Fadi Salem

Fadi Salem is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Dubai Policy Review and the Director of Policy Research and Advisory at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (formerly Dubai School of Government). He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Future Government and Innovation Group at the School. Earlier, he was a Research Associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); and a Fellow with the I+I Policy Research Centre, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP), National University of Singapore. He is currently a PhD in Public Policy candidate at the University of Oxford and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Aleppo University. Fadi is an internationally recognized authority in digital governance domains, recently selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government in 2019 by Apolitical. He also serves as a member of several governance and advisory boards, such as Artificial Intelligence Ethics Advisory Board of Smart Dubai Office, the Digital Government Society Board. His areas of expertise extends to digital governance, technology policy, digital transformation, Govtech, innovation policies, smart cities development; the policy implications of Artificial Intelligence, the 4th Industrial Revolution, IoT, big data and open government. Additionally he has extensive policy and scholarly publications on social media, electronic participation, ‘future of government’ applications, and the impact of digital transformations in the Arab region, including the influential Arab Social Media Report series and the Arab World Online series.

Joseph S. Nye

is a University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and the former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State. His most recent books include The Powers to Lead, The Future of Power, and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, including current Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent is A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018). Sachs was twice named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.

Kishore Mahbubani

is a Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2004 to 2017). Before that, he served in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years, notably as Ambassador to the UN and twice as President of the UN Security Council. He writes extensively on public policy issues. He has authored seven books: Can Asians Think, Beyond the Age of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence (one of Financial Times’ best books of 2013), Can Singapore Survive?, and co-authored The ASEAN Miracle. His latest book, Has the West Lost it? A Provocation was published in 2018.

Jane E. Fountain

is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the founder and Director of the National Center for Digital Government. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government for 2018 by the global policy platform Apolitical. Fountain is former Chair, Vice Chair and member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government. She has served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a PhD from Yale University.

Marty Linsky

is a Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School since 1982 and the co-author of the best-selling book Leadership on the Line. He was a Massachusetts State Representative, Boston Globe editorial writer, Chief Secretary to Massachusetts Governor, and is Co-Founder of a leadership consulting firm. His global teaching and consulting practice has brought him to several Middle Eastern countries. He has published extensively on leadership, management, politics, and education and authored or co-authored over a dozen books and chapters.