The First Regional Event on Knowledge-Based Economy

The Arabian Knowledge Economy Association organises "The First Regional Conference on the Knowledge Economy" that will be organized jointly with Al-Aghar Strategic Think Tank Group and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from January 12-13, 2008

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The Arabian Knowledge Economy Association organises "The First Regional Conference on the Knowledge Economy" that will be organized jointly with Al-Aghar Strategic Think Tank Group and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from January 12-13, 2008.

The conference theme of "Towards Knowledge Economy" will aim at introducing, promoting and highlighting ways of building a viable and vibrant knowledge-based economy in the Region. The conference objectives are:

• Introduce the Knowledge-Based Economy (KBE) in the Arab World

• Create awareness on the KBE

• Learn about global experience from other countries

• Learn how individuals and enterprises can prepare for the knowledge economy

• Network entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts to discover new ways for improving and shaping innovation and entrepreneurship in selected industries including education, hydrocarbon, power and water, environment, healthcare and life sciences, information and communication technologies, and real-estate and tourism industries.

The conference keynote speakers for the opening ceremony include:

• HE Dr. Amr Mosa,

• HE Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

In addition, the following are among the confirmed speakers and organizations (in alphabetical order):

• Al-Hassani, Professor Salim T S (UK)

• Al-Mutair, Jamal (KSA)

• Amidon, Debra (USA)

• Aubert, Jean-Eric (France)

• Azzman Tengku, Dr. Mohammed (Malaysia)

• Bahabri, Dr. Sultan (KSA)

• Bendis, Richard (USA)

• Bounfour, Professor Ahmed (France)

• Chebo, Dr. Maher (France)

• Crowe, Mike (Australia)

• Edvinsson, Professor Leif (Sweden)

• Ron, Manuel D. (USA)

• Savage, Dr. Charles (Germany)

• Sullivan, Dr. Patrick (USA)

Who should attend?

• Entrepreneurs

• Government economic development agencies agencies

• Corporations and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

• Universities, R&D and technical centers

• Investors and Venture Capitalists

• Industry consultants and technology brokers

• Science Parks, Knowledge Cities, Innovation centers and business incubators

For more data on some of the speakers, click here.

The Program of the conference is here.

See also the website of the The Arabian Knowledge Economy Association (AKEA) at: http://www.akeame.com/events.asp.

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