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.
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 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.
Seminar on Harvard admissions process for Jordanian high school students and graduate students. Seminar is free but attendees need to register through Sajilini
Civics Lab with Hafez Gahem, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa
Networking Dinner at the Main Restaurant (Obelisk): Attendees must pay individually for the dinner (30 Jds), as it is not included in the conference package
Registration & Refreshments
HAWC 2017 Welcome Remarks
Carine Abi Akar, Conference Co-Chair and Vice-President of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association
Dr. Mohammad Hajjiri
HAAA Welcome Remarks
Dr. Hesham Hamoda, President of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association
Harvard University Welcome
Mark Elliott, Vice-Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University
Opening Keynote Address
Remarks by Her Royal Highness Princess Ghida Talal
Remarks by His Excellency Omar Razzaz
Plenary 1 : Building Arab Healthcare: Sustainable delivery of quality care
Plenary 2 : The Future of Arab Diplomacy
Panel 1A: Building Arab Education: Preparing our youth for the jobs of the future
Panel 1B: Building after Conflict
Panel 2A: Fostering a Sustainable Middle East from the Ground Up: Commercial Law Reform to Ensure Private Sector Growth
Panel 2B: Unlocking the Talents of Refugees
Panel 3A: Tasawurat: Arab Art at a Time of Turmoil
Panel 3B: Entrepreneurship: Vehicle for Change, or Just a Buzzword?
Special Session: Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Arab World
Startup Pitch Competition
Conference Closing Remarks
Philip Lovejoy, Executive Director of Harvard Alumni Association
Noura Al-Saket, Conference Fundraising Chair
Gala Dinner (Must have purchased separate ticket to attend)