About the Annual Forum

Bringing together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, the Annual Forum provides an arena for librarians, researchers, government policy makers, universities and international experts to discuss and debate key themes and issues relating to the advancement of Open Research across the Arab world. The Forum is held in a different Arab State each year, to enable all researchers, librarians, and Open Science champions to have the opportunity to attend in person (as well as online).

The inaugural Annual Forum was held in 2022 with the support of UNESCO and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, where leading international and regional academics, librarians, and policymakers gathered together in Cairo to discuss key themes and topics in Open Science and its implementation across the Arab world. Following the success of the Cairo forum, the 2023 Annual Forum was held in Abu Dhabi (in partnership with UNESCO & Khalifa University), where experts explored a variety of topics relating to the theme “Democratising Knowledge: The evolution of open science ecosystems and communities in the Arab World”

This year we’re partnering with the Qatar National Library to bring you the The 3rd Annual Forum in Doha, Qatar, under the theme “Transforming Knowledge Into Action”. By building on the insights we’ve gathered from our community over the last three years, this year’s forum aims to address the practical needs of the region’s Open Science movement by offering actionable insights, support, and guidance to attendees looking to develop and implement Open Science policies and practices, whether through grassroots initiatives or national policy. We invite librarians, researchers, policy makers, higher-education institutions, and solutions providers within the Open Science space to submit presentation proposals relating to this year’s theme.


The Knowledge E Foundation is a registered Community Interest Company. Our goal is to directly impact people’s lives by supporting efforts to improve the accessibility, availability, and inclusivity of research and education for everyone. Funded by the profits from our parent group, Knowledge E, we try and make a difference wherever we can, from disaster relief and building schools, to funding education initiatives and Open Research.

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving, and making available the country’s recorded history. The Library provides equal access to all types of information and services and aims to enable the people of Qatar to positively influence society by creating an exceptional learning and discovery environment.

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar, officially inaugurated Qatar National Library on 16 April 2018. The Library was granted the status of national library under the Amiri Decree No.11 of 20 March 2018.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Emily Choynowski​

Director of Operations

Knowledge E

Dr. Abdulla Al Hefeiti

Assistant Vice President, Libraries

Khalifa University

Dr. Alwaleed K. Alkhaja

Senior Intellectual Property Librarian

Qatar National Library

Amina Itani​

E-Resources Expert, Content & Scholarly Communication

United Arab Emirates University

Dr. Batool Almarzouq

Founder of Open Science Community Saudi Arabia and Research Project Manager for “AI for Multiple Long-Term Conditions”

The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK

Dr. Imad Bachir

Professor of Library and Information Studies at the Lebanese University and Dean of Libraries at the American University of Iraq – Baghdad (AUIB)

Prof. Kamel Belhamel

Professor of Chemistry

University of Bejaia, Algeria

Kamran R. Kardan

CEO and Founder

Knowledge E

Dr. Rabab Isa Saleh Almuqahwi

Arabic Language Programmes Coordinator& English Lecturer

RCSI Bahrain

Raed Al Zoubiu

Library Director

Jordan University of Science & Technology

Victorien Dougnon

Head of the International Cooperation Department, Vice-Rectorate in charge of Inter-university Cooperation

University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Dr. Emily Choynowski

Head of Publishing,

Amina Itani

E-Resources Expert, Content & Scholarly Communication,

United Arab Emirates University

Kamran R. Kardan

CEO and Founder

Knowledge E

Rabab Rashwan

Director, the National Information and Documentation Center (NIDOC) / Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)

Dr. Sherif Kamel Shaheen

Dean of Faculty of Special Education
Misr University for Science and Technology

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