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Speech: How Digital Transformation is Driving the Future for Smart Cities

Fadi Salem

Research Fellow; Founder, Governance and Innovation Program
Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

Fadi Salem is a Research Fellow and founder of the Governance and Innovation Program at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (formerly Dubai School of Government). He was also a Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); and a Fellow at the I+I Policy Research Centre, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP), National University of Singapore. He is currently a PhD in Public Policy candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Fadi’s areas of expertise extends to innovation policies, smart cities development; including policy implications of IoT, open and big data. Additionally he has extensive policy and scholarly publications on digital and open governance, social media and public engagement, e-participation, ‘future of government’ applications, and the impact of digital transformations on societal discourses in the Arab region. Fadi has over fifteen years of multidisciplinary working experience in the public sector, the media and policy research fields, including projects with the OECD, UN, WEF and the World Bank. Prior to joining the School, he worked in The Executive Office in Dubai, advising senior government leaders on technology policy and digital economy. He also previously worked as an editor of two pan-Arab periodicals.

Fadi is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the University of Oxford. He is a graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the School of Engineering, Aleppo University. He co-founded several international research projects, development initiatives and NGOs such as Jusoor and Project Encounter. Fadi is also an author of numerous publications and policy reports, including the widely cited ‘Arab Social Media Report’ series and the ‘Arab World Online’ series. He is a public speaker and a frequently invited guest in international conferences and policy forums, regularly commenting on governance, technology policy, the Internet, policy and the knowledge economy. He is also a frequent media commentator on current Arab affairs, appearing regularly in international and regional media. His work and interviews have been featured in (among others) The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs, BBC, CNN and numerous other media outlets.


Fadi Salem’s Speech

How Digital Transformation is Driving the Future for Smart Cities