DEWA CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer has met with a number of technology leaders from the public and private sector during a visit to the US.
Al Tayer is visiting US institutions as part of DEWA's efforts to enhance cooperation with international universities, companies and research centres, and review best practices and latest research in different areas including renewable energy, water, automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and business accelerators.
During the trip the DEWA delegation met Diana Wu, Dean of the University of California in Berkeley Extension. The meeting discussed collaboration in research & development, organising workshops on governance, and establishing a joint business accelerator.
Al Tayer also visited the Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum (WEF) where he met with its Managing Director, Murat Sönmez. DEWA was the first public utility to join the San Francisco-based centre.
Among technology companies, Al Tayer visited SAP in California, where he met Pat Bakey, President of SAP Leonardo, Henry Bailey, Global Vice President & Head of Business Utilities at SAP, and Gergi Abboud, Senior Vice President at SAP for Middle East South, and Henry Bailey, Global Vice President & Head of Business Utilities at SAP.
The meeting discussed cooperation in innovation, blockchain, Big Data, machine learning, and cloud computing through SAP's HANA Data Management Suite, as well as its Leonardo IoT platform.
Al Tayer also visited the headquarters of HP, one of the world's largest technology companies, in Palo Alto, California, USA. The visit built closer ties with technology providers around the world. The delegation reviewed the latest innovations in 3D printing.
During the visit, Al Tayer met with senior officials from HP, including Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing at HP, and Christoph Schell President of the Americas at HP.
On Friday Al Tayer met Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the company's Redmond HQ. During the meeting, Al Tayer discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation .DEWA and Microsoft will work together to explore the use of quantum computing in areas such as energy and water supply optimisation, with the goal of improving Dubai's growing infrastructure.
During the meeting, Nadella said that DEWA is a strategic partner for Microsoft and intends work with DEWA to build efficient data centres that are powered by clean energy.
DEWA plans to work with a research team from Microsoft to develop Quantum Computing solutions to improve energy efficiency through quantum algorithms and software testing. DEWA will be the first organization outside the United States to use Quantum Computing from Microsoft.
Other members of the DEWA delegation include Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future, and Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.