The Agenda/
MAY 26, 2022. Dubai International Financial Center
Time Task Speakers Description
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote
May Sayed Ali | Master of Ceremony
Lord Seb Coe | British Politician & Olympian
Richard Gerver | Moderator
10:00 – 11:00 Panel | The Role of Education: Preparing the Youth of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Dr. Senthil Nathan | Founder / Edu Alliance
Ghadeer Abu- Shamat | Vice President Education GEMS UAE | Egypt
Prof. Mohammad Harb | Professor of Mechanical Engineering American University of Beirut
Waleed AlBaddad | Director of Smart Learning & E-content Development Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
Regional, economic and societal challenges along with the fast-paced economy and technological advances are presenting new challenges for the region’s employees and employers. If the solution lies in our region’s youth what role do K-12 schools, higher education and other educational institutions play? How should they be adapting in order to provide the workforce the foundational competencies and skills they’ll need at a younger age, to prepare youth for the future? Learning should be seen as a lifelong endeavor for individuals at every stage of their life, beginning at the early stages of a child’s life.
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:00 Discussion | Research & Pledge, #RelearntoWork
Pablo Langa | Founder & Managing Partner at EDT&Partners
Alan Greenberg | Unlearn/Relearn Director
The youth of today are facing an exponential need to develop the necessary skills for the jobs of tomorrow. In this research paper, we will be tackling the risks of failing to bridge the gap between skills and employability by addressing the role of education, corporations, and government, among others. Relevant people within the industry will try to answer the question of ‘how can we prepare the youth of today for the jobs of tomorrow?’ within the context of technology development and the reshaping of work post-pandemic. Interested in becoming a part of the movement that’s going to redefine to transition from education to work? Join the Unlearn/Relearn to Work Pledge.
12:00 – 13:00 Panel | Skills for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Lama Gebara | Head of HR / Cognizant ME
Wissam Mattout | Senior Vice President-Operations at DAMAC Properties
Chris Jeffries | Managing Partner at Dev Clever
Lisa Van Vuuren | Head: Technology, Digital & Transformation – Executive Search, GCC at Robert Walters
From a larger corporate perspective, adapting to the new digital age and keeping up with technological disruption will require new capabilities. The risks of unemployment and growing income inequality are as much a social and political challenge as a business one. There is a need to solve critical problems like how to attract and retain talent, build leadership and make positive societal impact. How can we upgrade employee capabilities and equip them with the new skills needed to meet future market demands?
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Panel | Talent, Technology & Education: The Challenge or the Solution?
Badr Ward | CEO at Lamsa
Bilal Shammout | Co-Founder & CEO at Massarat
Mounira Jamjoom | Co-Founder & CEO at Aanaab
What is the role of technology in Education? Often times it is seen as the solution however, it is also a problem because teachers aren’t equipped to properly use technology to its fullest. The innovative companies in this panel will discuss what role Edtech companies play in this gap. These start-ups are recruiting talent and how do they attract people with the right skills? What is the role of talent in reinventing industry?
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Fireside Chat | Bridging the Gap Between Skills and Employability
Dima Najim | Managing Director / EFE
Corporations and academic institutions are not the only players responsible for supporting youth with the right tools to smoothly transition between school and work. Governments and nonprofits have the power to set in place national policies, programs and initiatives that can have a profound impact on the region and its youth — particularly by implementing a holistic perspective that focuses on children from a young age and continues through their lifelong personal career journey.
16:30 – 16:45 Wrap-up and Call to action