15 - 16 February

Social Innovation



Social Innovation Forum

An annual forum that brings together leaders of social entities and projects, and practitioners from around the world to network and exchange ideas in the fields of innovation and social investment. It seeks to stimulate a global movement in social entrepreneurship as well as providing a platform for learning, exchanging experience and to highlight the latest practices, as well as building partnerships between regional and global entrepreneurs to support social entrepreneurship and achieve the concept of social innovation.


H.E. Mr. Turki Al Shabana

Former Minister of Media

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman

New York University’s (NYU) inaugural senior vice president for global inclusion and strategic innovation.

H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Al Khedhairi

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dar-Athan for Humanitarian and Strategic Studies

Roberta Calarese

Founder and Chief Executive Officer · GHAYA

H.E. Dr. Husam Zaman

Former president of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission

Mr. Donnie SC Lygonis

Founder Entrepreneurs Without Borders ( Innovation Strategist, Business Coach & host Innovation Fika )

H.E Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Namlah

Former Minister of Labour

Stefanie Schachtschabel

Founder & CEO at Welcome to the World.

Dr. Khalid Al Awwad

Former member of the Shura Council and Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education

Mr. Jimmy Pham AM

Founder/Chairman - KOTO

Dr. Ziyad Aldrees

Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UNESCO

Mr. Arthur Blok

author, journalist, lecturer, and entrepreneur. editor-in-chief of The Liberum

Dr. Abdullah M. Aljughaiman

Former member of the Shura Council, Professor at the King Faisal University

Hilary Koob-Sassen

Sculptor and Filmmaker and Song Maker

Eng. Abdullah Alrakhis

Head of the National Development Program Misk City

Mr. Chad Robertson

Co-Founder and CEO of Regenize

Dr. Abdulrahman Alolayan

CEO- Dammam Valley

Mr. Jack Sim

founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore, the World Toilet Organization

Mr. Ali Alalyani

Saudi Journalist

Ms. Saskia Sassen

Professor of Sociology at Columbia University in New York City, and Professor at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Abdullah Dahlan

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Business and Technology


Workshops - First Day

  • 10:00 : 12:00

    Successful Business Models for Social Entrepreneurship

    Workshop Presenter: Afnan bint Saeed Aba Btatin

    Director of Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Department

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Drag and Drop Your First App

    Workshop Introduction: Ms. Hessa Al-Yahya

    Cloud Solutions Engineer at Microsoft Saudi Arabia

  • 10:00 - 12:00

    Innovative Initiatives for Sustainable Environment and the Technical Side, with Evidence from the Innovation Model of Nabatik Platform

    Workshop Presenter: Dr. Mohammed Al-Sheikh

    Faculty member of the Department of Business Administration and the owner of the initiative of Nabatik Platform and the initiative of Carbon-Free University.

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