JEF History | Jeddah Economic Forum
06-07 May 2018
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The Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) has been held annually since 1999 and has in that time become the Middle East's leading strategic forum focusing on regional and international economic and social issues.

Over its time of existence, the Jeddah Economic Forum has featured some of the leading personalities and thinkers including government leaders, business executives, social and environmental activists, and civic and community organizers. Some examples include:

former US Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Former British Prime Minister JohnMajor, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, HRH the Prince of Wales, World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab, Queen Rania of Jordan, Richard Branson and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammed Yunus.

Underlying many of the themes of the Forum are that a healthy economy requires a healthy social economy and civil society. Past forums have focused on themes such as "Economic Reform: Flourishing Grounds and Expanding Horizons"; "Achieving Accelerated Growth"; and "Sustainable Growth in a Global Economy." In each of its sessions, the forum has applied a methodology which expands on the hard economic approach to growth to encompass other dimensions including a focus on capacity building, expansion of social capital, and role of institutions of learning, and the need for continued research and reflection to ensure that global, regional and local developments remain aligned with one another.

As such and since its founding, the Jeddah Economic Forum has become a unique space wherein participants from business, government and civil society can collectively reflect on global solutions to local problems.

Previous Themes (2000-2013)

  • 2000: Sustainable Growth in a Global Economy
  • 2001: Wealth Creation in a Knowledge-Based Economy
  • 2002: Managing in a Complex Global Environment
  • 2003: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
  • 2004: Achieving Accelerated Growth
  • 2005: Capacity Building: Developing People For Sustainable Growth
  • 2006: Seeding Potentials for Economic Growth Honoring Identity & Celebrating Common Grounds
  • 2007: Economic Reform: Flourishing Grounds and Expanding Horizons
  • 2008: Value Creation through Alliances & Partnerships
  • 2009: Job Creation for sustaining a strong economy.
  • 2010: The Global Economy 2020
  • 2011: The 21st Century Transformation: The Impact of Global Forces'
  • 2012: Beyond Borders - Building Tomorrow's Economies Today
  • 2013: Housing the growing population

Facts and figures(2000-2013)

  • Since its first inauguration 13 years ago:
  • Over 26,000 participants (2,000 annually)
  • From over 60 countries across 6 continents
  • Over 600 speakers from over 40 nations
  • Over 23 heads of state
  • Over 320 Sponsorships
  • 14700 News scoop
  • 1260 Full pages
  • 400 Front Page
  • 452 Supplicant
  • Use of more than 60 Media channels digital and Print