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.
Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder and CEO GTF 2012 comments: ‘As a passionate and internationally acclaimed advocate for young people, education, communities and peace, Her Majesty is the perfect voice of support for Global Thinkers Forum 2012. Her Majesty’s patronage is further testimony to the incredible and wide-ranging support we have already received, and an important milestone for this innovative and inspirational conference.’
The Forum will also co-host the GTF 2012 Awards Ceremony Dinner with Oasis500, the MENA region’s premier early stage and seed investment company, which aims to invest in, incubate, accelerate and enable 500 technology startups to receive follow-on venture capital.
“We are proud of our partnership with Global Thinkers Forum and are happy to support their mission especially in accelerating leadership and innovation for females in Jordan,” said Dr. Usama Fayyad, Executive Chairman of Oasis500 and former Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer of Yahoo! Inc. “We are greatly honoured by the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania, who has risen as one of the strongest advocates for youth, women’s rights and entrepreneurship in general, and Oasis500’s activities and training boot camps in particular.”
The Forum features Jordan Ahli Bank, Qatar Airways, Umniah and the King Abdullah II Fund for Development among its Sponsors
At a time of change for the region, many preconceived ideas are changing across politics, governance, business and society. GTF promotes the extensive participation of women as a necessary and positive imperative for our world and the creation of just societies. GTF also encourages the participation of young individuals and welcomes students for free.
The Global Thinkers Forum’s Awards for Excellence in Global Thinking, Leadership, Philanthropy, Life, Media, Science, Positive Change, Innovation, Gender Equality, Entrepreneurship, Cultural Understanding will also be presented following voting and the deliberations of its Board of Advisors: Chris Cramer, Global Head of Insider, Thomson Reuters; Lindsay Oliver, International Commercial Director at Bloomberg; Salim Amin Chairman of A24 Media; Reem N. Bsaiso,; Maggie Eales, Senior Vice President, CNN International; Richard Sambrook, Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University, , Professor Marc Ventresca Oxford University, and Valerie Keller, Young Global Leader and CEO, Veritas.