The Dubai Saturday Club returns for an exciting second season and, with a strong focus on design, it promises to, once again, deliver a fun, informal and educational programme that will bring teenagers from across Dubai’s schools together with social entrepreneurs to make the world better and happier.
Last season we took inspiration from the UK’s National Art & Design Saturday Club and with a fresh approach, this season will prove to be just as innovative.
Thanks to our partnership with the Design & Fashion Council, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Creativity Clusters Authority and Dubai Culture, students will have the opportunity to harness their passion for design, as well as channel their creative, collaborative and communicative skills – the key components we all need to live a happy, healthy and productive life.
For this season, we’re inviting young adults aged 12-15 from Dubai schools to take part in the #DubaiSaturdayClub with sessions held two Saturdays a month in February, March, April and May. Each session will be delivered by community mentors working in creativity and design; entrepreneurship; technology and wellbeing and, working side-by-side with their teams and mentors, students will love learning through design-thinking. The programme culminates with students inventing and creating a prototype of a product or service to benefit our world and all prototypes will be displayed at several key events across Dubai.
The Dubai Saturday Club is free to attend and you will not be assessed, so what are you waiting for? Join us now.
Henri is probably best known for his work in creating and promoting the much-loved Angry Birds brand and today he lives and works in Dubai providing world-class OTT, video, sports and mobile services to all of us media and tech hungry users.
From Helsinki, Finland, Henri can quite rightly be considered an entrepreneur and start-up enthusiast and through his savvy business acumen, has contributed and invested in education and work experience opportunities for young people across Asia and the Middle East for the last 20 years.
His energy does not end there, however. Henri’s passion is to co-architect the world's most relevant connected user base.
Roberto brought the internet to Germany with CompuServe, B2B e-commerce to Sony Europe and ‘du TV’ to Dubai. He started his career investigating vanishing funds on behalf of the German government during Germany’s re-unification years and has since worked for numerous blue-chips and start-ups.
He applies his career experience a little closer to home these days and currently supports his wife with her imaginative start-up companies. Roberto also finds the time to fulfill his role as senior director of product development for Dubai-based media company, Intigral.
If you know about the event, Startup Weekend Dubai 2014, then you probably know Tina. She was responsible for organising this and it resulted in grabbing the attention of an Arab audience when it nabbed a 22-minute special on Sky News Arabia.
Tina is now a market launcher for Careem, the brilliant Dubai-grown app-based car service, as well as a global facilitator for Startup Weekend. Previous experience includes a stint as program manager for Afkar.me as well as two startups in Canada.
A technologist at heart, curious by nature and willing to always challenge himself to find the next best thing, Italian-born Fabio has had a fascination with engineering since his early teens, going from building amateur ham-radios and destroying home appliances, to developing products and solutions for aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, digital markets and now education.
His career experience has taken him to more than 22 countries and today he spends his time travelling the Middle East as director of Pearson Service Delivery, helping education Ministries and institutions transform their performance and improve student outcomes using technology.
Busy father to two girls, Fabio also makes time to enjoy sports, diving and play squash.
Sarada can be described in two words - startup enthusiast - and her passion is driven by the firm belief that the digital revolution will transform the world we live in in a way we cannot begin to decipher.
With previous experience of working for global ecommerce digital firms, Sarada currently works as the product manager for Dubai-based media company, Intigral. Her earlier work experience includes Snapfish and Monster. Sarada also holds a masters in Psychology.
Sandy Seeds founder Justine Bain, is a mother to three children and numerous rescue animals and Justine brings more than 15 years of experience in health, wellbeing and stress management to our Saturday Club.
Her team offers children’s outreach programmes covering food education, children's Yoga, age appropriate mindfulness/meditation classes and gardening.
Not only that, she runs in-house training for qualified teaching staff, is a certified Yoga therapist, children's Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, holistic health counsellor and a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador.
Mother to three 3 girls - Emma Joy, 11, Jasmine, 10 and Jana Sofia, 6 – Natalia has lived in Dubai since 2001. Since moving here, Natalia has channeled her passion for Yoga into her company, Posetivity, which uses kids Yoga, teen Yoga and mindfulness to help children overcome their emotional challenges, discover their inner strength, and develop positive thinking from an early age.
As a certified Yoga teacher, Natalia is able to tailor Posetivity’s programmes to perfectly complement school curriculums, yet it is her life experiences that are truly making a difference to children in Dubai schools. In 2014, Natalia was diagnosed with breast cancer and has used yoga and meditation to overcome her latest battle. She is now more determined than ever to share those benefits with children and our Saturday Club.
Katherine Cebrowski is co-founder of Yoga company, Posetivity, and derives her passion for Yoga from her mother who taught classes from when Katherine was very young. Understanding the benefits of learning yoga at an early age, Katherine educates our children about their health and wellbeing with tremendous enthusiasm and says that she finds her work immensely rewarding knowing that her students are developing a strong and balanced foundation and gaining the life skills and attitudes for a healthy future.
Not only that, her years of experience has rewarded Katherine with excellent communication skills and the energy to deliver clear, inspiring, and fun-filled instruction to give us all the full potential to be more positive and innovative in our everyday lives.
Prashant, or PK as he is fondly known, is passionate about innovation, startups, entrepreneurship, technology, mobility and knowing how to live and create intelligent communities.
As an active investor of technology startups, his portfolio is spread over Silicon Valley, India and the Middle East, and his experience is now being handed down to the next generation as PK spends much of his time mentoring young entrepreneurs who hungrily feed from his accelerated ideas.
His ability to lead has seen PK’s career cross many industries, including as trustee on the Global Board of TiE, president of TiE Dubai, founder of The Assembly and The SmartStart Fund, CEO of Optimistix Ventures and honorary secretary general of Indian Business & Professional Council-Dubai, to name just a few. Hear PK speak at our Saturday Club and apply the same boundless energy and inspiration to your own professional careers.
With the ability to apply innovation and creativity to all walks of her life, Muzna has carved for herself a varied and fulfilled career that has taken her from advertising to branding to market research.
Her professional life began after graduating in Visual Communication and Strategic Design Management and this foundation has fired her passion for knowing more about human behaviour, design and how products and services can be shaped and manipulated to become commercially successful for providers – no matter what they produce!
Muzna now works in Dubai applying her well-honed techniques of design thinking to promote creative practices in different industries and it is these clever and unique approaches that she will share with you at our Sautrday Club.
Kamelia Zaal having served as Creative Director at Al Barari for eight years, has branched out again on her own, forming a new Landscape Design studio, Kamelia. After studying landscape garden design at London's Inchbald School of Design, Kamelia returned to Dubai inspired to create intuitive, stylised landscapes.
Establishing her own company Second Nature, in 2006, Kamelia is best known for her work on the prestigious Al Barari project, winning the 2014 International Property Awards for Best Residential Landscape Architecture, Best Residential Landscape Architecture Arabia and Dubai.
Her work has been included in the book, Garden Design Up Close, the UK Garden Design Journal and numerous regional publications. Having won both a Silver Gilt medal at Chelsea Flower Show, UK, and the Gardening World Cup, Japan, her goal is to continue HH Sheikh Zayed’s vision to protect and enhance the environment of the UAE leaving behind a green legacy.