Mrs. Haya Al Ghanim
Mrs. Haya Al Ghanim
Haya’s career has been focused on enabling entrepreneurs to achieve their potential.
She is 2014 MIT Sloan MBA graduate with a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado - Boulder. She is currently the Innovation Director at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) where she focuses on creating an environment supportive of technology ventures. Haya is also an amateur athlete, angel investor and former co-Managing Director of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.
INSME: How would you define an innovative organization?
Mrs. Al Ghanim: An organization that is driven by ingenuity, and this is reflected throughout the organization from management and employees to products and procedures.
INSME: SMEs environment is changing very fast. According to you, what are the most relevant challenges to cope with?
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Increasing competition means businesses need to ensure they are always ahead of their game, ensuring they maintain a competitive edge. SMEs are witnessing exponential growth over shorter periods which can sometime mean they lose sight of what’s important. It’s imperative for SMEs to maintain their core value to ensure long term success.
INSME: Edwin Land said: “the essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail”. In your opinion, which is the most effective way to stimulate innovative thinking and unleash the creative potential of human resources?
Mrs. Al Ghanim: It is so important to inspiring employees to believe in the company’s vision. Fulfilling the vision becomes the goal they believe in, breathe by and dream to achieve and innovative thinking becomes the means. Companies should encourage employees to explore new avenues in innovative thinking. I believe unleashing creative potential is optimized when employees feel their ideas are valued and thinking outside of the box is encouraged.
INSME: Innovation is about collaboration: how did your organization benefit from strategic partnership opportunities?
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Bringing together key stakeholders in the region to support innovation-driven enterprises has been the best approach to foster innovation. We have collaborated with partners in government, academia, finance, entrepreneurs and corporate to develop initiatives and policy recommendations supporting the creation and growth of innovation-driven enterprises.
INSME: What role can international networks like INSME play to help public bodies, stakeholders and other intermediaries to foster innovation in favour of SMEs?
Mrs. Al Ghanim: They provide a crucial platform which serves to facilitate international and regional networking opportunities
INSME: Let’s play a game
INSME: If I say Cooperation you say…
Mrs. Al Ghanim: All stakeholders and employees holding a shared vision and working towards cohesive mission.
INSME: If I say Network you say...
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Open channels of communication among parties with shared vision leading to mutually beneficial collaboration.
INSME: If I say Internationalization you say…
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Borderless world, global citizens, endless opportunities.
INSME: If I say Intercultural Communication you say…
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Maximizing possibility of potential opportunities of those with shared vision.
INSME: If I say Innovation you say…
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Challenging existing ways of doing things.
INSME: If I say change you say…
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Embracing uncertainty and using it to your advantage to adapt and innovate.
INSME: Your innovation motto…
Mrs. Al Ghanim: Be consistent in your quest, constantly examining existing models and envisioning the future reimagined.