3rd virtual session of ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ highlights the role of data in digital economy and development of government ecosystems


Elite group of experts, executives, and global technology leaders join event

Abu Dhabi: The third ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ concluded today (Wednesday, September 8, 2021) with a discussion on the future of data and its pivotal role in digital economy and the development of government ecosystems. 

More than 575 participants from around the world joined the virtual session. The high-level attendees included company representatives, digital solution providers, and the media. 

Hosted by the Department of Government Support, represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), the session titled ‘The Future of Data: How Can Governments Create Data-Driven Ecosystems?’ was organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East.

The panel discussion hosted H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdulhameed Al Askar, Director General, ADDA; Kristian Møller, Director General, Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency, Denmark; Dr. Monsak Socharoentum, Vice President of Data Solutions, Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), Thailand; Dan Hu, CEO, G42 Cloud, and John Sheridan, Digital Director, National Archives, United Kingdom. 

The attendees looked into the latest trends, case studies, regulations, and policies that would enable and support the development of data-driven ecosystems. The panel speakers and experts reiterated data’s pivotal role in building future economies. 

During the online session, H.E. Al Askar made an introductory presentation on ‘Data Value Realization in Government

.’ He talked about the reality and future of data, the importance of its optimal utilization, and the existing challenges in this field. He cited the experiences of Abu Dhabi, Denmark, Thailand and the UK.

H.E. said: “Today’s successful session served as a platform for us to tackle the most relevant data-related topics. We looked into the best ways to benefit from data and utilize it in various vital sectors.”

“Data has become one of the most valuable government assets today. Governments can harness its power to develop the most essential services needed by the people, as well as create key economic plans and programs that meet the needs of the future,” H.E. further stated, “Without a proper strategy and data architectural structure, we cannot realize the true value of data in governance and policy making and use it to maximize operational efficiency.  By utilizing it in the right manner as an input, the output will be the desired outcome.” 

The panel highlighted that ‘Data next’ is not just about availability and quality of individual data sets or registers. It is about cohesion across data sets to support major transitions in society that cannot effectively be supported by data silos. 

The session underlined the importance of data in building the digital economy, stressing that data is currently the core of the general government policy-making process in a number of countries around the world.

The third session was part of the virtual ‘Digital Next Leadership Series’ that will be hosted until December 2021. The series was launched to shed light on key topics under the ‘Data Next’ pillar of the upcoming 2022 Digital Next Summit, which will take place on February 22-23, 2022. The summit, themed ‘Enabling Government of the Future,’ will focus on fostering partnerships between the public and private sectors to deliver government services that meet the rapidly evolving needs of citizens, societies, and businesses.

About Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA):

Abu Dhabi Digital Authority is leading the digital future of Abu Dhabi by supporting our government partners to deliver services and build ecosystems, that enrich quality of life and multiply opportunities for business and personal growth. ADDA supports Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation through strategies, policies, standards and enterprise architecture for increased government performance. In addition, ADDA delivers digital services, platforms and channels, and implement applied intelligence, shared government and cybersecurity solutions for government entities. 

Background information on Messe Frankfurt:

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Messe Frankfurt Group employs around 2,500* people in a total of 30 subsidiaries. The company generated annual sales of approximately €250* million in 2020 after having recorded sales of €738 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).