SABIC supports Misk Global Forum as innovation and knowledge partner for youth empowerment

SABIC participated as an exclusive innovation and knowledge partner in the Misk Global Forum in support of youth empowerment as the event kicked off on 14 November in Riyadh.

Misk Global Forum 2018, in support of youth empowerment, progresses on 14 November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Misk Global Forum 2018, in support of youth empowerment, progresses on 14 November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

SABIC joined global leaders, representatives from the public and private sectors, international and local media, and thousands of students from Saudi Arabia and around the world in support of redefining what young people must do to future-proof themselves with 21st century skills.

The Misk Global Forum is an ongoing platform that brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change. The theme of this year’s Misk Global Forum was ‘The Skills for Our Tomorrow’ and focused on five key skills – novel thinking, social intelligence, judgment and decision-making, adaptability and resilience, and initiative and self-direction.

Abdulaziz Al-Oudan, executive vice president, corporate human resources, SABIC, participated in a ‘Future Global Skills Panel’, and said: “SABIC’s transformation in workforce development is advancing Vision 2030 objectives through its focus on preparing the next generations with the right skills for the future. We want to ensure that they are not only able to compete in an evolving job market, but to solidify their place as an essential part of it.”

Al-Oudan added: “SABIC is an industry leader whose success rests on the shoulders of its employees. We are dedicated to creating a positive and lasting impact around the subjects of novel thinking and adjusting to the human-machine partnership while inspiring one another to continue to develop competencies for tomorrow.”

During the forum, SABIC signed an MoU with the MiSK Foundation in an effort to spearhead cooperation to continue to elevate levels of education, innovation and environmental sustainability. The collaboration underscores SABIC's commitment to social responsibility for Saudi citizens in general and the youth in particular, driving and enabling the right mix of skills for a better tomorrow.

SABIC also took part in the ‘Lab Experience’ part of the forum, where Saudi students showcased the prototypes they built as part of the ‘SABIC Summer Innovation Programme’. In total, Saudi students created 123 innovative projects in areas ranging from mobile applications to renewable energy and smart home systems (IoT).

This is one example of how SABIC is providing opportunities to stimulate constructive communication among inventors and innovators in the kingdom and how it is preparing future scientists and business leaders to ascend the value chain.

Dr Abdullah Al-Refaie, general manager of SABIC global technology centres, and Dr Wajeeh Osama Moughrabiah, head of local workforce development led an interactive session about the ‘Power of Innovation for a Better Tomorrow’, where they stated: “Innovation has changed the global prospective, the way we are looking at things and even our day-to-day activities, and it is paramount that this generation recognises it as the key for many skills that can shape a better future for them.

In addition, Saeed Qahtani, head, L&D and strategic partnerships, SABIC, led a skills development programme called ‘Making Exponential Leaders!’ The programme was aimed at empowering future leaders to learn new skills and invigorate their mind-set towards their personal and practical life, driving them to seek out and master skills that can transform themselves, their families, their communities and even the world.

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