Dr. Samir Hamrouni

CEO, The World Free Zones Organization, UAE

Dr. Samir Hamrouni is CEO of the World Free Zones Organization. In this role he leads the organization to bring the Free Zone community together and promote their positive impact. In three years he has overseen the reach of the organization into over 120 countries. Through his flagship initiative Free Zone of the Future, Dr. Samir is providing Free Zones with the necessary tools to be tech-ready, innovative and sustainable organizations which contribute to the economic prosperity and social development of their host country.

Previously, Dr. Samir was employed as Senior Advisor with Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a 100% Government owned free zone that promotes modern technology based industries. Previous to DSO he was at Economic Zones World, EZW, a global developer and operator of economic zones, technology, logistics and industrial parks under the Dubai World Group. EZW’s portfolio includes JAFZA, one of the world’s largest free zones; TechnoPark (TP), a research driven business and industrial park, and Dubai Auto Zone, an industry specific free zone.

Dr. Samir coordinated a multidisciplinary team, which developed for the Dubai Economic Development Department and Dubai Executive Council the “Dubai Medium Term Economic Plan 2012-2016”.

Dr. Samir has served in various posts since he began his career. He was Manager of Research & Development at The Arab Science & Technology Foundation (ASTF).

During 2004-2005, Samir joined the Euro-Arab Management School (EAMS), as Director of Business Development. In 2002, he founded the Barcelona Arab Center, which aims to consolidate Euro-Arab cooperation in the cultural, social, educational and economic fields, and until very recently he was its director.

In 1997, he was working as Research Manager at the University of Barcelona (UB), where he played a key role in the internationalization of research and the establishment of “Parc Cientific de Barcelona” (Barcelona Science Park), a pioneer R+D+I structure (Research + Development + Innovation).


Monday, 9th December, 2019

15:45  -  16:35
LEARNING LABS – Session 1: Developing Agility

Pillar 3:

Session 1: Developing Agility
(Expert Briefing – 2 x 15-min TED-style presentations followed by Q&A)

Our speakers will provide a deeper dive into foresighting and agility. They will carry on a dynamic conversation focusing on how associations and their communities are adapting to new economies as part of their resilience strategy, such as the Sharing / Circular / Experience / Innovation / Platform / Knowledge economies. They will also demonstrate that “Learning organisations” are organisations who:

  • Develop adaptability
  • Implement local strategies that are scalable globally,
  • Initiate sector-wide responses to external disruptions, and
  • Implement swiftly and precisely while regularly gather and incorporate feedback from inside and outside.


Areas of impact: