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Education City Speaker Series

With a focus on highlighting the big ideas shaping our world today, Education City Speaker Series provides a platform for our community to have captivating conversations with passionate thought leaders and changemakers from all over the world.

Our Story


We’re always looking for ways to help our community unlock their full potential. We try to provide those opportunities through many initiatives, but we think there’s still a lot to learn from the stories of those that have already achieved the exceptional.

That’s why we created the Education City Speaker Series; it’s our platform to learn from the experiences and ideas of passionate thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and pioneers from around the world.

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From authors to athletes, activists to artists, entrepreneurs to scientists, our speakers are passionate leaders and changemakers from all walks of life.

Get Inspired


All great accomplishments begin with an idea, and all great ideas begin with inspiration. Maybe you’ll find your inspiration here, browsing through the sessions we’ve hosted so far.


Tamer AlMisshal

In an open discussion, AlMisshal spoke about his groundbreaking documentary The Hidden is More Immense, which exposed the details about coup against Qatar in 1996. He talked about his experiences making the documentary, followed by a Q&A session.


Roni Zeiger

In a lecture entitled “How Technology is Changing Healthcare,” Zeiger spoke about the way that medical practice is being shaped and transformed by technology. In his talk, he gave examples of innovative ways that technology is being applied to medicine, and how we can expect this innovation to carry forward into the foreseeable future.


António Guterres

Guterres delivered a lecture on “The Importance of Multilateralism in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges,” focusing on how organizations like the United Nations can help us confront global challenges like climate change, terrorism, and human trafficking.


Ibtihaj Muhammad

In this Q&A session, Ibtihaj Muhammad spoke about woman and sport, and more specifically, the hijab and sport. She spoke about the discrimination she faced being a black, hijabi women in a Western context, and shared how she overcame those challenges. The session was moderated by Amina Ahmadi, co-founder of a sportswear brand for hijabis.


Dame Natalie Massenet

In this Q&A session, Natalie Massenet spoke about her entrepreneurial journey with NET-A-PORTER and Imaginary Ventures. She also spoke about the evolution of fashion and the rapidly transforming industry, relaying advice to those who wish to enter that industry.

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Ovais Sarmad

In his lecture, Sarmad discussed the imperative need for purposeful action toward tackling the climate crisis. He also spoke about how young people can keep up the momentum.

This lecture was organized in collaboration with The Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCMQ) as part of their Earth Talks series.

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Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

In this open discussion, Laguerre- Wilkinson discussed the challenges many journalists face in finding that one, good story in a trove of mediocrity. She also gave advice on how to engage a public that has become cynical and indifferent.


Jason Silva

In his talk, Silva spoke about how we live in an exponentially changing world, and how traditional schooling needs to change to accommodate that. He explored ways we can reimagine education to better equip youth to tackle the challenges of our time.


Amina J. Mohammed

Amina J. Mohammed spoke about ways we can take action to bridge the gap between policy and impact and told us about her experiences in that regard. She also spoke about the importance of striving toward the UN Sustaintainable Development Goals.

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His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi

In his talk, he spoke about his journey and all the efforts going toward ensuring the success of the upcoming event. This event was supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

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COVID-19 Webinar

In this online discussion panel, policy-makers from around the world came together to discuss solutions, challenges, and lessons learned from the global pandemic.

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Mental Health Webinar

Experts from around the worlds gathers to discuss mental health in times of widespread disease, social distancing, and global anxiety.

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Layla F. Saad

In this discussion, Layla F. Saad reflects on her own experiences of racism and explains how we can all fulfill a social responsibility to identify and undo racism in our own communities, through our own actions.

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Building the Future of Education Webinar

Thought leaders, policy makers, and activists from around the world explore the future of education and how we can build back better.

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Beyond Sustainability: Imagining a Regenerative Future

Experts in the field of regenerative development discuss how blending ancient wisdom and modern science can help to shape a brighter future for all life on our planet.

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Reframing Our View of Disability

Join award-winning photographer and humanitarian, Giles Duley, as he discusses how people with disabilities are viewed in society and why the status quo still hasn’t changed when it comes to including this community in decision-making processes.

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Youth and Identity: Responding to Challenges

Join His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, for the launch of the Education City Speaker Series Bel Arabi. During the talk, he will discuss how youth can intertwine their identity and their aspirations, and the opportunities that they now have at their disposal. He will also explore the most pressing challenges that today’s younger generation face, and how they can harness their ambitions for their nation's good.

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An Injection of Hope: Do Vaccines Mean an End to the Pandemic Is in Sight?

As COVID-19 vaccines start to be rolled out across the world, questions and concerns have emerged about what they mean for our health and our future.

In the latest edition of our Education City Speaker Series, and in collaboration with the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), we are hosting healthcare experts and practitioners to discuss vaccine development, questions surrounding the new variants of COVID-19, and the efforts needed to combat and avoid future waves of infection.

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Crafting a Lifetime of Change from a Month of Reflection

During Ramadan, we have a special opportunity to embrace how we can cultivate meaningful changes in our lives and lifestyles. In this latest edition of the Education City Speaker Series, we welcome Dr. Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker, to share some thoughts on how we can craft a lifetime of value-based change from this special month of reflection.

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Get Involved

  • Join the discussion.

    To reach as many people as possible, our events are always free and open to the public. They take place on a regular basis, so follow QF social media channels and check the website to be aware of any new speaker you’d like to hear from.
  • Be part of the network.

    You can learn from the speakers, but you can also learn from other attendees. Our events are your chance to meet new people and network with likeminded individuals who came seeking inspiration for their own projects and ambitions.
  • Share the ideas.

    We want the impact of this series to extend far beyond those who attend the events. We encourage you to share what you’ve learned on social media, and have discussions with your friends and colleagues about the ideas that were presented. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ECSpeakerSeries!
  • Suggest a name.

    We’re always on the lookout for new voices to showcase at the series. If you have someone in mind, please send an email to with your name, the suggested speaker’s name, a brief about them, and why you think they would make a suitable addition to the series.