Ismael Touq

Ismael Touq is the Founder of BenchWork Design and Technology, a start-up focused on developing projects that open the advanced manufacturing frontier to a wider spectrum of innovators. His passion for creativity and making drove him to focus his career on building infrastructures and tackling challenges to support the product development process, from ideation to manufacturing.

Previously, Ismael worked as the General Manager of Techshop Makerspace in Abu Dhabi and also established the Shajrah Open Innovation Lab and contributed in the creation of several innovation programs and makerspaces in the region, one of which is OriginBase in Dubai. He also has a background in the scientific research and publishing industry and worked for Springer-Nature, one of the leading Science and Technology publishing houses.

Ismael graduated with honors from University of Leeds with a degree in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering and holds several qualifications in the field of rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies.

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