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Gulf Innovation Council

The council is designed for the most Senior Executives in charge of Technology, R&D, Innovation or Digital Transformation, based in the Gulf spanning across different industries. This council gives members  an opportunity to discuss technology and innovation transformation as well as burning issues, in a safe space which exposed them to cutting-edge insights, share challenges, and identify best practices by peers from other industries. The council is self-governed and provides a confidential, vendor-free environment.


Expand your perspective through elevated levels of conversation.

Jumpstart your progress with ideas for practical solutions to business challenges.

Forge lasting relationships with a community of your peers to increase your professional brand.

Inspiration to raise your performance in both the short and long run. 

  • Vendor-free: Openly share issues and solutions in a safe environment free of vendor influence.
  • Self-governed: Members drive the agendas to ensure that your pressing topics are incorporated into discussions.

  • International: Members span industries and regions, allowing for a high-level discussion and a wealth of ideas and common challenges.

  • Intimate and Confidential: Group size is limited, and meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule to ensure candid and meaningful interaction among members.

  • Partner Council Program: Access to 130+ Councils in the US, Europe, and Asia which are linked based on similar focus and related concerns. Members can attend one meeting of a partner council at no extra charge. 


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  • COVID-19 Crisis and reinventing Innovation
  • Creating a true Culture of Innovation
  • Design Thinking
  • Proper Innovation Metrics
  • Leveraging the scale of large with the agility of small
  • Ecosystems
  • Digital Transformation
  • Geopolitical impacts and strategies
  • Incorporation of Sustainability and Circular into Innovation Programs
  • Innovation in the Gulf region


John Metselaar

John Metselaar

Co-Leader Innovation & Digital Transformation Institute, and
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