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14th DEC

Full Day

Arrival and Registration

15th DEC




Entering Al Dafna


Al Dafna to Close Doors


Opening Session Shaping Policy in an Interconnected World


Plenary Session The Global Order Revisited: Old Actors, New Alliances 

  1. H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
  2. H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly
  3. H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister, Somalia
  4. H.E. Teodor-Viorel Meleşcanu,Foreign Minister, Romania
  5. Wolfgang Ischinger (moderator), Chairman, Munich Security Conference



Plenary Session Newsmaker Interview: Brett McGurk and Vladamir Voronkov

  1. Brett McGurk, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
  2. Vladamir Voronkov, U.N. Undersecretary General for Counter Terrorism
  3. Peter Bergen (moderator), Vice President for Global Studies & Fellows, New America Foundation

Plenary Session The Growth Potential of Emerging Markets
and the Impact on the Global Economy

  1. H.E. Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, Minister of Finance, Qatar
  2. H.E. Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance, Turkey
  3. Christian Sewing, CEO, Deutsche Bank
  4. Chris Giles (moderator),  FT Economics Editor

Networking lunch

  1. Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, Vice Chairperson of Es’hailSat Qatar Satellite Company
  2. Dr. Latha Reddy, Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
  3. Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament, Netherlands
  4. Katherine Bauer (Moderator), Blumenstein-Katz Family Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy


  1. Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Minister of State at the Department for International Development
  2. H.E. Sigmar Gabriel, Member of the Bundestag (Parliament), Former Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  3. H.E Dr. Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution
  4. Ibrahim Kalin, Special adviser to President Erdogan and the Presidential Spokesperson
  5. Julien Barnes-Dacey (moderator), Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme,  European Council on Foreign Relations


  1. Michael Rich, President, RAND
  2. Alain Gresh, Editor, OrientXXI
  3. Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive director, QCRI
  4. Nicholas Enfield, Director, Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Institute, University of Sydney
  5. Steve Clemons (moderator), Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic


  1. H.E. Moussa Mara, Former Prime Minister of Mali
  2. Yéro Boly, Former Defense Minister, Burkina Faso
  3. Hannah Armstrong, Senior Sahel Consultant, International Crisis Group
  4. Phillip Carter III, Consultant, The Mead Hill Group, Former US Ambassador to Ivory Coast
  5. Rinaldo Depagne (moderator), West Africa Project Director,  International Crisis Group



Plenary Session Newsmaker Interview: Mohammad Javad Zarif

  1. H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Iran
  2. Robin Wright (moderator), Contributing Writer, The New Yorker, Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars

Plenary Session: Newsmaker Interview: Achim Steiner and Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

  1. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  2. H.E. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia
  3. Ghida Fakhry (moderator), Doha Debates, Moderator;  Host, TRT World, Current Affairs Presenter

Plenary Session The Targeting and Demonization of Journalists and News Outlets: What Should Be Done?

  1. Maria Ressa, Executive Editor, Rappler
  2. David Schlesinger, Committee to Protect Journalists, Member, Board of Directors, Former Reuters Editor-in-Chief
  3. Sean Spicer, Former White House Spokesman
  4. Peter Dobbie (moderator), Al Jazeera English Anchor

Closing Remarks


Networking Dinner

16th DEC


Plenary Session Prospects for International Trade and Investment

  1. H.E. Mr. Ali Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry
  2. Volker Treier, Deputy CEO of the German Federal Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  3. Stephane Garelli, Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at IMD & Professor at the University of Lausanne
  4. John Defterios (moderator), CNN Business’ Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor

Plenary Session Newsmaker Interview: 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad

  1. Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  2. Rawaa Augé (moderator), Al Jazeera Arabic Presenter


  1. Baraa Shiban, Member of Transitional Justice Working Group at the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference
  2. Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria
  3. Fadel Abdul Ghany, Chairman of the Syrian Network for Human Rights
  4. Ata Hindi,  Research Fellow, International Law, Institute of Law at Birzeit University
  5. Noha Aboueldahab (moderator), Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center


  1. H.E Pablo Campana, Minister of Trade, Ecuador
  2. Bader Al Dafa, Executive Director, Global Dryland Alliance
  3. Djimé Adoum, Executive Secretary, Permanent Committee for Drought in the Sahel
  4. Miguel Angel Moratinos, Future U.N. High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations
  5. Dareen Abughaida (moderator,) Al Jazeera English Presenter


  1. Mohamad Maliki, Senior Minister of State (Defense and Foreign Affairs), Singapore
  2. Kabir Taneja, Associate Fellow, Observation Research Foundation
  3. Theresa Fallon, Director, Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies, Belgium
  4. Lu Miao, Secretary General of Center for China and Globalization
  5. Samir Saran (moderator), President, Observer Research Foundation


  1. Andrey Kortunov, Director-General, Russian Affairs Council
  2. Fahd Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia
  3. Vitaly Naumkin, Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
  4. Paul Saunders, Executive Director, Center for National Interest
  5. Timofei Bordachev (moderator), Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club





Book Launch Event: “The Gulf Crisis: A View from Qatar”

  1. Gerd Nonneman, PhD, Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies, Georgetown University, Qatar
  2. Tareq Al-Ansari, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Science, Engineering and Sustainable Development, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  3. Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor in Residence, Northwestern University, Qatar
  4. Mohamed Evren Tok, PhD, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Policy Forum in Islam, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  5. Rory Miller, PhD (moderator), Professor of Government, Georgetown University, Qatar

Plenary Session Newsmaker Interview: Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

  1. H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister, Turkey
  2. Hadley Gamble, CNBC Anchor

Plenary Session New Age Energy Policy: A Balancing Act

  1. H.E. Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum
  2. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary-General, GECF
  3. Claudio Descalzi, CEO, ENI
  4. Dmitry Zhdannikov (moderator), Thomson Reuters, Editor in Charge, Energy, EMEA

Plenary Session Conversation With: Saeb Erakat and Robert Malley

  1. Saeb Erakat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator
  2. Robert Malley, President and CEO, International Crisis Group


  1. H.E. Delia Albert, Philippines Former Foreign Secretary
  2. H.E. Ivonne A-Baki, Ambassador of Ecuador to Qatar
  3. Ann Phillips, Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace
  4. Meenakshi Gopinath, Director, Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace
  5. Mely Anthony (moderator), Head of Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies


  1. Anne SpeckhardDirector, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism
  2. Peter Bergen, Vice President, Global Studies & Fellows, New American Foundation
  3. Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Oxford University
  4. Oomar Mulbocus, UK Prevent Counselor
  5. Alberto Fernandez (moderator), President, Middle East Broadcasting Networks


  1. Kamissa Camara, Foreign Minister of Mali
  2. Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Professor of Politics, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  3. Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City
  4. Terri Givens, Political Scientist
  5. Dana El-Kurd (moderator), Researcher, The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies


  1. Mikhail Krutikhin, Partner and Energy Analyst at RusEnergy
  2. Kristian Ulrichsen, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy & Associate, Fellow, Chatham House
  3. Simon Henderson, Director, Bernstein Program on Gulf & Energy Policy, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  4. Mahjoob Zweiri (moderator), Director of Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University



Plenary Session How Can the International Community Best Serve Those Most in Need?

  1. Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
  2. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  3. Khalifa Al Kuwari, Director General, Qatar Fund for Development
  4. Steve Clemons (moderator), Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

Keynote Address H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, UN


Closing Remarks