Doha Forum Announces Distinguished Speakers and Participants Ahead of 2018 Conference

12 December 2018


DOHA, QATAR– Doha Forum, a leading global policy forum held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Amir of the State of Qatar, is set to begin on December 15that the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel.The two-day annual policy gathering will see participation from high-level speakers and attendees that will convene in Qatar to discuss “Shaping Policy in an Interconnected World” through four themes: Security, Economic Development, Peace and Mediation, and Trends and Transitions.

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, H.E. Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance of Qatar, H.E. Mr. Ali Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari,Minister of Commerce and Industry of Qatar, and H.E. Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President & CEO of Qatar Petroleumwill participate in high-level plenary sessions throughout the course of the Forum.

Additional distinguished speakers and attendees include: H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minister of Somalia, H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister of Turkey, H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran, H.E. Tarō Kōno, Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E. Teodor-Viorel Meleşcanu, Foreign Minister of Romania, H.E. Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance of Turkey, and H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of The United Nations General Assembly.

Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, will participate in a newsmaker session moderated by Al Jazeera’s Rawaa Augé.

The 18thedition Doha Forum is pioneering partnerships with leading global institutions to curate and execute high-level panels, workshops and plenaries, showcasing the Forum’s new model and vision in becoming a leading global policy conference. The 2018 Forum’s overarching strategic partners are the Munich Security Conference, International Crisis Group, and European Council on Foreign Relations.

This edition’s institutional partners include Qatar’s Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the National Tourism Council, Qatar Fund for Development, and Qatar Foundation.

Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Qatar National Bank (QNB) are the official sponsors of Doha Forum 2018. Ooredoo is the official telecommunication sponsor.

Doha Forum’s content partners, co-producing individual Forum sessions, include RAND, Global Dryland Alliance, Brookings Center in Doha, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, The Observer Research Foundation, The Center for the National Interest, The S. Rajartnam School for International Studies, The Doha Institute, and Valdai Discussion Club.

The Forum’s media partners include Al Jazeera, Financial Times, Buzzfeed Newsand Le Point.

Doha Forum also released a refreshed brand and tagline ‘Diplomacy, Dialogue, Diversity’ expressing the Forum’s renewed ambition as a global referent for policy innovation.