Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Director, World Wide Web Consortium, will deliver the opening address at this year's Abu Dhabi Media Summit.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and
Director, World Wide Web Consortium, will deliver the opening
address at this year's Abu Dhabi Media Summit being held under the
patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of
the UAE Armed Forces.
Berners-Lee, a pioneer and advocate of the Internet age, will
speak about the state of the digital planet. The session will be
hosted by Matthew Garrahan, from the Financial Times, Los Angeles
Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and Chairman of
twofour54, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak said: "This year's
Summit will focus on the ways individuals and organizations can
harness the limitless potential of digital technologies. People
like Tim Berners-Lee have made that conversation possible, and I
can't think of a better way to open the Summit than with his
Berners-Lee said: "This is a key moment for the UAE and
countries in the Middle East region to determine how they can make
the best use of the internet and take advantage of all the
opportunities it offers. It is with great pleasure that I have
accepted the invitation to participate remotely at the Abu Dhabi
Media Summit, a digital global meeting of minds, where I am looking
forward to discussing the potential of the internet and its
positive benefits to humanity with such a digitally connected
In addition to Tim Berners-Lee, the opening day of the Summit
will also host a session with Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney
International, who will speak about the art of emerging market
expansion and story telling in a global marketplace.
Hundreds of key influencers from the global media industry will
gather at the fourth Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013, being held
October 22 -24 at the Yas Viceroy to examine the latest trends and
challenges in the sector, with a focus on leveraging opportunities
in the digital age.
The three-day, invitation-only event has established itself as
an essential date on the global media leadership calendar. The
Forum will analyse the rapid transformation of the media industry
and how the industry can capitalise on opportunities in a
fully-networked, media-centric world.
The Abu Dhabi Media Summit features a unique combination of
high-profile public sessions, off-record forums and private
conversations. It brings together top-tier global media,
technology, venture capital and creative industry players and their
emerging-market counterparts. Selected entrepreneurs and start-up
companies are also featured, bridging the gap between established
industry leaders and disruptive entrants.
Speakers at this year's event will also include: Mark Hollinger,
President and CEO, Discovery Networks International; Shailesh Rao,
VP, International Operations, Twitter; Anant Agarwal, President,
edX; Konstantin Wolff, Founder, payleven; Dean Kamen, Founder,
DEKA; Eric Gertler, Head of NYCEDC; Dan Senor, Author 'StartUp
Nation'; Nart Bouran, Director of News, Sky News Arabia; Ahmed El
Alfi, Founder and Chairman, Sawari Ventures; Tarek El Kazzaz, CEO
and Founder, Qsoft Group; Khaled El Mufti, Head, ELibya; and Usama
Fayyad, Executive Chairman, Oasis500.
This year the Summit will also feature new sessions that focus
on e-learning, social gaming and give local and regional media
entrepreneurs and start-ups unprecedented access to venture capital
investors via key sessions and a new competition in association
with Orange and Oasis500.
Berners-Lee's opening address will be available exclusively to
the Abu Dhabi Media Summit via satellite link.