We are pleased to invite you to Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on October 31st from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 230 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Wasif Minhas will deliver seminar on:
“THE FUTURE OF ENTREPRENUERSHIP”
Dr Wasif Minhas
Higher Colleges of Technology
The world of work is going through a prolonged period of uncertainty. Structural changes to our economy are super imposed by technological advancements allied with the 4th industrial revolution. These changes affect us all, but especially the young who are getting ready to enter the labor market in a globalized but increasingly uncertain market economy. This paper focuses on the future of entrepreneurship in the 4th industrial revolution and explores opportunities available to Millennials and Generation Z. It aims to understanding how new generations may harness the power of entrepreneurship to navigate through the 4th Industrial Revolution. The paper is based on a thematic inquiry and interview data derived from a recent study with University graduates. Interviews enabled deep meanings to be drawn out of the rich experiences of graduates who wanted to start a business, where some had succeeded but others had not. Conclusions were drawn from contextual interpretations of participants and the way they organized their experiences. Entrepreneurship is presented, not just as a viable career option, but also as a life style choice and an avenue for self-actualization for new generations. In doing so this paper distinguishes technological advancements as expected metamorphic developments of the 3rd Industrial revolution and suggest that social change, and the transformation of individual economic actors is at the core of the 4th industrial revolution.
A strong advocate of individual freedom through entrepreneurship, Wasif is an experienced educator, mentor and trainer. Since moving to the UAE from London he has spent the last 7 years teaching Economics and Entrepreneurship at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah Campuses. He has been heavily involved in the establishment of Innovation Hubs and Business accelerators in Sharjah. Wasif has also led many initiatives related to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at the National and International stage. Wasif has worked closely with Government organisations in Sharjah and helped develop a bespoke start-up licenses specifically designed for Emirati Entrepreneurs. The “Tomouh” business license provides targeted support in key areas such as registration, incubation and market access. Wasif frequently collaborates with community partners and creates opportunities for creativity and innovation that help enhance the entrepreneurial eco-system and change mind-sets. His deep interest in education and economics is parallel by in his interest in sustainable economic growth. Wasif has several research publications to his credit and presented papers at international conferences.