Middlesex University Dubai hosted its first International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Sustainability in Business Management (ICTIS) on 2 May 2019.
The one day conference attracted approximately 120 delegates from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Participants included Middlesex University Dubai students and staff, and external delegates representing over 40 universities from the UAE and around the world including: India, Pakistan, Turkey, Oman, China, Nigeria, Canada, and Germany. The conference also witnessed strong representation from MDX students/alumni presenting/co-presenting their research with our faculty.
The Conference started with two excellent keynote speeches by Professor Ajit Karnik on ‘Issues in Measuring Sustainable Development’ and Namrata Balwani on the ‘Impact of Digital Transformation on Business’. This was followed by 52 oral presentations across 12 individual sessions. Additionally, the visual paper session featured student research from both UG and PG students from Marketing, IT, and Psychology. A group of our 2nd year Psychology students, (Fadhila Ahamed Mohideen, Hafseena Bind Ashraf, Sachi Kariappa, Tisha Virani, Tanvi Telang) won the award for “Best Student Poster” for their research Global Perspectives - Understanding Cross-Cultural Friendships in the UAE.
The conference wrapped up with an excellent and stimulating industry panel session on ‘Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability’ moderated by Supriya Kaitheri and Rory McConnon that featured Krishnadas Nanath, Senior Analytics SOAT Lead at Majid Al Futtaim; Anup Namboodiri, Senior Client Advisor Government Relations at SAS; Matteo Boffa, General Manager, Luxury Recycling Products at ETUI; Prakash Rao, Group Head, Supply Chain Projects at Landmark Group; and Muddassir Ahmed, MEA Regional Planning and Operations Manager at Bridgestone EMEA. The conference concluded with a ceremony that presented delegates with ‘best research paper’ and ‘best student poster’ awards.
The conference received excellent feedback from the delegates. Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director at Middlesex University Dubai congratulated the Conference Chairs Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian, Senior Lecturer, and Chair of Research Committee; Dr Supriya Kaitheri, Senior Lecturer in Data Analytics; and Rory McConnon, Senior Lecturer and Campus Programme Coordinator for putting together an excellent conference programme.