‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ will convene online to bring innovation in government

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The first session of the high-level leadership forum ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ will officially kick start virtually in Abu Dhabi on June 23, 2021, under the theme ‘Government of the Future’ to share insightful innovation for the sector.

The ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ sessions are being held in the lead-up to the 2nd edition of the Digital Next Summit, which will take place in 2022, February, at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The powerful global summit will be hosted by the Department of Government Support (DGS) represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) and organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East.

The leadership series session will feature panel discussions and presentations led by renowned experts and thought leaders from the UAE, Estonia, and Singapore. The event will also have an elite line-up of panelists who will share their insights into government innovation in the next five years, as well as evaluate the culture of innovation in the government sector.

Further, the guest speakers will point to the role of emerging technologies in transforming government services and the importance of government and private sector collaboration. They will examine the progress of government digital transformation endeavors and how these initiatives are impacting the quality of services, customer happiness and experience.

Dr. Mohamed AbdelHameed Al Askar
Dr. Mohamed AbdelHameed Al Askar
Director General – ADDA

“The virtual ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ will set the stage for more in-depth discussions leading up to the Digital Next Summit in 2022. What better way to begin our exchange of insights and analyses than to talk about the ‘Government of the Future,’ the theme of the first session. During this event, we will take a closer look into the power of digital technologies in terms of enabling the government of the future, re-shaping our society, and meeting our upcoming needs as a global community.”

Speakers at the first session will include H.E. Rashed Abdul Karim Al Blooshi (Undersecretary of Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi), H.E. Dr. Mohamed AbdelHameed Al Askar (Director General, ADDA), H.E. Mohammed Bin Taliah (Chief of Government Services of the UAE Government at the Prime Minister’s Office), H.E. Nele Leosk (Ambassador of Digital Affair, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia) and H.E. Chan Cheow Hoe (Government Chief Digital Technology Officer, Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, Singapore) and Sayed Hashish (Regional General Manager, Microsoft UAE).

To be hosted from June to December 2021, the ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ will provide exclusive and engaging content on the key pillars of government digital transformation initiatives. The topics are selected based on the Digital Next Summit’s content pillars of Gx Next, Data Next, Technology Next, and Cyber Next.

The Leadership Series will also provide an opportunity for delegates to networking via online chats and video calls and also explore the innovative products and solutions showcased by our online exhibitors.

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