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About the Conference

Our world is about to enter a new era, a period that is expected to be governed by Artificial Intelligence, robotics and other disruptive technologies, an era where the definition of power itself is being transformed. The world of the future is about automation, giving more power to the people, and creating a more equal society. This is a world of new opportunities.

Embracing transformation is crucial for progress and innovation. The Al Sharq Youth 5th Annual Conference will be a hotbed for future critical knowledge, unique theoretical models and experiences within a distinguished atmosphere, carefully designed to maximize networking opportunities in addition to increasing the visibility of the participants. It will open up new horizons and allow us to position ourselves in the global future.

Main Activities

Conference Sessions

A series of interesting talks, dialogues, panels, debates, discussions and keynote speeches tackling the trending issues of the future. These carefully customized sessions aim to equip participants with knowledge in order to help them develop their own sustainable projects that will have an impact.

Pitch Competition

A competition that gives the opportunity to 100 unique startups to showcase their projects, gain exposure, validate their business models and win valuable prizes. This unique competition also offers investors the chance to spot and invest in fresh new projects.

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Teatime Sessions

This session will offer attendees exclusive meetings with globally renowned speakers and experts of their choice. This is an invaluable chance to get into the nitty gritty of your career, overcome stumbling blocks, and get feedback and advice from a selection of experienced figures.

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Workshops & Masterclasses

These are customized sessions that offer vital skills and hands-on experience in diverse fields to develop participants’ skills and talents and help them to navigate their way into the future.

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Mosaic Night

Explore the power of art, music, fashion, comedy and debate as a lineup of the sharpest artists and comedians of the region seek to embody the main future trends for social change.

Venture Expo

A classy courtyard beside the main hall dedicated to startups, entrepreneurs, initiatives, companies, partners and tech companies, who will present their projects and ideas in an open networking space.

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Investors Lounge

An exclusive lounge for entrepreneurs and investors. This is where startups will be able to introduce their fresh projects to potential investors through closed-door meetings, shark tank pitches and more.

The Launch Pad

A stage located in the heart of the exhibition area designed to act as a spotlight for new initiatives and products designed by conference partners and sponsors, targeting young people and young entrepreneurs.

Al Sharq Connect

An online user-friendly platform that maximizes the value added to the participants by guiding them in finding their best matches among the conference attendees and guests. Through the event app, participants can set times and meet seamlessly in an open networking space beside the main hall.

Speed Networking

Organized speed rounds of socializing to exchange contacts with the largest number of participants in the conference. This session is designed to accelerate efficient business meetings, it aims to maximize the number of individuals you meet during the conference in a set period of time.

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Participants

Unique Projects

Speakers

Days

Speakers

& Guests

YB. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

Position: Keynote

Mahathir bin Mohamad is a Malaysian politician currently serving as Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time. He is chairman of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, as well as a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Langkawi constituency in Kedah.

Prime minister of Malaysia

Wadah Khanfar

Position: Keynote

Wadah Khanfar is the President of Al Sharq Forum, an independent network dedicated to developing long-term strategies for political development, social justice and economic prosperity of the people of the Middle East. He previously served as the Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network.

Wadah Khanfar

Keynote

President of Al Sharq Forum

John Keane

Position: Panelist

John Keane is a Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.  The Times of London ranked him as “one of Australia’s great intellectual exports and among the world’s leading political thinkers and writers.” In recent years, he has held the Karl Deutsch Professorship in Berlin, co-directed a European Commission-funded project on the future of civil society and citizenship, and served as a Fellow of the London-based think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He is the Director of the recently founded Sydney Democracy Network and currently, his research interests include China, the Asia and Pacific region and the future of global institutions; the origins and future of representative government. In addition, Kean is working on a forthcoming book Power with the subject; Freedom of communication and media decadence in the digital age.

John Keane

Panelist

Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney

Rümeysa Kadak

Position: Dialogue

Rümeysa Kadak has been elected as one of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Istanbul deputies, Kadak recently graduated from Marmara University as an English major. As the youngest deputy(22 years old) of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Kadak asserted that she will focus on the youth.

Rümeysa Kadak

Dialogue

Member of the Turkish Parliament

Dr. James Sultan

Position: Strategic Planning Consultant

Dr. Jassim Sultan is a strategic planning consultant in many private and governmental institutions. He is also managing Wijdan Cultural Center under the Ministry of Sports and Culture, and working full-time on his initiative, The Nahda Project, which aims to prepare future leaders with the necessary skills to guide the community. He has published a number of books including A New Beginning and The Philosophy of History.

Dr. James Sultan

Strategic Planning Consultant

Dr. Jassim Sultan is a strategic planning consultant in many...

Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim

Position: Dialogue

Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who is currently the president of the People’s Justice Party and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. He was Leader of the Opposition between 2008 and 2015, and a founder and leading figure of the People’s Justice Party or Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

President of the People's Justice Party

Sami Zeidan

Position: Moderator

Sami Zeidan is an award winning Senior Presenter with Al Jazeera English since 2005. He was chosen to present the channel’s first live words when AJE launched on November 15th, 2006. Sami joined Al Jazeera after presenting with a number of the largest broadcasters in the world including CNN, CNBC and NBC.

As a news anchor and talk show presenter Sami has interviewed a wide range of legendary world leaders, including South African President Nelson Mandela and Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, just to mention a few.

Sami’s engaging interviewing style earned him wide recognition and he has been selected to host interviews for the network’s talk show Talk To Al Jazeera.

Sami Zeidan

Moderator

Senior Presenter, Al Jazeera Media Institute

Humood AlKhudher

Position: Mosaic Night

Humood AlKhuder is a Kuwaiti-born singer and music producer. He is known for his unique integration of Arabic music and international pop styles with uplifting lyrics. He gained global popularity in 2015 when his song “Kun Anta” went viral and won several international awards.

Humood AlKhudher

Mosaic Night

Singer

Abdulla Al Najjar

Position: Keynote

As Executive Director of Global Brand and Communications at Al Jazeera Media Network, Al-Najjar currently spearheads the Network’s global brand expansion and multi-platform distribution efforts.

Al-Najjar started his tenure in Al Jazeera in 2007, being appointed as Director of Commercial Affairs for Al Jazeera. His expertise in brand development, strategic planning, international relations, organisational excellence and leadership has contributed to the development and growth of Al Jazeera into one of the world’s top media networks. Under his leadership, Al Jazeera has won a range of leading industry awards for brand, marketing, and communications including the Global SABRE, PRWeek Global, Red Dot, the Pencil and The One Show awards.

With his stewardship, Al Jazeera launched its first ever global brand strategy initiative bringing the diverse Al Jazeera Media Network properties under a single unified brand architecture.

As an accomplished leader, he has led a range of global initiatives in other posts: Al-Najjar served as the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums Authority, which made history with the launch of the Qatar’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art, alongside with Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, the QMA Gallery in Katara, Al Riwaq Gallery, and many others.  He has also served as the CEO of the Qatar–Sudan Archaeological Project, a partnership that has established archaeological cooperation between both countries. Al-Najjar is also widely recognised as the driving force behind the success of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006.

Al-Najjar is known as a strategic leader with the ability to inspire and influence. He is a graduate in Engineering and holds an Executive MBA with merit from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom.

Global Brand & Communications

Abdul Samad Khan

Position: Panelist

Abdul Samad Khan is the Founder & CEO of Youth Impact. His expertise are in leadership development, outdoor education and social impact. Samad has trained youth leaders across five continents of the world. Being a cancer survivor, he has dedicated his second life to empower youth of the world.

Abdul Samad Khan

Panelist

Founder & CEO of Youth Impact

Merve Kavakci

Position: Panelist

Dr. Merve Safa Kavakci, prior to serving as Turkish Republic’s Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Kavakci was the Founding Director of The Postcolonial Studies Research Center (PAMER) at Uskudar University (2014-2017).

She was a Lecturer of International Relations at George Washington University and Howard
University in Washington DC (2004-2014). She was elected to the Turkish Parliament, the Grand
National Assembly of Turkey in 1999 as the first Muslim woman with hijab. However she was
prevented from serving her term. Kavakci’s political party was closed down by the Constitutional
Court and her Turkish citizenship was revoked, banning her from politics for a period of five years.
She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007.

A widely recognized international public figure, Kavakci addressed the British Parliament House of
Lords, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, US Congress Helsinki Commission and
Interparliamentary Union. She has lectured at myriad of world’s renowned universities.

Kavakci is among Georgetown University’s The World’s Most Influential 500 Muslims (2009). She was awarded with “Appreciation for Social Justice” certificate by New York University (2006). The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s Body of Belief exhibition exhibited the headscarf Kavakci wore in the parliament, at the U.S. Congress as a symbol of religious freedom (2005). She was recognized among “Women of Excellence” by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and George Washington University (2004). She was awarded the Public Service Award in Tribute and in recognition of efforts for the advancement of human rights and Muslim Women’s empowerment by International Association for Women and Children (2000). She was awarded Service to Humanity Award by Haus Der Kulturellen Aktivitat und Toleranz(1999).

Kavakci holds a Ph.D in political science from Howard University (2007), an MPA from Harvard
University (2003) and a BS in Software Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas (1993). Kavakci attended the Medical School of Ankara University however was not permitted to continue due to the headscarf ban (1988). She served as a columnist for Turkish daily Yeni Akit (2004-2017). She is the author of Headscarf Politics in Turkey: A Postcolonial Reading (MacMillan, 2010), and five other books some of which are translated to Arabic and Persian. She is the editor author of International Relations in the Global Village: Changing Interdependencies (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013).

Her most recent book is The Unnamed Coup at the Scarf-less Democarcy-Basortusuz Demokrasi’de
Adi Konmamis Darbe (Timas, 2014). A book on her political life The Day Turkey Stood Still was
authored by American writer Richard Peres (Ithaca Press, 2013).

Dr. Kavakci is mother to Fatima and Mariam.

Merve Kavakci

Panelist

Turkish Republic’s Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur

Marty Natalegawa

Position: Panelist

Marty Natalegawa, is an Indonesian diplomat and was the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Second United Indonesia Cabinet.

Marty Natalegawa

Panelist

Indonesian Diplomat

Mohamed Adnen Chaouachi

Position: Trainer

Mohamed Adnen Chaouachi, Tunisian Journalist and TV producer. Trained hundreds of journalists from many nationalities, on Mobile Journalism and New Media

Journalist and TV producer

Hamid Rashid

Position: Trainer

Hamid Rashid is the Founder of the award winning Blockchain R&D technology organization FINTERRA.

Responsible for developing the first ever Waqf Chain, a crowd funding platform for Waqf development built on the blockchain, as well as the Gallactic Blockchain, he successfully runs corporate offices in several locations including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates.

A specialist in technology IP development, technology commercialization, venture capital investment and property investments, Hamid is an accomplished hands-on strategic visionary, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to create brands that deliver strong tangible results to stakeholders. Having served for the likes of corporate giants as HP and Petronas, he has established a record of outperformance across an array of financial strategies.

Hamid has over eighteen years of Technology Consulting experience in Enterprise Software Business Management and Business Development within the B2B and B2C sectors. He excels in strategic Business Planning, development, Business P&L, People Management, Partner Eco-system Management and Service Desk.

Equipped with a master’s degree in IT and Management, and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership, he is regularly invited to speak by various institutions such as the World Bank, WIEF, Central Banks, Securities Commissions at leading international conferences and forums. He often is also quoted by the likes of Thomson Reuters, The Edge, New Straits Times, Malaysian Business and has been featured on the front page of the White Collar Magazine. Hamid has also appeared on Dubai TV, CNBC, Bernama TV, and many other channels speaking about the Finterra project globally.

Hamid speaks four languages and takes pride to have lived for more than five years in each continent which has shaped him into a real thought leader and just like blockchain, he prides himself on being a decentralised global citizen.

Hamid Rashid

Trainer

Founder of the award winning Blockchain R&D technology organization FINTERRA

Agita Pasaribu

Position: Spotlight

Agita Pasaribu is the UN-Youth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Ambassador for Indonesia and an ICT Legal Advisor. In 2018, she was invited to speak at TEDxTalk about her informal academic experiences in 26 countries.

She has been advocating for progressive youth-related policies at a number of diplomatic and international forums and have contributed to empowerment initiatives through youth-led non-profits within ASEAN and globally for over 8 years.

Agita Pasaribu

Spotlight

UN-Youth Internet Governance Forum Ambassador for Indonesia

YB Syed Saddiq

Position: Dialogue

Syed Saddiq is a 26 year-old Malaysian politician and activist. He is the current Minister of Youth and Sports, the Member of Parliament of Muar and the Youth Chief of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party

YB Syed Saddiq

Dialogue

Malaysian Minister of Sports and Youth

Tarik Yousef

Position: Panelist

Tarik Yousef is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development programme and the Director of the Brookings Doha Center. His professional career has spanned the academic world at Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School; and the policy arena at the IMF, the World Bank, and the UN. His research has focused on the political economy of policy reform in the Arab world. He has contributed numerous articles and co-edited several volumes including Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab Spring and Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons of Experience for a Region in Transition.

Tarik Yousef

Panelist

Director of the Brookings Doha Center

Rafe Haneef

Rafe Haneef

Position: Dialogue

Rafe Haneef became the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad and is in charge of the CIMB Group’s Islamic banking and finance franchise. CIMB Islamic operates as a parallel franchise to the Group’s conventional operations and covers Islamic wholesale banking, Islamic consumer banking, Islamic commercial banking and Islamic asset management and investment.

Rafe Haneef

Rafe Haneef

Dialogue

CIMB CEO

Liew Chin Tong

Position: Dialogue

Liew Chin Tong is the Deputy Defense Minister of Malaysia and was the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Kluang constituency in Johor during the period of the 13th Parliament of Malaysia.

Liew Chin Tong

Dialogue

Deputy Defense Minister of Malaysia

Dr. Majed Al-Ansari

Dr.Majed Al-Ansari

Position: Spotlight

Dr. Majed is a Researcher at the the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) and has previously served at the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various civil society institutions.

Dr. Majed Al-Ansari

Dr.Majed Al-Ansari

Spotlight

Head of Policy Department at Qatar University

Dr. Maszlee bin Malik

Position: Panelist

Dr. Maszlee bin Malik is the Malaysian Minister of Education and a Member of Parliament for
Simpang Renggam. He received his doctorate in Political Science from Durham University with a thesis titled “Constructing the Architectonics and Formulating the Articulation of Islamic Governance: A Discursive Attempt in Islamic Epistemology”.

Malaysian Minister of Education

Teymoor Nabili

Position: Dialogue
Teymoor is an international journalist and TV news anchor with  25 years of experience. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Singapore. Over the time he has devised, edited, written, produced and presented news and current affairs programming for Al Jazeera, BBC, CNBC, CNN, Channel 4 and, most recently, Channel News Asia. 
He has covered major stories including the 9/11 attack from New York City, the Asian Tsunami disaster from Sri Lanka; the Iran Presidential election of 2009 from Tehran, the 2008 Olympics from Beijing and the tsunami/earthquake of 2011 from Japan.

 

Teymoor Nabili

Dialogue

Journalist and Broadcaster Managing Editor, TheSignal.asia

Munir Akari

Position: Moderator

Munir Al Akari works in international policy, focusing on state-building in post-conflict societies. During his work in the Middle East region, Munir founded a platform for young people in post-conflict societies to foster their leadership skills through access to knowledge, skills and practice. Munir believes that societies thrive best when stimulated by an exceptionally strong culture of service and leadership, one that is ingrained in educational, economic and civil institutions. His programme combines the importance of the democratization of knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and access to information along with the ability to communicate ideas, messages and information into actionable results. Munir also worked with several UN and EU agencies, providing strategic advice on foreign policy challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. Munir also worked with private sector consulting firms, contributing to risk management consultations for Fortune 100 corporations on economic and geopolitical developments in the Middle East.

Munir Akari

Moderator

Policy, Economics Specialist - MENA

Rina Neoh

Position: Panelist

Rina Neoh has more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. With a solid foundation in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through an overseas MBA (International Business), Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from small business enterprises, which she has incubated, coached, invested in or promoted. Rina is also instrumental in two IPOs in Australian Stock Exchange and have executed complex cross border mergers and acquisitions. A seasoned executive with an operations and systems perspective, Rina is well known for setting up and developing companies across Asia Pacific, including brick-and-mortar and technology-enabled enterprises.

Rina is the Founder/Investor of EduTech Asia Group of Companies that focuses on bringing thousands of educators from across Asia to evaluate and plan for the future of learning. She currently sits on the Board of MATRADE and also the Senator Representing Malaysia for the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), an international organisation aiming to ease access to finance for businesses from start to scale up.

Rina co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator based in Singapore and a venture accelerator since 2006. Through its angel networks, Mercatus Group provided seed capital to promising new small ventures, with more than 60 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong. Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships and equities in Mercatus Capital, Synapse Global, Unlimited Brands, MindChamps International PreSchool Philippines, Ficus Venture Capital & Fintech Lab.

In addition to managing various companies as director or investor, Rina finds time to serve as business coach and adviser to several business advisory boards, NGOs & Universities. Rina spends most of her free time advocating “greenfield” businesses, promoting social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and volunteerism work.

Rina Neoh

Panelist

Co-founder of Ficus Venture Capital

Mohammed Ali Aerosol

Position: Mosaic Night

Mohammed Ali is a UK based award-winning artist, curator and educator. He has been commissioned to work internationally with leading galleries, festivals, arts centres and theatres to produce large-scale murals in open spaces in the communities where people work, live and play. As an artist, Ali is passionate about sharing and presenting untold stories. He works collaboratively with communities to create unique and immersive arts experiences that inspire and engage people to experience and connect with art.

Ali is the Founder of Soul City Arts, a leading independent arts organisation based in Birmingham UK, that has worked with artists, academics and activists from around the world to commission and present innovative exhibitions, performances and digital installations. He has worked extensively in places like Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, New York and South Africa.

Most recently, Ali has embarked on an ambitious project to tell the story of early migrants to the UK. The exhibition debuted at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2017 to critical acclaim. A follow up arts installation premiered at the Museum of Food and Drink in New York in 2018.

Mohammed Ali is also a trustee of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. He is a father of three children and is committed to making art relevant and central to our daily lives.

Mohammed Ali Aerosol

Mosaic Night

Founder of Soul City Arts

Amy Brann

Position: Spotlight

Amy Brann works with companies around the world to help them better understand their teams, clients and organizations as a whole. She spent years as a lead coach in Europe and is the author of Make Your Brain Work, also published by Kogan Page.

 

Amy Brann

Spotlight

Author of Make Your Brain Work

Muhamed Ali Hajah Mydin

Position: Panelist

Muhamed Ali Hajah Mydin is the CEO of Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) since February 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from Hanyang University, South Korea and a Master’s Degree in Information Technologies from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was the CEO of Mutiara.com Sdn Bhd and was subsequently appointed as the Managing Director of Mutiara Smart Computing Sdn Bhd in 2008. During his tenure with Mutiara Smart, he was also the ICT advisor to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

CEO, Penang Skills Development Centre

Edhem Fočo

Position: Dialogue

EDHEM FOCO was born in Sarajevo in 1972. He completed his secondary education in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and then studied Law and Shari’ah at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He speaks six languages and has lived in Asia for almost 20 years. In his business career Mr. Foco has professed his leadership expertise while gaining a multitude of experiences in various business sectors such as Consultancy, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Food & Beverage and Investments. His impressive career has contributed to a series of strong networks and contacts in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Edhem Foco was initiator and one of the founders of Al Jazeera Balkans, news channel that broke the barriers in the turbulent region of the Balkans. The channel’s success was recognized in a number of awards it won in just a few years and Mr. Foco was voted as Vision Manager of the Year 2014 for the region. Today Edhem Foco is the Director of Al Jazeera Network d.o.o. Sarajevo.

Edhem Fočo

Dialogue

Director, Al Jazeera Network, Sarajevo

Ambika Sangaran

Position: Spotight

Ambika Sangaran co-leads Biji-biji Ethical Fashion focusing on driving sales, business development and operational excellence. Prior to her move to the Biji-biji Ethical Fashion division, Ambika led the sustainability team, incorporating sustainability management in all aspects of business planning and operations of Biji-biji Initiative and Me.reka Makerspace.
In her current role, Ambika is passionate about creating change and generating discussions on industrial waste, fair wages and ethical consumption. Ambika also serves as the Honorary Secretary of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) and a 2018 YSEALI Professsional Fellow. Ambika holds BA (Hons) in Tourism and Environment from Brock University, Canada.

Ambika Sangaran

Spotight

Co-leading Biji-biji Ethical Fashion

Dato M. Nasir

Position: Mosaic Night

Datuk Mohamad Nasir bin Mohamed, better known by his stage name M. Nasir, is a Singaporean-Malaysian poet, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, actor and film director.

Dato M. Nasir

Mosaic Night

Singer

Ediola Pashollari

Position: Guest

Ediola Pashollari holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (UK); a Master’s Degree of Arts in Political Science (UK), a Master’s Degree in Entreprenology (USA) and also a Degree in LLB (UK) and presently is the Secretary General of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) which is headquartered in Melaka, Malaysia. She is of Albanian nationality, and has resided in Malaysia for the past 17 years. Through her capacity as the Secretary General of WAY and the Director of the World Youth Institute (WYI), she has been instrumental in assisting and supporting various youth initiatives locally, regionally and internationally. Her heart desire is seeing that the youth around the world be prepared to face the many changing challenges that are occurring globally and educating them for achieving a sustainable future.

Representing World Assembly of Youth Malaysia

Nicola Cerantola

Position: Spotlight

Nicola Cerantola is a mechanical engineer, trainer, speaker, consultant & researcher on Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship. He is founder and director of Ecologing. Author and mindshaker he has been teaching and provoking thousands of people to think differently about sustainability at important universities and business school around the world.

Nicola Cerantola

Spotlight

Founder and Director of Ecologing

Rene Bernard

Position: Spotlight

Rene has been an international tech entrepreneur since 2002. Already while studying Business
Engineering in Germany, he had started an e-commerce and logistics businesses serving multiple
European markets. Since 2009, Rene has shifted focus towards Cybersecurity and IT system
administration. And around 2013 he became a cryptocurrency and blockchain tech enthusiast.
Combining his business and the tech backgrounds, he co-founded the non-profit “ACCESS Blockchain Malaysia Association”, which is a society supporting businesses to understand and embrace the adoption of Blockchain technology.

Rene regularly shares his insight and views on Blockchain technology at global events and educates
students and lecturers in Malaysia as part of ACCESS Blockchain Association’s agenda.

His youngest project is the tech start-ups LuxTag. Started with two fellow co-founders, it is a
promising and highly valued start-ups business in Malaysia, leveraging on Blockchain technology. It consists of a holistic system to enhance customer engagement for brands & manufacturers. Its
solution tackles counterfeit and theft while creating big-data insights regarding the supply chain for
brands.

Rene Bernard

Spotlight

CEO & Founder of LuxTag & President of the Access...

Zamzam Ibrahim

Position: Dialogue

Zamzam Ibrahim

Dialogue

President of National Union of Students (NUS)

Mohammed Zaoud

Position: Moderator

Mohamad Zaoud is a brand enthusiast and consults businesses and NGOs on brand & growth strategies. He’s currently the Manager of Digital Growth – EMEA, and formerly Head of Marketing MENA, at Al Jazeera Media Network where he’s worked on flagship brands including Al Jazeera and AJ+.

Mohammed Zaoud

Moderator

Co-Founder, Toledo Society

Mariem Masmoudi

Position: Dialogue

Mariem Masmoudi is a Tunisian American civil society activist and writer. She holds a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently works with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) on Constitution Building and Democratic Transitions across North Africa and West Asia, especially in Tunisia and Yemen.

Mariem is head contributor for “Traversing Tradition,” a blog bringing critical theory through an Islamic perspective to encourage ethical, political, economic, and spiritual rejuvenation in young Muslims worldwide. She is also co-founder of an ethical fashion company called Tuniq, which puts religious and ethical values into every aspect of running a women’s cooperative, reviving and promoting traditional handicrafts, and making beautiful North African apparel in the process.

Mariem is published in several international media outlets on subjects including democracy, Islam, secularism, and the Tunisian political transition.

Mariem Masmoudi

Dialogue

Associate Programme Officer at IDEA

Mohammed Nanabhay

Position: Spotlight

Mohamed Nanabhay is the Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF).

Previously, Mohamed was the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English where he led the team that produced the award-winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. He started Al Jazeera’s New Media department, and served as an advisor to the Director-General.

Mohamed is the Board Chair of Global Voices Online and a member of the Board of the Mozilla Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Mohammed Nanabhay

Spotlight

Deputy CEO of Media Development Investment Fund

Michael Jenkins

Position: Spotlight

Michael Jenkins is the CEO of HCLI. He is responsible for implementing the company’s vision to become the preeminent centre of excellence for Leadership and Human Capital Development in Singapore and beyond.

Prior to joining HCLI, Michael successfully led Leadership Development organisations in three leading institutions: Roffey Park, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and INSEAD. Throughout his career, he has played a hands-on role in directing research and most recently has been a key contributor to, and thought leader in the topic areas of organisational resilience, compassionate leadership and developing more humane and productive workplaces. Michael has also worked closely with UK public health organisations to promote better mental health at work.

Over the past nine years, Michael has successfully led Roffey Park through a series of macroeconomic challenges and organisational expansion initiatives. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and Vice-President of CCL Asia Pacific where he started up the organisation’s operations in Asia from Singapore. Over a period of four years, Michael grew the business significantly, building from scratch a strong team of talented professionals and associates, while achieving significant business growth. Before CCL, he spent five years at INSEAD, in France and subsequently in Singapore, where he was responsible for strengthening and developing the school’s executive education business, and expanding its footprint in China, Japan, India and Malaysia.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies from the University of Durham and studied Japanese language, politics and economics as a postgraduate at Nanzan University, Nagoya, on a scholarship from Rotary Foundation International. He is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and served as a member of the South-East England Council of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). Michael was named among HR Magazine UK’s Most Influential Thinkers in 2014 and 2016 and has been a regular judge for the UK’s Personnel Today Awards

Michael Jenkins

Spotlight

CEO of Human Capital Leadership Institute

Datuk Vinod Sekhar

Position: Panelist

Datuk Vinod Balachandra Sekhar is the President and Group Chief Executive of Petra Group, a Malaysian company that focuses on rubber recycling, biotechnology and financial software. He is also the chairman of the Sekhar Foundation, based in Kuala Lumpur and the CEO of Green Rubber.

President and Group Chief Executive of Petra Group

Fazil Irwan Som

Position: Panelist

Fazil Irwan Som is the Regional Director of the World Startup Festival (WSF), a global federation of startups based in California, USA and Principal Consultant to the IAF Strategy Institute (ISI), connecting government and business in Asia. He is also the ASEAN consultant for the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva.

Fazil Irwan Som

Panelist

Regional Director of the World Startup Festival (WSF)

Mohammad Abozeed

Position: Panelist

Mohammad Abozeed is an entrepreneur a young business leader, founder and director of several companies in Malaysia. With practical experience in leadership and management excellence. He has written and co-authored multiple feasibility studies and strategic plans for many companies. His knowledge has been refined from his practical and business experiences, coupled with research and scientific studies in the field of leadership and entrepreneurship. Abozeed gain an ultimate experience to become successful from his own mistakes, Losing Taught him a lot about Winning, as he has gone through many journeys  starting up companies from zero. He Is a certified professional trainer from the University of Malaya and has been accredited by Dr Tarek Al-Suwaidan, for his ability to carry the field experiences and transform them into skills that every entrepreneur can use to achieve the goals of his ideas

Mohammad Abozeed

Panelist

Entrepreneur

Azhar Md Nayan

Position: Spotlight

Mr. Azhar has about 3 decades of professional work experience and accomplishments in Senior
Management and Leadership role in Multinational Corporation (MNC) primarily accountable for Global Supply Chain & Business Unit Management, New Product/Process Development and Plant /Virtual Factory and he has managed and lead cross functional organization in many countries within Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe and USA.

Mr Azhar graduated from Bradley University, Peoria Illinois USA (1994) in Mechanical Engineering and since then has served various sectors including heavy engineering industries, Data Storage, Semiconductors technology in Wireless Communication, Motion controller, Optoelectronics and Photomask engineering.

Mr Azhar has also held different management roles in US based MNCs, including Equipment
Manager, Engineering Manager, New Product Introduction (NPI) Snr. Manager, Senior Global Supply Chain Manager, and he was the former Managing Director and General Manager of Hoya Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd, a japanese MNCs for the Wafer [LSI] & FPD Photo Mask Engineering, before leaving the industry to fully focus on providing training and consulting services for Industry 4.0 global and nationwide transformation agenda, where he has been appointed as as the Technical Advisor [Industry 4.0] at Penang Skills Development Centre [PSDC] and also the founder of Smart Digital Network Sdn Bhd & Industry FIVEDOTZERO Consulting Sdn Bhd.

He is also a Certified Transformative Coach by Coach Master Academy govern by International Coach Federation [ICF]. Over the last 3 years, he has trained, coached and transformed current and future leaders including C-Level, Senior & middle management, executives, students and lecturers covering the government agencies, academia, Industries and technology system & solution providers. His primary belief is everyone should embark on Industry 4.0 with a mind-set of Start Small, WIN BIG & ACT4WRD. Mr Azhar also has introduced the concepts of MAA steps and 8D+1D to ease the implementation of Industry 4.0 in any Industry especially SMEs.

Azhar Md Nayan

Spotlight

Industrieberater at Penang Skill Development Center

Dr. Rajbans Singh

Position: Spotlight

Dr. Rajban qualified from the University of Mysore in 1984.  In 1992 he got his Membership from the Royal College of Physicians U.K. and served as a specialist at Seremban Hospital.
Presently Dr. Rajban serves as a Consultant at Pantai Hospital Bangsar and is a member of the Elderly Committee of Malaysian Medical Association, Member of the Malaysian Gerontological Association, Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Member of the British Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Rajban also has written numerous articles on health and wellness related issues in local
publications, health magazines and medical publications.  He has a regular radio show every Thursday on Lite FM where various health issues are discussed. He just published a book called ‘Wellness. Health and Sickness’.

Dr. Rajbans has a keen interest in the ageing process especially in the early detection
and prevention of disease processes and believes in the motto ‘Live Long Live
Well’.

Dr. Rajbans Singh

Spotlight

Consultant at Pantai Hospital

Enes Yalman

Position: Dialogue

Enes YALMAN is a graduate of the International Islamic University Malaysia, Master Degree in Computer Information Engineering, a Candidate of 2nd Master Degree in Civilizational Studies, Alliance of Civilizations Graduate School, IHU. He is active with a number of international organizations, media networks, and newspapers on youth policy and leadership, regional politics, and international relations. He is the Director of International Office, Ibn Haldun University, Turkey. He’s recently been elected as the Secretary-General of International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO); the umbrella body for Muslim Youth and Student Organizations across the world since 1969, a Non-Governmental Organization with UN status since 1977).

Enes Yalman

Dialogue

Secretary-General of IIFSO

Serdar Bayram

Position: Guest

Serdar was born in 1994, in Bursa. He graduated from İnegöl Anatolian High School in 2012 and
is currently studying Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Political
Sciences at Marmara University.

Throughout secondary education and higher education, he has been active in various non-
governmental organizations. Since 2013, in the Young UNIW; he worked in various positions
such as project coordinator, organizational coordinator and external relations manager.
Between 2015-2017, he was the Vice President of International Relations for Youth UNIW.
In June 2017, at the 3rd General Assembly of Young UNIW, he was elected as the Chairman
of the Young UNIW.

Representing Genç İDSB

Daniel CerVentus

Position: Spotlight

Daniel Cerventus is a long time TEDx organizer and the founding curator of TEDxKL. Daniel is also the TEDx ambassador for SouthEast Asia. He started in 2009 with 50 people and has produced events every year. He’s a bundle of energy and has a long-term vision for TEDx in the region.

Daniel CerVentus

Spotlight

Founder of NextUpAsia

Muhammad Khamiseh

Position: Guest

Journalist and Media Researcher at Al Jazeera Media Institute. Working as supervisor of Al Jazeera Fellowship program and member of the editorial board of Al Jazeera Journalism Review.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies.

Representing Al Jazeera Media Institute

Ruqaya Al Sada

Position: Guest

Ruqaya is an Entrepreneurship advisor at Bedaya Center where she help entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams and develop their businesses.

Representing Bedaya

Zaki Syed

Position: Spotlight

We are an AI software company headquartered in San Francisco. We are the inventors of Deeplearning for java. We solve complex issues faced by governments and large corporates etc through AI.

Zaki Syed

Spotlight

Executive Director Skymind Malaysia

Joann Maryam Enriquez

“Build a mechanism that churns good over and over again, circulate good and thrive.”

Joann Is the CEO of Investment Account Platform, iaplatform.com, the first bank-intermediated financial technology platform combining the expertise of #Islamicbanking and efficiency of technology that sources funds from the community and channels from investors to viable economic ventures

She is passionate about Islamic social entrepreneurship in both the charity and investment space utilizing Islamic finance products that propagate social equity, women empowerment, and children advocacy.

CEO of Investment Account Platform

Program Agenda

This Agenda is Subject to Update

From the time humans got things rolling with wheels, to the ages when humans have reached other planets; innovation has been the key to human thriving. As we progress into the future, we see our world changing astronomically with technology as an innate part. Catch a glimpse of what the ‘Future’ might look like, at Al Sharq Conference 2019, Official Launch and brace yourselves to the endless possibilities of the forthcoming!

Energetic Video

More than any other time before, the contributions of various human cultures are a must for humanity to move forward. The time of a homogeneous culture that rules over others has ended and it is the call for all of us to have a hand in the establishment of a more open and pluralistic global order where humanity lives in harmony with itself and the environment around it. The president of Al Sharq Forum, Wadah Khanfar will speak about how the future of humanity is heading towards more integrated world order, where hope and optimism are the tools to build a better future.

Wadah Khanfar – President of Al Sharq Forum

The need to build a peaceful new world order. The time is now to make a more effective investment in youth. Find out how the evaluation of youth spirit is gradually evolving.

Mahathir Muhammed - Prime Minister of Malaysia

Mr. Al Najjar will discuss the ongoing challenges to news across the world as confidence in social media and TV news continues to take a battering. He will outline the specific challenges faced by Al Jazeera and how it has managed to overcome threats to its own existence against all odds

Abdulla Al Najjar - Executive Director of Global Brand and Communications at Al Jazeera Media Network

The very structure of power is shifting from the highly centralized and hierarchical into a more flat, networked and decentralized one. However, this progress could be derailed by the rise of global fear, populist parties, and economic decline which have made our world order more unstable today. Find out what some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners believe are the main challenges we face as a global society, and how we can work together to overcome them.

Moderator: Sami Zeidan | Speakers: 1- John Keane 2- Marty natalegawa 3- Tarik yousef 4- Merve Kavakci

Ever since the 2008 Financial Crisis, there have been many calls to reform the global economy. Bankers, multinational corporations, and governments have all been blamed for creating the crisis, while many different alternatives to the financial capitalist model have been proposed by economists. Join us to find out what the fundamental challenges the global economy faces are, and how it may develop and reform in the future.

Moderator: Ms. Joann Enriquez | Speakers: 1- YB Liew Chin Tong 2- Mr. Rafe Haneef 3- Dato Vinod Sekhar

The very essence of the economy should be about using things but not using them up. You reap what you sow, but what happens when you no longer sow? There are clear economic challenges we are facing, with the ‘consumption craze’ leading to mass inequality and environmental damage. Is there an alternative way to operate our economies? Join us to hear from a leading theorist on the Circular Economy model.

Mr. Nicola Cerantola

Our world is dominated by conflcit and strife, and the dreams of millions around the world, for freedom and justice, have been silenced. Is there any hope for a better outcome, or do the forces of oppression and conflict hold all the power?

Mr. Majed Ansari

In the global rush for economic prosperity and political power, we have forgotten our ethics, with these concepts no longer holding a place of importance in many of our societies. How can we move forward while not ignoring the principles of our civilization?

Dr. Jasim Sultan

The value of art is not only in its beauty but also in its substance. As part of modern art experience, join us and analyze artistic expressions with Aerosol Ali.

Mr. Aerosol Ali

Education serves many purposes for both citizens and governments alike and is one of the core factors determining a nation’s future prosperity. However, are our educational systems keeping up with rapid changes in our societies? How has technology impacted education? And how can we make education more relevant to the changing economic jobs market?

Moderator: Mr. Munir Akari | Speakers: 1. H.E Dr. Maszlee bin Malik 2. Mr. Mohammad Ali 3. Ms. Riho Tanaka

Hear from a powerful industry veteran as he unveils the secrets of getting started on your organization’s journey towards Industry 4.0.

Azhar Md Nayan

In a world where videos are becoming shorter, audiences are increasingly fragmented, budgets are decreasing, and the freedom of journalists is jeopardized, how will traditional journalistic principles survive?

Moderator: Mr. Malika Bilal | Speakers: 1- Ms. Farrah Naz Karim 2- Mr. Teymoor Nabili 3- Mr. Edham Foco
4:15 -5:15 PM
Parallel Sessions
1:00 – 2:00pm
Lunch time

Exclusive meetings bringing participants together with globally renowned speakers and experts of their choice

100 unique startups showcase their projects, gain exposure, validate their business models and compete to win valuable prizes.

Startups, entrepreneurs, initiatives, companies, partners and tech companies, presenting their projects and ideas in a classy court beside the main hall.

A stage located in the heart of the exhibition area designed to act as a spotlight for new initiatives and products designed by conference partners and sponsors, targeting young people and young entrepreneurs.

Anwar bin Ibrahim - Party leader of the People's Justice Party

Some of our current systems are hindering our capability to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the world and its communities. Are human-centric values strong enough the basis of our structure?

Moderator: Mohammad Zoud | Speakers: 1. Ms. Rümeysa Kadak 2. Mr. Munir Akari 3. Mr. Abdul Samad Khan

The internet is a global public resource that belongs to all of us equally. Sharing findings from Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report, we will look at what’s helping and what’s hurting the internet across five issues, from personal experience to global concerns. These five issues are:

1- Is it safe?

2- How open is it?

3- Who is welcome?

4- Who can succeed?

5- Who controls it?

Mohammed Nanabhay

Artificial intelligence and the future of humanity: should we be concerned? Discover how AI changes everything, your work ,marriage , religion

Mr. Zaki Syed

One of man’s exceptional inventions is Artificial Intelligence. AI has been infiltrating more and more fields that were previously handled by humans. It has transformed the way numerous domains function and is continuing to insinuate itself into many more. Its ability to mimic cognitive functions has enabled it to take over many tasks that previously required a human presence and do the job just as well or even better.

1- Will AI be the doom of humanity or expand our world beyond what we previously imagined possible?

2- How far can AI development advance?

3- In what scopes of life will AI make human labour redundant?

4- What new prospects does AI create?

5- What other impacts will AI have on businesses, governments, education and life in general?

Moderator: Ms. Tinir Mohamed Sadi | Debaters (IIUM Debate Club) : 1. Mr. Khalis Khalid 2. Mr. Shitab Daiyan Akash 3. Ms. Umy Marshita Binti Mohamed Azhar 4. Mr. Ahmad Syrifuddin bin Ahmad Fakhri

Originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin, blockchain has since diversified its uses. In this segment we would like to explore;
1- The strengths that blockchain possesses and its limitations.
2- The characteristics that contribute to its durability and robustness.
3- What industries have been disrupted or could be disrupted by blockchain?
4- What industries can benefit from it?

Mr. Renee Bernard

In this talk we will ask: what do workplaces need to look like now and in the future if they are to be healthy and fulfilling environments for human beings? With digital transformation gathering pace across many sectors throughout the world, we also want to consider this question: what might a great place to work look like where people are happy and supported, where engagement levels are high and productivity looks great, where the

organization itself is not only embracing digital transformation but leading the charge – simply put, what do organizations need to do to be able to claim to be really human

(represented by EI – Emotional Intelligence) and really digitally-savvy (represented- for simplicity of purpose – by AI – Artificial Intelligence, and all it encompasses)?

Mr. Michael Jenkins

What is your waste actually worth? How should businesses handle the costs of waste disposal and waste management? How much of waste makes its way to our oceans and the rising concerns with regards to recycling. How can companies make uncostly, efficient, and effective contributions towards a more sustainable future?

Ms. Ambika Sangaran
1:15 - 2:00 pm
LUNCH BREAK

We often hear the strongest brains survive. Join us as Amy Brann reveals some important truths about how our brains work. Armed with this knowledge and Amy’s useful techniques, we can boost our productivity and free up space for creative tasks. Gear up, business leaders, parents, and teachers, to know the science of brain!

Ms. Amy Brann

The biggest hindrance to reaching our goals is sometimes our own insecurities and fears of failure. Fear that we are not good enough to achieve what we want to. 1- How can we attempt to dissipate our fears and insecurities? 2- How can we power through hardships or difficulties and diminish the barriers they set? 3- How can we clear our minds of self-doubt and the feeling of not being built for the job?

Mr. Daniel CerVentus

How big is the E-sports market? How fast are E-sports growing? We will highlight the factors that will determine this new industry’s growth and the size of the market.

Jeremy Teo

This session will be a panel discussion on the industries of the future and the means to convert ideas into millions. How to be able to identify ideas with potential and nurture them into a successful enterprise.
1- What steps can be taken to initiate and launch a business?
2- What are methods to retain a business afloat in its early stages?
3- What repercussions should be kept in consideration when fostering a new idea?

Moderator: Mr. Udesh Chaskar | Speakers: Fazil Irwan - Mohammad Abozaid - Mrs. Rina Neoh

Young people represent an increasing share of the global population, with around 40% of the world’s population under twenty-five years old. This has stabilised in most regions, but Africa will keep seeing a rapidly rising share of the youth population, while Asia continues to have the largest number of youth in the world.
This presents both huge opportunities and grave challenges for the countries concerned. While youth can be a force for development and prosperity, the neglect of political rights and economic prospects in many developing countries can fuel major civil unrest, as we have seen most recently in the Arab Spring protests.
Young people generally suffer from the highest unemployment rates, and are under-represented in politics, constituting very small numbers in legislatures and governments, even in supposedly mature democracies, while many have decided to pursue their education and careers overseas.
How can governments harness the energy and activism of young people to the benefit of their entire countries?

Moderator: Iddi Ahmad | Speakers: 1. YB Syed Saddiq 2. Ms. Mariam Masmoudi 3. Ms. Zamzam Ibrahim 4. Mr. Enes Yelman
Wadah Khanfar President of Al Sharq Forum

Explore the power of art, music, fashion, comedy and debate with a lineup of the sharpest artists and comedians of the region as they seek to embody the main future trends of social change.

Humood Alkhudher - M.Nasri
1:00 pm – 2:00pm
Lunch time

Exclusive meetings bringing the participants together with globally renowned speakers and experts of their choice.

Startups, entrepreneurs, initiatives, companies, partners and tech companies, presenting their projects and ideas in a classy court beside the main hall.

100 unique startups showcase their projects, gain exposure, validate their business models and compete to win valuable prizes.

A stage located in the heart of the exhibition area designed to act as a spotlight for new initiatives and products designed by conference partners and sponsors, targeting young people and young entrepreneurs.

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Networking Session
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Designing future-proof businesses towards a Circular Economy

The workshop aims to provide a conceptual and operative framework for students, entrepreneurs, consultants, companies and decision makers to design, prototype and validate a circular business proposition.

NICOLA CERANTOLA - ECOLOGING

Al Jazeera

Mohamed Adnen Chouachi
Dr. Mustafa + Dr. Shah Zarak Khan

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  • Free access to the Mosaic Night
  • Full Access to Conference Activities
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$60
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  • A lineup of sharp artists
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Venue

VENUE

Address:
Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
5, Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

The hotel is in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) area at Bukit Bintang, the entertainment and shopping district of Malaysia’s capital.

Contact:
Email: events@sharqforum.org
Telephone
: 0060 1133 8073 84

DIRECTIONS

By Train
The hotel can be reached by taking the KLIA Express train line for 28 minutes from the airport terminal to KL Sentral station, and then taking the LRT Klana Jaya line from KL Sentral (JK 15) to KLCC station (KJ10). The hotel is a short taxi ride from the station.

By Car
Major car rental companies can be found at the airport terminal. From the airport, you can head towards the Seremban Highway to reach the KL city centre. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes.

By Taxi
Purchase Taxi service vouchers from the a licensed company at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The journey will be a 45- minute drive.

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

 JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5-star Hotel – Distance to venue 1.0 km

5 minutes drive from the conference venue

Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
4-star Hotel – Distance to venue 850 m

4 minutes drive from the conference venue

Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre
4-star hotel – Distance to venue 2.8 km

7 minutes drive from the conference venue

 Arenaa Star Hotel
3-star hotel – Distance to venue 4.0 km

15 minutes drive from the conference venue

Hotel Reservations

For hotel reservations please contact our agency to enjoy special promotions for several hotels including the venue hotel.

 

Holiday tours

Phone Number:   +60 16-333 0613

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Be part of a competition that gives the opportunity to 100 unique startups to showcase their projects, gain exposure, validate their business models and win valuable prizes. This unique competition also offers investors the chance and the accessibility to spot and invest in fresh projects.

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Locate your booth in a classy courtyard dedicated to startups, entrepreneurs, initiatives, companies, partners and tech companies, allowing them to present their projects and ideas in an open networking space to more than 1,000 participants.

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Standard advantages and privileges include:

  • 3×3 meter booth in the exhibition area
  • 3 complimentary conference tickets for your representatives
  • Add your organization’s logo as a Participating Organization on the main banner and website.

All requests submitted will go through review process. After approval, you will receive an approval email.

FAQs

Al Sharq Youth is a network of passionate and active young people in various fields who are interested in public affairs. Our youth network is rapidly expanding in more than 24 countries to build a new generation that is well-connected, professionally skilled, and inspired by universal values and a global understanding.

Learn more: https://youth.sharqforum.org/?page_id=15

The focus of the conference is future trends in technology, governance, entrepreneurship, media and innovation. In addition, a unique closing ceremony will focus on art and culture.

  • To stimulate thought and highlight the trends, systems and technologies of the future.
  • To spread the culture of entrepreneurship and sustainable projects that make an impact and to motivate individuals to become founders of tech startups.
  • To provide all kinds of support including skills, knowledge, networking and funding for young leaders to convert their ideas into projects
  • To inspire young people and equip them with hope and positivity.

Malaysia has one of the most diverse societies in the region. It is succeeding in creating a healthy atmosphere of tolerance and harmony among different races and religions. It is one of the most prominent countries in South East Asia with a unique successful development model, and it is rapidly growing in terms of its economy, technology, entrepreneurship, finance sector and many more. Malaysia has witnessed a great example of power transformation with a very democratic and distinctive model. Moreover, it is the jewel of Asia with mesmerizing natural beauty.

The conference will take place between May 1–2, 2019 in Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Registration is required to attend this conference. Register through the website and pay to reserve a seat.

  1. Student Ticket: $75 (RM 300)
    Early Bird Price: $50 (RM 200)
  2. Regular Ticket: $100 (RM 400)
    Early Bird Price: $75 (RM 300)

Student ticket and regular tickets include a seat in all the conference sessions and activities, two coffee breaks and one open-buffet lunch meal per day.

The payment can be made either online or offline after the registration stage, through the link below: www.conference.sharqforum.org

Al Sharq Forum is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. The fees are used to cover some of the expenses of the conference expenses and to ensure the interest and commitment of the registered participants.

Al Sharq Youth allocates seats free of charge every year that are gifted to young leaders who apply for it. If you want to earn one of these seats, please fill out the form below:








In order to cancel or get a refund for your ticket, kindly send your request to events@sharqforum.org .

The conference fees do not include flight tickets or accommodation. These costs are covered by participants themselves.

Participants can book their accommodation anywhere they wish in Kuala Lumpur.

Nearby Hotels:

  1. Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur: The 5-star hotel that will be hosting the conference.
  2. Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang: A branch of the Royale Chulan hotel chain, this 4-star hotel is a 5-minute drive from the conference venue.
    Distance to venue 2.1 km
  3. Berjaya Time Square Hotel: Located in the heart of Bukit Bintang district, this hotel is a 5-minute drive from the conference venue.
    Distance to venue 2.8 km
  4. Arenaa Star Hotel
    Distance to venue 3.7 km

Yes, this is possible, kindly send your request to events@sharqforum.org .

The conference and its sessions will be conducted in the English and Arabic languages.

Unfortunately, we don’t provide participants with certificates, we offer them opportunities.

Registration for workshops, master classes and teatime sessions will be available through our mobile application.

Unfortunately, we cannot, but you can contact our agency to enjoy special promotions for several hotels including the venue itself.

Holiday tours – Phone Number:  +60 16-333 0613