Brookings Doha Energy Forum opens today

April 02, 2014 - 6:36:06 am

DOHA: The Brookings Doha Center (BDC) held a gala dinner yesterday at 7pm at Museum of Islamic Art Atrium. 

It gathered about 300 guests, including leaders in academia, business, government, civil society and the media, and participants in the two-day Brookings Doha Energy Forum which opens today at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The dinner featured an introduction and welcome remarks by Salman Shaikh, Director, BDC. He discussed the role and values of think tanks in Qatar  and the Middle East, describing them as a “public good.” 

He cited BDC as a valuable resource for Qatar as the country works towards Qatar National Vision 2030.

The event also featured speeches by six individuals working to achieve the Vision. They were Fahad Al Attiya, Chairman, Qatar National Food Security Programme, Raed Al Emadi, CEO, Qatar Business Incubation Center, Khalifa Al Haroon, Founder & CEO,, Reem Al Harmi, Columnist, Ammar Mohammed, Social Media Expert, and Fatima Al Dosari, Human Rights Advocate. 

They discussed how their work contributes to Qatar’s development. Hamad Al Amari served as Master of Ceremonies.

“The centre was privileged to host an influential group of Qatari and Doha-based scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and businessmen at its gala,” said Shaikh.

“As the centre continues to expand its scale and scope of research, we are honoured to increase our capacity to benefit Qatar, regional society, and the international community.”

The Peninsula