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MENAFN Press - 07/10/2012

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(MENAFN Press) Amman, October 2012 “

Global Thinkers Forum 2012 (GTF 2012) held its plenary sessions yesterday, 7th October, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah at Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC). The landmark event featured notable keynote speakers such as Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, among other celebrated leaders, entrepreneurs and luminaries.

Aimed at celebrating the region's leading female thinkers and news makers, GTF 2012 showcased the current roles and success stories of female pioneers from across the MENA. The Forum also promoted the extensive participation of women as a necessary and positive imperative for the creation of just societies at a time when many preconceived ideas are changing across Politics, Governance, Business and Society.

A wide range of topics were discussed and presented at the Forum, a few of which covered the gender leadership gap in the MENA region; challenges and opportunities facing female entrepreneurs; the evolving regional media landscape; and sustainable development through science and innovation. Several GTF workshops are also scheduled today at Oasis500 Head Office and Al Qasr Metropole.

"I'm delighted to have opened the Forum here in Amman, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah," said Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder and Director of Global Thinkers Forum 2012. "The Forum delivered a fascinating and uplifting series of debates, workshops and gatherings.. I am certain that we are going to see many more women entering the upper echelons of power in the coming years, but there are still a lot of glass ceilings and we need to break them in pursuit of excellence."

GTF 2012 is sponsored by: Jordan Ahli Bank, Qatar Airways, the Hellenic Post Bank, Oasis500, Bidaya Corporate Communications, Umniah, The King Abdullah II Fund for Development, Columbia University, Jordan Oil Shale Company (JOSCO), Anna Lindh Foundation, and El Hassan Science City. It is also supported by Media Sponsors U Magazine, Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization and Ro'ya TV; Strategic Telecom Partner Umniah; and Digital Media Sponsor Yahoo! Maktoob.

Global Thinkers Forum is a thought leadership platform founded by CEO Elizabeth Filippouli, a Strategy and Development expert and former journalist with Al Jazeera English and international media. Filippouli was educated at the Universities of Athens, London City and Oxford Said Business School.

For more information about the Global Thinkers Forum, please visit

About Global Thinkers Forum
The Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) is a non-profit initiative and a platform to create dialogue and bring current and future leaders together to discuss governance, society, progress and the future. GTF takes place in various cities around the world and has been created to reposition perceptions about governance through a global perspective. GTF 2012 Amman, Jordan (October 7/8) focuses on the role of the modern MENA woman, in the region and globally. This is a turning point for MENA and many preconceived ideas are changing across Politics, Governance, Business and Society. GTF promotes the extensive participation of women as a necessary imperative for our world and the creation of just societies. GTF encourages the participation of young


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