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BX Arabia Speakers

BX Arabia brings together the most prominent names in behavioural science as the Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit (QBIU) launches a new way of thinking in the Middle East.

Confirmed speakers at BX Arabia include QBIU board members, prominent academics and practitioners. More speakers will be announced in due course.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi
Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee. His appointment to the SC – in March 2011 – followed his role as Chief Executive Officer in Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee, where he worked closely with the Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani, to promote Qatar’s successful attempt to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the Middle East for the first time.

Professor Cass Sunstein
Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard​ University; Founder and Director, Program on Behavioural Economics and Public Policy, Harvard Law School; and co-author of 'Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness'.

QBIU board members

Professor Abhijit Banerjee
Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-Founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal).

Professor Paul Dolan
Professor of Behavioural Sciences, London School of Economics and Political Science, author of 'Happiness by Design' and co-author of the MINDSPACE report.

Dr David Halpern
Chief Executive and Board Member of the UK government’s Behavioural Insights Team, author of 'Inside the Nudge Unit' and co-author of the MINDSPACE report.

Professor Brigitte Madrian
Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management, Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director of the Household Finance Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Ngaire Woods
Inaugural Dean, Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and Founder of the Global Economic Governance Programme. 

Guest speakers

Zeina Afif
Senior Communications Officer, Poverty and Equity Behavioral Initiatives Team, the World Bank.

Professor Drussilla Brown
Associate Professor of Economics and Director, International Relations Program, Tufts University.

Professor Chris Bryan
Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Professor Ben Castleman
Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of Virginia.

Leonard Chen
Manager of Service Strategy, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore.

Professor Georgios Dimitropoulos
Assistant Professor, HBKU College of Law and Public Policy.

Dr Thomas Dirkmaat
Coordinator, Behavioural Insights, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands.

Professor Lori Foster
Professor of Industrial-Organisational Psychology, North Carolina University and former member of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Team (SBST) at the White House.

Dr Arunabha Ghosh
CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India.

Michael Hallsworth
Director of Health and Tax, the Behavioural Insights Team.  

Dr Michael Hiscox          
Clarence Dillon, Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Currently on leave from Harvard and serving as Founding Director, the Behavioural Economics Team (BETA) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government.

Dr Joana Sousa Lourenço
Policy Analyst, Foresight and Behavioural Insights Unit (FBIU), European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

Dr Fadi Makki
Advisor to Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Chief of the Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit and Senior Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University and the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy, American University of Beirut.

Josh Martin
Vice President, Ideas42.

Steve Martin
Director, Influence at Work.

Yousri Marzouki
Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Qatar University and Aix-Marseille University.

Faisal Naru
Senior Economic Adviser, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Professor John O’Brien
Associate Dean, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar.

Professor Philip Oreopoulos
Professor of Economics, University of Toronto, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dr Olivier Oullier
Head of Global Strategy, Health and Healthcare and Executive Committee Member at the World Economic Forum.

Ram Prasad
Co-Founder, Final Mile.

Simon Raadsma
Principal, Behavioural Insights Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet, New South Wales.

Professor Eldar Shafir
Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Public Policy, Inaugural Director of Princeton University's Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy and co-author of 'Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much'.

Zhi Soon
Director of Productivity, Behavioural Insights Team.

Dr Omar Al-Ubaydli
Programme Director, International and Geo-Political Studies, Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat).

Professor Ivo Vlaev
Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School (University of Warwick) and co-author of the MINDSPACE report.

Dan White
CEO, The Behaviouralist.

Dr Ahmed Alzahrani
Director General of Business Center, Institute of Public Administration, Saudi Arabia.