PARIS CHOSEN AS THE LOCATION OF THE FIRST MISK CULTURAL CENTER

Time: June 20, 2018

Misk Foundation, the non-profit youth empowerment foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has today announced plans to launch the first overseas Misk Cultural Center in Paris.

 

The announcement was made during the Crown Prince’s official visit to France.

 

Through organising a wide variety of cultural and artistic programs, the Misk Cultural Center will convey the true image of Saudi Arabia, while highlighting some of the changes occurring within the Kingdom.

 

The Center will serve as a platform for friendly Saudi-French collaboration through hosting art exhibitions, conferences and cultural events, in addition to showcasing Saudi films, literature and music. It will also house a public library, containing publications in Arabic, French and English that will enable readers to learn more about Saudi Arabia’s history, culture and religion.

 

The Center will have something to offer for many different groups, including French and EU citizens and students; members of the Arab and Muslim communities living in France; academic, diplomatic and media organisations; and the residents of Paris, who will be able to participate in cultural events throughout the year.

 

Preparations are underway to open the Misk Cultural Center towards the end of 2018. It will become the first in a series of Misk cultural centers located in other cities around the world.

 

His Excellency Bader Al-Asaker, Chairman of the Board of Misk Initiatives Center, said: “The Misk Cultural Center will play a fundamental role in strengthening the close ties between Saudi Arabia and France. It will enable a more extensive exchange of ideas and common cultural interests between both nations, as well as showcasing our peoples’ artistic creativity. Over time, we believe the Center will enable more people to gain a better understanding about modern Saudi Arabia, and our commitment to friendship, tolerance and partnership.”

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More than half of young people are unfamiliar with the concept of the future economy

Time: June 20, 2018

More than half (57%) of young people around the world are unfamiliar with the concept of the future economy, new research has revealed. The Global Youth Survey, undertaken by Populus on behalf of the Misk Foundation, shows that young people around the world are not fully aware of the economic changes and challenges of the new economy that are already shaping how people will live, learn and work.

The survey also found that more than half fear they are not sufficiently tech-savvy to access opportunities that will come from technological progress in areas such as data mining, machine learning and blockchain.

Interviews were conducted with 21,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 35 in 21 countries around the world – the 19 nation-state members of the G20, and Nigeria and Pakistan due to their large and growing young populations.

The research, unveiled at Misk Global Forum, showed that 59% of young people are positive about the impact on technology on work, with only 4% believing that technological change is a challenge to their generation. The study also revealed that young people are increasingly ready to 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.”

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Ministries Council of Ministers: Membership

Time: June 01, 2018

The Council of Ministers was established by King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud in 1953. It consists of the King who is the Prime Minister, the Crown Prince who is Deputy Prime Minister, and Cabinet ministers. Under the bylaws announced by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in September 1993, the Council is responsible for drafting and overseeing the implementation of the internal, external, financial, economic, educational and defense policies, and general affairs of the state. The Council meets weekly and is presided over by the King or one of his deputies.

On April 30, 2003, King Fahd issued Royal Decrees renaming a number of ministries, and dissolving two of them, effective May 3, 2003, to give a cabinet of 21 ministers with portfolio and 5 ministers of state in addition to himself as Prime Minister and Crown Prince Abdullah as Deputy Prime Minister. On December 23, 2003 he decreed a sixth minister of state with special responsibilities for the affairs of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura). On March 22, 2004, the Ministry of Labor and Social Services was divided into two, so that there are now 22 ministers with portfolio.On July 24, 2005, a new minister of state was appointed, with special responsibilities for foreign affairs. On March 25, 2011, King Abdullah issued a Royal Decree establishing the Ministry of Housing. There are now 23 ministries and 7 ministers of state, two of them with portfolio.

Previous changes are:

On May 7, 2016, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources was renamed Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was renamed the Ministry of Commerce and Investment; the Ministry of Hajj was renamed Ministry of Hajj and Umrah; The Ministry of Water and Electricity was dissolved and a new Ministry of Water, Environment and Agriculture formed; the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance was renamed Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance; and the Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs were integrated into the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.

On July 16, 2001, the Council of Ministers resolved to divide the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, and create a 23rd ministry; the new Minister was named on September 16, 2002, and the Ministry of Water came into effect on that date.On June 16, 1999, royal decrees made changes in the cabinet, and created a 22nd ministry, the Ministry of Civil Service. On August 2, 1995, King Fahd issued a Royal Decree dissolving the Council of Ministers and announcing the names of Ministers in the new Cabinet under his chairmanship.

Members of the Council of Ministers:

Prime Minister

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
King Salman assumed the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 3 Rabi’ al Thani 1436H (January 23, 2015), on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. He was Crown Prince to King Abdullah from June 18, 2012 to January 23, 2015.

King Salman was born in Riyadh in 1935 and received formal education at the Princes’s School. He served as Acting Mayor of Riyadh, 1954; Mayor of Riyadh 1955-60; Governor of Riyadh Province, 1963-2011. In 2011, King Abdullah appointed him Minister of Defense in 2011 and Crown Prince in 2012.

Extended Biography

Ministers with Portfolio

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister of Defense: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: August 31, 1985
Education: BA in law, King Saud University
Positions Held: Secretary General of the Riyadh Competitiveness Center; special adviser to the chairman of King Abdulaziz Foundation; adviser at the Experts’ Commission of the Council of Ministers; special advisor to the governor of Riyadh Province; President of the Crown Prince’s Court and Special Advisor to the Crown Prince, since 2013; Minister of State and member of the Cabinet, 2014-2015. Chief of Royal Protocol, January 23-April 29, 2015; Deputy Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister on April 29, 2015-June 21, 2017; Deputy Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister, April 29, 2015-June 21, 2017. King Salman appointed him Minister of Defense on January 23, 2015 and named him Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister on June 21, 2017.

Minister of the National Guard

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: March 26, 1952 in Riyadh
Education: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom, 1974; M.A. Military Science, Command and Staff College, Riyadh.
Positions Held: Member of the faculty of the National Guards military schools; chaired the committee charged with developing the curricula of the newly formed King Khalid Military College, 1982; appointed Commandant of the King Khalid Military College, 1983; Deputy Head National Guard military unit,1990-2000; Deputy Assistant Chief of National Guard for Military Affairs, 2000-2010; Deputy Chief of National Guard for Executive Affairs, June 11, 2010- October 20, 2010; Appointed Minister of State and member of the Council of Ministers and head of the National Guard, October 20, 2010. Minister of the National Guard since May 27, 2013.

Minister of Interior

Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Interior on June 21, 2017.

Minister of Education

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Isa
Born: December 19, 1960 in Al-Ghat
Education: PhD in Education (curriculum and instruction), Pennsylvania State University, 1993; MA in Education (curriculum and instruction), Pennsylvania State University, 1989; BA in History, King Saud University, 1983.
Positions Held: Advisor and member of the board of directors, Misk Foundation, since 2012; Director General of the Strategic Studies Department, Royal Court, 2011-2012; Director of Al-Yamamah University, 2008-2009; Dean, Al-Yamamah College, 2003-2008; Adviser, Al-Yamamah College Project, 2002-2003; Dean, Riyadh College of Technology, 1988-2001; Deputy Dean, Riyadh College of Technology, 1997-1998; Supervisor of the Curriculum Development Unit, Department of Technical Colleges Affairs, 1996-1997; Deputy Dean for Educational Affairs, Riyadh College of Technology, 1990. Named Minister of Education on December 11, 2015.

Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs

Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al-AsShaikh
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs on January 29, 2015.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
Born: February 1, 1962 in Majma’ah
Education: BA summa cum laude in political science and economics, University of North Texas, 1982; MA in international relations, Georgetown University, 1984; Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of North Texas, 2006.
Positions Held: Joined the foreign service in 1987. Served at the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC, 1987-2000; Foreign Affairs Advisor in the Crown Prince’s Court, 2000-2005; Advisor at the Royal Court, 2005-2007; ambassador to the United States, January 29, 2007-April 29, 2015. Named Minister of Foreign Affairs on April 29, 2015.

Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Born:
Education:
Positions Held:

Minister of Civil Service

Born:
Education:
Positions Held:

Minister of Finance

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan
Born: 1963
Education: Diploma in Legal Studies, Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh, 1998; BA in Islamic Sharia with a concentration on Islamic economics, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh 1986.
Positions Held: Head of Family and Community Medicine Department, Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh, 1984-1994; co-founder and managing partner of Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm, 1996-2015; chairman, Capital Market Authority (rank of minister), 2015-2016; Named Minister of Finance November 1, 2016.

Minister of Health

Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
Born:
Education: PhD in Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh; MS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science, King Saudi University; BA in Financial Management and Mathematics, King Saud University.
Positions Held: Assistant Professor at King Saud University, 1999-2002; Director General Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) since 2007; Acting Deputy Minister, Ministry of Commerce & Industry (2010-2012; Supervisor for the National Industrial Strategy (2010-2012); Director General of the Information and Communications Technology sector at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA); Faculty member at King Saud University; teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh; Minister of Commerce and Industry (2003-2016). Named Minister of Health May 7, 2016.

Minister of Commerce and Investment

Dr. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi
Born:
Education: PhD in ‎engineering management, University of ‎Missouri, 1985; MA in engineering management, University of ‎Missouri, 1983; MA in civil ‎engineering, University of California, Berkeley, ‎‎1982; BA in civil engineering, University of Portland, Oregon, 1981.
Positions Held: Assistant professor of industrial engineering, King Abdulaziz University, 1987-1998; Secretary General, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 1998-2002; director-general of the Sultan bin Abdulaziz ‎Al-Saud Foundation, 2002-2013; Adviser at the Crown Princes’ Court, 2010-2011; President of the Special Affairs for the Crown Prince, 2011-‎‎2014; Advisor at the Crown Prince’s Court, 2010-2014; Chief of Private Affairs for the Crown Prince, 2014-2015; president, Jeddah ‎Economic Forum. Served as member of the boards of the Council of Prince Salman ‎Center for Disability Research Management, Association Majed bin Abdulaziz for ‎Development and Social Service, ‎Saudi Society for Alzheimer’s Disease, Saudi Society to Preserve the Heritage, Council of the Saudi Ports Authority Management, High Commission for the Development of ‎Hail, the Centennial ‎Fund, and ‎Supreme Economic Council; Minister of Social Affairs (2015-2016). Named Minister of Commerce and Investment on May 7, 2016.

Minister of Culture and Information

Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Culture and Information on April 22, 2017.

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance

Sheikh Saleh Bin Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance on January 29, 2015.

Minister of Justice

Dr. Walid bin Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Samaani
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Justice on January 29, 2015.

Minister of Labor and Social Development

Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Minister of Labor (2015-2016), Named Minister of Labor and Social Development on May 7, 2016.

Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources

Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih
Born:
Education: BS in mechanical engineering, Texas A&M University, 1982; MBA, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), 1991.
Positions Held: President and chief executive officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), January 1, 2009-April 29, 2015, Executive Vice President of Operations, 2007-2008; Minister of Health (2015-2016). Names Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources on May 7, 2016.

Minister of Hajj and Umrah

Muhammad Bantan
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Names Minister of Hajj and Umrah on May 7, 2016

Minister of National Economy and Planning

Adel bin Mohammed Fakeih
Born: 1379 H (1959), in Makkah
Education: BA in Industrial Engineering
Positions Held: Minister of Labor, August 18, 2010.-April 29, 2015; Mayor of Jeddah Municipality, 2005-2010; Chairman of The Savola Group; Chief of Development of Services and Facilities at the Council of Makkah Region; Member of the Municipal Council of Jeddah Municipality; Member of the Supreme Body for Developing Makkah Region; President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah; Chairman of Al-Jazirah Bank; Member of the Supreme Commission for Tourism; Member of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu; Minister of National Economy and Planning since April 29, 2015.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Communications and Information Technology on April 22, 2017.

Minister of Transport

Solayman Al-Hamdan
Born:
Education:
Positions Held: Named Minister of Transport on May 7, 2016

Minister of Housing

Majed bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Hogail
Born:
Education: MBA, University of Illinois; BA in accounting, King Saud University.
Positions Held: Deputy Finance Director, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) (1990-1998). Named Minister of Housing on July 13, 2015.

Ministers of State

  • HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
  • HRH Prince Abdulaziz in Salman bin Abdulaziz (for Energy Affairs)
  • Dr. Muttlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafissa
  • Mr. Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abusaq (for Shura Affairs)
  • Dr. Nizar Obeid Madani (for Foreign Affairs)
  • Mr. Mohammed bin Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al-AshSheikh

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Misk Innovation initiative participates in International Technology Fair in Paris

Time: May 28, 2018

JEDDAH: The Misk Innovation initiative, supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), participated in the International

Technology Fair “VivaTech” on Saturday in Paris.
This is the first participation of its kind to support the emerging technological creations of a number of innovators from the Kingdom’s youth.
In its pavilion, Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields, including those that serve the hearing-impaired through technical support, the aviation industry, automotive electronic solutions, road safety, Arabic and international media monitoring, and the perfume industry.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition on May 24, which was attended by a number of international technology company directors, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his hope that his country would become a fertile ground for start-ups.
The Saudi ambassador to France, Khaled Al-Anqari, attended the opening of the Saudi Pavilion “Misk Innovation.”
The executive director of Misk Innovation, Dima Al-Yahya, said that the young national talents participating in the three-day event reflected the creativity and innovations of Saudi nationals to the international community, noting that their participation gave them opportunities to learn and develop for the best.
Misk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing opportunities for the Kingdom’s youth and leading them to a bright future through Vision 2030 in transforming and diversifying the Saudi economy.
The Misk Innovation initiative aims to promote and support talent and innovation through local and international programs and partnerships in three key areas: Education, culture and information.

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Misk Grand Challenges – changing the world of citizenship

Time: May 28, 2018

Thanks to Misk Grand Challenges, a new partnership between Misk Global Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, you could receive a $100,000 grant if you’ve got an idea that could change the world.

Over the next three years, Misk Grand Challenges will launch new challenges every six months, offering 100 innovators across the globe grants to develop their ingenious ideas in order to tackle issues all around the world.

One of the themes of these challenges is “global citizenship” and we are looking for bright ideas for how young people can help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals were established by all 193 world leaders in 2015 and are a commitment to ending extreme poverty, averting catastrophic climate change, tackling inequality and ensuring no one is left behind, all before their 2030 deadline.

The six goals are:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation

More than ever, young people have the tools and skills afforded by technology and connectivity to learn about, connect with, and act on the issues that affect them. But the Global Goals will only be reached in the voices, skills and ideas of youth are listened to.

We’re looking for global citizens – people who are aware of, and understand the wider world and their place in it – who are committed to reaching these Global Goals and have a revolutionary idea to achieve one or more of them.

Does this sound like you? Find out how you can apply.

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SAUDI AND INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EMBRACE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION

Time: May 28, 2018

Enthusiastic and optimistic response gathered from participants to Misk Global Forum

Second day of event saw Skype founder and Google chief evangelist engage crowd

 

The Misk Global Forum 2017 concluded today in Riyadh following two days of interactive, collaborative, and innovative discussions and workshops on ‘meeting the challenge of change’ with direct engagement by participants on the main stage, alongside inspiring figures from the worlds of technology and creativity. The Forum provided 70 keynote speeches and sessions to more than 5000 participants and 110 speakers from 75 countries.

Over the course of the two-day event, delegates, speakers, and guests from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East took part in collaborative discussions, workshops, and panels that examined some of the key issues and challenges facing young people and the world today. Together, ideas and best practices were exchanged and opportunities and solutions identified with young people steering the conversations, including members of MIT’s media lab.

Stefania Druga, 31, from Romania and a graduate student in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, spoke of her excitement at seeing so much change in the country and the opportunity to teach people how to program their first robot through Misk Schools.  Commenting on the Forum’s theme and Saudi Arabia as a whole, she said: “It is the first time I have visited the country and I was not expecting to see so many changes and to see how driven people are to make these changes. I believe change is a constant, so it is something we will have to learn how to do around the world. I’m hoping that Saudi Arabia with this new initiative will help pave the way and inspire many other countries and governments to do the same.”

Randi Williams, 23, from the United States and also a graduate student in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, said: “We came here to get to know the culture, to try our robots out in a different environment. We worked with children who had grown up their entire life here, and I’d grown up my entire life in the United States so it was interesting to see both the similarities and the differences between the way they approached the robots and the way that children in the United States would approach them.” After spending time with students from the Misk Schools, she also noted that, “these people are quite equipped to meet the challenges that change always brings, so I’m excited to see where this goes in the future.”

In addition to these collaborative discussions, those in the audience and watching online heard keynote speeches from leading global innovators such as Jonas Kjellberg, co-creator of Skype and Gopi Kallayil, chief evangelist for Google. In addition, young ‘Hidden Heroes’ took the stage, including Saudi inventor Meshal Al Harasani, and Nanxi Liu, CEO and co-founder of Enplug from the United States.

Tillmann Heidelk, 31, from Germany and the co-founder and president of Young European Leadership, said: “The Forum last year was very interesting, but the Forum this year is focused on engagement, exchange, interaction, and encouraging people to get out there and not stay on their seats in a big panel and be passive, but to really go deep – as the session says: Deep Dive – to go in Skills Garages and build robots. People can take something home and make a change with the new knowledge they gained. This is why we’re here and it’s exactly the theme of the conference – ‘meeting the challenge of change.’”

Salman Bahabri, 25, from Saudi Arabia, operations manager at the Nota Nota cosmetics start-up, spoke about the growing innovation coming from Saudi Arabia and hopes that the Forum would be a step toward reaching the wider world.  He said: “[In Saudi Arabia] we have been receiving technologies from all over the world; now we have figured out we have to export our own technology. Taking into consideration our culture, we have a lot of advantages people haven’t seen yet. So, I think MGF showed us how Saudi Arabia is going to change and how big the opportunities are to make a change and share our culture with people all over the world.”

Bi Huang, 27, a degree student from China at Harvard University’s Wharton School who has previously worked in management consulting and investment told how, on her visit to the region, “the people I talked with here, the people I interacted with, demystified Saudi for me. It made me extremely hopeful for what will happen in this region.” Drawing on one of the key themes of the Forum, she said: “The public and the private sector are working together to develop this society, to empower different groups of people, and to bring out the best sides of human kind. – just like her Royal Highness Queen Rania said on the first day.”

The Forum also saw the Misk Foundation and its subsidiaries sign a number of agreements with leading international companies on a range of initiatives aimed at providing training, experience, and opportunities to young people in Saudi Arabia. These included agreements with Siemens and Virgin Hyperloop to provide training and experience to young people in the Kingdom, in addition to Misk Foundation’s Manga Productions unveiling agreements with leading Japanese companies Square Enix, Toei Animation, and SNK to bring Saudi creativity to the world. Those attending the Forum were also treated to an exhibition of Saudi art through the Misk Art Foundation’s display of the works of Yusef Alahmad and other young artists from the Kingdom.

The conference opened with a keynote speech by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan who spoke of the importance of “technology with a heart” which brings benefits to all. The first day also saw addresses from speakers such as Diane Greene of Google, Allen Blue of LinkedIn, and David Kenny of IBM. The government of Saudi Arabia also announced a new small and medium enterprises licence for the Kingdom to encourage entrepreneurship and foreign investment.

The Misk Global Forum was first held in 2016 and is the flagship ongoing platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy.

 

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GLOBAL LEADERS COLLABORATE ON “MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE” ON DAY ONE OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EVENT

Time: May 28, 2018

Her Majesty Queen Rania delivers keynote address at Misk Global Forum 2017

“Our priority should be employing technology to empower entire societies”

Other speakers include science and technology entrepreneurs from across the world, and political, business, and innovation leaders from Saudi Arabia.

 

The Misk Global Forum 2017 was launched today in Riyadh with a keynote address by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan who discussed using technology to empower young people.

This was followed by further speeches and panel discussions by global leaders from across the spheres of science and technology, art and creativity, and politics and business, including announcements of a number of ground breaking enterprise and entrepreneurship initiatives. These included Diane Greene, Board Member of Alphabet and Vice President of Google Cloud, and Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, His Excellency Abdullah A. Al-Sawahah.

In her keynote address, Her Majesty Queen Rania spoke of the vital importance of expanding the hope found at the Misk Global Forum to the world at large. Reflecting on her recent work with Rohingya refugees, Her Majesty noted that innovation was not alleviating their suffering – nor was it for many people around the world. She stated: “I believe we need to re-evaluate our motives behind acquiring technology… our priority should be employing technology to empower entire societies.” On this theme, Her Majesty concluded by calling on those present to strive to empower young people, calling them “our source of pride,” and to “provide them with opportunities to realize their potential and achieve their ambitions. Let us inspire them to feel that the future is theirs.”

Her Majesty’s speech was preceded by a speech by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), His Excellency Abdullah A. Al-Sawahah, who opened the first day of the Forum. He stated: “The only constant is change.” During his address, the minister highlighted the importance of international, regional, and domestic partnerships and collaboration to driving innovation, announcing in this context a collaborative project between MCIT, the Misk Foundation, and Mohammed bin Salman Colleges called ‘Digital Transformation Leaders’’. The Minister said: “Combining the ecosystem that the MCIT can bring through partnerships with google and other leading technology players… can accelerate and advance the entrepreneurial journey of the 30 innovative young Saudis.”

In a subsequent panel discussion with Diane Greene, Vice President of Google Cloud and board member of Alphabet, the Minister and the audience heard of the importance of introducing more digital tools to accelerate people’s understanding – not only of the world around them but also of what is possible.  Greene also highlighted the importance of following the lead of young people, saying: “When you open things up for young people they get very creative and start to dream.”

Across the rest of the first day, forum guests and delegates, in addition to those viewing online, have seen and participated in a range of speeches, panel discussions, and workshops. Among these were such leaders as Allen Blue, co-founder of LinkedIn. who looked at new ways of working and creating. He encouraged young entrepreneurs to be unafraid of challenges, stating: ““it is OK to fail a few times on your way to being successful.”

Speaking on one of the key areas of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ David Kenny of IBM commented on changes to intelligence both human and artificial, noting: “every two decades or so, there’s a major shift which changes the way we think,” and that we are currently living through one of those shifts.

The Forum’s pre-event ceremony on 14th November was opened by Bill Gates who announced ‘Misk Grand Challenges’, a new partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation. In a panel discussion following Mr Gates’s speech, members of Saudi Arabia’s political, business, and academic communities discussed new innovations in the Kingdom. His Excellency Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, noted to his compatriots and the world that, “Vision 2030 is your passport to opportunity.”

The Misk Global Forum will continue tomorrow, 16 November, for its second day and see further keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops by its speakers, guests, and delegates.

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About MISK: The Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation (MiSK) is a non-profit foundation. It aims to cultivate the learning and leadership of Saudi youth

Time: May 28, 2018

MiSK Foundation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation(Arabicمؤسسة الأمير محمد بن سلمان بن عبدالعزيز الخيرية‎), acronym MiSK (Arabicمسك الخيرية‎), also simply the MiSK Foundation, is a non-profit foundation. It aims to cultivate the learning and leadership of Saudi youth, in order to improve the future of Saudi Arabia’s society and economy.[1]

Based in Saudi Arabia, it was established in 2011 by Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to promote innovation, education and opportunities, which includes the establishment of the MiSK Schools in Riyadh and the launch of global forums.[2]

History[edit]

Created in 2011, the MiSK foundation was initiated by Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, then advisor to the Governor of Riyadh. The Foundation aims to increase economic opportunities in Saudi society, where seventy percent of the population is under the age of 30, in step with the Vision 2030 national restructuring plan.[3][4]

The MiSK Foundation launched the Tweeps Forum in 2013, an annual networking event connecting the Saudi youth with social media leaders, gathering speakers such as Abdullah bin Zayed Al NahyanIvanka Trump, and top executives from Twitter.[5][6]

In October 2015, the MiSK Foundation was one of the main partners of the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris.[7] In September 2016, the two organizations signed a Framework Agreement to collaborate on the development of youth, education, emerging technologies, culture, and science.[8] The 7th International Forum of NGOs was held in Riyadh in May 2017 in partnership with the MiSK foundation.[9]

The MiSK Global Forum started in 2016 and was initially conceived as a two-day forum, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.[10] From 25 to 27 November 2016, the MiSK Hackathon connected more than 100 youths from London and Riyadh by satellite in a competition broadcast over two days.[11]

In April 2017, the Foundation launched with Google the campaign We Are All Online, an initiative to share best practices in the promotion of online safety for Saudi youth, one of the most connected nations worldwide.[12] In the same month, the Foundation became a member of the MIT Media Lab consortium.[13]

In September 2017, the MiSK Foundation organized a New York-based youth-oriented forum, the MiSK-UNDP Youth Forum, that drew 400 participants and raised awareness on ways that Saudi and Arab youth could further involve themselves with the issues of counter extremism and the refugee crisis.[14]

Description[edit]

The name of the Foundation comes from “misk” (“musk” in English). The symbolism is one of generosity and benevolence in that this ancient perfume is worn by one person, while simultaneously engulfing those around them.[15]

The Foundation’s work is focused on educationculture and media. It provides contributions to youth development, with a spotlight on technology and the arts, in order to build a knowledge-based economy.[3] The MiSK Foundation also tackles problems related to terrorism by convening events both in Saudi Arabia and internationally, including the annual Tweeps Forum and the MiSK UNDP Youth Forum.[16]

MiSK Art Institute[edit]

The MiSK Art Institute, launched in 2017, is the artistic branch of the MiSK Foundation.[17] The objective of the institute is to become the Kingdom’s “leading platform for grassroots cultural production, diplomacy and exchange.” Ahmed Materserves as its executive director.[18]

In early 2018, the Foundation announced the expansion of the MiSK Art Institute, including new galleries, creative spaces, meeting spaces, workshops, and educational programs. The Institute also included plans for a pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, a New York Arab Art Festival, an exchange program with California, and an autumn series of performances, programs, and commissions.[19]

Awards[edit]

  • November 2017: Recipient of the $1 million Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Knowledge Award[20]
  • December 2016: Arab Social Media Influencers Award[21]

Governance[edit]

  • President: Mohammad bin Salman
  • Executive Director: Shaima Hamidaddin
  • Secretary-General: Bader Al Asaker

Related articles[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. Jump up^ MiSK Foundation Supports ForumSaudi Press Agency. Retrieved 21 May 2017
  3. Jump up to:a b Elizabeth Dickinson (8 May 2017). “Q&A: Saudi nonprofit MiSK paves the way for youth”Devex.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. Jump up^ Ben Hubbard (16 February 2016). “Young Saudis See Cushy Jobs Vanish Along With Nation’s Oil Wealth”Nytimes.com. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. Jump up^ Mallory Shelbourne (21 May 2017). “Ivanka Trump says social media ’empowers the people'”Thehill.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. Jump up^ “Abdullah bin Zayed attends 4th Tweeps Forum in Riyadh”Emiratespressrelease.com. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  7. Jump up^ “Main sponsors”Unesco.org. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. Jump up^ “UNESCO and MiSK Foundation join forces for knowledge societies”Unesco.org. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. Jump up^ “”Youth and their Social Impact” – 7th International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO”Unesco.org. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  10. Jump up^ “Two-Day MiSK Global Forum in Riyadh Showcases Ideas of Innovation And Global Culture to Empower Youth”Sustg.com. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 7 April2018.
  11. Jump up^ “Data-Driven Blood Bank Donation Invention Scoops $100k Top Prize at Inaugural UK/Saudi MiSK Hackathon”Prnewswire.com. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  12. Jump up^ Matt Smith (18 November 2013). “Young Saudis getting creative on YouTube”Reuters.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  13. Jump up^ Grif Peterson; Yarden Katz (30 March 2018). “Elite universities are selling themselves – and look who’s buying”Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  14. Jump up^ Mina Al Oraibi (16 September 2017). “Youth take on global challenges at Saudi-UN forum”Thenational.ae. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
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  19. Jump up^ James Tarmy (29 January 2018). “Saudi Arabia Is Planning a Massive, New Arts Center”Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
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  21. Jump up^ “MISK Foundation awarded in Arab Social Media Influencers”Alarabiya.net. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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Misk Global Forum at TED 2018 – amazing skills for the global communities of tomorrow

Time: May 28, 2018

Misk Global Forum at TED 2018 - Jason Redmond / TED

How do we give youth the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly-changing future economy?

That’s what we discussed  at TED 2018 in Vancouver, working with the Institute for the Future as we continue to grow & build connections and partnerships around the world.

We worked with the Institute for the Future to create an interactive session that sparked debate and discussion on how education and training should innovate to enable young people to thrive in a rapidly-changing future economy.

Photo: Jason Redmond / TED

Feedback from this event, along with others, will culminate in the presentation of the Institute for the Future’s findings at this year’s annual Misk Global Forum in November.

Ideas discussed at the event included:

  • The need to help young people to be comfortable with uncertainty, with experimenting and with failing;
  • The need for young people to be very self-aware to respond creatively to situations;
  • How to provide young people with the skills needed to navigate technological change in a way that mitigates negative impacts, ensures social and emotional intelligence and reduces stress;
  • The immediate need to shape the way technology affects young people and the economy rather than being reactive;
  • The skills that might emerge naturally and how young people, due to their comfort with change, might teach older generations to better navigate developments.
    Photo: Jason Redmond / TED

Dylan Hendricks, Director of the Institute for the Future’s Future 50 Program, said, “At the working lunch we’re announcing our partnership with the Misk Global Forum to develop a set of Global Future Skills for youth. We’ll be holding workshops similar to the one we held here at TED in Nigeria, Germany and Saudi Arabia in order to further our research and develop this work. It will culminate in us reporting back at the Misk Global Forum’s annual event in Riyadh in November where we’ll publish a toolkit that aims to provide young people, educational institutions, businesses and others with an accessible way to grapple with the scope and speed of change in the knowledge economy and to provide practical pathways for moving forward.”

 Photo: Jason Redmond / TED

Lisa Choi Owens, Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Partnerships at TED, said of the event:

“TED is proud to partner with an organization that not only envisions a youth-driven future but is taking active, measurable steps to ensure that this future becomes a reality.”

Misk also continued its innovative Tomorrow’s Jobs art project during TED2018. Misk has commissioned a concept artist to create two pieces of art depicting jobs of the future, inspired by the debate during the working lunch.

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