ADQF 2014 to map global perspectives for strengthening Abu Dhabi’s quality infrastructure

April 19, 2014 12:37 pm

Renowned South African corporate strategist and advisor, Sean M. Cleary, Founder and Executive Vice-Chair of Future World Foundation, is set to lead the discussion among more than 70 national, regional and international speakers at the second Abu Dhabi Quality Forum (ADQF 2014) as part of his role as moderator for the opening and closing plenaries.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council from 27-28 April at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, ADQF 2014 will include 10 plenary sessions and 12 workshops that will allow for in-depth discussions on the implementation of quality standards in Abu Dhabi across vital sectors including food, healthcare, child safety, environmental marks and certifications, infrastructure projects and metrology in line with the objectives outlined in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

Sean Cleary is a regular guest lecturer on corporate strategy, globalisation challenges and conflict resolution at leading business schools, defence colleges, universities and institutes in the United States, Europe and South Africa.

Ahead of his participation at Abu Dhabi Quality Forum 2014, Cleary said: “In a globalized world, quality is not an option. Any nation seeking to compete successfully in a globally integrated economy, must deliver high, consistent quality in both its products and services. Regulators and business leaders must work together to identify areas of strength and pockets of weakness, build on the strengths, and eliminate the weaknesses, to meet and exceed internationally accepted standards. By taking the dialogue on quality infrastructure to a global level, ADQF 2014 will continue to drive improvements in the quality of Abu Dhabi’s exports to the world market.”

ADQF will kick start with a keynote address by His Excellency Ali Majeed Al Mansoori, Chairman, QCC. This will be followed by the opening plenary entitled “Quality Infrastructure 2030: Sustainable Industries for a Competitive Economy” that will witness the participation of Engineer Hussain Salem Al Katheeri, Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), Dr. Wolfhart Hauser, Chief Executive Officer, Intertek, UK and Howard Kerr, Chief Executive, British Standards Institution (BSI).

Panellists at the second plenary session on “Quality through Innovation and Leadership” will include His Excellency Engineer Khaled Salmeen Al Kawari, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), and His Excellency Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Steel.

Other leading panellists who will offer their views and highlight key challenges in their respective areas will include Her Excellency Prof. Maha Barakat, Director General of Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), His Excellency Eng. Mohammed Saleh Badri, Acting Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), His Excellency Dr. Nasser Saif Al-Mansoori, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Rail, Suhail Mahmood Al Ansari, Executive Director, Mubadala Healthcare, Badr S. Al Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, Engineer Ayman Al Makkawy, Director General, Abu Dhabi Industrial Development Bureau, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr. Abdul Qadous Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidli, Chairman, Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA), His Excellency Mohammed Saeed Al Neyadi?, Advisor of Strategic Planning and Organization Development, Family Development Foundation, Steve Lai, Board Member, Regional Institute of Environmental Technology (RIET), Singapore, Ghunaim Nasser Al-Bagmy, Member of the Board Directors and Managing Director, Saudi Specialized Laboratories Co. (Motabaqah) and Dr. Sufyan Irhayim, Director of Standardization and Metrology, GCC Standardization Organization.

ADQF 2014 key sponsors are Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), and Al Hilal Bank, and supporting sponsors are Borouge and Mubadala. The event aims aims to provide government leaders, regulators and international and region experts with a collaborative platform for discussing ways to advance Abu Dhabi’s quality infrastructure and enhance the Emirate’s position as a leading hub for quality and conformity. Organised by Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) under the theme “Quality Infrastructure: From Local to Global”, Abu Dhabi Quality Forum (ADQF) is inspired by Abu Dhabi Vision Economic 2030 and aims to develop the insights, initiatives and actions necessary for nurturing a robust and sustainable quality infrastructure in Abu Dhabi to position the emirate as a leading quality and conformity hub.