The role of Government, Academia, and Industry in
Building Innovation-based Cities and Nations

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10 – 13 November 2018



Dubai is located in the Eastern region of the Arabian Peninsula as part of the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage. Dubai has caught the world’s attention for its advancements in a short span of time. Dubai, under the leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, has been at the forefront leading on the new technological advancements and has announced a number of initiatives such as the Dubai Future Strategy, Dubai Artificial Intelligence Strategy, Dubai Smart City initiative, Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and 10X. Modern Dubai is working towards adapting the digital transformation initiatives and rapid advancements in the field of Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and many more areas.

With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions, and a thriving business community, Dubai becomes one of the most preferred commercial and tourist destination. It is one of the leading nations in Innovations and is known for some of its architectural landmarks such as tallest structure since 2008 – Burj Khalifa, and The Dubai Mall – one of the world’s largest shopping malls, and artificially created islands such as Palm Jumeirah.


The British University in Dubai formed a Consortium with the University of Dubai, Al Maktoum College of Higher Education, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah with a shared understanding on the importance of the Triple Helix Model for Sustainable Innovation in the UAE. The members are linked with a common goal of supporting the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy leading to societal benefits and driving the development of the knowledge-based economy. The consortium aims to attain the key components of the Triple Helix Model working towards sustained growth and development.

We welcome you to the II International Triple Helix Summit which brings stakeholders from Academia, Private and Public Sectors to share their experiences on how Triple Helix theory can create sustainable economies and leave a legacy for generations to come. The themes for the Summit have been carefully designed to create an opportunity for you to network with, researchers, scientist, students, policy makers, and funders, from across the globe. The Summit provides an opportunity to understand and comprehend how knowledge partnerships are taking place worldwide to design Innovative solutions to form happier and prosperous communities.


  • The Role of the Triple Helix in Transforming Nations into Knowledge-Based Economies
  • The Role of the Triple Helix in Building a Sustainable Economy
  • The Role of Government and Public Policy in Developing Triple Helix Systems
  • The Entrepreneurial University and its Engagement in the Triple Helix System
  • Smart Cities and Overcoming Security Challenges
  • Towards a More Effective Triple Helix Management and Partnership
  • Challenges for Effective Partnership and Interactions Among Triple Helix Actors


His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Chairman of Dubai Airports
CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group
President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
Chancellor of the British University in Dubai



International Triple Helix Institute
The Triple Helix – A Catalyst for Change
President, Triple Helix Association

Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the ‘Entrepreneurial University’ and ‘Triple Helix’ concepts that link university with industry and government.

As President of the Triple Helix Association (THA) and Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Triple Helix, he is at the centre of a unique international network of innovation and entrepreneurship scholars and practitioners. Henry is co-author of Triple Helix: University-Industry Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He is Visiting Professor University of London, Birkbeck, CIMR and in the Department of Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, US. In 2009, Henry joined Stanford University as a Fellow of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and then H-STAR and the Science Technology and Society Program. He is currently President of the International Triple Helix Institute, Silicon Valley. Prior to coming to Silicon Valley, he held the Chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, UK.

He received a BA in History from the University of Chicago, PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, and a Phd Hon in Engineering from Linkoping University.

Past President
International Association of Science Parks and Innovation Areas (IASP)

Telecommunications Engineer from La Salle and the UPC and MBA from ESADE, Josep Miquel Piqué also has diplomas from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California-Berkeley, and the Ramon Llull University. He is president of La Salle Technova Barcelona, of the Catalan Network of Science Parks (XPCAT), Vice President of the Spanish Network of Science Parks (APTE), and Past President of the International Association of Science Parks and Innovation Areas (IASP). He is an expert from the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission and member of the team of Specialists in Innovation and Competitiveness Policies of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE). In the field of public administration, he has been CEO of the 22 @ Innovation District in Barcelona, Director of the strategic sectors of the Local Development Agency – Barcelona Activa, and CEO of the Office of Economic Growth of the City of Barcelona. Among other projects, he has participated in teams of Barcelona European Capital of Innovation and Barcelona Mobile World Capital.

The Global Innovation Innovation Index as a Management of Triple Helix Engagement

Professor Emanuela Todeva is a Vice President of the Triple Helix Association and a Professor of International Business Strategy and Innovation at St Mary’s University in the UK. She has experience and expertise in: TH governance and intermediation; TH solutions for the Triple Crisis challenges (environment, banking and poverty alleviation); TH policy implementation through stakeholder practice; Business models for open innovation and industry/ market development; TH engagement, co-alignment and co-creation; Orchestration and eco-systems design.


Professor Abdullah Alshamsi
The British University in Dubai

Abdullah Mohammed Alshamsi, the Vice Chancellor of The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is a Professor of Civil Engineering, graduate from Eckerd College, USA, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and PhD earned from Leeds University (UK) in the area of Concrete Properties in Hot Climates. Alshamsi is a FELLOW of the Chartered Institute of Buildings (FCIOB), member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, MCIArb and International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). He was a former member of American Concrete Institute, an associate member of the ACI Hot Weather Concreting Technical Committee, Vice Chair of the ACI UAE Chapter, and Chair – National Building Material Laboratories, UAE Society of Engineers.

Alshamsi was honored by different organizations for his work over the years in the areas of engineering education and research, as well as community work. For example, he was admitted to the students’ honorary students’ societies in Mathematics (Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society), and the Civil Engineering (Chi epsilon Honor society). He was awarded the Rashid Award twice, once for his Doctorate in 1992, and the other one the professorship in 2011. He was also awarded the Rashid Bin Humaid Award for Culture and Science in 1991. He is a member of the Trustees of Rashid bin Humaid Award since 1992, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Ajman Journal from 2006. He was also honored by several awards for teaching, research and community service.



The Triple Helix International Medal Award is a new initiative of the Triple Helix Association with an aim to recognize public and private organizations who are actively involved in Triple Helix interactions and engaged in building successful and goal oriented relationships among Industry-Academia-Government, thus facilitating the transfer and exploitation of knowledge for societal and economic growth. The scope of the award is to give relevance to the “best in class”, who have developed and operationalized effective interaction models and mechanisms able to produce concrete results and impact in terms of knowledge transfer and exploitation, and that could inspire the next generation of Triple Helix practitioners, becoming a “Case History” for our Community.


Technology Transfer Offices, Liaison Offices, Science Parks, Techno Poles, Incubators, Regional Innovation agencies and Pubic or Semi-public Innovation intermediaries, and Private consulting firms. Candidates should send applications as a “case study” in response to the call for abstracts for the II International Triple Helix Summit, 10-13 November 2018 Dubai, using the guidelines for “case study” submission provided at www.triplehelix.ae/Abstract.html

Practitioners and professionals will be selected by a prestigious international selection committee composed of leading figures from the academic, business, and investor communities. The winner will be announced at the II International Triple Helix Summit, 10-13 November 2018, in Dubai, during the Award Ceremony organized at the Gala Dinner of the Summit.



  • Intangible (a number of organizations benefiting from the practice, which have improved the quality and efficiency of their work).
  • Tangible (financial and societal benefits achieved by the involved organizations and in general by the ecosystem, resulting from the adoption of the practice).


  • Level of transferability of the concerned practice in other/ different contexts.


  • A one-year free THA organizational membership (value 225).
  • Special mention and recognition on the THA website via the publication of the award notice on the website home page.

Furthermore, the top five cases from the selection process will be used to prepare a case histories booklet for inspiring new practitioners joining THA, reached by THA communications (+3000 readers worldwide) and attending our events (TH Summit Series).


Exposure to a wide international audience composed of qualified representatives of industry, academia and government.
Promotion for their case and expertise both during the main THA annual event (THA Summit Series) and by means of THA publications (a special issue of Hélice Magazine, Resources Repository on THA website, the THA Newsletter).
Increased reputation gained thanks to the Award and the “Case History” booklet.
All benefits associated with THA organizational membership.


  • The event is from Saturday 10 to Tuesday13 November 2018.
  • Welcome Reception: Saturday10 November 2018 is pre-registration day for the Summit, giving the delegates a leisure day to explore Dubai after the registration formalities.
  • The Summit will host various sessions from Sunday 11 to Tuesday13th November 2018. Please see the programme structure below –


DAY1: Sunday, 11th November 2018

Towards a More Effective Triple Helix Management and Partnership
The Role of Triple Helix in Transforming Nations into Knowledge-Based Economies
Smart Cities and Overcoming Security Challenges

DAY2: Monday, 12th November 2018

The Role of Triple Helix in Building a Sustainable Economy
Entrepreneurial University and its Engagement in the Triple Helix System
The Role of Government and Public Policy in Developing Triple Helix Systems
Challenges for Effective Partnership Among Triple Helix Actors in Construction
Gala Dinner and Awards Night

Day3: Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Challenges for Effective Partnership Among Triple Helix Actors in Smart Mobility
Challenges for Effective Partnership Among Triple Helix Actors in Climate Change
Challenges for Effective Partnership Among Triple Helix Actors in Smart Cities



Early Bird Registration fee (before 15 October 2018) > AED 1750 (Approximately EUR 395)
Regular Fee > AED 2000 (Approximately EUR 450)
Delegate Pass (all days) > AED 1300 (Approximately EUR 300)
Two-day Pass (Excluding Award Ceremony) > AED 875 (Approximately EUR 200)
Award Ceremony (Gala Dinner) > AED 200 (Approximately EUR 50)
Award Ceremony (Gala Dinner) > AED 200 (Approximately EUR 50)

The registration fee covers participation in all sessions of the conference, a copy of the proceedings, refreshments, lunches and Gala Dinner. A single registration covers up to two papers. An additional registration for co-author, is required for up to two additional papers.

THA individual and organizational members are entitled a 10% and a 20% discount respectively on all registration fees.
To get the discount code, please contact via emailMs Maria Laura Fornaci, THA Executive Director, *email address protected*

Though the abstract submission deadline for the Triple Helix Summit has ended, however, papers that are of relevance to any of the summit themes are still accepted.