Host of Influential Public and Private Institutions to Support Youth-Focused Knowledge Summit 2018

  • 01 Dec 2018
  • Dubai

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has partnered with 27 public and private institutions to sponsor the fifth Knowledge Summit on December 5-6, 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and directives of MBRF Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 2018 Summit – titled “Youth and the Future of the Knowledge Economy” – brings together decision-makers and experts to explore knowledge-related ideas and global trends.

Saif Al Mansouri, Head of the Summit’s Organising Committee, said: “With four successful instalments under its belt, the Knowledge Summit has become a prominent regional and international knowledge event, attracting a growing list of public and private sponsors who play a major role in its success.”

This year’s sponsors are: Dubai Municipality; Al Nabooda Automobiles – Audi; Emirates Airline; Etisalat; Aramex; Emirates NBD; DU.AD.VENT; Consensys; Entourage; Sky News Arabia; CNN Arabia; Fujairah Media Group; Entrepreneur Middle East; Al Watan; Ro’ya TV; Ro’ya newspaper; Al Bayan; Emarat Al Youm; Dubai Media Incorporated;; Khaleejesque; Al Arabiya; TeN TV; Razz Matazz; New Dimension Production (NDP); Al-Ittihad; and National Geographic Al Arabiya.

Dawood Al Hajri, Director-General, Dubai Municipality, said: “By sponsoring the Knowledge Summit for the fifth consecutive year, Dubai Municipality reaffirms its commitment to implementing our leadership’s directives to promote knowledge. The Summit is an ideal platform for discussing ideas for sustainable knowledge-based societies and economies.”

Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Emirates NBD, said: “Emirates NBD is delighted to sponsor the Knowledge Summit for the fourth consecutive year. As a leading banking group in the UAE and the region, we believe it is our responsibility to educate the community and empower our youth – the custodians of the future.”

Ahmed bin Ali, Senior Vice President - Corporate Communications, Etisalat Group, said: “We are honoured to continue our collaboration with MBRF as main sponsor for the 5th Knowledge Summit. This sponsorship is in line with Etisalat’s position as a comprehensive provider of ICT solutions at the regional and global levels. Etisalat always invests in future technologies, positioning itself at the heart of the digital revolution and the knowledge economy.”

Bashar Kikoloff, General Manager, Aramex – UAE, said: “We are very confident of the key role the Summit will play in developing solutions to the issues and challenges facing our communities, and in supporting and empowering UAE youth.”

Dr Badruddin Mahmoud, Assistant Director-General, Fujairah Media Group, said: “The Summit gathers momentum with every edition; in previous years, it catalysed a knowledge movement, putting forth visions to make knowledge available to everyone. Under directives from H.H. Sheikh Dr Rashid bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Chairman of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority, we are honoured to partner with MBRF for the second time.”

Abdul Rahman Al Shumairi, Al Watan’s Executive Editor-in-Chief, asserted: “The Knowledge Summit highlights young people’s role as a strength for the community and all major sectors. This year’s edition supports investment in youth, as well as efforts to establish innovation as a means to build the knowledge economy and achieve strategies such as the UAE Vision 2021.”

Ali Al Nabooda, General Manager, Al Nabooda Automobiles, said: “We are honoured to be working with MBRF for the 4th consecutive year. The Audi VIP shuttle fleet will transport the international speakers and delegates throughout the city; we are glad to be providing the guests with a warm welcome to the UAE.”

Fares Sayegh, General Manager, Ro’ya TV, said: “Our sponsorship of the Summit comes from our belief in Knowledge and its impact in making a difference in society. As a market leader in the Jordanian Media industry, we are always keen to support all efforts to empower future generations, and look forward to an ongoing partnership with MBRF.”

Samsul Karim, Senior EdTech Expert, ConsenSys, noted: “This year’s focus on youth and the knowledge economy is especially exciting for us as it reflects our ambitions to harness regional talent and foster blockchain innovation. We are excited to be lending our expertise and sharing knowledge.”

Wissam Younane, CEO, BNC Publishing, said: “I believe that we cannot progress without listening to opinions, concerns, and hopes of young people across MENA and empowering them with the right knowledge and 21st century skills, which is why BNC Publishing and Entrepreneur Middle East have long been loyal and active supporters of the Knowledge Summit and MBRF.”  

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