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October 6, 2019

Wise CEO Receives Centennial Medal


Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) – an initiative of Qatar Foundation – has been awarded the Centennial Medal by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

In honor of 100 years of academic and cultural exchange, the IIE award individuals and organizations who have contributed to the field of international education through government service, leadership in academic exchange and global mobility, philanthropic excellence, and corporate support for advancement of international education and relations. The Centennial Medal acknowledges the world’s most prestigious and innovative programs in international education and exchange.

Mr. Yiannouka said: "I am grateful to be receiving this prestigious award, and can only accept it on behalf of all of the work that WISE and the local and international community do to make education a priority around the world."

WISE offers a range of programs that go beyond its flagship summit in Doha, including annual action-oriented initiatives such as the Learners’ Voice, WISE Awards, WISE Prize for Education, and the WISE Accelerator. This also includes over 23 original research reports on a broad range of topics such as agile leadership and global language policies.

Since 2009, WISE has welcomed over 12,000 participants from 150 countries at its events, engaging with 5,400 organizations, and over 950 speakers. WISE continues to grow the education movement with 35,000 active contacts in the community database, and 150,000 social media followers.

The flagship global summit this year, taking place from November 19 – 21, aims to address pressing issues affected by rapid transformations in technology and the environment through the theme: ‘UnLearn, Relearn: What it means to be Human’. This will drive discussions and debates on topics such as integrating holistic learning for well-being, understanding our brain and how we learn, global citizenship for sustainable development, and leveraging technology for positive learning outcomes.

The summit will be preceded by Doha Learning Days, a week-long celebration of education, on November 14-19. In partnership with Exxon Mobil Qatar, WISE is showcasing local initiatives and encouraging the public to participate in the activities.

The events will be centered in QF’s ceremonial court and will feature local and regional initiatives in education. Apply for the 2019 WISE Summit: