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GTF 2016 Awards for Excellence
Philanthropy & Positive Change, December 8 - London


Leadership & Ethics
Creating a Culture of Accountability


THE Global Thinkers Forum Awards.
We celebrate excellence.

A New Wave of Entrepreneurs in MENA.

The African Challenge.
we make Positive Change Happen.

a world in flux. We create conversations & collaborations
for Strategic Philanthropy, for positive change.

Saskia Sassen
"Globally the worst issue is that billions are simply expelled from reasonable lives and dominant forms of Capitalism today are one big reason for this."

Professor Saskia Sassen


Columbia University, USA

Queen Rania
"What does guarantee that women are getting their rights is making sure that their values such as democratic values, human rights, freedom of expression, respect of political diversity, freedom of religion, are in place. The role of the civil society is absolutely critical in that regard."

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Tu Weiming
"Leaders have to cultivate cultural competence and have to ensure that people are able to distinguish the difference between data and information, between Information and knowledge, between knowledge and wisdom."

Dr Tu Weiming


Lifetime Professor of Philosophy, Peking University

Dr Heinrich Kreft
"Those who lead should always look behind to see if there are still people following them; a leader needs a critical mass to go forward."

Ambassador Heinrich Kreft

"Please know that I, on behalf of the UNAOC, recognize the great, international impact GTF has. I applaud your organization’s efforts in promoting global governance and leadership, and I fully support your work."

Nassir Al-Nasser


The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations


The word mentor draws its roots from the Greek poem, the Odyssey, where Mentor, one of its characters and friend of its protagonist Odysseus, appears as the loyal and respectful adviser of young Telemachus – hence its current meaning.

Mentoring is conveying the experience, gained wisdom, insights and lessons that one has learned in life. Mentors are like beacons. They are guiding lights for younger people.

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We proudly announce the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah II for our landmark event celebrating MENA’s’s leading female thinkers and innovators.


Queen Rania, who attended GTF in person, is also the Honoree for the GTF 2012 Award for Excellence in Global Thinking. Confirmed speakers and GTF Award Honorees include: HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, Fadi Ghandour, Arianna Huffington, Deema Bibi, Professor Saskia Sassen, Majd Shweikeh, Dr Hayat Sindi, Dr. Usama Fayyad, H.E. the British Ambassador to Jordan Mr. Peter Millett and Reem N. Bsaiso.

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At the culmination of The first Regional Forum of the Young Arab Voices, co-organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) and the British Council in Tunis, more than 80 emerging young leaders from eight Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region issued a statement condemning the use of violence for political purposes and calling for more dialogue with young people.

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