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This event occurred on
May 11, 2013
9:00am - 1:00pm GST
(UTC +4hrs)
Ajman, AJ
United Arab Emirates

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Ajman national theater
University road
Ajman, AJ, 6
United Arab Emirates
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Ahmed Al Omran

Dr. Ahmed Al Omran has PHD in law, he is interested in human rights mainly children's rights and people with disabilities. He works as a legal researcher in the ministry of social affairs, his work involves conducting legal studies, formulating laws, drafting national reports which are submitted to international bodies such as the United Nations concerning the implementation of the international human rights conventions ratified by the United Arab Emirates.

Aisha Saeed Harib

Aisha Saeed Harib owns and runs Social Bandage, the first nonprofit social business in the UAE spreading awareness about the importance of getting involved in the community. Social Bandage launched the first online charity store in the GCC designed to conduct social campaigns targeting Emirati society. Passionate about community service, Aisha’s work aims to raise awareness about different social issues among youth through a series of campaigns in collaboration with several organizations. For example, Social Bandage supports the ‘Give a Wheelchair’ campaign, which is nominated for a Google Entrepreneurship Prize.

Hessa Al Shuwaihi

Hessa Al Shuwaihi is a passionate Applied Media Graduate , who is passionate about making short movies since a young age. Interested in literature and politics, she writes in her diary once every 30 days. She is drawn to the complexity and beauty of the Arabic language.

Humaid Al Ajmani

A researcher on the field of business transformation and emotional intelligence, holding Masters of Science in systems management from the American university of Sharjah with professional project management practice (PMP). Humaid Al Ajmani is leading Business Transformation Programs, inspired by lean management theories.

Khalid Al Qassimi

Working in the finance sector, but his main passion is american football. Khalid Al Qassimi is a passionate american football player from the UAE, and part of the UAE Falcons team, the country's first american football team.

Malek Yamani

Dr. Malek Yamani is an entrepreneur, engineer, educator, psychologist and a writer. He taught at Stanford University, University of San Francisco and Sonoma State University in California, USA. He has a doctorate in Linguistic, a doctorate in Psychology and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. As industrial, behavioral and business psychologist, Dr. Yamani worked as expert counselor with a number of CEOs and team executives from various corporate, education, and non-profit organizations.

Mariam Fozan

Mariam Fozan is Living Values Education Program's Focal Point for UAE and member of the board of directors of ALIVE (International Association for Living Values Education). She has years of experience in education and social activities.

Maryam Matar

She has been ranked 83 of the list of "100 most powerful Arab woman" launched by the magazine "Arabian Business" in 2012 and the first Emirati powerful woman and fourth on the Arab world in science for 2012. Dr. Maryam was selected by the Arab League's Scientific and Humanitarian Development Program of the Arab Women Organization (AWO) 2012-2013 as an Ambassador of Goodwill for Women and Children in the Arab world. She is currently finishing her PHD Research in common blood Genetics disease in UAE from Yamaguchi University in Japan, with 11,380 samples from the U.A.E. Nationals, and hopes to achieve even more success in collecting evidence based data & statistics about prevalence genetic diseases throughout the UAE.

Reem Al Falahi

Reem Al Falahi is an active participant in different events. Respectful of time and A juggler of multiple projects and extra activities. A gainer of experience in participating and volunteering in events. She Built good leadership skills that resulted in making a stronger and better thinker & planner.

Umaima Mendro

Umaimah Mendhro is the Managing Director at West, a multidisciplinary creative collective that helps the world's most disruptive companies grow. Umaimah heads up business and product strategy as well as the early-stage ventures unit for the firm. Prior to West, Umaimah headed up strategy for Microsoft's incubation efforts, specifically in the consumer, mobile, and entertainment space. Umaimah is also the founder and chair of thedreamfly.org, a global initiative that strives to create human connections across communities in conflict through the power of education, exposure, and empowerment for a better, unified future. dreamfly has operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Rwanda – touching over 5,000 lives. Umaimah has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and BSc from Cornell University in Human Development with Computer Science coursework. Umaimah lives in San Francisco, CA, with her husband and 3 year old daughter.

Wael Al Sayegh

Wael Al-Sayegh is the owner & director of Family Martial Arts-UAE Leadership Academy, a world class leadership facility that teaches adults, children and families to become the best they can be and reach their full potential in all areas of their lives. Mr. Al-Sayegh teaches these skills alongside a cutting edge martial arts, fitness and self defence programme and the combination of these skills that he teaches creates happy, successful individuals who live their lives at a level of success and fulfillment that most people can only dream of. Family Martial Arts UAE is proudly funded by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise development and supported by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development.

Warren Macdonald

Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh. Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his partner Margo Talbot.

Organizing team


Ajman, United Arab Emirates


Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Talal Abdulla Murad
    Co - organizer
  • Ali Obaid Almuhairi
    IT Specialist