Saudi Arabia’s Misk trumpets youth voice on world stage

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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Misk Foundation recently took part for the fifth time in the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Many of the 2,700 leaders, decision-makers, and thinkers from 68 countries who participated in the annual gathering visited the foundation’s Youth Council pavilion during the five-day summit, that ended on Jan. 20.

Through its Youth Council, Misk aims to provide a platform for dialogue for the world’s young people to engage and seek solutions to global challenges.

The Youth Council pavilion at Davos had been designed in the pattern of Al-Sadu weaving style, which is registered on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, and in conveying the voice of global youth helped in promoting efforts toward a society based on knowledge.

Four interactive areas within the pavilion included a dialogue platform and library offering opportunities to learn more about global initiatives and possible solutions to pressing issues, an exhibition on the foundation’s key local and international achievements over the past decade, and a presentation on a generation of change initiative launched at the sixth edition of the Misk Global Forum.

Intended primarily to serve as a platform for dialogue and expertise exchange, Misk has brought together more than 38 speakers from Saudi Arabia and the world in 16 brainstorming sessions and meetings to discuss a variety of topics.

Sessions saw the participation of Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund Prince Sultan bin Khalid, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Al-Khorayef, CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City Fahd Al-Rasheed, NEOM CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr, ACWA Power CEO Paddy Padmanathan, in addition to several youth officials and executives of international companies.

Misk’s Youth Council pavilion was also visited by the Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar, Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawah, Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal Al-Ibrahim, STC CEO Olayan Alwetaid, and several ministers and executives from the Gulf region and the world.



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