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WISE 2017 program update - 8th edition taking place in Doha, Qatar November 15-16



Some of the world’s most creative leaders in the fields of education, technology, social entrepreneurship, global development, media and philanthropy will convene in Doha, Qatar on November 14-16 for the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).
Up to 2,000 participants from 100 countries are expected to attend the biennial global Summit which, since its establishment in 2009, has become a premier international gathering on the future of education. The theme of WISE 2017, “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”, sparks debate around the education challenges in times of global disruption and economic uncertainty. 
Central to discussions will be the role of education in a post-truth world, with sessions focusing on media literacy; artificial intelligence and virtual reality; social entrepreneurship; design thinking and nudging for right education choices, among others.
Participants will also join hands-on workshops run by organisations including LEGO jointly with Ashoka; IDEO; the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the Brookings Institution; Meetpro, China; and the National Education Opportunities Network, UK (NEON).
There will also be an interactive lab for adults and children run by C2 (Montreal), questioning participants on their vision for the future of education. The outcomes will serve as guidance to policymakers. Twelve to 14-year-old students from Qatar’s schools will also take part in four experiential learning labs aimed at fostering fun, collaborative learning, run by The Little Engineer (Lebanon); Cultural Infusion (Australia); ibTECHar (Qatar) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (Qatar). 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Sebastien Thrun, chairman and co-founder of Udacity, innovator, edu-preneuer and founder of Google X Labs (USA)
  • Mr Fareed Zakaria, writer and columnist, CNN host (USA)
  • Dr Armel Karboul, commissioner of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (Tunisia)
  • Ms Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder, Teach for All (USA)
  • Sir Michael Barber, founder and chairman of Delivery Associates (UK)
  • Ms Noella Coursaris Musunka, founder, Malaika (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Prof Kishore Mahbubani, dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University (Singapore)
  • Ms Sarah Borgman, director and curator, Skoll World Forum (USA)
  • Ms Vivian Onano, youth leader and advocate, Women Deliver (Kenya)
  • Mr Samir Saran, vice president of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi (India)

Online presence and broadcast

Please note, certain sessions of WISE 2017 will be streamed live online on the WISE website:
15 November: opening ceremony; afternoon plenary
16 November: morning plenary session; closing ceremony
These sessions will also be streamed live on Facebook: 
For further information about WISE, visit
Join the conversation using the hash tag #WISE17
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