Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi 05 October 2019

Please note that attendance at the Qudwa Ideas_Lab on 5 October is limited to selected attendees who have received a separate Ideas_Lab invitation. However, the outcomes of the Ideas_Lab will be presented at the Forum on 6 October and shared on the website.

ID will be requested at Registration Desk in the main entrance of Manarat Al Saadiyat.

On the occasion of World Teachers Day, on October 5, 100 education leaders, experts, and teachers will be immersed in a collaborative experience to reflect on the changing role of the teacher and to shape strategies to teach for global competence.

The work will take place inside the Qudwa Ideas_Lab—a creative space dedicated to collaboration and learning. To exchange and experimentation. To interaction and dialogue.

There will be no passive observers. Everyone will be actively engaged. Everyone will be invited to work, explore, discuss, share — and contribute their experience, knowledge, and ideas to charting a forward-looking agenda for the future of teaching in the UAE.

The Lab will be led by the same facilitation team that created similar formats at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos and the OECD Forum in Paris, and that teaches cutting-edge Leadership Development Programs at Harvard University and Harvard Business School.

The outcome of this work will be captured in a “Blueprint” that will represent the views of teachers and experts and will become a roadmap to help teachers in the UAE grow professionally, work collaboratively, and prepare their students for a dynamic and interconnected future.


100% Presence and Focus

Participation is by invitation only — and limited to those who can commit to attend from the beginning to the end of the session. Late arrivals and early departures are highly disruptive to the individual and collective experiences.

“100% focus” is also essential; as such, mobile phones, smartphones and laptops must be switched off during the Ideas_Lab.



Manarat Al Saadiyat,
Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • 10:00AM
  • Registration
  • 10:30AM
  • Opening Address by H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education
  • 10:45AM
  • Introduction to the Ideas_Lab “Working Inside an Ideas_Lab: Being Teachers and Learners” Maurizio Travaglini
  • 11:00AM – 1:30PM
  • Introduction to Part #1 (20’) “Teaching, Learning and Development for the 21st Century” Maurizio Travaglini Activity #1 (70’) “Teaching for Global Competence: Framing the Individual and Collective Challenges” Work in small groups of six Plenary Conversation #1 (60’) Sharing the outcomes of the work groups; Large group conversation Facilitator: Maurizio Travaglini
  • 1:30PM – 2:30PM
  • 2:30PM – 4:30PM
  • Introduction to Part #2 (20’) “Developing Capacity: Designing Interventions with an Experimental Mindset” Maurizio Travaglini Activity #2 (40’)“Becoming Future-Ready: New Approaches for Current and Future Challenges in the UAE Education Ecosystem” Work in small groups of six Plenary Conversation #2 (60’)Sharing the outcomes of the work groups; Large group conversation “The Emerging Components of a Blueprint for the Future of Teaching in the UAE” Facilitator: Maurizio Travaglini
  • 4:30 – 5:00PM
  • Closing Remarks by Discussion Leaders, Rapporteurs and Regulators H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Karam, Chairman of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority H.E. Saeed Musabah Al Kaabi, Chairman of the Sharjah Education Council Question: “What components seem to be an important part of this Blueprint?”


For any enquiries, please write to ideaslab@qudwa.com

The Facilitation Team

The Ideas_Lab will be led by Maurizio Travaglini and his team. Maurizio is the founder of Architects of Group Genius, a consulting practice focused on innovation, change and transformation. He has also developed breakthrough programs on Leadership, Innovation and Design Thinking for Harvard Business School, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, École des Ponts Business School.