Beirut Institute Summit Edition II will convene a wide spectrum of thinkers including political leaders, senior policy makers, prominent intellectuals, leading CEOs, and civil society leaders to reflect on the evolving relationship between the Arab region and the world.

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Beirut Institute

Beirut Institute is a cutting-edge, independent Arab think tank that is committed to achieving a sustainable impact on local and global policy.

Founded by Raghida Dergham in 2010, Beirut Institute is taking the lead in shaping the future of the region. It is a catalyst for intergenerational and innovative solutions to current challenges facing the region, and a platform for enlightened thinkers to develop future opportunities.

Beirut Institute Summit is designed as a platform for interaction among leaders from the public,private and nonprofit sectors who have left their mark on the Arab region and expanded its role in the global space.

Beirut Institute Summit is a collaborative initiative impacting the Arab region, proactively.

Our focus will be on designing actionable policies and innovative solutions to turn back the forces of destruction and advance the construction of the Arab region’s engagement in the emerging global future.

Inspire leaders with policies and ideas for solutions and enhanced decisions on how to construct the Arab region’s engagement in the emerging future;

Launch a strategic and pragmatic discussion across traditional policy domains on the opportunities to spark a positive spiral of change in the relationship between the region and the wider world;

Create a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector and intergenerational platform for collaboration on future policies;

Announce Beirut Institute’s agenda for 2018-2019.
*This agenda is subject to change.
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Saturday May 12, 2018
08:00 – 09:00Registration and Networking Reception

08:30 – 08:45Welcome Remarks to Policy Circle Delegates
By invitation only, Off-the-record

09:00 – 11:30Policy Circles
By invitation only, Off-the-record

11:30 – 12:00Networking Break

12:00 – 13:30Policy Circles
By invitation only, Off-the-record

13:30 – 15:15Lunch Break

15:25 – 16:25Welcome Address and Opening of Beirut Institute Summit
Address by Host Country

On-the-record, webcast live

16:30 – 17:00A Conversation Among Two Current and Two Former Secretary-Generals on Regional Responsibilities in Joining the Emerging Global Future
On-the-record webcast live

17:05 – 17:25Contours of an Emerging Global Future Woven by Technological Leaps
Presentation, On-the-record webcast live

17:25 – 17:40Networking Break

17:45 – 18:00The Future Women Want: What is the Bottom-Line?
On-the-record webcast live

18:05 – 18:55Constructing Our Engagement in the Emerging Future: What are the New Priorities?
As the Arab region constructs its engagement in the emerging global future, what are the priorities? How have developments in the region, from unprecedented reforms to ongoing geopolitical challenges, changed the strategic imperatives? What do we most need from each other?
On-the-record webcast live

20:30 – 23:30Beirut Institute Summit Dinner
Exceptional Excellence Recognition Award
By invitation only, Awards Evening

Sunday May 13, 2018
08:00 – 09:00Summit Registration

09:00 – 09:55Beyond Fear: Toward a Pragmatic Embrace of Tomorrow
In light of transformative reforms unfolding in the region, what specific, practical actions can the Arab region and its global partners take for the benefit of the people of the region and the world? At the national, regional and global levels, what are the specific steps leaders are taking and should take now to place education and technology in the service of creating the future we want?
On-the-record webcast live

10:00 – 10:10The Future We Want: Voices of the Cloud Generation
Eight young men and women deliver one-minute perspectives on how technology can reshape regional future.
On-the-record webcast live

10:15 – 10:30Productivity, Innovation & The Future of Jobs
Given the increasing technological saturation of the world, why is the growth of productivity slowing? What do all of these dynamics mean for the central strategic challenge of creating jobs in the context of radical advances in artificial intelligence and automation?
On-the-record webcast live

10:35 – 11:35The New American – Russian Dynamics in the Middle East: A Condominium or A Contested Sphere?
What does Russia want in the Middle East? And what regional balance of power does it seek between Iran, Israel, Turkey, and the Arab countries? What exactly is the revised American national security doctrine? In the Middle East, how will a new American doctrine change the dynamics in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Palestine and elsewhere in the region?
On-the-record webcast live

11:35 – 11:55Networking Break

12:00 – 13:00Geopolitical Realignments: The Emerging Landscape
The increasingly assertive leadership in the Arab region is altering dynamics in the Middle East and globally. How will the regional order evolve over the next 5-10 years and beyond to 2030? What are the implications for the international system? What are the policy opportunities for creating a resilient regional and global order in the future?
Panel On-the-record webcast live

13:00– 13:55Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:40The New Contract between the Region's Governments and Peoples
The stewards of natural endowments face a radically transforming challenge: How to optimize the value of their resources to strengthen the long-term resilience of their economies in the context of rapidly evolving global energy markets? What role can and must privatization play? What will the next generation inherit?
On-the-record webcast live

14:45 – 15:30Innovative Government: Excellence in the Public Sphere
Public sector innovation is transforming the respective roles of government and the private sector. How will these dynamics evolve? What are the emerging best practices in government effectiveness that may enable trust in government in the future? What will be the optimal role of government in the future?
On-the-record webcast live

15:35 – 15:45Next Generation Connective Infrastructure: Enabling the Integrated Future We Want
The Middle East is one of the least economically integrated regions in the world, significantly constraining growth, productivity and strategic alignment. Connective infrastructure – physical, human & technological – represents a powerful means of deepening regional integration, driving innovation and igniting growth. What are the infrastructural requirements of the 4th Industrial Revolution and where can we leapfrog legacy systems? What role can and will China’s One Belt One Road initiative play? How can we align interests and investments?
On-the-record webcast live

15:50 – 16:30 Nationalism Revisited. National Security Redefined.
How can Governments lead in re-defining national security and in re-visiting nationalism? Women are central in countering violent extremism, curbing ultra-nationalism, and re-defining national security. What is required in the Arab region to unlock this potential?
On-the-record webcast live

16:35 – 17:00Networking Break

17:00 – 19:00The New Narrative: Who Authors the Future?
A Town-Hall Conversation

Years of conflict and destruction have cast a shadow on how the people of the Arab region imagine their future, causing them to handicap their dreams. The Arab region must both rebuild its human and physical infrastructure to prepare for the challenges of the future. As we witness the beginning of a new phase of the region’s history, who will author the new narrative? What should be its central components? What is the future our people long for? This interactive conversation with special guests of the summit will explore the most critical decisions necessary to construct the Arab region’s engagement in the emerging global future. The Town Hall will launch a focused discussion of key engines of global change and how they can be applied in the Arab region in specific, practical, tangible ways. This intergenerational platform hopes to produce thoughtful collaboration and inspire leaders with constructive future policies that impact the Arab region. The Town Hall will conclude with the Beirut Institute Declaration from Abu Dhabi and announcing Beirut Institute agenda for 2018-2019.
On-the-record, webcast live

19:00 – 19:30 The Beirut Institute Abu Dhabi Declaration
On-the-record webcast live