18/09/2013, RIYADH: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology-KACST, both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and national laboratories whose function involve science and technology policy making in the Kingdom will hold today, 18 September 2013 a conference that will advance the development of science parks & technology incubators in the country.
The event called “Grand Technology Parks” key drivers to knowledge-based economy and society will be attended by various stakeholders and speakers like; Dr. Irwin Jacobs from Qualcolm, USA, Dr. Hermann Hauser of ARM Holding and Amadeus Capital of U.K., Prof. Timothy Tong President of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mr. Falk Strascheg founder of Strascheg Center of Entrepreneurship in Germany and Myla Villanueva of Venture Capital and Wireless Wings from Philippines.
Science and Technology Parks offer a number of shared resources, such as incubators, programs and collaboratiove activities where innovation is key. It is a physical place that supports university-industry and government collaboration with the intent of creating high technology economic development and advancing knowledge.
The speaker from Philippines, Myla Crespo-Villanueva is a technology entrepreneur and the 1st Filipino to win the Ernst and Young “Woman Entrepreneur Award 2003″. EY is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It was the third largest professional services firm in the world by aggregated revenue in 2012 and is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.
Myla Villanueva has founded five start-ups and corporations in Asia over the past 25 years, and is a leader in the Philippine IT industry. She is Chairman of the MDI Group, a pioneer and leading systems Integrator and partner of IBM, Dell, Apple, Cisco, Juniper, SaleForce.com and Blackberry in the Philippines.
Speakers from the Kingdom are Dr. Anas Alfaris, the Director of the Joint Centers of Excellence Program (JCEP) of KACST and hold the position as Co-Director of Center of Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST; Ahmad Al-Yamani, the Chief Operating Officer at TAQNIA and Vice Secretary General for Sustainable Development and Authority Affairs. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer of SAGIA; and Nawaf A. Al-Sahhaf, the CEO of BADIR Program for Technology Incubation, also of KACST.
The delegation of successful entrepreneurs and innovators will also visit Taif University the next day 19 September 2013 to meet students and faculty staff of the university and local officials.
Exclusive report By: M. Amora (DIC-KACST)