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MiSK Global Forum: A Celebration of Youth in Saudi Arabia

MiSK Gobal Forum: A Celebration of Youth in Saudi Arabia / KAWA

MiSK Gobal Forum: A Celebration of Youth in Saudi Arabia / KAWA

After the success of its first two editions, the MiSK Global Forum held, as is customary, its yearly meeting of the minds at the Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, with the motto “a world inspired by youth".

Ronaldinho takes center stage

Youth is once more in the spotlight: this specific event has become a major date on the global innovation landscape. Among the 50 speakers invited by MiSK this year to discuss the ”challenges of tomorrow”, there are indeed several vanguards—both Saudi and international—what the organization calls “the leaders of tomorrow”. Sportsmen like Amir Khan (world champion of British boxing), pioneers like Weam Al Dakheel (the first presenter of a TV show) and even geeks, like the Saudi world champion of e-sport Musaed Al Dossary.

Ronaldinho on stage alongside Youmna Naufal, Correspondent for Y Chats Interview Show / KAWA
Ronaldinho on stage alongside Youmna Naufal, Correspondent for Y Chats Interview Show / KAWA

Alongside young people, the MGF welcomed a few wise men who came to give advice and encouragement to an audience of 3,500 participants. Standing out among these many firsts was the presence of Princess Reema Bint Bandar, Vice President of the General Authority of Saudi Sport. Arguably less hard to miss: an appearance by former player and world champion of Brazilian football, Ronaldinho.

“Skills for our future”

Shaima Hamidaddin, executive director of the Misk Global Forum, was not mistaken. “This FGM is the most cosmopolitan, the most plural, that we have had,” she announced at the opening of the third edition, whose theme was “skills for our future.” This Wednesday, the future and, more precisely, its challenges were at the heart of the debate, at the foot of the Burj Tower. On the discussions menu: the place of artificial intelligence in everyday life, the future of sport, or that of industry in particular.

Ben van Beurdan, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and Samar AlSultan, Account Manager at Saudi Media Broadcast Company / KAWA
Ben van Beurdan, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and Samar AlSultan, Account Manager at Saudi Media Broadcast Company / KAWA

Launched in 2016 by the MiSK Foundation, the philanthropic organization founded in 2011 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FGM convenes hundreds of young entrepreneurs from around the world each year, around diverse themes such as innovation, socio-cultural development, and more. Basically, the youth’s place to be, in the world of tomorrow.