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(English) Power Lunch with H.E. Khalfan Belhoul

Sep 20, 2022
(English) Dubai Future Accelerators

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Dubai, UAE, 20 September 2022: Young Arab Leaders (YAL) and Darwinbox, the fastest-growing HR tech unicorn, hosted a Power Lunch at the Dubai Future Accelerators auditorium in Emirates Tower recently. At the event, members from YAL and the Darwinbox team discussed how digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation can transform employee experience and efficiency at workplaces across the UAE. 

The lunch was led by H.E Khalfan Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Future Foundation, and saw YAL members from various industries come together under one roof. 

At the onset, YAL Board member, Majed Al Suwaidi, welcomed all the attendees and thanked H.E. for attending the event and making it a memorable gathering. YAL member and General Manager, Joint Venture Projects at Emaar, Fadi El Borno, introduced H.E to all the speakers and moderated the discussion. 

Kicking off the event, Chaitanya Peddi, Co-founder of Darwinbox, shared his journey of building Darwinbox, the value of people-centric innovation as well as how it is rapidly growing in the MENA region. He said: “Today, the most valuable asset for any company is its talent. As a global technology hub, the UAE is a test bed for advanced and emerging technologies like AI, and it is time that we leverage it within our workplaces too. This is why, at Darwinbox, we are committed to introducing new-age digital employee experiences for enterprises across the UAE and the wider MENA region.” 

“Our best-in-class AI-powered HR tech platform is custom-built keeping the local context and enterprise needs in mind. As we rapidly expand in the MENA region, we proactively look for opportunities to engage with young Arabs and understand their expectations both as business leaders and employees. We are grateful to YAL for offering us such a platform and look forward to co-hosting such events in the future,” added Peddi. 

Speaking at the event, H.E Khalfan Belhoul, said: “AI is becoming an important cornerstone for organizations looking to innovate and maximize their potential. However in order to make the best of AI innovation, it is crucial that enterprises continue investing in research and development; by investing in R&D a business is investing in their future capabilities.” 

“At DFF, our vision is to define the future in the present and through our work over the years, we have been able to create world-class innovation platforms for ideas to take shape. Through entities such as YAL, it is exciting to interact with creative and talented minds and hear their thoughts about integrating human thought and innovation with AI,” he added. 

Bringing together entrepreneurs from different industries and changemakers in the region, the event also provided an opportunity to network and explore new avenues for collaboration. 

About Darwinbox

Founded in 2015, Darwinbox is a global HR tech leader that empowers enterprises to better manage their talent with new-age employee experiences and disruptive AI-powered technology.

In the MENA region, Darwinbox works with Alef Education, Retailo, Mobily infotech, Seepco, Eyewa, Shalina Healthcare, and Foodics along with select operations of Al Rajhi Bank and the Lulu Group. The company also serves leading international brands such as Nivea, Starbucks, Dominos, Sephora, Swarovski, Adidas, Zara, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, AXA, Tokio, Cigna, and T-Systems.

Rated as #1 customers’ choice on Gartner Peer Insights 2022, Darwinbox is trusted by over 2 million employees from more than 700 enterprises across 90 countries. Darwinbox debuted in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Cloud HCM Suites For 1,000+ employee enterprises. It is the fastest HR tech company to become a unicorn and is backed by global investors like Salesforce Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and TCV among others.

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