Diane Greene at Misk Global Forum

Women and youth “will drive Saudi Arabia’s digital future”

Women and young people will lead Saudi Arabia’s drive to embrace a digital future, a leading technology entrepreneur told Misk Global Forum.

Speaking at the Misk Global Forum event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Google Cloud’s chief executive Diane Greene said, “the excitement and embracing of change is so palatable here. I’m very optimistic about what’s possible here.”

During her first visit to the Kingdom, Greene expressed how impressed she was by young people and their enthusiasm for change. She also spoke of how the country already had female experts and leaders in the field of technology, who would find no difficulty in becoming part of the future of Saudi Arabia.

The Misk Global Forum was first held in 2016 and is the flagship platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. 

Last year’s event was attended by more than 5,000 participants and comprised of two days of interactive, collaborative, and innovative discussions and workshops on ‘meeting the challenge of change’. Greene was joined by other speakers including HM Queen Rania of Jordan and Bill Gates, the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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