Melodena Stephens

Professor of Innovation & Technology Governance at MBRSG in Dubai, UAE

Prof. Dr. Melodena Stephens is a Professor of Innovation & Technology Governance at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) in Dubai, UAE. She has three decades of senior management experience in corporate, academic, and government consulting across countries (she has lived in India, the USA, Taiwan, Germany, and the UAE). She consults and trains in strategy, focusing on themes like agile government, STI strategy, innovation, brand building, and crisis management.  Melodena is the founder and executive board member of the Academy of International Business – Middle East North Africa (AIBMENA), which fosters teaching and research capacity. AIBMENA was recognized by the Dubai government for its outreach, which has captured organizational memories through 100+ cases. On tech governance, she focuses on AI, metaverse, and synthetic biology, often working with entities like IEEE SA, the Council of Europe, Agile Nations, and the UAE and Dubai governments. Some of her most recent books are AI Enabled Business: A Smart Decision Kit, Agile Government, and Business With Purpose: Advancing Social Enterprise.