04:09 PM | 06 Dec 2018

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and DarkMatter Group develop UAE cyber security talent to meet challenges of a digital future

Dr. Kareem Sabbagh & H.E. Jamal Huwaireb
  • Agreement signed today at Knowledge Summit in Dubai
  • DarkMatter Group will partner with universities and government organisations to develop local cyber security talent
  • MoU supports the UAE Vision 2021 agenda


Abu Dhabi – 6 December 2018: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and DarkMatter Group today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Knowledge Summit2018 that will develop the best digital talent for the UAE’s growing cyber security sector.

DarkMatter Group has created the Associate Talent Programme (ATP) which will see the Company partner with universities and government organisations across the UAE in a joint effort to develop and employ local cyber security talent. The MBRF is the first signatory to the new programme. The agreement was signed by HE Jamal bin Huwaireb, Cultural Advisor to the Government of Dubai & CEO of MBRF, and Dr. Karim Sabbagh, CEO of DarkMatter Group, at the Knowledge Summit.

HE Jamal bin Huwaireb, Cultural Advisor to the Government of Dubai & CEO of MBRF, said: “The agreement we’ve signed today seeks to support the UAE in achieving the Vision 2021 agenda and we are committed to investing in a competitive knowledge economy, which is crucial not only forDubai and MBRF, but the entire nation.

“The growth of the cyber security industry and the investment made by companies such as DarkMatter Group has been significant and we want to ensure it remains a thriving and sustainable sector within the national economy for decades to come.”

Karim Sabbagh, CEO of DarkMatter Group, said: “We view the long-term success of the Group as being contingent on developing a pipeline of UAE experts and innovators in the digital technology and cyber security domains.

We focus on attracting talented and creative Emirati employees to our business.

Moreover, we must do so by engaging with the elite educational institutions, as together we can create a framework where we can identify and incubate these talents. We expect our engagement to start while these exceptional young minds are completing their studies and to continue as they graduate and build their professional careers.

“Today’s partnership announcement with MBRF will be an important step in the future development of the industry across the UAE. We need to ensure there is a steady stream of local professionals taking on the challenges of cyber security and delivering solutions that keep the wider digitisation of the economy on track.”

The ATP programme will see a series of collaborations between the public and private sectors on research and the publication of data. It will be focussed on the acquisition of talent, promoting research and IP while supporting wider moves towards digitisation for the whole of the country.

Under the initiative, DarkMatter Group will hire and develop talented individuals currently studying in the fields of computer science, software development, data science, cyber security and STEM fields. MBRF will support by recruiting top graduates from across its network and partners, which includes the Ministry of Youth, Emirates Scientists Council, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In order to promote Research & IP Creation, the organisations will deliver events for all graduate researchers and scholars from the UAE at DarkMatter Group’s headquarters. This will give faculty and graduates the ability to present cutting edge research projects and pitch ideas to leadership. The business has specific research strategic objectives including blockchain, cryptography and other advanced technologies. It is hoped that by working closer together, the private sector and UAE academia can deliver competent solutions to the wider market and boost innovation in the country.

Finally, both organisations will set up joint initiatives to deliver ground breaking publications in supporting the UAE’s Digitisation plans.

The MBRF’s fifth annual Knowledge Summit has been underway this week in Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the directives of MBRF Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The summit runs from December 5-6 and bears the theme – ‘Youth and the Future of the Knowledge Economy.’ The event offers a platform that brings prominent decision makers, academics and experts together to engage in constructive discussions and propose solutions to address digital challenges of the future.

The Knowledge Summit is a core event for the MBRF and was first launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in May 2007. The event has subsequently led and implemented several pioneering programmes aimed at establishing Dubai and the UAE as a centre for knowledge and research.

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