Third Party Event

27 Mar 2014

Oxford Business Group is pleased to announce its media partnership with the 9th Annual Harvard Arab World which will be held on 27th March, in Dubai. In this respect we send you the following message from the conference organisers:

Dear Oxford Business Group Subscribers,

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association (“HAAA”), the Harvard Alumni Society of the UAE and the HBS Club of the GCC are delighted to invite you to attend our 9th Annual Harvard Arab World Conference, which will be held in Dubai, UAE on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Atlantis Hotel. The conference is open to all Harvard and Non-Harvard affiliates.

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  • His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development
  • Prof. William Granara, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard
  • Omar Al Ghanim, CEO, Alghanim Industries, Chairman, Gulf Bank


  • Plenary Session: Leading for Change at the Crossroads of Challenge & Opportunity
    • Nadine Hani, Senior Business Presenter, Al Arabiya (Moderator)
    • Shaima Al Zarooni, CEO, International Humanitarian City
    • Per-Ola Karlsson, Senior Partner, Booz & Company
    • Gerald Lawless, President & CEO, Jumeirah Group
    • Osman Sultan, CEO, du
  • Closing Plenary Conversation: Towards the Crossroads of the Future
    • Tarek Elmasry, Managing Director, Middle East Office of McKinsey & Company
    • Nasser Saidi, President, Nasser Saidi & Associates and Former Minister of Economy of Lebanon
  • Panel 1: Building the Arab City of Future: A Blueprint from Across the Region
    • Raya Ani, Founder, RAW-NYC Architects (Moderator)
    • Khaled Adham, Professor, UAE University
    • Asma Chaabi, VP of Ynna Holding, Former Mayor of Essaouira, Morocco
    • Anna Grichting, Professor, Qatar University
    • Omar Maani, Former Mayor of Amman
  • Panel 2: The Next Generation of Imagination: The Role of Creative Industries in the Arab Economy
    • Tariq Qureishy, CEO, Vantage Holdings (Moderator)
    • Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman, Dubai International Film Festival
    • Nayla al-Khaja, Founder, D-SEVEN
    • Abdullah Mando, Co-Founder, UTURN
  • Panel 3: Education for the 21st Century: Preparing Arab Youth and Society for Success
    • Cyrus Patell, Professor & Former Associate Dean, NYU-Abu Dhabi (Moderator)
    • Muna Abu Sulayman, Co-Founder Meedan, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
    • Seif Abu Zaid, Founder of Nabadat & CEO Tahrir Academy
    • Samiha Peterson, Dean, Graduate School of Education, American University of Cairo
    • Dina Sherif, Senior Advisor, Civic Engagement, Silatech
  • Panel 4: Beyond Buzzwords: Youth, Entrepreneurship, and the Private Sector
    • Deena Shakir, New Business Development Manager, Google; Director, TechWadi (Moderator)
    • Najla al-Midfa, Founder, Khayarat
    • Fadi Ghandour, Founder, Aramex
    • Khalid Al Tayer, CEO – Retail, Al Tayer Group
    • Khaled Ismail, Founder & Chairman of Kiangel

Optional tour of Sharjah’s amazing museums on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Register now as we are likely to close registration before the conference with nearly 300 participants so far.

Reduced rate for students and NGO employees.