Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Interior, UAE

World Strategy Summit / Why?

For centuries, leaders have sought to put strategy to work to gain an advantage over their rivals and competitors. Whether in battle, business, government services, politics or any other competitive endeavor, a superior strategy is usually what separates the winners from everybody else.

This makes strategic leadership, thinking, planning, and execution the most important components of both public and private sector leadership in the 21st century. The World Strategy Summit aim is to help business and government leaders become effective champions of their strategic undertakings.

Featuring some of the world’s renowned Strategy, leadership & Innovation thought leaders: Tom PetersGary HamelRenee Mauborgne, and Rafael Ramirez -to name a few- makes it a must attend summit for Government & Business leaders of today and tomorrow.

Watch The Documentary

Watch this 5 minutes documentary to learn how strategy evolved over centuries and the competencies of leaders and organizations to fit for the future.

The Summit / Strategists for a Better Tomorrow

To Shape the future that we want; business and government leaders need new level of thinking, leadership and strategic competencies to envision a better future and devise innovative mechanism to reshape it & sustain it.

The Summit will focus on the competencies of leaders and organizations to fit for the future, under the theme of ” Strategists for a Better Tomorrow”

Guest Speakers /

  • H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
    H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
    Minister of International Cooperation and Development, UAE
H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
Minister of International Cooperation and Development, UAE

Sheikha Lubna Al QasimiHE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is the first woman to hold a ministerial post in the United Arab Emirates since 2004. She is the Minister of International Cooperation and Development and previously Minister for Foreign Trade, Minister of Economy.HE has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University of Chic and has an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah . She hold honorary doctorates from CSU in Chico, Exeter University in UK and Hankuk University in South Korea .She is a recipient of Many awards and medals. In 2015 , she was listed as the 42nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

  • H.E. Ohood Al Roumi
    H.E. Ohood Al Roumi
    Director General, Office of Prime Minister, UAE
H.E. Ohood Al Roumi
Director General, Office of Prime Minister, UAE

sdH.E. Ohhod Al Roumi, has a Degree in Economics, UAE University; MBA, Sharjah University; graduate, Mohammed Bin RashedProgramme in Leadership Development. Formerly, with Dubai Chamber, first as Economic Researcher, then Manager, Department of Business Research. 2004, joined Executive Office of Dubai: led executive team in charge of developing Dubai’s economic plan; coordinated development of economic plan with economy and trade sub-committees; worked with economic policy team on developing economic policies aimed at promoting sustainable development in Dubai. Since 2006, current position, spearheads government reform initiatives at federal level. Member of the Board, Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation.

Featured Keynote Speakers /

  • Gary Hamel
    Gary Hamel
Gary Hamel


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The Wall Street Journal ranked Gary Hamel as the “World’s most influential business thinker” and Fortunemagazine has called him “The world’s leading expert on business strategy.” In 1990 The idea of core competence was introduced into management literature by Gary Hamel & C.K. Prahalad, Hamel highlighted the importance of gaining competitive advantage by not only looking at positioning in terms of markets and competitors, but also by looking inside your own company. His pioneering concepts such as“Strategic intent,” “Core Competence,” “Industry Revolution,” and “Management Innovation” have changed the practiceof management in companies around the world. Hamel’s landmark books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages Since 1983, Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School, where he is currently Visiting Professorof Strategic and International Management. Hamel has worked for companies as diverse as General Electric, TimeWarner, Nestle, Shell, Procter & Gamble, IBM, and Microsoft. He has also advised government leaders on matters of innovation policy,entrepreneurship and industrial competitiveness.Currently, Prof. Hamel is leading a pioneering effort to reinvent management by harnessing the power of open innovation.hamel book_opt-2

  • Tom Peters
    Tom Peters
    World Authority on Leadership & Innovation
Tom Peters
World Authority on Leadership & Innovation

tom peters v2_optTom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business, and often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost thirty years later, he’s still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all its worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still re- inventing himself.” His most recent effort, released in March 2010: The Little BIG Things. Tom’s bedrock belief: “Execution is strategy— it’s all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory.” The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business, reviewed the historical contributions of management thinkers and practitioners, from Machiavelli and J.P. Morgan to Peters and Jack Welch. Summarized Peters’ impact: “Tom Peters has probably done more than anyone else to shift the debate on management from the confines of boardrooms, academia, and consultancies to a broader, worldwide audience, where it has become the staple diet of the media and managers alike. Peters—as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer—whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have shaped new management thinking.”tom peters book2_opt

  • Renée Mauborgne
    Renée Mauborgne
    Professor of Strategy , INSEAD Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy
Renée Mauborgne
Professor of Strategy , INSEAD Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy

renee mauborgne v2_optRenée is a Professor of Strategy at INSEAD and Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. She is the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy, which has sold over 3.5 million copies, it is being published in arecord-breaking 43 languages, and is a bestseller across five continents, the central idea, based on 14 years’ research, is that instead of constantly fighting rivals in a “Red ocean” of cost-cutting and imitation, organisations can create a space — the Blue ocean — where they set the rules, rendering competition almost irrelevant. Renée Mauborgne is a Fellow of the WorldEconomic Forum and a member of President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on education. Prof. Mauborgne is ranked No. 2 in TheThinkers50 listing of the World’s Top Management Gurus and is the recipient of numerous academic and managementawards including the Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking, the Carl S. SloaneAward by the Association of Management Consulting Firms, the Leadership Hall of Fame by Fast Company, and theEldridge Haynes Prize by the Academy of International Business among others.renee book_opt

  • John Childress
    John Childress
    World Authority on Strategy Execution
John Childress
World Authority on Strategy Execution

johnr childress v1_optFor 35+ years John R Childress has been advising CEOs and senior executives on strategy execution, team alignment, culture change and performance improvement. He is a Visiting Professor in Strategy and Leadership at IE Business School, Madrid. Between 1978 – 2001 he was the co-founder and CEO of an international management consulting firm specializing in culture change. Currently he is an independent advisor, consultant and CEO coach.His recent business books, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture andFASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution are considered by CEO’s and senior executives as must reads graduate, a dual US/UK citizen and currently lives in London. He has consulted and supported executive teams globally in nuclear power, energy and pipeline operations, retail, manufacturing, automotive, defense and aerospace, telecommunications, financial services, transportation and FMCG.john book_opt

  • Rafael Ramirez
    Rafael Ramirez
    Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme, Senior Fellow in Strategy at Saїd Business School, Oxford University
Rafael Ramirez
Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme, Senior Fellow in Strategy at Saїd Business School, Oxford University

rafeal ramirez v2_optRafael is the Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Senior Fellow in Strategy at Saїd Business Schooland Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on scenario planning,having developed the Oxford Scenarios Planning Approach with colleagues. He has also been one of the first scholarsto develop theories on the aesthetics of business and organisation; theories that help to clarify how scenarioplanning can be rendered more effective.Rafael was Visiting Professor of Scenarios and Corporate Strategy at Shell International from 2000 to 2003, andfrom 2008 to 2010 was Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Strategic Foresight. AsDirector of the Oxford Scenarios Programme he leads one of the most highly respected programmes on the subject inthe world.Rafael has worked in 30 countries, with many corporations, governmental and inter-governmental organisations and NGOs. These include; AT&T, ]BMW, HP, Rolls Royce; Standard Chartered Bank , UNDP, and the World Economic Forum.Rafael holds a PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Masters degrees from the University ofOxford and from the Environmental Studies Faculty at York University in Toronto.rafeal book_opt

Speaker Faculty /

  • Karla Martin
    Karla Martin
    Director Global Business Strategy, Google‬‬‬
Karla Martin
Director Global Business Strategy, Google‬‬‬

karla_optKarla is Leading global strategy function for Global Business Organization
Manage global team to drive innovation, long term strategy, board communications, strategic planning, and management of global business-wide initiatives.Charged with driving strategic change and innovation across all of Google’s core businesses
.Provide insight and analysis to the senior leadership (C-Suite) and manage stakeholder relationships with business owners globally.Seasoned executive strategist and business advisor with successful track record of helping CEOs on their most significant strategic and operating decisions. Expertise in strategy development, omni-channel retail, e-commerce/digital expansion, retail, marketing and innovation. 
Experience in helping business leaders manage their companies through stages of growth and business cycles. Adept at issues such as: major people decisions, organization, market development and developing business plans to drive profitable growth. Extensive experience growing digital and technology businesses. Practical, collaborative and pragmatic orientation: helping companies formulate strategies and operating plans to drive profitable growth and shareholder value creation. 
Key leadership roles at Booz & Co ($1Bn+ revenue global consulting firm) including: Leader of Retail and Luxury practices, Head of San Francisco office, director of global marketing, first African American woman partner at Booz & Company and drove leadership of firm’s diversity efforts. In addition played a major role in attracting and retaining best talent from top business schools and industry

Published expert in Retail Strategy and Operations, Organizational effectiveness and Complexity reduction.

  • Dr. Kai Chan
    Dr. Kai Chan
    Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD ,special advisor -UAE federal government
Dr. Kai Chan
Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD ,special advisor -UAE federal government

kai chanDr. Kai Chan is a Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD (Abu Dhabi) and a special advisor to the UAE federal government on matters of national competitiveness.Prior to moving to Dubai in 2011, Dr Chan served as an associate and economist for an advisory and investments firm in Manhattan. Before that he worked in the Singapore office of a global financial services consultancy.Dr Chan holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from Princeton University. He guest lectures for various MBA progarmmes in Dubai, including with the LBS, the University of Toronto and the University of St Gallen.Kai grew up in Toronto, Canada. He speaks English, Chinese, French and German.

  • Ramon Garcia-Bragado
    Ramon Garcia-Bragado
    Strategy Advisor & Former Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City
Ramon Garcia-Bragado
Strategy Advisor & Former Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City

ramon_optRamón is an expert in urban strategy and transformation.
As a lawyer, he has fulfilled important technical and important positions for the city of Barcelona, in the field of urbanism, housing, infrastructures.He was vice mayor of the city of Barcelona (2007-2011), director of Urbanism (1999-2005), underdirector of Barcelona Regional (1994-1998) and technical secretary of IMPUSA urban public company for urban renewal for the Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona. He was also professor at the University PompeuFabra (1997-2007).From these positions he was leading important projects such as the transformation of the city for the Olympic Games 1992, Forum 2004, PobleNou 22@, Sagrera TGV, all projects with an important strategic component but also a substantial private investment.Today he is working as a lawyer and partner of the international law company Miliners with specialisation in urbanism, public law and regulated sectors. From this position he has been participating in international projects in Mexico ,Angola ,Colombia amongst others.

  • Mohamed El-Mahdi
    Mohamed El-Mahdi
    Vice President, Corporate Strategies, Siemens AG
Mohamed El-Mahdi
Vice President, Corporate Strategies, Siemens AG

M El-Mahdi 2014 (2)_optMohamed El-Mahdi has more than twenty-five years of extensive international management experience and has held a number of management positions within Siemens in Germany, Mexico and Egypt. He is an expert in infrastructure business and management in challenging and disruptive environments. After joining Siemens in Munich, Germany in 1991 he worked for the Latin America and Middle East regions. In 2003 he took over responsibility for the global Siemens corporate strategy for North and South America, based in Munich. From 2006 till September 2014 he served as CEO of Siemens in Egypt, based in Cairo. Since October 2014 he is in charge of the Siemens Vision 2020 Strategy for the Regions, based in Munich.Mohamed is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University and has accomplished management programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management, American Graduate School for International Management and Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

  • James Stockmal
    James Stockmal
    Vice President, ASP
James Stockmal
Vice President, ASP

stockmallJames is a dynamic leader with over 25 years of experience in strategy development and execution through the integration of people, process, and technology to achieve real results for clients across government, industry and non-profits sectors. He is results-focused and has a track record of excellent client service, organizational effectiveness, change management, and project execution. He has worked with a variety of strategic management tools and methods helping US Federal government agencies transform including such organizations as the US Air Force, the US Army, the Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, NASA, the General Services Administration and NOAA. His commercial clients include the Royal Bank of Canada, Australian New Zealand Bank, the Bank of Montreal, CitiCorp, Aetna, Ford Motor Company, and Exxon Mobil.Mr. Stockmal writes monthly articles in The Strategic Edge, a publication of the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) on strategy development, execution, and transformation. Mr. Stockmal serves as ASP’s Vice President and is the National Capital Chapter President.

  • Jim Gilchrist
    Jim Gilchrist
    CEO, CAES
Jim Gilchrist
CEO, CAES

Jim GilchristJim Gilchrist B.E.S. has accumulated 30 years of practical business experience. Since 1999, he has owned and operated CAES Career Advancement Employment Services Inc., a distinguished Canadian organization that assists their organizational clientele with performance enhancement, leadership and management development, organizational development. Jim has positioned himself as an industry leader in soft skill assessment, evaluation and development, performance capability assessment and recruitment methodology. His services have been utilized by very selective, innovative and well managed organizations both in Canada and internationally.

  • Chris Hafner
    Chris Hafner
    Chairman , Strategic Planning Society, Vice President, Strategy, at Newton Enterprise
Chris Hafner
Chairman , Strategic Planning Society, Vice President, Strategy, at Newton Enterprise

chris_optChris is an Author, Speaker, and Strategy & Change Advocate. He is passionate about bridging the Strategy-Execution gap. Chris has worked with executives and board members of global organisations on a diverse range of strategic initiatives. he is a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society where he serves as a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the 48 year old non-profit professional member association headquartered in London. Chris is the head of the editorial review Board for Strategy Magazine. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, where he sits on the Board of Examiners. he also serves on the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School’s Diploma & Accredited Programmes Committee. Chris’ past experience includes serving in a variety roles ranging from Chief Strategy Officer at an innovative start-up in corporate property services to Business Planning Manager at a major global steel company to Senior Advisor at a regional venture capital firm. Chris is currently based in London where he is Vice President, Strategy, at Newton Enterprise, where he is responsible for the firm’s international growth strategy &execution.Chris recently co-authored ‘Leadership Essentials: Indispensable Practices for The Serving Leader’ where he contributed the final essay on Leading Strategy.

  • Esteban Gomez
    Esteban Gomez
    Partner, The Palladium Group
Esteban Gomez
Partner, The Palladium Group

esteban2Esteban has over 20 years experience in business management, his main area of expertise is -Strategy Execution- throughout his career; Estaban has 15 years of CEO role, he was appointed for that position in the Telefónica “Cetesa” in 1993, where he led the transformation into “TPI”. Working for USWest, Esteban helped the introduction of HFC Cable Networks in Spain, being the first CEO of CTC, the pioneer cable operator in Spain. While at MPG, he was appointed Country Manager in the U.S.A., succeeding at positioning the agency within the top media agencies in the most competitive market.With a strong focus on people and deep experience in Telecoms, Technology and Media, he has the capability to create and grow successful teams toguarantee strategy execution. Estban is an Economist from the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”, as a strategy execution subject matter expert, he helped organizations to define and successfully implement business strategies achieving breakthrough results in different markets and environments. having lived and worked in Murcia, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, St. Louis (Mo.), New York and now in Dubai, gave him a global understanding of businesses and cultures. Esteban has been a member of YPO/WPO since 2006, having heldseveral responsibilities in local Chapters and the European Region. Since 2003, Esteban partnered with colleagues in the growth of the leading Strategy Execution Consulting firm, being now a Partner and Senior Executive at www.thepalladiumgroup.com , a $500+ Million Company that leads the way towards the “Positive Impact Economy”.

Featured Keynote Speakers /

gary_hamel v2_opt-2Gary Hamel

  • “World’s most influential business thinker” – Wall Street Journal
  • Introduced the Concept of ” Core Competence”
  • Co-author, Competing for the Future.hamel book_opt-2
  • Visiting Professor of Strategic Management, London Business School.
  • The world’s leading expert on business strategy – Fortune Magazine.

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  • Co-author, In Search of Excellence — The Book that changed the way the world does business &best-selling business book of all time.
  • “While most business gurus milk the sametom peters book2_opt mantra for all its worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still re- inventing himself.” CNN
  • We live in a Tom Peters world.”Fortune Magazine

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  • Co-author, Blue Ocean Strategy, which has sold over 3.5 million copies.
  • Professor of Strategy, INSEAD and Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute.renee book_opt
  • Member of President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on education.
  • Ranked No. 2 in the listing of the World’s Top Management Gurus, The Thinkers 50.

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  • Strategy Execution Guru.
  • Visiting Professor in Strategy and Leadership, IE Business School, Madrid.john book_opt
  • Leading CEO coach & advisor on strategy execution.
  • Author, CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution.

Rafael Ramirez

  • The world’s leading expert on scenario planning.rafeal book_opt
  • Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme.
  • Senior Fellow in Strategy at Saïd Business School,
    University of Oxford.
  • Co-author, Business Planning for Turbulent Times.

500 B.C., Sun Tzu, one of the greatest military strategists ever, explained in The Art of War that a strategist must seek to position his forces at a place of advantage over rivals — a position Tzu called a state of shih.

Twenty-four centuries later, the basic concept of strategy has not changed, leaders still devote themselves to determining how they can best position their organizations to capitalize on their strengths, but the world is changing and is getting far more complex, the challenges our world faces today are many: globalization, hyper competition, digital disruption, geopolitical instability and adapting to the digital economy are a few examples.History is replete with examples of businesses and nations that failed to strategically plan for the future — and thus did not survive. Today , every organization & leader must develop innovative strategies to make this better future a reality. To Shape the future that we want; business and government leaders need new level of thinking, leadership and strategic competencies to envision a better future and devise innovative mechanism to reshape it & sustain it.

The Summit will discuss this theme in light of 4 parameters

1- Strategic Leadership, a survey of 2666 organizations showed that (62%) said that managing internal resistance to change is a genuine problem within their organization according to Palladium Group’s Report. In today’s rapidly changing and hyper-competitive world, a different type of leadership capabilities is required for organizations . Developing leadership competencies that fit for the future is a global serious challenge that needs to be addressed.

2- Strategic Thinking & Innovation, “7 out of 10 leaders said they don’t consider themselves to be strategic thinkers”- CEO magazine. Strategic thinkers are those who look beyond today’s realities & envision tomorrow’s infinite possibilities and believe that the future can be shaped proactively. One of Steve Jobs quotes offers one of the best definitions ever of strategic thinking: “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

3- Strategic Planning requires casting a vision for where the organization is heading and how it will get there. Effective strategic planners agree on the principles of strategic planning, It start with the dream in mind and identifies specifically the what, who, when and how to make the dream a reality……but what is the secret sauce of those who mastered strategic planning?

4- Strategy Execution A recent survey of more than 400 global CEOs found that strategy execution was the number 1 challenge facing corporate leaders, studies have found that 66% of large organizations struggle to implement their strategies.All surveys, researches and even news headlines lead to the fact that many organizations fail to successfully execute their carefully planned strategies.

The Journey of Tomorrow’s Strategist

Program Highlight / Your Learning Experience

Gary Hamel

The ultimate Competitive advantage

The ultimate Competitive advantage

Prof. Gary Hamel

Professor Hamel will outline a radical, yet proven, process for reinventing management for the 21st century. He will show you how to “crowdsource” the challenge of management innovation in your organization, and how to build a portfolio of bold management experiments. Most importantly, He will show you how to build “ the ultimate competitive advantage”—a capacity to evolve your management model faster than competitors will. In summary, Professor Hamel will show you how you can build organizations that are both fit for the future and fit for human.

re-imagine! Business Excellence in a disruptive age

Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a disruptive age

Tom Peters

This is to an extent re-statement. Tom Peters’ abiding theme-passion is energizing executives in the public and private sectors to attempt the bold leaps, which he insists, are survival requisites today. All bets are off... a brief tour of dramatic forces at work, from changing technologies and demographics to the rise of China and India and the profound effects of a new corporate risk profile. Strategies are laid out for accomplishing necessary radical enterprise change. A “how to” for creating perpetually adaptive enterprises—ready for anything and prepared to turn on a dime.
Renee Mauborgne

Blue ocean Strategy, Creativity and the future

Blue ocean Strategy, Creativity and the future

Renee Mauborgne

Professor Mauborgne, in her keynote, will highlight how blue ocean strategy is being applied to the government sector to achieve high impact at low cost. Meanwhile, she will explore a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outline principles and tools any company can use to create and capture blue oceans - charting a bold new path to winning the future. She will discuss what Blue Ocean Strategy can do for established business and governments and discuss why ten years out blue ocean strategy is even more relevant today.

Engaging uncertainty Productively: Scenario Planning for Turbulent Times

Engaging uncertainty Productively: Scenario Planning for Turbulent Times

Professor Rafael Ramirez

Engaging uncertain futures in turbulent times – Scenario planning has emerged as an alternative way to engage the wilder futures of turbulent conditions. Professor Ramirez, in his keynote, will introduce the practice, purpose, methodology, and principles of Scenario Planning and will cover its uses with examples from around the world. He will touch on the intellectual principles that make Scenario Planning rigorous and robust.
There Is no Strategy without Execution: The hidden Barriers to Strategy Execution

There Is no Strategy without Execution: The hidden Barriers to Strategy Execution

There Is no Strategy without Execution: The hidden Barriers to Strategy Execution

Prof. John Childress

Every business establishes goals and strategies for winning in their marketplace, but for most companies, strategy execution is poor. While lack of resources or bad strategic assumptions account for around 30% of the failure rate, what are the barriers that account for 70% of poor execution? With examples from nuclear power to global automobile manufacturing to retail, you will walk away with new insights into effective strategy execution and the critical role of leadership and corporate culture.

Strategy Execution – Google

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Karla Martin Director, Global Business Strategy, Google

A brilliant strategy, hot product, or breakthrough technology can put a company on the map, but consistent and solid execution can keep it there. You have to be able to deliver on your vision and intent. Unfortunately most companies aren’t very good at it. During the session we will discuss:
  • The changing landscape of strategy: the shift from assets to capabilities.
  • The business challenge.
  • Where to begin.
  • Removing obstacles and achieving early wins.
  • Lessons learned (case studies).

Karla Martin has over 20 years of experience as a strategist and business advisor with a successful track record of helping CEOs on their most significant strategic and operational issues. She is a published expert on Strategy, Organizational Effectiveness and Complexity reduction. Karla recently served as Director, Global Business Strategy and Strategic in which role she was charged with: leading the global strategy function for Google’s Global Business Organization, driving strategy innovation, long term strategic planning, and management and coordination of cross functional business-wide initiatives. She also provided insight and analysis to the senior leadership (C-Suite) and managed stakeholder relationships with business owners globally. Prior to Google, Karla was a partner with Booz & Company. Karla is a member of the Boards of Onor.net, Indoor Atlas, RocksBox, 3VR Technologies, and ChallengedApp.com. She has an AB with honors in Sociology and Economics from Harvard University and a JD with honors from Harvard Law School.

Siemens Vision 2020 – Strategy Development

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Mohamed El-Mahdi Vice President- Corporate Strategies Siemens AG

Last year Siemens has set a clear strategy for the future with Vision 2020. Currently we are focused on the execution in over 160 countries. Change is a fundamental feature of today’s world. It creates future opportunities, provides momentum for entrepreneurial decisions, calls into question established points of view and inspires new maxims for action. If you want to set the course, you can’t be guided by what others have done. And you need to anticipate changes and seize the opportunities they provide. Siemens will share how strategy development at Siemens captures risks and opportunities and transform them into inspiring visions and strategies that create solutions which make our customers excel in their respective businesses. Any strategy is worthless if it is not properly executed and implemented. Success is achieved through a strong internal culture determined to implement the strategy through focus on a clear set of goals. Across more than 160 countries. For over 350 000 employees. Mohamed El-Mahdi has more than twenty-five years of extensive international management experience and has held a number of management positions within Siemens in Germany, Mexico and Egypt. He is an expert in infrastructure business and management in challenging and disruptive environments. Mohamed El-Mahdi is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University and has accomplished management programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management, American Graduate School for International Management and Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. After joining Siemens in Munich, Germany in 1991 he worked for the Latin America and Middle East regions. In 2003 he took over responsibility for the global Siemens corporate strategy for North and South America, based in Munich. From 2006 till September 2014 he served as CEO of Siemens in Egypt, based in Cairo. Since October 2014 he is in charge of the Siemens Vision 2020 Strategy for the Regions, based in Munich.

Using international benchmarking reports to drive policy

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Using international benchmarking reports to drive policy Dr. Kai Chan, Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD, special advisor to the UAE federal government

Within a short span of time Dubai transformed from a remote desert outpost into a global metropolis. On paper, Dubai was the least likely city in the Arab World to rise to become the preeminent in the region. With few natural resources -- hydrocarbon wealth being ephemeral and mainly located in its neighbors - and a rugged geography, the sparsely populated desert environs would, by the early 21st century, become one of the most important and competitive cities in the world. Dubai's strategic development has been underpinned by visionary leadership - which dared to dream big and exploited the natural endowments of the region -- and the willingness to learn from the success of others through the use of international benchmarking report.

Dr Kai Chan is a Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD (Abu Dhabi) and a special advisor to the UAE federal government on matters of national competitiveness. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2011, Dr Chan served as an associate and economist for an advisory and investments firm in Manhattan. Before that he worked in the Singapore office of a global financial services consultancy. Dr Chan holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from Princeton University. He guest lectures for various MBA progarmmes in Dubai, including with the LBS, the University of Toronto and the University of St Gallen. Kai grew up in Toronto, Canada. He speaks English, Chinese, French and German.

how to Future proof your organization

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How to Future proof your organization Gary Hamel
Today, the most important question for any organization is “Are we changing as fast as the world around us?” Unfortunately, for many organizations, the answer is “no.” Everywhere you look, one sees incumbent organizations on the back foot, out-maneuvered by ambitious upstarts that have not yet succumbed to complacency and bureaucratic inertia.To stay relevant in this hyper-kinetic environment, organizations must build an “evolutionary advantage”, a capacity to change as fast as change itself. An organization with an evolutionary advantage never takes refuge in denial, captures more than its fair share of new opportunities, proactively redefines customer ex- expectations, avoids unexpected earnings shocks, is relentlessly optimistic, changes before it has to, and ultimately invents its future. To build organizations that are adaptable-at-scale, we need to embed a new set of principles in our management systems. Drawing on lessons from some of the world’s most dynamic companies, In his practical and provocative Master Class, he will lay out a blueprint for building an organization that can out-run the future.
What you will learn
  • The blueprint for building an organization that can out-run the future.
  • The new dynamics of change.
  • The enemies of organizational resilience The limits of “change management”
  • The promise of “zero-trauma” change.
  • The principles of adaptability.
  • The habits of highly adaptable organizations.

Building an Innovation Machine

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Tom Peters

“Innovation Is Strategy”: Welcome to the Crazy World of 2015 and Beyond It’s been said a million times, but it must be repeated: The pace of change is unprecedented—and staggering. Robotics, genetics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology, among other things, are literally “changing everything.” High-end white-collar jobs are under threat. Our organizations—and nations—must take all this into account. It looms over us every moment. From a business and government perspective there is, in a way, only one strategy: “constant, high-speed innovation” which means organizations designed from top to bottom as de facto “innovation machines.” You might say, “Innovation is strategy.” The challenges enumerated here are monumental, and few will get passing grades in every category. In this master class, Tom Peters will explain his manifesto to build an innovation machine in organizations.
  What you will learn:
  • Innovation as a Strategy.
  • The culture of innovation - whoever makes the most mistakes wins.
  • The big Secret: Whoever tries the most things wins.
  • Culture of curiosity, why we need it?
  • Little is as good as big, Little beats big & Little-within-big.
 

Scenario planning for turbulent times

scenario_optScenario planning for turbulent times

Prof. Rafael Ramirez

Scenario planning for turbulent times Professor Ramírez, in his interactive workshop, will provide participants with a good understanding of what it takes to engage in scenario planning. His exploratory workshop will consist of an explanation of methodology and will help participants better understand the uses and value that investments in scenario planning comprise. For business and organizational leaders who want and need to think through how best to deal with increasing turbulence, and with the complexity and uncertainty that come with it. Prof Ramírez will explain in clear language how future orientation and, specifically, modern scenario techniques help to work with/under these conditions. With examples from a wide variety of international settings and circumstances - including large corporations, inter- governmental organizations, small firms, professional bodies, and municipalities. This experiential workshop will be mostly hands on, in groups dealing with real issues, supported by lectures. After exploring scenario planning with Prof Ramírez the participants will understand the underlying framework methodology and how they relate to strategy. This workshop will provide powerful tools to give forward-thinking executives an advantage in turbulent times.
  what you will learn
  • Future orientation & modern scenario techniques.
  • Examples from a wide variety of international settings and circumstances.
  • Including large corporations, inter-governmental organizations, small firms.
  • Hands on, experiential workshop in groups dealing with real issues.
  • Understand the underlying framework methodology and how they relate to strategy.
  • Powerful tools to give forward-thinking executives an advantage in turbulent times.

Exploring the Hidden Barriers to Effective Strategy Execution

exceute_optExploring the Hidden Barriers to Effective Strategy Execution

Prof. John Childress

Most strategic plans fail to deliver competitive value because of poor execution. A strategy is a set of plans and objectives, but strategy execution is critical to business growth and competitive advantage. Do you know the barriers to effective execution in your organization? This workshop will engage participants in exploring the hidden barriers to strategy execution. These are the barriers that leaders, with knowledge and insight, can effectively reverse, thus ensuring a higher probability of delivering strategic value. Participants will explore the major execution barriers, determine the degree to which they exist inside their own organization, and learn best practices to overcome execution barriers. Be prepared to look at all areas of your organization, including poor leadership behaviors, dysfunctional corporate culture, disconnected initiatives, silo thinking, and lack of shared objectives. This will be a hands-on workshop and participants will walk away with ideas and actions to implement immediately.
  What you will learn
  • Gain a working understanding of the hidden barriers to strategy execution.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your companies’ strategy execution plans.
  • Explore the role of corporate culture in your company in relation to strategy execution.
  • The importance of having a robust strategy execution business process and the importance of governance.
  • How to translate strategic objectives into initiatives with KPIs and defined accountabilities.
  • How to engage the entire workforce for effective strategy execution.

Delegates Participation Options

Date Event Participation Fees
16th Nov Gary Hamel & Tom Peters Master Class USD 1500
17-18th Nov World Strategy Summit – Main Program USD 2850
19th Nov Scenario Planning & Strategy Execution App Workshops USD 1200
Full Program Attend the entire 4 days program USD 5200 Save USD 350

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Who Should Attend / & Why?

Who Should Attend

  • Government, Public Services Leaders & Decision-Makers.
  • Business CEOs, CxOs and Senior Management across industries.
  • Education, Health Care & Non-Profit Executives.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • Consulting Companies & Technology Vendors.

Why

The World Strategy Summit is for Today’s & Tomorrow’s Leaders, If you play a leadership, planning, executive or management role, the World Strategy Summit with the focus of building strategic competencies for the future, is an opportunity not to be missed.

  • Learn directly from the world’s leading authorities on Strategy, Leadership, Innovation & Scenario Planning : Tom PetersGary HamelRenee Mauborgne, and Rafael Ramirez.
  • Eengage in the interactive, dynamic, and unique learning experience in which you will find answers to long lasting questions and be able to practice your learning takeaways.
  • Keynotes and topics covering the full cycle of strategic management: Strategy….LeadershipInnovationPlanningExecution.
  • Join the elite gathering of governments & business leaders from around the globe.
  • Meet the authors of bestseller books on strategy, leadership, and innovation.

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Main Summit Program

USD2850

17,18 November 2015

Pre-Summit Master Class

USD1500

16 November 2015

Post-Summit Workshops

USD1200

19 November 2015

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The World Strategy Summit will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE and Minister of Interior.

The UAE Ministry of Interior is leading this initiative in strategic partnership with the Association for Strategic Planning and produced by the World Development Forum as the organizing partner. With the vision “To be the premier annual global gathering of strategy thought leadership and world experts from best-in-class Academic, Corporate and Government entities”

The World Strategy Summit is bringing together the world leading authorities on strategy, leadership and innovation to avail a unique unprecedented opportunity for the government & business leaders to learn, interact, challenge, and apply.

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