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AYEH NARAGHI - Executive Director Alcove Advisors AYEH NARAGHI - Executive Director Alcove Advisors


The Talk Embracing Uncertainty to
Create the Radical Solutions of the Future

In a world of accelerating change, large companies are being disrupted by startups with no domain expertise, creating a business world that has become unpredictable. Petar introduces the “Smart Failure” methodology, an elegant method of problem-solving based on modern economic theory and evolutionary biology and grounded in the scientific method.

Speaker Profile

A quantum physicist turned future strategist, Dr. Petar Stojanov is the Futurist-in-Residence at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies as well as Partner and Practice Lead of innovation and Future Strategy at Black, a global design and innovation advisory. Petar and his team are responsible for advising on the impact of disruptive new technologies and business models to shape the future of government, real estate and mobility.


An open discussion led by thought leaders devoted to sharing experiences, ideas and solutions. IMKAN Stories cover unconventional, though-provoking and inspiring discussions surrounding culture, art, technology, leadership and everything in between.


Open to speakers from all walks of life, we seek to not only empower our community but go further beyond our region and promote thinking on an international scale. With the launch of IMKAN Stories, we aim to challenge the status quo, shift attitudes and perception, question the norm, and provoke mindsets–all with the end goal of surpassing established boundaries and limitations.

The Conference

The Conference will take place once a year, launching as an exclusive invite-only event, and our esteemed guestlist will include Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s most influential agents of change. We also aim to gain support from members of the Abu Dhabi Municipality, The Department of Culture & Tourism, IMKAN Business Partners, VIP clients, as well as University students and peers.

ARTS + CULTURE + COMMUNITY =  Increase in quality of life ARTS + CULTURE + COMMUNITY =  Increase in quality of life