Qudwa is a forum for teachers, by teachers that aims to elevate the teaching profession in the UAE and improve the future of education.
Organized by the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, Qudwa is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi was appointed UAE Minister of Education on July 4, 2014. His Excellency concurrently holds several other positions in the field of education. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning Program, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Abu Dhabi Institute of Vocational Education and Training (ADVETI), Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), Member of the Board of Directors at Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, and Member of the Board of Directors, Khalifa Award for Education.
His Excellency Al Hammadi received a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle University in the United States. Throughout his career, HE has acquired diverse specialized expertise, which has enabled him to efficiently manage and execute his various responsibilities. His initiatives have had a great impact on achieving paramount advancements in education, technical and vocational training, and strengthening the connection of this kind of specialized education to the developmental needs of the UAE and the country’s future aspirations, laying the corner stone for the empowerment of the Emirati workforce.
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), is responsible for a wide spectrum of education in Dubai’s private sector, spanning early learning, grade school, higher education and training institutes.
Dr. Abdulla has the distinction of holding key positions across the United Arab Emirates. He is chairman of the Dubai Future Education Council, a member of the International Positive Education Network advisory board and an Education Committee member of the Global Council for Happiness and Wellbeing. Dr. Abdulla is a member of the UAE University council and serves on the board of trustees for Dubai Future Foundation and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a board member of Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Cares, and a member of the Higher Committee for Protection of the Rights of People of Determination in Dubai.
Previously, Dr. Abdulla held positions including Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, Chairman of Dubai Government’s Human Resources Committee, which was links human resources programs and initiatives with Dubai’s goals and strategic priorities, and board member of Dubai Knowledge Fund, which develops Dubai’s knowledge capital through profitably managing funds. In 2019, he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education.
Prior to the formation of KHDA, Dr. Abdulla was CEO of Dubai Knowledge Village, which ushered in the International Branch Campus to diversify the educational landscape in Dubai. Before that, Dr. Abdulla headed the Research Unit at Dubai Internet City and began his career working as a software engineer in the United States and France.
Dr. Abdulla holds a PhD in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Saeed Musbah Al Kaabi holds a PhD in educational leadership and has been the Chairman of the Sharjah Education Council since 2014. Over his career in education, he progressed from teacher to school principal before serving as Chairman of the Sharjah Education Zone and Chairman of the Teachers’ Association in Sharjah.
Dr. Saeed’s wide-ranging expertise includes work as a presenter on Sharjah TV and involvement in several sports councils and associations. He was Chairman of Al-Madam Cultural and Sports Club, and is currently Vice Chairman of the UAE Shooting and Archery Association as well as a candidate for Chair of the Archery Association.
Dr. Saeed was selected to chair the Advisory Board of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah in 2017, and recently joined the Permanent Committee for the Care of Children Deprived from Social Care.
Karim Al-Abbas set up Enlighten in 2011 in order to challenge the lack of critical thinking in education. For the last ten years, he has worked with clients in schools, universities and companies to help them think more quickly, learn faster and remember more. While the current trend in education centers on factual retention, Enlighten has been working throughout the UK to show schools that it is far more effective for their students to focus on how they work rather than what they know.
From creativity to structured thinking, from verbal communication to speed reading, the cornerstone of Enlighten’s research is understanding how we really think and learn.
Enlighten has become a world leader in contextualizing these ideas and delivering them to over a hundred UK schools, tens of universities and companies all over the world—from the National Bank of Kuwait and the European Parliament to startups and FTSE 100 companies.
Aysha Almazrouei is a media professional with experience in digital media, converged journalism and strategic planning. She has a B.A. in Converged Media – Journalism and an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Affairs from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. Aysha was a member of the Editorial Board at The National newspaper, where she worked as a Lead Writer for five years. In her current position as Head of Creative Digital Production at Abu Dhabi Media, she manages two digital brands: Zayed Digital TV, a first-of-its-kind online platform archiving visual material related to UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Mohtawa, an online video platform covering a wide range of news and trending subjects. She is also a Board Member of Getmo Arabia, a UAE-based digital entertainment provider. Aysha aims to strengthen the UAE’s presence in the global media industry by being part of the digital transformation.
Loretta Claiborne is Chief Inspirational Officer of Special Olympics International and member of its Board of Directors. A Special Olympics athlete since 1970, she has completed 26 marathons and earned medals in an array of events; Loretta credits Special Olympics as the positive force that turned her life around. In speaking engagements around the world, Loretta shares a life story that carries a heartfelt message of acceptance, hope and tolerance for all people.
Recent engagements promoting inclusion include the 2018 FIFA Conference for Equality and Inclusion in Zurich and the 2017 Sport and Faith summit at the Vatican. In 2015 and 2016, Loretta spoke at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 1996, she was honored by ESPN with the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and she holds honorary doctorates from Quinnipiac College and Villanova University. Loretta has been invited to the White House five times. Her mission is to champion inclusion for all persons with different abilities and to remain a dedicated athlete and advocate for Special Olympics.
Denise Gallucci is a visionary leader, innovator, and passionate education advocate who believes that we must fundamentally change the way we think and work in order to ensure inclusive, equitable, quality education for all. She has founded over two dozen high-performing K-12 schools and has led teams to transform schools in large urban centers across the United States, Latin America and other emerging markets throughout the world. Denise served as the CEO of GEMS Education Americas where she founded The Education Partners, a global consulting and educational services firm that leverages the world’s foremost education change makers to launch innovative approaches that drive change across the education sector.
Denise lends her experience and expertise to several boards, including OECD’s Education 2030 Project and New York University’s StartED-Accelerator Program, and serves as a strategic advisor to Ministries of Education across the globe.
Pam Grossman is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A distinguished scholar, she came to Penn from Stanford University’s School of Education, where she was the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education. At Stanford, she founded and led the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching and established the Hollyhock Fellowship for early career teachers in underserved schools. Before joining Stanford, she was the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington.
Dr. Grossman’s research focuses on the preparation of teachers and other professionals and on issues of instructional quality, particularly in English Language Arts. Her most recent work focuses on practice-based teacher education and the role of core practices of teaching in teacher preparation and professional development. She currently chairs the Board for the Spencer Foundation and also serves on the Board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2009 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
Talal Al Hashemi is the National Director of Special Olympics UAE. Under his leadership the UAE Special Olympics team was the largest Team to participate in the Special Olympics World Games in March 2019—the first World Games ever held in the MENA region and the world’s largest humanitarian sports event for people of determination. Talal was chosen to lead the foundation because of his extensive knowledge and experience in the sports industry.
He was the General Coordinator of the UAE’s successful bid to host Asia Cup 2019 and was a member of Abu Dhabi’s bids to host the FIFA Club World Cup, as well as the Olympics.Al Hashim is a current board member of Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. Talal led the Organization’s Internal Auditing Committee from 2014 to 2018. As Acting Head of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s Sports Care program in 2013, Talal supported the academic pursuits of athletes working toward degrees in higher education. His career has also included work with the UAE School Olympics, the UAE Professional Football League, and UAE Women’s Football Committee.
Anthony Jackson is Vice President and Director of the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st century global citizenship. The Center is a platform for collaboratively advancing education for global competence for all youth by empowering teachers’ and school leaders’ professional development, systems change and public engagement. Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Anthony is a leading expert on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. He co-authored Turning Points 2000, a blueprint for middle school reform, and more recently co-authored Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World.
Anthony holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Qudwa Forum 2019's agenda, to include inspiring panel discussions, masterclasses, and networking opportunities with experts, will be announced soon.
Qudwa Forum 2019 features sessions that will inspire new conversations on classroom practices and innovative teaching. The program seeks to provide the resources teachers need to transform their teaching methods, classrooms, schools, and, eventually, their students and society.
Mohamed bin Zayed Award for Best GCC Teacher
Qudwa will conclude with the prestigious Mohamed bin Zayed Award for Best GCC Teacher, which honors exceptional educators from the GCC region whose dedication and results set them apart. https://www.mbzaward.ae/
Partners collaborate with Qudwa to address issues affecting teachers in the UAE where transformational impact can only be achieved by working together. Qudwa Partners join a community of leaders dedicated to developing the insights, initiatives, and actions necessary to nurture a thriving environment for teachers in the UAE.