Dr. Hamed Al Suwaidi

Founder, Abu Dhabi Arts Society (ADAS)

Dr. Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi born in Abu Dhabi to an eminent Emarati family that has strong influence in the development and growth of the United Arab Emirates. With strong family roots in trading, business and state policy; Dr. Al Suwaidi carried forward the task of growing the family brand with connections across borders particularly between the UAE and the UK. Dr. Al Suwaidi holds a BSc in International Business & Finance from Regents University, London, PgD Finance & Banking, MSc in Strategic Business and PhD in Economics & Finance on Economic Tourism from the University of Portsmouth. He has also been awarded the Licentiateship and Graduateship Awards in Management from the City & Guilds of London. Dr. Al Suwaidi received Leadership training from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Following 14 years as the Regional CEO, Middle East & Africa of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (First Abu Dhabi Bank), Dr. Al Suwaidi is currently the Chairman of AES Limited Abu Dhabi - a company with UK representation focused on trade, education and arts, originally known as Portsmouth Limited. He is also the founder of Al Suwaidi PVG which is focused on developing businesses and talent. Dr. Al Suwaidi established several organizations to support local culture and arts including Al Suwaidi Foundation, Abu Dhabi Arts Society, HART and Ousha Al Suwaidi Foundation.

SPEAKER SESSIONS

Leadership stream

16 November 2021 | 11:40 - 12:00 | English | The role of arts in shaping the future

Why is art education important and how does it help develop creativity and this out of the box ideas that shape the future? Dr Hamed will speak about the various initiatives he founded to support the arts industry as a universal language that has no borders.