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Friday March 10, 2017


4:00 pm-6:00pm

Seminar on Harvard admissions process for Jordanian high school students and graduate students. Seminar is free but attendees need to register through Sajilini

6:30 pm-8:00pm

Civics Lab with Hafez Gahem, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa

8:30 pm

Networking Dinner at the Main Restaurant (Obelisk): Attendees must pay individually for the dinner (30 Jds), as it is not included in the conference package


Saturday March 11, 2017


8:00-9:00 am 

Registration & Refreshments

9:00-9:30 am

Opening Remarks

HAWC 2017 Welcome Remarks

Carine Abi Akar, Conference Co-Chair and Vice-President of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and

Dr. Mohammad Hajjiri, Conference Co-Chair

HAAA Welcome Remarks

Dr. Hesham Hamoda, President of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association

Harvard University Welcome

Mark Elliott, Vice-Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University

9:30-10:00 am

Opening Keynote Address

Remarks by Her Royal Highness Princess Ghida Talal

Keynote Address

Remarks by His Excellency Omar Razzaz


Plenary 1 : Building Arab Healthcare: Sustainable delivery of quality care


Coffee Break


Plenary 2 : The Future of Arab Diplomacy


Parallel Sessions

Panel 1A: Building Arab Education: Preparing our youth for the jobs of the future

Panel 1B: Building after Conflict

Civics Lab




Parallel Sessions

Panel 2A: Fostering a Sustainable Middle East from the Ground Up: Commercial Law Reform to Ensure Private Sector Growth

Panel 2B: Unlocking the Talents of Refugees

Civics Lab


Parallel Sessions

Panel 3A: Tasawurat: Arab Art at a Time of Turmoil

Panel 3B: Entrepreneurship: Vehicle for Change, or Just a Buzzword?

Civics Lab


Coffee Break


Special Session: Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Arab World

Civics Lab


Startup Pitch Competition


Conference Closing Remarks 

Philip Lovejoy, Executive Director of Harvard Alumni Association

Noura Al-Saket, Conference Fundraising Chair


Gala Dinner (Must have purchased separate ticket to attend)