The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation

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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 goal is for innovation to become one of the key pillars of the UAE government in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AlMaktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to develop government operations and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness, making the UAE one of the most innovative governments around the world.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation Educational Programs

Self Paced

Innovation in the Government

The Innovation in Government course is a free course provided by Mohammad Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation


Government Innovation Labs

Ended On 22/07/2018

This free course with Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation sheds light on the journey towards establishing an effective innovation lab

Instructors and Team

Ghaleb Darabya
Ghaleb Darabya

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.

Dr. Yasar Jarrar
Dr. Yasar Jarrar

Vice Chair, Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government, World Economic Forum Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, UK Senior Advisor, Oxford Analytica, UK Adjunct Professor, Hult International Business School, USA Senior Advisor, Harvard International Negotiations Program, Harvard University, USA Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore Fellow, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (previously Dubai School of Government), UAE Yasar today is a Partner in two Middle East based startups working in the Public Sector and Social Impact space ( and He is also the co-founder of the first Arabic portal for Digital Government ( Yasar is also working on his forthcoming book “The Sheikh CEO: Leadership Lessons from Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum”. From 2008 - 2012, Yasar was a Partner at Bain & Company and headed the Public Sector and Social Impact practice. Before that, he was a Partner at PwC for 4 years and led the Middle East Strategy Group, Global Education Group, and established the ME Public Sector Institute. Prior to joining PwC, Yasar served as the Executive Dean of the Dubai School of Government and as a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also served as the Strategy Advisor at The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai for over 3 years and a as Senior Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office (UAE Federal Government). In 2005, Yasar established the Government Performance Directorate in the Prime Ministry of Jordan and led the national team who developed the Jordan National Agenda 2015. Before that Yasar served as the Head of Policy and Strategy in the Executive Council of the Dubai Government since 2000. In 2009, Yasar was distinguished as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and founded the WEF’s Global Shapers Hub in Dubai. He is also a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government since 2009, of which he was selected Vice Chair in 2015. Prior to that, Yasar worked in the UK as a Research Fellow in Cranfield School of Management and Bradford School of Management, and advised leading international organizations including DHL UK, Bank of Scotland, Shell, Emirates Airlines, Saudi Aramco, and Arla Foods. Yasar published extensively in various academic and trade journals, and his insights have been quoted in global and regional media. For more details, see LinkedIn Profile For sample publication, see website

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