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07octallday2017 Al Sharq Youth Conference - Embracing the Future


Event Details

2017 Al Sharq Youth Conference

Motto of the Conference: ‘Embracing the Future’

Date: October 7-8, 2017

Venue:  Hilton Bosphorus Hotel


ASY Annual Conference 2017 is the first interactive conference in Al Sharq region to bring hundreds of worldwide experts and exceptional and outstanding youth together to discuss the trending future patterns in politics, business, technology, science and art in a city that bridges East and West.

The two-day event was filled with intriguing dialogues and discussions, creative workshops, challenging competitions, networking sessions and diverse artistic performances and exhibitions. The conference aimed to create awareness among the youth regarding the future and find a way to navigate through an ever-changing world.

The conference was conducted in three main languages: Arabic, English and Turkish.

The Annual Conference brings together approximately 800 youth and young leaders from all over the world. It is largest youth-lead conference in the region, and it grapples with and discusses the region’s future in the utmost seriousness with renowned scholars and media personnel. It promises excellence and success, and ultimately – a result, which feeds into the annual projects it undertakes.


Sponsors and Partners 


Ministry of Culture – Turkey


Ministry of Culture- Qatar


TRT wrold

ibn Khaldon university


Noon post

Arab innovation netwokr



vision markez ro2ya

integral media

huff post




october 7 (Saturday) - 8 (Sunday)

Speakers for this event

  •   Khalid Hajji

      Khalid Hajji

  •  Ahmad Ashkar

     Ahmad Ashkar

    Founder & CEO of Hult Prize

  • Abdulkareem Aouir

    Abdulkareem Aouir

  • Abdullah Najjar

    Abdullah Najjar

  • Abigail Harrison

    Abigail Harrison

  • Al Anesty

    Al Anesty

  • Bilal hassam

    Bilal hassam

    Director at British Muslim TV.

  • Daren Frankil

    Daren Frankil

  • Dena Takruri

    Dena Takruri

    Senior Presenter at AJ+

  • Faisal Dawjee

    Faisal Dawjee

  • Hamed Jafari

    Hamed Jafari

    Co-founder TechRasa

  • Haroon Meer

    Haroon Meer

    Security Geek at Thinkst. We build

  • Harun Rashid

    Harun Rashid

    Co-Founder of Islamic Design house

  • Heather Lison

    Heather Lison

  • Ibrahim Junaidi

    Ibrahim Junaidi

  • Imiteaz Ahmad

    Imiteaz Ahmad

  • Jafar Mahallati

    Jafar Mahallati

  • Kaan akin

    Kaan akin

    Founding Partner and CEO @Hackquarters

  • Kerim Ture

    Kerim Ture

  • Lurdes Vidal Bertran

    Lurdes Vidal Bertran

  • Mahathir Mohammad

    Mahathir Mohammad

    Prime Minister of Malaysia

  • Malia Bouattia

    Malia Bouattia

  • Meltem Demirors

    Meltem Demirors

  • Mohamed Hassan

    Mohamed Hassan

  • Mohammad Dangor

    Mohammad Dangor

  • Muhammad Bayazid

    Muhammad Bayazid

    Director/Producer based in the United States.

  • Nihad Awad

    Nihad Awad

  • Ott vatter

    Ott vatter

  • Patrick Milton

    Patrick Milton

    postdoctoral research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin

  • Racheal Anne Sibley

    Racheal Anne Sibley

    Vice President of Product Marketing at Leap Motion

  • Riyad Mintee

    Riyad Mintee

  • Sami Zaidan

    Sami Zaidan

  • Sanad Boshnaq

    Sanad Boshnaq

    Expert in advanced technology and semiconductors from Japan

  • Shadi Rahimi

    Shadi Rahimi

    Senior Producer at AJ+

  • Sirin Hamsho

    Sirin Hamsho

  • Sumaya Abdelqader

    Sumaya Abdelqader

    City councilwoman in Milan-Italy

  • Tamer Mohammad

    Tamer Mohammad

    Founder of Aspect Biosystems Ltd

  • Tarik Yousef

    Tarik Yousef

  • Vit Jedilcka

    Vit Jedilcka

  • Wadah Khanfar

    Wadah Khanfar

    Al Sharq Forum President

    Al Sharq Forum President

  • Yavuz Fettahoglu

    Yavuz Fettahoglu

    Former President of Genç Müsiad

  • Zamir Iqbal

    Zamir Iqbal

  • Zeynep Coskun

    Zeynep Coskun

    Research Fellow at Al Sharq Forum


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • October 7, 2017
    • 10:15 Welcoming Remark10:15 - 10:40 Embracing the FutureSpeakers: Mr. Waddah Khanfar

    • 10:40 Keynote Speaker10:40 - 11:00  My Message to the Leaders of the FutureSpeakers: Mahathir Mohammad

    • 11:00 ASY TALK Video11:00 - 11:10The Future is Auspicious: Welcome to Al Sharq YouthSpeakers: Ibrahim Junaidi

    • 11:10 Al Jazeera Talk11:10 - 11:25Young People’s Reactions to Transformations in Media: An Outlook on the Future

    • 11:10 Spotlight 111:10 - 11:25The Future will be DecentralizedSpeakers: Vit Jedilcka

    • 11:25 Spotlight 211:25 - 11:35Technological Advancements & the Future of Democracy

    • 12:20 PM Spotlight 312:20 PM - 12:30 PMCreative Chaos: Westphalia LessonsSpeakers: Patrick Milton

    • 12:30 PM Spotlight 412:30 PM - 12:40 PMA Blockchain RevolutionSpeakers: Daren Frankil

    • 12:40 PM The World, Ten Years from Now12:40 PM - 1:40 PMPanelSpeakers: Jafar Mahallati, Lurdes Vidal Bertran, Mohammad Dangor, Nihad Awad

    • 3:00 PM Keynote Speaker3:00 PM - 3:20 PMCutting through the Clutter: Where to for the Media?Speakers: Al Anesty

    • 3:20 PM Spotlight 53:20 PM - 3:30 PMBreaking Taboos Speakers: Bilal hassam

    • 3:30 PM Spotlight 63:30 PM - 3:40 PMDigitizing the State Speakers: Ott vatter

    • 3:40 PM Spotlight 73:40 PM - 3:50 PMThe New Age of HumanitarianismSpeakers: Heather Lison

    • 3:50 PM Panel3:50 PM - 4:30 PMJewar: The Future of Pluralism in Al Sharq Speakers:   Khalid Hajji, Faisal Dawjee, Zeynep Coskun

    • 5:00 PM Spotlight 85:00 PM - 5:10 PMVR , AR and the Future of Journalism Speakers: Racheal Anne Sibley

    • 5:10 PM Spotlight 95:10 PM - 5:20 PMBig Data for Big Times! What you Need to KnowSpeakers: Imiteaz Ahmad

    • 5:20 PM Dialogue5:20 PM - 5:50 PMWhat Happens when we Snap out of it, and the Buzz Fades? The Future of Media.Speakers: Dena Takruri, Muhammad Bayazid, Shadi Rahimi

    • October 8, 2017
    • 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker10:30 AM - 10:50 AMThe Future of Money and Investment: What’s Just Beyond the Horizon?Speakers:   Ahmad Ashkar

    • 10:50 AM Dialogue10:50 AM - 11:30 AMBuilding Novel Businesses, Differently Speakers: Hamed Jafari, Kerim Ture

    • 11:30 AM Spotlight 111:30 AM - 11:40 AMThe Future of Commerce: A Digital Currency RevolutionSpeakers: Meltem Demirors

    • 11:40 AM Spotlight 211:40 AM - 11:50 AMHow Can Business Boost Culture?Speakers: Harun Rashid

    • 12:30 AM Panel12:30 AM - 1:20 PMThe Future of Al Sharq Region and the Islamic World: Economics, Businesses, and YouthSpeakers: Sami Zaidan, Tarik Yousef, Yavuz Fettahoglu, Zamir Iqbal

    • 2:20 AM Spotlight 32:20 AM - 2:30 AMArtificial Intelligence and the Future of YouSpeakers: Abdulkareem Aouir

    • 2:30 AM Spotlight 52:30 AM - 2:40 AMThe Future of your Organs: 3D BioprintingSpeakers: Tamer Mohammad

    • 2:40 AM Spotlight 62:40 AM - 2:50 AMThe Mars GenerationSpeakers: Abigail Harrison

    • 2:50 AM Spotlight 72:50 AM - 3:00 AMThe Great War of SemiconductorsSpeakers: Sanad Boshnaq

    • 3:00 PM Spotlight 8 3:00 PM - 3:10 PMThe Internet, Cyberwar, Nation States and YouSpeakers: Haroon Meer

    • 4:50 AM Panel4:50 AM - 5:50 AMWhat is Next? A Generation of Enabled YouthSpeakers: Kaan akin, Malia Bouattia, Mohamed Hassan, Riyad Mintee, Sirin Hamsho, Sumaya Abdelqader

    • 5:50 AM Closing Remarks5:50 AM - 6:00 AMClosing RemarksSpeakers: Wadah Khanfar