Programme participants talk of developing strong ties with peers for future collaborations
The T3 Leadership Programme for Young Leaders in the Middle East currently in progress led by the UAE-IL tech zone , Birthright Excel and the Young Executive Forum and supported by the Aviram Foundation is witnessing participants sharing knowledge of their cultures, know-how and ecosystem to develop strong ties for future collaborations via virtual meetings.
Highlights for participants was being able to learn from Ziv Aviram, the Co-founder & Co-CEO at OrCam Technologies (also founder of Israeli success Mobileye) and HE Mohamed Al Khaja, the UAE ambassador to Israel. In between sessions, the participants stay in touch on a daily basis via whatsapp and continue knowledge sharing beyond the zoom sessions.
The Aviram Foundation is no stranger to the UAE-Israel relation and has launched an award competition across the MENA region allowing regional entrepreneurs of the future materialize their ideas with a grand prize of USD500k. Last year’s ceremony took place in the UAE and included winners from Jordan and Israel.
Bringing together a group of 40 young promising executives aged between 28 to 35, from the the fields of VCs, tech, healthcare and diplomacy, the programme will continue until 15th January 2023 concluding with a physical meet up in the UAE from the 12th to the 15th of January 2023.
Iditi Rubin, Director of Birthright Excel said, ” Our aim with the T3 Leadership Programme is to create and maintain a layer of strong young leaders unified to nurture long-lasting and sustainable relationships in the region through education, cultural exchange and diplomacy. The interactions we see between the participants is encouraging and promising.”
According to Noa Gastfreund, UAE-IL tech zone’s co-founder, the programme is becoming a true vector of peace: a triangular exchange allying the Global Excel and Young Executive Forum and tech zone communities, but also the UAE, USA and Israel. With successful entrepreneurs in the world of tech and diplomacy being mentors, these collaborations are what the region needs where a new generation of leaders help tear down the usual barriers we face today.
Meitha AlNoori (UAE), Senior Legal Specialist, ADGM found that the T3 Leadership programme helped her realize the curiosity people from abroad have about the Emirati culture and the way of life in the UAE. She looks forward to the in-person meetings and hopes this will lead to long lasting friendships.
Oz Reshef (Israel), Founder & CEO of Pathos stealth mode Startup is keen on developing strong ties for future collaborations by engaging with other participants and is actively seeking out opportunities to collaborate by being proactive and making the most of the opportunities that the program provides.
Dr Abdulla Al Shimmari (UAE), Founder CEO of HCMS.ai & Co-founder & CVO of RestHero.io joined the programme to meet with individuals who are working within global leading ecosystems. He is learning from experts about their journey, the obstacles they faced, and the strategies they took within different industries. A true UAE champion, Dr Abdulla already started venturing with Israeli partners on data science.
Monica Sager (USA), Customer Success Strategy and Operations, LinkedIn is very eager for the physical meetup in January to deepen the initial relationships built via remote zoom sessions and explore the culture in Dubai for the first time while Hadar Houri (Israel), VP Marketing at HopOn finds the sessions with top tier business leaders extremely beneficial and is learning from their experiences and insights as they are experts in their respective fields.
The T3 alumni network will gather annually to share their work, garner cutting edge ideas and ties to keep building a strong Middle East. Most of the participants will come to the UAE for the very first time in January and the Emirati participants together with prominent business leaders and public servants will also attend a Shabbat dinner for the first time, and further deepen cultural understanding. The programme offers a real cultural exchange in addition to the wealth of knowledge for professional enhancement.