Abu Dhabi: The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Institute is bringing back five talks that originated from its tenth anniversary programming in 2018. The online series allows the community to gain a deeper insight into a variety of topics and conversations from the safety of their own homes.

The Institute has made a range of its past talks and lectures available to view during the outbreak of COVID-19, offering intellectual diversion for audiences across the globe. Available on its YouTube channel, topics in this series include the UAE’s cultural scene, the UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy, the concept of philanthropy in the region, a history-making multi-organ transplant program, and the development of the Arab literary scene.

Notable speakers in these talks include Minister of Culture and Youth Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi; Minister of State for Digital Economy and AI His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama; Director-General at Sandooq Al Watan Mohamed T. Al Qadhi; Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Dr. Rakesh Suri; Chief of the Surgical Subspecialties Institute of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Dr. Bashir Sankari; and Lebanese novelist, critic, and playwright Elias Khoury.

Established in 2008 as a center of advanced research, scholarly, and creative activity in Abu Dhabi, The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute assembles academics, professionals, and leaders from around the world to its academic conferences and public program to discuss research areas and topics of local and global significance.

  • Cultural Spaces: A Conversation with HE Noura Al Kaabi

The UAE has embarked on a number of ambitious initiatives to create a vibrant cultural scene. Through commissioned art projects, educational programs, infrastructural development, and cultural diplomacy, a variety of local and international organizations have created spaces for engagement, creativity, and social change. What role do policies focusing on women, youth and national development play in the cultural field in the UAE? How do top-down initiatives interact with marginal spaces and non-state actors? This panel discussion includes an interactive and candid conversation with Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi to reflect on her personal and professional journey and her aspirations for art and culture in the UAE.


Minister of Culture and Youth Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi

Moderated by

May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYUAD

  • A Roadmap to the Future: A Conversation with HE Omar Al Olama

How important is it to build futuristic research and development industrial communities to support this vision? What are the main criteria that should be set in place to achieve successful outcomes? This discussion is a genuine and collective conversation with His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama to capture his vision on the execution of the UAE AI strategy and the resonance of his endeavors to build a pathway for the future of industry and technology in UAE.


Minister of State for Digital Economy and AI His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama

  • The Art and Science of Philanthropic Endeavors by Mohamad T. Al Qadhi

The talk explores the concept of philanthropy in the region, identifies recent trends that have changed the philanthropic landscape, and proposes methods to create and run successful philanthropic organizations.


Mohamed T. Al Qadhi, Director-General, Sandooq Al Watan

  • Story Behind the UAE’s First Multi Organ Transplant Program

This talk explores how the transplants for four major organs – kidney, heart, liver and lung – are giving hope to families in the UAE and around the region by delivering a world-class level of care here in the nation’s capital, meeting the needs of the community while contributing to the sustainability of the country’s healthcare sector.


Bashir Sankari, MD; Chief of the Surgical Subspecialties Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Rakesh Suri, MD; Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

  • Celebrating the 10th Year Anniversary of the Institute with Lebanese Novelist ~ Elias Khoury

Distinguished and award-winning novelist, Elias Khoury, discusses his work and the Arab novel in general as it has developed over the last ten years. Ten years ago he discussed his celebrated Bab al-Shams. This evening he considers his own work and how the Arab literary scene has developed since the inaugural Institute event he took part in October 2008.


Elias Khoury; Lebanese Novelist; Playwright; Critic


About NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Established in 2008, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute is a center of advanced research, scholarly, and creative activity for Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and the world. Its academic conferences serve as a scholarly platform for NYU Abu Dhabi faculty, and faculty across the global network, to discuss and showcase their innovative research and creative activity. Its diverse public program of talks, panel discussions, film screenings, and exhibitions feature scholars, researchers, policy makers, and thought leaders who present topics of local and global significance. From its inception, The Institute has hosted more than 800 academic conferences and public events, and welcomed over 800 speakers from around the world.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from more than 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.

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