Posted on November 24, 2014

“Developing Future Leaders - Prospects for an Empowered Youth in Europe and the Gulf” was the topic of the conference on November 17-18 organized by the Gulf Studies Center (GSC) at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS). The forum was organized in collaboration with the Regional Office Gulf States of Konrad-Adenauer Foundation. The 2-day conference was a part of a series of collaborations carried out by GSC with international research institutes to tackle important socio-political and economic issues in the region.

Attendees included Former Minister of Social Development of the Sultanate of Oman and Visiting Professor at Sultan Qaboos University H.E. Dr Sharifa Khalfan Al Yahyai, GSC director Dr Abdullah Baabood, National President of Junior Chamber International Germany Christian Wewezow, along with scholars and experts from the GCC and Germany including Assistant Professor of Public Policy Dr Rémi Piet (QU-CAS, Qatar); Research Associate / Deputy Head of Division, iMOVE, Mr Hans-Gerhard Reh (Germany); Sciences Po Paris Postgraduate Student in Public Affairs Ms Latifa Mattar (Bahrain); Director of Research and Policy, Silatech Dr Nader Kabbani (Qatar); Senior Advisor, Learning, Skills & Assessment, Silatech Ms Tracy Pryce (Qatar); and public policy consultant Ms Hanan Alawadi (UAE), as well as several faculty members and staff.

QU CAS engages dialogue on empowering 2 [].jpgDiscussions focused on aspects of education and youth employment in Europe and the GCC, and on women’s employment and the economic advantages of a diverse workforce. Three young leaders Ms Rabaa H. Al Hajeri (Head of Marketing, LOYAC, Kuwait), Mr Mark Hartmann (Partner, Project A Ventures, Germany), and Mr Florian Nöll (Chairman, German Startups Association, Germany) shared personal experiences and challenges they encounter in their daily life. Dr Abdullah Baabood said: “This timely conference plays an important role in giving the Center the opportunity to look at the various challenges that are affecting youth. The young population in this region needs to explore new opportunities and to learn from other international experiences, particularly in Europe.”

H.E. Dr Sharifa Khalfan Al Yahyai said: “This event is a strong platform to exchange and investigate the image of young people, particularly in the GCC, who have been stereotyped as spoiled and not capable of serving their country and community.” She added, saying, “Discussions led by scholars and experts from the GCC and Germany have proved that young generations are facing similar social, economic and political obstacles and challenges in these countries. Participants agreed to work together in order to overcome these challenges and pave a promising future for both male and female to enable them to access their rights and practice their citizenship.”

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