Building Shared Futures

The Doha Forum is a global platform for dialogue, bringing together leaders in policy to discuss critical challenges facing our world, and to build innovative and action-driven networks.

Youth Edition

The Doha Forum: Youth Edition, powered by QatarDebate, brings together youth from around the world to discuss, share experiences, and shape shared futures

Main Themes

The Doha Youth Forum: Youth Edition will reflect the 4 main themes of the Doha Forum discussing "building shared Futures", focusing on four core areas:

International Relations and Defense

Economic Policy and Development

Cyber Security, Data Privacy, and Artificial Intelligence



17 - 19 Nov. 2023


100 youth from around the world


Education City Experience

Program Overview

Participants at the Doha Forum: Youth Edition will take in various activities that will develop their skills and enrich their knowledge as well as live great experiences. 

Skills Training

- Negotiation: Interpersonal Skills, confidence building and getting fair deals.

- Policy Drafting: Identifying problems and drafting policy solutions

Roundtable Discussions

The roundtables are thematic blocks that are designed to foster interactive dialogue between all participants, with a view to reaching policy-oriented conclusions and recommendations.

Panel Discussions

Thematic informative and interactive panels consisting of experts and youth activists, followed by discussion and Q&A by participants and audience.

Cultural Experiences

captivating cultural journey into the heart of Qatar, including tours and visits to cultural sites and museums.

Keynote Speakers

YB Syed Saddiq

Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman came to prominence in 2016 when he joined a group of 24 other youths who called themselves Change Led by the Young Generation (Challenger) and published a statement rejecting Najib Razak’s leadership over the scandal of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He became the leader of ARMADA, the youth wing of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), and was elected as the Member of Parliament for Muar in the 2018 general election. He was appointed as the Minister of Youth and Sports in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, making him the youngest ever federal minister in 2018 since Malaysia’s independence. During his tenure as the Minister of Youth and Sports, Saddiq pushed for a lower voting age in Malaysia, from 21 to 18 years old, which was eventually passed by Parliament in July 2019. He founded a new political party called the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) in September 2020 and has served as its first president since then. While pursuing his LLB at the International Islamic University Malaysia, Saddiq was crowned the United Asian Debating Champion, and was Asia’s Best Speaker at the Asian British Parliamentary (ABP) Debating Championship three times. Saddiq is widely known for his contributions to the field of politics and has successfully completed the Lee Kuan Yew Senior Fellowship in Public Service Programme at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore in April 2021. As a young and dynamic leader, he is committed to bringing positive change to Malaysia’s political landscape, with a focus on empowering the youth and promoting social justice.

Reem Ali

Reem is a Sudanese-American advocate originally based in the DC area. She recently graduated Harvard College with a degree in Government on the Data Science track, a secondary in Computer Science, and a language citation in Arabic. While at Harvard, she was involved with a variety of organizations, including the leadership of her campus Islamic and Arab Societies, working on the institutional basis to expand Muslim accommodations, and within her respective cultural groups, at acknowledging societal taboos, especially in speaking out about topics such as the anti-Blackness and racism often presented in the Muslim and Arab worlds. Currently, she is working on advocacy regarding the current war in Sudan, focusing primarily on humanitarian and diplomatic efforts. In addition, she has joined the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies this fall as both a research assistant and a fellow continuing her research on democratization in Sudan in the post-independence period, with a focus on the nation’s current war, it’s possible outcomes, and what the paths to democratization look like in a post-conflict Sudan.

Omar Alshogre

Omar Alshogre is a Syrian public speaker and human rights advocate, who endured three years of unjust imprisonment before being smuggled and brought to safety. Currently, he serves as the Director of Detainees Affairs for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, dedicating himself to the critical cause of advocating for the release of those unjustly detained. Omar’s public speaking engagements focus on the essential elements of Effective Storytelling, Leadership in Crisis, and Trauma as a Driving Force. He has presented his insights at several world-renowned universities, organizations, and businesses, including Harvard, Georgetown, CNN, Aljazeera, BCG and Spotify, captivating audiences with his compelling personal experiences and enlightening perspectives on the intersection of advocacy and personal growth.

Sara Almaadeed

Sara Al Maadeed spoke on a panel at the COP26 Youth4Climate Summit in Milan 2021. Her idea for forwarding sustainability through sport via Piezoelectric Stadiums earned her a spot on the Ideas for a Bold Future, a Qatar Foundation project pitched in New York during the United Nations General Assembly. Sara merges her love of science with her love of the environment, such as in her nanotechnology research. She was part of the Qatar University Young Scientist Center, where she fashioned a biodegradable plastic with the dielectric capacity to act as a battery in electronics to battle increased electronic waste. She now studies Physics at Qatar University to be able to pursue the field further. She represented Qatar at the MENA finals of the Injaz Al-Arab, where she oversaw the design and manufacturing of sustainably produced, reusable books centred around and made for children with disabilities.  Sara is also an accomplished speaker and debater, having twice made the World Schools Debating Championship qualifying rounds and being awarded the 3rd Best ESL Speaker in the world.

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