Oman 2040 Vision National Conference

The National Conference

The National Conference for the Oman 2040 Vision is one of the main tracks and activities that are complementary to the preparation of the Future Vision document, which is prepared pursuant to the Royal directives, in complete mastery and perfection with broad societal participation by various groups of society. The conference aims at providing a national platform that includes a number of decision makers and experts from within and outside the Sultanate, as well as creating a dialogue space that will contribute to the use of appropriate mechanisms and enablers to achieve visions. The conference is also an opportunity to exchange ideas in many aspects such as sustainable development. Further, the conference would constitute a marketing space to highlight the efforts made towards preparing the vision with clarity and high mastery.

Conference Objectives

  • Increase social participation in Oman 2040 Vision
  • Discuss the detailed features of Oman 2040 Vision
  • Highlight the importance of international cooperation for the realization of Oman 2040 Vision
  • Showcase the best international practices in vision realization

Event Details

  • Days: Sunday 27 January 2019-Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Venue: Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre-Muscat
  • Time: 8:30 – 17:00

The Progamme Key Topics

  • Detailed features of Oman 2040 Vision
  • The roles of public and private sectors as well as the society in realizing the vision
  • International cooperation to support the realization of the Vision
  • Best international practices in relation to Vision realization

The Progamme Themes

  • Inspiration, motivation and concerted efforts to achieve national visions
  • Key features about the Oman vision 2040
  • Details of Oman vision 2040 directions
  • Methodologies and mechanisms for managing change and positive guidance for human behaviour
  • Cooperation and economic integration and its importance for the realization of future visions
  • International case studies in achieving long-term visions and planning

Prof. Ricardo Hausmman

Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government. MoreLess
Ricardo Hausmann is Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government. He also teaches a capstone course on the MPAID program. Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department. He has served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992-1993) and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. He also served as Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. He was Professor of Economics at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) (1985-1991) in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development.

H.E. Michèle Alliot-Marie (S)

French Diplomat MoreLess

MichèleAlliot-Marie, is a French politician serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2014. She is a member of the French right-wing party Les Républicains (LR), affiliated with the European People’s Party (EPP). As part of her current mandate as an MEP, she has been appointed, among other responsibilities, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula (DARP) and member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET).

A lawyer by profession, she has held multiple electoral mandates, namely as an MEP (1989-1993), a national MP (1986, 1988-1993, 1995-2002, 2007, 2011-2012), a mayor of Saint-Jean-de-Luz (1995-2002), and a president of the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR, former Les Républicains) from 1999 to 2002.

What is more, she was part of many right-wing governments, starting with the Ministries of Education (1986-1988) and Youth and Sports (1993-1995). She then became the first French woman to hold the ministerial portfolios of Defense (2002-2007), Interior (2007-2009) and Foreign Affairs (2010-2011). With a mandate at the Ministry of Justice (2009-2010), that makes her the only French personality to ever hold the four regalian portfolios.

Bassel Al Nahlaoui

Managing Director, Gulf, Careem


Bassel is the Managing Director for Careem in the Arabian Gulf, leading the company’s operations in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. One of the key things that Careem does is working in conjunction with local governments, and Bassel has led the way is creating a company strategy for the region.

Prior to this he was the Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations, looking after strategic partnerships, corporates sales across the region while working closely with Governments to develop favourable regulatory frameworks to grow Careem’s business.

Having advised and worked with firms across the Middle East and the United States in the past, Bassel brings over a decade of experience in management consulting and investment management.

Stefaan Verhulst

Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer(GovLab) MoreLess
Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development of the Governance Laboratory (GovLab) at New York University where he is building a foundation of practice and evidence on how to improve people’s lives by transforming how we govern using advances in science and technology. Recently he was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Digital Government by a global jury convened by apolitical. Before co-founding The GovLab, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor; and was co-founder and director of a Center at Oxford University working at the intersection of Human Rights, Law and Communications.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani

Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. MoreLess
A student of philosophy and history, Professor Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world, including the Yale President’s Council on International Activities (PCIA), University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, and as Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee. Before that, he enjoyed a long career with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004. He had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

Vicki Hollub

President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum MoreLess
Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. Ms. Hollub joined Occidental more than 30 years ago and has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recently, she served as Occidental’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. Ms. Hollub previously was Senior Executive Vice President, Occidental Petroleum Corporation,and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, where she was responsible for operations in the U.S., the Middle East region and Latin America. Ms. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University for Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, and Lockheed Martin. She is the U.S. chair for the U.S.-Colombia Business Council. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Hollub holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering. She was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.

Dr. Julio C. Saavedra

Senior Policy Adviser (contracted) at the Office of the Adviser for Studies and Research at the Diwan of Royal Court. MoreLess
An engineer, psychologist, journalist and economist, he advises the Government of Oman on economic policy. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board and Director for International Relations of the CESifo Group from 2002 to 2016. He was one of the architects behind the rise ofCESifo, of which the Ifo Institute for Economic Research is one of the members, to the country’s foremost, and one of Europe’s most influential, economics research institutions. His former institute had more than 100 in-house economists and a worldwide network of more than 1,500 scholars in five continents, eight of which have won the Nobel Prize in Economics. He has been an advisor on economic policy to the governments of Uzbekistan, Spain, UAE and Croatia. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, for the Master in European Integration programme, and an advisor on the strategic organisation of economic research to South Korea’s National Research Council. He also organised the Munich Economic Summit, a yearly high-level economic policy forum, and was the editor of the European Economic Advisory Group’s Report on the European Economy, an annual economic policy publication aimed at supporting economic policymaking both at the European Union level and the individual country level.

Keiko Honda

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) MoreLess
Keiko Honda is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Previously, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company. There, she advised financial institutions on matters related to corporate finance, corporate strategy, and business development. Prior to joining McKinsey, Honda worked for Bain & Company and Lehman Brothers.

Michael Kouly

Author, Global thinker, Speaker, Advisor and the Former Chairman and founding board member of the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA). MoreLess
Ever since he could remember, Michael Kouly has been passionate about Leadership and strategy. Michael studied leadership, international politics, purpose and strategy at the world’s top schools, including Princeton, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, University of Michigan, Maastricht University and the American University of Beirut. His career began as a Reuters war journalist before practicing leadership as a three-time CEO at Reuters, Orbit corporations and Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership for more than 30 years in 22 countries. Michael is a World Bank Fellow, author of ten books and an international keynote speaker about leadership, strategy and international politics. He is the founder of the Kouly Institute and the creator of unique Executive Programs, that taught thousands of top business, NGO, and government leaders worldwide. Michael has been an advisor to heads of states and a founder and leading member of various non-profit leadership academies in the Middle East, Central Eurasia, and South East Asia. Michael’s purpose is to help people, organizations and countries exercise growth and purpose-driven leadership for a better life together.

Dr. Fadi Makki

Head, Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee MoreLess
Dr. FadiMakki heads the first nudge unit in the Middle East – the Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit – at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. He has more than 23 years of experience in public sector reform, socio-economic development and behavioral economics. He is a pioneer in the application of behavioural insights and nudge concepts to public policy in the region. He is the founder of Nudge Lebanon and the Consumer-Citizen Lab, and Senior Fellow at Georgetown University in Qatar. He served as Director-General of the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister. He worked for Booz & Company Middle East, Cisco, as well as the Qatari Ministry of Finance, Economy and Trade. He was visiting lecturer and fellow at AUB, Saint Joseph University, Cambridge University, the Graduate Institute in Geneva and HBKU. He was member of the World Economic Forum Future Council for Behavioral Sciences between 2016 and 2018.

Mr. SriramViswanathan (S)

Founding Managing Partner at IndusAge. MoreLess
Sriram is the Managing Partner of IndusAge Partners. He spent nearly 20 years at Intel Corporation in various senior management roles. In his last role within Intel, until 2012 he was the Vice President of the Intel Architecture Group (IAG) and General Manager of Intel’s Incubation and Innovation Group. Prior to this, he was the head of Intel’s Global Wireless efforts responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of Intel’s efforts in the industry to establish Intel leadership in communication technologies such as WiFi and 4G. In this capacity he was the corporate focal point for customers and business partners Worldwide. He is also recognized in the industry as the original architect of Intel’s efforts in WiFi and 4G/WiMAX technologies as well as for being a founding team member of Intel Capital having won numerous awards during this tenure at Intel.

Wong Heang Fine

SurbanaJurong Group CEO MoreLess
Mr Wong Heang Fine is the Group CEO of SurbanaJurong. He has held key leadership positions across a number of industries over the last 35 years. Most recently, he was the CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore and CapitaLand GCC Holdings. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of SembCorp Engineers and Constructors. He started his career at the Singapore Economic Development Board. Mr Wong was appointed to the board of SMEC Holdings in 2016 following the acquisition of SMEC by SurbanaJurong. He is also Chairman of Sino‐Sun Architects & Engineers and Director of AETOS Holdings. He was President of the Real Estate Developer’s Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2012.

Tarmo Jüristo

Head of Management Board (PRAXIS) MoreLess
Tarmo has been an active member of Estonian civil society. He was one of the original members to sign Harta12 (a civil initiative focusing on problem areas in state governance). As a playwright at Von Krahl Theatre and NO99, Tarmo has led two plays that are considered flagships of modern Estonian theatre. He has lectured and still conducts lectures at the University of Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Business School. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences in Estonia and abroad. Tarmo is one of the long-standing co-authors of Memokraat (a blog dedicated to opinion pieces from people across civil society) and has published both in public and academic media.

Ms. Pei Shan LIM

Head, Centre for Strategic Futures MoreLess
Pei Shan joined the Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF) in January 2018. She previously served at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where she worked on launching Singapore’s third government-to-government project with China. Pei Shan is an alumna of the former Strategic Policy Office (the forerunner to the CSF), where she worked on foresight and whole-of-government strategy. She started her career in the Ministry of Defense covering regional politics, and subsequently human resource strategy.
Time Event Details
9:00 – 9:25 Conference Opening His Highness’ opening speech includes the welcoming of guests and the showcasing of the Sultanate accomplishments as well as the main directions of Oman 2040 Vision. The video presents a description of the vision preperation stages, the participatory approach in preparing the vision, the vision themes and pillars and their key features.
9:25 – 9:50 first Speaker Speech The speech aims to inspire the audience and motivate them to join efforts toward achieving the Vision and focuses on spreading the spirit of positivity and enthusiasm
9:50 – 10:15 Presentation of the key features of Oman 2040 Vision three themes The key features and directions of the vision shall be presented, as well as its main indicators.
10:15 – 11:00 Lunch Break/Networking
11:00 – 13:00 Panel Discussions: People & Society Panel Discussion on strategic directions, goals, and indicators
Panel Discussions: Economy & Development
11:00 – 13:00 Panel Discussion on strategic directions, goals, and indicators Panel Discussion on strategic directions, goals, and indicators
13:00 – 14:00 Coffee Break
14:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
14:00 – 15:30 Panel Discussion on the role of the society and the youth in realizing the vision This session discusses the role of individuals and society in realizing the vision through empowering the individuals to discharge their responsibilities and duties, and empowering the civil society institutions to play their role in enabling the communities and different groups (individuals, beneficiaries and targets of civil society institutions, especially The categories of women and youth) in the manner that contributes to sustainable development
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Panel discussion on the government’s role in realizing the vision. This session will discuss the role of the government sector through the transition to an agile government sector that seeks to empower the private sector, civil society and individuals, whose main responsibility is to regulate, control and manage the socio-economic transformation within an effective governance framework.
17:30 End of Day 1
Time Event Details
09:00 – 10:30 Panel discussion on the private sector’s role in realizing the vision This session will discuss the role of the private sector in the vision realization through undertaking the responsibility of leading economic growth and contributing to the sustainable development process, as well as the private sector’s role in the economic transformation process and the realization of the vision
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Managing Change and Positive Direction of Human Behavior (Nudging) This session discusses the aspects and mechanisms of change management, with a focus on the process of the positive direction of human behavior (Nudging) along with a discussion of the relevant international best practice and the importance thereof in the realization of the vision.
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Panel discussion: International practices for realization of national visions and priorities, and alignment of national strategies and plans This session reviews international experiences in achieving their respective visions / long-term plans, linking them to development, sectoral and institutional planning; implementation, follow-up and performance management support frameworks.
17:00 – 17:30 Summary of the 2-day National Conference and future plans
16:15 – 16:30 Summary of the 2-day National Conference and future plans
16:30 End of Day 2