Inaugural Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at New York University Abu Dhabi responsible for establishing the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Managing Director of startAD
, a major Innovation and Entrepreneurship platform with a vision to be the foremost enabler of entrepreneurship in the UAE.
Appointed by the Abu Dhabi government to the panel of experts assembled to review and certify their 2030 policy on transition to a Knowledge Based Society. Appointed by the President of NYU Polytechnic to Chair the Task Force on Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create an executable plan for the 21st
Century global engineering education.
Entrepreneurial technologist with over 45 patents. Directed Open Innovation R&D programs at Kodak European Research Labs, in collaboration with several top tier universities and research centers from the US and Europe.
Coached the NYUAD students' team in the Hult/Clinton Global Initiative Grand Challenge competition winning $333,000 for an NGO in Africa to implement their business model. President Clinton cited this accomplishment in his cover article in the Time magazine "The Case for Optimism -- From technology to equality, five ways the world is getting better all the time
" as one of the five reasons.
Received the Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator Award (2017) and the UAE Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Award – Innovator of the Year (2017).