Building Knowledge Societies for Sustainable Human Development
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), hosted the inaugural Global Knowledge Society Forum in Dhahran Saudi Arabia on December 9th and 10th, 2013.
The goal of the forum under the theme, “Building Knowledge Societies for Sustainable Human Development" was to catalyze the development of a knowledge ecosystem in the Kingdom. This groundbreaking two-day event was developed to engage international, Arab and Saudi leaders and decision makers from government, academia, and industry in discussion of current developments in the creation, acquisition, and dissemination of knowledge, as well as sustainable human development within a knowledge society.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this year's event.
Mr. Khalid Al-Falih
H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel
H.E. Dr. Khaled Al-Sabti
H.E. Dr. Khaled Al-Sultan
Mr. Éric Falt
Mr. Éric Falt is the Assistant Director- General for External Relations and Public Information at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris.
|Mr. Anthony F. "Bud" Rock|
Mr. Anthony F. "Bud" Rock is President and Chief Executive Officer with the Association of Science-Technology Centers: a global organization linking science institutions and museums, and which aims to inspire people of all ages about the wonders and meaning of science. He previously served with the U.S. State Department.
OTHER DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
For more information on the forum's speakers, please refer to the Program Guidebook .
Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Abdulkader, Secretary General for the National Science, Technology, and Innovation Plan at KACST Research Institute.
Mr. Turki Al-Dakhil, Saudi Journalist.
Dr. Osama Mansouri, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Planning.
Dr. Kholoud Al-Ghamdi, Professor at University of Dammam.
Dr. Saad Haj Bakry, Professor at King Saud University.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Yamani, Chief Operating Officer at TAQNIA.
Dr. Haifa Jamal Allail, President of Effat University.
Mr. Fuad Therman, Director of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.
Dr. Anas Al-Faris, Director, Joint Centers of Excellence Program at KACST.
Dr. Ghaith Fariz, Director and Coordinator of Arab Knowledge Reports.
H.E. Professor Nasser David Khalili, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
Mr. Othman Mahmoud Al Sini, Saudi Writer.
Dr. Ilham Laaziz, Director of the GENIE Program, Moroccan Ministry of Education.
Dr. Fawaz Salem Al-Husainan, Assistant Under-Sec for Youth Projects: Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, Kuwait.
Dr. Mamdouh Al-Najjar, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Mohamad Mrayati, Senior Advisor on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning.
Dr. Hun Joo Park, Executive Director, Korean Development Institute.
Dr. Indrajit Banerjee, Director Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO.
Mr. Ahmed Abu-Zayed, Head of Knowledge and Research, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.
Mr. Paolo Lembo, United Nations Resident Coordinator UNDP, UNHCR, WHO, World Bank, and IFC in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Wesley Schwalje, International finance and strategy consultant.