KEYNOTE

Fostering Innovation Through the Power of Neurodiversity!

As globalization continues to gain speed and strength, the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to leadership is no longer sufficient to effectively engage an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international array of project stakeholders. More than ever before, the capacity to lead innovation and transformation through harnessing the power of cultural diversity is becoming an increasingly important skill for individuals at all levels of the organization and especially at project and program leadership level. Drawing from the growing body of research in cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, the presentation will introduce a framework for understanding how culture shapes the brain and the core cultural dimensions that drive thoughts, emotions, and behaviour in cross-cultural collaboration. The aim of the keynote is to move participants beyond the simple dos and don’ts of cultural awareness to a more sophisticated understanding of cultural differences and the key role that project and program managers play in fostering neurodiversity as a key enabler of innovation and competitive growth.

Samad Aidane is a leadership development consultant, trainer, and coach. He has over two decades of experience in leading Information Technology change initiatives. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium. Samad holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from neuroscience can inform leadership and Cultural Intelligence development. He has been a featured speaker for organizations such as Nike, T-Mobile, and Emirates Airlines and presented at international conferences, such as Project Management Institute Global Congress, Oracle OpenWorld, and Dubai International Project Management Forum. He is an instructor for the Leadership Development Certificate at Oregon State University.
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