Dana Shaddad

 

Based in Dubai, UAE

Background
Founder of Imtiaz ME specializing in the areas of entrepreneurship development and innovation, Dana’s work is focused extensively on the development of the startup ecosystem in MENA and other emerging markets. Through government, NGO and private sector client and partner engagements, she has delivered everything from local, regional and global entrepreneurship programs and competitions, to bootcamps and accelerators, to mentor platforms and more in over 40 countries.

Most notably, Dana co-founded the largest mobile innovation program, in the MENA region, a social initiative promoting entrepreneurship and employability skills, delivering it in 12 countries for four years consecutively.Through her corporate innovation work, she helps clients with developing lean innovation processes in line with their business goals and vision, through identifying and assessing their innovation capabilities, their innovation profile and potential opportunities, also promoting innovative organizational culture, developing innovation talent and leadership, enabling intrapreneurship and cross-functional collaboration, building innovation hubs and launching open innovation platforms.Prior to this, Dana worked for an SME consultancy in Australia. She is a holder of BComm and MSc in Strategy degrees from the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Areas of expertise
  • Workshop Moderation & Facilitation
  • Leadership
  • Innovation Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Ecosystem development
  • Strategy
  • Design Thinking
  • Organizational & Human Capability Development
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