KnowTalks Series – An offspring of the Knowledge Summit

KnowTalks Series – An offspring of the Knowledge Summit

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The Knowledge Summit, initially known as the Knowledge Conference, is organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). It amis to bring together international and regional knowledge influencers, experts and thought leaders on a single platform. The summit aims to highlight the importance of knowledge and to promote the programs and ideas that helps to spread the awareness of knowledge around the world.

Part of the summit is the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony as well as the presentation of the results of the Arab Knowledge Project (AKP), a joint initiative of the MBRF and the United Nations Development Programme – Regional Bureau for Arab States (UNDP RBAS).

In the period between the summits a series of workshops and seminars is organized around the world in order to disseminate the AKP results and to prepare for the upcoming summit.

Co-located events:

  • 2015-present: Launch of… the Global Knowledge Index, the Arab Knowledge Index, the Arab Reading Index, or the Arab Knowledge Report
  • 2014-present: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA)
    The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) honours individuals or organisations who have made impactful contributions to knowledge locally and internationally. It highlights accomplishments of knowledge pioneers around the world, promotes innovation, and underlines the role of knowledge as a key component in building prosperous communities and driving sustainable development. The winners will be announced at the Knowledge Summit.

Related Events

  • Since 2018: Knowledge Weeks “abroad”
    The Knowledge Week “abroad”, successor of the 2017 MBRF Knowledge Week in Dubai, is a series of events in various cities around the world. It is organized by the Arab Knowledge Project (AKP), a joint initiative between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Week’s agenda includes workshops and discussion panels to showcase and explore the key takeaways from the Knowledge Summit in Dubai, and the results of the Global Knowledge Index, among other topics. Exporting the Knowledge Week to countries around the world seeks to promote the use of the Global Knowledge Index as a guide to growth and sustainable development, as well as a tool for change and for political debates. The series of meetings aims to promote effective dialogue, raise awareness and inform stakeholders and the general public about key aspects and expected outcomes from the Index.
  • Post-launch events in preparation for the Knowledge summit launch of the Global Knowledge Index, the Arab Knowledge Index, the Arab Reading Index, or the Arab Knowledge Report

Conference History:

KnowTalks Series 2021 – An offspring of the Knowledge Summit, March 31 – ?, 2021, Virtual venue
(Webinars twice a month throughout the year)

    Policymaking Under Uncertainty (Sep 22)
    Unlocking Opportunities Through Financial Inclusion (Sep 8)
    Curbing Climate Change: Ambitious Yet Achievable Aim (Aug 11)
    Digital Skills – The Zero Choice (Jul 28)
    The Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs: Opportunities and Challenges (July 14)
    Reskilling: Defining the New Normal (Jun 23)
    Redefining Knowledgeable: Shifting to a Skills-Focused Framework of Education (Jun 9)
    Data Driven Decision-Making (May 26)
    Predicting the Unpredictable through Advanced Data Analytics (May 19)
    Get Your Facts Straight: COVID-19 Vaccines Demystified (Apr 28)
    Covinnovation: The Pandemic as An Innovation Accelerator (Apr 14)
    Touring the World through Turning Pages (Mar 31)

KnowTalks Series 2020 – An offspring of the Knowledge Summit, November 16 – December 16, 2020, Virtual venue
(Webinars every Monday and Wednesday)

    2020 – A Change to Rethink our World (Dec 16)
    Navigating Tourism through Coronavirus: Destination Unknown! (Dec 14)

    Digital Finance for a Fairer Post Pandemic World (Dec 9)
    — (Dec 7)

    — (Dec 2)
    Post-COVID Cities: From Contemporary Cities to Virtual Spaces; Insight into the Global Knowledge Index: Research, Development and Innovation Sector (Nov 30)

    Insights into the Global Knowledge Index: Higher Education Sector; What Knowledge Indicators May Imply (Nov 25)
    Insight into the Global Knowledge Index: Information and Communications Technology Sector; Insight into the Global Knowledge Index: Technical and Vocational Education and Training Sector; Insight into the Global Knowledge Index: Economy Sector (Nov 23)

    Innovate or Die Trying: From the Mind of World Renown Hacker; Knowledge for the Future: Lessons in Leadership / The Sheikh CEO: Lessons from Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Nov 18)
    Insight into the Global Knowledge Index: Pre-University Education Sector; The Role of Organizational Culture in Effective Knowledge Management (Nov 16)

2020 Global Knowledge Index (GKI) Launch Event, December 9, 2020, Virtual venue

    Usually the GKI is launced in conjunction with the Knowledge Summit.

‘COVID-19: Accelerating the Steps towards the Knowledge Society’ Forum, September 1-3, 2020, Virtual venue

    Workshops:
    From data to knowledge workshop: Extracting and organizing data; Visualizing data; Communicating data

    Discussion sessions:
    COVID-19: Digital Transformation Accelerator
    Building an equitable and inclusive shared future
    From workplace to workspace: How to leverage well-being?

    Talk with the experts:
    What is a knowledge year equivalent to?
    In search for Knowledge Navigation
    Crowdfunding your business

Knowledge Week for Sustainable Development in Egypt, February 10-13, 2020, Cairo, Egypt
(In collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and AL ALFI Foundation)

6th Knowledge Summit 2019, November 19-20, 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Conference Theme: Knowledge: The Path to Sustainable Development

    (With Knowledge Arena, Knowledge Opera, Knowledge Talks, Knowledge Factory, Knowledge Station, Knowledge Partners)

    Sessions:…

    Workshops (Knowledge Station): ISO 30401 First International Knowledge Management Standard (MBRF KM Standard Implementation Story); Media Briefing for the Global Knowledge Index Core Team

    Global Knowledge Index 2019 Launch Event

    2019 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony (MBRKA Winners: Henrik von Scheel, National Institute of Education (NIE), Saudi Aramco)

(POSTPONED) Knowledge Week Egypt, October 13-18, 2019, Cairo, Egypt
– Global Knowledge Index Workshop

Jordan Knowledge Week, March 24-28, 2019, Zarqa | Amman, Jordan

  • Jordan in the Global Knowledge Index 2018 (Gathering with academics and students at Hashemite University and the University of Jordan), Mar 24-25
  • Jordan in the Global Knowledge Index 2018: Policy Recommendations (3 days workshop with youth from different universities at Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation), Mar 26-28

Note: For 2019 Knowledge Weeks in Morocco, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates are planned

5th Knowledge Summit 2018, December 5-6, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Conference Theme: Youth and the Future of the Knowledge Economy

    (With Knowledge Arena, Knowledge Opera, Knowledge Talks, Knowledge Factory, Knowledge Station)

    Sessions: Knowledge economy between past, present and future; The Role of Governments in Empowering the Youth & Knowledge Economy (panel); The Youth: Leaders of Change towards a Knowledge Economy; Awarding achievements in the knowledge sector (MBRKA winners panel); Human Capital: A Sustainable Wealth; The Egyptian Model for Education Development; Knowledge Economy in Future Cities; Moving from Consuming Knowledge to Producing it; Entertainment: the New Player in Building Economies

    Workshops (Knowledge Station): Finding the real value of Blockchain; Literacy Challenge; Introduction to the BS ISO 30401 International Knowledge Management Standard

    Global Knowledge Index 2018 Launch Event

    2018 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony (MBRKA Winners: The Amersi Foundation, Institute of International Education (IIE), Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, Saudi Digital Library (SDL))

Knowledge as a Driver for Sustainable Development in the Arab States, September 11, 2018, New York, NY, USA

    Sessions: Knowledge Project and the Global Knowledge Index; Arab Development Portal and SDGs Tracking Tool
    10th anniversary of the partnership between UNDP and MBRF ceremony

2nd Knowledge Week Jordan, April 22-26, 2018, Amman | Irbid | Al Karak, Jordan

  • Knowledge Forum: Jordan Global Knowledge Index post-launch event (Apr 22)
  • Meetings with students and academics at University of Jordan (Apr 23), Yarmouk University (Apr 24) in Irbid and Mutah University in Al Karak (Apr 25)
  • Meeting with the Director General and experts of the Department of Statistics in Jordan (Apr 26)

Global Knowledge Index Post-Launch Event, April 10-12, 2018, Paris, France

    Agenda n.a.

    Note: For 2018 Knowledge Weeks in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Paris (France), London (UK), Bahrain, Malaysia, New York (USA) are planned

(POSTPONED/CANCELLED!?) Knowledge Week Morocco, March 26-30, 2018, Rabat | El Jadida | Marrakesh, Morocco
(in collaboration with Mohammed V University in Rabat, Chouaib Doukkali University in El Jadida and Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh)

1st Knowledge Week Egypt, Cairo (March 6–8) | Alexandria (March 10–12), 2018, Egypt

  • Knowledge Summit Workshop with Al-Ahram Foundation (Mar 8)
  • Gatherings with the Professors and Students at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Nile University and Alexandria University (Division of Trade and Department of Economics)

4th Knowledge Summit 2017, November 21-23, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Conference Theme: Knowledge and the 4th Industrial Revolution
(in conjunction with the 1st MBRF Knowledge Week, Nov 19-23)

    Sessions: n.a.

    Global Knowledge Index 2017 Launch Event

    2017 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony (MBRKA Winners: Wendy Kopp, Misk Foundation, Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama)

Reading of the Arab Knowledge Index: A Discussion Seminar (Symposium), 15 May 2017, Alexandria University, Cairo, Egypt

Arab Knowledge Index 2016 & Arab Reading Index Post-Launch Event, 27 February 2017, Kuwait City, Kuwait

    Sessions: Arab Knowledge Index 2016 Results and Discussion; Arab Reading Index Results and Discussion

Note: For 2017 eight post-launch events in Arab and international cities (Riyadh, Kuwait City, Cairo, Amman, Algiers, Rabat, New York and Paris) are planned.

3rd Knowledge Summit 2016, December 5-7, 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Conference Theme: Knowledge… Present and Future

    Sessions: n.a.

    Arab Knowledge Index and Reading Index 2016 Launch Event

    2016 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony (MBRKA Winners: Masdar, Melinda Gates, The Arab Thought Foundation)

Arab Knowledge Index 2015 post-launch Event, 15-16 May 2016, Cairo, Egypt
(Conference “Towards Building the Egyptian Knowledge and Innovation Society”)

Arab Knowledge Index Post-Launch Event, 10 May 2016, Tunis, Algeria
(National Symposium for the Launch of the Arab Knowledge Index)

    Sessions: Results of the Arab Knowledge Index (presentation and discussion session); Discussion Panel

Arab Knowledge Index Post-Launch Event, 6 May 2016, New York, USA

    Sessions: Understanding the Implications of the Knowledge Index in Reforming the Education and Innovation in the Arab world; Education in the Arab world: the path toward sustainable tolerance, peace and youth development. What Changes the Arab Youth are Capable of?

Arab Knowledge Index Post-Launch Event, 18 April 2016, Amman, Jordan
(National Symposium for the Launch of the Arab Knowledge Index)

    Sessions: Results of the Arab Knowledge Index (presentation and discussion session); The Role of Higher Education Preparing Youth for Community Access Knowledge (seminar)

2nd Knowledge Summit 2015, December 7-9, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Conference Theme: The Way to Innovation

    Sessions: Innovation in Education: Future Outlook; Innovation and Information Technology; Scientific Research, Innovation and Development; Knowledge Index: Methodology and components; Knowledge economy indicators, information technology, research and development and innovation; Knowledge Index – Education indicators in the Arab region; Innovation in Media and Film Making; Innovation in brain games

    Arab Knowledge Index 2015 Launch Event

    2015 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony (MBRKA Winners: National Geographic, Ahmad Alshugairi, Hiroshi Ishiguro)

Launch Workshops of the Arab Knowledge Report “Youth and Localizazion of Knowledge”:

  • Cairo, Egypt ?
  • November 2015, Rabat, Morroco
  • 3 September 2015, University of Oxford, London, UK
  • 3 June 2015, UNESCO Paris, France
  • 28 April 2015, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • March 9 2015, Amman, Jordan

1st Knowledge Conference 2014, December 7-9, 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Conference Theme: Empowering Future Generations

    Sessions: The transition of knowledge economy between reality and application; Knowledge through innovation and integration; Producing and localising knowledge; Involving the Arab youth in the process of transmitting and localising knowledge; The lifestyle of the Arab youth in the United Arab Emirates and the factors that contribute in enabling the Arab youth to actively participate in transmitting and localising knowledge; The Arab youth and knowledge management, enabling environments and the effective tools for involving the Arab youth in the process of transmitting and localising knowledge; Arab knowledge in numbers – Towards creating an Arab Knowledge Index; The status of Arab knowledge in light of the Arab Spring

    Arab Knowledge Report, and the UAE Report 2014 Launch Event
    Arab Knowledge Index 2014 Launch Event

    2014 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Annual Knowledge Award (MBRKA) Ceremony (MBRKA Winners: Jimmy Wales, Tim Berners Lee)

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