Wadah KhanfarPresident of Al Sharq Forum
H.E Tun Dr. Mahathir MohamadFormer Prime Minister of Malaysia
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Abdulla Al-NajjarExecutive Director of Global Brand and Communications Al Jazeera Media Network
Vít JedličkaPresident of Liberland
Daren FrankelA Blockchain Revolution
Patrick Miltonpostdoctoral research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin
Lurdes Vidal Bertran,
Ibrahim KalinPresidential Spokesperson, Ambassador, Deputy Secretary-General of the Presidency and Special Adviser to the President of Turkey
Jafar MahallatiPresidential Scholar in Islamic Studies at the Religion Department of Oberlin College
Nihad AwadNational Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Mohammed DangorFormer Ambassador
Al AnsteyFormer Managing Director of Al Jazeera English
Heather LesonData Literacy Lead, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Ott VatterDeputy Director at e-Residency
Bilal HassamDirector at British Muslim TV.
Zeynep Coskun KocResearch Fellow at Al Sharq Forum
Post-Arab risings, it was portrayed that religion and shared culture was not the basis of unity in societies, it was the will for freedom/justice. Shared interests is what unites the masses, and creates shared perspectives and aims. Pluralism may be achieved in a post-ideological manner, where we’re connected through networks, such as Facebook. Networks are able to connect people worldwide on shared interest, whilst overlooking users’ personalism. The youth have a substantial role in the construction of a plural society; being the largest social media using demographic, they can utilize it to create an age of unity unrestricted by beliefs/backgrounds, to achieve a goal, whilst also shaping a new society, driven by justice and inclusivity. The future lies within pluralism, will you steer the wheel?
Constructing a plural Society after the Arab uprisings by Khalid Hajji
Post-ideology in Al Sharq region by Prof. Sultan Barakat
Jewar initiative - The role of Youth in constructing the plural society by T.B.D
Moderator : David Jalilvand
Rachel Anne SibleyVice Preisdient of Product Marketing at Leap Motion
Imteaz AhamedGlobal eBusiness Manager at RB
Muhammad BayazidDirector/Producer based in the United States.
Shadi RahimiSenior Producer at AJ+
Alia KhanChairwoman of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC)
Nawras Abu SalehPalestinian Films Director
Ayman Al Atoum
Hamza NamiraEgyptian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
Ahamd Al AshkarFounder & CEO of Hult Prize
Hamed JafariCo-founder TechRasa
Kerim TureEntrepreneur, Investor and founder of Modanisa.com
Discovery: finding new opportunities in the region, inspired by its current conditions and difficulties, and its future prospects. Starting a business in conflict zones. How technology unlocks new possibilities e.g. sharing economy companies (Careem, Uber, Airbnb, WeWork, ..)
Building and Growth: building and growing businesses in MENA. Overcoming bureaucracy, cultural difficulties, and relative lack of funds. Challenges in scaling from a MENA country to another.
Impact of businesses: how some businesses are challenging and changing cultural norms e.g. Careem female drivers, some Telfaz11 shows, etc.
Harun RashidCo-Founder of Islamic Design house
Tarik YousefDirector of the Brookings Doha Center
Yavuz FettahogluFormer President of Genç müsiad
Abigail HarrisonInternational Space Ambassador
Tamer MohammedFounder of Aspect Biosystems Ltd
Haroon MeerSecurity Geek at Thinkst. We build
Sanad BushnaqExpert in advanced technology and semiconductors from Japan
The semiconductor industry is a 300 billion USD market that has an average annual rate of increase of 7% per year. For its critical role in power and security, nations are in a continuous great war to gain the global edge of this strategic technology.
Governments are constantly developing strategies and issuing policies to actively assist national companies to become key players in this industry. Americans had the lead during the early 1980s, before facing intense competitive pressure from the Japanese who seized the lead in the late 1980s. Today, while Americans are back on top, there is an intense competition between the Japanese, Koreans and the Taiwanese, the major players in the 21st century.
How about Arabic countries, Turkey and the middle-east?
Is it possible to become active players in this critical industry?
Do we have the needed resources to shine in this world?
What do we need to join the great war of semiconductors?
Machine Learning; which is a branch of Artificial Intelligence that focuses on teaching computers how to do specific tasks very well, has seen a huge leap in development in the past few years. This is pushing automation to the next level. Whether it is self-driving cars, smart manufacturing robots, or software that can analyze and understand data to make critical decisions quickly; all these improvements are pushing humanity forward technologically. But what are the impacts on job, society, and wealth distribution? How will the next wave of automation change your future?
Malia BouattiaPostgrad in Post-Colonial Theory. Former President of the National Union of Students
Sumaya Abdel QaderCity councilwoman in Milan-Italy
Sirin Hamshoengineer and inventor specializing in renewable energy
Mohammad HassanJournalist at TRT world
Wadah KhanfarPresident of Al Sharq Forum
Marcel KhalifaA legend Lebanese composer, singer and oud player