Leadership & Accountability

2nd Arab Women as Changemakers. December 7 & 8, 2015. Sharjah, UAE
In partnership with SBWC

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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."

Zaha Hadid


CEO, Zaha Hadid Architects

Sonja Lokar
"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

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


Global Thinkers Forum 2014 awards fifteen Arab women as changemakers and leaders


The Global Thinkers Forum 2014 Awards (GTF 2014) was held on Friday night (28 November 2014) at Mina A’Salam at Madinat Jumeirah during which the leading Arab women in the region were awarded for their contribution as leaders and towards change. In partnership with the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), the evening aimed at celebrating excellence which awarded fifteen outstanding contributors for their respective expertise.

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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 Achilles Tsaltas, Vice President of The New York Times’ International Conferences


The Athens Democracy Forum, organized by the International New York Times, will take place on September 13-15th at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre and the Stoa of Attalos of the Ancient Agora. Please visit www.athensdemocracyforum.com for registration and more information.

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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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