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Misk Global Forum

14-15 November, 2018, Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh

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What is the Misk Global Forum?

The Misk Global Forum is an ongoing platform that 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 2018 Edition in Numbers
  • +100
    World-renowned speakers
  • +50
    International partners
  • +60
    Sessions
  • +3,500
    Delegates
  • +80
    Countries Represented

THE 2018 EDITION

In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, meeting the challenge of change requires young people to be the disruptors, not the disrupted. To do so, they must future-proof themselves with 21st century skills, a combination of existing and new capabilities to thrive in a world being profoundly transformed. Shaping trends of this new reality will require them to adapt to a continuously evolving human-machine partnership, which in turn leads to revamping uniquely human collaboration. This paradigm shift profoundly redefines what humans need to know, master and practice:

3Themes

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Thrive as Adaptable Individuals

Millennials and younger generations are expected to live longer than ever. What are the key skills for individuals to thrive in the future economy?

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Adjust to the Human-machine Partnership

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, stimulating the emergence of new human-machine partnerships.

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Revamping Uniquely Human Collaboration

In this age of rapid transformation, the need for uniquely human collaboration is greater than ever, requiring humans to develop and enhance their social skills.

5 Skills

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Novel Thinking

The ability to come up with multiple ideas by identifying hidden patterns and by making connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena.

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Social Intelligence

The ability to empathize and connect with others, sensing and guiding desired interactions. Being aware of how you think, feel, and act in response to your environment.

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Judgment & Decision-making

The ability to differentiate and filter information for importance, and to make informed decisions on the basis of multiple and diverse observations, data, sentiments.

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Adaptability & Resilience

The ability to adapt and change, together with the resilience to cope.

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Initiative & Self-direction

The ability to identify your own needs and potential and to realize them by setting goals and allocating resources with an independent mindset.

4 Experiences

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Inspiration

Hearing unique insights to help you be ready for, and optimistic about, the future.

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Challenge

Questioning my assumptions and ideas by discovering new trends and perspectives.

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Collaboration

Building constructive relationships that will last beyond the event, as part of Misk Global Forum’s ongoing community.

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Experimentation

Testing the technologies and trends that will shape the future of life and applying skills to concrete situations.

5 Spaces

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Skills Factory

In addition to keynotes and panels, exceptional young people, our hidden heroes, will be interviewing some of the world’s most inspiring leaders.

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Skills Garages

Led in partnership with editorial partners, the skills garages will host workshops dedicated to skills acquisition and practice.

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Skills Majlis

Led in partnership with network partners, the skills majlis will host conversations dedicated to brainstorming, networking and collaboration around the skills of the future.

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Misk Majlis

The Misk Majlis will feature Misk entities and partner programs and initiatives.

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Skills Lab

The Skills Lab will allow MGF delegates to be exposed to technologies that will have a major impact on the future economy.

Speakers 2018

Ginni Rometty

Chairman, President & CEO
IBM

Ginni Rometty

Chairman, President & CEO
IBM

About

Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty is chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM. Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Ginni has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform.  Today, IBM is the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business, underpinned with trust and security. IBM under Ginni’s leadership also has led the way on ensuring society is prepared for this new era of data.  This includes equipping workers for “new collar” job roles in emerging technology fields; being the first company to publish long-held principles of trust for AI, data responsibility and data transparency; and advancing IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni has held a series of leadership positions, including the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.  She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Michael Froman

Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth
Mastercard

Michael Froman

Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth
Mastercard

About

Mike Froman serves as vice chairman and president of strategic growth for Mastercard. In that role he is responsible for growing strategic partnerships, scaling new business opportunities, and advancing the company’s efforts to partner with governments and other institutions to address major societal and economic issues. Mike oversees the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and is a member of the company’s management committee. Prior to joining Mastercard, Mike was affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations and continues to serve as a distinguished fellow. From 2013 to 2017, Mike served as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Barack Obama’s principal advisor and negotiator on international trade and investment issues. During his tenure, Mike worked to open foreign markets for U.S. goods and services, reach landmark trade agreements and enforce the rights of American workers, farmers and firms.  From 2009-2013, he served at the White House as assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University, a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Sue Siegel

Chief Innovation Officer, General Electric
CEO, GE Business Innovations

Sue Siegel

Chief Innovation Officer, General Electric
CEO, GE Business Innovations

About

Sue Siegel is GE’s Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of Business Innovations, leading the development and acceleration of innovation across the company. She has 30+ years of corporate, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience all geared at one thing: turning untapped potential into real value. In this role, Sue leads a multimodal innovation engine focused on accelerating start-ups, creating and launching new companies and licensing GE’s intellectual property. She also leads strategy planning and oversees the global marketing function. Previously, as a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist at MDV, Sue led investments and served as Board member for companies in personalized medicine, digital health, and life sciences. Prior to that, Sue served as President and Board Member of Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX), where she led the company’s transformation from a pre-revenue startup to a global, multi-billion dollar market cap genomics leader. She also held leadership roles at Bio-Rad, DuPont and Amersham. Sue has been recognized in Fortune as one of “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care” and as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” by Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and was featured as “Multiplier” in the bestselling book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.”

Thomas Bach

President
International Olympic Committee

Thomas Bach

President
International Olympic Committee

About

Thomas Bach is the current President of the IOC. A lawyer by profession, has had a successful career in sports both on and off the field of play. He became an Olympic champion when he won a gold medal in fencing (team foil) at the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal in 1976 and in 2006, he was named as the founding President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). Thomas Bach was an athletes’ representative at the XI Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden (1981) and a founding member of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. He became an IOC member in 1991, was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in 1996 and served as an IOC Vice-President for more than 10 years. He has also chaired several IOC Commissions. Thomas was born in Würzburg, Germany.

Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
United Nations

Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
United Nations

About

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. She is the youngest senior official in the UN and the first woman to hold this position. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of work – sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action – and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General. Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, and has played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country. Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women in Sri Lanka named “Hashtag Generation”. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day.

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert, Author & Optimist

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert, Author & Optimist

About

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon has a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single day feeling inspired,  feel safe at work, and feel fulfilled at the end of the day.  He is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer, Simon is fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire. He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why in his first Ted Talk in 2009. It rose to be the third most watched talk of all time on TED.com. He is also the author of multiple best-selling books, including his next title due out early 2019 called The Infinite Game. Simon’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention.  He is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world.  He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world.

Lubna Al Omair

First Saudi Female Olympic Fencer

Lubna Al Omair

First Saudi Female Olympic Fencer

About

Lubna Al Omair is the first Saudi female Olympic fencer. She is currently working for Quality of Life Program, a Vision 2030 program. She recently founded Himmah program to raise awareness about sports and offer sustainable training opportunities for the underprivileged. In 2014, she co-founded the Dhahran Fencing Club, the first in the country for women to train in the fencing sport. She previously worked for Saudi Aramco in the engineering services department. In celebration of her achievements, an image of her was showcased on the tallest building in Riyadh during Saudi National Day in 2017. Lubna holds a master’s degree with honors in business information technology from DePaul University, Chicago.

Rodolphe Gelin

Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer
SoftBank Robotics

Rodolphe Gelin

Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer
SoftBank Robotics

About

Rodolphe Gelin is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at SoftBank Robotics Europe. Prior to SoftBank Robotics, Rodolphe was at CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) for over 20 years as the head of robotics, virtual reality and cognitics program. He joined SoftBank Robotics in 2008 to lead the Romeo project. This French collaborative project (2009-2017), united over 12 partners, and aimed at developing a tall humanoid robot to assist elderly people. Rodolphe has been invited to talk and present at numerous scientific, general public and industrial events. He is the author of five books about Virtual Reality and Robotics.

Reem Acra

CEO
Reem Acra

Reem Acra

CEO
Reem Acra

About

Reem Acra is a renowned international designer known for her breathtaking collections in Ready-to-Wear and Bridal. She combines tradition with a modern aesthetic and leads the way by continuously redefining the boundaries of fashion. She launched her eponymous line Reem Acra New York in 1997, and, after successfully establishing herself in the bridal market, expanded into Ready to Wear in 2008. Of Lebanese heritage, Acra graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Business Degree. She went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and the École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode (ESMOD) in Paris. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and Kate Hudson have worn her intricate designs to red carpet events such as the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes. Some of her notable accolades include being named the 7th Most Powerful Arab Woman in the World by Forbes Magazine, which includes the likes of Amal Clooney, Nemat Shafik and Zaha Hadid. She has also been the recipient of the Building Bridges Award from the Bridges of Understanding foundation, a non-profit organization which seeks to improve relations between the Middle East and the United States. Acra is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and serves on the Board of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council since its inception. Recently, in a bid to inspire young Arab women and aspiring designers and broaden her reach to this target group, Acra has co-created and starred on the hugely successful Middle Eastern reality TV show, Fashion Star, where she serves as the lead judge and mentor to 12 aspiring up-and-coming designers.

Jeff Kwek

General Manager
Tencent

Jeff Kwek

General Manager
Tencent

About

Since 2012, Jeff Kwek’s daily role at Tencent consists in developing stronger partnerships with all the media agencies. He is in charge of driving business partnership with all the media agencies including GroupM, Omnicom, Publicis, Dentsu Aegis Network and many more. He also takes charge of the Joint Business Partnerships program with the company’s top advertising clients like P&G, L’Oréal and LVMH. Jeff joined Tencent in 2007 as Head of Branding and was tasked with developing a sales & marketing strategy to monetize the advertising properties within Tencent. Prior to joining Tencent, Jeff has spent 15 years in different agency networks (McCann Erickson/Leo Burnett) and worked on diverse clients ranging from Pepsi to VISA and from BMW to PG. Jeff has spoken at Cannes Advertising Festival, Festival of Media and has published a white paper on “Social Media Behaviors in China.” He works with companies and NGOs in promoting the sustainability of Social Entrepreneurship in China and is involved in some outreaches. Originally from Singapore, Jeff has lived and worked in China for the past 14 years.

Philippine Dolbeau

Founder & CEO
NewSchool

Philippine Dolbeau

Founder & CEO
NewSchool

About

Philippine is an 18-year-old entrepreneur and founder of NewSchool. She has been recognized by several media outlets as the youngest entrepreneur of France and the "Most Innovative Woman of 2017". Philippine created her startup at the age of 15, while still in high-school. While asked to create a pretend startup, the young teenager decided to go beyond the limits given and to make of NewSchool a real-life business in September 2014. Only a few months later, Philippine won the 1st Prize at the National Digischool Contest in May 2015, after presenting her business plan in a Parisian theatre in front of journalists and CEOs. Quickly, the adventure took a crazy shift when she went on TV in January 2016. NewSchool has since then been the winner of the French National Innovation Contest in February 2016, as well as being the best Student's Startup of the Year 2016. She also became the youngest ever entrepreneur to participate in the G20 when she took part of the French delegation in 2016. Philippine now studies at University College London and speaks regularly at international conferences.

Nikhil Rathi

CEO, London Stock Exchange plc
Director of International Development, LSEG

Nikhil Rathi

CEO, London Stock Exchange plc
Director of International Development, LSEG

About

Nikhil was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LSE plc in September 2015. He also has Group-wide responsibilities for International Development. He is a member of the LSEG Executive Committee. He joined LSEG in May 2014 as Director of International Development and Chief of Staff from the UK Treasury, where he held a number of senior positions over an eleven year period. Most recently he was Director of the Financial Services Group, representing the UK Government's financial services interests in the EU and internationally. He served as the UK representative on the EU Financial Services Committee. Prior to that, he was Head of the Financial Stability unit, overseeing a number of the UK's financial stability interventions during the crisis. Nikhil also served as Private Secretary to the UK Prime Minister for three years from 2005 to 2008.

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FAQs

ARABIC GREETINGS

Classical Arabic is the language of the Koran. A number of local Arabic dialects are used for spoken conversation in Saudi Arabia such as Hijazi (Western Province), Najdi (Central Province), and Khaliji (Eastern Province).
Useful Arabic words and phrases:

God willing – Inshallah
Welcome – Ahlan wa sahlan
Hello – Marhaba
How are you? – Kaif halak?
Well – Tayyib; kuwais
Please – Min fadlack
Thanks – Shukran
Yes – Naam
No – La
Sorry, excuse me – Mut-assif
Good morning – Sabah ilkhair
(reply) – Sabah ilnur
Good evening – Masa’ ilkhair
Goodbye – Ma’asalama
Do you speak English? – Tatakallam inglizi?
I don’t speak Arabic – Ma’ atakallam Arabi
I do not know – Ma a’arif
You honored us with your visit – Sharraftuna

CULTURAL AND LOCAL SPECIFICITY

Dress Etiquette
Due to the conservative nature of the Islamic religion and practice in Saudi Arabia, travelers are advised to observe the following dress code when in public places:
Men should wear long trousers/pants. Shirts should not be open below the collar bone. For business meetings, a conservative suit is expected
MGF Dress Code: Smart Casual
Women are expected to dress conservatively. It is required to wear an Abaya, which is a long robe, usually black, that covers most of their body. Please select clothes that cover arms and shoulders, and opt for long trousers in place of shorts.

Meeting & Greeting
A handshake is generally accepted form of meet and greet.
Due to the conservative nature of the Saudi society, men and women are reserved in their interaction in public.
It is common for a Saudi to greet each person individually with a handshake while standing. Close male counterparts kiss on each cheek.
It is uncommon for men to shake hands with women, unless women offer their hand first.
Always use the right hand when engaging in a handshake, as the left hand is considered impolite.
In conversations with a Saudi, it is considered polite to engage in small talk; learning a few Arabic greetings would be well received.

WHERE TO STAY

The Misk Global Forum will be held at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center.

Participants can stay in hotels nearby the MiSK Global Forum venue including:
Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center.
Hotel Novotel Riyadh Al Anoud.
Al Faisaliah Hotel.

All participants are encouraged to book their hotel arrangements early.

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION

All arriving from outside Saudi Arabia should plan to arrive on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Taxis from the airport to the forum venue, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center, should not exceed SAR 70 or around USD 20. Uber and Careem (a Middle East service offering car rides accessed via an app) service is also available.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For the purpose of the Misk Global Forum, you will need to apply for a Business Visa.
The passport MUST contain two blank visa pages side by side in order for the visa to be issued.
A passport valid for at least six months. Final exit or exit/re-entry visas are required to leave Saudi Arabia, and you will need six months’ validity to request such a visa. You should have at least two months’ validity left when you depart.
For more detailed information, please contact the nearest Saudi Arabia Consulate or Embassy near you or visit the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or other visa services provider.