Director General
Smart Dubai Office, United Arab Emirates

Dr Aisha Bin Bishr is the General Director of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, engaging with leadership in the public and private sector to make Dubai a global benchmark smart city. 
Prior to that, Dr Aisha worked as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The Executive Office role is to implement the vision of HH (to make Dubai #1 globally) as well as to be the source of the best futuristic initiatives. Part of her role was leading the Smart Dubai task force team from the time of the announcement of the Smart Dubai initiative in March 2014, to the formation of the Smart Dubai Office.
Dr Aisha also worked in the Ministry of Labor as an Assistant Undersecretary for support services responsible for developing and implementing strategic management, partnership development and change management policies.  With more than 20 years of experience in information, communication and technology (ICT) development in public and government sectors, she possesses analytical, coordination, communication and advocacy skills relating to ICT, public reform trends and strategies.
Dr Aisha Bin Bishr holds a PhD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from Manchester Business School. A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Science (Business Information Technology) from Higher Colleges of Technology , and a degree in Public Finance Management from Dubai School of Government as well as a graduate of Orchestrating Winning Performance Diploma from IMD. 
Dr Aisha Bin Bishr is a graduate of a two-year young leaders programme organised by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD). She is also enrolled in the Mindful leadership programme run by the Prime Minster Office in UAE.
Dr Aisha Bin Bishr has received many awards; the latest is Leading Woman in Public Sector 2015 from the Global WIL Economic Forum, another as the Middle East Woman Leader in Corporate Management Excellence (2012) by Middle East Women leaders Excellence Awards. She received Community Service Medal 2013 by Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interiors as recognition of the national constructive role played by her. She received an award recognising her role in enabling the smart city vision of His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid, from the Swedish Embassy, Trade & Invest Council and Ericsson.
Dr Aisha Bin Bishr represents the Smart Dubai Initiative in many communities and conferences such as City Protocol Society, smart Cities Expo as well as at the GSMA.

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