EdaraLab’s ‘Educating for the Future’ Conference Examines Opportunities and Challenges in Education Sector

– Conference organized by Harvard Business Review Arabia takes place in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, 12 November 2018 – The EdaraLab Education Management conference entitled ‘Educating for the Future’, organised by Harvard Business Review, took place on Monday, November 12 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The conference brought together local, regional and international education experts from the public and private sector to discuss future opportunities and challenges in education.

During the conference, attendees discussed the opportunities and challenges of building a new business model for education that take advantage of the flexibility and innovation offered by public-private partnerships. The conference aimed to outline a strategy for placing the UAE at the forefront of educational excellence.

International, regional, and local education experts attended the conference and gave inspirational speeches and conducted panel discussions on the future of education. The conference was opened by Mohammed Khalifa AlNuaimi, Director of the Education Affairs Office at the Crown Prince’s Court of Abu Dhabi. Al Nuaimi discussed the Moral Education program that was launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Al Nuaimi listed the key pillars of the Moral Education program, which are developing an individual as a moral being, applying moral thinking to the development of individuals as members of the society, developing moral thinking in the context of civic duty and responsibility, and applying moral thinking in shaping the future.

The conference also discussed the role of the education sector in using modern technology and preparing the next generation to deal with the latest technological developments, in alignment with the government’s efforts towards building a knowledge-based economy. Dr. Mansoor AlAwar, Chancellor & Founder of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, said: “There is no smart government without smart schools and smart education.”

AlAwar shared an inspirational quote by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, who said: “I am convinced that teaching our children in the same way we did yesterday is in itself perpetuating illiteracy that no longer has a place in any society that wishes to join the global race.”

Sir Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer at GEMS, highlighted the role of universities in coping with the changing technology in education. He said that universities should embrace the change in technology and adapt. In addition to that, EdaraLab’s panel discussions shed light on ideas about teaching students to be critical thinkers, understand the impact of technology, adapt to new technologies, and be prepared for a knowledge-based economy.

EdaraLab’s ‘Educating for the Future’ conference reviewed the challenges facing the educational system in the GCC region, and suggested potential ideas in order to stay on top of things and adapt to the technological evolution in the education sector.

Haykal Media selects Booklava as its exclusive audio partner

Haykal Media, the Middle East’s leading knowledge and information platforms company, announced today that they have chosen Booklava as their exclusive audio platform through a multi-year, exclusive partnership. Through this agreement, the Arabic editions of Harvard Business Review, Popular Science and MIT Tech Review will become available in audio format. The first audio products of these iconic brands will be rolled out starting this fall, and will be available on the Booklava app and on Haykal Media’s digital channels.

“Haykal Media is committed to enhancing access to knowledge, information, and inspiration in the Arab region, and audio content is a key component in our strategy,” said Ammar Haykal, CEO of Haykal Media. “We admire Booklava’s vision and execution, and believe they are the best partner to address this opportunity with. We are eager to the unique content of our brands available for those in our communities that prefer the audio format,” he added.

“We are building Booklava as a hub of the best quality Arabic audio content whether it’s audio books, audio versions of premium publications / magazines, podcasts, and more,” said Tarek El Bolbol, founder and CEO of Booklava. “It is a unique opportunity to offer premium products from Haykal Media, which has been at the forefront of the growing demand of high quality content in business, leadership, self-development, innovation, science, and technology.”

While it remains an untapped opportunity in the MENA region, Spoken-word audio has seen fast double-digit growth globally over the past few years, driven mainly by the mainstream adoption of audiobooks and podcasts in a fast-paced, always on the go lifestyle. Booklava estimates that almost 1,000 hours a year is time in which our eyes are busy but are ears not necessarily so, like when driving, commuting, jogging, at the gym, or even doing home chores walking, (needs more) “ This is time that’s gone forever, but with spoken-word audio, can become time in which you listen to meaningful, educational, or entertaining content – while on the go,” said El Bolbol.


Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announces the launch of Arabic “MIT Technology Review”

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, announced the launch of the “MIT Technology Review Arabia” platform. In the launch announcement, Shaikh Hamdan said that rapid developments in scientific fields require the UAE to co-operate with international scientific institutions and stay abreast of major scientific breakthroughs, especially the ones related to future sciences. This is critical to realise the country’s aspiration to be number one in a range of global competitiveness indices.

It was also announced that the MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ award is now open for nominations, the winners of which will be crowned during the EmTech MENA, the region’s version of the most prestigious technology conference, to be hosted for the first time in Dubai on September 23-24. The platform is a joint project between the regional publisher of MIT Technology Review Arabia, Haykal Media, and Dubai Future Foundation. The Arabic version of the magazine issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the eighth language translation of the platform.

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Haykal Media and Dubai Future Foundation to Host EmTech MENA and Launch MIT Technology Review in Arabic

The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and Haykal Media are set to host the Emerging Technologies Conference (EmTech) in Dubai on September 23-24, 2018. DFF and Haykal Media have also launched the MIT Technology Review Arabic platform and prestigious Innovators under 35 awards.

EmTech is a leading event on emerging technologies, shedding light on the latest inventions, technological breakthroughs, and engineering advancements that will drive the global economy. The conference is set to draw in high-profile decision makers, officials, executives, and entrepreneurs, as well as experts and professionals interested in future trends in technology. Attendees will explore ways to embrace innovation and promote the use of technology to serve humanity and foster a future of shared prosperity.

His Excellency Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Hosting the conference and launching the platform support the Dubai Future Foundation’s plans to implement the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to transform the emirate into an incubator for science, future technologies and innovative solutions, cementing its status as a hub for the futurism industry.”

“The platform, along with the conference and Innovators under 35 awards, is an ideal opportunity for professionals and entrepreneurs to meet with decision makers, exchange experiences and ideas, and learn about the latest scientific and technological innovations. This aligns with our purpose as an organization, and brings us closer to achieving our strategic objectives. We are committed to identifying the brightest minds and most innovative companies from around the world, and bringing them to Dubai to find trailblazing, hi-tech solutions for the challenges of the future, which, in turn, echoes the directives of the Dubai Future Agenda.”

“The Dubai Future Foundation is constantly looking to amplify its efforts to support innovation and propose future-focused solutions,” H.E. Belhoul continued. “We are delighted to be hosting EmTech, a truly world-class platform that embodies our values and aspirations to engage the community in future projects, by honoring talented entrepreneurs and encouraging the community and ecosystem at large to strive for excellence.”

Future Solutions for the Challenges of the Century

EmTech is set to gather prominent decision makers, executives, entrepreneurs, experts and professionals interested in future trends in technology, to explore how to embrace innovation and promote technology as a means to build a better future.

Hosting the Conference resonates with the UAE and Dubai’s directions to build feasible prototypes for the future and across all sectors, cementing the emirate’s position as a center for advanced technologies.

Boosting Innovation in New Technologies

Abdulsalam Haykal, Founder and Chairman of Haykal Media, said: “MIT Technology Review is one of the world’s most respected platforms focused on innovation and emerging technologies. Bringing this platform to the region and localizing its existing content reflects our commitment to enhancing people’s access to specialized, useful and reliable content in Arabic.” Haykal added that “the knowledge sector is a good investment that also yields significant impact on growth and development in the region. The MIT Technology Review magazine in its Arabic edition, along with the annual EmTech Conference and the innovation awards encourage innovation, promote scientific research, and inspire young Arabs to enter this sector.”

“The UAE is the epitome of the Arab renaissance, and is the country of choice for Arab youth to work and live; this places the Emirates in an ideal location to embrace such remarkable initiatives. The country has focused on the future and its technologies, all the while promoting the Arabic language,” Haykal noted. “We have established an exceptional partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation, and found in them a visionary institution with a bold mission to empower the Arab society and prepare them for the future and its advanced instruments.”

Steering the Global Conversation Towards Emerging Technologies

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, MIT Technology Review’s CEO & Publisher, said: “Since 1899, MIT Technology Review has led the global conversation about emerging technologies and how they will shape the way we live and work. During this time of great change and promise in the Middle East, we are excited to work with Haykal Media to develop an Arabic-language magazine and a local EmTech event series. We look forward to working with Haykal Media and with the Dubai Future Foundation as a strategic partner. Together, we and our partners hope to support the work being done across the region and the world that uses technology to create a brighter future for all.”

MIT Technology Review – Arabic

The MIT Technology Review platform includes the magazine’s Arabic edition, specializing in innovation and emerging technologies and issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Arabic will become the magazine’s eighth language after English, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish and Urdu.

In addition to that, the Innovators under 35, an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine naming the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35, will also be part of the new platform’s offerings. The list recognizes young innovators’ contributions in diverse sectors, including biomedicine, computing, communications, business, energy, and more. Over the years, the Innovators under 35 list has featured influential international innovators, such as the inventors of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google, among others.

HBR Arabia concludes first EdaraLab conference on Education Management

HBR Arabia concludes first EdaraLab conference on Education Management

EdaraLab Education Management brings Google, Boston Consulting Group, World Economic Forum, American University of Beirut and Majid Al Futtaim Holding to discuss gap between education and jobs.

Harvard Business Review Arabia held on November 5 the event in the EdaraLab Series, focused on Education Management. The one-day conference in Dubai witnessed a significant crowd of speakers and participants, including top education leaders from Google, World Economic Forum, Boston Consulting Group, and American University of Beirut, among others.

EdaraLab in Education Management was sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. In a speech, Dr. Khalifa Ali Al Suwaidi, member of the Award’s Board of Trustees, highlighted the programs launched by the Award to improve the innovation among the youth in close collaboration with very experienced institutions in this field from the US and Europe.

The conference shed light on challenges facing the education sector, including leadership and strategy, shaping of future talent, innovation and transformation in education. Speakers included Jim Landale, Head of Knowledge Management in the Knowledge Networks and Analysis Team at the World Economic Forum, and Jaci Eisenberg the Lead for the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) community and university engagement at the WEF.

Panelist Rania Hadi, Regional Head of Education at Google, shared the solution from Google’s perspective suggesting the digital tools to disrupt the conventional curricula and the way of teaching to feed the markets with qualified employers.

The conference also discussed How businesses can help ensure that college curricula stay relevant with involvements from speakers Hugh Bosely, founder and chairman of RBK, and Steve Harvey, Dean of Suliman S Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut.

Edaralab panels also debated the topic of how Business must work with educational institutions to evaluate the kinds of learning that matter with participation from Mohamed Salem, President of Wollongong University, Roland Hancock the Director Education of PwC, Walid Yassin, Head of Licensing in Abu Dhabi Education Council, and Ali Abu Rahma, Interim Dean, College of Business, Abu Dhabi University.

The conference has discucced the answer of the question “How are leading educational institutions preparing their students for the job market of Now AND that of the future”? Different ideas and experiences came from the panelists; Leila Hoteit, Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, Wesam Al Anqar the Chief Strategist at Emirates College of Technology, Maliha Jilani, Principal Heidrick & Struggles, and Darryl Michael Speach, Chief Learning Officer, Human Capital, Majid Al Futtaim Holding.

Other interventions from different experiences and speakers like: Hisham Elaraby, Regional Director MENAm Udacity, Phil Redhead, Head of Digital Strategy at GEMS Education, Sally Jeffery, Partner PwC, Global Education Sector Leader, and Kevin Mitchell, vice provost of Undergraduate Affairs and prof of Architecture at American University of Sharjah.

The event took place at the Address Dubai Marina Hotel, and was organized by Haykal Media, publisher of Harvard Business Review Arabia.

“EdaraLab is the business events plaform of Harvard Business Review Arabia. Education Management is the first event in a series of events targeting different industries (Healthcare, Government, Finance, etc.) and focusing on the improvement of the practice of management in the Arab World,” said Hadi Malaeb, vice president of conferences and events at Haykal Media.

Harvard Business Review Arabia participates in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2017

Harvard Business Review Arabia participated in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which took place at the Dead Sea, Jordan, between 19-21 May, 2017
A special issue of HBR Arabiawas distributed within the conference, and was available to all attendees through the WEF TopLink app. The special issue focused on entrepreneurs and the challenges they face, and it included an interview with Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Haykal Media’s Chairman, chaired a panel co-organised by HBR Arabia, titled: “Leading Businesses into the Future”. The panel included Fahd Al-Rasheed, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Emaar, The Economic City; Eyad Alkassar, Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Internet ME; Najla Al Midfa, General Manager, Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center); and Paul Rogers, Managing Director, Middle East and Turkey, Bain & Company Middle East Inc.

HBR Arabia’s Leading into the Future Session (Photo Credit: World Economic Forum)


Harvard Business Review Arabia Special Edition for the WEF MENA 2017

Emirates Post Group activates Harvard Business Review Arabia’s “Knowledge Portal”

Emirates Post Group (EPG) has signed an agreement with Harvard Business Review Arabia (HBRA) to use the latter’s “Knowledge portal” service to enable the Group’s employees to read HBR’s most important articles and videos produced by experts.

“This agreement is an extension of our constant pursuit of innovation in our work and management, as well as developing the ways in which information is presented to the Group’s employees,” said EPG’s Chief Innovation OfficerAhmed Al Badi. “This step reflects our commitment to following the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who stressed during ‘The World Government Summit’ that we have to develop government administration, economy, human resources, and infrastructure”.

“The Knowledge portal product by HBRA allows organizations to give their employees access to the valuable knowledge that the HBR Magazine has been producing for the last 100 years in the fields of management, strategy, marketing, human resources, operations, innovation, and self-management,” said Ammar Haykal, the Managing Director of Haykal Media, the publisher of Harvard Business Review Arabia. “We are pleased to work with Emirates Post Group which shares our vision regarding improving management in the Arab World”.

HBR Arabia magazine aims to contribute to solving the problems of management in the Arab World. Indeed, studies suggest that there is a huge gap in management qualifications in the region, which is impeding companies’ growth and slowing down the economic cycles and reform programs. The “Renaissance Partners” program equips qualified people with a wealth of management expertise that are made available to the widest segment possible of readers regardless of their purchase power, or the difference in their priorities at the beginning of their professional life. In fact, application can be made to the program grant at HBR Magazine website www.hbrarabic.com

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Dubai Future Foundation and Haykal Media Launch Arabic Edition of Popular Science Magazine

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Dubai Future Foundation is set to collaborate with Haykal Media to launch the Arabic edition of Popular Science magazine, a world-renowned monthly scientific publication founded in 1872.

His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Building the future requires a concerted effort from everyone, particularly from an empowered and knowledgeable young generation. Launching the Arabic edition of Popular Science magazine is a welcomed step in the right direction. The magazine simplifies complex scientific concepts in an effort to disseminate them among young Arabs and inspire them to direct their energy towards innovation and creativity.”

His Excellency continues: “Popular Science is one of the world’s leading scientific and technological publications and a valuable source of information on the latest breakthroughs. Launching the Arabic edition of the magazine adds to the UAE’s mission to spread knowledge. The initiative empowers individuals and engages them in the efforts to build the future, developing their skills and expertise to be effective and future-ready leaders.”

“The United Arab Emirates is inspired and motivated to spread knowledge and innovation to build a better future for the region. Saying that, today the initiative will empower the Arab youth and scientists with cutting edge scientific findings.”

Abdulsalam Haykal, Founder and Chairman of “Haykal Media”, publisher of Popular Science Arabia, stated: “By localizing the unique content of one of the oldest scientific journals in the world, we seek to provide the opportunity to Arab readers to access specialized, useful, and trustworthy content in their language. There is a hunger for knowledge in the Arab world, but there are few good quality sources available. Therefore, we see that there is a significant opportunity in investing in this sector over the medium and long-terms. There will also be wide-spanning and valuable impact on development and growth, through encouraging invention and scientific research, and in empowering youths to enter these fields.”

Haykal added that Popular Science Arabia magazine and website will contain original content from Arab researchers and scientists from the region’s best universities and research centers, in addition to translating the original magazine’s content. “We are proud to launch this project in the United Arab Emirates, the land of the new Arab renaissance,” Haykal concluded; “a land that has focused with determination on the future and on reinforcing the Arabic language at the same time. We have formed an exceptional partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation, and have found within them a clear vision in line with our own to enrich Arabic scientific content.”

“Popular Science has always been a publication of the world, and that becomes even more true now that there is an Arabic edition,” Eric Zinczenco, CEO of Bonnier Corporation, publisher of Popular Science stated. “We’re thrilled that more people will be able to read about the innovations and discoveries we highlight every day.”

Global Reputation and Media Popularity

Popular Science has been translated into 30 languages and distributed in 45 countries around the world, winning more than 58 international awards. In 2014, the number of copies sold in the US reached 1.3 million. Furthermore, the magazine attracts a large social media audience of 3.4 million followers on Facebook, one million on Twitter, and 19,800 on Instagram. Meanwhile, the magazine’s videos on YouTube were seen by 12 million viewers.

Global Scientists and Top-Notch Content

Since its original launch, the magazine has published articles from renowned scientists all around the world, including Charles Darwin, William James, Thomas Edison, and Michio Kaku. The magazine’s content features important topics in sectors of strategic importance and discusses the future of such fields as transportation, health, astronomy, renewable energy, water, education, technology, and the environment.

The first issue of the magazine will be distributed on April 16, 2017, alongside the launch of the website: www.popsci.ae

Ajman University Chancellor Karim Seghir appointed on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business Review Arabia

Dr. Karim Seghir, Chancellor of Ajman University (AU) has been appointed as a member of the advisory board of Harvard Business Review (HBR) Arabia.

For almost 30 years, AU has been a provider of quality education, deeply rooted in the Arab Culture and Traditions. It has amassed numerous renowned accolades and significantly contributed to producing, disseminating and developing impactful knowledge across the world but more specifically in the Arab region. The recent appointment of Chancellor Seghir on the Advisory Board of HBR Arabia will strengthen the role of AU in achieving its vision and mission.

The HBR Arabia seeks to improve the practice of management in the dynamic world and it truly influences how they operate and reflects upon their core values. HBR Arabia serves as a bridge between academia and enterprises around the globe through its publications and multiple platforms for content delivery, and its reach into three markets: academic, corporate, and individual managers. AU, since inception, has strived to break the barrier between the academia and the real-world thus giving the students a real life experience even before they have steeped in the evolving economic domain.

Karim Seghir stated, “It is a distinct honor for me to join the HBR Arabia’s Advisory Board. HBR Arabia has become an index of reference for the key stakeholders of the economy and is thereby shaping the future. The in-depth researches and cutting-edge trends have all contributed to the renowned positioning gained by HBR Arabia on the global map. I am positive that all members of AU will benefit from this enriching and stimulating source of knowledge and will actively participate to the achievement of HBR Arabia mission and vision.”

In the invitation letter, HBR Arabia expressed their confidence that Dr. Seghir’s expertise and experience as a business educator will “foster HBR Arabia’s ability to deliver the world’s best and most impactful management content in the Arabic language, hence enhancing economic growth in the Arab world.”

The full composition of the Advisory Board of HBR Arabia can be found at: http://bit.ly/2iHiaXS