Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award Hold 1st Meeting

03 Jul 2019
03 Jul 2019

The Board of Trustees and the Advisory Committee for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award (MBRKA) held their first meeting after the submission deadline for the Award’s sixth edition, where they are set to consider and evaluate the entries received through the MBRKA official website.

The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary General of MBRKA, while attendees included members of both the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Committee, namely: Dr Ali Ahmed Al-Ghafli,  representing, UAE University; Prof Mohamed Osman Alkhosht, representing Cairo University; Professor Nicholas Rawlins, representing the University of Oxford; Prof. Alexander Zander, representing  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Dr Sultan Mohammed Al Nuaimi, of Abu Dhabi University; Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Director and Professor of Integrated Sustainability Research Systems at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Tokyo; David Bennett, from the USA tertiary education sector; and in addition to Dr Hany Torky and Dr Wes Harry of the Advisory Committee.

Participants at the meeting reviewed all applications for the Award, verifying which ones meet all requirements and conditions of the MBRKA. The discussion then went on to highlight MBRKA’s accomplishments over the past five years, as well as ways to enhance its effects on innovators everywhere and expand the circle of participants from around the world.

“The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award has left a strong impression locally, regionally, and internationally,” said H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb, noting that phase one of the Award’s sixth edition witnessed fierce competition among candidates – be they individuals, academic entities, and institutions involved in the knowledge community.

“In the short six years it has been in existence, the Award has succeeded in earning international attention and accolades for shedding light on significant achievements and invaluable contributions that have truly and deeply improved human life,” H.E. bin Huwaireb explained, expressing his gratitude for both the Trustees and the Advisory Committee for their efforts in promoting the Award to the prestigious status it has come to occupy among international awards and events that support the production of knowledge everywhere.

For his part, Prof. Nicholas Rawlins noted that the meeting’s agenda included shortlisting potential winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award who have met the terms and conditions of the competition and made significant contributions that transformed their communities and the world for the better.

Meanwhile, Dr Ali Ahmed Al-Ghafli stated that the meeting explored the Award’s performance over the previous years, stressing the need to build on the accomplishments that were achieved, especially the Award’s growing international fame and appeal among entities active in the knowledge sectors. Dr Al-Ghafli went on to affirm that the Award will cement its positive image across the global knowledge sector in the near future.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award seeks to promote comprehensive development, supporting innovation and creativity in all sectors of knowledge. The Award’s monetary value is USD1 million. The winners will be presented with the MBRKA at the annual Knowledge Summit, organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in Dubai to provide a global knowledge platform bringing together knowledge leaders, experts, and decision makers to explore ways to build and develop knowledge-based societies.