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Fadi Salem

Director of Research and Advisory

Fadi Salem is the Director of Research and Advisory at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Future Government and Innovation Group in the School. During his tenure at the MBRSG, he led the foundation of numerous multi-year research programs and projects in the School, including the Governance and Innovation Program. Earlier, he was a Research Associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); and a Fellow with 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 University of Oxford and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Aleppo University.

Fadi’s areas of expertise extends to digital governance, technology policy, digital transformation, innovation policies, smart cities development; the policy implications of Artificial Intelligence, the 4th Industrial Revolution, IoT, big data and open government. Additionally he has extensive policy and scholarly publications on social media, electronic participation, ‘future of government’ applications, and the impact of digital transformations in the Arab region, including the influential Arab Social Media Report series and the Arab World Online series.
Fadi has over fifteen years of multidisciplinary working experience in the public sector, media organization 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. 

He is a public speaker and a frequently invited guest in international conferences and policy forums, commenting regularly on digital governance, technology policy, Internet governance and the knowledge economy. He is also a frequent media commentator in international media. His work and interviews have been featured (among others) in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs, BBC, CNN, SkyNews and numerous other media outlets.