8:00

Registration

Once you are registered, check out the interactive exhibits in The Hub

10:00

Welcome Address

10:10

Keynote Speech - H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul

Hear from H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education.

10:25

Keynote Speech - His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Hear from His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

11:30

Breakout Sessions

The Power of a Creative Economy

The creative economy today is recognized as a vital and important contributor to economic development throughout the world, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, and helping increase social development and employment. In this session, local experts delve into the diversity and power of creative industries, and highlight the transformations and challenges due to increasing digitization.

Format: Theme-based
Host: Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi - Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation and Director's Fellow, MIT Media Lab

Digital Revolution and the Future of Skills: The Evolving Role of STEM

The digital revolution has changed the way societies operate. Today’s most in-demand jobs did not exist 5 or 10 years ago, and technological developments across many fields and sectors will only speed up the creation of new jobs. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills are at the core of this growth and play an important role in shaping the UAE—and the world. Come learn more about the importance of STEM education and STEM-based jobs of the future.

Format: Theme-based
Host: Homaid Al Shimmari, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services, Mubadala

Being E-Vigilant: Don’t Be The Weakest Link

Cybersecurity and its evolving threat landscape is on the rise throughout the world. Join one of the UAE’s leading cybersecurity experts to learn more about this important – and constantly changing – field.

Format: Interactive
Host: Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti - Executive Director, National Electronic Security Authority (NESA)

Get Smarter With Your Money: Insights to Boost Your Financial Literacy

What does financial literacy mean, and why is it important? Learn the fundamentals and importance of financial literacy using real life scenarios. This session will be interactive, fun and challenging. We believe now, more than ever, you must learn to ‘speak finance’ for your voice to be heard no matter what your level of formal budget responsibility may be in the future.

If you’re interested in joining this breakout, please complete the pre-session questionnaire below. The collective data will be used to give you a report of your own current ‘financial literacy’ status, benchmarked anonymously with your peers.

Format: Experiential
Host: Andrew Perkins, FCCA, Global Director of Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development
Binod Shankar, CFA, Managing Director of Kaplan Genesis


Take the Survey

12:30

Lunch Break

Explore the unique food trucks and other lunch options on offer at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

12:45

Breakout Sessions

Science and Shaping the Future

Sarah Amiri will highlight the importance of science and scientists as a driver for a knowledge-based economy

Host: Sarah Amiri, Chairwoman of UAE Science Council & Science lead of Emirates Mars Mission

Being E-Vigilant: Don’t Be The Weakest Link

Cybersecurity and its evolving threat landscape is on the rise throughout the world. Join one of the UAE’s leading cybersecurity experts to learn more about this important – and constantly changing – field.

Format: Interactive
Host: Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Executive Director, National Electronic Security Authority (NESA)

14:00

Keynote Speech

14:30

Keynote Speech - Alexis Ohanian

Hear from Alexis Ohanian, technology entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of Reddit & Initialized Capital, about how entrepreneurship is more about opportunity and less about risk.

15:20

Movie Screening: Every Last Child

Every Last Child is the dramatic story of five people caught up in the current polio crisis in Pakistan. It tells of their sorrow, sacrifice and fearless determination in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence.

15:25

Breakout Sessions

Embracing Smart Nutrition and Fitness

Committed to the fight against obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease through smart nutrition and fitness, Zonya, known as ‘America’s Nutrition Leader,’ will share easy and fun ways to maintain health and wellness. She will also share her thoughts about the important role health and fitness play in helping you become a successful and well-rounded individual.

Host: Zonya Foco, Wellness speaker, author and entrepreneur

Climate Change and Environment: An Opportunity For Prosperity

This highly interactive session will focus on climate change and the effects it will have on the environment we live in, our future and the way we live. You will be quizzed and given the chance to vote on important issues related to our understanding of climate change, the country’s efforts to address it and the important role that youth plays in contributing to these efforts.

Format: Interactive
Host: H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment

The Future of Cities: Toward Smarter Habitats

What makes a city smart? As the UAE moves toward Vision 2021 and becoming one of the best countries in the world, how should the country plan for cities of tomorrow? This session encourages participants to rethink of how we view cities and urban development.

Format: Theme-based
Host: Prof. Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab

Design the University of the Future

Details coming soon

Hosts: H.E. Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui
Minister of State for Youth,
Ali Ebrahim Al Nuaimi, Youth Council Member and Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Human Capital Lead, IPIC

17:45

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