The 6th Gulf Education Conference Saudi Arabia April 2016


Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, Saudi Arabia April 2016

The Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition is now in its sixth year. Past conferences and exhibitions have taken the format of a 2 day conference with an exhibition which runs alongside it. An awards presentation at a Gala Dinner is included on the first night to honour outstanding contributions to education in the Gulf region.

The conferences aim to address challenges and opportunities facing the education sector in the region and the future education needs of the MENA Region. It instigates innovation through international and regional inputs and discussions among participants and enables educators and governments to identify clear policies that benefit of the countries national workforce. The conferences also provide opportunities for public and private sector education organisations in other countries who seek a greater engagement with the Gulf region.

Attendees are from all forms of academia usually in Further and Higher Education, Ministries and commercial organizations involved in the education profession.

In 2015, following four successful years in London, and in response to huge demand, the organisers moved the event from London to Gulf Region. The conference held in Abu Dhabi on 18th and 19th March and was considered a resounding success. Under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates and Ministerial Delegation, the event was kindly hosted at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

The event was attended by more than 400 people including delegates, participants, speakers and media and received extensive coverage across the Gulf media including television and radio.

The agenda was strongly focused on the further development of the education system and curricula throughout the Gulf in order to meet the needs of employers. Centring on key areas of education, employment and vocational training the conference saw key innovators in education advising and sharing their experiences across these areas and more.

The VIP delegation also included HE Mubarak Al-Shamsi, ACTVET, H.E.Dr. Amin A. Mahmoud Minister of HE & SR, Jordan, and Professor Sultan Al Orabi, Dr Naji Al Mahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA & Chief, National Institute of Vocational Education, H.E. Dr. Amin A. Mahmoud Minister of HE & SR, Jordan, Dr Radwan Ahmed Radwan, Deputy Minister, Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait, H.E Prof Tawfik Al Khoja Executive Board of the Health, Minister Council for GCC States, H.E Professor Refat Abdelhalim Alfaouri, H.E Inam Biod Minister Arab League and Dr Ibraheem Mohammed Alshafi, Vice Governor Strategic Initiatives, TVTC Saudi Arabia.

Chaired by David Lock of the Leadership Foundation, the event opened with an impressive line-up of Ministers and VIPs endorsing both the programme of the event with their presence and participation. This delegation included Lord Triesman, of the UK House of Lords, the esteemed Ministers of HE, SR & Training, and of Labour from Morocco, H.E.Lahcen Daoudi and Dr Abdulsam Siddiki respectively. Both seasoned experts spoke to delegates of their experiences at the helm of education and employment in Morocco. (Further information on the Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2015 can be found at

We were delighted with the hugely positive feedback from this year's event and are looking forward to bring you further events from our portfolio. The first of these in the Region will be the Gulf Education Conference 2016.


Learn From The Leaders

The event will have an extraordinary line up of policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of education development participating and offering their expertise and insight.

Gala Awards Dinner

Gala Awards Dinner

The Gulf Education Gala Awards Dinner will be held on the first night of the conference and is proud to host the 6th Gulf Education Awards Ceremony.

It will be a special night for all those attending. As the attendees dine on exceptionally fine cuisine, the nominees and winners will be announced and prizes awarded.

The Gala Award Dinner promises to be a sociable evening with plenty of opportunity to network or sit back and be entertained!

Building on the success of last year, the Gulf Education Award will give recognition to progressive and innovative institutions who are striving to make advancements in teaching programmes, resources, facilities and their academic positioning.

The catagories for this year's Gulf Education Award are being finalise and will be annouched here. If you wish to nominate an inspiring individual who you feel deserves to be recognised for their contribution within the education sector, please do call or email us to discuss this further. We look forward to welcoming you there!

Registration of this year's Gala Award Dinner is open.


The format of this event will be dynamic and interactive. We will have an extraordinary line up of policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of education development participating and offering their expertise and insight.

Advisory Board

Mr. David Lock

Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation

Mr. Essa Al Mulla

Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE

Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi

Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

Dr. Khalid Al-afari

General manager of Career Guidance & Recruitment Center (CCGR) at Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia

Dr Tayeb A. Kamali

Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Dr. John Law

Higher Education Advisor, British Council

Dr Aisha Al-Azemi

Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

Mr. Hanny Alshazly

Regional Director, MEA - Desire2Learn (D2L) Educational Technology Consultant

Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman

Professor of Family Medicine & Medical education, Vice Rector for Planning , Development & Quality.

Professor Mohamed Loutfi

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Mr. Carl-Johan Westring

Vice President, EF Education First

Dr. Khalid M. Abalhassan

Director of Innovation & International Outreach, RAWA International Inc


Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event.

For this event we have created a good mix of dynamic and bespoke sponsorship and participation opportunities, designed to provide a strong vehicle with which to heighten the profile of your company, highlighting your key messages to a focused and high calibre audience.
There are a number of different packages, each providing a superb level of exposure, all at different budget levels - all ensuring that your participation is maximised to its full potential.

Lead Sponsorship Package:    As a Lead Sponsor you will receive a customised package enabling you to showcase your organisation as a leading global education provider.

Platinum Sponsor:    This role provides a number of premium promotional platforms throughout the event including bespoke meetings, and coverage.

Gold Sponsor:    An extensive package of promotional opportunities throughout the event, coupled with extended media coverage.

Silver Sponsor:    A full exhibition package, with extended media coverage and fantastic networking opportunities.

Official Airline Sponsor:    An opportunity to support our high profile speakers, partners and delegates at an international level.

Delegate Bag Sponsor:     Each speaker and delegate will receive this bag containing full conference programme, notepad, pen and your company information within it.

Lanyard Sponsor:    Each participant will receive a lanyard, along with their name badge which they will wear for the duration of the conference. This provides a strong opportunity to promote your organisation in a highly visible way.

Stationery Sponsor:    Each delegate will receive a conference notepad and pen featuring the sponsor's logo within their delegate bag.

Delegate Gift:    An opportunity to promote your brand through the supply of a branded gift.

The two day programme will also run in parallel to interactive exhibition showcasing the leading education suppliers. We will bring together a high profile database of key decision makers and potential investors, offering our sponsors and exhibitors unparalleled access to a unique and relevant audience.

Exhibition Package:    A comprehensive package of exhibition stand; furniture and signage in a prime position of the event ensuring the maximum interest and footfall. Each package as above gives each company coverage in the conference programme and on the official website.

Advertising Opportunities:     A valuable reference tools for all participants of the event; our website, conference programme and delegate bags are a valuable way to ensure your company gains maximum and direct contact with our speakers, delegates, sponsors and delegates.

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