Arab Women as Changemakers. A Celebration of Achievements.
Dubai, November 28, 2014

Women, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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HRH Princess Sumaya
"There is no point in developing the tools for citizenship, if we do not recognise ourselves and all members of our community as citizens with equal rights to express and to be heard."

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

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


The international organization Global Thinkers Forum held its annual Awards ceremony in Athens Greece, under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens; it was a ceremony reminiscent of the Academy Awards in elegance and glamour. The event was held with the collaboration of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, while Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Good Will Ambassador opened the evening with her welcome remarks.


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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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Interview with Lucian Hudson – Director of Communications, The Open University and GTF Advisory Board Member   GTF: In your international report to the UK Government, The Enabling State: Collaborating for Success, you discuss the importance of implementing human collaboration alongside the development of regulations and policies.  How did your report arise, what was your […]

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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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