Tamakkan Brings Experts to
Debate Challenges and Opportunities

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The changing landscape of technology, media, business and ethics will be explored at Youth: A Bold New World 2018, a Tamakkan forum hosted at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) on the 23rd of January.

The youth focused forum being held by BrandMoxie’s Tamakkan platform, in collaboration with PSUAD, Emirates Foundation, Sky News Arabia, and Harvard Business Review Arabic, brings together experts and youth to discuss the challenges and opportunities that are rapidly transforming the world.

The forum will feature an interview of Emirates Foundation’s CEO H.E. Maytha Al Habsi, who will share the foundation’s vision and strategy in a chat with Alan Marzo, Culture and Political Advisor of the Swiss Embassy. This will be followed by four panels focused on technology, media, entrepreneurship and ethics.

The event will kick off with a presentation on key youth indicators, by Hadi Malaeb of Harvard Business Review which will highlight current and future youth trends in the region.

Sky News Arabia anchor Chantal Saliba will moderate the Youth and Media panel which will feature panelists Valia Chami, Senior News Editor, Abdou Gadallah, Social Media Editor and Mahra Al Yaqoobi, Learning & Development Manager. The discussion will address emerging media issues such as the incidence of fake news and the increase in extremist ideologies, and the measures in media literacy that are needed to guide youth.

The Youth and Technology panel will be moderated by New York University Abu Dhabi special advisor Jared Grogan whose panelists include Abdelrazak Al-Sharif, Innovation Engineer at StartAD, NYUAD, Hoda Al Khzaimi, Director of the Center of Cyber Security at NYUAD, Britt Spyrou, National Organic Market Access Manager of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and Elizabeth McGuffee, Director of Institutional Advancement at American Community School (ACS). They will discuss the rapidly evolving tech space and what youth need to be aware of with regards to the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality.

The Youth and Ethics panel which will be led by Dr. Franziska Apprich from the Canadian University in Dubai will include panelists Anne Russell, Service Learning Coordinator at ACS, and Fatema Al Hameli, Mechanical Engineer at Abu Dhabi Space Agency. It will explore vital issues in ethics that need to be inculcated in youth to enable them to thrive and become responsible and engaged as citizens of the world.

Laura Toma, Managing Partner at The Improbable Agency, will be moderating the Youth and Entrepreneurship panel, which will comprise Lina Hourani, Director of CSR at Al Ahli Group, Maria Pearson, Founder of, Taleb Al Hashmi, Founder of TBH Consultancy and Hanane Benkhallouk, Founder of Sustain Leadership. The panel will discuss key entrepreneurship trends, and the importance of equipping youth with the entrepreneurial skills needed to manage a dynamic and evolving work landscape, in the face of emerging risks from AI.

Kicking off the forum will be a performance of an original song celebrating the Year of Zayed and performed by the recognized Jordanian singer Zain Awad. The event will also feature the AMP art exhibition curated by Zari Jafri and Deepali Shukla Hakim and a motivational pep talk by founder of Mountain High, Julie Lewis.

“This Tamakkan we focused extensively on youth as we are going through global transformational changes that are reshaping the way we live, work and socialize. Our youth will need new skills and deeper insights to navigate the pathways of both challenges and opportunities. We are thankful to all our partners who made this forum possible by embracing BrandMoxie’s vision and supporting us in empowering youth and guiding them towards a bold new world,” said Sana Bagersh, CEO of BrandMoxie and founder of Tamakkan.

Professor Eric Fouache, Vice Chancellor of PSUAD expressed his support for the youth forum, and its impact on the community. “At Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi we value constructive partnerships, especially those in the areas of innovation and nation-building. We look forward to these engaging discussions that will provide impetus for new dialogues about youth. We believe in the crucial role youth play in societies, therefore we are committed to empower our students by giving them the right opportunities to grow through guiding them during their academic journey.”

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