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Theme: Future Spectra

July 7, 2024
10:00am - 6:00pm +04
(UTC +4hrs)
Dubai, Dubayy
United Arab Emirates
This event is invite-only.

In a world where countless discoveries and innovations have left their mark on history, the journey is far from finished. From path breaking advancements in science and technology to some mind-blowing shifts in culture and societal norms, the future spectrum is vast and untrodden. At TEDxWestfordUniSharjah, we strive to bring visionary speakers, thought leaders, and innovators from diverse fields onto one stage. Through thought-provoking discussions, we aim to inspire and ignite visions for the future. From emerging technologies to social evolution, the 2024 TEDx edition will entail everything that’s reshaping our world and opening up new frontiers of possibility.

Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium
King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Al Sufouh
Block # 2B
Dubai, Dubayy, 0000
United Arab Emirates
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Abdallah Abu-Sheikh

Founder of Astra Tech and CEO of Botim
Abdallah Abu Sheikh is an Emirati serial entrepreneur and businessman. He is the Founder of Astra Tech, MENA’s leading consumer technology company and CEO of Botim. Under his leadership, Astra Tech launched the groundbreaking 'Ultra-platform' under the Botim app, after securing a $500 million investment in 2022. Abdallah has strategically navigated a complex market to fulfill a vision of simplifying the lives of everyday consumers. This ambitious journey has led to one objective: to create an Ultra App that addresses ‘platform fatigue’ in an over-saturated tech market. He is also the founder of RIZEK, a digital marketplace that launched in 2020, offering home services tailored to the lifestyle needs of UAE residents. Which has since been integrated into Botim along with PayBy, the group’s Central Bank-licensed fintech operator.

Avinash Babur

Founder and CEO of InsuranceMarket.ae
Avinash Babur is a distinguished figure in the insurance sector, renowned for his role as the Founder and CEO of InsuranceMarket.ae, a leading online insurance marketplace in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With a rich background that blends a growth mindset, digital marketing prowess, and thought leadership, Avinash has significantly impacted the insurance landscape through his visionary approach and innovative solutions. A graduate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK (ACII), Avinash has channeled his expertise into making insurance accessible and understandable for all. His platform, InsuranceMarket.ae, offers a wide array of products, including motor, health, travel, and home insurance, simplifying the process of comparing and purchasing insurance online.

James Knight-Paccheco

Celebrity Chef
Now, with over two-decades of professional culinary experience, I now run my own hospitality consultancy firm Group JKP, www.groupjkp.com Earlier in my career, I worked with several internationally respected chefs including Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Michael Caines. I have had the great fortune to be filmed on two of the BBC’s prime-time cooking shows including Out of the Frying Pan and The Restaurant, In December 2018 / 2019, I was named as one of the 50 most influential people in food and beverage throughout the Middle East and Africa by Caterer Middle East. Also voted the "Executive Chef of the Year 2019" in the Hotelier Middle East awards. Recently I was also Voted 2020 Chef of the Year by The Pro Chef Middle East awards. In the same year I Co-Founded of the Dubai Chefs Collective, which is a platform that supports chefs and hospitality professionals when it comes to mental health.

Mona Ataya

Founder Mumzworld.com, Pharmaciaty.com, Co-founder Bayt.com
Mona Ataya, Founder of Mumzworld.com, has proven to be one of the Middle East’s most prominent and successful female entrepreneurs. She is a serial entrepreneur and was the first female digital entrepreneur to set up in Dubai Internet City in 2000. Mona is a serial entrepreneur and digital pioneer in the Arab world, having also founded Pharmaciaty.com. Mona has won numerous recognition throughout her career making it on the Forbes top 10 lists 6 years in a row. Most recently, she was ranked amongst the Forbes +50 leaders and voted as one of the 5 most Powerful Women Transforming the Business World in the Levant.

Munira Rahman

Director, Brand Ambassador & Chief Marketing Officer at Al Haramain Perfumes
Munira Rahman is the Director, Brand Ambassador & Chief Marketing Officer at Al Haramain Perfumes, a global fragrance brand. With a passion for fragrance and innovative marketing, she has played a key role in the company's success, making it a prominent name in the industry. Munira's leadership and vision continue to drive Al Haramain Perfumes to new heights. She is the only woman in the perfume industry to face exceptional challenges and overcome it. Additionally, on another professional level, Munira is a notable travel influencer, sharing her adventures and insights with a global audience. She is a Bangladeshi Woman who has broken barriers and society Norms and created a free world in her community where women can follow their dreams and achieve absolutely anything.

Reem Al Marzooqi

Emirati Engineer
Reem Al Marzooqi is celebrated for her exceptional work as an Emirati engineer with a significant patent to her name in the U.S., the "Lower Extremity Vehicle Navigation Control System." This inventive system was designed to allow individuals with disabilities to drive using only their feet and was inspired by Jessica Cox, the world’s first licensed armless pilot. Al Marzooqi’s dedication led her from an initial dismissal of her ideas by her professor to eventually obtaining a U.S. patent. Her invention has received global recognition, featured in the British Museum's "A History of the World in 100 Objects" exhibition, and has earned her a place on the Arabian Business lists for the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World in 2018 and the 100 Smartest People in the UAE. Al Marzooqi also worked on projects like Mozo, a teddy bear designed to assist autistic children in communication.

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