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CHANGE OF DATE: Corporate Governance in the MENA Region

Next steps after the Arab Spring

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi, Chief Economist at the DIFC Authority (DIFCA),Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and Former Minister of Economy and Trade of Libanon will talk about the importance of corporate governance.


Workshop: "How to start your own business"

As part of the "Women’s Leadership & Entrepreneurship Project" the Business & Professional Women Kuwait and KAS Regional-Program Gulf-States invite female entrepreneurs to a 3-day workshop to provide them an introduction on how to start a business.

Expert talk

First Steering Committee Meeting: Dialogue on Think Tank Development in the GCC

Following the 1st Think Tank Development Dialogue held in July 2011, KAS-Regional-Program Gulf-States and Tawasul jointly invite to a Steering Committee Meeting at which goals and guidelines for the follow-up conference in 2012 will be formulated.


Exhibition about Entrepreneurship

As part of the "Women’s Leadership & Entrepreneurship Project", Business & Professional Women Kuwait and KAS Regional Program Gulf-States jointly organize a public exhibition, in which successful female entrepreneurs share their experience.


Who's got the Power

Eine Arbeit mit Nadja Klier für den RBB

Film und Gespräch


From Global Crisis to Global Governance

Within the framework of the CSR networking evening this time Professor Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Member of the European Parliament will give a lecture about "From Global Crisis to Global Governance".

Expert conference

“Creating Public Awareness – Reflections on the 2011 Federal National Council Elections”

The conference aims to analyse the recent elections to the Federal National Council in Abu Dhabi. The role of the news media in the election campaign as well as the challenges of raising awareness about the significance of the FNC will be discussed.


Crossmedia Journalismus

Additional inter-cultural workshop in the series of seminars for young Emirati journalists in October

„Broadening the cultural horizon and crossing media boundaries“ – this is the device of the 6th German-Arab Journalists’ Academy.

Expert talk

Energy Efficiency

based on Abu Dhabi´s Vision 2030 und the German Experience

Organized in cooperation with the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the German Technical Cooperation (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ)


Recent Developments in the Arab World

At the “German Week” in Kuwait

KAS is conveying a lecture on the current political transformations in the Middle East on the opening day of the “German Week” in Kuwait.

EU-GCC Relations

The Path towards a New Relationship

On the 14th of October 2019, the Regional Programme Gulf States hosted a workshop in Brussels on the relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Attended by experts, scholars and officials from Gulf States, Europe and the US, this workshop took place under Chatham House Rules. In the following, we summarize the debate and main outcomes.

Saudi-Arabia and Germany: Perceptions and Future Potential for Cooperation

IfDS-KAS Roundtable in Riyadh

On September 16, 2019, the Regional Programme Gulf States in cooperation with the Prince Saud Al Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies (IfDS), the think tank of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, hosted a roundtable in Riyadh: "Germany and Saudi Arabia. Perceptions and Future Potential for Cooperation". This was the second such cooperation event; the first roundtable between the Regional Programme Gulf States and the IfDS took place in 2018.


Start.Up! Germany – Bringing entrepreneurs from the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia to Germany

The number of startups in Saudi Arabia is growing steadily and is actively promoted under the Saudi Vision 2030. One goal of the Vision is to diversify the Saudi economy and in particular to enable young people and women to participate in the economy by helping them to set up their own businesses.

Saudi-German Relations: Opportunities for Joint Cooperation


Diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany date back to the 1950s. Particularly in the areas of economic cooperation and security cooperation, both countries have long been on a path of active exchange and close coordination. Despite this positive track record, bilateral relations between the two countries have recently also experienced diplomatic setbacks. Overcoming these developments remains a key challenge for the foreign policy of both countries.

Supporting Saudi Women in the Labour Market

A Career Workshop to Strengthen the Economic Role of Women in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on a steep path of economic transformation. This development has also attributed Saudi women with a greater economic and social role. Flanked by fundamental economic reforms, Saudi Arabia has seen a remarkable increase in women in employment in recent years. Despite this success, however, there are cultural challenges for working women that still need to be addressed.

Arts, Culture and Dialogue over Conflict

Al-Madaniya – Yemen’s platform for peace and contemporary art

Supporting the innovative new online platform “al-Madaniya magazine”, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Gulf States aims at making the case for a more differentiated perspective on Yemen.

AStepAhead 2017

A Career Fair for Women as an Entry Point into the Labour Market

In addition to its commodity wealth, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a resource for which it is far less well-known: highly qualified labour, especially women. Unlike its oil reserves, however, this vast human resource has been partially underutilized in recent years. This is illustrated by the following key figures: Although a notable proportion of 51.8% of graduates in Saudi Arabia today are female, still 32.8% of all Saudi women remain unemployed.

Establishment of sector-wide networks for civil society organizations in Kuwait

The Second and Third Event of the PACE Workshop Series

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have always been the driving force behind social transformation and have made a significant contribution in Kuwait, especially in the face of current economic and social challenges. Nevertheless, the sector lacks visibility towards other actors, which adversely affects the legitimacy of NGOs and their ability to defend civic interests. Networks and collaboration between the organizations promise a great potential to improve this situation, as civil society actors could jointly better position themselves.

"We Want to See Actions"

H.E. Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir about Saudi relations to Qatar, Iran and the US

Saudi Arabia is a key state in a region which is marked by instability and conflict. The Kingdom just recently proved its influence: Several Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar. The Saudi Foreign Minister H.E. Al Jubeir spoke about various topics at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin: the difficult relations of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar, to the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also about the good relationship to the US.

Empowering Kuwait’s CSOs through Enhanced Networks

A Workshop Series Seeks to Strengthen the Civil Society Sector in Kuwait by Fostering Thematic Networks

Kuwait is in many ways exceptional as a country with a relatively well-developed civil society compared with its peers in the Gulf region. Nevertheless, the country’s sector is plagued by fragmentation. Still, civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the same or similar fields lack awareness of each other’s activities. Thus, they fall short of tapping into tremendous synergies. Unlocking this potential could bolster the effectiveness and legitimacy of the civil society of Kuwait.