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Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona

Event 151 Friday 3 March, 1pm-3pm Vista, InterContinental

Authors: Nisha Katona
“In the West we treat this grain of grains like a second class citizen. Its cooking techniques confound Western adults when in the East, children can cook it before they can pronounce it.” – Nisha Katona

20 years after making a name for herself as the first female Indian barrister in the North West of the UK, Nisha Katona has exchanged life at the Bar for her lifelong passion for authentic Indian cuisine.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear how Nisha established a worldwide following through her YouTube channel ‘Twitter Curry Clinics’, became the author of debut cookbook Pimp My Rice and established her restaurant, Mowgli Street Food. Expect to learn why rice deserves more of our attention while tasting recipes from a book which shows off this beloved grain’s best assets.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

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Follow Me: When Writers Get Social

Event 22 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Creating a dedicated social media following can help immeasurably for a career in creativity. Each member of our panel has taken a different approach to building their ‘tribe’ of fans, friends and event business clients – a community that can be rewarding in all kinds of ways.

Abdullah Al Jumah’s Twitter followers proved a source of inspiration and support both on his travels and in the writing of Tales of a Saudi in Europe.

Nisha Katona built a dedicated following on YouTube with her introductions to curry cooking. They have become loyal supporters of her books and her restaurant, Mowgli.

Kerby Rosanes’ intricate art is perfectly suited to online art communities from Instagram to DeviantArt, and he has built a freelance career using the creative social and professional network Behance.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Follow Me: When Writers Get Social

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Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

Event 184 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

The UAE has been acclaimed as a leader in gender equality, especially in education, literacy and employment, but there is always more to be done here and in the wider world. Our panel of three women from different countries and backgrounds who have written about gender and equality explore what still needs to be done.

Badriah Al Bishr is an award-winning writer and television presenter whose novels and journalism are both concerned with the issues facing modern women in a conservative society.

Sophie Le Ray is a French entrepreneur and founder of the Global WIL Economic Forum, which promotes female leadership. She is the author of Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future.

Mehr Tarar is an influential Pakistani journalist who is outspoken about women’s rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. Her writing is collected in Leaves from Lahore.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

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Powerful Presence, Clarity and Success

Event 840 Wednesday 8 March, 9.30am-2pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

In today’s world, it is essential to present yourself well if you want to succeed, whether you’re speaking to an audience, a boardroom – or a literary agent!

Mai El Khalifa’s two decades of experience in the world of television means that she knows the importance of achieving competitive presence through how you speak and how you act. In this half-day workshop, she will teach the principles of presence and clarity that are required for success.

This workshop is for executives, authors, speakers and anyone who wants to boost their confidence and obtain the skills they need to promote themselves in today’s world.

The tutor: Mai El Khalifa is a TV broadcast professional and certified professional coach with an in-depth understanding of the issues facing international businesspeople.

Language: English

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Connectography

Event 67 Wednesday 8 March, 9pm-10pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Parag Khanna
“What we put on a map has iconic power to shape how people think.” – Parag Khanna

At the heart of Global Strategist Parag Khanna’s visionary book Connectography is a collection of maps that envision the world in new ways, from infrastructure redefining the Middle East to shipping lanes across a melting Arctic.

Connectography is a “book about everything” because everything is connected as never before.

Don’t miss this introduction to the new global civilisation that already exists around us, and a future where only the most connected powers, and people, will win.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Connectography

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When in the Arab World: A Lunch that Means Business

Event 207 Thursday 9 March, 1.30pm-3pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Rana Nejem
“How many a diplomatic crisis could have been avoided? How many broken business deals and fractured relationships could have been saved with a little cultural intelligence?” – Rana Nejem

Have you ever made a culturally insensitive faux-pas in the Arab region? Are you anxious about offending? Or do you just want to know a bit more about Arab culture?

This three course lunch will feature a talk from Rana Nejem, a social and cultural intelligence coach whose expertise in international communications, protocol and PR has seen her working as a journalist for CNN, handling the International Media Department for the late King Hussein of Jordan, and as Director of Communications and PR for the British Embassy in Amman for 18 years. She has recently channeled this expertise into a comprehensive guide on the subject, When in the Arab World: An Insider’s Guide to Living and Working with Arab Culture. Be prepared for enlightening anecdotes and to leave both well-fed and well-informed.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

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Dubai: The World's Most Connected City?

Event 77 Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“Cities offer opportunities to prosper that cannot be found elsewhere.” – The Future Agenda: Intra City Collaboration by Tim Jones

What makes a city into a global player? And where does Dubai fit in the growing club of world-changing cities? Our panel examines the questions that arise when a city becomes a global hub.

Hassan Al Naboodah is Professor of History at the University of the United Arab Emirates and an expert on Arab history and culture. He has published extensively on the UAE’s civilisation, archaeology and folklore.

Tim Jones is the Programme Director of The Future Agenda, a foresight initiative seeking to address the challenges of the next decade, including those facing major cities, from air pollution to population growth to ‘smart city’ technologies.

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist and the author of Connectography, which maps the connected world by its supply chains and shows cities, not nations, to be the emerging powers; his new book Technocracy in America calls for a greater role for experts and data in America’s national government.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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100 Things Successful People Do

Event 830 Friday 10 March, 10am-12pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Do you want to succeed in life – and find happiness in what you are doing? Leadership and coaching expert Nigel Cumberland, author of 100 Things Successful People Do, is here to help! In this workshop he will teach you how to identify what makes you happy, what you are aiming to succeed at, and what you can change to make it happen.

The tutor: Nigel Cumberland is the co-founder of Silk Road Partnership, a leading global provider of executive coaching and leadership training solutions. In addition to 100 Things Successful People Do, he is the author of several management and leadership books, including Secrets of Success at Work: 50 Techniques to Excel and Finding and Hiring Talent in a Week.

Language: English

100 Things Successful People Do

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Leading from the Front: The Power of Innovation

Event 88 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“Successful companies not only innovate better than their peers, but they also have clear priority. They know where to most effectively innovate to put clear blue water between themselves and the competition” – Tim Jones

Innovation and leadership are closely linked. Successful companies stay ahead of their competitors, inspiring individuals to bring out the greatness in the people around them. Our panel of experts discusses the secrets of effective leadership across cultures, the power of entrepreneurial spirit, and how we can all keep on innovating.

Carmine Gallo is a communications and leadership expert who focuses on what sets apart the most successful innovators – the ability to tell their product’s story.

Tim Jones created the Innovation Leaders analysis, drawing on 15 years of independent research to provide an annual assessment of the world’s most innovative businesses. His analysis has been published as the book Growth Champions.

Rana Nejem has a background in journalism and PR and learned cross-cultural communication skills that are essential for modern leaders. She founded Yarnu, a company that trains global leaders in protocol and cultural intelligence – the name comes from an Arabic word meaning ‘to look towards, to aspire to with calm and serenity.’

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Leading from the Front: The Power of Innovation

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Event 159 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“This idea of globalisation as something Facebook taught us is rubbish – it has been happening for centuries. I’ve tracked Icelandic warriors who travelled to Constantinople.” – Peter Frankopan

Historian Peter Frankopan has described the Silk Roads as “the world's central nervous system" – not only in history, but right now in a world whose centre of economic gravity is shifting eastwards again.

In his ambitious and highly acclaimed The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Frankopan challenges accounts that focus on Europe alone. This talk is a powerful introduction to a new view of global history.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

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The Storyteller's Secret: How Leaders Turn Passion into Performance

Event 195 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Carmine Gallo
“Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling is who we are.” – Carmine Gallo

Communications and leadership expert Carmine Gallo has made a career of helping people tell their story better. In How to Talk Like TED he explained the value of getting presentations right; in The Storyteller’s Secret he reveals the techniques used by leaders as diverse as Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai to turn their message into a story.

Gallo’s advice is valuable to businesspeople, teachers, government and charity workers, and of course writers – so come and learn how to tell your own story!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Jo Malone: My Story

Event 172 Friday 10 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Jo Malone
“If you don’t struggle, you never learn. You never build business muscle.” – Jo Malone

Fragrance maverick and accomplished businesswoman Jo Malone has revolutionised the perfume industry twice over, selling her first company, Jo Malone London, to Estée Lauder and then starting over with new brand Jo Loves. She has also overcome childhood adversity, dyslexia and breast cancer on her way to success, each time coming back stronger for it.

Be sure not to miss this fascinating conversation with an inspiring woman.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Jo Malone: My Story

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Taking the High Road

Event 86 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Ram Buxani
“What we saw was Dubai jumping up and walking straight into the 21st century.” – Ram Buxani

When Ram Buxani arrived in Dubai, the UAE had not yet been founded, Dubai did not have electricity and Sheikh Rashid was just beginning his ambitious plan to modernise the city. Buxani, chairman of the ITL Group and one of the most influential Indians in the Arab world, wrote his biography Taking the High Road – published in Arabic and English – in hope of capturing the spirit of this time of change.

In this session, you will have a chance to hear from one of the most influential Indians in the Arab World, who was a witness of and contributor to Dubai’s rise.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Taking the High Road

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What’s Cooking?: The Business of Food

Event 123 Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Are you a budding Nigella or are your culinary skills lacking a few ingredients? Either way, you’re in luck! We just so happen to have a panel of food entrepreneurs who have turned their love of cooking into successful businesses – come along to hear their inspiring stories and get some tasty tips along the way!

Nawal Alnuaimi is an Emirati entrepreneur and self-taught chef who founded Paper Fig with her husband in 2015 and has seen the 'sweet retreat' grow to become Sharjah's ultimate foodie destination – serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, speciality coffee & tea, and artisanal desserts to Paper Fig's many fans. Nawal is also currently working on a special Paper Fig cookbook to launch in early 2018.

Dalia Dogmoch Soubra is a Syrian-German food author, presenter and entrepreneur based in Dubai, where she is Harper's Bazaar Arabia's food editor. She founded the Kitsch Bakery and Café in Beirut and wrote the bestselling cookbook Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen.

Sabrina Ghayour is a self-taught chef, teacher and cookbook author who found fame with her hugely popular supper club Sabrina’s Kitchen in London. She is a regular face on British Television and her two cookbooks, the award-winning Persiana and bestselling Sirocco, have received critical acclaim for ‘demystifying’ Middle Eastern food for Western food-lovers.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The Future Agenda: The Next Ten Years' Journey

Event 129 Saturday 11 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Tim Jones
Why are we experiencing more unequal societies than ever before? How much does the digitisation of the world leave us all open to risk? How is China leading the way in the creation of an ecological civilisation? Will robots really steal our jobs?

These are just some of the questions that Tim Jones' Future Agenda project seeks to answer. A non-profit initiative, it seeks to bring together expert voices from around the globe to address some of the biggest problems affecting us today. In a time where we face new practical and moral questions – from obesity epidemics to the arrival of predictive policing – collaboration across cultures and borders is more important than ever.

Hundreds of thousands of leading individuals and organisation have given their input on a huge variety of issues – make sure you too are a step ahead of the trends!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Future Agenda: The Next Ten Years' Journey

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