Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation Reveals Knowledge Summit 2017 Agenda, Launches 1st Knowledge Week

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Published November 5th, 2017 - 12:39 GMT
The fourth edition of the Summit is set to take place on November 21-22, 2017
The fourth edition of the Summit is set to take place on November 21-22, 2017

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) announced the details of its upcoming Knowledge Summit 2017 at a press conference held today (Sunday, November 5, 2017) at the Westin Dubai hotel.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and the directives of MBRF Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the fourth edition of the Summit is set to take place on November 21-22, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, bearing the theme: “Knowledge and Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

“Over the past few years, the Summit has created a regional knowledge movement, drastically developing and modernising the way we go about producing and disseminating knowledge,” said MBRF’s CEO His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb in a speech he gave at the press conference, which was also attended by Jacob Pérez, Regional Program Coordinator at UNDP Arab Bureau, along with representatives from local and international media outlets.

H.E. bin Huwaireb added: “With the support and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and the close involvement of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, we were able to spark a constructive dialogue among all knowledge stakeholders and influencers, bolstering ideas, projects and creative initiatives within the sector.”

“The Summit’s ever-growing list of activities,” he continued, “has allowed it to gain considerable momentum. One such notable activity would be the ceremony to reveal and honour the winners of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award. The prestigious accolade seeks to support plans and efforts to build the knowledge economy by recognising innovators in the knowledge sector and highlighting their achievements.”

The MBRF CEO went on to announce the launch of the first-ever Knowledge Week, to complement the Knowledge Summit. Knowledge Week includes a long list of knowledge-centred activities and events – most notable of which will be the Summit – and aligns with the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 and the country’s ambitious overarching strategy of building the future right here and right now.

“With the introduction of Knowledge Week, the Foundation hopes to expand the scope of the Knowledge Summit, and allow school and university students to benefit from the event,” H.E. bin Huwaireb explained.

On the same note, UNDP’s Jacob Pérez explained: “The Index builds on the earlier Arab version, with several changes, the major being that we now have a top-level index that is calculated for each country, in addition to the sectoral indices and the index on the general enabling environment in each country.”

“There have been challenges at the level of finding data while maintaining the highest standards of credibility and integrity,” Pérez acknowledged, adding: “We are glad to announce that the final index successfully included 131 countries from all regions of the world. This is not as simple as it sounds, knowing that the index is based on a total of 133 distinct variables, from different sources, and with strict data availability inclusion rules. We do look forward to increased data availability, to have more countries included in the future.”

Peréz concluded: “In looking forward to the results, we would like to emphasise that the results are not merely about who leads what and where, but rather on where we all stand today in facing the complex multitude of global development challenges, and how to best achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Those who lead definitely have experiences that we should learn from, and those who are less privileged have for sure some reasons that prevent their equitable advancement, which we also should learn from. Development is about us all, supporting each other and learning from the experiences of each other.” 

The Agenda

Knowledge Week includes a series of discussions and workshops that highlight different areas of knowledge, as well as brand new knowledge initiatives, exhibitions and projects such as the Education Accelerators. Moreover, the Foundation will be signing cooperation agreements with various knowledge institutions. The event will also include the Knowledge Exhibition, where university students and companies from the UAE and abroad can showcase their innovations in the fields of Fourth-Industrial-Revolution technologies.

Also during the course of the first Knowledge Week, the Knowledge Summit 2017 will be dedicating three conference rooms for discussion panels and workshops in different sectors, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the event, where attendees can choose which activity to participate in based on their areas of interest.

Furthermore, the Summit 2017 will include another first: a platform for government innovations, where government bodies can introduce their knowledge initiatives to the public, as well as to the international experts participating in the Summit. The all-new Knowledge Ambassadors initiative will also be launched at the event, whereby MBRF selects knowledge ambassadors every year to create a global group of activists working to enrich knowledge in Arab societies 

On another note, the Foundation will be revealing the findings of the Global Knowledge Index. The first project of its kind in the world, the Index was launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in order to study knowledge in more than 130 countries around the world. The initiative is part of the Knowledge 4 All Project, which the Foundation launched in collaboration with the UNDP to provide an online platform where researchers, academics and decision-makers can access data and literature on knowledge, development and related topics. 

The choice of theme for the Knowledge Summit 2017 reiterates MBRF’s commitment to synchronising the Summit with the UAE Government’s plans and strategies, which seek to capitalise on the opportunities brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the benefit of society at large. The Summit brings together decision makers and experts to explore ground-breaking technologies, their dimensions and their role in the decision-making process, as well as their profound effect on human life – particularly in media, technology, education, healthcare and economics.

Background Information

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in May 2007, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation has since led and implemented pioneering programmes aimed at establishing Dubai and the UAE as the centre for knowledge and research.

MBRF aims to empower future generations and enable them to devise sustainable solutions to facilitate the process of knowledge and research in the Arab World. The Foundation is committed to create knowledge-based societies throughout the region by funding research projects, activities, and initiatives. It nurtures ideas and innovation while focusing on its main pillars which are education, entrepreneurship, and research & development.

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