• H.H. Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah

    H.H Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi

    Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah

    On 25th January 1972, 9th Dhi Al-Hijja 1391 (Arafa Day) His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi became the ruler of Sharjah. His Highness is the 18th Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah in a chain of Al Qasimi Rulers since 1600 AD. He has been at the forefront of the emirate’s cultural, economic and social development and also played a significant role in promoting cultural interaction and dialogue among nations at local, regional and international levels. He is also an established historian and has published several theatrical and literary works.

    Official and Academic Positions:

    Ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (1972-to present)
    Member of the Supreme Council of UAE (1972-to present)
    Minister of Education; United Arab Emirates from 1971
    President; American University of Sharjah from 1997
    President; University of Sharjah from 1997
    Visiting Professor; Cairo University; 2008
    Professor; Modern History of the Gulf; University of Sharjah; 1999
    Visiting Professor; Exeter University; 1998

    Educational Qualifications:

    Doctor of Philosophy in Political Geography of the Gulf Durham University, Durham, UK 2 July 1999
    Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction in History Exeter University; Exeter, UK 22 July 1985
    Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, Cairo University, 1971
    Elementary and Secondary Education between Sharjah, Kuwait City and Dubai

  • Ahmed Abu Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League

    H.E. Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit

    Secretary General of the League of Arab States

    Date of Birth : 12 June 1942.
    Place of Birth : Cairo, Egypt.
    Marital status : Married with two sons.
    Education : B.Sc. in Commerce, Ain Shams University, 1964.
    Decorations: Legion d’honneur - French Republic – 5/6/2002

    Professional History :
    July 2016 - Secretary General of the League of Arab States.
    2004-2011 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
    1999-2004 - Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations in New York.
    1996-1999 - Assistant Foreign Minister and Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    1992-1996 - Ambassador to the Italian Republic.
    1989-1992 - Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    1985-1989 - Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations in New York.
    1982-1985 - Counsellor, Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    1979-1982 - Counsellor, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Moscow.
    1977-1979 - First Secretary, International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    1974-1977 - First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations in New York.
    1973-1974 - Third Secretary, International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    1972-1973 - Third Secretary, Public Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    1968-1972 - Third Secretary, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Nicosia.
    1966-1968 - Attaché, Information and Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    1965-1966 - Attaché, Balkans and Eastern Europe Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    1965 - Attaché, Diplomatic and Consular Corps Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, The Big Heart Foundation’s Humanitarian Envoy

    His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi

    Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council
    Member of the Sharjah Executive Council

    His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi is Member of the Sharjah Executive Council and Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, which oversees the Sharjah Media Corporation, Sharjah Government Media Bureau and Sharjah Media City. In 2017, he was appointed humanitarian envoy of The Big Heart Foundation and was recently appointed Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games – Sharjah 2019. His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University in Arkansas, U.S.A. and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Ms. Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Laureate

    Nadia Murad

    Nadia Murad is a 24 years old yazidi activist and winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Nadia advocates on behalf of her community and survivors of genocide. Nadia’s peaceful life was savagely interrupted in 2014 when ISIS attacked her homeland in Sinjar with the intention of ethnically cleansing Iraq of all Yazidis. She was among the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted and enslaved by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS). Over 1300 Yazidi women remain in captivity. The ISIS genocide that began on August 3, 2014, now threatens the future of the Yazidi people in Iraq. Nadia is the founder and president of Nadia’s Initiative, a foundation supporting women and minorities through the redevelopment and stabilization of communities in crisis. Presently, Nadia and her team are focused on the Sinjar region of Iraq through the foundation’s newly created Sinjar Action Fund.
  • H.E Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Science

    Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri

    Minister of State

    Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri has been appointed as Minister of State for Advanced Sciences during the Cabinet reshuffle of October 2017. Her responsibilities include enhancing the contributions of advanced sciences to the development of UAE and its economy. Her Excellency is the Chairperson of the UAE Council of Scientists, she also holds the position of Emirates Mars Mission Deputy Project Manager at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. Al Amiri started her career in sciences when she worked as Programs Engineer on Dubai Sat-1 and Dubai Sat-2. Her Excellency holds a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.  
  • H.E Hessa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development

    Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid

    Cabinet Member and Minister of Community Development

    Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid has been appointed as the Assistant Director General for Government Services in the Prime Minister Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future. Buhmaid oversaw the Emirates Government Service Excellence Program aiming to raise the efficiency of government service delivery. Her Excellency oversaw launching the Government Services Factory project, which concentrates on training the government entities on service design mechanisms, as well as the project of Customers Satisfaction with the government services. She was the General Coordinator of Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Program, the Executive Director of the Excellence Sector, the Executive Director of the Corporate Support Sector, Assistant Director General of the Government Services Sector, the supervisor of The UAE Government Leaders Program for developing the first and second level government. Born in 1980, Buhumaid holds an honor Master's degree in Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah, and an honor Bachelor in Business Sciences from Zayed University. She also holds an Executive Diploma in Public Administration from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Her Excellency graduated from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leaders Development, and won Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Excellence twice. She also received the award of the National Olympic Committee for the GCC States for the distinguished innovative youth category in 2013 and the award of the excellent junior government employee in 2003.  
  • H.E Omar Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

    His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama

    Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

    His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence following the Cabinet reshuffle in October 2017. His responsibilities include enhancing the government performance by investing in the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.

    His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation and Deputy Managing Director of the Foundation. In November 2017, the UAE government announced selecting HE. Omar Al Olama as a member of the Future of Digital Economy and Society Council at the World Economic Forum.

    During his work in the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, His Excellency participated in developing the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy that aims to position the UAE as the best country in the world. He also participated in developing the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy that aims to promote the UAE’s status as a global hub for the 4th Industrial Revolution and develop a national economy based on knowledge, innovation and future technologies. Prior to his appointment, His Excellency worked on developing the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy, making it the first such strategy of its kind globally. His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama worked in several sectors including the banking sector, telecommunications, private enterprises and government. H.E. also worked on developing and executing strategies, risk analysis, change management and scenario planning. His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama holds a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University of Sharjah and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Dubai.
  • H.E Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Khalid Al Qasimi, Member of The Executive Council of Sharjah

    H.E Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Khalid Al Qasimi

    Member of The Executive Council of Sharjah
    Executive Chairman of The Department of Government Relations Chairman of Sharjah Supreme Committee for Digitalization

    Sheikh Fahim is a member of The Executive Council Of Sharjah, the body established to assist the Ruler of the Emirate. His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, in drafting policies to raise the social and economic development of the Emirate. In his capacity as The Executive Chairman Of The Department Of Government Relations, Sheikh Fahim is responsible for the cooperation between Sharjah Government departments and International governments and NGOs. Prior to this current position, Sheikh Fahim worked in strategic advisory and performance monitoring of a portfolio of state owned assets in the UAE. With a background in public sector strategy and investments, he supported the Government in developing policies to achieve both financial and socio-economic returns in state owned enterprises. Earlier in his career, Sheikh Fahim has worked with both the private and semi-government sector in the areas of foreign direct investment, economic diversification and competitiveness in the Gulf region. He has advised Government agencies on policy development for sector-specific growth and has been involved in programs for foreign direct investments in Asia. Sheikh Fahim is also The chairman Of Higher Committee for Digital Transformation of Sharjah.
  • H.E Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation

    H.E Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey

    UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation

    On 27 September 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced the appointment of Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as his Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation. He noted that the path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region, and said that the Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum seekers at national and regional levels. Ambassador Affey brings with him extensive regional experience, having most recently served as the Special Envoy to Somalia for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Previously he held senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, serving as Kenya’s Deputy Minister and later as Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia. From March 2008 to February 2013, as a Member of Parliament in the Kenya National Assembly, Ambassador Affey moved several assembly resolutions supporting the stabilization of Somalia by the African Union at the African, Caribbean, Pacific/European Union (ACP/EU) joint parliamentary assembly. In 2007 Ambassador Affey was awarded the Moran of Burning Spear (MBS) by the president of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki. Born in 1968 in Kenya, Ambassador Affey graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2010 with a master’s degree in International Relations and a major in International Conflict Management.  
  • H.E Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League

    H.E Ambassador Hossam Zaki

    Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League

    Hossam Zaki is currently the Assistant Secretary General of the League of Arab States and Chief of staff (July 2016 to date). He was appointed Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs in September 2015 until his election at the Arab League as ASG and Chief of Staff. He was Ambassador of Egypt to Brazil from 2012 to 2015. He worked as Senior Middle East Advisor for the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt from 2007 to 2012. In this capacity, he was in full knowledge of all Egyptian foreign policy issues, in particular the Arab Israeli conflict, peace negotiations, Palestinian reconciliation, Arab issues and Egyptian Israeli relations. Since mid 2008 till 2012, he held the post of Deputy Chief of Staff of the Minister. He also worked as Official Spokesperson of the Ministry from August 2007 till March 2011. Hossam Zaki was Egypt’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2007. In that capacity he was in charge of the political as well as the administrative sections of the embassy. From 2003 to 2005, on secondment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed Spokesperson for the Secretary General of the League of Arab States. In addition, he was advising the Secretary General on Iraq and other Middle East issues. From 1996 to 2002, he worked as first secretary then Counselor at Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he assumed responsibility for Middle East and Arab Affairs. He was, in this capacity, a member of Egypt’s Delegation to the United Nations Security Council in 1996-97. He was also the Rapporteur of the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations for six years. From 1990 to 1993 he worked as a political officer at the Embassy of Egypt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    He also assumed other posts at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including:
    Head of the Department of East Arab States from Jan 2002 to April 2003. His department was, inter alia, in charge of following all developments related to the Iraq situation. Member of Foreign Minister’s cabinet (1994 to 1996) where he was a political officer for African Affairs. Political officer at the Department of Israeli Affairs (1989-1990). After graduating with a BSc in Business Administration, from Helwan University, Cairo, in 1986 he went on to obtain an International Diploma in Public Administration from the prestigious “Ecole Nationale d’Administration” (ENA), in Paris, France in 1989. He received his basic education at the French Jesuites School in Cairo. He was born in 1965. 
  • Mr. Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps

    Simon O'Connell

    With over two decades experience working in international relief and development in a wide array of different countries and contexts, Simon O’Connell is an experienced and entrepreneurial leader. Simon has been the Executive Director of Mercy Corps’ European entity and Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships since early 2015. With responsibility for Mercy Corps’ European headquarters, Simon oversees a global portfolio of programmes supported by the organisation’s European partners. Simon also spearheads Mercy Corps’ global partnerships and influence team and strategy, focusing on – amongst others – The Gulf and China, where he travels to regularly. Passionate about promoting equitable access to opportunity and catalysing positive change, Simon’s main areas of expertise are in setting strategy, leading teams and fostering partnership; particularly new partnership models in fragile environments. Prior to his current role, Simon was Mercy Corps’ Regional Director for West and Central Africa, managing large teams and a substantial portfolio of programmes in some of the continent’s most challenging environments. Earlier in his career, Simon held several country leadership positions and has worked in over 20 countries in Africa.  
  • Mr. Oujour Hssain, Director of Non-Formal Education, Ministry of Education of Morocco

    Oujour Hssain

    Oujour Hssain is the Director of Non-Formal Education at the Ministry of Education in Morocco since 2006. Mr. Oujour has a PhD in Education science and worked as professor of higher secondary education as well as chief of programs and methods within the Ministry of Education in Morocco  
  • Reem bin Karam, Director of Nama Women Advancement Establishment

    HE Reem Abdel Rahim BinKaram

    Director | NAMA Women Advancement Establishment
    Reem BinKaram is the Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment since 2016, where she manages and oversees the implementation and execution of its strategies. NAMA is an umbrella entity for three other entities: Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, and Badiri Education and Development Academy. NAMA is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and works towards shaping a more equitable world for women. In February 2010, Reem was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah for Capability Development (previously known as Sharjah Tatweer Forum). Sharjah for Capability Development is a non-profit organisation whose Honorary Chairperson is His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. As a think tank, the organization works on empowering youth, developing and promoting entrepreneurship, supporting viable projects for Sharjah and fostering community outreach initiatives.

    Reem served as the Director of Sharjah Children’s Centres (SCC) overseeing development of children with talent and a desire to realise their potential. SCC serves children throughout Sharjah with over fourteen centres of innovation and talent in the emirate. She is also a board member of the Sharjah Girl Guides. In 2016, she was appointed as a founding board member of Rubu Qarn (RQ), a foundation that was established for the purpose of creating UAE future leaders and innovators. RQ aims at nurturing a national identity - a culture rich in Arabic and Islamic values and global humanitarian kinship. She was also appointed as a board member of the UAE Girl Guides Association – Sharjah chapter, the same year. Reem, who holds a bachelors’ degree in Interior Design from American University of Sharjah, is passionate about philanthropic work and chairs the Pink Caravan Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The Pink Caravan is a pan UAE equestrian ride accompanied by extensive mobile medical teams to perform free medical examinations during the ten-day campaign in rural and urban areas around the country. The Pink Caravan is recognised as one of the most successful breast cancer awareness campaigns globally and has successfully provided free screenings to thousands of people since its initiation.
  • Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of The Big Heart Foundation

    Mariam Al Hammadi

    Mariam Al Hammadi, the Director of The Big Heart Foundation, graduated with a Bachelor degree in Accounting from the Higher Colleges of Technology in 2007. She served as a credit risk officer in Emirates Airlines from 2008 until 2012, then she joined SYS as an Assistant Manager in 2012, and became a director of SYS in 2014, then she has been appointed as the director of the foundation in January 2017.  
  • Ms. Nicolla Hewitt, Senior Advisor for UN Women in the GCC

    Nicolla Hewitt

    Nicolla Hewitt: she is currently the Senior Advisor for UN Women in the GCC.
    Miss Hewitt has served as an adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales for his "Turquoise Mountain" foundation for the preservation of Islamic art and economic empowerment in Afghanistan; Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite; and the Vital Voices Global Partnership founded by former US secretary of State Hillary Clinton which helps women in over 130 countries around the world. Prior her to her work in philanthropy, Miss Hewitt spent over 25 years in US media, working for some of the best known companies in the world including ABC, CBS, NBC and Yahoo. Miss Hewitt spent over Miss Hewitt, is a former board member of OTR – the largest Foreign Policy Association for Women in the United States, and sat on the board for UN Women for Peace. Miss Hewitt holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Pepperdine University, and was a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. She also volunteers her time to “Stand up to Cancer,” and the Entertainment Industry Foundation in the United States which raises $100’s of millions of dollars to ground breaking cancer research and cures.
  • Ms. Najlaa Al Midfaa, General Manager of Sheraa

    Najla Al Midfa

    Najla Al-Midfa is Chief Executive Officer of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), a government-supported entity with a mandate to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sharjah, and support the next generation of entrepreneurs as they build and grow innovative startups that will contribute positively to the region’s economy. Launched in January 2016, under the chairmanship of HE Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Sheraa has become the foundation of Sharjah’s startup ecosystem. Having helped conceive the vision for Sheraa, Najla has been involved from inception: forming a prominent advisory board, building a high-performing team, and structuring partnerships with key corporates and government entities in the ecosystem to support startups.

    Today, Sheraa has a loyal community of over six thousand entrepreneurs and ecosystem players, and offers a full-stack program ranging from ideation and incubation through to acceleration and growth. To date, 30 startups have graduated from Sheraa’s accelerator program. Having raised over $12m in seed investment, these startups continue to generate over $15m in recurring sales. The first Sheraa Hub was inaugurated at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), and the second hub at the University of Sharjah (UOS) was inaugurated in September 2018. Plans are also currently underway to inaugurate the Sheraa campus at the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (RTI Park), to serve as Sheraa’s headquarters and to bring the main players in the ecosystem under one roof.  
  • Mr. Barney Swan, International Director, Climate Force

    Barney Swan

    International Director, Climate Force

    Barney Swan is the International Director for ClimateForce and a globally recognized thought leader in the areas of leadership, innovation, and sustainability. Barney is the first person to walk to the South Pole powered solely by clean energy technologies. After skiing 600 nautical miles, using cutting-edge technology from NASA, Goal Zero and Shell, Barney’s mission to conduct a polar expedition entirely on renewable energy was an extraordinary success. Upon returning, Barney was invited to share his story at The World Economic Forum in Davos. The South Pole Energy Challenge marked the launch of the ClimateForce Challenge, a solution-driven mission to clean up 360 million tons of CO2 before the year 2025. Son of Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, Barney’s commitment to lead the next generation towards a sustainable future runs deep in his blood. Barney works in partnership with his father, Robert Swan to continue the 2041 Foundation Legacy through the ClimateForce challenge while inspiring the next generation through impactful storytelling focused on personal leadership.  
  • Ms. Zeina Yazigi, Journalist

    Zeina Yazigi

    ZEINA YAZIGI, is a star TV journalist, a social influencer, and an advocate of civil rights for women and refugees. She is also a media trainer, a communication advisor and public speaker. As a TV Show host and senior News anchor and producer in the Middle East, she started her work fifteen years ago with world news agencies, such as AP, AFP, and Reuters. Her first success was with her Homeland TV, the Syrian national TV, where she was the first female journalist to have her own political news show, besides being a roving reporter and producer. Then she joined “AlArabiya News Channel”, where she spent eight years, during which she hosted the prime-time “Evening News”, which recorded highest viewership among Arab channels in the time slot. At AlArabiya Zeina Yazigi, covered historical events in this region and worldwide, she also interviewed top officials, such as former American First Lady Laura Bush, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, late Palestine Leader Yasser Arafat, late Lebanese Rafic Harriri, Kurd President Barazani.  
  • Dr. Al Anoud Al Sharekh, Researcher on youth and gender demographics

    Dr. AlAnoud Al Sharekh

    Dr. AlAnoud Al Sharekh: is a researcher, academic and activist focused on youth and gender demographics, GCC security, bi-cultural trends and her special area of interest: Arab Feminist Theory, and is currently a Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute. She has been Consultant Researcher on gender and citizenship at the Supreme Council for Development and Planning in Kuwait, Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Senior Political Analyst at the Kuwait National Security Bureau and a gender politics consultant for UNIFEM, Freedom House and the UNDP on academic and social outreach projects in Kuwait and the GCC.
  • Mr. Alberto Biancoli, Education Specialist at UNICEF

    Alberto Biancoli

    Alberto Biancoli works as Education Specialist at UNICEF MENA Regional Office, where he focuses on upstream engagement and quality learning through life skills and citizenship education. Throughout his career, he has provided expert advice in the field of policy review and educational planning including coordination of education sector reforms. Prior to his appointment at UNICEF, he worked at UNRWA Headquarters-Amman, where he provided technical and programmatic support to the UNRWA Education Reform (2010-2015). He also worked as UNESCO Education Specialist in Jordan and Iraq, developing and managing large-scale education programs related to quality education, curriculum development and literacy. As part of his work, he has engaged in different dimensions of education programming addressing educational planning, capacity building and technical advisory support to quality learning in the developmental and emergency contexts of the MENA Region.  
  • Ms. Tanu Priya Uteng, Senior Researcher, institute of Transport Economics in Oslo-Norway

    Tanu Priya Uteng

    Senior Researcher, institute of Transport Economics, Oslo-Norway

    Tanu published a couple of research based books that range around the topics of gender, mobility, and urban mobility. Her research is supported by the world bank group. She also is a senior research planner and has published a series of reports regarding transportation and urban development.  
  • Mr. Seif Abou Zeid, CEO Mavericks International School

    Seif Abu Zied

    Seif is an education entrepreneur who focuses on building education ventures that solve problems at scale. He is the co-founder and CEO of Mavericks; a network of blended learning schools that challenge children to be the best version of themselves, through personalized learning and holistic child development. Mavericks has managed to grow to 3 schools within the span of less than 2 years, serving more than 800 families. He was also the co-founder and CEO of Tahrir Academy; a blended learning platform that creates mind-stimulating learning experiences for more than 300,000 Arab learners, empowering their critical thinking skills through innovative content and progressive teaching methods.  
  • Mr. Waleed Abdel Rahman, CEO Mumm

    Waleed Abdel Rahman

    Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Mumm, an online marketplace for home cooked food enabling home-based women to start their own businesses which considered as one of the 100 Startups shaping the 4th industrial revolution in MENA. Degree in Business Administration, American University, Cairo. Formerly: 4 years with Procter & Gamble, latterly as Market Strategy & Planning Manager, Beauty Care, Near East Region; late 2011, joined Red Sea World as Business Development Manager; early 2013, assumed leadership as General Manager, Red Sea World Group, until February 2014; April 2013, simultaneously, started Favorito, a gourmet shop and restaurant; Founding Managing Director, MIT Technology Review-Pan Arab Edition. Waleed is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Shapers Community, Member of the Expert Group on E-Commerce of the World Economic Forum, Advisory Board member of Al Maqarr and a Startups Mentor at Flat6Labs.  
  • Mr. Chaker Khazaal, Reporter

    Chaker Khazaal

    Chaker Khazaal is a Palestinian-Canadian reporter, speaker, former Editor-in-Chief of StepFeed and YallaFeed, Huffington Post contributor, and author of Tale of Tala (2017) and the Confessions of a War Child trilogy (2013-2015).  
  • Ms. Hadeel Naser Aldin, Project Officer at Al Nayzak Organization in Palestine

    Hadeel Naser Aldin

    Hadeel Naser Aldin is a project officer at Al Nayzak Organization. She has extensive experience in project coordination. Her recent activities include: provides essential support to the project, working with the project manager and other team members to achieve project success as well working in the field. Hadeel is an analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills; she is able to multi-task in a high volume, fast-pace work environment. She is a team player with a high level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and has the ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure. Hadeel did an internship at UNRWA, Palestinian Islamic Bank and UNDP PAPP. She gave a training course to a group of Libyan university students about the Participatory Research based on her participation in Young Researchers Program with Al Nayzak Org. . In addition, she has been participated in several international conferences and summer schools like International Kassel Summer Academy, Conference of Youth (COY12) and Week of Justice.

    B.A., AL Quds University, Palestine, 2016
    Business Administration, minor Marketing  
  • Ms. Ameera Al Marzooqi, Emirati environmental enthusiast

    Ameera Mohamed Al Marzooqi

    Ameera Mohamed Al Marzooqi is an environmental activist from Ras Al khaimah. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Cyber Security. Her passion and commitment for the environment had led her on two environmental expeditions to Antarctica with the renowned explorer Robert Swan the first person to walk to both the South and North Poles. Ameera is the first Emirati female to reach Union Glacier in Antarctica. She is looking forward for future expeditions to raise awareness on climate change, and starting her own sustainable business.  
  • Dr. Ahmed Abumalik, Activist in the social Media in spreading Health awareness

    Dr.Ahmad Abdul Malik

    Family medicine specialist
    Family med department - ahmadi hospital
    Graduated from royal college of surgeons in ireland
    M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O. B.A.
    Int mrcgp
    Member of royal college of general practitioners in london - uk

    Other Activities
    1- Writer In al - kuwaityah NewsPaper - http://www.alkuwaityah.com .
    2- Published My first book ( Medical Myth's ) in November 2015.
    3- Published My second book (This Or That ? Choose For Your Health ) in November 2016.
    4- Published My third Book ( Health Rules ) in november 2017.
    5- Activist in the social Media in spreading Health awareness. @DRDIVERQ8 - HAVE MORE THAN 1.1 million thousand follower.
  • Ms. Zainab eqabi, Motivational speaker and a social media influencer

    Zainab Al-Eqabi

    A pharmacist who worked in the pharmaceutical field for around three years, then decided to continue her education and recently completed a Masters Degree on from Durham University in International Social Work and Community Development. Zainab is a motivational speaker and a social media influencer.  
  • Ms. Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women

    Assia Riccio

    Ms. Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women, a social enterprise that improves the employability of women from developing countries through the provision of necessary resources, networks, education and employment opportunities that would not be otherwise available to them.  
  • Mr. Gokhan Dikmener, Technical Specialist for UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD)

    Gokhan Dikmener

    Technical Specialist for UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD)

    Gokhan Dikmener works as a Technical Specialist for UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), generating ideas and guiding the Center in changing markets to integrate people and reduce poverty. He is an economist by training with a specialization on international development and finance. He has international advisory, policy formulation and research experience on private sector engagement in development. His expertise and research interests include areas such as inclusive market development, impact investing, skills development and social entrepreneurship. Prior to UNDP, Gokhan Dikmener worked as an economist/trade specialist at the Turkish Ministry of Economy (formerly the Office of the Prime Ministry, Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade) between 2001 and 2010 where he also held technical and advisory positions. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  
  • Mr. Houssam Chahine, Head of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships, MENA

    Houssam Chahine

    Head of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships, MENA

    Houssam has more than 20 years of experience in partnership building, stakeholder relationship management and business development in both the not-for-profit and governmental sectors. Specialized in advocacy and fundraising campaigns for refugees, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and donor management, Houssam launched new business development and fundraising programs, in international and local institutions such as Greenpeace, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, and UNHCR. Since 2011, Houssam has been leading private sector partnerships for UNHCR in the MENA region. This includes overlooking the development of UNHCR’s Islamic Philanthropy strategy, largely realized through UNHCR’s global Zakat Initiative, and partnerships with Islamic financial institutions, in addition to family foundations in the region.  
  • Omar Al Busaidy, Author, Entrepreneur and a member of the US and UAE Public Affairs

    Omar Al Busaidy

    Omar Al Busaidy is an Emirati Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, as well as a Best Selling author, entrepreneur and a member of the US and UAE Public Affairs Committee. His multiples roles have allowed him to achieve several accomplishments, from publishing his own book ‘Just Read It’, an entrepreneurial guide to self-development, to investing in start ups from the technology to trading industries. Al Busaidy’s passion lies in entrepreneurship and futurism, hence, since 2010, he has been invited to mentor students on entrepreneurship and leadership at several universities across Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He has also appeared as a keynote speaker and panelist at several events and conferences organized by many prestigious and high-status organizations, including, TedxYouth AlAin, 37th World Diamond Congress, Harvard Business Club, and DP World. His range of professional expertise extends to both the public and private sector, with organizations such as the Sharjah Media Corporation, Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Bank of Dubai as one of the many names under his belt. He also served as a Senior commercial attaché at the British Embassy in 2007 to 2008. This has opened many doors for Al Busaidy, landing him clients such as Saudi Aramco, Siemens and World Skills International. His 16 years of experience in the UAE’s corporate environment began with his B.Sc. degree in Marketing from the American University in Dubai  
  • Jumana Abu-Hannoud, Managing Director SOS Children’s Villages International

    Jumana Abu-Hannoud

    Jumana Abu-Hannoud comes from a seat of policy making in the humanitarian and public service field, having served as Chief of Staff for HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. During her five-year tenure with HRH Princess Haya, Jumana started out as Communications Director and was at the heart of the development of several national, regional and international strategies and projects in the fields of health, education, social development, peace and humanitarian aid. She was appointed by Royal Decree as Member of the Board of Directors of the International Humanitarian City, a dedicated free zone authority of the Dubai Government that facilitates humanitarian aid and development work. She was also tasked with the restructuring and transitional management of the IHC for two years, during which she also managed the humanitarian portfolio of HRH Princess Haya as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and Messenger of Peace. In 2010, Jumana ventured into entrepreneurship and established a first of its kind agency specializing in CSR, fundraising and humanitarian communications. She then became a partner at FEEL Brands, where she led responsible branding and consulted on projects for WFP, UNICEF, Dubai Cares and Plan International. She also worked as a Public Information Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and supported the SOS International Children’s Villages, Gulf Area Office in a voluntary advisory capacity for 3 years prior to joining the organization as Managing Director of the Gulf Area Office. Having dedicated her career to helping others in need, Jumana Abu-Hannoud made a deserving winner of the 2017 Humanitarian Woman of the Year and Emirates Woman’s Woman of the Year Awards.
  • Reem Aslan, Women Labor Rights Activist Gender, Management and International Development Expert

    Reem Aslan

    Reem is specialized in gender, management and international development consulting where she is currently working as the consultant of the “Gender Pay Equity” program of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Ms. Aslan led the successful launch of the National Committee for Pay Equity “NCPE” in Jordan in close collaboration with the Jordan National Commission for Women (JNCW) and the Ministry of Labor. The NCPE is currently advocating for the amendments of the Jordanian Labour Law to win the support of both the Parliament and the Government of Jordan in having law that guarantees gender equality. Also, it is promoting the elimination of pay discrimination in the workplace, particularly in private schools through the adoption of digital payments- an issue that received the attention of the Government of Jordan. She founded with a group of teachers and advocates the “Stand up with Teachers Campaign” to lobby for fair wages in private schools. Reem is the co-founder of SADAQA, a Non-for-Profit Organization working towards a “Friendly Work Environment for Women and Working Families”. SADAQA is currently focusing on enforcing article 72 of the Jordanian Labour Law which grants working women access to day care facilities in the workplace for their children. Reem worked for over 15 years with the Canadian Government both in Amman, Jordan and in Ottawa, Canada and was the recipient of the MENA Director General’s Award of 2009. Reem’s vast experience and consulting were in the field of international development, management and women economic empowerment which include work with the International Labour Organization; World Bank in Saudi Arabia; USAID funded projects; Global Affairs Canada (previously CIDA); Queen Rania Teachers Academy; Adam Smith International; and Freedom House; amongst others.

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