AMEI Hosts a Business Delegation from the UAE

The American Middle East Institute
Hosts a Business Delegation from the UAE

The American Middle East Institute was proud to host on January 15th & 16th, 2019, with Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, the Urban Redevelopment AuthorityCatalyst Connection, and K&L Gates, an advanced manufacturing-focused business delegation from the United Arab Emirates. 

Led by Mr. Badr Al-Olama, Director of the Aerospace and Defense Division of UAE’s Mubadala Sovereign Wealth Fund, the delegation explored bringing the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), of which Mr. Al-Olama is a founder, to Pittsburgh in the near future.

In addition to a private Welcome Dinner with corporate and university leaders atop scenic Mt. Washington, with a special talk about Pittsburgh past and present given by Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the delegation visited leaders and scientists at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and Carnegie Mellon University ‘s Manufacturing Futures Initiative

The itinerary also included site visits to GE AdditiveIndustrial ScientificCarnegie Robotics, and the Startup incubator AlphaLab Gear of Innovation Works. Startups featured included  Panacea.agModuleLumis, and Juvo Robotics.

This visit grew from the American Middle East Institute’s 11th annual Business Conference  “Disruptive Technologies & The Next Economy” held in Dubai last October, which featured Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.


Executive Luncheon at University of Pittsburgh

Tour at Industrial Scientific


Delegates Included:

Mr. Badr Al-Olama, Director of Aerospace and Defense, Mubadala Sovereign Wealth Fund
Mr. Ismail Abdulla, CEO, Strata Manufacturing PJSC
Mr. Namir Hourani, Managing Director, Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit
Mr. Mansoor Janahi, Acting CEO, Turbine Services & Solutions
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