Dr. Baju George
Chief Executive Officer - Interim
Dr. Baju George is a highly experienced professional with accomplishment in Knowledge Cluster creation and management in UAE and abroad. Management experience from Dubai includes free zones development and operation. Further had done international knowledge township evaluation of potentials, formulating strategies and development in India, Malta, Korea and other countries.
Dr. George joined as Head of Property Management of Dubai Internet City in 2001, the first knowledge cluster that transformed Dubai into a knowledge power house with multiple clusters, and later worked with its holding arm, TECOM Authority as Project Manager, Department of Strategy & Business Development. He was assigned as first staff for SmartCity project and was its Director - Planning & Project Development and later Director -Legal & Contracts for the global initiatives. Dr. George was instrumental in establishing both Malta and Kochi SmartCity projects in 2007 including initial conceptualization, identification of appropriate project location, negotiation for different agreements and concessions with respective government and initiating physical development. In 2016, he was instrumental in completing first phase with one of largest LEED Platinum rated IT building of India and commencing of construction of Phase-2 with 9 Million sq. ft BUA in SmartCity, Kochi.
Dr. George worked as Project Director- Real Estate of Dubai International Financial Centre Authority from 2008 to 2011 and rejoined SmartCity as its Managing Director in 2011. Apart from existing projects, he also focuses on international expansion of SmartCity network globally. From SmartCity headquarters in Dubai he leads Strategy, Business Development, Legal, Marketing and other key functions for the global network. He is a board member of SmartCity Kochi and Chief Operating Officer of SmartCity Dubai.
Prior to moving to Dubai in 1996, Dr. George worked as an Advocate in India, focusing on civil and consumer law for about 10 years. In 2005 he was short listed as Best Administrative Employee under Dubai Government Excellence Program. Currently Dr. George is a member of the British University in Dubai (BUiD) MSc IT/ITM Advisory Council. He is a regular speaker at different international conferences about knowledge cluster creation and related topics.
Dr. George has M.B.A (Marketing) from TKM College of Engineering, University of Kerala, M.L (International Law) from Department of Legal Studies, University of Madras and Ph. D from School of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University. He is a certified project manager, PMP title holder of Project Management Institute, USA since 2005 and a Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, London – FRICS title holder