A delegation led by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) visited the United States of America as part of DEWA’s efforts to enhance cooperation with international universities, companies and research centres.
The visit was also part of DEWA's aim to review best practices and latest research in different 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 with Diana Wu, dean of the University of California in Berkeley Extension. The meeting discussed collaboration in research & development, organising workshops on governance, and establishing a joint business accelerator where 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 in the campus of UC Berkeley.
Al Tayer visited SAP, the leading international software company, at its offices in California, USA. During the visit, Al Tayer met with Pat Bakey, president of SAP Leonardo, Henry Bailey, global vice president & head of business utilities at SAP, and Gergi Abboud, senior vice president at SAP for Middle East South, and Henry Bailey, global vice president & head of business utilities at SAP. The meeting discussed 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 HP, one of the world's largest technology companies, in Palo Alto, California, USA. The visit built closer ties with technology providers around the world. The delegation reviewed the latest innovations in 3D printing. During the visit, Al Tayer met with senior officials from HP, including Stephen Nigro, president of 3D Printing at HP, and Christoph Schell president of the Americas at HP.
In addition, Al Tayer met with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, at the headquarters in the State of Washington. DEWA and Microsoft will work together to explore the use of quantum computing in areas such as energy and water supply optimisation, with the goal of improving Dubai’s growing infrastructure.
DEWA is the first utility in the Middle East and North Africa to establish an investment, innovation and R&D company in Silicon Valley, California, USA. The Jumeirah Energy International Silicon Valley Company (‘JEI Silicon Valley’) is fully owned by DEWA.