Festival of Thinkers

Event Type: 
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 8:00am to Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 6:00pm
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Event Sponsor: 
Higher Colleges of Technology

Festival of Thinkers is a unique event designed by Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in collaboration with lateral thinking expert Dr. Edward de Bono.  Engineering Sustainable Systems dual degree Master's student, Patty Liao, has been selected to attend!

 It is an opportunity for students, the leaders of tomorrow, to interact formally and informally with, and learn from, some of the world’s leading thinkers,  including many Nobel laureates. The underlying philosophy of this event is to inspire promising youth to innovate, invent and to use constructive and lateral thinking while exploring potential solutions for the world’s challenges in an interactive format. The Festival discusses critical challenges and opportunities for the world, such as:

 ·         Research and innovation

·         Sustainable development

·         Health and wellness

·         The economic future of the world.

 The inaugural Festival of Thinkers was held in 2005.  Held biennially since then, the most recent Festival of Thinkers took place at several campuses of the Higher Colleges of Technology around the UAE, from 2-4 November 2009. At this conference, 300 young scholars and top university students from 16 countries in the Middle East had the privilege to sit with 11 Nobel Laureates and 150 of the world’s best minds in round-table settings to discuss a range of different themes over 3 days.

 At the opening of the 2009 Festival, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology said:

 “The Festival of Thinkers is based upon the premise that the bringing together of promising students with some of the world’s recognized leaders in innovation and creativity will enrich both groups and lead to an even brighter future for our global society.’’

 In the history of the Festival of Thinkers, 40 Nobel Laureates, such as Dr. Wangari Maathai of Kenya, Dr Shirin Ebadi of Iran, Prof. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, Prof. Murray Gell-Mann, and Prof. R.K. Pachauri have participated. The Festival’s thinkers have included a broad range of more than 250 world thinkers, whose experience and expertise covered most fields of human endeavor – this includes top CEOs of major global corporations, artists such as Placido Domingo, media leaders such as Ted Sorensen, socio-political leaders such as Dr. Castro-Diaz and Cherie Blair, sports stars such as basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, adventurers such as Dr. Bertrand Piccard and the like.

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