Masdar City, UAE: World’s First Carbon-Neutral, Zero-Waste Community

Turning Vision into Value

Invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2009 Series…

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Masdar City, UAE:
World’s First Carbon-Neutral, Zero-Waste Community

Guest Presenter: Karin Larsen, Masdar City Project

Masdar City is the expression of a vision. It represents Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted response to the challenges facing a sustainable future. The Masdar Initiative and Masdar City are positioning Abu Dhabi as a global leader and hub for the research and development of renewable energy and sustainable technology. The funding for Masdar comes from the Abu Dhabi government.

Masdar City’s aim is to become the Silicon Valley equivalent for clean, green and alternative energy; a global centre where over 1500 companies will converge to address one of man’s greatest challenges; a city where current and future technologies will be funded, researched, developed, tested and implemented. Masdar’s mandate is to champion renewable energy technologies, and to contribute to the diversification and sustainable growth of the Abu Dhabi economy into one that is industry-led and knowledge-based.

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Karin Larsen is the US Sales Representative for the Masdar City Property Development Unit, where she develops cross-border strategic partnerships and business relationships between Masdar City and US companies. Prior to this, she was a Senior Vice President at Gulf Capital Private Equity in the UAE, where she analyzed and executed investment opportunities in energy services, alternative energy, and technology/media. Previously, she established i2i Capital in Hong Kong, a boutique private placement and investment firm serving SMEs in Asia. In the cleantech sector, she has worked with companies active in electric vehicles, coal gasification, plastics recycling, nanomaterials, and water filtration.

Program Schedule:

6:00: Arrival and networking
6:45: Community buffet dinner
7:10: Appetizer Story—Developing Green Innovative Communities: Dr. James Caldwell
7:15: Introductions
7:30: Feature Presentation
8:30: Showing Up as an Innovation Advocate (optional sharing of innovation stories)
9:30: Closing

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.


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1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

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