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About The Misk Global Forum

Misk Global Forum is the flagship global platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy.

Established in 2016, the Misk Global Forum brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change.

The 2017 edition

"Meeting the Challenge of Change"

Young people are coming of age in a world that is more connected and more fundamentally changing than at any time in human history. The fourth industrial revolution, of transformative technologies, is disrupting economies and will affect the way we live, learn, work and contribute to our communities. It is not enough to merely adapt to these developments. They must be harnessed to deliver new frameworks for how our societies and working lives are structured and new opportunities shaped.

This year’s gathering will look across the spectrum of challenges in this change, unearthing the wealth of opportunities that exist within each, covering:


from health and wellbeing, constructive habits and social interactions, to new entertainment and media consumption and smart investing what will it take to lead the good life over the long term?


when change is constant, how best to integrate the right lifelong learning subjects and practices in order to achieve sustained success?


in the age of intelligent machines, what new working structures will emerge? What is the payoff between more traditional forms of employment and the new more dynamic entrepreneurial and freelancing opportunities that will arise?


how can people engage with their commuities to deliver wider and more sustained positive impacts and give back to create wider virtuous circles of development?

The Misk Global Forum sponsors a wealth of initiatives culminating in an annual gathering to look at these pressing issues.  It’s where sharp minds come together across borders of age, geography, culture and nation to gain a vibrant and deep understanding of how to meet the challenge of change.


There are three priority audiences for the Misk Global Forum:

Young leaders, creators and thinkers

Established global innovators

Policy makers

Design Your own journeys

This year, the Forum will be experience-centred with participants encouraged to design their individual journeys and co-create outcomes that can meet the challenge of change.


Participants will have the chance to explore the latest trends and cutting edge ideas through a series of talks, seminars, discussions and networking, and establish new connections to help them progress on their journey.


The chance to experience new technologies, test and learn practical skills and master new tools to put ideas and creativity into practice will be on offer to all.


Through the workshops, story labs, pitch sessions and hackathons, participants will be able to experiment with the ideas and technologies they encounter over the course of the Misk Global Forum and help co-create the agenda.

The 2016 edition

Organized in November 2016, the first-ever Misk Global Forum was a two day event focused on a variety of multidimensional formats, culture and technology for young Saudis and Arab youth in partnership with the brightest minds in the world. This unique gathering aimed to unleash the potential of the country’s youth and advance the Saudi National Transformation Program and the Vision 2030.

Key figures












Countries Represented

They inspired our audience last year

Bob Dudley

Group Chief Executive
BP plc, United Kingdom

Joe Kaeser

President & CEO
Siemens AG, Germany

Muhammad Yunus

2006 Nobel Peace Laureate; Founder
Grameen Bank Bhaban,

Alvy Ray Smith

Pixar Animation Studios, USA

John T. Chambers

Executive Chairman

Sebastian Thrun

Founder, Chairman, and President
Udacity, USA

Mo Farah

Four times Olympic Champion, UK

HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar
bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

Vice President
Women’s Affairs at the General Sports Authority, KSA

Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui

Minister of State for Youth Affairs
Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, UAE