is a professional storyteller, a global citizen and an expert in innovation and digital transformation. Member of the United Nations e-Government Expert Group and an advisor to Intersticia philanthropy, among other affiliations in the domains of leadership, innovation and digital transformation. Founder of 01Gov - a Dubai born GovTech startup. And he is the host of 01Gov Podcast. Co-founder of Smart Humans, an emerging Australian institution that aims at enabling executives and decision makers to make informed decisions around technology.
For over 10 years, Dr. Carole Van Caillie has been part of international’s operations at Indra, an innovative knowledge-based company that, works hand in hand with institutions that cultivate and develop this knowledge as well as with the
communities in which it operates. Since 2002, Carole has been regularly appointed by the European Commission as Independent Expert and Chairwoman for numerous panels of the EC Research and Innovation Framework Programme. Her expertise lies in the areas of Future and Emerging Technologies and Innovation in SMEs.
Carole has also conducted research at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) after having graduated with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). Last but not least, Carole’s more recent personal interests are Behavioural Economics, Social Psychology and Neurosciences.
A sustainability and tech-savvy policy expert working with federal and local levels, on sectorial and center-of-government objectives, driving national programs in climate change, environment, water, and food security through ecosystems’ reform and leveraging digital transformations. Wassim worked previously in consulting and the nonprofit sector. In high admiration of the “renaissance man”, and the continuous pursuit of broader knowledge, he is currently completing his doctorate in policy research.
Ned is an international executive with 25+ years’ experience at leading private and public sector organizations like AWS, Intel, CA Technologies, UAE Prime Minister’s Office and Expo 2020. He’s also worked at successfully exited startups in the US and the Middle East, and established the first international incubator in MENA. He has served as Board Member with the United Nations ICT Arab Task Force and Young Arab Leaders; President, Stanford UAE Alumni Club; ExCo Member, INSEAD UAE NAA; and Steering Committee Member, in5 Tech Innovation Centre. He holds an M.S. from Stanford, a B.S. from Northeastern, and a Certificate in Management from INSEAD