Hans Henrik Christensen
Director at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre and Silicon Oasis Founders
Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai Mentor
Hans is currently serving as Director of Dtec, the largest technology entrepreneur centre of its kind in the Middle East housing 700 Tech start-ups and incubators, labs and soon also accelerators. He has 20+ years’ experience in building up departments in large organisations and starting small companies in South America, Europe and the UAE.
He has successfully attracted venture capital to several start-ups and held important global positions in large IT and financial institutions. Hans built-up and directed the team of the only technology incubator of Siemens ICN and ICM, successfully spinning off Garderos Software Innovation GmbH, a company specialised in access gateway software and routers for fixed and wireless hotspots.
As the Director of Dtec, Hans’ responsibility is to lead a team that manages a co-working, incubation and growth investment unit supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs from 64 nationalities with running their ventures. Additionally he serves on the board of several start-ups.
Hans is a member of the DSOA Smart City Committee and of the DSOA Dubai Islamic Economy taskforce. The Smart City concept is based on creating a new approach to managing cities of the future. The Islamic Economy initiative targets building a technology centre focusing on start-ups and Muslim consumers using the seven pillars of the Islamic economy as guidance. Hans, holds a BA in Economics and Finance from Bentley University, and is currently finishing his EMBA at Hult International Business School.