Qatar Foundation initiative focuses on future of education at groundbreaking New York forum

Over 350 key people in education will take personalised journeys designed to help shape the future of education next month at the [email protected] forum organised by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) – an initiative of Qatar Foundation. The event is part of the coming Global Goals Week at the United Nations General Assembly under the auspices of the UN Foundation.

The forum, which takes place on 22 September at the Altman Building in New York under the theme ‘Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion’, is the first WISE Forum to be held in the US. Its highlights will include the presentation of the 2018 WISE Awards, recognising six projects from five countries that have produced high-impact solutions to education challenges, and a showcase of the innovative projects developed by the 2018-2019 WISE Accelerator cohort.

Designed to be more than simply an education conference, [email protected] aims to truly open up the global conversation about education through sessions offering an array of opportunities to voice opinions, share solutions, and build new connections. Participants will choose from a range of session formats, which will act as the basis for them to design their own education transformation.

Among the high-level speakers at [email protected] will be Gerardo Lopez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah, who said:

There cannot be an educational revolution without radical courage and the audacity to insist that education be available to all children, regardless of their circumstances.’

[email protected] speakers will also include Dr Patrick Awuah, Founder and President, Ashesi University, Ghana; Dr Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, Chairman, House of Mandela; Dr Allan E. Goodman, President and Chief Executive Director, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Jim Shelton, Head Education Initiative, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, as well as Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE.

Previous WISE Summits have taken place in Qatar, while its regional forums have been held in China, Spain, Tunisia, and Ghana. The list of dignitaries who have spoken at the WISE Summit includes former US First Lady Michelle Obama; His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; the Rt Hon Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the UK; and the leading journalist and commentator Fareed Zakaria.

To apply to attend [email protected], or for further details, please visit The full list of speakers can also be found at the forum’s website, and you can join the [email protected] conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #WISENY.