About the event

The 11th Gulf Education Conference Jeddah Saudi Arabia 23rd –24thFebruary 2020

This conference explores the relationship between universities and the fourth industrial revolution with a view to universities shaping it more effectively and preparing society to make the most of it.

Unlike the first industrial revolution, which was driven by steam, the second by electrical power and the third by advances in electronics, automation, and digital technologies, the fourth industrial revolution is much more complex. It is driven by a disruptive fusion of new and existing technologies in physical, digital and biological realms which is having impact on society globally at an accelerating pace. It is raising opportunities and issues about the nature of work, the use of technologies, economies, governance, values and responsibility as well as the quality of life and its impact on the planet.

Universities have played a central role in creating the elements of the revolution and will play a greater role in developing it and enabling society engage with it so as to gain maximum benefit from it.

After a top-level review of how the fourth industrial revolution is developing, how Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are viewing the revolution and how they are responding to it, the conference will unpack the particular opportunities and challenges which it presents to universities. It will do this through the themes of research, teaching and learning, internationalisation, engaging with stakeholders and leading and reforming the university itself.

So, how will this conference help university leaders and those leading aspects of industry, commerce, the professions and government to make a difference?

Previous Gulf Conferences have attracted over 400 senior leaders from colleges, universities and ministries to provide a rich resource for discussion and development. This year's event will also have an exhibition comprising universities and other organisations. There will be a gala dinner at which successes will be celebrated.

Ministers from GCC and other countries will share their key issues and the steps they are taking to address them. The views of global commentators will be presented along with the actions being taken by various organisations. We will then hear about and explore, in an interactive way, components of the issues and innovations with a view to enabling participants to share their experience and take away ideas for reforms.

Advisory board

Mr. David Lock
Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation
Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi
Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan
Dr. Khalid Al-afari
General manager of Career Guidance & Recruitment Center at (TVTC) Saudi Arabia
Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali
Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
Dr. John Law
Higher Education Advisor, British Council
Dr Aisha Al-Azemi
Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait
Mr. Hanny Alshazly
Senior Regional Director at Blackboard
Professor Mohamed Loutfi
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Mr. Carl-Johan Westring
Vice President, EF Education First
Prof. Ali Shams El Din
Partner Allied Consultants Group - ACG
Mr. Ashwin Fernandes
Regional Director ‐ Middle East, North Africa & South Asia - QS
Dr. Amir Dhia
Director General of UBT Executive Education and ELA


Learn from the leaders

The event will have an extraordinary line up of Saudi / Global policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of Recruitments presenting and offering their expertise and insight.

Dr. Abdulla S. Dahlan
Abdulla S. Dahlan
Chairman of Board of Trustees at University of Business and Technology
H. E. Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi
Director of King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Saad Al-Masoudi
Director of education in Jeddah Governorate
His Royal highness prince Saad Al-Saud
Dean of the College of Information & Communication Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University
Dr. Rimah Saleh Alyahya
Deputy Minister for private High Education
Her Highness Princess Doaa Bint Mohammed
Supreme Head of the Arab Women's Foundation
Mr. David Lock
Chair of Gulf Education Conferences
Prof. Amr Ezzat Salama
Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities
Dr. Amal Al Fatani
TATA Consultancy CEO of Women Business Centre
H.E. Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Mousa
Former President of Saudi electronic University
Mr. Abdurahman Afia
Director of Leadership Development Crestcom
Mr. cornell Thomas
International Speaker and Author CEO Cornell Thomas Consulting
Dr. Lama Sulaiman Jeddah
Vice Chair and Board Member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Ben Hanneford-Smith
Head of Business Development at EtonX
Dr. Hafidh AlSamarrai
Advisor at global business Development and GrowthInc.
Mrs. Anjum Malik
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Alhambra-U.S. Chamber
Dr. Russell Dover
Director, International Higher Education Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Dr. Sherif Sedky
Executive President of Zewail City of Science and Technology
Dr.Layla Habib Al Bloushi
Executive President of Zewail City of Science and Technology
Dr. Mahmoud Baissa
Advisor for UBT president
Dr. Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj
President of Ahlia University
Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh al-Shtaiwi
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Onaizah Colleges and Buraidah Colleges
Prof. Justin Thomas
Professor of Psychology Zayed University
Dr. Sami Alansari
CEO SMO / Ministry of education
Professor Dr. Zayed bin Ajeer Al-Harthi
Specialized in Sociopsychology and Statistics, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences
Dr. Taghreed yahya A.Q Abu-salim
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong in Dubai
Dr. Kim A Critchley
Kim A Critchley
Provost University of Prince Edward Island, Cairo Campus
Professor. Ashraf Hatem
Counselor of the American University in Cairo (AUC)
Ms. Safaa Sameer Murad
A Psychological and family counselor
Dr. Heba Jamal
Director of Lifelong Learning
Dr. Norah Almalki
Deanship of E-learning and Distance Education King Abdulaziz university
Dr. James Reade
Head Dept of Economics, University of Reading
Dr. Karim Chelli
president of Canadian University in Dubai

Sponsorship Opportunities

Levels of participation

The 11th Gulf Education Conference offers several different levels of sponsorship opportunities. Participating as a sponsor at this event allows companies or organizations to gain direct exposure to their target audience before, during and after the event. It creates new marketing opportunities as well as demonstrates their level of support and commitment towards the education sector.

Each sponsorship packages has been carefully designed to raise the profile of companies or organizations. However, GC understands that some may not necessarily fit all needs. If you wish to discuss alternative options or create a tailor-made a sponsorship package which best suits your organization or company, please contact our sales team, they will be more than happy to help.

Please view the list below for all available opportunities.

  • (9x6 meter) Exhibition area
  • (10) sponsor representatives in the exhibition
  • A privileged location in the exhibition
  • Possibility of building a wing
  • Video presentation during the opening ceremony
  • The official sponsor's speech at the opening ceremony
  • Meet & greet the delegation at the airport
  • Meet the delegation upon arrival by the airplane door.
  • Preserve (five stars) accommodation for sponsor.
  • Invitation to participate in the activities organized by the cultural attachć to the scholarship students during 2018 – 2019.
  • Special seats for the sponsor in the opening ceremony.
  • Include sponsor's logo in correspondence between cultural attachć & graduates before the event
  • The sponsor's name will be included in Public relations campaignOrganized by the cultural attachć
  • Sponsor's logo will be included in event's publications.
  • The Sponsor's logo will be placed into the event'ss video.
  • The sponsor's logo will be played in the visual show.
  • placed an advertisement on the cover page of the event's booklet.
  • placed an article or a press interview in the concert booklet.
  • Print the sponsor's logo on dinner invitations.
  • Placed the sponsor's logo on the TV interview platform
  • Insert the sponsor's logo on the event leaflets holders,
  • Include the sponsor's logo on the honors' certificates of the event.
  • Placed a distinctive logo for the sponsor on the TV interview platform
  • A memorial Shield for the sponsor for attending and participating in the event
  • Honoring the sponsor for attending and participating in the event.
  • Invitation for dinner reception
  • Welcome kit upon arrival at the airport to sponsors.
  • (2) pages reserved for adverts in the Career's day guide
  • (3) reserved areas for interviews with graduates during the event.
  • (30) of days sponsors can advertise their jobs on the cultural attachć's website.
  • (15) days allowed for conducting interviews with the graduates after the event.
  • (90) days to view the sponsor's website link on the cultural attachć's website after the event.
  • (90) days sponsors can communicate with graduates through the cultural attachć after the event end.