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Harvard Arab World Conference 2016


The Harvard Arab Alumni Association (“HAAA”) is delighted to invite you to attend our 11th annual Harvard Arab World Conference, which will be held in Muscat, Oman on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa. This conference is open to both Harvard and non-Harvard affiliates.

Register today via Eventbrite!

Innovation: Inspiring a new Arab World

Titled “Innovation: Inspiring a New Arab World” , the conference will bring together a diverse community of Harvard alumni, professors, thinkers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and leaders all sharing an interest and commitment to the renewal and development of the Arab world. The Conference will explore a multitude of innovative initiatives emerging out of the Arab World. HAWC will not only tackle topics of technology and the economic sphere, but will also discuss the opportunities in the areas of education, the arts, religion and policy. Noting that Arabs at their core truly are entrepreneurs, HAWC asks how the region and its people can harness innovation to drive positive change, and how is the rising generation of Arabs may take advantage of current and emerging resources to inspire transformation. The conference will also include a startup pitch competition. On the night before the conference, HAAA will also host a free seminar on Harvard admissions process for Omani high school students and graduate students This year’s program features several exciting components:

Friday, April 1

* Seminar on Harvard admissions process for Omani high school students and graduate students (7pm-8pm): free seminar for up to 150 attendees. registration details to be announced.

Saturday, April 2

* Conference (8am-7pm): Join us for a day of thought-provoking panels and addresses by many of the region’s most inspiring leaders where participants and panelists will debate critical topics.

* Gala Dinner (8:30pm-10:30pm): Join us for the closing Gala Dinner at the picturesque beachside Turtle Beach garden at the Shangri La.

Sunday, April 3 - Thursday April 7th (Shorter options available)

* Exclusive Oman tour: In addition to the conference in Muscat, you're invited to join an exclusive HAAA tour across Oman with stops in Muscat, Jebel Akhdar and Salalah. The trip will be a great chance to experience the beautiful scenery of Oman and to network with fellow HAAA members. For complete information about the tour itinerary, please see the relevant section on the website.

Please send an email to the HAAA Program Director, Imane Karroumi ( if you have any questions about the upcoming event. We look forward to welcoming you to Oman!!

The Arab World Conference

Each year, HAAA hosts two world-class conferences: the Harvard Arab Weekend (HAW) on the Harvard campus, now the largest Arab conference in North America with nearly 1300 attendees, and the Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC) at a different Arab city each year. Past conferences were held in Tunis, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Doha and Dubai, with over 400 attendees at the last conference. The 10th Annual HAWC was held in Morocco in March 2015. These conferences bring together hundreds of Harvard alumni, faculty, and societal leaders to discuss key issues related to the region and serve to heighten awareness of issues facing the Arab world and increase dialogue around important topics facing the Arab world. Our conferences are open to the public, and the majority of our prior attendees were not Harvard alumni. The conference is expected to be attended by 400 leading professionals from the Middle East, Europe and the US.

About HAAA

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association was founded in 2001 to promote and strengthen the “Arab voice” at Harvard, to build a strong network among Harvard alumni with an interest in the Arab world and to provide unique fora for intelligent discussion on issues concerning the betterment of the Arab World. Today, the Harvard Arab Alumni Association reaches over 4,000 alumni and friends and supports a number of charities, scholarship funds and initiatives throughout the Arab world, including Project Harvard Admissions to promote the admission of more Arab students at Harvard and the HAAA Scholarship Fund, the first and only alumni-led scholarship fund at Harvard. In 2010, on account of our efforts, the Harvard President recognized us as the best Harvard alumni association.

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