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Doha Forum
&
Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference

20th – 22nd May, 2012
Doha, Qatar
Sheraton Hotel


Sunday 20th May 2012

Time/Hall

Events

 

10:00 – 10:30

 

Al Dafna Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 - 11:30

 

 

 

Official Opening

Welcoming Speech:

·         H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

Opening Speech:

·         H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar

 

Guests of Honor Statements:

·         H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa – President of the Republic of Sri-Lanka

·         H.E. Abdou Diouf , former  President of Senegal, Secretary-General of the International Organization of  La Francophonie

 

First Session

Insights on the political scene and the global economy

 

 

Moderator:  Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

 

Speakers: (5-7 minutes for each speaker)

 

·         H.E Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria

·         H.E Andrew Swiger – Senior Vice President - Exxon Mobil Corporation U.S.A

·         H.E George Mitchell – former US Special Envoy for Middle-East Peace (2009-2011)

·         H.E Jose Rodriguez Zapatero – Former Prime Minister - Spain

 

 

11:30 – 12:00

Break

 

12:00 – 13:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

 

Doha Forum

Second Session

 

Development

 

Moderator:  Malcolm Butler, VP of International Programs at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, USA

 

Speakers: (5-7 minutes for each speaker)

 

·         H.E Martin Torrijos, member of Club de Madrid, former President of Panama

·         H.E Dr. Rafiq Abdel Salam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tunisia

·         Ms Rushanara Ali, Shadow Minister for Development, UK

·         Talal Abu Ghazala, CEO of Talal Abu Ghazala & Co International, Jordan

·         Helga Flores Trejo, The Principal External Relations Adviser, Inter-American Development Bank, Germany

·         Prof. Basil Khalil Al Bustani, Economic Development Consultant, Jordan

 

Topics of Discussion:

·         The Millennium Development Goals: Challenges of achievement under the global crisis.

·          Education, training and development.

·         The role of foreign investment and the international aid in achieving national development.

·         Opportunities and possible areas of work in the aftermath of the Arabic revolutions.

·         Model development through appropriate financing and planning.

·         Challenges facing development in the Middle-East

Features of the sought for Arab Development

 

Time/Hall

Events

 

12:00 – 13:30

CMED

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (1):  Practical Implications of the New Democratic Movements in the Middle East

 

Chair: Charlotta Sparre, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden, Amman

 

Speakers:

·         Emma Bonino, Vice President of the Senate, Italy, Former Italian Minister for EU Affairs and Trade; Former EU Commissioner and EU Member of Parliament

·         Ali Hassan Seif, Yemen

·         Dina Khayat, Chairwoman, Madar Capital, Egypt

·         Kamal Ben Younes, Professor, International Studies Institute, Tunisia

·         Nadia Refaat-Shaikh, Director, Intellect Media, Saudi Arabia

 

13:30 - 15:00

Conference Foyer

Lunch

 

15:00 – 16:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doha Forum

Third Session

 

Strategy

The Future of Peace in the Middle East

 

Moderator:  HE Dr Nassif Hitti, Arab League Ambassador to France

 

 

Speakers: (5-7 minutes for each speaker)

 

·         Marwan Muasher, Member of the Advisory Council, Hague Institute for Global Justice

·         Richard Burden, Member of Parliament, U.K

  • M. Gilles Kepel, political analyst, specialist of Islam and contemporary Arab world, France

·         Jon B. Alterman, holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, Director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, Washington

·         Sheriff Leroy D.Baca. Los Angeeles.

Topics of Discussion:

·         The future of peace in the Middle East after the Arab spring

·         Peoples revolutions and their strategic impacts regionally and internationally

·         Post American Elections and the political scenario

·         What role for the Group of twenty (G20) in the global stability

·         The UN and the preservation of the social peace

 

15:00-16:30

CMED

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (2) :Investment Climate in the Region/GCC

Chair: Mashhour Mourad, CEO of Anfaal Capital, Saudi Arabia

Speakers:

·         Nasser Saidi, Chief Economist, Dubai International Financial Center, UAE

·         Emma Bonino, Vice President of the Senate, Italy

·         Sami Al-Nwaiser, Chairman of the Board, Al Sami Holding Group, Saudi Arabia

·         Helga Flores Trejo, The Principal External Relations Adviser, Inter-American Development Bank, Germany

·         Abderrahman Ulfat, Professor, Afghan Nation Peace Council, Afghanistan

 

16:30-17:00

Break

 

Time/Hall

Events

   17:00-17:30

Al Dafna Hall

  

 

 

 

 

 

17:30-19:00

 

Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Special Session

 

 

Chair: Prof. Steven L. Spiegel, Director, Center for Middle East Development (CMED), UCLA Professor of Political Science

 

Remarks: Senator George Mitchell, Former Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process (2009-2011)

 

 

Fourth Session

 

 

Consequences of the Global Financial Crisis in Reshaping Economic Policy and Implications for the Arab and GCC countries

 

Chair: Hani Findakly, CEO, Potomoc Capital, USA

Speakers:

  • Gabriel Li, Managing Director, Orchid Asia Group Management, China
  • Manish Kanchan, Managing Director, Sage Capital Funds Management Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, World Bank, UK
  • Hani Findakly, CEO, Potomoc Capital, USA

 

17:30-19:00

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (3): The Arab Peace Initiative/Israeli Peace Initiative

Chair: Jim Pickup

Speakers:

  • Baheildin Elibrashy, Partner, Ibrachy & Dermarkar, Egypt
  • Koby Huberman, Founder, Israeli Peace Initiative Group, Israel
  • Jason Isaacson, Director of Government and International Affairs, American Jewish Committee, USA
  • Princess Basmah Al-Saud, Director, Inseed Holdings, Saudi Arabia
  • Hiba Husseini, Managing Director, Husseini & Husseini, Palestine

 

 

20:00

 

Conference Foyer

Dinner

 

Monday, 21st May 2012

 

Time/Hall

Events

09:00 – 10:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

 

Doha Forum

Fifth Session

Politics

 

Political Changes and Civil Rights in the Middle East

 

Moderator:  Wendy Chamberlin, Former US Amb to Pakistan, Head of Middle East Institute, Washington

 

Speakers: (5-7 minutes for each speaker)

 

·         HE Dr Teuta Arifi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Republic of Macedonia

·         Richard Burge, Chief Executive of Wilton Park, UK

·         Baroness Scotland of Asthal, former Attorney General, UK

·         Dr. Khalid Abdulla Janahi, Group CEO, Dar Al Maal Al Islami (DMI), Switzerland

·         Dr Fouad Ajami, Professor, Hoover’s Institute – Stanford University

Topics of Discussion:

·         Minority Rights in light of International Law

·         Political changes and the concepts of immigration, identity and citizenship

·         Empowering Society: diversity and openness

·         Expanding the political space of minority

·         Rule of the civil society in outreach and dialogue Economic Empowerment

09:00-10:30

CMED

Salwa (1)

Workshop (4): Consequences of the Global Financial Crisis in Reshaping Economic Policy and Implications for the Arab and GCC countries

 

Chair: Hani Findakly, CEO, Potomoc Capital, USA

Speakers:

  • Omar Asali, President, Harbinger Group Inc., USA

Comments:

  • Gabriel Li, Managing Director, Orchid Asia Group Management, China
  • Manish Kanchan, Managing Director, Sage Capital Funds Management Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, World Bank, UK

09:00-10:30

CMED

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (5): The Impact of the Arab Spring on Women and Minority Rights: Islamist Perspectives

 

Chair: Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Regional Director, MENA and Africa, Center for International Private Enterprise, USA

Speakers:

·         Osama Al Saghir, MP of the Consultative Assembly, Ennahda Party, Tunisia

·         Hussein El Kazzaz, Management Director, SKOPOS Consulting Group, Egypt

·         Amel Azzouz, Deputy Constituent Assembly, Ennahda Party, Tunisia

·         Ahmed El-Hodaiby, General Manager, Trade Waves Co., Egypt

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

Time/Hall

Events

11:00 – 12:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doha Forum

Sixth Session

 

Economy & Free Trade

What New World Order?

 

Moderator:  Talal Abu Ghazala, CEO of Talal Abu Ghazala& Co International, Jordan

 

Speakers: (5-7 minutes for each speaker)

 

·         HE Youssif Hussain Kamal, Minister of Economy and Finance, Qatar

·         HE Dr Fathallah Wallalo, Former Finance and Economy Minister, Pdt, Rabat Municipality, Morocco

·         HE Ms Rodi Kratsa, Member of the European Parliament, EP Vice-President (2007-2012)

·         The Hon Lauri Fitz-Pegado, Partner, The Levingstone Group, former Secretary of State for Commerce, USA

·         HE Mohamed Ismail Al Rabie, Secretary General, Arab Economic Unity Council, Arab League

·         Nadhim Zahawi, MP, Member of Business, Innovation and Skills 2010-, Arms Export Controls 2010-, Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions 2011-

 

Topics of Discussion:

  • Euro crisis impact on the global economy.
  • The dialectic of free trade and development of national industry.
  • Balance of international economic powers in view of the emerging countries.
  • The intraregional trade and economic integration.
  • Economic challenges facing the Middle East.

 

11:00-12:30

CMED

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (6): Why Did Greece Collapse?

 

Chair: Antonia Dimou, Greece

 

Speakers:

  • Panayiotis Petrakis, Chair of the Department of Development and International Economics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Alexander Moraitakis, President, NUNTIUS Financial Company, Greece
  • Nikolaos Milonas, Professor of Finance, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Sven Behrendt, Founder and Managing Director, Geo Economica, Switzerland

12:30-14:00

Conference Foyer

Lunch

 

Time/Hall

Events

14:00-15:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doha Forum

Seventh Session

 

Democracy

The Challenges of the Arab Spring

 

·  Moderator: David Miliband, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, MP, U.K.

 

Speakers: (5-7 minutes for each speaker)

·  H.E Dr. Rafiq Abdel Salam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tunisia

·  H.E Ali Salem Al-Daqbasi, Speaker, Arab Parliament

·  HE Trinidad Jimenez, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain

·  HE Sadeq Al Mahdi, member Club de Madrid, former Sudan Prime Minister

·  Rory Stewart, former Deputy-Governor of Iraq, MP, UK

·  Pat Breen, T.D., Chairman of Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Parliament

Topics of Discussion:

·  The concept of citizenship building within the framework of religious and ethnic pluralism.  

·  The role of political parties and non-governmental organizations in developing  an active civil society. 

·  Building democracy: power-sharing mechanism and a system of values and societal institutions.

·  The role of Arab media during the phase of a  new power establishment. 

14:00-15:30

CMED

Salwa (1)

Workshop (7): Ways to Address Food Security Challenges in the Middle East

 

Chair: Charles Ries, Director, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy

 

Speakers:

  • Bader Al Dafaa, Ambassador-at-large, Global Dry Land Alliance, Qatar 
  • Miguel Moratinos, Senior Diplomatic Advisor, Global Dry Land Alliance; Former Spanish Foreign Minister

14:00-15:30

DF

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (A): Minorities future in the region Political Changes and Civil Rights

 

Moderator: Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, MINA, Human Rights Watch

Speakers: H.E Salim Alsayegh, Victoria Alvarado, Mr. Abed Ayoub, Mr. Uri Zaki, Mr. Khaled Beydoun, Mr.Sasha Ghosh-Siminof, Ms. Hazami Barmada, Mr. Mouaz Moustafa

15:30-16:00

Break

 

Time/Hall

Events

16:00 – 17:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future

 

Eighth Session

Future Trends in the Middle East

Chair: Charles Ries, Director, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, USA

 

Speakers:

In the region:

·    Abdullah Toukan, CEO, Strategic Analysis and Global Risk Assessment Center, Jordan

·    Ohid Yaqub, Analyst, RAND-Cambridge office, UK

In energy:

·    James Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation, USA

·    Robin Mills, Head of Consulting, Manaar Energy, UK

In media and youth opinion:

·    Yael Warshel, Research Fellow, Center for Middle East Development, USA

16:00 – 17:30

CMED

Salwa (1)

Workshop (8): Creating Jobs in the Middle East

 

Chair: George Salem, Strategic Advisor, DLA Piper, USA

Speakers:

·       Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, World Bank, UK

·       Rami Khoury, Managing Director, MEII – LGF, Palestine

·       Hussein El Kazzaz, Management Director, SKOPOS Consulting Group, Egypt

·       Ariel Ratner, Fellow, Truman Project on National Security, USA

16:00 – 17:30

DF

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (B): Minority Rights – Models from the World

Moderator : Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, MINA, Human Rights Watch

Speakers: Ms. Victoria Alvarado, Mr. Abed Ayoub, Mr. Uri Zaki, Mr. Khaled Beydoun, Mr.Sasha Ghosh-Siminof, Ms. Hazami Barmada, Mr. Mouaz Moustafa

20:00

Conference Foyer

Dinner

Tuesday, 22nd May 2012

Time/Hall

Events

9:00 – 10:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future

Ninth Session

A Variety of Future Economic Visions in the Middle East and North Africa

Chair: Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Regional Director, MENA and Africa,

Center for International Private Enterprise, USA

 

Speakers:

·      Osama Mourad, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arab Finance Brokerage Company, Egypt

·      Majdi Hassen, Executive Director of IACE responsible for strategy; assistant professor at ESSEC School of Economic and Management Science, Tunisia

·      Ahmed Bazara, Chairman, Shamil Bank of Yemen and Bahrain, Yemen

·      Ayman Tabbaa, Syrian Businessman, Syria

 

 

Time/Hall

Events

09:00-10:30

CMED

Salwa (1)

Workshop (9): Future Trends in the Middle East (Follow up on Panel)

 

An opportunity to discuss in greater detail the topics covered in the previous panel by the same name.

 

 

Chair: Jeroen Jansen, Partner, DLA Piper, Netherlands

Speakers:

In the region:

·    Abdullah Toukan, CEO, Strategic Analysis and Global Risk Assessment Center, Jordan

·    Ohid Yaqub, Analyst, RAND-Cambridge Office, UK

In energy:

·    James Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation, USA

·    Robin Mills, Head of Consulting, Manaar Energy, UK

In media and youth opinion:

·        Yael Warshel, Research Fellow, Center for Middle East Development, USA

09:00-10:30

DF

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop: Enforcing the recommendations of the International Conference to Protect Journalists in dangerous situations

Moderator: Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of NHRC, Qatar

Speakers:

-   International Federation of Journalists

-   Doha Centre for Media Freedom

-   National Union of Journalists of Philippines

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Al Dafna Hall

 

Doha Forum

Tenth Session

 

Media

 

Moderator: Dr. Mahmoud Galander, Head of Mass Communication Department  Qatar University

 

Speakers:

·      H.E Ali Ahmad Al Omrani, Minister of Information, Yemen

·      Ben Bradshaw, former Secretary of State, Dept of Culture, Media and Sport, UK

·      Hassan Al Rashidi, Doha Centre for Media Freedom, Qatar

·      Steve Clemons, Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, Editor-in-chief of Atlantic LIVE

·      Mustafa Sawaq, Director, Aljazeera News, Doha

·       

Topics of Discussion:

 

·   The role of the media in political and social changes in the Arabic region .

·   The moral responsibility for protection of journalists during the armed conflicts.

·   The role of the electronic media in the political changes in the region.

·   The Arab media under the Arab spring

·   The downsides of new media in social change

·   What does the ‘next’ new media look like — beyond Twitter and Facebook and Blogs — and how will this affect the Arab world

 

Time/Hall

Events

 

11:00-12:30

CMED

Salwa (2, 3)

Workshop (10): Gas Fields in the Eastern Mediterranean

Chairs: Jay Footlik and Mac Bernstein, USA

Speakers:

  • Christodoulos Pelaghias, Chairman, ERPIC, Cyprus
  • Ilan Mizrahi, President and CEO, TATOOM Consulting, Israel
  • Yasser Akkaoui, Managing Director, News Media s.a.l., Lebanon
  • John Nomikos, President, Research Institute for European and American Studies, Greece

12:30-13:30

 

Al Dafna Hall

 

DF

 

CMED

 

Doha Forum & Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference

 

Closing Joint Session

Speakers:

 

·       H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Jabr Al Thani, Minister's Assistant For International Cooperation Affairs, Chairman of Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences

·       Prof. Steven L. Spiegel, Director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development(CMED),University of California, USA

·       Sean Cleary, Founder and Executive Vice Chair of The Future World Foundation, Strategy Adviser to the World Economic Forum, South Africa

13:30-14:30

Lunch

 

 

Departure

 

 

Doha Forum Workshops

 

 

Monday 21st May, 2012

14:00-15:30

 

(1)  Workshop (A) : Minorities Future in the Region  

Political Changes and Civil Rights

Moderator : Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, MENA, Human Rights Watch

Embassy  of Qatar – Washington

Monday 21st May, 2012

16:00-17:30

 

(2)  Workshop (B) : Minorities Future in the Region  

Moderator : Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, MENA, Human Rights Watch

Embassy  of Qatar – Washington

Tuesday 22nd May, 2012

09:00-10:30

 

(3)  Workshop: Enforcing the recommendations of the International

       Conference to Protect Journalists in dangerous situations

Moderator : Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of NHRC, Qatar