Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Middle East

For the last few years, Clinton Brook & Peed has been honored to represent Dr. Hayat Sindi and her i2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (“i2”), in her efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the Middle East. Earlier this week, partner Tim Clinton traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to attend i2’s Second Annual Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The event, sponsored by Saudi Arabian Airlines, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Emaar Properties and others, featured a fascinating panel of speakers, including i2’s first crop of Fellows. Among the speakers were Andrew Zolli (Executive Director of PopTech), Todd Reichert (Co-Founder of AeroVelo), and Nola Masterson (Managing Director of Science Futures, Inc.). After the conference, Mr. Clinton traveled to King Abdullah Economic City with Dr. Hayat for a tour of the King Abdullah Economic City and substantive discussion with Emaar Properties about the ways in which the Economic Cities Authority and other private companies and public actors are working to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the Kingdom. The Kingdom appears to be attempting some important changes that will be necessary to create the environment that they will need to grow a viable entrepreneurial community. We are excited and pleased to be a part of that process.

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Clinton Brook & Peed has represented Dr. Sindi in a range of matters since 2011. CB&P is currently engaged as counsel to Dr. Sindi’s newest non-profit organization, the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2 Institute).

Dr. Sindi was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists. She left Saudi Arabia in her teens and worked against the odds to become the first female from the Gulf to earn a PhD in biotechnology, studying at King’s College London, Cambridge, MIT and Harvard. Dr. Sindi is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and a co-founder of Diagnostics For All, which offers cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic tools enabling the treatment of the 60% of people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures. She has been a PopTech fellow in both Science and Social Innovation, advancing her longstanding goal to more closely link science and social impact. Dr. Sindi was announced by National Geographic as National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and serves on the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia.