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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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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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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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