The Industry Leadership Board (ILB) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


The Industry Leadership Board (ILB) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region within the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a strategic platform that orchestrates the integration of innovation, sustainability, and resilience into the industrial fabric of the region. Recognizing the unique economic, environmental, and social landscapes of MENA, ILB-MENA is committed to fostering industrial development that is not only sustainable and technologically advanced but also inclusive and adaptive to the region’s challenges and opportunities.


  • Energy Sector Innovators, reflecting the region's pivotal role in global energy markets and the transition towards renewable and sustainable energy sources.

  • Technology and Digital Transformation Leaders who drive the adoption of digital technologies in manufacturing, logistics, and urban development, aligning with smart city initiatives across the region.

  • Sustainability and Environmental Stewards focused on integrating green practices in industrial operations to combat desertification, water scarcity, and climate change impacts.

  • Entrepreneurs and SME Champions who promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises as engines of economic diversification and job creation.

  • Policy and Regulatory Advisors adept in navigating the regulatory environments of MENA countries, ensuring compliance while advocating for policies that support industrial innovation and growth.


  • Sustainable Energy Transition: Championing the shift towards renewable energy sources and energy-efficient practices within industrial sectors, capitalizing on the region’s solar and wind potential.

  • Digital and Technological Advancement: Facilitating the digital transformation of industries to enhance efficiency, competitiveness, and integration into the global digital economy.

  • Environmental Sustainability and Resource Management: Implementing sustainable practices in water and waste management, and promoting circular economy principles to mitigate environmental impacts.

  • Economic Diversification and Innovation: Supporting the diversification of the economy through industrial innovation, fostering sectors such as technology, pharmaceuticals, and advanced manufacturing.

  • Regulatory Reform and Risk Management: Advocating for regulatory reforms that encourage industrial investment and innovation, while implementing robust risk management strategies to ensure resilience.


  • Proactive Leadership in Policy and Standards: Shaping and influencing industrial policies and standards that align with the region’s priorities and global best practices.

  • Collaborative Ecosystem Development: Building a collaborative industrial ecosystem that bridges the gap between government, private sector, academia, and civil society.

  • Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Growth: Engaging with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to ensure industrial growth is inclusive, addressing the needs and aspirations of diverse communities.

  • Regional and International Partnerships: Cultivating regional cooperation and international partnerships to share knowledge, technology, and best practices, enhancing MENA’s global industrial competitiveness.


ILB-MENA aims to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities within the Middle East and North Africa region by driving industrial innovation, sustainability, and resilience. We commit to leveraging the region's strategic location, energy resources, and emerging technologies to foster industrial growth that is sustainable, inclusive, and adaptive to global trends, enhancing the MENA region's position in the global industrial ecosystem.

ILB-MENA envisions a future where the MENA region’s industrial sector is a beacon of innovation, sustainability, and resilience, driving economic prosperity and environmental stewardship. Through strategic leadership, ILB-MENA aims to catalyze industrial transformation that aligns with the sustainable development goals, fostering a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable future for the region.

ILB-MENA seeks to position the MENA region at the forefront of industrial innovation and sustainability, leveraging its unique assets and overcoming its challenges to ensure a thriving, resilient, and forward-looking industrial landscape.

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