Prime your Mind for Change: A Neuroleadership Workshop


In this uncertain and increasingly complex world your minds as leaders are constantly challenged to stay focused and calm. If you are feeling overwhelmed or fatigued from multitasking, changing course mid-stream, or just too much to do, this Workshop is a unique opportunity to reset and prime your minds for change.

You’ll learn about mindful leadership -a sub-specialty of NeuroLeadership- that teaches leaders a scientifically validated brain-based tool for resiliency by keeping the mind calm and concentrated.

What will you gain?

  • Practice brain-based skills for training your mind to be less reactive in challenging situations, improving your communication skills, and staying resilient on the job
  • Describe basic structures and functions in the brain that help leaders overcome distraction and regain mental focus
  • Understand why your brain reacts so quickly with anger or anxiety to some work situations and people
  • Use the executive center of your brain to calm your nervous system down and return to neutral in ten seconds

Workshop will be conducted by Georgia Kartsanis, Leadership Coach, CEO of Sargia Partners & President of CEO Clubs See Europe

ICT Based Education & Entrepreneurship within National Knowledge Economy (KE) Models


  • Bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and policy makers
  • What do entrepreneurs want from policy makers ?
  • How can policies support Knowledge-based and Entrepreneurship skills.

What will you gain?

  • Briefly introducing a knowledge economy model: To think of a country making money out of knowledge (more than half of its GDP)
  • A bit on knowledge transfer and knowledge absorption within identified KE transfer channels: to think how can we use this knowledge to create & sustain economic growth and job creation.
  • A bleak look at unemployment in the MENA: figures and numbers; the urgency to create jobs.
  • The need to move fast.
  • Zooming in on the needed skills and secrets of a successful scaled out approach.
  • Focus on a successful model of teachers and students training.

Who should attend?

  • Policy makers, entrepreneurs, education specialists
  • This workshop brings the policy maker and the entrepreneur together.
  • How can entrepreneurs understand the real challenges facing them and how can they orient their policy makers.
  • How can policy makers create enabling environments by connecting socio-economic régimes, innovation (R&D, S&T), education and ICT horizontally towards economic growth and job creation.
  • Education and the need to mass train and connect with local communities.

Workshop will be conducted by Reem N. Bsaiso, Senior ICT Consultant

Global Civics - Documentary Screenings & Workshop


Global civics suggests that to understand civics in a global sense as a social contract between the world citizens in the age of interdependence and interaction. The disseminators of the concept define it as the notion that we have certain rights and responsibilities towards each other by the mere fact of being human on Earth.

The advocates of the notion attempt to demonstrate that it is possible to imagine global civics. According to this attempt, in an increasingly interdependent world, the world’s citizens need a compass that can frame their mindsets, and create a shared consciousness and sense of global responsibility against to tackle world issues such as the financial crisis, climate change and nuclear proliferation. However, many argue that we must begin by asking several fundamental questions:

To begin to answer these questions, the documentary ‘Global Civics’, co-produced by Jian Yi and Hakan Altinay, pursues conversations in nine countries; Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, and the United States. In this journey, we witness disagreements among two workers in South Africa, as well as consensus between two businessmen in China and Turkey, Buddhist and Muslim theologians, students in India and United States. A visual and conceptual feast, Global Civics aims to leave you with a dose of hope and a refreshed curiosity for a truly global conversation.

What will you gain?

  • How do we deal with an increasingly interdependent world?
  • How will we navigate our increasing global interdependence?
  • Can we conceive a global civics which is both feasible and sufficient to the task?

Workshop will be conducted by Hakan Altinay - Senior Fellow Brookings Institution

Film Music: Two Arts within One Global Industry in the 21st Century


The entertainment industry, especially the film industry, has gone through a massive change in the last 15 years. Specifically, almost all ways of creating, producing and distributing a movie have utterly changed. In the 21st century all artists involved in the filmmaking process have suffered from the missing balance between the art, the craft and the business. This is one major reason, among others, that the audiences are suffering today, more than ever before, by an extreme fragmentation and downfall of the aesthetics. It is a global phenomenon that affects the intellect of a globalized society. One of the main arts in which this phenomenon became obvious is Film Music, the movie soundtracks of today. In this seminar George Christopoulos explores and presents the issues, the challenges and the possible solutions that can transform film music and eventually films, into something great once again.

What will you learn?

  • The true multi-faceted nature of Cinema and Music as Arts, Crafts and Products.
  • Current Facts about the Film and Music Industries in numbers and their effect on the global working marketplace.
  • A historical exploration of the overall change of film aesthetics and the use of Music in Films in the last 40 years.
  • Music’s role in a Film, How and Why there is a major difference between a Composer and a Film Composer.
  • The Psychology, the Mentality and the Essential Set of Skills all artists, and specifically Film Composers, need to acquire in order to increase their chances in having a career within the film and music industry.

Workshop will be conducted by George Christopoulos, Founder Oticons

Migrant's Voices


By empowering disadvantaged people through journalism we hope to achieve real social progress in their communities. How can training support the dissemination of knowledge and how can we empower and amplify the voices of immigrants bringing to the attention of a global audience previously unheard stories.

Points of Discussion

  • Can harnessing collective intelligence and knowledge make media a more constructive and a relevant participant in the democratic debate?
  • How can Communities develop stories?
  • How can Media help provide solutions to some of the most affecting social, political, and environmental issues?
  • Training young migrants to become community reporters

Workshop will be conducted by Despina Syrri, President of Symbiosis

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