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Dr Tu Weiming (
Lifetime Professor of Philosophy, Peking University )
"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
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"Talents will flourish in a truly collective research culture where many contributions and innovations feed into each other, helping find solutions to the defining questions of our own era. The Global Thinkers Forum provides an invaluable platform for discussion and exchange of ideas."
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"I was really impressed by the support that GTF has been able to offer to the young industrious women of the MENA countries. Very few international organizations are giving them something tangible. You do!"
Sonja Lokar (
President, European Women’s Lobby )
Marco VeremisFounder & CEO Upstream
Sir David FrostJournalist (1939-2013)
Lucian J. HudsonCommunications Director, The Open University
Sir Dirk Brossé Music Director of ‘The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’
Diane ErdeiVP, Bertelsmann
Marianna V. VardinoyannisUNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
Daniel R. FungVC, Salzburg Global Seminar
Hakan AltinaySenior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Deema BibiCEO INJAZ
Victoria BudsonExecutive Director WAPPP, Harvard
Zaha HadidCEO Zaha Hadid
HRH Princess Rym AliFounder Jordan Media Institute
His All-Holiness BartholomewEcumenical Patriarch
Khalid AlkhudairCEO Glowork.net
Dr Hayat SindiFounder i2nstitute
Dr Ibrahim AbouleishFounder SEKEM
Tu WeimingProfessor of Philosophy, Peking University
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Reem N. BsaisoLeading ICT Consultant
Arianna HuffingtonPresident, AOL-HP Media Group
Prof. Marc VentrescaSBS Oxford University
HRH Princess SumayaPresident, Royal Scientific Society
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H.E Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-NasserHigh-Representative for UNAoC
Michael E. EconomakisExecutive VC AG Leventis Group
Hani MasriPresident Tomorrow's Youth Organization
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.
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.
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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Global Thinkers Forum: Timely, Interesting, Successful
A very timely conversation around leadership in a changing world took place in Athens, Greece in the beginning of December. Global Thinkers Forum organized its annual event and the GTF 2013 Awards for Excellence under the theme ‘Leadership & Collaboration’ convening over 30 leaders and thought leaders from 18 countries to discuss leadership, ethics, collaboration […]
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