Beirut Institute Summit Edition II

A collaborative initiative impacting the Arab region, proactively.

Our focus is 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.

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SATURDAY, 12 MAY 2018

TimeSession
08:00 – 08:45Registration and Networking Reception
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09:00 – 09:15Welcome Remarks to Policy Circle Delegates
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Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute, Lebanon-USA

09:30 – 11:30Policy Circles
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Government Officials, Business and Civil Society Leaders

11:30 – 12:00Networking Break
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12:00 – 13:30Policy Circles
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Government Officials, Business and Civil Society Leaders

13:30 – 15:15Lunch Break
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15:25 – 16:15 Welcome Address and Opening of Beirut Institute Summit
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HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute, Saudi Arabia
Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute, Lebanon-USA

Address by Host Country
HE Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth Development, UAE

16:20 – 17:00 A Conversation Among Two Current and Two Former Secretary-Generals on Regional Responsibilities in Joining the Emerging Global Future
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HE Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of Arab League
HE Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of Gulf Cooperation Council
HE Amre Moussa, Former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute
HE Ambassador Abdullah Bishara, Former Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Moderated by: Faisal Bin Huraiz, News Presenter, Sky News Arabia

17:05 – 17:25 Contours of an Emerging Global Future Woven by Technological Leaps
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A tour d ’horizon of the large-scale forces of technological change shaping the global future and their social, political and economic implications – from the perspective of a global technology leader.
Parag Khanna, Geo-strategist and Best-selling Author

17:25 – 17:40 Networking Break
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17:45 – 18:00 The Future Women Want: What is the Bottom-Line?
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Women leaders from the Arab region and beyond offer their bottom line prescriptions with one-minute messages regarding what specifically is required for the Arab region to engage the emerging global future.
Ambassador Farida Allaghi, Former Ambassador to the European Union, Libya
Mireille Korab Abi Nasr, Corporate Communication Officer, FFA PB, Advisory Board Member, Beirut Institute, Lebanon
Dr. Mona Makram-Ebeid, Former Member of Parliament and Senator, Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Distinguished Lecturer, American University, Cairo
Toni G. Verstandig, Executive Vice President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, USA
Liana Abed Rabbo, Author and Filmmaker, Palestine
Baria Alamuddin, Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK, Editor of the Media Services Syndicate, UK
Mirna Halaby, Attorney At Law, Halabi Law Firm, Lebanon
Farah Atassi, President, Arab Information & Resource Center, Syria-USA

18:05 – 18:55 Constructing Our Engagement in the Emerging Future: What are the New Priorities?
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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?
HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute, Saudi Arabia
HE Nohad Machnouk, Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Lebanon
HE Mahmoud Gebril, President, National Forces Alliance, Libya
Gen. David Petraeus, Member, KKR and Chairman, KKR Global Institute, Former CIA Director, USA
Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute, Lebanon-USA
Moderated by: Mayssoun Azzam, Political Anchor, Al Arabiya

20:30 – 23:30Beirut Institute Summit Dinner
EXCEPTIONAL EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION
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HONOREES:
David Ignatius
Renowned author of books and foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post

Najwa Kassem
Veteran television journalist and host of a political program on Al-Hadath, Al Arabiya

Yusra Mardini
Syrian refugee, Olympic swimmer, and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Dana Suleiman Al Blooshi
Youngest astronaut candidate involved in programs in the fields of Aeronautics and space administration at NASA

Adeeb Suleiman Al Blooshi
Young Emirati inventor of devices such as a car seatbelt heart monitor, cleaning robot and light-weight prosthetic limbs

SUNDAY, 13 MAY 2018

TimeSession
08:00 – 09:00 Summit Registration
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09:00 – 09:55 Beyond Fear: Toward a Pragmatic Embrace of Tomorrow
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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?
Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Egypt
David Ignatius, Columnist, The Washington Post, USA
Dr. Srgjan Kerim, Former Foreign Minister and President of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Member of the UN PGA Council, Republic of Macedonia
Yasser Abed Rabbo, Politician and a Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee
Andrew J. Tabler, Martin J. Gross fellow, Washington Institute, Author, In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, USA
Moderated by: Mina Al Oraibi, Editor in Chief, The National

10:00 – 10:10 The Future We Want: Voices of the Cloud Generation
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Eight young men and women deliver one-minute perspectives on how technology can reshape regional future.
Ahmed el-Gaili, Managing Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Advisory Board Member, Beirut Institute, UAE
Chama Mechtaly, Visual Artist, Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Moors & Saints, Morocco
Shady M. Qubaty, President, Yale Arab Students Association, Yemen
Zak Dychtwald, Author, Founder and CEO, Young China Group, USA
Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General, World Assembly of Youth, Malaysia
Thalia Dergham, Senior Insight Specialist, Net A Porter, Co-Founder, Beirut Institute, UK
Shahad Abdulaziz Turkistani, Assistant Researcher, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia
Rayya Salem, Managing Director, Advisory Group, Layalina Productions, USA

10:10 – 10:25 Young China: How the Restless Generation will Change their Country and the World.
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Zak Dychtwald, Author, Founder and CEO, Young China Group, USA
On-the-record, webcast live

10:25 – 11:35 The New American – Russian Dynamics in the Middle East: A Condominium or A Contested Sphere?
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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?
Dr. Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, USA
Vance Serchuk, Executive Director, KKR Global Institute, USA
Andrey Bystritsky, Chairman, Board of the Foundation for Development and Support, Valdai Discussion Club, Russia
Prof. Dr. Malik R. Dahlan, Senior Research Fellow, RAND. Professor of International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary, University of London, Advisory Board Member, Beirut Institute, Saudi Arabia
Ambassador Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Syria, Egypt
Dr. Andrei Fedorov, Chairman, the Fund for Political Research and Consulting, ISSA, Russia
Moderated by: Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute, Lebanon-USA

11:35 – 11:55 Networking Break
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12:00 – 13:00 Geopolitical Realignments: The Emerging Landscape
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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?
MP Alistair Burt, Minister of State, HM Government, UK
HE Nabil Fahmy, Dean of School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, American University in Cairo, Egypt
HE Mohamed Dayri, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Libya
Dr. Khaled Mahamid, Founder – Member, Syrian Emirates Business Council, UAE-Poland
Shady Qubaty, President, Yale Arab Students Association, Yemen
Dr. Robert Danin, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relation and Harvard Belfer Center, USA
Moderated by: Najwa Kassem, Host of a Political Program on Al-Hadath, Al Arabiya

13:00 – 13:55 Lunch Break
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14:00 – 14:40 The New Contract between the Region's Governments and Peoples
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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?
Dr. Qiang Liu, Secretary-General, Global Forum on Energy Security, China
Dr. Louis Blin, Center for Analysis, Planning and Strategy, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Ambassador Thomas Fletcher, Professor, New York University, UK
Mohamed Alem, Senior Partner, Alem & Associates Board Member, Beirut Institute, Lebanon
Ahmed el-Gaili, Managing Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Advisory Board Member, Beirut Institute, UAE
Moderated by: Hassan Fattah, Communications Consultant, Former Editor-in-Chief of The National

14:45 – 15:30 Innovative Government: Excellence in the Public Sphere
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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?
Gen. David Petraeus, Member, KKR and Chairman, KKR Global Institute, Former CIA Director, USA
HE Marwan Kheireddine, Chairman and General Manager, Al Mawarid Bank, Former Lebanese Minister of State, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute, Lebanon
Sabah Mushatat, Senior Advisor of the Prime Minister of Iraq HE Haider Al Abadi for Investment and Reconstruction Affairs, Iraq
HE Dr. Fawaz Al-Alamy, Chairman and CEO, Consulting House for Global Trade, Saudi Arabia
Moderated by: Robert Nakhel, Senior News Anchor, Sky News Arabia

15:35 – 15:45 Next Generation Connective Infrastructure: Enabling the Integrated Future We Want
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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?
Robert Willen, Partner at A.T. Kearney and Managing Director for the Middle East, UAE

15:50 – 16:30 Nationalism Revisited. National Security Redefined.
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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?
Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Egypt
HE Bakhtiar Amin, Former Minister of Human Rights, Iraq
Ambassador Farida Allaghi, Former Ambassador to the European Union, Libya
Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Co-Director of the emerge85 Lab, USA
Moderated by: Mouna Saliba, Senior Correspondent, MTV Lebanon

16:35 – 17:00 Networking Break
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17:00 – 19:00 The New Narrative: Who Authors the Future?
A Town-Hall Conversation

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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.
HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute, Saudi Arabia
HE Marwan Kheireddine, Chairman and General Manager, Al Mawarid Bank, Former Lebanese Minister of State, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute, Lebanon
Badih Moukarzel, Managing Partner, Huqooq Legal Practice – HLP Law Firm, Member of the Board of Directors, Beirut Institute, UAE
Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Professor of Political Science, Emirates University, Advisory Board Member, Beirut Institute, UAE
Mireille Korab Abi Nasr, Corporate Communication Officer, FFA PB, Advisory Board Member, Beirut Institute, Lebanon
Baria Alamuddin, Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK, Editor of the Media Services Syndicate, UK
Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, USA
Farah Atassi, President, Arab Information & Resource Center, Syria-USA
Abdel Wahhab Badrakhan, Journalist and Writer, Montr Carlo Doualiya’s Radio, UK
May Chidiac, Founder and President, May Chidiac Foundation, Lebanon
HE Mohamed Dayri, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Libya
Firas Maksad, Director, Arabia Foundation, USA
Ambassador Richard Murphy, Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute, USA
Dr. Hani Shennib, Founding Chairman and CEO, National Council on U.S. Libya Relations, USA-Libya
Konstantin Truevtsev, Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Moderated by: Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute, Lebanon-USA

19:30 – 20:00 The Beirut Institute Abu Dhabi Declaration
On-the-record, webcast live
English | Arabic