60 seconds with Babak Ahmadzadeh


60 seconds with Babak Ahmadzadeh, Managing Director at Plug and Play

1. What has been your proudest moment at Plug and Play? 

There are many, but the moment Abu Dhabi Investment Office confirmed their partnership with us was massive. It showed that Abu Dhabi really valued us after 3 years here.

2. What does ‘innovation’ mean to you?

Innovation is bringing good ideas to reality, while paving the way for better ideas in the future. Innovation can apply to anything, anywhere. It starts, and ends, with people.

3. What is your favorite “hidden gem” in Abu Dhabi? 

A lot of great hidden foody gems! But I love the Jubail Mangrove Park. Beautiful place to walk and kayak in nature.

4. Make a prediction about the future in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi will be a global powerhouse for news ideas, new business and innovation. Especially for those prioritising regional and rapid growth.

5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Gratitude and compassion are key in everything. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama

6. Who do you most look up to, and why?
My mother and father. A very CTRL P answer but they are the best role models of decent people in my textbook. You can’t ask me to pick between the two!