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Director at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre and Silicon Oasis Founders
Hans Christensen is currently serving as the Director of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority’s wholly owned Silicon Oasis Founders (a technology incubator) and Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec), that largest centre of its kind in the Middle East.Having lived 30 years outside his home country Denmark, Hans has been successful in starting up and running companies in South America and Europe in the ICT space.His experience includes starting companies, and running departments in multinational corporations. He has been successful in attracting venture capital to the tune of double digit US $ million. Hans has furthermore held important global positions for large financial institutions, dealing with the financing of large international ICT deals. Partners and customers were renowned names in the ICT industry. Hans build-up and directed the team of the only technology incubator of Siemens ICN and ICM. (ICN was a department of Siemens with 55.000 employees in 160 countries) reporting to the board of Siemens ICN. His last company was a spin-off from Siemens, producing access gateway software for Hotspots.As Director for SOF and Dtec, Hans’s responsibility extends to helping start-up and entrepreneurs establish their ventures. Currently, as Director and board member of 12 start-ups, Hans has contributed through SOF and Dtec toward the graduation of several start-ups from the incubator; while many others are currently entering into the program. Hans is also mandated to oversee Dtec’s co-working facility that is currently home for more than 500 start-ups. He is a GrowthWheel advisor and certified incubation manager (with NBIA: National Business Incubation Association).Hans is a member of the ‘DSOA Smart City Committee’ as well as a member of the Dubai Islamic Economy taskforce. The Smart City concept is based on creating a new approach to managing cities of the future. On another hand, the Islamic Economy initiative targets building a technology centre focusing on start-ups and Muslim consumers using the seven pillars of the Islamic economy as guidance.Hans, holds a BA of Science Degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University, Waltham MA, USA and a Candidate to EMBA at Hult International Business School.