The Guest Lectures provided the public and youth an opportunity to interact with international thought leaders, who are in the city to attend the Summit, and engage in discussions on pressing global issues.
The interactive sessions addressed the UAE’s young leaders and talents as well as the international experts who are attending the various Councils at the Summit on the Global Agenda. The “Guest Lectures”, held for the second time in the UAE from 12-14 November, 2012, serve as an excellent opportunity for the students to gain a better understanding of global issues and shape a better perspective of future development challenges.
The “Guest Lectures”, this year had two sessions: “Arts and Culture” and “Education ‘&’ Talent”. The first focused on how arts and culture is influencing the youth and how increased access to information helps our society to make better informed decisions to improve the state of the world. The session was moderated by Dr. Parween Habeeb with key speakers Hind Beljafla Co-Founder and Designer of DAS Collection, Ali F. Mustafa Filmmaker, Director and Producer �City of Life’ and Carol Becker, Dean of School of the Arts at Columbia University.
The second session, titled “Education and Talent: Sustainability, Prosperity and Quality of Life”, focused on the role that education plays in developing human capital, innovation, job creation and economic growth. It also discussed how youth education can be more innovative and the improvements needed for education systems. The second session is moderated by Zeina Soufan, presenter and producer of Dubai Television’s main business show “Money Map” with key speakers Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, Maha Gargash, Author of “The Sand Fish” among many more.
The Summit on the Global Agenda, hosted by the UAE for the fifth year in a row, is a testament to the UAE’s thought leadership position globally, and a demonstration of the country’s ability to host major international events.
The “Guest Lectures”, also known as “Open Forums”, are an initiative by the UAE Government to leverage the participation of global leaders at the Summit, regarded as the world’s largest brainstorming event, and create platforms for wider public interaction, especially with the youth.