Young Arab Leaders to Host Arab and American Action Forum

The Young Arab Leaders (YAL), the development organization for business, public sector and civil society leaders in the Middle East, will host the first annual Arab and American Action Forum in New York, NY, on September 18-19, 2006.

Aimed at encouraging a dialogue and partnership that will foster a better relationship between Americans and the Arab world, the Forum will include more than 200 Arab and American leaders from business, media, government and the NGO community, along with representatives from the Clinton Global Initiative.

The keynote speakers for the inaugural event will include the honorable H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan and former United States President Bill Clinton. Other key speakers include Klaus Schwab, Founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum; Mark Mallock Brown, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations; and Saeed Al-Muntafiq, Chairman of the Board of YAL and Chief Executive Officer of Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in leadership action seminars that will focus on five key development areas: education, entrepreneurship, leadership development, youth networks, and dialogue exchange. Following the conclusion of each seminar, YAL will submit a list of formal initiatives to the Clinton Global Initiative that will serve as a working guideline for the coming year.

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