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.