Shaker Zainal is the Business Finance Director at Emirates Development Bank. He is leading plans to enhance the bank’s offering as part of EDB’s new strategy to become a key engine for growth of the UAE’s economy and the post-COVID recovery, emphasizing on entrepreneurship and innovation, adopting advanced technologies, generating In-Country Value as well as the 4th Industrial Revolution. He is also Head of MBRIF, on behalf of Emirates Development Bank, who have been appointed by Ministry of Finance to host and operate the fund.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF) is a non-profit UAE Government backed innovation enabler, which seeks to collaborate with those who tackle the world’s biggest challenges and address age-old problems in new and innovative ways, helping them reach their full potential through mentorship and fundraising. Mr Zainal holds an executive MBA from HULT International Business School (Boston, USA) and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the UAE University.
15 November 2021 | 10:30 - 11:15 | Keynote Panel: Startups invading the air transport industry
An increasing number of companies are setting up investment arms and accelerators to support innovation in the aerospace industry. This session will highlight increasing investments in aerospace startups, sectors they are focusing on and the new opportunities