14 December 2021


Doha Forum Launches its Twentieth Edition

Doha Forum has announced that the region’s largest global platform for diplomacy, dialogue and diversity will once again convene under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar, on 26 to 27 March 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel, Doha, under the theme ‘Transforming for a New Era.’  

Doha Forum is a platform for bringing together leaders in policy to discuss critical challenges facing our world. First established in 2000 to promote the interchange of ideas, discourse, policy making, and action-oriented recommendations, the next edition will mark the 20th since the forum’s inception and is expected to be the largest yet.

Gathering some of the world’s leading political leaders and decision makers, the theme of Transforming for a New Era will also cover several subthemes: geopolitical alliances and international relationsdefence, cyber and food securityfinancial systems and economic development and climate change and sustainability.

Notable participants in the last edition of Doha Forum included Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamed,

Prime Minister of Malaysia; Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre; Taro Kono, Minister of Defence, Japan; Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, United Nations General Assembly; Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission; Jane Harman , Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center; Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum; Dr. Ebba Kalondo, Spokesperson to the Chairperson, African Union Commission and Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Center, to name but a few.

Commenting on the launch of the 20th edition, Her Excellency, Lolwah Al Khater, Executive Director of Doha Forum, said: “Once again, it is with anticipation that Doha Forum will convene for its 20th edition on 26 to 27 March 2022. The world has been witness to much change since we last gathered together in 2019, and so never before has it been more important than to use this platform to gather the word’s leaders as we collectively discuss how we transition into a new era.” 

In December 2019, Doha Forum’s 19th edition brought together 243 speakers, 142 nationalities, 300 media, alongside more than one hundred bilateral meetings and 40 ViewPoint interviews. ViewPoint is Doha Forum’s interview platform, providing the opportunity to ask leading political and industry figures topical questions of the day. 

In 2020 and 2021, Doha Forum continued virtually with a series of webinars featuring leading policymakers, experts and scholars, discussing pressing global issues. The webinars and virtual sessions are available on Doha Forum’s own social media channels, where the latest ViewPoint interview series continues weekly.