Chief Executive Officer

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time



Organization Name

Khalifa Innovation Centre (KIC)      

About University          

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and The Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University of Science and Technology endeavors to be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy.

Brief Description          

  • To be responsible for developing the Khalifa Innovation Canter (KIC) into a successful hub for entrepreneurship and value added businesses.
  • To be responsible for the strategic and operational management of all aspects of Khalifa Innovation Centre (KIC).
  • To build world class human capital, physical resources, financial resources and partner interactions for both KIC and for clients of KIC.

Detailed Description          

Strategic Management

  • Develops and manages the initial set-up of KIC, including defining and implementing KIC legal structure, establishing location, and hiring professional and managerial staff.
  • Develops centers of innovation excellence to support product development and business development in key strategic areas.
  • Effectively operates, markets and grows KIC to potential clients, affiliates, investors and sponsors, including local professionals, industry specialists, corporate managers and both local and federal government.
  • Works closely with the KIC Board, staff, partners and contractors to manage and coordinate KIC and its programs.
  • Adopts best practices for KIC and its clients for the environment in the UAE.
  • Actively recruits KIC clients and develops entry and exit criteria.
  • Maintains and grows an on-going relationship with a strong group of business mentors.
  • Nurtures an on-going commitment from Corporate and Strategic Partners.
  • Develops and implements a communications strategy to position KIC as an attractive hub for emerging startups and ambitious entrepreneurs.
  • Ensures that KIC is delivering the required level of mentoring, support service, and facilities to KIC’s clients.
  • Enhances local and regional economic growth through successfully growing startup businesses to become high growth leaders.
  • Develops close alignment between local businesses and their support infrastructures, including government, education and the wider Abu Dhabi industry sector

Incubator Structure, Systems and Processes

  • Develops and implements protocols and processes for KIC
  • Ensures selection criteria for KIC clients are developed and implemented
  • Develops and finalizes KIC start-up contractual agreements
  • Develops and implements professional mentoring services and shared services programs
  • Establishes funding mechanisms for KIC clients

 Daily Operation

  • Ensures overall performance of the organization.
  • Coordinates and manages reporting to the KIC Board.
  • Coordinates onsite business development, coaching, mentoring and problem-solving for KIC clients.
  • Develops and deploys seminars, outreach and networking events.
  • Takes financial responsibility for income and expenditure within delegated authority.
  • Manages property and assets belonging to KIC.
  • Establishes ongoing marketing activities to promote KIC.
  • Manages ongoing relationships with key partners.
  • Establishes and manage relationships with other accelerators and incubators within and outside of Abu Dhabi.
  • Performs other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time.

Job Requirements          

  • A Bachelor of science or engineering degree or related fields. MSc and/or MBA degrees preferred.
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with business startup and development in relevant technical fields.
  • Experience as a successful entrepreneur is highly desired. Also the experience in interfacing with corporate clients.
  • Knowledge and experience in the UAE or MENA is desirable
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with strong persuasive skills. Must possess required knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job effectively.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications. 

How To Apply          


You will be required to attach the following:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Passport-size photograph

Vacancy Type