Sponsors & Strategic Partners
Global Thinkers Forum is grateful to its Strategic Partners:
Jordan Ahli Bank
Established in 1955, Jordan Ahli Bank is a leading Jordanian financial institution with a presence in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Cyprus; Ahli Bank has substantially contributed to the progressive development of the banking industry in the Kingdom. Since inception, the management of the bank has actively sought to develop advanced solutions that meet the needs of its target segments, prioritizing innovation and commitment to high standards. Renowned for its rich lineup of products and services and its segmented approach to product development, Jordan Ahli Bank continues to exceed the expectations of its customers by providing inventive banking services for personal and premium banking clients as well as for micro, small, medium and large corporations. With rising competition within the Jordanian banking sector, Ahli Bank has implemented a far-reaching strategic plan to not only maintain its leading position in the market but also to propel its continued growth and set new benchmarks for the industry. Carrying the banner of “My Power of Change,” the bank’s vision is to become a best practice, state-of-the-art financial services institution. The transformation program is designed to benefit all stakeholders, including shareholders, clients, employees, regulators and the community at large. In addition, the bank aspires to become a key regional player in the financial services industry within the span of a decade. Ahli Bank’s historical commitment to social responsibility ensures its continued involvement within the community, sponsoring numerous activities for different social, cultural and charitable causes. The bank distributes its support over many areas of sustainable development, including health, education, entrepreneurship, sports awareness, and environmental preservation.
Qatar Airways is the national airline of the State of Qatar and one of the aviation industry’s big success stories. Operations began in 1994 when the airline was a small regional carrier servicing a handful of routes. The airline was re-launched in 1997 with a vision to turn Qatar Airways into a leading international airline with the highest standards of service and excellence. Qatar Airways has since become one of the fastest growing carriers in the world with unprecedented expansion averaging double digit growth year on year that industry peers can only admire with envy. The airline has developed under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, appointed CEO in 1996, who has been instrumental in turning Qatar Airways into an award-winning carrier and the best in the world. Under Al Baker’s stewardship, Qatar Airways has matured into a leading force in regional and global aviation, earning many admirers around the world for its excellent standards of service. In April 2011, Qatar Airways reached a milestone reaching 100 destinations in its global route map. Two months later, the airline achieved a remarkable feat, just 14 years after its relaunch, being named Airline of the Year 2011 at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards with over 18 million travellers worldwide casting their votes. In July 2012, Qatar Airways was once again named Airline of the Year 2012, holding onto its title for the second consecutive year. From Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha, the country’s capital, the airline has developed a global network of over 100 destinations, covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific, North America and South America with a modern fleet of over 100 passenger and cargo aircraft. For 2012, Qatar Airways expands its operations to further destinations – Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Zagreb (Croatia), Perth (Australia), Kigali (Rwanda), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Yangon (Myanmar), Baghdad (Iraq), Erbil (Iraq), Maputo (Mozambique) and Belgrade (Serbia).
Oasis500 is the first development and investment company of its kind in the MENA region. It aims to support entrepreneurs by providing them with funding and training in an effort to accelerate the transformation of business ideas into start-up companies in the ICT, digital media, and mobile technologies and content sectors. Oasis500 aims to facilitate the launch of 500 start-up companies within the next five years, which will create an incentive for aspiring entrepreneurs and generate job opportunities within the world’s fastest growing sectors. Since commencing its operations in September 2010, Oasis500 has successfully secured investments for 49 technology companies, in addition to a number of other investments that were unmatched by any investment fund in the region.
TT HELLENIC POSTBANK S.A. is a publicly traded bank in the Athens Stock Exchange, a member of the Hellenic Banking Association, the European Savings Banks Group and the World Savings Banks Institute. Hellenic Postbank was established in 1900 with the objective of contributing to society and building a long tradition of prestige and reliability, which still is a key feature of the Bank. Already from the first decades of operation, it managed to address a large portion of working people, earn their trust and concentrate a substantial part of savings. Today, in the second century of its existence, Hellenic Postbank fits the profile of a modern ethical bank with a wide depositor base, capital adequacy among the highest in Europe and a healthy loan book, enjoying the required potential and financial background to provide substantial support to Hellenic economy and society. Through innovative actions, TT invests in small business loans, while assuming an active role in green entrepreneurship. Every product and service design is man-oriented. True to its human-centered and eco-friendly profile, the Bank promotes CSR initiatives and wealth creation for the society. Hellenic Postbank stands out as the alternative bank, being always there for citizens and building relations of trust.
Experts at building, maintaining and improving clients’ images, Bidaya Corporate Communications is a regional PR agency founded on over 25 years of experience and specializes in advanced corporate communications and public relations at all levels. Since its inception in 2004, it has been providing the Jordanian and regional market, particularly the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Iraq, with PR solutions by fusing traditional and contemporary PR tools to create unique and inspired PR strategies and platforms that address critical communication challenges, set its clients apart from the competition and give them a distinctive and healthy corporate image. Bidaya is a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), and is the first Jordanian agency to become a full member of the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA). It is also the exclusive public relations partner of the world’s leading independent global PR firm; Edelman, which acts as Bidaya’s international and regional partner through its offices in the UAE, Middle East and around the globe.
King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD)
The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) was established by a royal decree in 2001 as a non-governmental organization. Its aim was to support the Jordanian community by driving human and infrastructure development. KAFD works to further develop key sectors in Jordan and improve local standards of living for all segments of the Jordanian community, targeting individuals, public and private sectors and civil society organizations.
The Anna Lindh Foundation – EUROMED
Our purpose is to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures. Since its launch in 2005, the Anna Lindh Foundation has launched and supported action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions among people of different cultures and beliefs, as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 3000 civil society organisations.
Jordan Oil Shale Company
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.
The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, launched in March 2009, is one of the first in a network of Columbia Global Centers around the world. The Center, headquartered in Amman, Jordan, provides a regional base for scholarly activities throughout the Middle East and strengthens the University’s academic partnerships and programs in the region. The Center offers opportunities for faculty to engage in onsite research, for students to experience the Middle East firsthand, and for regional alumni and prospective students to engage directly with the University. Other Global Centersexist in Paris, Beijing, Mumbai, Istanbul, Nairobi, and Santiago, with an eighth center soon to be launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
STRATEGIC TELECOM PARTNER
Umniah, a subsidiary of Batelco Bahrain, gained a significant share of the local mobile market in a record number of years, and has contributed through its services to an increase in mobile and Internet penetration rates in the Kingdom. In 2011, Umniah’s mobile subscriber base exceeded the 2.3 million mark, which represents a market share of over 31%. Its broadband services witnessed a 100% growth in less than 2 years, enabling it to extend wireless Internet services to 80% of the Kingdom’s population through updating its infrastructure and expanding its coverage across Jordan, all in line with the National ICT Strategy’s objectives.
U MAGAZINE JORDAN
U Magazine is a fashion, health and beauty publication that reaches the Middle East’s most affluent residents – from the hills of Lebanon to the shores of the UAE. With an editorial focus that captures the interests of the upscale consumer, U Magazine is dedicated to the very best of fashion and beauty trends to insightful health articles. Articles are researched, written and designed with the needs of the most discriminating audience in mind, and each reflects the high standards that our enthusiasts have come to expect. Global content is expertly blended with regional relevance to make U the go-to guide for the Middle East’s most sophisticated, savvy readers.
Ro’ya TV is a general entertainment television station headquartered in Amman,
Launched in 2008, Play 99.6 is Jordan’s premier station for Feel Good Music. We feature the best of Jordanian listeners’ past & present all-time favorite songs dating all way back to the 80′s and up until 2010. Targeting a mature audience age 30 and above, Sunny 105.1 is loved by young professionals, couples, and family oriented listeners. Play 99.6 is the exclusive English Radio sponsor for GTF 2012 Amman.
EFactor, the world’s largest entrepreneurial community, provides resources that every small business owner needs: funding, knowledge, gain revenue and save cost. At EFactor, entrepreneurs exchange ideas with experts, receive exclusive discounts on business tools, interact with potential partners or clients, and discover funding for their startups. With close to a million users in 185 countries, EFactor offers a unique mix of online and offline E.vents in the US and internationally. Members join EFactor to make relevant connections, taking their businesses to the highest level. EFactor is headquartered in San Francisco, and founded by a team of successful serial entrepreneurs.
TasmeemME is the largest online networking platform dedicated to creative talent in the Middle East. It offers opportunities for both individuals and companies to share their work, find freelance and full-time jobs, build a work reputation, and create a melting pot for creativity in the region. It brings exclusive features to creative talent across the region, including the opportunity to network, promote themselves, and advertise services. Companies from all over the Middle East and internationally are able to post job openings and reach out to a large and targeted pool of talent across the region. TasmeemME facilitates and cuts down the cost of finding creative talent for business professionals, companies, and anyone looking to hire creative services on a freelance or full time basis. TasmeemME’s customers span a wide range of individuals & companies in the creative sector, including: freelancers, students, media networks, creative & non-creative companies, and sponsors, among many others. There are currently almost 2,200 registered members on the site, with over 450 jobs posted and more than 14,000 files uploaded. The competitive advantage of TasmeemME includes the ability for service seekers to browse creative portfolios online and have access to a large targeted critical mass of users on the platform, including prominent creatives in Jordan and across the Middle East.
Founded January 1st, 2003 by a Momtrepreneur, Better Business is a woman owned and woman managed business that has emerged in the Jordanian consulting services market. The company specializes in building service cultures providing expertise in capacity building and workforce management through Organization Behaviour Development. Our programs are customized to encourage and enrich the behaviours and skills that are the heart and soul of world class service, internally and externally.
The International News Safety Institute (INSI) is a unique coalition of news organisations, journalist support groups and individuals exclusively dedicated to the safety of news media staff working in dangerous environments. It is a not-for-profit charity, supported entirely by membership contributions which are channelled back into safety work. INSI’s purpose is to create a global safety network of advice and assistance to journalists and other news gatherers who may face danger covering the news on international assignment or in their own countries. It raises funds to provide safety training free of charge to journalists in need around the world who are unable to afford their own. It promotes measures to improve safety understanding among news organisations, militaries, governments and international bodies.
The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) is a student led and run initiative that strives to connect and empower innovative youth leaders from all across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States and create a forum through which they can share their ideas and experiences with the world. From April 10-14, forty exceptional youth leaders from seventeen different countries are coming to a summit at Stanford to collaborate with each other, engage with world leaders in their field, and create lasting solutions and a global network of the most promising change agents in the United States and MENA region. AMENDS seeks to make the voices of these youth leaders heard on the global stage. During the summit, all of the delegates will do a TED Talks style presentation on their unique ideas and experiences which we will record and put online. In turn, we hope to not only promote collaboration and mutual respect among the delegates, but create a resource for the rest of the world as well. We are sponsored by the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. For more information about AMENDS, please visit our website at http://amends.stanford.edu.
Leaders of Tomorrow is a youth-led, independent non-profit organization, based in Jordan, active since 2007 in Jordan and registered legally since 2010. It is LOTs mission to build a community of young leaders who are educated, critical, initiative-takers, and capable of serving their local communities. Leaders of Tomorrow works at a local and national level in Jordan, and regionally in the Middle East and North Africa with a large network of high school and university students, recent graduates and young professionals. We work with young Arabs, between 15 to 35 years old, to discuss taboos, better the society and promote youth’s voice. Leaders’ shares opportunities with all, builds capacity from bottom up, and mobilizes young people in the Arab world. The Leaders’ network consists of young Arabs who participate in exchanges, conferences, trainings, and community organizing and volunteer work. We mobilize young Jordanians to volunteer in action groups around social and political issues.
The University of Hull in the UK is providing acutting-edge educational experience for over 18,000 students a year. The academic portfolio contains 50 disciplines across the arts and humanities, business, education, health, the sciences and the social sciences. As one of the major players in the regeneration of Hull and Scarborough, the University also has a significant impact on local economic and social growth. Hull is a progressive University, investing heavily in facilities and resources, like refurbished student residences and catering areas, improvements to the Students’ Union premises, a moot court room and the creation of a new road, and parking infrastructure system on campus [read more about University developments], to name just a few.
A24 Media tells the African story to the world and maintains its position as the number one source for high quality content on African issues for both local and global audience.
A24 Media is the first Pan-African online agency for Video, Pictures & Text. A24 is an online platform where you can get captivating videos and images from Africa delivered on demand.
Glowork is the first website dedicated for women empowerment throughout the Middle East. Glowork has helped create over 2000 vacancies for women in Saudi Arabia alone, from over 130 companies. In its short existence, Glowork has been recognized as the ideal solution provider when it comes to full fledged career advisory for females. Recently they launched a breakthrough innovation which aims to create thousands of jobs for women in the Kingdom to work from home. This has led to endorsements by International and local leaders such as the Minister of Labor in Saudi Arabia and being recognized at the World Economic Forum as a “Best Practices” initiative that promotes gender equality and promotes diversity within the workplace.
Founded in 2007, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is an American, non-governmental organization and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. TYO is a point of light for under-privileged children and communities in the Middle East. It represents the best aspects of the American people and international goodwill, contributing, managing, and operating essential services and activities for all members of communities afflicted by conflict, isolation, and poverty.
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 have worked with many women, currently they are in the process of opening a work shop in Al Hashimi Al Shamali one of the unprivileged areas in Amman in a step to formalize their developmental work and commitment.
Dana Translation is a group of professional HUMAN translators that want to make life easier for clients. The team at Dana Translation care about clients, respect their time, interests and security. Dana Translation offers three main services: Arabic – English Translation and vice versa, Editing & Proofreading, and Content Development. Some of the clients are major companies in NYC and London. Dana Translation is specialized in English and Arabic languages.
Think Media Labs is a premier digital and social media boutique agency founded byAyman Itani. It aims to help enterprises and international brands targeting Lebanon, the Gulf and the MENA region thrive by drawing on Internet platforms to capture digitally their customers and audiences. Think Media Labs helps businesses and brands link to the digital world through the latest tools in the rapidly transforming digital and online culture, be it New Media, Web 2.0, or Social Media. We create brand commitment and capitalize on the subtle underlying particulars of online communities in the Gulf and MENA region.