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Australian and Emirati Ministers to address Australia Day at GMIS

Published on 20 October 2021

The Australia UAE Business Council, along with the Australian Business Group – Abu Dhabi, and Australian Business Council Dubai, are pleased to announce that Senator the Hon Jane Hume, Australian Minister for the Digital Economy, as well as HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, Emirati Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, will headline Australia Day at GMIS.

Hosted on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre and also streamed virtually – alongside the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) – Australia Day at GMIS will bring Australian and UAE industry, policy professionals and government together to create closer bonds and relationships between the two nations. 

Australia UAE Business Council Australian Co-Chair, the Hon Christopher Pyne, said it was an honour to host the two Ministers at Australia Day at GMIS.

“We are pleased to welcome Minister Hume and HE Al Olama to Australia Day at GMIS, and we look forward to hearing their insights as the top policy makers in their respective nations on the digital economy,” said Mr Pyne.

“Across our two nations, the past couple of years have been challenging for business people wanting to travel between Australia and the UAE, which has seen the rise of the use of technology in brokering business deals and the ever strengthening of our digital economies.”

Australia UAE Business Council Emirati Co-Chair, HE Badr Al Olama, said that it was pleasing to see the strengthening of relations between the two nations through Australia Day at GMIS.

“GMIS will be held in Dubai this year to coincide with Expo 2020, and we are pleased that Australia Day at GMIS will provide an Australian perspective to the 2021 GMIS theme of Rewiring Societies: Repurposing Digitalisation for Prosperity,” said HE Al Olama.

Further information and to register for Australia Day at GMIS, please visit www.ausuaebc.com/australia-day-gmis-2021.

Bios of Australia Day at GMIS Keynote Speakers
Senator the Hon Jane Hume
Australian Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy

Senator the Hon Jane Hume was first appointed to the Australian Federal Ministry in 2019, with responsibility for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology.

Her responsibilities were expanded in 2020 to encompass the broader digital economy, and again in 2021 when she became the first Minister for Women’s Economic Security.

Minister Hume is passionate about her portfolios – from improving Australia’s superannuation system, ensuring it is transparent, efficient and fit-for-purpose; to facilitating Australia’s ambition to be a world leading digital economy and society by 2030; to ensuring the best possible economic outcomes for women, there is much work to do.

Upon being elected as a Liberal Senator for Victoria in 2016, Senator Hume was appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Economics.

She previously held various senior positions in the financial services industry, working for the National Australia Bank, Rothschild Australia, Deutsche Bank and, immediately prior to her election, as a Senior Policy Adviser at Australian Super.

A proud Melburnian and St Kilda Football Club supporter, Minister Hume enjoys swimming, reading, and most of all, spending time with her three children, Harry, Charlie, and Imogen.

His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama
UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications

His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications since July 2020.

Al Olama has joined the Federal Government in 2017 as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, where he was responsible for enhancing the government performance by investing the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.

Al Olama is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit in the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. Al Olama has been working as the Deputy Director of the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. Al Olama contributed to the preparation of the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy and the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy.

His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama holds a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University of Sharjah and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Dubai.

About GMIS

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) transformation of manufacturing to enable the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), GMIS is a global platform that presents stakeholders with an opportunity to shape the future of the manufacturing sector and contribute towards global good by advancing some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The first two editions of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit were held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2017, and Yekaterinburg, Russia in July 2019, respectively, with each edition welcoming over 3,000 high-level delegates from over 40 countries. The third edition, GMIS2020, was held virtually in September 2020 and convened over 10,000 attendees and close to 100 thought-provoking leaders from governments, businesses, and civil society.

GMIS2021, the fourth edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, will be held once again in the United Arab Emirates from November 22 to 27, alongside EXPO Dubai, under the theme – Rewiring Societies: Repurposing Digitalisation for Prosperity.

To learn more about GMIS, please visit https://gmisummit.com.

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