• Middle East Thought Leadership Forum
    25th – 27thOctober 2021
  • EXPO 2020 Dubai UAE
    Lead sponsor for the 11th Gulf Education conference and Exhibition

About the event

Middle East Thought Leadership Forum 25th –27thOctober 2021

We would like to invite you to participate in the Middle East Education Thought Leadership Forum 25th to 27th October 2021.

The event will be hosted on the Virtual Platform under the Patronage of the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities. In addition to this the VIP guests will include the Ministers of Education of the Arab League and with an expected number of Delegates from 400 universities.

The forum will be led by Ministers of Education and Quality Assurance leaders to help address policies related to online education. The event will help companies reach out to large markets in the Middle East and we will be proposing financial models which will include referral fees, alongside the sponsorship. Middle Eastern students will be invited freely to benefit from virtual learning.

Advisory board

Mr. David Lock
Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation
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Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi
Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan
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Dr. Khalid Al-afari
General manager of Career Guidance & Recruitment Center at (TVTC) Saudi Arabia
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Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali
Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
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Dr. John Law
Higher Education Advisor, British Council
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Dr Aisha Al-Azemi
Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait
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Mr. Hanny Alshazly
Senior Regional Director at Blackboard
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Professor. Mohamed Loutfi
President and Vice-Chancellor of the British University in Egypt
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Mr. Carl-Johan Westring
Vice President, EF Education First
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Prof. Ali Shams El Din
Partner Allied Consultants Group - ACG
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Mr. Ashwin Fernandes
Regional Director ‐ Middle East, North Africa & South Asia - QS
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Dr. Amir Dhia
Director General of UBT Executive Education and ELA
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Speakers

Learn from the leaders

The event will have an extraordinary line up of Saudi / Global policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of Recruitments presenting and offering their expertise and insight.

HE Prof. Amr Ezzat Salama
Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities
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HE Dr.Khaled AbdelGhaffar
Minister of Education, Egypt
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HE Dr. Ali Aerjash
Undersecretary Ministery of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Yemen
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HE Dr. Imran Al-Qaib
Minister of Education & Scientific Research, Libya
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HE Prof. Thafer Y. Assaraira
Chairman of the Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission, Jordan
HE. Amal Cheikh Abdallahi
HE Amal Cheikh Abdallahi
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mauritania
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HE Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan
Deputy Minister for Future Jobs and Digital Entrepreneurship
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Mr. David Lock
Chair of Gulf Education Conferences
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HE Dr. Abdulla S. Dahlan
Chairman of Board of Trustees at University of Business and Technology
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Dr. Gerry Hanley
Executive Director of MERLOT
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Mr. Robert Jenkins
Ed.D, Global Director, Education, UNICEF Headquarters
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Mr. Tim Oates
Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge University Press & Assessment
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Dr. Jamil Salmi
Global Tertiary Education Expert
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Dr. Yaping Gao, EDD
Senior Academic Director, Member Services & Partnerships Quality Matters, USA
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Dr. William Lawton
International Higher Education Consultant
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Professor. Mohamed Loutfi
President and Vice-Chancellor of the British University in Egypt
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Dr. Tahani I. Aldosemani
Senior Consultant at the Saudi Ministry of Education / Debate
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Mr. Ewan Prezens
Regional Director, EMEA
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Mr. Ahmad Obeidat
CEO of Unihance
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Dr. Janice Gobert
Founding CEO of Apprendis, LLC
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Mr. Ndiaye Oumar
CEO of Stuymapper
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Ms. Melissa Musgrove
Head of School Engagement, Education Perfect
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Mr. Michael Larsen
Chief Executive Officer, Studiosity
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Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi
Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University

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Professor. Dahlia Mahmoud
Dean, College of Media & Mass Communication, AUE
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Dr. Hynd Bouhia
President & CEO, Strategica
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Mr. Chris Lyons
Head of External Engagement, UK ENIC
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Ms. Melissa Emler
Chief Learning Officer, Modern Learners and Modern Community Events
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Dr. Hugh Martin headshot
Chief Learning Officer at Modern Learners and Modern Community Events
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Mr. Jackson Docherty
General Manager Australian Training Products
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Francisca Harding
CEO, Hardingmedia
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Mr. Patrick Brothers
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, HolonIQ
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Ms. Sheila Jagannathan
Head of the Open Learning Campus at the World Bank in Washington DC
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Dr. Ashwin Fernandes
Regional Director ‐ Middle East, North Africa & South Asia - QS
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Mr. Shadi Awwad
Regional Director. Elsevier’s Research Intelligence group
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Mr. Amit Gupta
Founder & CEO of NCR Eduservices
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Mr. Hicham Shatou
Chief Executive Officer LeQuest
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Dr. Hind Abou Nasr Kassir
Local Associate at Ajman Government
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Dr. Roberta Malee Bassett
Global Lead for Tertiary Education at the World Bank
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Dr. Marcel Hattingh
co-founder and CEO of CCI Professional
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Dr. Husam Zaman
Former President at Education & Training Evaluation Commission
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Dr. Anas Ratib Al-S'oud
Associate Professor, Al Ahliyya Amman University
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Mr.Emad G. Alomari
Senior Solutions Engineer, Blackboard
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Agenda

Welcome and Program Objectives Education
David Lock
Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 10:00 - 10:05
Introduction to the Association of Arab Universities and Forum Theme
HE Professor Dr Amr Ezzat Salama
Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities
  • 10:05 - 10:30
Scientific Research and Comprehensive Development Goals
HE Dr. Hamad bin Muhammad Al-Sheikh,
Minister of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 10:30 - 10:50
The Era of Skills
HE. Ahmed Al Thunayan,
Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 11:00 - 11:25
HE Dr. Abdullah S. Dahlan,
Chairman the University of Business and Technology,Kingdom of Saudi
  • 11:25 - 11:45
Break
  • 11:45 - 12:00
Reimagining Education: Education Recovery and Transformation
Robert Jenkins
Director of Education, UNICEF
  • 12:00 - 12:30
Shadi Awwad
Elsevier
  • 12:30 - 12:45
Ahmad Obaidat
CEO of Unihance
  • 12:45 - 13:00
Specializations and Skills for Future Jobs and their Alignment for Development
HE Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar
Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Egypt
  • 13:00 - 13:30
Break
  • 13:30 - 14:00
Specialization and Routes to HE: What International Assessment Data tells us about High Performing Education Systems

Moderated by Dr. Hanan Khalifa, Director of Education, Transformation & Impact

Tim Oates CBE,
Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge University
  • 14:00 - 14:30
Firesidechat with
Jeff Maggioncalda
CEO, Coursera
  • 14:30 - 15:00
Building Institutional Capacity for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Dr. Gerry Hanley
Executive Director, Merlot and Skills Commons
  • 15:00 - 15:30
Break
  • 15:30 - 16:00
HE Consultant, formerly World Bank Tertiary Education Co-Ordinator
Dr. Jamil Salmi
Higher Education in the Next Decade: A Global Perspective
  • 16:10 - 16:40
Reimagining the Future of Learning and Skill Development
Sheila Jagannathan
Head, Open Learning Campus, World Bank, Washington
  • 16:40 - 17:25
Closing remarks by
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 17:25 - 17:30
Welcome and Outline of the day.
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 10:00 - 10:05
Dissemination of the Use of
HE Dr. Imran Al-Qaib
Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Libya
  • 10:05 - 10:30
Education, Quality Assurance and Accreditation and the extent to which this reflects on the economy and development in the development of Arab societies
Professor Thafer Y. Assaraira
Chairman of the Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission, Jordan
  • 10:30 - 11:00
Ewan Prezens
Regional Director, EMEA Instructure
  • 11:00 - 11:30
Q&A
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 11:30 - 11:35
Perspectives on investing for the future: clicks or bricks?
Moderator, Dr. Ashwin Fernandes
Regional Director - Middle East, Africa & South Asia - QS

Dr. Husam Zaaman
Former President at Education & Training Evaluation Commission,

Anas Alsoud Al Ahliyya
Associate Professor, Al Ahliyya Amman University

Dr. Tahani I. Aldosemani
Senior Consultant, Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

César Wazen
Director, Scholarships and Partnerships Office, Qatar University
  • 11:40 - 12:30
From Remote Teaching to Quality On-Line
Dr. Yaping Gao
EDD, Senior Academic Director, Member Services and Partnerships, Quality Matters
  • 12:30 - 13:00
Krishnan Gopi
Chief Disruption Officer GEMs Education
  • 13:00 - 13:15
24/7 Student Support and the Normalization of Help-seeking
Michael Larsen
Chief Executive Officer, Studiosity
  • 13:15 - 13:35
Break
  • 13:35 - 14:00
Mr. Chris Lyons
Head of External Engagement, UK ENIC
  • 14:00 - 14:30
Using Real Time AI to Support and Improve 21st Century STEM Assessment, Teaching and Learning
Dr. Janice Gobert
CEO, Apprendis, and Professor of Educational Psychology, Rutgers University
  • 14:30 - 15:00
Patrick Brothers
Co-CEO & Co-Founder, HolonlQ

Lucy Blakemore
Lead HE Digital Capacity, Lat M
  • 15:00 - 15:30
Q&A
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 15:30 - 15:40
Break
  • 15:40 - 16:00
Jackson Docherty
IBSA
  • 16:00 - 16:20
Emad G. Alomari
Senior Solutions Engineer, Blackboard
  • 16:20 - 16:40
Study Mapper
Oumar Ndiaye,
CEO - Co-Founder
  • 16:40 - 16:55
  • 16:55 - 17:10
Institutional Response
Dr. Hugh Martin
Registrar and Chief Administrative Officer British University in Dubai
  • 17:10 - 17:25
Summary of the Day and looking ahead to Day 3
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 17:25 - 17:30
Welcome and Introduction to the day
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 10:00 - 10:05
TThe Role of Higher Education in Achieving Sustainable Development
HE Dr. Ali Aerjash
Undersecertary Ministery of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Yemen
  • 10:05 - 10:30
Quality Assurance for Blended Learning Post-Covid
Professor Martin Henson
International Higher Education Consultant
  • 10:30 - 11:00
Trust and Accountability: A comparative perspective on enabling universities
Dr. William Lawton
International Higher Education Consultant
  • 11:00 - 11:25
Q&A
David Lock
Education Director, Gulf Conferences, Forum Moderator
  • 11:25 - 11:30
Digital Transformation of the Higher Education Sector in the time of Corona
HE Dr. Amal Sidi Mohamed El Sheikh
Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Mauritania
  • 12:00 - 12:30
Students and Sustainability
Jade Monroe
Director of Education, Students Organising for Sustainability
  • 12:30 - 13:00
Melissa Musgrove
Teacher Consultant, Education Perfect
  • 13:00 - 13:15
Amit Gupta
CEO, NCR Educervices
  • 13:15 - 13:25
Hicham Shatou
CEO, Lequest
  • 13:25 - 13:45
Francisca Harding
CEO, Hardingmedia
  • 13:45 - 13:55
Break
  • 13:55 - 14:00
Empowering Women: A Discussion
Professor Dahlia Mahmoud Dean,
College of Media & Mass Communication, The American University, UAE

Dr. Hynd Bouhia
President & CEO, Strategica

Dr. Hoda Alkhazami
Director of the Centre of Cyber Security, New York University, Abu Dhabi

Amal Dokhan
500strtup Kaust

Dr. Rene Smith
Executive Dean, Durban Univeristy of Technology
  • 14:00 - 15:00
Dr. Marcel Hattingh
CCI Professional
  • 15:00 - 15:10
Break
  • 15:10 - 15:40
Through Globalization and from the education reform point of view are we creating a modern Arab world?
Dr. Hind Abou Nasr Kassir, Relationship Officer
Himaya Foundation for Women and Children, Ajman
  • 15:40 - 16:00
Global Challenges – Local Responses: Perspectives from the World Bank
Roberta M Bassett
Global Lead for Tertiary Education, The World Bank
  • 16:00 - 16:30
Responses, Questions & Discussion
Professor Mohamed Loutfi
President and Vice-Chancellor, British University in Egypt and Vice-President, ARELEN
  • 16:30 - 16:50
Closing Perspectives
HE Professor Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama
Secretary General, AArU

Professor Mohamed Loutfi
President, British University in Egypt and VP of ARELEN

David Lock
Forum Moderator
  • 16:30 - 17:00
Close of Leadership Forum
  • 17:00