Official Ministerial Meetings Based Forum


Under the Official Patronage of the Minister of Higher Education
HE Dr Rawya Saud Albusaidi

MENA Innovation 2019 will take place in Muscat under the official patronage of the Omani Minister of Higher Education. The full weight of the Omani Government is behind the organisation of the forum that will also include ministerial participation from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Communications & multiple government stakeholders. This high-level meetings based forum will bring together ministers, senior government officials, universities and civil society stakeholders from across the Middle East & North Africa to engage with leading industry operators and solution providers.

The organisers, Brains Innovation Summits, have established the most successful meetings-based format between industry and government decision-makers across the Middle East and Africa. This official ministerial forum represents the perfect opportunity to do face-to-face business, at the most senior level, by booking pre-scheduled meetings, whilst enjoying a wealth of content dedicated to education, ICT and innovation.

This landmark event will bring together ministers and senior officials for education, ICT, higher education and science & technology from all participating countries with personal invitations being extended by the Omani Government. Under one roof we have the participation of the most important government officials, universities, inter-governmental organisations, school consortia, financiers, solution providers and key stakeholders from the MENA region.

MENA Innovation 2019 is the must attend event for developing public-private partnerships across the region and the ideal platform for industry to engage with new partners and existing clients alike. 19 regional ministers and 170 government officials engaged with over 250 education & ICT industry leaders at the inaugural MENA Innovation in Cairo, July 2018. We trust all participants can share in the ongoing success in 2019.


“The people that attend is astonishing. It’s hard for me to think of a similar event around the world that has so many high level officials.”
Dr Steven McKee – President, Labtech International


“The most beneficial meetings to us are with high level executives and ministers of education. The forum works very well for us.”
Peter Harden – Managing Director, York Press

Pre-Scheduled Meetings for Industry Partners


The centrepiece of MENA Innovation 2019 will be the pre-scheduled meetings for industry partners to book, in advance, their preferred ministries, countries and organisations to interact with customers and maximise return on time spent participating at the forum.

“The key feature of the forum is the connection between industry and the government ministries of education & ICT.”
Phil Odour – Education Manager, Microsoft

Within the main conference arena, over 60 dedicated meeting tables will be set up for ministries of ICT, education, higher education, finance, science & technology, universities, colleges and consortium for private schools from Middle East and North African countries. Industry partners obtain access to our online scheduling system allowing them to choose meetings, create their own agenda and specifically target key clients and partners prior to the start of the forum. It is a format that ensures a successful forum for all participants and above all it is what makes MENA Innovation 2019 stand alone as a unique working event for getting business done.

Equally the ministers and officials hosting the meetings regard attendance as essential, allowing them to meet industry leaders, solution providers and their regional counterparts. The meetings represent a great opportunity for officials to gain expertise from the market, hear of the latest product and technological developments and, under one roof, engage with private sector operators who can fulfil the demands for education, ICTs, e-finance and e-government in their country.

“It’s been terrific to meet with ministers of education and discuss how we can work together. We get the chance to
meet dozens of delegations of the three days. I would see us coming back again.”

Kelli Campbell – President, Discovery Education

Participating Ministers & Organisations


“ICT makes an enormous difference. It improves educational skills, learning & teaching skills and helps support teachers.”
Rt. Hon Charles Clarke – Former UK Secretary of State for Education, Cambridge Consultant


Personal invitation letters from the Government of Oman to participate in the forum have been received by the following ministers representing their governments to ensure that MENA Innovation 2019 has a record attendance of senior officials from the following MENA countries:

ALGERIA

HE Dr Tahar Hadjar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Nouria Benghabrit, Minister of National Education
HE Mohamed Mebarki, Minister of Training & Professional Education
HE Iman Houda Faraoun, Minister of Post, Information & Communication Technologies & Digital Economy

BAHRAIN

HE Dr Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Education
HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications

DJIBOUTI

HE Dr Nabil Mohammed Ahmed, Minister of Higher Education & Research
HE Moustapha Mohamed Mahamoud, Minister of National Education & Professional Training
HE Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, Minister of Communications

EGYPT

HE Dr Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education & Technical Education
HE Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications & Information Technology

IRAQ

HE Safana al-Hamdani, Minister of Education
HE Dr Qusay al-Suhail, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Naim al-Rubaye, Minister of Communications

IRAQI KURDISTAN REGIONAL GOVERNMENT

HE Yousif Samad Lutfulla, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Pishtiwan Sadiq, Minister of Education
HE Jonson Siyawash, Minister of Communications

JORDAN

HE Dr Walid Salem Maani, Minister of Education, Higher Education & Research
HE Eng Muthanna Hamdan Gharaibeh, Minister of ICT

KUWAIT

HE Dr Hamed Mohammad Al-Azmi, Minister of Education & Higher Education

LEBANON

HE Akram Shahib, Minister of Education & Higher Education
HE Mohammad Choucair, Minister of Telecommunications

LIBYA

HE Othman Abdul Jalil, Minister of Education

MAURITANIA

HE Sidi Wild Salim, Minister of Higher Education, Research, ICTs & Media
HE Annaha bint Hamdi Wild Miknas, Minister of National Education & Vocational Training

MOROCCO

HE Saaid Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade & Digital Economy
HE Mohamed Yatim, Minister of Employment & Vocational Integration

PALESTINE

HE Sabri Saydam, Minister of Education
HE Dr Allam Mousa, Minister of Telecommunications & Information Technology

QATAR

HE Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi, Minister of Education & Higher Education
HE Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport & Communications

SAUDI ARABIA

HE Dr Hamad Al-Sheikh, Minister of Education & Higher Education
HE Abdullah Al-Sawaha, Minister of Communications & Information Technology

SOMALIA

HE Abdullah Jodah Barri, Minister of Education
HE Abdi Ashur Hassan, Minister of Post, Telecom & Technology

SUDAN

HE Dr. Alsadig al Hadi al Mahadi, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Mashair Mohamed Alamin, Minister of Education
HE Tahani Abdalla Atia, Minister of Communication & Information Technology

SYRIA

HE Bassam Bashir Ibrahim, Minister of Higher Education
HE Imad Muwaffaq al-Azab, Minister of Education
HE Iyad Mohammad al-Khatib, Minister of Communications & Technology

TUNISIA

HE Hatem Ben Salem, Minister of Education
HE Slim Khalbous, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
HE Faouzi Abderrahmen, Minister of Employment & Vocational Training
HE Anwar Maarouf, Minister of Communication Technologies & Digital Economy

TURKEY

HE Dr Ziya Selçuk, Minister of National Education
HE Mustafa Varank Industry & Technology

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

HE Hussain Ibrahim Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education
HE Dr Ahmad Bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, State Minister for Higher Education & Advanced Skills
HE Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

In addition to ministerial invitations, the organisers and the Government of Oman will be ensuring the participation of universities from participating countries as well as key intergovernmental organisations such as The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and UNESCO.

“The highlights that I see is the possibility of technology to make access to education easier, better management of the education system…
better content & better teacher training.”

Mario Franco – CEO, Millennium@Edu Sustainable Education

Industry Solutions to Inspire Innovation


MENA Innovation 2019 offers an outstanding choice of different options to industry solution providers, allowing companies to select a partnership package that determines the number of pre-scheduled meetings and branding throughout the event. ArabBrains partners can choose the level that best meets their business development objectives and is a proven method of raising company profile and maximising exposure.

Benefits include a variety of options for exhibition, corporate presentation, chairing of a ministerial panel session, imaginative ways to showcase your company on delegate bags, badges and lanyards. Branding is throughout the venue on screens and banners, electronically on the MENA Innovation 2019 website and the option for inclusion in the ArabBrains e-newsletter plus branding and profiles on all printed material including the forum guide and agenda. Also special exclusive options for being the ministerial reception or gala dinner sponsor.

Priority meeting times are set aside for our top level partners. Demand is high and numbers are limited. Please see the ‘Participation Options’ document for the best partnership package to suit your needs and enhance your presence at the forum.

“The forum is extremely good. We have had a great opportunity to meet with a lot of high level people.”
Raghav Narayan – Vice President, Virtulive Technologies

“It’s almost a tradition now for Bi-Bright, but it’s a good tradition. The Brains organised forums have become a very well known and recognised brand.”
Manuel Mexia – International Development Manager, Bi-Bright Solutions

Brains Innovation Summits Partners

“It is a very nice formula. Better than the traditional conference. We can meet at level so the
participation was a very valuable experience to connect with our customers in the region.”

Andrea Emiliani – Business Development, Academia, IBM Middle East