Posted on November 11, 2019

In the context of a rapidly evolving world with exponential technological changes, more than 200 speakers and 150 sessions will drive conversations to shape the future of education at the 2019 WISE Summit.

The summit, taking place from November 19-21, will see educators, experts, thought leaders, and decision makers from around the globe gather to reimagine the future of education, discussing the behaviors, skills, and traits we must unlearn and relearn to flourish in the 21st century around the theme UnLearn, ReLearn: What it means to be Human.

Among the speakers confirmed for the WISE Summit – an initiative of Qatar Foundation –  are:

  • H.E. Armen Sarkissian, Armenia, President of Armenia; physicist and computer scientist.
  • Eman Abdulla, Qatar, Head of Schools, Qatar Children's Museum Project. With extensive international experience working in partnership with indigenous and local communities, she plays a key role in bringing museum educational experiences to life.
  • Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala, Qatar, Director of Research and Content Development, WISE; has over 20 years of professional experience in schools and higher education. She is also an advisor for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s education strategy.
  • Mohammed Saadoun Al-Kuwari, Qatar, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Ambassador; Executive TV Presenter, beIN sports; former tennis player; and entrepreneur. 
  • Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser Al Thani, Qatar, Chairperson, INJAZ Qatar and INJAZ Al Arab. A passionate believer in the importance of community service and corporate social responsibility and a pioneer in these fields.
  • Valerie Hannon, UK, Board Director, Innovation Unit; a global thought leader, inspiring systems to re-think what educational success will mean in the 21st Century.
  • Dr. Ger Graus OBE, Global Director of Education, Kidzania; a renowned figure in the field of education, and founding CEO of the Children’s University, a multiple award-winning international charity providing exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours.
  • Mohamed Evren Tok, Qatar, Assistant Dean of Innovation and Community Development, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, member of QF. Experienced in building disruptive mechanisms in education and learning in post-graduate studies. Founder of the first makerspace at Qatar Foundation. 

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Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE, said: “In education, we naturally focus on what we should learn. We also think there’s an important role to play in unlearning. We should challenge some of our assumptions about the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact with each other.”

Among the questions at the heart of the discussions are: Should schools teach students how to be happy? Will artificial intelligence make teachers obsolete? Can the latest discoveries in neuroscience make our kids smarter? Do students care about what they are learning? Should schools get rid of grading systems? Should students pledge a percentage of their future salary to fund their higher education? From discussing how to relearn the emotional skills we need in order to learn, to debating whether well-being should be taught in schools, to uncovering global ed-tech trends and their impact on innovation, WISE 2019 will address the pressing issues and current trends facing education.

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