Sharjah Tatweer Forum and SAP to collaborate on innovation skills

MoU to help foster innovation, leadership and entrepreneurial skills

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Sharjah Tatweer Forum and SAP to collaborate on innovation skills (l-r) Tayfun Topkoc Managing Director, SAP UAE and Jassem Al Beloushi, Chairman of Sharjah Tatweer Forum sign an agreement to support business innovation, economic growth, and youth development in Sharjah.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 23, 2015

Youth-empowerment organisation Sharjah Tatweer Forum and SAP have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills for the economic development of Sharjah.

Under the MoU, SAP Middle East and North Africa's Training and Development Institute will conduct Design Thinking sessions for Sharjah's top industry executives and Sharjah Tatweer Forum's board members. Design Thinking uses a people-centered, problem-solving approach to deliver innovative solutions, through constant collaborative brainstorming, research, prototypes, and feedback.

SAP will also support Sharjah Tatweer Forum's leadership program with coaching and one-on-one sessions; launch a design thinking workshop for planning Sharjah as a Smart City; support entrepreneurs with SAP enterprise software; and have senior executives present at Sharjah Tatweer Forum events.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Jassem Al Beloushi, chairman of Sharjah Tatweer Forum and Tayfun Topkoc managing director, SAP United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Sharjah Tatweer Forum aims to enable young leaders to contribute to the progress and sustainable development of Sharjah, by implementing viable projects and productive interaction.

Jassem Al Beloushi, chairman of Sharjah Tatweer Forum, said: "As Sharjah's economy and tech-savvy youth population continue to grow, this partnership with SAP will enable us to synergizing industry, technology, and human growth to support sustainable development. By leveraging SAP's global expertise and Design Thinking, we are dedicated to enabling the next generation of technology entrepreneurs to reach their dreams and grow their businesses."

Tayfun Topkoc managing director, SAP UAE, said: "Our partnership with Sharjah Tatweer Forum continues our long-term support for the UAE's economic growth and youth development, with Design Thinking enabling innovation. With Millennials comprising three-quarters of the global workforce by 2025, we must empower youth to leverage technology to take the lead in transforming Sharjah's companies and society, and support Sharjah's sustainable growth."

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