Linda Abraham Silver

EdD, Associate Director, Content, for the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee

She has worked for the past five years. Prior to her work in the Gulf, Dr. Silver spent 8 years as the President & CEO of Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, Ohio) and 13 years with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County as Vice President of Education & Guest Relations for the 4 museums that comprise the NHMLAC family of museums.


Prof Felix Hardmood

Assistant Professor of Practice of Design' at the New York University Abu Dhabi's Engineering Department

Beck is a designer, technologist, researcher and educator, working in the fields of innovation and design. In his research projects, he envisions systems and spaces, creates and deploys innovative objects through design and engineering tools. He develops scenarios and pioneers use-cases for the interaction of humans, digital media and artifacts of the non-digital world, taking into account sustainability concerns, environmental and energy constraints, global sourcing and humanitarian goals.

Sean Gaffaney

Senior Manager, Content, Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee

Sean Gaffaney a New Zealander, graduated from The University of Canterbury with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He started his career working at Science Alive! , a small interactive science center based in Christchurch, New Zealand. - Over the next twenty years his career path has taken him through different areas. From working with museums, science centers and exhibit contractors in places as far dispersed as the UK, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the USA. - In 2010 he moved to Abu Dhabi where he held the position of Senior Manager - Technical Services and Zayed National Museum Senior Project Manager for TCA, where he worked on the development of the Zayed National Museum, one of the signature Museum projects on Saadiyat Island. He is currently working on the development and construction of the Abu Dhabi Science Centre (ADSC) on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee.


Dr. Samuel Cubero

Full time academic at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Samuel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical Engineering, from the University of Queensland, Brisbane - Australia. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), specializing in embedded controllers, robotic walking vehicles, simulation programming, force, speed and position controlled actuators. Today he is at the petroleum Institute, where he teaches several engineering subjects as well as being involved in research relating topics. His particular focus is on topics such as mechatronics, engineering education, machine design, CAD, 3D scanning, and machine vision, walking vehicles, and exoskeleton robot suits as well as the development of commercial products. He has taught and lectured on a wide variety of subjects, in the areas of 2D and 3D CAD (Engineering Graphics), mechatronics (designing, building and controlling custom-made mobile robots, robot arms and embedded systems), automation and motion control, machine design and manufacturing. You can view videos and some of his past research work at

Eng. Salem Ali bin Kaneed Al-Falasi

Emirati engineer and innovator. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University (2006) in the United States, and a master's degree in engineering management from Australia’s University of Wollongong in Dubai (2009), and he is currently preparing his PhD dissertation in business management under the title “Urban Intelligence and its Impact on Team Performance” at the same university. He is also the first UAE national to become a certified by the US-based Urban Intelligence Center as trainer in urban intelligence. Al-Falasi worked for seven years in the management of various large projects for the government sector in the Road and Transport Authority and Dubai Aerospace Enterprises. Projects he worked on included Al-Garhood Bridge and Dubai Airports Terminal 3 (Concourse A) at Dubai Airport. In 2014 he moved to the private sector where he established Aufait Systems, which offers intelligent solutions and innovation to serve the UAE and its people. One of the company’s leading products, currently under development, is an automated car parking system, which is the first of its kind in the world, and has six patents pending in the United States. The beta version of the solution will be completed this year.


Ahmed Ali Ebrahim Alshehhi

Ahmed graduated from The University of Valparaiso, USA with Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. During his senior year at University, Ahmed was awarded with first prize at the ‘Fire Fighting Robot’ competition. A yearly event that holds more than 140 robot inventors from all over the world. An inventor at heart, he developed a passion and interest in innovation from a very young age. Regularly seen at an early stage in his life to develop, design and implement various innovative projects. Some of his inventions have been a window cleaning machine for high raising buildings as well has creating his own patent in USA and Canada.

Abdulla Mohammed Al Shehi

Currently employed at the Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (GASCO)

His career path has taken him to be the CEO of Q2, a leading environmentally friendly company based in the UAE. He also founded and contributed to the creation of the Ruwais city project website, as well as ‘Ruwais pulse’ a Facebook page dedicated to the Ruwais city community. An inventor at heart, he created the Sea-borne water collector project. A passionate advocate for the environment Abdulla embarked on a backpacking adventure from London to Abu Dhabi in 2001.


Dr. Mushtaq Ikramullah

Administrator and educator with over twenty years of experience in various fields

His profession has focused him on Career and Technical Education, where he has built and maintained partnerships between institutes and industries, while establishing alliances between government and private sector enterprises in support of organizational initiatives. Through staff development, he developed productive working and learning environments that maximize performance and achievement amongst teachers, teaching teams and administrative staff. His strategic planning has led him to utilize research-based practices, achievement and performance data to drive decision-making processes in support of strategic priorities. In addition, his focus on curriculum and instruction emphasis has helped him to implement instructional strategies, programs and curriculum that enhance organizational models, outcomes, and environments. Overall, his creativity and experience has helped organizations increase performance and improve practices.

Dr. Saeed Alhassan

Assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering and director of Petroleum Institute Gas Research Center.

Dr. Saeed holds BE, MSc and PhD in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Colorado School of Mines and Case Western Reserve University, respectively. His research expertise is on colloids, polymeric material and surface sciences. Dr. Saeed has published 25 journal articles, 2 book chapters, 7 provisional /patent applications and 43 conference papers/presentations.


Dr. Anthony Hechanova

Senior faculty member at Abu Dhabi Polytechnic and the head of the Advanced Energy Engineering Technology Division

Anthony received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he received a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Before joining Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, Dr. Anthony was the Associate Executive Director for Sustainable and Clean Energy Programs at the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) where he managed the university’s nuclear research programs from 1999 to 2010. His duties within the polytechnic institute include the development and implementation of the education and training program to supply the domestic technical nuclear workforce in the UAE. Dr. Anthony has published 12 journal articles and 45 conference papers and reports, and he has given 90 invited presentations to academia, industry, government entities, and community stakeholders.

Ismael Touq

General Manager of TechShop-Abu Dhabi

He is an innate maker who has spent the last few years as a fervent advocate of the maker movement and proponent of DIY culture in the UAE. He supports the establishment of maker spaces throughout the region as a believer of these spaces as a catalyst for innovation. In his pursuit of encouraging innovation, he delivers and organizes technical training workshops and events, mainly to support DIYers and tech entrepreneurs. Coming from a robotics background, Ismael is also passionate about metal fabrication, machining, woodworking, and product design.


Sultan Al Azri

Sultan is currently preparing his MSc with New Bucks University in Business Organizational Resilience. He completed his education in Nottingham, Trent University, United Kingdom. His career has been focusing on Safety and Security in a diverse group of government entities.

Tajaldeen Abdulla Saleh Al-Atabi

A competent professional with 20 years’ experience in the areas of Telecommunication, Electrical, Vendor Management, Materials Management, and Quality Assurance. His expertise lies on extensive experience in project management. Possessing excellent interpersonal, analytical and negotiation skills, adhering towards the overall organizational goals of maintaining low costs, high profits, and remarkable service. A keen communicator with great problem solving and analytical abilities.


Husam Hajjaj

Vocational Teacher

Husam holds a BSc in electronics and MSc in Mechatronics. His area of specialization is within Robotics and System intelligence. Dr. Husam has published 25 journal articles, 2 book chapters, 7 provisional /patent applications and 43 conference papers/presentations.

Matthew Karau

Lecturer of Engineering Design, and Director of the Engineers for Social Impact program, and Chief Innovation Architect at the IDEA Lab at New York University. In addition he plays as a student advisor for NYU competition entries. He has recently mentored the RoadWatch team on their winning entry to the 2016 mGov Awards in Dubai, the ReefRover team on their 2nd place entry to the 2016 Drones for Good Award, and the Wadi Drone team on their winning entry to the 2015 Dubai Drones for Good Award. Matthew has a degree in Electronics engineering from the USA with more than a decade of experience working on projects that straddle the boundaries between engineering, design, and the arts. He spent his early career in the MIT Media Lab and was a founding member of interdisciplinary organizations such as the MIT Media Lab Europe and Distance Lab. Since 2003, he’s presented cross-disciplinary courses and workshops in universities and design schools around the world. From 2007 to 2013, he lectured in the Digital Design program at the Berlin University of Arts and ran a freelance electronics design consultancy that provided engineering and design services to a diverse range of creative companies.


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