ECE. Ahmad Alsaleh holds a master degree in computer engineering from kuwait university and bachelor in
engineering from California state university. He was initially a instructor at the public Authority for
Applied Education and Training. He is the co-funder of the EBOT system and a producer of Maker Faire Kuwait.
Ahmad began his career as an instructor at the PAAET and later was appointed as specialist in the
field of engineering education and Robotics. He got involved in Curriculum Planning Unit at the Ministry of Education.
Currently, Ahmad is the Chairmen of Creative Bits Solutions Company that does product development and confounder of the
Makers Academy, an educational center for makers to learn how to turn ideas into designs, and designs into products.
His work is recognized internationally by winning the WASA aword for best educational platform, first winner of AMAC
2014, CRAWLER service robotics compittion.
He owns three paptents and co-authored teaching and learning materials for a range of K-12 grades, participated
in writing the Architectural Framework and Curriculum Design Document for enginnering material and STEM to and has
delivered teacher training locally and internationally starting from Japan to Boston in USA.
Aisa is a faculty member of Engineering of De La Salle University – Lipa.
Being a member of Greenpeace Philippines, she has travelled to many places promoting
This has also brought her to the majestic mountains of northern Philippines where it all began.
The product concept for SALt was inspired by the tribal community after living with them for weeks and
learning how kerosene and moonlight have been the source of the lighting at night.
Her interest varies from embedded systems to biomimicry to astronomy and electrochemistry.
Recognized as the youngest Emirati inventor in 2015, Fatima has had a passion for
creativity and innovation since she was seven years old. Her love of science was immediately
recognized by her parents, who nurtured her fondness for experimenting and chasing her dreams.
With the support of her government, she was able to create 12 inventions that focus on solving
issues found around her community such as a smart steering system to prevent texting while driving
and the tele-porter, a robot that attends school for sick children.
For more than four years, Fatima has been making positive contributions to the community of
the United Arab Emirates by creating social platforms around innovation and creativity.
hrough volunteer tutoring and workshops, she has shared her passion for and knowledge of the
sciences to more than 2000 students across her region. In 2016, Fatima obtained an internationally
accredited certification for peer-to-peer training and counseling.
Fatima has also participated in more than 34 student activities and events covering all
educational levels. Furthermore, Fatima’s involvement in local and international conferences
and forums has contributed to the UAE’s nation building efforts, reflecting positively on the
UAE’s international image.
Fatima has received many awards for her achievements, including the Abudhabi Award in 2018,
winner of the UAE Robot Olympics in 2014, the UAE Pioneer Award as UAE’s youngest inventor in 2015,
the Arab Award for the Best 10 Inventors and Innovators of 2015, and the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak
International Award for Arab Youth in 2017.
Francisco is a Civil Engineer with specialty in structures and tall buildings, LEED
accredited professional in design and construction of environmentally sustainable buildings.
Passionate maker and founder of The (fabulous) Beach Lab in Sitges, a fablab located in a beautiful
coast town, beside Barcelona. Adventurer, eternal learner, global citizen and father of two sons.
Founder of The Beach Lab
Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi received his Ph.D. from Duke University, USA in 1997 and received his master and
Bachelor degrees from Boston University. He is the President & CEO for the Higher Colleges of Technology as per
Federal Decree (29) for 2015.
Prior to his appointment in HCT he was the Managing Director of the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) from
2007 till the end of 2014, where he established Applied Technology High Schools (ATHS), Fatima College for Health Sciences,
and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic. He started his career at UAE University as associate professor, His appointments at UAE University
included the post of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research where he founded a University-wide Internship and Work Integrated
Learning (iWIL) program.
Dr. AlShamsi has more than thirty-five research publications in world-class scientific journals and international conferences.
His latest publications is a series of books published in Arabic titled: The Make of Education. Dr. AlShamsi is a winner of the
Federal Personality Award in its fifth edition, which is granted by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander
of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).
Dr. AlShamsi is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) and member of
Emirates College for Advanced Education’s Board of Trustees, in addition to his membership in several higher committees and educational
advisory councils, such as the Higher Education Coordination Council, the Higher Committee for overseeing EMSAT applications, the Higher
Committee for Aqdar World Summit, the Higher Committee for Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak International Award for Arab Youth, and Khalifa
Award for Education committee.
The UAE has adopted in its national strategy for innovation, innovators, creators of creativity, and the care of talented people on two tracks:
Government track. And the second: the civil track. At the governmental level, the UAE has used all its potential to support
innovation materially and morally. It has established councils for young scientists and has allocated funds to support innovations.
We have seen promising signs in the quality of patents registered in the names of UAE nationals and the increase in their number.
Mrs. Huda AlHashimi holds the post of Assistant Director General for Strategy & Innovation, overseeing the Strategy & Policy Sector
and Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation, at the Prime Minister’s Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affaires and Future.
Her main role is to ensure the successful execution of the UAE Vision 2021 and National Innovation Strategy by developing, coordinating,
reviewing and monitoring federal policies, as well ensuring effective and timely planning and delivery of the UAE government’s strategic outcomes.
In addition, Mrs. Huda is responsible for the launch of the Government Accelerators, the world’s first Accelerator focusing on the rapid delivery
of high priority government programs following a unique and innovative approach.
Huda is also responsible for leading the setup and running of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation, which was established to
stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework.
Before joining the office Huda served as the the Director of Institutional Management & Governance in the Executive Council of Dubai.
Responsible for developing and jointly leading the implementation of a wide ranging programme of institutional setup and innovative public
sector reform programmes to drive increased effectiveness and efficiency throughout the Dubai Government.
The mission of Moodbytes as a business platform is to form a fully-featured ecosystem, bringing together all food processes
(growers, logistic companies, buyers, customers, big and small companies, etc.) into a single blockchain platform. In order to
connect them in a sustainable way, and reward them in the same way.
Founder and CEO of gr3n, PhD in Materials Science, with a thesis on hybrid and Nanocomposite materials,
Maurizio is a material scientist and part of the management team, bearing responsibility for team coherence and PR.
Throughout his career, he accumulated a wide-ranging academic and research experience in solid state physics, organic and inorganic
chemistry with special regard to the development of functional and structural materials. He held different positions in both private and
public institutions: as a Project Manager of the materials development at Antenna Company International NV- Netherlands, as a Technical
Advisor and Consultant at Consortium Solenergy – Italy and as a Researcher at Pirelli labs and University of Milano-Bicocca, Dep. of
Materials Science, in Italy.
Maurizio has a solid expertise in materials science nanotech applications and manufacturing issues. The
industrial activities regard both the development and testing of materials and the prototyping of devices. In 2008-2009, he participated
to the prototyping of a photovoltaic concentrator. He is the inventor and main developer of the process for the chemical recycling of PET,
patented by gr3n in 2013. He is also author and co-author of several publications in Chemical specific journals and attendance in
Mr. Kuramoto was working in the field of Technical Communication (producing computer manuals) for more than a decade when
he got injured by a traffic accident in 2000 and had difficulty in walking since then. He accidentally encountered with Electric
Scooter in Hawaii and started to use one (made in Taiwan) in Japan. In 2015, he started to try to design and make his own Electric
Scooter, almost all by himself, using Fablab network both in Japan and global). By achieving the “freedom of movement” himself,
it changed his life.
He saw “freedom of movement” as fundamental human right, and together with other like-minded people, he formed “Next Mobility
Community” in 2016, started to campaign “Small Mobility” and organized a series of events such as “Next Mobility Bazar” in 2016
and 2017, and “Next Mobility Expo” in 2018 in Kyoto.
Mr. Kuramoto will present how his self-build gave self-confidence and share his vision for building the future of our
mobility and society. Mr. Aizu will explain the significance of Mr. Kuramoto’s achievement for the society.
Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for InfoSocionomics, Tama University, Tokyo
Researcher, Institute for HyperNetwork Society, Oita, Japan.
Facilitator, Next Mobility Community
Mr. Aizu specializes the study of “Information Society”. He promoted the use of PC based communications in the ’80s and the Internet in the ’90s, participated in the global policy debate on “Internet Governance” and “Information Society” in the ’90s and ’00s with the civil society perspective.
In 1991, he joined the newly established GLOCOM (Center for Global Communications) at the International University of Japan, as Head of Planning, where he gave strategic advises to industry leaders, national and local government agencies, working on policy and strategic issues in global context with strong focus on Asia.
In 1997, he founded Asia Network Research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an independent research unit promoting Inter-networking in Asia-Pacific region focusing on societal aspects including global governance and digital divide issues. Between 1998 and 2000, he worked as Secretary General of the Asia & Pacific Internet Association (APIA), representing Internet business community and was involved in the formation process of ICANN (Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He became active in the global debate of Internet Governance, in United Nation’s World Summit for Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum, and Asia Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF).
In 2011, he co-started Information Support Pro Bono Platform (iSPP) to help support the recovery from the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami using ICT. His recent research focus is “next mobility” – physical and digital mobilities combined. Together with a number of colleagues, he started “Next Mobility Community” and organized “Next Mobility Bazar” in 2016 and 2017, and “Next Mobility Expo” in 2018 in Kyoto.
Niti is a designer/maker and Creative Lead for the Maker LAB at Cornell Tech. She has over 12+ years of experience in the field of
Interior Architecture and Sustainable Manufacturing. After her masters in Interior Architecture from RISD she worked for
LMN Architects in Seattle where she focused on sustainable practices in public spaces.
One of her projects was the Vancouver Convention Center West which is the permanent home of the 2010 Olympic Torch. After moving to the Bay Area in 2008,
she started her own design studio (NPS) which practices modern day crafts to solve design problems big and small.
Tariq Hilal Al Barwani is an award-winning & leading innovative technologist and a
social entrepreneur in Oman that focuses on creating projects that impacts the society
in positive way. Tariq is also a motivational presenter & public speaker who shares
practical knowledge and real world experience that helps transform people’s lives.
Tariq’s unique projects has received recognition & awards locally and internationally.
He is actively invited to contribute on various media, TV & Radio so as to speak to
students and faculty members in the schools, professionals and experts in the private
companies, and officials in the government sector.
Tariq serves in the board of academic institutions and also supports government initiatives as a consultant &
advisor. Today, Tariq spends most of his time reading books, traveling countries &
exploring new things in life so as helping people achieve success with their goals &
dreams. He is also actively involved with the society through the knowledge sharing
community platform Knowledge Oman and is also engaged through the social media
platforms : Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and Youtube.
Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications on the future cities and society.
He is the co-founder of Fab Lab Barcelona, leads the Fab City Research Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the Fab City
He is the director of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of
Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, where he is faculty in urban design and digital fabrication. Tomas is co-founder of other initiatives
such as Smart Citizen (open source tools for citizen engagement), Fab City (locally productive, globally connected cities), Fablabs.io
(the listing of fab labs in the world), and StudioP52 (art and design space in Barcelona).