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  • Ahmed Saleh

HCI announces speakers for conference on February 28-29, 2024

Riyadh, January 31, 2024, The Human Capability Initiative (HCI) has officially disclosed the lineup of speakers for its upcoming conference scheduled for February 28-29, 2024. This significant gathering is endorsed by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, the Crown Prince, Prime Minister, and Chair of the Human Capability Development Program (HCDP) Committee. The conference aims to bring together leaders and experts from various industries to engage in conversations centered around Human Capability Development (HCD), with the goal of preparing individuals for the challenges and opportunities of the future, according to a press release from HCI.

HCI is heralded as the "first-ever global cooperative platform dedicated to unifying international efforts and enriching the global dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for developing human capabilities," as per the release.

Themed 'Future Readiness,' the HCI conference strives to initiate proactive discussions addressing the intricate and multifaceted challenges presented by the future of work. It endeavors to provide individuals with essential skills for success while nurturing resilience and adaptability in the constantly evolving professional landscape.

Eng. Anas AlMudaifer, CEO of HCDP, underscored HCI's global role in unlocking human capabilities and potential to propel progress and prosperity. In extending a warm welcome to experts, he emphasized their collective expertise in steering future readiness and sustainable solutions for human capability development. AlMudaifer expressed optimism that the collaborative dialogue during the conference would yield insights and collaborations with a lasting impact, contributing to the creation of a better tomorrow for all.

The array of speakers announced today includes government officials and representatives from international organizations, such as Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed AlRajhi, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef, Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal Alibrahim, Minister of Education Yousef Al Benyan, Regional Director – Human Development, MENA, at the World Bank Dr. Fadia Saadah, Director of Education and Skills at OECD Andreas Schleicher, Future of Learning & Innovation, Education Sector at UNESCO Dr. Sobhi Tawil, Director, CEO of WHO Foundation Anil Soni.

The roster also boasts private sector and business leaders such as CEO of AON Gregory Case, Chairman of Rio Tinto & LeapFrog Investments Dominic Barton, Chief Impact Officer of IBM Justina Nixon-Sintil, and President & CEO of Coursera Jeff Maggioncalda. Noteworthy participation from academics and intellectuals includes the Dean of Said Business School at the University of Oxford Soumitra Dutta, Founding President of NEOM University Andreas Cangellaris, and EVP & Director of the Center for Global Commons at the University of Tokyo Naoko Ishii.

The release highlighted the involvement of education, training, and entrepreneurship experts, featuring CEO of Duke CE Sharmia Chetty, CEO of Udacity Dr. Kai Roemmelt, CEO of the Institute of International Education Allan E. Goodman, and President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Jonathan Ortmans. The HCI conference is poised to be a convergence of diverse perspectives and expertise, promising meaningful discussions on shaping a more capable and resilient global workforce.

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