HM Queen Rania and Bill Gates among Misk Global Forum 2017 speakers

Time: May 24, 2018

We’re delighted to announce some of the world-class speakers for this year’s Misk Global Forum.

This year’s event will welcome speakers ranging from world leaders to tech pioneers, and includes:

 Bill Gates, co-chair and founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 HM Queen Rania of Jordan

– Renowned international educator Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy

– Co-founder of LinkedIn Allen Blue

– Founder of Skype Jonas Kjellberg

– Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

First organised in November 2016, the two-day event was designed to focus on a variety of formats, culture and technology for young Saudis and Arab youth in partnership with the brightest minds in the world.

This year’s event features an outstanding range of world-class speakers – and you can tune into the livestream here on 15 and 16 November.

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Could you change the world of education?

Time: May 24, 2018

The Misk Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are pioneers in empowering youth and preparing them for success.

To this end, we are thrilled to be coming together to offer grants of $100,000 to some of the bright young minds of tomorrow.

We are seeking young innovators and leaders who are ready to tackle global challenges head on, such as the challenge of education, and ensure that every child receives a 21st-century tuition.

It is vital that children around the world are offered a quality education that goes far beyond 20th-century learning, and encompasses modern skills that are essential for success.

Leadership, social skills, critical thinking and creativity will become the backbone of education in the years to come and we are searching for young minds with ideas to revolutionise the traditional education system.

The challenge is real: current school systems throughout the world are struggling to achieve even basic learning outcomes – we must therefore think beyond small improvements and completely transform schools.

Do you have an innovative idea that will transform education to guarantee success in the future? Misk Grand Challenges could make that idea a reality.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see your groundbreaking ideas become reality – find out how you can apply.

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Misk Global Forum – key themes of the event

Time: May 24, 2018

We are excited to introduce you to the four main themes of this year’s Misk Global Forum, which is all about how young people can best meet the challenge of change in 2017.

This year’s event will look across the spectrum of challenges, examining the opportunities that exist within each, in these four broad categories:


From health and wellbeing to media consumption and smart investing, what will it take to lead the good life over the long term?


In the age of intelligent machines, what new working structures will emerge?

What is the payoff between more traditional forms of employment and the more dynamic freelancing opportunities that are becoming increasingly prevalent?


When change is constant, how best to integrate the right lifelong learning subjects and practices in order to achieve success?


How can people engage with their communities to deliver wider and more sustained positive impacts?

By exploring these four categories and all the questions that arise from them, our audience of young leaders, innovators, policy makers and thinkers will be able to explore in depth the challenges facing young people in today’s changing world.

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Misk Foundation and Siemens to expand collaboration on youth training and development

Time: May 20, 2018

  • Memorandum of Understanding will provide internships and exchanges, R&D collaboration, alongside digitalization and Industry 4.0 support
  • New agreement expands on 2016 MoU on internships

The Misk Foundation and Siemens Limited today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding at the Misk Global Forum greatly expanding their collaboration which is developing opportunities and empowering young people in Saudi Arabia.

The agreement will see the pursuit of three new initiatives covering; an R&D fellowship scheme that will send Saudi students to key Siemens’ R&D centres abroad; building capability within the Misk Academy, the foundation’s professional skills training institution, for courses in advanced “Industry 4.0” digitalization and automation solutions; and an expansion of the existing Misk- Siemens internships scheme to include Siemens operations in the US and the UK along with a fivefold increase in the number of participating students from Saudi Arabia.

The new MoU builds on the agreement signed at last year’s Misk Global Forum which led to the creation of an internship scheme to Siemens operations in Germany for young Saudis undergraduates.

In September, the first engineering students returned from Siemens internships organised as part of the initial Misk-Siemens MoU.

The students completed several assignments over the course of 10 weeks in Siemens’s Energy Management and Mobility divisions in Germany.

The students from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Alfaisal University, and King Saud University were mostly in their third and fourth years of bachelor degrees in industrial and electrical engineering. The next internship will be held in Germany in 2018.

Discussing the internship scheme, HE Al-Asaker said: “We have a simple but powerful mission at Misk: to empower Saudi youth so that they can become active participants in the knowledge economy. We achieve this in part through our focus on education with the Misk-Siemens Internship Program a leading programme in this programme of work.”

Misk and Siemens’ collaboration is in line with the Misk Foundation’s dedication to the empowerment of Saudi Arabian youth, the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which is transforming the Kingdom’s economy, and Siemen’s position as a global technology powerhouse, which has been present in Saudi Arabia for nearly a century.

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Misk Foundation and Virgin Hyperloop One announce partnership

Time: May 20, 2018

  • Partnership will train Saudi young people on tech skills and new hyperloop system
  • Virgin Hyperloop One and Misk will drive ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ job creation in the
  • Virgin Hyperloop One will provide one hour connections to cities within the Gulf region

The Misk Foundation and Virgin Hyperloop One today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on providing training, education, and professional opportunities to Saudi youth.

The announcement was made at the Misk Global Forum, which is being held Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 15 to 16 November.

The agreement is intended to seed long lasting economic, social, and innovation benefits for the Kingdom by developing a highly skilled knowledge-based, cutting edge workforce in an innovative area of growth.

This is central to Misk’s mission to empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy.

Virgin Hyperloop One will develop a new transportation network within the Gulf that will bring unprecedented connectivity to the region. When completed, its network will enable people to travel between most cities in the region in less than one hour.

It will be a significant contribution to making Saudi Arabia a global leader in land transportation, alongside other plans to develop its aviation and maritime logistics in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform agenda.

Josh Giegel, co-founder and CTO of Virgin Hyperloop One, said: “Through this partnership with the Misk Foundation, we hope to empower the youth of Saudi Arabia, cultivating the next generation of technology innovation and developing an economic mega region.”

The key elements of the MoU include:

1. Collaborating to create ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ job opportunities in engineering, business strategy, operations, construction, and software/hardware technology.

2. Jointly developing both university-level and college-level training curriculums for the hyperloop system, alongside an international internship framework for Saudi students. The university-based program will also produce research for professors and students suitable for use in both academic and industry White Papers.

3. Working together to establish a new certification program for the operation and maintenance of Virgin Hyperloop One a year in advance of the system’s launch.

The MoU was signed at the Misk Global Forum, which brings together emerging and established innovators, entrepreneurs, and thinkers from around the world, alongside young people from Saudi Arabia, to meet the challenge of change.

The second annual gathering of the Misk Global Forum, the international platform of the Misk Foundation, opened with a keynote speech from Bill Gates and has included speeches by Allen Blue, co-founder of LinkedIn, and Jonas Kjellberg, co-creator of Skype, alongside discussions and workshops with leading international thinkers, leaders, and innovators from the worlds of science and technology, art and creativity, and business and politics.

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About MiSK Foundation Chairman’s Message

Time: May 20, 2018

About MiSK

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation “MiSK” is a non-profit foundation devoted to cultivating learning and leadership in youth for the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow.

To this end, MiSK focuses on the country’s youth and provides different means of fostering talent, creative potential, and innovation in a healthy environment that paves the way toward opportunities in the arts and sciences. MiSK (in English “musk”) derived its name from the heart of our Arab and Islamic heritage. That ancient perfume has been used for centuries as a symbol of generosity and benevolence; used by one yet its perfume engulfs everyone.

The Foundation is invested in educating the youth in three wide fields; Education, Media & Culture. These pillars of knowledge will support and advance our country’s future. Enabling the Saudi people to learn is a means to develop and drive advances across the business, technological, literary, cultural, and social aspects of our nation.

MiSK Foundation, established by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pursues these goals by both establishing programs and partnering with local and global organizations in diverse fields. Through a variety of incubators, the Foundation is helping to develop intellectual capital and unlock the potential of all Saudi people.

We believe that our organizational presence can support and enhance a knowledge-based society that values lifelong learning, which will bring fulfillment and value to the Saudi society. Our guiding principles are commitment, impact, and integrity.

MiSK Foundation: Investing in Vision 2030

Emboldened by Saudi Arabia’s launch of Vision 2030, MiSK Foundation has undertaken to engage its team, expertise and resources to achieve the goals of Vision 2030. Through its internal resources, partners and relationships, MiSK will identify and evaluate investment opportunities that align with the goals of Vision 2030.

Chairman’s Message

What we aspire to do through Misk Foundation is to take initiatives, encourage innovation and, in turn, ensure sustainability and growth to achieve the higher goal: Developing the human mind. The wise leadership of His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz is committed to investing in, supporting and providing the right environment for human capital as an authentic means of contribution in the development of this great country.

Saudi Arabia is eager to transform to a knowledge-based economy. This shift is abundantly clear in the 10th Development Plan, which springs from the royal decree to prepare a strategy for KSA’s transition to a knowledge society, and the National Strategy for Youth, which emphasizes the importance of supporting youths and promoting entrepreneurial, intellectual and physical abilities.

With this in mind, MiSK will focus on the integration of its efforts alongside those of all relevant institutions and stakeholders to achieve this vision.

Allah Almighty has bestowed humans with power, money and knowledge to be utilized in the right direction. Not only that, they should ensure sustainability in exerted efforts. Hence, we may consider sustainability as one of the most important factors in prolonging the time span of any given civilization. In the developed countries, we observe that the innovative businesses and creative projects are granted a platform of institutional levels, with great focus on sustainability and development. This is reflected by the continuation of the institutions for tens and hundreds of years, and extending their roots deep in the land to the point of shaping their own societies.

Therefore, MiSK and I, hand in hand, will seek to take actions, adopt initiatives and encourage creativity, ensuring their sustainability growth to contribute in developing the human mind.
We ask Allah to guide us in the path of giving back to society, realizing our leadership’s vision, and faithfully serve our sons and daughters.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
Founder, Chairman of the Board.


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Misk Global Forum 2017: Participation of Bill Gates, Skype and LinkedIn Founders, and Global Entrepreneurs

Time: May 20, 2018


The Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz “Misk” Foundation organizes the second session of Misk Global Forum under the theme of “Meeting the Challenge of Change” in November 15-17, 2017 in Riyadh. Many distinguished entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world are participating in the Forum, including Bill Gates, the Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jonas Kjellberg, the Co-creator of Skype, and Allen Blue, the Co-founder of LinkedIn. The Forum also welcomes leaders from the world’s leading tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, GE, and Intel.

Speakers of Misk Global Forum also include Matteo Renzi, Former Prime Minister of Italy, Sal Khan, Founder & CEO of Khan Academy, Adam Aron, CEO and President of AMC Entertainment, and Yosuke Matsuda, President & Representative Director of Square Enix Holdings Co.

Shaima Hamidaddin, Misk Global Forum Program Lead, commented, “Our main goal is to empower youth. In this year’s session, we focused on selecting a critical and significant topic to influence youth and help them meet the current challenge of change, so they can achieve their objectives in the future. In addition to hosting an elite group of speakers, the Forum also offers a unique opportunity for young leaders, inventors, and creators to interact with renowned global leaders and inventors. Throughout the interactive sessions, youth from all over the world can discover, experience and experiment new concepts and insights to meet the challenge of change.”

The Forum’s program includes diverse sessions covering four main aspects: living, learning, working and contributing. The Forum presents an in-depth look into a range of important topics, including the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs in the future, how to empower youth to develop and execute new creative projects, means to reserve our environment, fostering learning for life, women empowerment, new ways of contributing, and a thorough look into space industry.

Provided by academic experts from the most influential institutions such as MIT, workshops are also offered for the Forum’s attendees to gain new skills and deep knowledge in youth development. To find out more about Misk Global Forum, please visit

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