Dr. Maria Papadaki

Dr. Maria Papadaki is an Associate Professor at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) and a Managing Director for the Dubai Centre for Risk and Innovation (DCRI). She has over ten years of experience in Risk Management from both Academia and Industry, with numerous years in the implementation, development, improvement, and management of risk frameworks, tools, and techniques. Maria worked previously in Rolls-Royce plc, leading different Enterprise Risk Management, Project Management, and Supply chain rolesIn 2013, Dr Maria Papadaki was seconded as an Interim Head of Risk, leading the risk management for the UK Nuclear Restoration (UKNR), a joint venture between AMEC, Atkins and Rolls-Royce plc bidding for the largest nuclear decommissioning project in UK (7.2 bn). Later The University of Manchester appointed her as a senior relationship manager and the PMO office head for BUiD. In a volunteering role Maria initiated the idea and led the development of the first innovation Hub (H2B) in Crete, Greece, on behalf of the Heraklion Chamber of Commerce in 2015. She then Joined BUiD in 2016 as a Managing Director for DCRI and lead the development of digital certificates for BUiD’s graduates, which made the university 1st in the Middle East and 3rd in the world implementing Blockchain technology in education. In 2018 she was appointed as a Board of Directors for the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) in London. Under this profile, she leads the global education and training standards strategy for the institute (IRM). Maria is a visiting lecturer at The University of Manchester, and her research interests are now focused on the integration of Enterprise risk management with disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT.


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