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Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone
Marc Mcilhone is ArabBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to: editor@arabbrains.com

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala ‘not in a rush’ on Softbank’s tech fund investment

The state fund is now focused on over 80 companies in Vision Fund 1. Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co. is assessing the strategy of Vision Fund 2, Softbank’s second technology fund, and is currently focused on the companies in the first fund, according to one of its senior executives. “We are not in a rush to make a …

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MENA has $100bln of clean energy projects in pipeline

Total investment in clean energy is forecasted to exceed $300bln by 2050. The MENA region has $100 billion worth of clean energy projects currently in the pipeline, according to a report by Energy & Utilities. The report estimates total investment in clean energy to exceed $300 bn by 2050 if the region’s utilities are to meet their ambitious targets. Middle …

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United States and Egypt Launch Center of Excellence for Energy at Ain Shams University

This new Center is part of a five-year, $90 million USAID initiative that also includes a Center of Excellence for Agriculture hosted at Cairo University in partnership with Cornell University. The Center of Excellence for Energy at Ain Shams University opened for business, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in close cooperation with the …

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SA, Egypt strengthen relations

President Cyril Ramaphosa is on an official working visit to Egypt. While in Egypt, President Ramaphosa will participate in the inaugural session of the “Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development” on 11 December 2019 in Aswan. South Africa and Egypt enjoy cordial bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and fraternal bonds dating back to the era of the liberation …

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13 teams from Mideast take part in Huawei ICT contest

Bahrain’s team placed second in the competition. Thirteen teams comprising a total of 39 students from across the Middle East have competed in the final of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019-2020, held at Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Over the course of 2019, the competition attracted more than 21,000 student registrations from 437 colleges and universities in …

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NTI and VMware sign MoU to develop ICT skills in Egypt

NTI and VMware collaborate to equip the next generation of IT professionals with skills. Partnership supports the ICT vision of Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. VMware and Egypt’s National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish NTI as the VMware IT Academy regional lead for the Middle East and Africa. The initiative will …

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Dubai’s DIFC Fintech Hive plans to increase number of cohorts: Raja Al Mazrouei

The programme’s third cohort generated an overwhelming response of more than 425 applications. Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Hive plans to increase the number of cohorts per year, while reducing the duration of its accelerator programmes. “We will probably spend the next couple of months sharing and exploring ways to have more cohorts within the year,” Raja Al Mazrouei, …

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Vodafone Egypt invests $2.8bln in 21 years

Curtil praised the Egyptian government’s efforts to ease the barriers in the face of investments. Vodafone has invested around EGP 45 billion over 21 years, according to the company’s CEO Alexandre Froment Curtil. Curtil praised the Egyptian government’s efforts to ease the barriers in the face of investments in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, according to a video …

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Canon Announces Participation in Cairo ICT & its Commitment to the Egyptian Market

Now in its 22nd year, the Cairo ICT show attracts more than 500 exhibitors and over 94,000 attendees. Canon Central and North Africa, a world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce its participation in the Cairo ICT event. Building on the success of Canon’s involvement in last year event and its strong partnerships in Egypt and wider the …

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Singapore-based inaugurates BIGO technology’s Amman office, opening doors to AI and more employment opportunities

The office was inaugurated by His Excellency Mothanna Gharaibeh, Jordan’s Minister for Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship. BIGO Technology (BIGO), a Singapore-based Internet technology company powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), has opened a new office in Amman, Jordan. The office was inaugurated by His Excellency Mothanna Gharaibeh, Jordan’s Minister for Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship. BIGO executives in attendance included Mr. Mike …

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