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The Innovation Factory: Changing the Story with Ahmed Riad

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Every social impact entrepreneur is struggling right now to get attention from customers, investors, partners, and mentors. This problem is made worse by stiff competition and a bad economy. But what if you could cut through the noise? What if you were offered a global stage? Ahmed Riad shares how the United Nations’ Innovation Factory can offer the world stage.

Our Guest

Ahmed Riad is the Business Development Lead for the Strategic Engagement Division at ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. Ahmed works at the United Nations specialized agency for ICTs (ITU) HQ based in Geneva since 2014. He works mainly on the Artificial Intelligence for Good Global Summit in the areas of business development and program coordination. His job includes programming various elements of the Summit on the top of which are; leading the Innovation Factory (focusing on identifying and scaling AI centric start-ups and innovative ideas to a global impact). Prior to this role, Ahmed worked for ITU Telecom managing the Small and Medium Enterprises innovation program. Before joining the ITU in 2014, Ahmed worked for the Nokia Networks and Ericsson, where he delivered various projects across MEA and Asia regions, mainly in the Mobile Broadband domain as a senior solution architect and technical project manager. Ahmed is currently working on his PhD, from University of Geneva, researching and working on the role of digital innovations such as Artificial Intelligence in “modeling sustainable digital transformation”. He holds a Master of Sciences degree in Telecommunications with Business from University College London, UK, and a BSc degree in Electrical Communications and Electronics Systems Engineering from Egypt.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Local problems, global solutions
  • Unlocking the power of social entrepreneurship
  • The Innovation Factory – unlocking the power of an ecosystem
  • Pushing the imagination of humans
  • Technical disruption and cultural preservation

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