x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Just Press Play

This event occurred on
November 19, 2011
1:00pm - 7:00pm AST
(UTC +3hrs)
Doha, DA

Today, you are joining youth in more than 100 cities across the world to commemorate United Nations Universal Children’s Day. Today, the rest of the world (you know, those that are no longer ‘youth’) recognizes everything that is at the heart of being youthful- that instinct to be inspired by what is around you, to inspire others, and most of all, to dream.

Today, you will speak to youth that are doing amazing things right here in Qatar in their schools, in their communities, and in their own lives. As if meeting all these amazing youth in Qatar was not enough of a treat, you will also hear from inspirational people with a unique message.

What is this message?

Well, it’s actually quite simple. You see, when you play, you learn. When you learn, you build. When you build, you share. When you share, you get to play some more.

So… JUST PRESS PLAY. What do you have to lose? (hint: the answer is… nothing!)

We hope you have a ton of fun today.

Georgetown University in Qatar
Al Huqoul St.
Garafat Al Rayyan & Dukhan Hwy
Doha, DA
Event type:
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Riham Al-Nasr

Riham is a 16 year-old Doha Academy student who self taught herself five instruments: oud, acoustic guitar, drums, keyboard, and violin. Music is her passion.

Abdulhameed Al-Yousef

Abdul Hameed is the Community Relations Manager at the Pearl Qatar. He is an avid poet, and was the recently a finalist at Emir of Poets TV program. He has been an Al Jazeera Network presenter in the past. Abdul Hameed keeps active in the creative field through his writing as well as being involved with organizations such as the Creative Cultural Center, where he is the General Secretary at this time.

Mohamed Abou Zeinab

Mohammed Abu Zeinab is the Public Relations, Events and Marketing Manager for the Aspire Zone Foundation. He has practiced Martial Arts since the age of four, and currently competes as part of Qatar’s only Muay Thai team. Mohammed is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar.

Issa Al-Mohannadi

Engineer Issa M. Al Mohannadi is Chief Executive Officer of Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation. Eng Al Mohannadi earned his Bachelor’s degree in natural gas engineering from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas. He gained his Master’s certification in project management from George Washington University, in Washington D.C.

Obadah Diab

Obadah Diab is 14 year old Qatar International School student. Obadah volunteers with the Qatar Red Crescent, where he has helped to distribute aid to victims of the 2010 floods in Pakistan. Recently, he traveled to Kenya and Somalia, where he visited the world’s oldest and largest refugee camp - Dadaab Camp.

Sadek Qassem

Sadeq is an entrepreneur and innovator. Recently, Sadeq won the Stars of Science competition. He has since gone on to further develop his invention and work towards deploying it as a professional product. Sadeq holds a degree in Accounting from Kuwait University.

Omran Al-Kuwari

Omran Al-Kuwari is an Energy professional and the Chief Executive Officer of GreenGulf Inc., a leading clean technology advisory business based at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Omran holds an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.

Hamad Al-Ibrahim

Dr. Hamad AL-Ibrahim is an Associate Analyst at RAND office in Doha. Prior to RAND, he worked as a Physician at Hamad Medical Corporation for 4 years in the General Surgery department where his researches focused on studying patterns of diseases among the Qatari population especially those that have to do with malignancy. Dr. Al-Ibrahim has a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was recently accepted into the HEC Executive MBA program.

Khalid Abou Jassoom

Co-Founder and CEO of ibTECHar Technologies. In 2006, he assembled a team to start working on the next big thing. Eventually, this big thing became, which was recently awarded the right to be part of ictQATAR’s Digital Content Incubation Center. He holds a Bachelor in Computer Engineering with Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Ottawa, in Canada.

Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al-Thani

Sheikha Hanadi is the Founder & Chairperson of Amwal, CEO of AL Waab City Real Estate development project, Vice- Chairman of Nasser Bin Khaled AL Thani & Sons Group. Sheikha Hanadi holds an Executive-MBA from London Business School, a Masters degree in Economics from the University of London, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Qatar University.

Ghalia Al-thani

Ghalia Al-Thani is the manager of the Loghati language platform project at Qatar Science & Technology Park. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts – Communication Design from Virginia Commonwealth University- Qatar. Currenly she is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy in Islam at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies.

Abdulaziz Dalloul

AbdulAziz is a motivational writer, coach in self development and psychology, and a member of the Arab Union of blogging. He organizes mentoring workshops for students about self-development and social media.

Ahmad Ashour

Ahmad Ashour is the Co-Founder and the Manager of AlJazeeraTalk website, which was launched in June 2006. AlJazeeraTalk is a pioneering Arab news site that exclusively uses and facilitates citizen-generated news. Ahmad is a graduate of Fine Arts and Graphic Design. He currently works as a New Media Journalist at Al Jazeera Network.

Raed Al Emadi

Raed Al Emadi is Deputy CEO of Silatech. Raed graduated from McNeese State University – Lake Charles, Louisiana in the US with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as with a minor in Math.

Organizing team


Doha, Qatar
  • Uzair Mohammad
  • Omer Mohammad
    A/V & Photography Coordinator
  • Saba Singh
    Audience Outreach
  • Maha Fayyad Mohammed
    Stage Manager
  • Aisha Al-Zaman
    Audience Outreach
  • Ammar Al-Qamash
    Co-organizer + Design
  • Mohammed Ramadan
  • Taha Abid
    Audience Outreach
  • Florent D'Souza
    Audience Outreach
  • Flavio Fenley
    Audience Outreach
  • Rahma Daoud
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Khaled El Siefy
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Shaza Daifalla
    Youth Comptetition
  • Amr Darwish
    Social Media Coordinator (English and Arabic)
  • Amit Chaudry
    Digital Animator