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Our Charter

Palmwood is a creative organization founded by the UAE Government and IDEO, a global design firm. Building on a deep-rooted tradition of collaboration, Palmwood works with partners dedicated to curiosity, creativity and co-creation. We aim to improve lives in the UAE and beyond. We are a design-led movement creating new solutions for governments and organizations, developing creative capabilities in the people of the UAE, and opening up new conversations about what is possible through design.

 
 

Palmwood calls upon our shared optimism to ask brave questions about society — and to search for answers together. Come join us.

 
 

 
 
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Creative Council

 

H.E. Mohammad Al Gergawi

UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs & the Future

H.E. Ohood Al Roumi

Minister of State for Happiness & Well-being

H.E. Huda Al Hashimi

Assistant to the Director-General for Strategy & Innovation Prime Minister’s Office

H.E. Omar AlOlama

Minister of Artificial Intelligence, Managing Director of World Gov Summit

Abdulla Bin Touq

Secretary General of UAE Cabinet

Paul Bennett

Chief Creative Officer, IDEO

Sandy Speicher

INCOMING CEO, IDEO

Micheal Hendrix

Partner & Managing Director IDEO Cambridge

 

 
 
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CORE TEAM

 

Abdulaziz Khalid Al Jaziri

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Reem AlZarouni

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mitch Sinclair

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

Alwid Lootah

Design Researcher

Sara AlMutawa

Design Researcher

Maryam AlMudharreb

Design Researcher

Alaa AlShihabi

CREATIVE WRITER

Charmaine D’Souza

DIRECTOR, EXPERIENCE & PARTNERSHIPS

Hamza Al Omari

Product & Environments Designer

Evan Collisson

Communication Designer

 

“Unblocking your creative spark can have far-reaching implications for yourself, your organization, and your community”

TOM AND DAVID KELLEY, IDEO

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