The heart of tech

This article was published on March 25, 2010


Newthink Theater launched in Jordan Today

Newthink Theater launched in Jordan Today
Khaled AlSaleh
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Khaled AlSaleh

Khaled’s passion for tech started at a young age. He believes it may have been somewhere around the age of four when he first tried to elect Khaled’s passion for tech started at a young age. He believes it may have been somewhere around the age of four when he first tried to electrocute himself while putting the laws of physics to test, and the age of 6 when he received his first computer, a ZX Spectrum 16K/48K. Since then, he has developed a passion for all things digital and has been known to spend hours fiddling with toasters that have some intelligence in them. He still can’t make a sandwich though! To learn more about Khaled visit his LinkedIn profile at http://ae.linkedin.com/in/alsaleh

Newthink Theater,  an initiative promoting idea sharing in a format similar to TED, launched today with an impressive line-up of videos.

Maher Kaddoura, the man behind Newthink Theater, previously led Accenture, the global IT and management consulting company, in the Middle East. He has a proven ability to drive change at a national level, most recently he led Hikamt al Muroor, which resulted in a 32% drop in road-deaths in Jordan!

Newthink Theater is likely to have a similar impact on innovation in Jordan. One of the more popular videos on the site features Maher interviewing Ghassan Nuqul, vice-chairman of the Nuqul Group (makers of the seemingly ubiquitous “Fine” tissues). Enjoy, he has a way with words:

I love Denmark. They used to be Vikings but now they are small.

Small, but US$340 billion (Dh1.24 trillion) in GDP, number one in happiness, number four in innovation.

They invented Lego, designed the Sydney Opera House, they make the best wind turbines – but they are this tiny little country. They have embraced being small.

So we need to embrace being small. We need to become the more-with-less nation.

From an interview in The National by Tom Gara.