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25 February 2021

UAE Innovation Week 2021: MBRSG Explores Tactics to Promote Innovation in the Government Sector

The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) hosted a virtual webinar titled ‘Advancing Public Sector Innovation’ to discuss the best tactics to embed innovation across government entities and private companies, in keeping with local and international developments and to ensure continued sustainable growth.

The virtual event, which was held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm via Zoom, included two sessions: a panel discussion on ‘Creating an Innovation Ecosystem: Insights from the Future Programs, and an interactive speech titled ‘Innovation – The Problem Discovery Phase.’ Videos of the sessions can be requested at
MBRSG Executive President His Excellency Dr Ali bin Sebaa Al Marri said: “The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government is always working to inform leaders and staff across government entities and institutions about the latest global trends, allowing them to adapt to any new developments and enhance performance at their organisations. UAE Innovation Week is an opportunity to focus on innovation as a trusted and flexible means to accomplish great results in record time, inspiring unconventional ideas and ensuring agile performance.” 

“We have high hopes that this webinar will be of value to individuals from both the government and the private sectors looking to enhance their performance and improve their leadership and management skills,” Dr Al Marri added. “This marks a new beginning and gives us a head start in the post-COVID-19 world, setting the stage for creative solutions that ensure continued excellence and prosperity in the UAE.”

Titled ‘Creating an Innovation Ecosystem: Insights from the Future Programs, the first-panel discussion was presented by Dr Mona Mostafa El-Sholkamy, Assistant Professor at MBRSG. It explored the means to establish an integrated procedure within government and private entities to promote innovation, develop new processes to solve challenges, and engage employees and executives in initiatives and programmes to prepare for the next 50 years in the UAE. The panel participants came from each of the four MBRSG’s Future Government Programmes.

The second talk – ‘Innovation – The Problem Discovery Phase’’ – featured Prof Melodena Stephens, Professor of Innovation Management at MBRSG, and examined the concept of disruptive innovation as a process that begins first with defining the problem. This type of thinking is used for complex problem-solving in the public sector.

The virtual webinar gave audiences the opportunity to ask questions to be answered by MBRSG experts and faculty. It set the stage for an exchange of knowledge, expertise, and solutions to promote innovation and enhance government administration and public policies.

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