2021 Middle East Futures Forum

The Middle East Futures Forum is a flagship event of MEI's Strategic Foresight Initiative


The inaugural conference in October 2021 will feature four days of panels and interactive events led by today's leading thinkers on the forces that will shape the region over the next 5-10 years, including in the fields of economics and finance, energy, technology, and cybersecurity. We are proud to welcome Foreign Policy magazine as media partner for this conference.

2021 Conference Agenda

October 12-15, 2021 | All times EST | Details subject to change


October 12

The New Economics

9:00-9:45am The Future of Finance and Money in MENA

10:05-10:50amInteractive Component

11:10am-12:10pm
Economic Diversification and Workforce Transformation

October 13 

Powering the Future

9:00-9:45am
The Future of Energy

10:05-10:50am
Interactive Component

11:10am-12:10pm
Climate Adaptation and Resilience

October 14

High Tech and the Human Future

9:00-9:45am The Future of Cities

10:05-10:50am
A conversation with Raya Bidshahri, CEO of The School of Humanity and the 2020 winner of the Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Award

11:10am-12:10pm
The Future of Education and Healthcare

October 15

The New World of Defense and Security

9:00-9:45am
Technology Futures in MENA Defense and Security

10:05-10:50am
Interactive Component

11:10am-12:10pm
Cybersecurity and Cyber War

We are proud to welcome Foreign Policy as media partner for the 2021 Middle East Futures Forum.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsors of the Middle East Futures Forum receive high visibility to thousands of viewers and participants the event draws from all over the world. Click below to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship, or contact Hayley Smart at hsmart@mei.edu or 202-785-1141 x209 for more information.

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