Monday, 21 May 2018

New York University Abu Dhabi Honors Class of 2018 at its Fifth Graduation Ceremony

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry encourages graduates to believe in the possibility of a better future

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan attends NYU Abu Dhabi’s 2018 Commencement

Abu Dhabi, May 21, 2018 – New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) celebrated its fifth graduation ceremony today honoring the many accomplishments, academic passion, and inspirational ambition of the Class of 2018. Degrees were conferred to 253 students from 71 countries at the ceremony that took place on the University’s campus on Saadiyat Island.

In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and H.H. Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan; Chair of the NYU Board of Trustees William R. Berkley, NYU President Andrew Hamilton, and NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom officiated at the Commencement ceremony. The event was attended by approximately 1,300 guests, and was live streamed to audiences around the globe.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry offered the keynote address to the graduating class. John Kerry said: “Every problem we face is created by human choices. And to the best of my knowledge, those problems can also be solved by human choices. Everyone needs to understand the awesome power that each of you really has at your disposal as you graduate: the power to choose.”

“You should be remarkably proud... You’ve created a... stunning institution that has an ability to produce the leaders of the future. And I can’t think of a time in the world’s history when leadership has been more wanted and needed... Congratulations to all of you in the Class of 2018. Now, get out and get the job done!"

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, also delivered remarks, saying: “In this year when we are celebrating the centenary of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the UAE, NYUAD serves as a powerful illustration of how far and how fast we have traveled as a country.”

“Both the UAE and NYUAD have been fortunate to have visionary leadership. But that would not have counted for much if people were not willing to put in the long hours required to turn those visions into reality. So always remember that what distinguishes true leaders from others is not simply that they have big ideas, but that they have the resilience and determination to see them through,” His Excellency Dr. Gargash continued.

During their four years, the Class of 2018 has excelled in both academic and extracurricular pursuits, earning top honors, including Rhodes Scholarships and Fulbright Awards. It has participated in student clubs, athletic groups, and built ties with the Abu Dhabi community. Graduates have interned at some of the world’s most respected organizations, including CNN, Deloitte, Emaar, Etihad, Google, Hill & Knowlton, IBM, Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan, New York City Department of Design and Construction, and various Permanent Missions to the UN including Costa Rica, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan, and the UAE.

NYU President Hamilton said: “I look at the NYU Abu Dhabi community, and despite the tumult in the world, I feel hopeful. You are proof that a group of people from over 110 countries can come together with shared purpose and make a positive, enduring impact on the world.”

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Bloom said: “Class of 2018, as you go forward from this celebration, I ask you: first to champion in whatever ways you can your alma mater’s continuing resolve and ability to bring education of the finest quality to this nation and the world; second, to champion however you can, NYUAD’s continuing commitment to cultivate discerning, prepared, and optimistic agents of a cooperative world; and third, to work however you can to extend NYUAD’s distinctive model of education more broadly to higher education, and to that world.”

For more than half of the Class of 2018, their next step will be to start new jobs and begin applying all they’ve learned in their time at NYU Abu Dhabi. Many of them have chosen to remain in the United Arab Emirates, at organizations including The National and PricewaterhouseCoopers, while others will travel across the globe to pursue opportunities in creative industries, at educational fellowships, technology firms, innovative startups, private enterprise, and social research firms. And some are starting careers abroad at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Unilever, SpaceX, and Amazon.

Others will go onto further study, and have already been accepted to graduate programs in disciplines spanning transportation and engineering, architecture and urban development, international security, law, economics, social and international policy, and development, healthcare, writing, and the sciences. They are studying for degrees at the world’s leading institutions including Harvard, The Juilliard School, Cambridge, Paris School of Economics, Oxford, Cornell, Stanford, Georgetown, and Columbia.

Class of 2018 student speaker Abda Kazemi said: “I can now confidently leave and dare to say that I still wish to change the world. But that clichéd phrase just means, that as a collective we can each make a positive contribution. Leaving the world a better place than when we encountered it. Whether that be a small gesture of thanks to a friend, a member of faculty, staff, or making global public policy. Each of us can do one kind thing a day that will bring light into someone else’s life... Now I want you to ask yourself, if you don’t pursue your goals and dreams, then who will? NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2018, be dreamers.”

Emirati student and 2018 Rhodes Scholar Maitha Salem Al Memari said: "To the UAE, my home country, a country small in size but immense in heart. On behalf of the Class of 2018, I want to thank the UAE and its visionary leadership for investing in us and trusting us with the responsibility to take what we have learned to change the world for the better."

This year’s ceremony marks the graduation of the second cohort of Global PhD Fellowship students from NYU Abu Dhabi. Muhammad Yasin, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Charalambos Konstantinou, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Xi Wei, Biomedical Engineering; and Nektarios Tsoutsos, Computer Science and Engineering. All four graduated with an NYU Tandon School of Engineering PhD degree after completing the Global PhD Fellowship in Engineering, a collaboration with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Division of Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi.

The Class of 2018 is NYU Abu Dhabi’s fifth graduating class since its inaugural Commencement in 2014.

The video of the full ceremony is available on NYU Abu Dhabi’s website.

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Dubai Technology Partners and Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes Company, Announce Partnership for Middle East and North Africa

Partnership aimed at helping stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aviation industry drastically improve operational efficiency and passenger satisfaction

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – May 21, 2018 – Dubai Technology Partners LLC (DTP), the region’s leading business consultancy and systems integrator for the aviation industry, today announced that it is has signed a partnership agreement with Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes company and global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O).

Since 2004, DTP has acquired extensive knowledge and skills to cater to the continuously evolving airport technology requirements. Due to the rapid growth of the aviation industry in the MENA region, this strategic alliance will allow DTP to extend its solution offering and provide its aviation customers with Quintiq’s world-class, innovative planning and optimization solutions that will help to improve operations efficiency, increase productivity and ultimately positively impact passenger satisfaction and retention.

“We collaborated with Quintiq in 2017 to deliver planning solutions to one of the biggest hub airports in the world to manage its fixed resources; including airport stands, gates, baggage belts and check-in counters. That successful implementation has improved the airport’s overall efficiency, reliability and passenger satisfaction,” said Abdul Razzak Mikati, Managing Director at DTP. “Through that collaboration, we recognized our complementary capabilities and synergies, and collectively, we believe that the formalization of our partnership will result in the delivery of much-needed, high-tech aviation optimization solutions to stakeholders across the region.”

“DTP has impressed us with over a decade’s experience in aviation know-how, project management, delivery capability and high standards of service quality. On merit, DTP is our clear choice for a strong partnership in order to further strengthen Quintiq’s presence in the Middle East and North Africa’s aviation market. Our shared vision, goals and expertise will allow us to make day to day business easier for airports, airlines, ground handlers and ATCs and in doing so, set the highest industry standard,” added Henk De Bruin, Director Delivery, EMEAR at Quintiq.

Julphar Wins Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award

Awards honor best-in-class innovators and disruptors

Company recognized for its strong overall performance and effective strategy

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 21, 2018 (AETOSWire)- Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, has won the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Award for the Best Emerging GCC Pharma Company.

The awards program, now in its fourth year, is based on Frost & Sullivan's research on best practices in growth, innovation and leadership and honors best-in-class innovators and disruptors from various industries in the region. Julphar was recognized for its strong overall performance and effective strategy.

Rashid Khan, Julphar’s Regional Director (GCC Region), accepted the award in Dubai at a ceremony that was attended by a number of well-known and respected local and international companies.

Speaking at the event, Khan said: “We are truly honored to receive this award and I would like to say a huge thank you to Frost & Sullivan for recognizing Julphar. I would also like to thank all of our employees and partners for their hard work and our shareholders and customers for their continued support.

“We are excited with the future potential of new products, new markets and our new direction and look forward to a successful 2018.”

Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Award recognizes companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development.

Frost & Sullivan industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges, which is comprised of senior executives representing some of the Middle East’s top companies.

Jerome Carle, General Manager of Julphar, said the company had achieved yet another milestone in the Middle East by being honored with the Best Practices Award.

He said: “Winning the award is a confirmation that the world is taking notice of the important contribution Julphar is making to the global and regional healthcare market. Since inception, our goal has always been to bring value and quality to the healthcare community.

“Receiving such recognition highlights the vital work we are doing to develop and manufacture best-in-class solutions that help meet patients’ needs and make a difference to families in the region. 2018 is an exciting year for Julphar. We are now the number 1 pharmaceutical company in the UAE thanks to a very strong Q1 and I would like to say a huge thanks to Rashid and his team for achieving this goal.”

Earlier, it was announced that Julphar had been ranked number one pharmaceutical company in the UAE, reflecting a strong double digit sales growth versus 2017. This year, the company plans to launch 25 new products in the UAE and register 200 new products in the region.

جلفار تفوز بجائزة فروست آند سوليفان لأفضل الممارسات

تكرّم الجائزة أفضل الشركات المبتكرة والتي أحدثت تغييراً جذرياً

تمّ تكريم الشركة بفضل أدائها العام القوي واستراتيجيتها الفعالة

دبي ، الإمارات العربية المُتحدة، 21 مايو 2018—("ايتوس واير")- فازت "جلفار"، وهي إحدى أكبر الشركات المصَنعة للأدوية في الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا، بجائزة "فروست آند سوليفان 2018"، عن فئة أفضل شركة مصنّعة للأدوية في دول التعاون الخليجي.

ويرتكز برنامج الجوائز، الآن في عامه الرابع، إلى أبحاث "فروست آند سوليفان" المتعلقة بأفضل الممارسات في مجال النمو والابتكار والريادة ويهدف إلى تكريم الشركات الأفضل في فئتها في مجال الابتكار وإحداث تغييرات جذرية من مختلف القطاعات في المنطقة. وقد تمّ تكريم "جلفار" لأدائها العام القوي واستراتيجيتها الفعالة.

تسلّم راشد خان، المدير الإقليمي لشركة "جلفار" (منطقة دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي) الجائزة في دبي خلال حفل حضره عدد من ممثلي الشركات المرموقة على الصعيدين المحلي والدولي.

وقال خان في كلمته بهذه المناسبة: "يشرفنا الحصول على هذه الجائزة، وأودّ أن أعرب عن خالص شكري إلى ’فروست آند سوليفان‘ لتكريمها ’جلفار‘. كما أودّ أن أشكر جميع موظفينا وشركائنا على عملهم الدؤوب والشاق ومساهمينا وعملائنا على دعمهم المستمر."

"إننا متحمسون بشأن الإمكانات المستقبلية للمنتجات الجديدة والأسواق الجديدة وتوجهنا الجديد ونتطلع قدماً إلى أن يتكلل عام 2018 بالنجاح."

وتكرّم جائزة "فروست آند سوليفان" لأفضل الممارسات الشركات في مجموعة متنوعة من الأسواق الإقليمية والعالمية لتحقيق إنجازات بارزة وأداء متفوق في مجالات مثل الريادة، والابتكار التكنولوجي، وخدمة العملاء، وتطوير المنتجات الاستراتيجية.

ويتولى المحللون المتخصّصون في القطاع لدى "فروست آند سوليفان" مقارنة المشاركين في السوق ويقيسون الأداء من خلال المقابلات المتعمقة، والتحليل، والأبحاث الثانوية الشاملة من أجل تحديد أفضل الممارسات. ويتم اختيار الفائزين من قبل لجنة تحكيم مستقلة تتألف من كبار المدراء التنفيذيين الذين يمثلون بعضاً من أفضل الشركات في الشرق الأوسط.

من جانبه، اعتبر جيروم كارل، المدير العام لشركة "جلفار" أنّ حصول الشركة على جائزة أفضل الممارسات يشكّل إنجازاً كبيراً آخراً حققته الشركة في الشرق الأوسط.

وقال في معرض تعليقه على الأمر: "يعدّ فوزنا بهذه الجائزة تأكيداً على أن العالم يقدر المساهمات الهامة التي تقدمها شركة ’جلفار‘ إلى سوق الرعاية الصحية العالمي والإقليمي. ومنذ إنشاء شركتنا، عملنا على تحقيق قيمة وجودة أكبر لمجتمع الرعاية الصحية".

وأضاف: "إنّ حصولنا على هذا التكريم يسلّط الضوء على الأعمال الهامة التي نقوم بها لتطوير وتصنيع أفضل الحلول للمساعدة في تلبية احتياجات المرضى وإحداث التغيير اللازم لدى العائلات في المنطقة. يعتبر عام 2018 عاماً مشوقاً بالنسبة لشركة ’جلفار‘. لقد حلّت الشركة في المركز الأول بين شركات الأدوية في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة بفضل إنجازات الربع الأول الذي كان قوياً للغاية. وأودّ أن أشكر راشد وفريقه على تحقيقهم هذا الهدف".

وقد تمّ الإعلان في وقت سابق عن حصول شركة "جلفار" على المرتبة الأولى بين شركات الأدوية في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، ما يعكس تضاعفاً كبيراً في نمو المبيعات مقارنة مع الأرقام المسجلة عام 2017. وتعتزم الشركة هذا العام أن تطلق 25 منتجاً جديداً في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، وأن تسجّل 200 منتج جديد في المنطقة.

EVOPS Marketing & PR Enters into Strategic Alliance with FN Designs


May 21, 2018

DUBAI – EVOPS DMCC Dubai has announced its strategic alliance with FN Designs that will leverage the two companies’ unique strengths to expand their footprint across the Middle East.

H.E. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Founder and Director of FN Designs, stated, “We are delighted to partner with EVOPS Marketing & PR as the two companies complement each other in different yet related disciplines making us unique in the market. This alliance will allow us to continue to build on our success by delivering world-class creative, marketing and events management solutions to local and international brands.”

The agreement will help to enhance and reinforce the two companies’ combined strengths and core competencies in advertising, branding, corporate identity development, PR, social media and influencer marketing, experiential marketing, communications strategy, media planning, digital marketing, events management, website and mobile app development. As part of the alliance FN Designs and EVOPS will jointly work on projects with an active exchange of knowledge, market insights and expertise where required.

Mr. Michel Noblet, Chairman of EVOPS DMCC Dubai said, “We are very excited to collaborate with one of Dubai’s most prestigious and leading creative studios. It gives us a massive competitive advantage as we follow are ambition to expand in the region. FN Designs is uniquely positioned in the Middle East to offer customized and innovative art and design solutions incorporating Emirati heritage. This strategic understanding will enable us to provide our customers with a comprehensive suite of services while driving measurable results and optimizing return on marketing investments.”

“ايفوبس ماركتينج آند بي آر” تدخل في 

تحالف استراتيجي مع استوديو "إف إن ديزاينز" 

للنشر الفوري 21 مايو (أيار) 2018

دبي- أعلنت وكالة "ايفوبس دي ام سي سي-دبي" للتسويق والعلاقات العامة عن اقامة تحالف استراتيجي مع "إف إن ديزاينز" من شأنه تعزيز نقاط القوة الفريدة التي تتمتع بها كلا الشركتين بهدف توسيع نطاق وجودهما في جميع أرجاء الشرق الأوسط. 

وفي هذا الصدد ذكرت الشيخة وفاء حشر آل مكتوم، مؤسس ومدير "إف إن ديزاينز": "نحن سعداء بالشراكة مع ايفوبس ماركتينج آند بي آر لا سيما وأن كلا الكيانين يكمّل أحدهما الآخر في مجالات عمل مختلفة لكنها مترابطة مما يضفي علينا سمة التفرد والتميز في الأسواق. ومن شأن هذا التحالف أن يتيح لنا الاستمرار في تعزيز نجاحنا وتوطيده من خلال تقديم حلول لإدارة الفعاليات والتسويق بطراز عالمي وابداعي لصالح العلامات التجارية المحلية والعالمية."

تجدر الإشارة إلى أن هذه الاتفاقية ستسهم في تعزيز وتوطيد مواطن القوة المشتركة والكفاءات الأساسية للشركتين في مجال الاعلان واشهار العلامات التجارية وتطوير الهوية المؤسسية والعلاقات العامة ووسائط الاعلام الاجتماعية والتسويق التأثيري والتسويق التجريبي واستراتيجيات التواصل والتخطيط الاعلامي والتسويق الرقمي وإدارة الفعاليات وتطوير المواقع الالكترونية وتطبيقات الهاتف المحمول. وكجزء من التحالف ستسعى كل من "إف إن ديزاينز" و"ايفوبس" إلى العمل جنباً إلى جنب على المشاريع من خلال التبادل الفعال للمعارف والأفكار والرؤى والخبرات حول الأسواق حيثما كان ذلك لازماً. 

وصرح السيد ميشيل نوبليه، رئيس مجلس إدارة وكالة "ايفوبس دي ام سي سي-دبي": "نحن متحمسون جداً للتعاون مع أحد أعرق صالات العرض في دبي وأكثرها ابتكاراً وريادة، فهذا التحالف من شأنه أن يمنحنا ميزة تنافسية هائلة بينما نتابع طموحاتنا في توسيع قاعدة أعمالنا في المنطقة، حيث أن استوديو "اف إن ديزاينز" يحظى بمكانة فريدة في الشرق الأوسط تمكنه من عرض وتقديم الفنون الابتكارية المتخصصة وحلول التصميم الممتزجة بالثقافة الإماراتية. كما أن هذا التفاهم الاستراتيجي سيتيح لنا تزويد عملائنا بمجموعة شاملة من الخدمات وفي الوقت ذاته تحقيق نتائج قابلة للقياس وتحسين العائد على الاستثمارات التسويقية بشكل مثالي."

Trina Solar completes acquisition of Nclave

CHANGZHOU, China, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/Asianet-Pakistan -- Trina Solar Limited ("Trina Solar" or the "Company") announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of Spain-based Nclave Renewable S.L. ("Nclave"), the world's leading solar tracker system manufacturer. This is the first time that a Chinese solar company has acquired a solar tracker producer outside of its home market, accelerating Trina Solar's strategic transformation from a leading PV product supplier to a global smart PV solution provider. The acquisition also marks another solid step towards Trina Solar's strategic transformation into an enterprise focused on the development of alternative and renewable energy solutions that work in concert with the Internet of Things ecosystem.
With the acquisition, Trina Solar's latest TrinaPro smart PV solutions will directly incorporate Nclave's tracker products and engineering designs, while Nclave's leading-edge technologies will also be deeply integrated into Trina Solar's smart solutions.
Nclave was founded by the Clavijo Family and integrated the company MFV in 2017 together with the participation of the fund Q-Growth . Nclave has over 12 years of experience in renewable energy sources, having provided more than 2.5 GW worldwide. It currently has its headquarters in Madrid (Spain), commercial offices in five continents and manufacturing facilities in Navarra (Spain).
Nclave is a leading company in the development, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of fixed structures and photovoltaic solar trackers, including dimensioning and implementing of all foundation solutions. Nclave offers the widest range of products in the market (fixed structures and single and multi row trackers with any configuration), being adaptable to all kinds of project through solutions with minimum investment cost; as well as operation and maintenance. Its design for core parts and structures have received multiple international patents.
About Trina Solar Limited
Founded in 1997, Trina Solar is one of the first Chinese solar companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. As of the end of 2017, Trina Solar's total module shipments had exceeded 32GW, ranking first in the world. Trina Solar has recently developed TrinaPro, a proprietary utility-scale smart PV solution for large power stations as well as commercial and residential solutions, energy storage systems and photovoltaic modules. As the world's leading provider of integrated solar energy solutions, Trina Solar has taken the lead in evolving into a brand in the world of energy IoT (internet of things) and is committed to becoming a global leader in this new and emerging sector.