Arab youth reject violence and call for more dialogue

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Arab youth reject violence and call for more dialogue

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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We live in an era of uncertainty

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We live in an era of uncertainty

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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Athens Hosted Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Network Conference 2015

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Athens Hosted Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Network Conference 2015

A deeply memorable and timely conference on the importance of Values and Ethics in democratic societies was held in Athens on the 25th of April. An international meeting of minds co-hosted by Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and Global Thinkers Forum and brought together in fascinating conversations thought leaders and distinguished academics from all over the world. Among them the President of the Academy of Athens Professor Dimitri Nanopoulos, the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Yannis Boutaris and the Nobel-prize nominated Dr Agni Vlavianos-Arvaniti.

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Carnegie Council in Athens: Leadership & Accountability

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Carnegie Council in Athens: Leadership & Accountability

As part of our efforts to foster creative and dynamic new approaches to the study of ethics and democratic accountability, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, in partnership with Global Thinkers Forum, London, will co-host an international conference on the topic “How Democratic Societies Foster Shared Values and Hold Leaders to Account.”

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Raha Moharrak: ‘What makes a good leader is the balance of traits’

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Raha Moharrak: ‘What makes a good leader is the balance of traits’

Interview with Raha Moharrak, GTF 2014 Award for Excellence in Pioneering Q: How does it feel to have made history? A: I feel so proud and honored to have achieved such a huge accomplishment and represent my country throughout. Although it was a tough experience with a lot of exhaustion, I am so glad to say it has paid off in the end. I never set out to make history, but it’s so gratifying to know my passion for adventure earned me a place in history. Q: How did you come up with the idea to climb? What prompted you? A: My courage, curiosity and everything that makes me who I am today were planted in my heart as a child. I was blessed with parents who never asked me to change and taught me that my dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of my capabilities....

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Lucian Hudson: “Unless we take requisite action, the world is heading for recurring crisis”

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Lucian Hudson: “Unless we take requisite action, the world is heading for recurring crisis”

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 motivation for writing it, and can you elaborate on the importance of collaboration? LJH: My report is the result of a special assignment for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which sprang from other initiatives I oversaw as Director of Communications to develop our capability for exercising “soft power”. The US State Department and other diplomatic services were...

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Diane Erdei: “With Great Power Comes Greater Responsibility”

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Diane Erdei: “With Great Power Comes Greater Responsibility”

Interview with Diane Erdei, Corporate VP Bertelsmann & GTF Advisory Board Member GT: In today’s world how important is the role of human networks and why? DE: By design, we are built to be part of human networks. Early on in our evolution we understood that our survival depended on being part of a group, of a network. As we travelled the world, throughout the ages, we came to interact with others, traded in goods and shared knowledge. We built alliances against common enemies and collaborated to develop new technologies and arts. So therefore, to me, participating to networks is something that we, as humans, do naturally by design. What the past decade brought is an amplification of our natural tendency to network through broad access to internet and...

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Hani Masri: ‘Developing the Next Generation of a Healthy Society’

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Hani Masri: ‘Developing the Next Generation of a Healthy Society’

‘Our Vision for Grassroots Development’ Interview with Hani Masri, President Tomorrow’s Youth Organization GTF: What is the vision behind TYO? Hani Masri: TYO is making a strategic investment in the region’s next generation by providing a modern, holistic, and forward-thinking approach to cognitive and emotional development. Our vision is to provide a model for our beneficiaries, stakeholders, and partners that reflect our cost-effective, efficient, and business-minded strategy when it comes to grassroots development. We know that every dollar invested in quality early childhood programs can yield a ten percent return on investment reflected in better education, economic, social, and health outcomes. GTF: Tell us more about the journey? HM: The journey...

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Nidal Eses: Our World Is Hungry for Change

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Nidal Eses: Our World Is Hungry for Change

‘Networking and collaboration is the only way forward’ – Interview with Nidal Y. Eses, Founder and Guardian Eses4 Ventures   GT: In today’s world how important is the role of human networks & why? NYE: Over time the human-race witnessed several revolutions: agricultural, industrial, technological & automation and knowledge. Humanity is currently witnessing the Wisdom & Conscience revolution. Therefore, despite our departure from historical human connectivity and collaboration, it is becoming apparent to all that such is the only way forward for the survival of the human race and preserving mother-earth. History is the biggest proof that networking and collaboration is the only way forward. Homo Sapiens prevailed over Neanderthals...

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Gulay Avci: Markets Are Looking for Political Stability

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Gulay Avci: Markets Are Looking for Political Stability

Interview with Gulay Avci, Regional Manager RAK Free Trade Zone Q: Could you give a brief description of your company/organization? Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) Established in 2000 as the first free zone in Ras Al Khaimah. The free zone is now the business hub of choice for over 7,000 companies from 106 countries representing more than 50 industry sectors. One of the most cost-effective and business-friendly free zones in the UAE Reported a 70% year-on-year increase in new company registrations for the first half of the year ended 30 June 2013 Global reach into Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas with business and investment offices Germany, Turkey and India Business and promotion centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE   Q: As business...

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‘Our Commitment to Innovation’

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‘Our Commitment to Innovation’

The Jordan Oil Shale Company (“JOSCo”) is a Dutch company registered in Jordan for the purposes of exploring and evaluating the commercial potential of the deeper layers of Jordanian oil shale. In the success case JOSCo will use proprietary In situ Conversion Process (“ICP”) technology to produce shale oil and gas that would not otherwise be producible using currently available oil shale technologies. JOSCo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc and as such has access to a network of experts world-wide providing invaluable technical know-how, operational expertise, cutting edge research capabilities and global commercial insight. GTF interview’s JOSCO’s GM Mr Thomas Meijssen What is the role of technology in shaping the future of...

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Stephen Cole MC for GTF 2012 Awards Ceremony

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Stephen Cole MC for GTF 2012 Awards Ceremony

One of the most successful TV Presenters globally, Stephen Cole, will be the Master of Ceremony together with Elizabeth Filippouli at GTF 2012 Awards taking place in Amman on October 7. Currently the senior news anchor for Al Jazeera in Doha and London, Stephen is a veteran of international television news having fronted Sky News, CNNI, BBC World and BBC News 24 for the past 22 years. In addition he was the inaugural host of the respected BBC News technology programme Click which he presented for six years. Stephen is also an accomplished and respected corporate speaker who has chaired and moderated panels comprised of presidents and prime ministers at prestigious events across the globe such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephen answers for us the GTF...

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CONTINUITY & INNOVATION: El Hassan Science City

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CONTINUITY & INNOVATION: El Hassan Science City

The real challenges facing us today are how to effect development without compromising our shared human values, our duty of stewardship (istikhlaaf), and how to move from a culture of survival to one of participation.We must consider our shared resources in the context of a regional, supra-national community of water and energy for the benefit of humanity.” Prince El Hassan bin Talal, EHSC Chairman The Leadership “El Hassan Science City is distinguished by its vision of transformational change, by its focus on human potential, and by its contribution to the collective CV of our society, our institutions, and our enterprises.” Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, EHSC President El Hassan Science City at a Glance El Hassan Science City (EHSC) is a...

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U Magazine’s Shirene Rifai: “Leaders should inspire”

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U Magazine’s Shirene Rifai: “Leaders should inspire”

As the founder of U Publications, Shirene Rifai has changed the fashion world in the Middle East since the inception of U in 2007. Through the years, Rifai developed a groundbreaking destination for women who love fashion with a publication that delivers glamour and strength. U Jordan’s success later conceived the 2010 launch of U Lebanon, of which Rifai serves as Editorial Director. “We bring more than just a fabulous shopping experience to women. U is for the active, independent and intellectually-driven woman who is curious about the world and wants to look and feel her best at the same time,” says Rifai. Rifai’s global support and charitable work also distinguishes her as a role model and encouragement for future designers, artists and the Arab...

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Shatha Al-Dabbass: Jordan’s Rising Fashion Star!

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Shatha Al-Dabbass: Jordan’s Rising Fashion Star!

Shatha Al-Dabbass was born in 1983 in Amman, Jordan. Shatha has come a long way from sketching on napkins! She grew up with two sisters, a brother, and both parents who all supported her every decision in life. Her talent started at the age of ten: she began doodling the dresses she pictured in her head, the ones she always wanted to wear. One would think she went on to study fashion when she grew up; but on the contrary, she studied Banking and Finance at Al Ahliya University in Jordan. During the time of putting together her portfolio, Al Dabbass got an opportunity to work for Tayer Group in Dubai, as the stylist for Bloomingdales. Unfortunately, she was unable to take the job due to prior commitments. She returned to Jordan and started working for U Magazine...

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Lara Kawash on Lara’s Crafts

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Lara Kawash on Lara’s Crafts

Lara Kawash on Lara’s Crafts Starting out by displaying expressive art pieces in various home exhibitions, Lara Kawash today along with her two partners are steadily carving out a growing reputation as one of Jordan’s most eclectic and imaginative artisans: Lara’s Crafts. Their design includes creative methods of combining calligraphy and paint to breathe life into common household objects. Their designs are hand-painted on carefully selected tableware, including clear glass, ceramics and wood. At Lara’s they believe that through art they can change lives; their commitment to developing communities led them to employing women who are so determined to change their lives through their artistic skills. Since Lara’s Crafts debut back in the nineties they...

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YGL Valerie Keller on HUFFPO: “We Need Women Leaders”

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YGL Valerie Keller on HUFFPO: “We Need Women Leaders”

Whether walking with the world’s leaders in U.S. Congressional corridors, along Davos’ icy streets or Oxford’s cobblestone paths, there has been one constant: I have been one of a handful of women in a crowd of men. Sometimes I have been the only woman in the room. So when I recently received notice that I was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2012 Young Global Leader it was a strange sensation to see that a remarkable 41 percent of my new community — 78 of the 192 leaders — are female. How unique. And how good for the world. Given the severity of challenges confronting our global society, we can no longer afford to leave half our brains or half our resources on the sidelines. To use a sailing analogy, we need all hands on...

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Muna AbuSulayman interview

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Muna AbuSulayman interview

Muna AbuSulayman, is an influential Arab and Muslim Media personaity. She is also the former founding Secretary General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation,the philanthropic arm of HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company and co-host of one of MBC TV’s most popular social programs, Kalam Nawaem (“Softly Speaking”). As a public and media personality, she has spoken and written about issues related to society, women rights, community development, media, and building bridges of understanding between the East and West .

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Chris Cramer on Media

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Chris Cramer on Media

Chris Cramer is a big beast of the media landscape. He has more than 40 years experience in international broadcasting. He led the world’s largest newsgathering organisation while at the BBC and developed the world’s most influential, profitable and widely distributed news channel, CNN International. He currently spends his time advising some of the world’s top media agencies. I ask him about his achievements and his views on the state of the media and its future. GTF: You were instrumental in transforming the way news was gathered at both the BBC and CNN. What were the issues that needed to be dealt with at the time you joined which have helped make CNN the global news player it is today? Chris Cramer: At CNN there was a group of people, including myself,...

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