Each year, alumni of Harvard and other leading universities gather at the HAAA Arab World Conference alongside leading global and regional professionals, academics, businesspeople, public figures, and societal change agents to discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges facing our region.
This year’s conference is expected to be attended by 400 leading professionals from the Middle East, Europe and the US.
This year’s program features several exciting components. We are greatly honored to have His Excellency Dr. Anwar M. Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, deliver the Distinguished Opening Keynote Address and Mr. Essa Al Haddad, Etisalat Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, deliver the Distinguished Business Keynote Address.
The day promises to be filled with thought-provoking panels and addresses by many of the region’s most inspiring leaders in such critical and diverse realms as business and economics; internet and information and communication technology; art and culture; social entrepreneurship and philanthropy; and energy.
HAAA’s Arab World Conference Co-Chair Dr. Kamal Shehadi reflected on this year’s conference, “The conference will offer an inspiring day of presentations and dialogue on the significant challenges and trends currently underway in the Arab world and suggest concrete actions that leaders should take so we avail ourselves of our competitive advantages and actively determine our destiny.”
The Arab World Conference is one of HAAA’s most significant efforts to showcase the excellence and diversity of the Arab world and open channels of dialogue among regional and global leaders to address critical issues that profoundly impact our region.
HAAA President Shahm Al-Wir stated, “As the Arab world experiences unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, visionary leadership in the private, public, and social sectors as well as dialogue among all of society’s components is of paramount importance. With 65% of the Arab world’s population under 30 years of age, the time is now for the region’s youth to determine its future and destiny.”
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