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The Future Direction of Social Reforms in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has been undertaking a program of rapid social reform, driven by the demands of a diversifying economy and the aspirations of a new generation of Saudis. This ambitious agenda is now being challenged by the twin blows of the coronavirus pandemic and declining oil revenue. How will this new economic reality affect labor markets and social space, particularly the advances made by women? How will the limitations on mobility impact key engines for economic diversification, such as tourism? How are cultural institutions reacting to the new challenges? Are there opportunities to be found in these disruptions?

Speakers:
Ghadah Alharthi, Associate Lecturer, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London; Cultural Consultant, Barker Langham Middle East Projects
Ahmed Alowfi, Nonresident Researcher, Head of the Cultural Studies Unit, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Hanaa Almoaibed, Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Moderator:
Kristin Smith Diwan, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW
Mark C. Thompson, Senior Associate Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Aug 11, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Ghadah Alharthi
Associate Lecturer; Cultural Consultant, @Central St Martins, University of the Arts London; Barker Langham Middle East Projects
Ghadah Alharthi works as a Middle East specialist delivering research and content development to consultancies in the UK who have projects in the Middle East. She also works as an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London where she teaches on Social Networks, Gender and Social Innovation. In a previous role at the Edge of Arabia art gallery based in London she worked on delivering a wide range of international events/exhibitions by engaging with governments, universities, social enterprises and international foundations. Alharthi has an MSc in International Management (Middle East and North Africa) from SOAS University of London, and a BA in Financial Management and Informatics from the University of Sheffield. Her Master’s dissertation applied the Triple Helix Model to see how universities, governments and industries together can help transform a traditional economy into a knowledge-based economy that promotes innovation, research and entrepreneurship.
Hanaa Almoaibed
Research Fellow @King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Hanaa Almoaibed is a research fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on youth and education to work transitions. Her PhD research explored the role of structure and agency in young men and women's career choices in Saudi Arabia, and she has subsequently published related academic and nonacademic work. Almoaibed has managed several multistakeholder research projects related to youth, careers, and education in Saudi Arabia, building relationships between private and public sector entities. Almoaibed has a PhD in philosophy from University College London.
Ahmed Alowfi
Nonresident Researcher, Head of the Cultural Studies Unit @King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Ahmed Alowfi is a non-resident senior researcher and head of the Cultural Studies Unit at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and holds a master’s degree in sociology from the American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include state formation, cultural modernization, and politics of art, culture, and urban spaces.