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Radio interview with Dubai Eye (FM 103.8)

March 24, 2013 Articles, Media / Op-ed
Kai L. Chan, PhD Advisor at Emirates Competitiveness Council looks at the issue of happiness and well-being on World Happiness Day (20.03.2013): <<Radio interview with Dubai Eye (FM 103.8)>> Copyright © 2013, Arabian Radio Network. All rights reserved.  

Time Out Dubai (Home & Garden)

December 5, 2012 Articles, Media / Op-ed
[caption id="attachment_1691" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Time Out Dubai home & garden supplement (December 2012).  Published by & © 2012 ITP Digital Ltd.  All rights reserved.[/caption]

The Natioanl: UAE nationals urged to get overseas research experience

June 18, 2012 Articles, Media / Op-ed
UAE nationals urged to get overseas research experience Colin Simpson June 18, 2012 [caption id="attachment_3164" align="aligncenter" width="462"] The Firmenich laboratory which makes perfumes for big branded company’s in Dubiotech, Dubai Biotechnology and Science Park In Al Barsha.[/caption] DUBAI // Young Emiratis who want careers in research and development should go overseas to gain experience before returning to help the UAE become a centre for innovation, according to an expert. "There's a life cycle of talent," said Dr Kai Chan, senior adviser to the Emirates Competitiveness Council, a federal government body. "I'd encourage young Emiratis to go abroad to learn and then come back with their knowledge. "We want to ensure that young Emiratis are going into the workforce equipped, we want to encourage this as we want to be a knowledge-based economy. We do want to become a hub for R&D, we do want to be among the world's leaders." However, Dr Khaled Amiri, head of the biology department at UAE University, said he did not favour the term hub, as this implied that expatriate researchers would move to the country and then leave after two or three years without passing on their knowledge. "The nationals are going to complement…

The National: Emiratis ‘should be at ease in their jobs’

June 12, 2012 Articles, Media / Op-ed
Emiratis 'should be at ease in their jobs' Colin Simpson June 12, 2012 DUBAI // Multinational companies must create a more comfortable working atmosphere for Emiratis, a conference has heard. Internships and opportunities for government employees to sample life in such companies for a few months were other ways to lure Emirati science graduates into the private sector, speakers yesterday told the Life Sciences Foresight event organised by DuBiotech. Longer-term expatriates were also needed to ensure true knowledge transfer and "the Emiratisation of knowledge", the conference heard. "From a UAE perspective, with local talent we have some issues," said Dr Ashraf Allam, regional managing director for the Middle East and Africa of the biotechnology giant Amgen. "We don't have access to the local talent here. We have a perception, and I tend to believe it's a reality, that local talent tend to trade job security and work-life balance with growth and career enhancement. "If you work for the Government it's more comfortable, you can sail along. The corporate world is usually intense. You need to work hard, there's a lot of risk involved, it's a very competitive environment. "Someone has to research why these people are not coming to the…

INSEAD: Innovation and Policy Initiative

March 28, 2012 Articles, Media / Op-ed
Policy Breakfast Series - March 2012 Competitiveness and Innovation at Work in the UAE Dr. Kai Chan, Senior Advisor, Emirates Competitiveness Council "Measuring Innovation and R&D in the UAE"




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