Redefining the Transition
from Education to Work
in the Middle East.
MAY 26, 2022 / DUBAI, UAE
Organised by
An invite-only event/

bringing together key players like corporations, governments and educational institutions to revolutionise the future world of work

In partnership with/
Our purpose/
Did you know?
of the jobs that will exist in 2030
haven’t been invented yet?
We’re addressing the issue in the Middle East by bringing the most important corporate organisations and educational institutions all together in one room for an event.
Together we want to redefine the transition from education to work.
How can prepare the youth of today for the jobs of tomorrow?
in the Middle East while keeping the Sustainable Development Goals in mind.
A unique event/
Top 100 employers and educational institutions
Event Attendees
Including corporations, start-ups, governments, and educational institutions
in the Middle East region- from K-12 to higher education in both the public and private sector.
Have an up-close and personal networking experience with key players or request a meet and greet and get matched with attendees best suited to your interest (limited opportunities available).
The speakers/
British politician and athlete
British athlete turned politician who won four Olympic medals, set eight world records, served as a member of parliament and has earned many honours.
Master of Ceremony
Public Speaker, Moderator, and Facilitator with over 15 years of extensive experience hosting over 500 Live Events.
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Edu Alliance Ltd
Considered a visionary and thought leader in higher education. As the Managing Director and Co-founder of the Edu Alliance, Dr. Senthil Nathan has also advised and helped start several universities.
Managing Partner at Dev Clever
A true entrepreneur who has launched successful business ventures, specialising in mobile and networking products, app development, and marketing services. His latest project is the career guidance platform, Launch My Career.
Founder & Managing Partner at EDT&Partners
Managing Partner of EDT&Partners global consulting firm and an EdTech growth expert with tactical, consulting, and business development experience.
Head of HR – Middle East at Cognizant
A strategic and innovative Senior HR Executive with extensive experience in various consulting and business HR roles where she has focused on improving performance, efficiency, growth, and employee engagement.
Senior Vice President-Operations at DAMAC Properties
Author of top-selling book The Underdog Leader with more than 20 years of corporate experience discovering talents, delivering innovative leadership and overcoming growth and transformation challenges.
Co-Founder & CEO at Aanaab
The Co-founder and CEO of, an online professional development platform for teachers. Mounira has published two books and is passionate about building teacher capacity.
FED (Foundation for Education Development) Ambassador
An award-winning speaker and bestselling author with a global reputation for leadership in education. Regarded as one of the most original thinkers around human leadership and organisational transformation in the world.
Director of Smart Learning & E-content Development Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
A thought leader and consultant in E-learning and Educational e-content development. He is the Director of smart learning and e-content development at the prestigious Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.
Vice President Education GEMS UAE
A professionally qualified educational leader with twenty years of experience and a passion for creating a positive impact in education and leadership.
Unlearn/Relearn Director
Formerly the Director of Apple Education EMEA and Asia. Alan has an impressive global network and experience as a specialist in international business development, building strategic partnerships, and JV’s.
CEO at Lamsa
Edupreneur democratizing education for children through Lamsa, MENA’s Leading Edtech Platform for Children, pioneering the industry of Digital Literacy for Children across the Arab World.
President, MENA EdTech Alliance
International expert, trainer, and university professor in digital transformation strategies and E-governance. Inventor, innovator, and expert in educational technology solutions.
Head: Technology, Digital & Transformation – Executive Search, GCC at Robert Walters
Experienced Executive Search consultant with a thorough technical understanding of technology, digital and transformation.
Co-Founder & CEO at Massarat
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with experience in the computer software industry, with a focus on Enterprise Software, ITIL, Agile Methodologies, IT Service Management, and Data Center.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering American University of Beirut
Principal Investigator of the smart structures laboratory, the Founder and Director of AUB makerspaces and Director of the interdisciplinary design practice program at AUB. Designs cutting-edge makerspaces and promotes student-centered teaching and the K12 curriculum in schools across Lebanon.
Vice President – Middle East Market Head at Cognizant
Professional leader experienced in successful team building and driving industry solutions in key sectors in the Middle East and Africa related to digital transformation, artificial intelligence, security services and IOT.
Managing Director at EFE
Development professional with 17 years of experience with INGOs and United Nations organizations focused on social impact, women and youth empowerment, financial inclusion, sustainability, and economic development.
Managing Director at The Inspirational Learning Group
Ben is the co founder of the UKs largest enterprise and employability challenge for young people – the National Careers Challenge. Since 2013 the real life programme has been delivered to over 400,000 young people.
Research by leading industry experts/
The release of a Research Paper that will define the future
The Future of Work in the Middle East.
The research will highlight the key issue of the employability gap between the youth of today and the jobs of tomorrow.
How are countries and corporations
adapting their strategies to future-proof economic growth?
What are the opportunities
for youth, corporations And institutions?
Want to help shape the future world of work?/
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The Venue /

Dubai International Financial Center

Located in the heart of Dubai’s financial district, the DIFC has become a universally recognised hub for international finance and the regional gateway for investment in the Middle East.

This symbolism and the building’s emblematic, ultra-modern architecture serve as the perfect backdrop for a movement focused on the future of the Middle East.

The Vicinity /

The Museum of the Future

Within eyeshot of the venue stands another iconic building- the Museum of the Future. An exhibition space for innovative and futuristic ideologies, services, and products.

The event location next to this symbolic space is no small coincidence, but a deliberate act connecting the event with its surroundings, the region, and the future.

“The Museum of the Future is a message of hope, a global scientific platform, and an integrated institutional framework to shape a better future for all of us. The museum will be a forum for great minds, scientists, thinkers and experts from around the world.” — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Unlearn/Relearn Commitment/


It will jump-start a movement continuing
the conversation with positive impact and actions that guarantee corporations can attract the talent they need in the future workforce. Let’s pledge to encourage young people to become the best version of themselves from a young age.

The Unlearn/Relearn pledge aims to bring the most influential and socially conscious organizations in the Middle East together to inspire the next generation.

Launch My Career, a career success platform, is the first company to join the movement by pledging to send a VR headset to every school in Dubai.

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

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