CALIFORNIA, USA, 24th June, 2018 (WAM) -- A delegation led by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has visited the US.
The visit is part of DEWA’s efforts to expand cooperation with international universities, companies and research centres, and review best practices and the latest research in a variety of areas, including renewable energy, water, automation, Artificial Intelligence, AI, and business accelerators.
Al Tayer was accompanied by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future, and Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.
During his visit, Al Tayer met Diana Wu, Dean of the University of California at Berkeley Extension. The meeting saw discussions on collaboration in research and development, organising workshops on governance, and establishing a joint business accelerator in which DEWA will build on the UAE's position and Dubai’s role as a leading hub for shaping the future and a platform to test disruptive solutions and technologies.
DEWA participates in the Dubai Future Accelerators programme, which is the largest accelerator programme in the world, to continue to explore and develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges in energy and water. The visit also included a tour of the Computer Lab at the campus of UC Berkeley.
Al Tayer also visited SAP, the leading international software company, at its offices in California, USA. The visit is part of DEWA’s efforts to enhance cooperation with international technology companies and review best practices and the latest research in different areas, including energy, water, AI, smart grids, and data science.
During the visit, Al Tayer met Pat Bakey, President of SAP Leonardo, Henry Bailey, Global Vice President and Head of Business Utilities at SAP, Gergi Abboud, Senior Vice President at SAP for Middle East South, and Henry Bailey, Global Vice President and Head of Business Utilities at SAP. The meeting saw discussions on cooperation in innovation, blockchain, big data, machine learning, and cloud computing through SAP’s HANA Data Management Suite, as well as its Leonardo IoT platform.
Al Tayer also visited the headquarters of Hewlett Packard, one of the world's largest technology companies, in Palo Alto, California, USA. The visit built closer ties with technology providers around the world, and included the delegation reviewing the latest innovations in 3D printing.