With approval of the Ministry of Education, Al Yamamah University is holding the first Al Yamamah Economic Forum 2017 (YUEF 2017) under the title “Diversification of Saudi Economy in light of Vision 2030”. The forum is scheduled for March 1st, 2017 (2/6/1438). A number of international and local speakers and analysts are to participate in the forum, which will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and the presentation of working papers from private and government institutions in addition to some specialized research papers.
The forum kicks off with a major session titled “Facing the Digital Tsunami while reaching Vision 2030” to be presented by Professor Eric Spangberg, Dean of College of Business Administration, University of California-Irvine. The session will be moderated by Dr. Own Cargol, Acting Dean of College of Business Administration. The second session will be “The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Economic Development and Employment, and the requirements for their success” to be presented by Dr. Hamad Al Alshaikh, Head of the Investment Committee in Takaful Charity Organization and ex-Deputy Minister of Boys’ Education Affairs. The session will be moderated by Professor Hussam Ramadan, the University Vice President. The major sessions will be concluded with the third session titled “Saudi Economy: present situation and future prospects” presented by Dr. AbdulAziz Al Dakheel, President of Al Dakheel Financial Group.
After that, the forum will feature its first panel discussion “Role of Private Sector in Offering Innovative Solutions for diversifying Saudi Economy”. This panel discussion will be chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Babily, Deputy Minister of Economy and Planning and Mr. Rashed Al Fouzan, Director of CNBC Arabia in KSA, Eng. Ahmed Al Rajhi, Head of the Board in Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Mohammed Al Sayer, member of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Talat Hafiz, the main panelist.
The Second panel discussion will target young entrepreneurs under the title “Contributions of Small and Medium Enterprises in Creating Employment Opportunities”. The panelists are Salman Al Sehaibani, Ms. Maha Shirah, Mr. Faris Al Turki and Mr. Ahmed AL Jibreen, the head of the panel.
The Forum also features sessions for working papers from Government and private institutions and some specialized research papers.