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Misk, GSA sign deal to raise society practicing sport

Time: November 14, 2018   

RIYADH – The General Sports Authority, represented by the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, signed a cooperation agreement with Misk Charity Foundation. Princess Reema Bint Bandar, chairperson of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, and Mohammed Al-Assaker, chairman of the board of the foundation, inked the deal at a ceremony held on the sidelines of Misk Global Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The agreement aims at improving the quality of life of citizens and expatriates to achieve a society practicing sports and outstanding competitive sports. It also seeks to enhance cooperation in achieving the support required to implement programs and activities that help spread the culture of sport and target all segments of society to achieve the goals of Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in this respect.

This will be through cooperation of the two parties in setting up of initiatives as well as organizing events and programs such as sports scholarships, sports training, summer programs for students and preparatory workshops for universities.

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MISK Global Forum to kick off in Riyadh today

Time: November 13, 2018   


Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH – The third edition of the MISK Global Forum 2018 will begin at Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Several prominent international speakers and leaders of international youth organizations will address the two-day event titled “Future Skills.” The event will be attended by thousands of young leaders, executives, business entrepreneurs and officials representing government and private sectors.

The Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Foundation (MiSK) Global Forum is an ongoing platform that brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenges of change. The Forum, which is aimed at connecting the Saudi youth to the global economy, brings young Saudi men and women in front of a range of global thought and business leaders.

This year, the Forum will focus on three main themes. They are “Developing Individuals” to identify the most important skills required to succeed in the future economy; “Adapt with the interactive partnership between man and machine”, which establishes a constructive relationship between the two parties, an addition to “Promoting human cooperation”, which calls for the development of social skills as one of the most important tools to deal with the transformations of the age.

During its 60 interactive sessions, the Forum aims at promoting four key skills: inspiration, challenge, cooperation and experience by listening to innovative visions, helping to prepare for the future, and building sustainable relationships to build the growing Misk Global Community.

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Highlights: ‘The Saudi Gallery’ at MISK Art 2018

Time: November 12, 2018      

Abdulhalim Radwi – Happiness. (Supplied)
  • Misk Art Week was held at Durrat Arriyadh from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3
  • More than 40 pioneering Saudi artists have been honored for their role in developing the Kingdom’s arts movement as part of Misk Art Week

DUBAI: A selection of work from the contemporary Saudi Arabian art fair

Abdulhalim Radwi
No retrospective of contemporary Saudi Arabian art would be complete without work from Abdulhalim Radwi. His 1965 exhibition is often credited as the origin of the modern art movement in Saudi Arabia (some historians go even further back, to his 1953 school artwork exhibition) and ushered in a decade or so where most notable Saudi artists were able to stage a solo exhibition of their own, and so became known not only to the public, but to each other, thus helping to establish some kind of collective movement.
Radwi was also one of the first Saudi artists to travel overseas to further his art education — he held a BA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. But he remained resolutely connected to his roots and many of his paintings were about life in the Kingdom.
So it makes perfect sense that his work would be prominently featured in “The Saudi Gallery,” the modern art fair — curated by Athr Gallery and featuring work from eight Saudi galleries — that ran in correlation with MISK Art 2018, which took place last week. Pictured here are two of his pieces that formed part of the fair, “Palestine” and “Happiness.”

Abdulrahman Al-Sulaiman
Dammam-based artist Abdulrahman Al-Sulaiman, born in Al Ehsa’ in 1954, is one of Saudi Arabia’s most-respected modern artists. He rose to prominence in the 1980s and has been at the forefront of the Kingdom’s contemporary art scene ever since. Al-Sulaiman is a skillful user of subtle contrasts of color and shade and his intricate, ornamental work is often influenced by local culture and literature.

Basmah Felemban
Born in Jeddah in 1993, Basham Felemban she brings a deep knowledge of and affection for Islamic art to her work, but also told Arab News in 2015 that she found inspiration all around her. “I think it’s about being open to learning about everything,” she said. “Inspiration is made of small bits that you collect every day. Once you stop seeking knowledge, you stop getting inspiration. We need to learn to see the truth in things around us so we can learn the truth in ourselves.” Her 2017 work “The Journey in God by God” (shown here) was on display in “The Saudi Gallery.”

Nasser Al-Turki
The Riyadh-based Nasser Al-Turki is a self-taught artist who only began creating work in his twenties. He is now a prominent member of the Riyadh art movement, which includes peers such as Mohammad Farea. Even now, however, art remains a hobby rather than a career for Al-Turki, who works for Saudi Telecom. He has described his creative process as being akin to “deep meditation” in which he is inspired to mix bold colors to create a sense of happiness in the viewer.

Jassim Al-Dhamin
Al-Dhamin was born on Tarout Island in 1988. He is part of the Qatif Artists Group. His award-winning work is inspired by his passion for colors and he has been painting since his early childhood. His 2017 work “A Love Bullet” was on display at “The Saudi Gallery.” Writing about the piece on Facebook, Al-Dhamin said, “When you’re weak, you cling to anything that gives you strength.”

Taha Sabban
The Makkah-born Sabban is a friend and follower of Abdulhalim Radwi and has said he will “always be in debt” to his mentor for his advice and support. Radwi included Sabban’s early work in one of the first exhibitions at the Jeddah Center of Fine Arts — something Sabban says gave him great confidence in his own ability as an artist. However, it wasn’t until he traveled to Britain that he really began to consider art as a viable career. He often draws inspiration, he has said, from Arabian architecture, from the cities of Jeddah and Makkah, but also from the sea.

Zeinab Al-Mahoozi
Qatif-based Al-Mahoozi often uses her murals and stencilled graffiti to tackle social issues, particularly women’s rights. She is part of a growing movement of young female Khaleeji artists who see art as a powerful opportunity to make a statement about their society. Al-Mahoozi’s, “Panadol of the Soul,” created this year, was on display at “The Saudi Gallery.”



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Misk sculptors leave their mark on Riyadh

Time: November 02, 2018      

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Visitors at the Misk International Sculpture Symposium. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)

RIYADH: Professional sculptors from 13 countries are leaving no stone unturned as they create original artworks in Riyadh as part of the Misk International Sculpture Symposium.
The 21 sculptors have gathered in the Saudi capital to create art pieces from locally sourced marble blocks during the three-week project.
Artists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, China and South Korea are taking part in the symposium. The sculptors worked on black and white stone sculptures.
The symposium, curated by Saudi sculptor Ali Al-Tokhais, will continue until Nov. 3.
Al-Tokhais told Arab News that his artistic beginnings began when he was a student. “At the last elementary stages, I became passionate about art. I involved myself in activities that were happening in Al-Dawadmi City. During my intermediate school period, my interest in art increased and I continued to take part in more activities.
“The Institute of Art Education for Teachers was the only means for me to satisfy my taste, to enjoy and to refine my talents.”
Al-Tokhais attended a course for Saudi sculptors in Al-Dawadmi and, later, took part in national and international events.
Now, with almost 40 years’ experience as an artist, he said: “The sculptor does not stop at any material — whatever material is available he must adjust himself with. The marble and granite mountains near the city of Al-Dawadmi gave me the freedom to use marble. It is a beautiful material, and when polished it gives amazing results.”
Al-Tokhais said the symposium had been formed “because we were keen to bring sculptors to add international creations in Riyadh.
“The Misk Foundation commissioned me to research, prepare and supervise this symposium. We chose a group of distinguished sculptors on an international level. And in a short time, we were able to produce about 21 sculptures by artists from around the world.”
Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. It also allows for the exchange of skills and direct learning in areas such as design, painting, music, architecture and filmmaking.


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Udacity and the MiSK Foundation Launch “Beyond Education” in Riyadh

Time: October 27, 2018   

RIYADH – Online education platform Udacity, in partnership with the MiSK Foundation, held an event today in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to celebrate more than 1,000 graduates of the MiSK Udacity Connect program and connect them with potential employers.

Gathering together students and alumni from KSA, the event included presentations covering everything from pitching projects and landing new jobs, to career change and entrepreneurial success, as well as panel discussions with alumni who shared their career advancement strategies. Participating companies include IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, STC, Mozn, Noon, Nokia, and Zain.

“Beyond Education” provided the local Udacity community with an opportunity to hear inspiring success stories, get valuable insights, as well as network with employers and make meaningful career connections.

“Udacity is proud to be part of this national capability-building program for technology skills in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” says Hisham Elaraby, Regional Director at Udacity. “Our graduates have shown an inspiring level of commitment and technical proficiency. We are confident they will be the next wave of tech talent that will work on Saudi Arabia’s most important technology challenges. This event is to celebrate our graduates and introduce them to the wider tech ecosystem.

Udacity has partnered with the Prince Muhammad bin Salman Foundation (MiSK) foundation in February 2017 to launch the MiSK Udacity Connect Program. 

The program awards 2,650 scholarships to Saudi nationals and provides them with the knowledge and the skills needed to work in the technology field in KSA. Topics offered include Mobile Development, Web Development and Machine Learning.

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Speakers2017 – Misk Global Forum

Time: September 22, 2018 


Fahd Hamidaddin
Senior Advisor,
Misk Foundation, KSA
Faisal J. Abbas
Arab News, KSA
Constance Adams
Space Architect, Emerging Explorer 2005,
Synthesis, USA
Piyush Agrawal
Co-founder & CEO,
SuperProfs, India
Eren Aksu
Chief Opportunity Creator,
Emblematic, USA
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
H.E. Khalid Al-Falih
Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
Meshal Al-Harasani
Saudi Inventor,
King Abdulaziz University, KSA
Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan
Educational Initiatives LLC, KSA
Sarah Al-Shawwaf
Senior Director,
Albright Stonebridge Group, KSA/USA
Anas AlFaris
Vice President for Research Institutes,
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, KSA
His Excellency Abdullah AlSwaha
Minister of Communication & Information Technology,
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, KSA
Ameerah AlTaweel
Co-founder and Chairwoman,
Tasamy Social Entrepreneurs Center, KSA
Abdulelah Altunisi
Manager Affiliative Reporting, Financial Accounting,
National Commercial Bank, KSA
Deemah AlYahya
Secretary General,
National Digitization Program, KSA
Alex Amouyel
Executive Director,
MIT Solve, USA
Ayman Arandi
Head of Nationals,
Hult Prize, USA
Adam Aron
CEO and President,
AMC Entertainment, USA
Bill Aulet
Managing Director; Professor of the Practice,
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Nadeem Bakhsh
Founder & Director of Digital Experience Transformation & Technology Innovation,
Esther Baldwin
Artificial Intelligence Strategist for Intel Corporation’s,
Technology Computing Initiative Enterprise and Government Group, USA
Allen Blue
Vice President of Product Management & Co-founder,
LinkedIn, USA
Essam Bukhary
Manga Productions, KSA
Roland Busch
Chief Technology Officer,
Siemens AG, Germany
Anthony Butler
IBM Cloud Middle East and Africa, Australia
Teresa Carlson
Vice President Worldwide Public Sector,
Amazon Web Services, USA
Zubin Chagpar
Head of Middle East and Africa, Public Sector Business,
Amazon Web Services, UAE
Ziad Chehadé
Marketing Manager MENA,
Google, UAE
Hassan Damluji
Head of Middle East Relations & Deputy Director of Global Policy & Advocacy,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UK
John Defterios
CNN Money Emerging Markets Editor,
CNN Money, USA
Josep Curto Diaz
IE Business School, Spain
Lucía Valencia Dongo Quintanilla
Duhem, Peru
Tatiana dos Santos Silva
Co-founder & Projects Director,
FA.VELA, Brazil
Lyse Doucet
Chief International Correspondent,
BBC News, UK
Franco Dragone
Founder & Artistic Director,
Dragone, Belgium/Italy
Sylvia A. Earle
National Geographic Explorer in Residence & Founder,
National Geographic ; Mission Blue, USA
Selim Eddé
Head of Public Policy MENA,
Google, UAE
Henry Elkus
Founder and CEO,
Helena, USA
Mark Elliott
Vice Provost for International Affairs, Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History,
Harvard University, USA
Abdulla Elyas
Co-founder and CPO,
Careem Inc, KSA
Caroline Faraj
Vice President & Head of Arabic Services,
Lutz Finger
Data Scientist in Residence,
Cornell University, USA
Alexis Gambis
Executive Director & Founder,
Imagine Science Film Festival, USA
Hadley Gamble
Chris Gardner
The Pursuit of Happyness, USA
Bill Gates
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Zhihui Ge
Ledo Interactive Co., LTD & SNK Corporation, China/Japan
Tarek Ghobar
Startup Manager,
1776, UAE
Josh Giegel
Co-founder & CTO,
Virgin Hyperloop One, USA
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
Harvard University, USA
Diane Greene
Google Cloud, USA
Lara Habib
Senior Business News Presenter,
Al Arabiya, UAE
Riad Hamade
Executive Editor for the Middle East and Africa,
Bloomberg News, UAE
Shaima Hamidaddin
Executive Manager,
Misk Foundation, KSA
Hala Hanna
Director of Economic Prosperity,
MIT Solve, USA
Olivier Harnisch
Chief Executive Officer,
Emaar Hospitality Group, UAE
Kinda Ibrahim
Director of Media Partnerships,
Twitter MENA, UAE
Gopi Kallayil
Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing,
Google, USA
David Kenny
Senior Vice President,
IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, USA
Sal Khan
Founder & CEO,
Khan Academy, USA
Loulou Khazen Baz
Founder & CEO,
Nabbesh, Lebanon
Daniel Kirk
Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Jonas Kjellberg
Skype, Sweden
Klaus Kleinfeld
Duleesha Kulasooriya
Lead strategist,
Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, USA
Finn Kydland
Henley Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate Economics 2004,
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Jean-Yves Le Drian
Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs,
Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France
Deborah Lehr
Basilinna, USA
Michele Levy
Founder & CEO,
Ihabela Holdings, USA
Tony Little
Group Chief Education Officer,
GEMS Education, UK
Nanxi Liu
CEO and Co-founder,
Enplug Inc., USA
Noura Youssef Mansouri
Senior Research Associate,
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, KSA
Eddy Maroun
Co-founder Anghami,
Anghami, Lebanon
Pierre-Alain Masson
Seedstars, France
Yosuke Matsuda
President & Representative Director,
Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd, Japan
Winston Matthews
Silicon Valley VR Developer & Entrepreneur
Gordon McConnell
Head of the Entrepreneurship Center, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship,
KAUST, Ireland
Ed McConville
Director, Learning and Development Europe Middle East & Africa,
LinkedIn, USA
Kenjiro Meguri
Digital Hollywood University, Japan
Ronaldo Mouchawar
Sota Nagano
Chief Financial Officer & Board of Director,
GLM.Co.,Ltd, Japan
Matt Ocko
Co-Managing Partner,
Maureen Orth
Special Correspondent,
Vanity Fair, USA
Abu Qader
GliaLab, USA
Richard Quest
Fabien Riggall
Founder and Chief Creative Officer,
Secret Group Limited, UK
Muhammad Azam Roomi
Vice Dean & Professor,
Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC), United Kingdom
David Rosenberg
CEO & Co-founder,
AeroFarms, USA
Rania Rostom
Chief Innovation Officer, GE Middle East, North Africa & Turkey,
GE, Egypt
Martin Sabbagh
CEO for Middle East,
JCDecaux, France, France
Pablo Sanchez Santaeufemia
CEO & Co-founder,
Bridge for Billions, Spain
Sandi Sein Thein
Digital Kaway, Myanmar
Dana Shaddad
Imtiaz Middle East & Arab Mobile Challenge, MENA
Omran Sharaf
Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe) Project Manager,
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE
Shinji Shimizu
Senior Director and Producer,
Toei Animation, Japan
Riaz Siddiqi
Houston Founder & Managing Partner,
Denham Capital, USA
Keir Simmons
Rainer Speh
Chief Technology Officer,
Siemens Ltd Saudi Arabia, KSA
Abdulrahman Tarabzouni
STC, Saudi Arabia
William Tunstall-Pedoe
Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur,
Formerly with Amazon Alexa, UK
Amanda Turnbull
Discovery Networks, UAE
Zeeshan Usmani
Big Data Technical Lead Manager,
Tech Innovation Lab, Misk Foundation, KSA
Dino Varkey
Chief Executive Officer,
GEMS Education, UAE
Zain Verjee
Co-Founder & CEO,
aKoma Media
Werner Vogels
Chief Technology Officer,
Amazon, USA
Tatiana Vorobieva
MBA Student,
Mohammad Bin Salman College, Russia
Evans Wadongo
GreenWize Energy, Kenya
Siya Xuza
Founder & Managing Director,
Galactic Energy Ventures, South Africa
Seif Abou Zaid
CEO & Co-founder,
Mavericks, Egypt


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Bloomberg starts second training program for Saudi students in Dubai

Time: September 10, 2018 

  • Students learn about data-driven journalism
  • Follows earlier training session in January

LONDON: Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation have begun the second edition of their financial journalism training program in Dubai for Saudi students.
The initiative aims to advance financial education and journalism in the Kingdom through training conducted by Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, and more than 20 Bloomberg journalists.
The course is based in Bloomberg’s newsroom in Dubai, where students are learning about Bloomberg’s brand of data-driven journalism in the news organization’s largest Middle East bureau.
“The Saudi participants, whose majors include finance, marketing, communications and politics, were all selected for their strong interest in journalism,” Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation said in a joint statement.
Gulf nationals have historically been under-represented in financial journalism in the region, but efforts are underway to encourage more interest from them as economic diversification efforts target the creation of jobs in financial services and other emerging sectors.
The Bloomberg course gives students an intensive grounding in covering regional markets, reporting on companies and finance, journalistic ethics and principles, and multimedia journalism.
They will also hear directly from several senior Bloomberg News reporters from the Middle East and beyond on their own experiences, including female reporters who will discuss their careers as women in journalism in the region, the statement said.
“I am looking forward to learning more about the actual production element of working in a newsroom,” said Farah Shobokshi, 22, who recently graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and wants to work in TV production.
Some 30 aspiring Saudi journalists — 22 women and eight men — participated in the first edition of the program in January 2018.
It follows a deal between Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation in November 2016 which explores a number of joint initiatives aimed at developing cross-disciplinary and training programs to boost the skills of young media professionals in Saudi Arabia.
Bloomberg and Misk signed another agreement in March 2018 to create financial training programs and finance labs at 30 Saudi Arabian universities.

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Misk Foundation adopts Amazon Web Services CloudStart program to stimulate innovation in Saudi SMBs

Time: June 23, 2018

The Misk Foundation today announced that it is adopting the Amazon Web Services (AWS) CloudStart program to accelerate cloud computing adoption amongst Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The program will focus on developing cloud based services and solutions for the government, non-profit, and education spaces in the country.  The initative will start in 2018 and will continue for a year.


Misk, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, will use the AWS CloudStart program to provide cloud skills and resources to young Saudi SMBs to transform their businesses and help them innovate faster. For the public sector, it is anticipated that the program will help develop new solutions for service provision by harnessing the cost effective and highly secure AWS cloud. As part of the AWS CloudStart  program in KSA, AWS is is offering variousenablement resources for businesses and orgainsations, including trainings, practice labs, and promotional credits worth US$1 million.. AWS promotional credits are credits that are applied to a customer’s account and cover AWS service charges.


The AWS CloudStart program partners with economic development organizations around the world to provide awareness, education, and hands-on experience with cloud technologies in order to develop a cloud workforce, stimulate economic growth, transform the ICT landscape, and generate innovation. AWS will provide customized training and practice labs through the Misk Foundation.

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Time: June 22, 2018

The recently-established Misk Art Institute today announced that it is presenting a program of Saudi art, music and discussion in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to the United States.

The Institute, part of the Misk Foundation, the non-profit foundation established by H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to empower Saudi youth, has organized two events in the city in collaboration with the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture program. The first event is a pop-up exhibition and dinner reception on Wednesday 21 March, to be held in the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, featuring major works by 33 artists from across the Kingdom, workshops, live music and remarks by Misk Foundation representatives. The exhibition includes the first showing in Washington D.C. of the specially commissioned Al-Qatt Al-Asiri mural paintings by women artists from southern Saudi Arabia. This specific tradition of collective mural painting was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017.

On Thursday 22 March, Newseum will be the venue for ‘Saudi Arabia – changing landscapes’ an invitation only panel discussion exploring the narrative of change in Saudi Arabia, through the lens of an artist and photographer from Saudi Arabia and a veteran journalist to provide an American perspective on social change. Kate Seelye, Vice President of the Middle East Institute, will introduce the panel comprising Ahmed Mater, Saudi artist and Misk Art Institute director; Ayesha Malik, a young photographer based between Riyadh and New York; and Deborah Amos, an award-winning journalist who has visited and reported on Saudi Arabia for decades. The event will be moderated by Michelle Kosinski, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent at CNN. Images from MEI’s Colbert Held Collection, a unique collection of over 18,000 color Kodachrome slides of photos of the Middle East donated by Colbert Held in 2014 will also be featured.

Ahmed Mater, Director of the Misk Art Institute, said:

“We are delighted to be bringing some of the best contemporary Saudi art to Washington D.C. during the visit of H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It shows both the wealth of artistic talent in Saudi Arabia, and how art, and cultural expression and the creative industries are an integral part of the change that is transforming the Kingdom, helping ensure a vibrant society.

“Misk Art Institute, like the Misk Foundation more generally, works to empower the young Saudi population unleash its talent. We do this at home, but vitally, by encouraging international cultural exchange and diplomacy, also abroad. It is essential at this time that Saudi artists engage with audiences around the world, as they are here in Washington D.C., to help to tell the continuing story of change in Saudi Arabia”.

Saudi artist Ali Moghawi who is in Washington D.C. and who led the Al-Qatt Al-Asiri mural paintings project, said:

“For decades, reviving Al-Qatt Al-Asiri traditional art, was no more than a dream. Now, we now witness the realization of this dream as we are provided with an international platform where we can share it and provide art lovers and enthusiasts with the opportunity to behold the beauty of this ancient art and delve into its shapes, colors and geometric angles. Today we are with Misk, in Washington, the metropolis of art, presenting Asiri art to the world. This is a new testament of our leaderships confidence in this historic art and flexibility to embrace development and present it to the world in the best manner.”

His wife, Fatimah Fayaa, said:

“For many years I have been working on Asiri art in collaboration with many creative artists who are equally committed and passionate about this art. Today, I am very happy with Al-Qatt Al-Asiri traditional art being recognised as an artistic heritage and it will be protected by entities who appreciate its historical cultural and artistic value. I look forward to cooperating with these entities to further preserve and spread this art around the world. This is a great achievement by Misk Institute of Arts and all those who have been dedicated to this spectacular art of Asir.”

Riyadh / New York based Photographer, Ayesha Malik said:

“I remember in college constantly repeating myself, telling those around me that Saudi Arabia was changing in ways that people don’t even realize, at a pace faster than appears. Now, concrete political, cultural, economic, and social reforms are opening the doors to a time of transformative possibility. You have young people who were already taking steps into a future of their own making – engaging them further with the proper tools, there is a hopeful energy that permeates the air.”

Misk Art Institute is also arranging cultural events and meetings as part of the Crown Prince’s visit in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Global youth unfamiliar with the “knowledge economy” and fear lack of tech skills, new research reveals

Time: June 22, 2018

Young people around the world are not fully aware of the economic changes and challenges of the knowledge economy that are already shaping how people will live, learn and work, according to research announced today at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh.

The topline findings from the Global Youth Survey, undertaken by Populus on behalf of the Misk Foundation, revealed that 57% of young people around the world are unfamiliar with the concept of the knowledge economy.

On top of this, more than half fear that are not sufficiently tech-savvy to access the opportunities that will arise from the rush of technological progress in areas such as data mining, machine learning, and blockchain.

Yet the world of technology is central to young people’s lives: Globally, 88% of 16-35s use social media and are as likely to cite limited internet access as they are issues like addiction or cyber-bullying as problems.

The survey, which interviewed young people in 21 of the world’s leading economies, also revealed stark differences between emerging economies and the G8.

In Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and the USA, 95%+ of young people regularly use social media, yet in India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan, fewer than 30% have internet access, with those three countries alone representing a quarter of the world’s population.

Divisions are also evident between young people in urban and rural environments and between those with high and low incomes. With young graduates from urban areas, and those with high incomes, better able to access the education and networks that will equip them for the knowledge economy, the research suggests that we run the risk of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ entrenching social divides – not ending them.

However, encouragingly, the research also showed that a clear majority of young people (59%) are positive about the impact of technology on work, and just 4% believe that technological change is a challenge to their generation.

Instead most young people are confident that they are prepared to face the changes and will be able to adapt to the disruption brought about by wide-ranging technological advances. This is supported by findings that further suggest that most young people have an attitude that will help them embrace change, with 65% describing themselves as open-minded and three in five regarding themselves as adaptable.

Shaima Hamidaddin, Executive Manager at the Misk Foundation, said: “This research serves to underline the importance of developing and empowering young people all over the world – not just in Saudi Arabia. Meeting the challenge of change brought about by the fourth industrial revolution will not be easy, but young people the world over have the potential and the attitude to meet it. The Misk Global Forum is providing a platform for young people from around the world to draw on this open-mindedness and eagerness to learn to connect with established leaders and innovators so they can experiment, explore, and map what their futures can look like.”

The research analysed 21,000 interviews with young people between the ages of 16 and 35 in 21 countries. These comprised the 19 nation-state members of the G20, along with Nigeria and Pakistan due to their large and growing youth populations. Questions focused on young people’s own perceptions of their skill base, preparedness, and confidence and optimism, providing a unique look for policy makers, educators, and researchers at how young people view their own futures.

The Misk Global Forum officially opened on Wednesday evening with a keynote address from global philanthropist, Bill Gates, who announced a new partnership with the Misk Foundation, ‘Misk Grand Challenges’. The opening day saw speeches by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordon and Allen Blue, co-founder of LinkedIn among many others. A host of announcements are being made during the gathering, all in support of the Misk Foundation’s mission to discover, develop and empower young people to become active participants in the knowledge economy, across education, culture & the arts, creative digital media, and technology.

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