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Regien Sumo
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Regien is a senior principal and member of Oliver Wyman's Dubai office. She is also the head of innovation and research and development (R&D) management in the IMEA region.

With a background in consulting and investment banking, Regien is a highly accomplished professional with expertise in strategic, innovation, and operational matters.

Her contributions include advising on national biotech and healthcare innovation strategies. She has also developed strategies for ease of doing business through technological and innovative solutions, conducted technology forecasting and foresight initiatives, and formulated innovation and entrepreneurship strategies for companies and nations across various industries and regions.

I am passionate about the creative disruption that innovation brings to companies and governments alike. Innovation is the fuel that creates champions, and the Middle East is ripe for grabbing its share

Regien is fluent in both English and Dutch. She holds a Master's degree in Strategic Management and Finance from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She has also studied at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business and obtained the CFA I certificate. Regien completed her academic journey with a Ph.D. in Innovation Management from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

In addition to her role at Oliver Wyman, Regien serves as a visiting professor at New York University in Abu Dhabi and Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has authored books, articles, and received awards in the field of innovation and R&D, solidifying her reputation as a thought leader in these areas.

Outside of work, Regien enjoys sports and is involved in teaching and mentoring student entrepreneurs in developing and scaling their business plans.