The Harvard Arab Alumni Association (“HAAA”) is delighted to invite you to attend our 12th annual Harvard Arab World Conference, which will be held in the Dead Sea, Jordan on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. This conference is open to both Harvard and non-Harvard affiliates.


Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the 12th Annual Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC) will be held in the Dead Sea, Jordan on March 11, 2017. The theme of this year’s HAWC will be “BUILDING TOMORROW” and will explore initiatives across the region that are currently (re)shaping the face of the Arab world.

The HAWC proposes several panels that bring together multi-disciplinary leaders to discuss the region’s tomorrow for future generations in healthcare, education, entrepreneurship, policy, and law. The conference will ask how the region and its people can harness its collective power to drive positive change and how can the rising generation of Arabs leverage current and emerging resources to inspire transformation. The conference will also include a startup pitch competition to show-case and support regional startups.

Imagine if the next Google, Facebook, AirBnB, or Uber came from the Arab world.

In this exciting event, marking the second HAAA-sponsored startup pitch in the Arab world, startups from across the Middle East (including Amman, Dubai, Beirut, Riyadh, and Cairo) will pitch their business ideas.

Startups will pitch for 5 minutes, and answer questions from our high-profile panel of judges for 5 minutes. Judges include representatives from tech companies in the region, as well as investors and venture capitalists.


The Harvard Arab Alumni Association is pleased to announce that it will organize a workshop for Jordanian high school and college students on admission to Harvard’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Further details will be provided on how to register for the workshop and its precise time and location.

Civic Lab will showcases and discuss the most progressive digital engagement initiatives

Civic Lab will showcases and discuss the most progressive digital engagement initiatives that aim to help citizens collaborate with government for the betterment of their societies. A panel of experts will discuss and analyze how technology can help societies have better means of communication and action to achieve better developmental results.

One of the largest conferences in MEA

Harvard Arab World Conference 2017