About Arab Conference at Harvard

Each year, HAAA hosts two world-class conferences: the Arab Conference at Harvard (ACH) on the Harvard campus, now the largest Arab conference in North America, and the Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC) at a different Arab city each year.

Sadly, Covid-19 forced us to put our 2020 plans on hold, with travel restrictions and gathering limitations still in place, we decided to reimagine our flagship events and combine them into a virtual experience.

This year, the ACHxHAWC is themed “Change by Design: Young Leaders Building the Future”. The Arab world today is young, dynamic, thirsty, and ready for revolutionary change. From the western tip of North Africa to the eastern lands of the Gulf, almost one-third of the Arab region’s population are youth. Facing tremendous opportunity and significant challenges, today’s Arab and Arab-American youth are bright, ambitious, and ready to change and transform our region for the better. Yet, they are also burdened by the reality and narrative of a heavy past and an uncertain future. What will become of the Arab world as we move forward into the next decade? What role will Arab and Arab-American youth have to play in designing positive change?

These conferences bring together hundreds of youth and working professional that are not alumni, Harvard alumni, faculty, and societal leaders to discuss key issues related to the region and serve to heighten awareness of issues facing the Arab world and increase dialogue around important topics facing the Arab world. Previous Speakers at our conferences have included Mr. Amr Mousa of Egypt; Queen Noor of Jordan; Mr. Mahmoud Jibril of Libya; Prince Turki Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia; and Ms. Tawakkol Karman of Yemen; to name a few.

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association was established in 2001 to address the historical underrepresentation of the Arab world at Harvard as well as to empower Harvard Arab alumni to address key challenges facing Arab societies. By joining forces across the diversity of our geographical, educational, and professional backgrounds, Harvard Arab alumni are working hard to achieve substantive change in the Arab world. Today, the Harvard Arab Alumni Association reaches over 4,000 alumni and friends and supports a number of charities, scholarship funds, and research initiatives throughout the Arab world, including launching the first and only alumni-led scholarship fund at Harvard. In 2010, on account of our efforts, the Harvard President recognized us as the best Harvard alumni association.


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