Our world is now witnessing the biggest technological transformation in history. The ensuing reality now offers countless opportunities for growth, but equally poses threats and challenges to coping with the waves of change that transformation brings about. Governments around the world now commit themselves to ambitions and a futuristic outlook, but few are able to turn their visions into realities. The current norm and methodologies will not foster the governments capabilities needed to face the future and reach long-term goals. Transcending the challenges requires innovation, adaptation and the ability to design efficient and effective strategies. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was established to stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework. The Innovation Lab course comes in line with that objective and offers UAE government and the Arab World a deep understanding of the innovation lab methodology along with practical tools for conducting effective innovation labs. The lab is a method to accelerate decision-making and kick-start implementation of solutions to the challenges faced by the government. It is a practical methodology enriched with intensive activities, discussions, and open dialogues to provide participants with the opportunity to focus on possible solutions instead of challenges. The course sheds light on the journey towards establishing an effective innovation lab and offers tools, both new and traditional, with novel twists. It also focuses on the concept of government innovation and explores the different phases of the innovation lab; diagnosing challenges, forming work teams and work streams, designing content, involving stakeholders and generating the most innovative ideas through brainstorming are some of the areas the course dives into.
Ghaleb is the Founding Managing-Director of Cambridge Leadership Associates in the Middle East and a Fellow of the Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy & Management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He teaches at both Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and London Business School (LBS) in their Adaptive Leadership programs and co-chair with Prof. Marty Linsky Harvard's Leadership for the 21st Century Executive program offered in the Middle East. He is a leading expert on Leadership in the Middle East and deeply involved in the development and practice of Adaptive Leadership™ in the region. His clients include; Dubai Government, UNDP, Kuwait Oil Company (KPC), Etisalat, UAE Federal Government, Abu Dhabi Government, DEWA, Etisalat, Emirates Competitiveness Council, RAK Government, World Food Program, John Smith Institute, and Acumen Fund. Before establishing CLA operations in the Middle East, he was the Faculty Co-Chair of Harvard's Leadership for the 21st Century Executive program offered jointly with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. He also served as the Director of Executive Education at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government where he designed and delivered leadership development programs throughout the Middle East. He brings with him a decade of experience in diplomacy and international relations. In 2001 he was assigned as the Counselor for Political and Congressional Affairs for the PLO Mission to the U.S.A. in Washington DC. Prior to this assignment, he was Assistant to the Foreign Minister and the Founding-Director of the Diplomatic training department at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He started his career as an intern at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and attended the 53rd, 57th and 58th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Ghaleb received two masters’ degrees: one in Public Administration from Harvard University and a second in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Essex University, UK.