Doha Forum Calls on GU-Q Experts to Build a Shared Future


The annual gathering of global policy leaders at the Doha Forum engaged several members of the GU-Q Community, who helped to convene panels, and shared their insights on the theme “Building Shared Futures.”

Palestinian Political Renewal

At a panel offered in partnership with GU-Q, Dean Safwan Masri spoke about “The Imperative of Palestinian Political Renewal.” Panelists included the former Director General of Al-Jazeera Network Wadah Khanfar, President and Co-founder of Al Sharq Forum; Rula Shadeed, Head of Programs and Advocacy at the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, Sami Abu Shehadeh, Chairman of the National Democratic Assembly Party and former member of the Knesset, Omar Rahman, Middle East Council on Global Affairs. MSNBC host Mehdi Hassan moderated the discussion.

Dean Masri set the tone of the panel, noting, “Time is of the essence…we cannot wait until the dust settles and then start talking about renewal, we have to confront the issues now.” He went on to sum up the sentiment on the panel, saying: “There has to be an inclusive comprehensive process of consultation of the leading intellectuals and leading activists and the youth coming together, and it has to include everybody.”

Role of Small States in Reimagining Financial Markets

Contributing to the forum’s focus on proactive engagement, systems-level thinking, and results-focused dialogue, the Small States Research Program (SSRP) at GU-Q also hosted a panel discussion on “Reimagining Financial Markets for Humanitarian Impact: The Role of Small States and Private Sector Partnerships.” Rory Miller, co-leader of SSRP introduced the research program’s role in convening the panel which included HE Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Meraikhi, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, HE Nassir bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the UN General Assembly’s 66th Session, HE Yousuf bin Mohamed Al-Jaida, Qatar Financial Centre, Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi, International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies, Natalie Marko Nietsch, Standard Chartered Bank. The session was moderated by Dr. Simon Kingston, Russell Reynolds Associates.

Miller also participated in the Middle East Council on Global Affairs and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute workshop on “MENASIA: Geopolitics, Energy, and Security.” He and 19 other experts discussed research findings on timely topics including geopolitics, economics, and regional dynamics; energy transitions and environmental risks; and defense and technology.

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