Qatari inventor nominated for IFIA president's post

Victor Bolorunduro
IN what is a first for the GCC and the second for the Arab world, Qatar's Dr Adnan al Ramzani al Naimi, inventor of the Agri-Green eco-friendly machine, has been nominated unopposed for the position of the presidency of the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA), the global body for inventors.
IFIA is an ensemble of inventor associations, foundations, universities, corporations, companies, and research centres collaborating in an unparalleled way to disseminate invention and innovation culture internationally.
IFIA has a membership of about 154 which cuts across over 100 countries.
The organisation's services include providing inventors, invention associations and event organisers with the required information, linkages, and outstanding opportunities to share and discover innovative ideas and create an expanded network.
The Qatari inventor's nomination was accepted and approved during an IFIA Executive Committee Members Meeting held in Nuremberg, Germany on November 5.
The nomination is expected to be ratified at the general assembly of the 50-year-old body in Geneva, Switzerland in the first quarter of 2018.
Dr Naimi's presidency, when ratified, will run from 2018 to 2022.
Until now, Dr Naimi was equally an international jury and monitor as well as the only executive committee member from the GCC on the board of the organisation. As a jury, he has jurisdiction over Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and Qatar.
The Agri-Green machine, invented by Dr Naimi, is an eco-friendly equipment producing water from the suspended humidity in the air. The machine can also generate electricity by utilising renewable energy resources such as wind and solar energy.
Speaking about the nomination, Naimi said,"I'm happy to be nominated for this challenging position at this very prestigious organisation. The nomination is a global recognition of Qatar's development in science and technology. The achievement is for Qatar and I hope what I've been able to do will help inspire more interests in science and technology especially among the youth and students."
"I'm grateful to the Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani for the tremendous passion for science and innovation and the vision to place Qatar on a global stage, which has been yielding great results," Dr Naimi added.
"I'm highly motivated to lead IFIA with the support of HH the Emir, Minister of Culture and Sports and other government officials," he said.
He added further that he is planning to organize an exhibition in conjunction with the concerned ministries and governmental organisations, which will help promote and encourage innovations and inventions in Qatar.
"Qatar will become one of the leading countries in the field of inventions and innovative technologies with IFIA presidency," Dr Naimi said.
Dr Naimi, who has more than 40 years of working experience, including over 37 years with Qatar Petroleum in varying levels of technical and management positions, has won more than 150gold awards, gold cups, gold trophies, appreciation &diploma certificates till date) from different national, regional and international trade shows and competition.
Dr Naimi is also a member of a number of prestigious organisations, including Qatar Scientific Club, World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA), International Innovation Club 'ARCHIMEDES', International Federation of Inventors'Association (IFIA), Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills among others.