Speakers: Muna AbuSulayman

Muna AbuSulayman currently serves as the Secretary General of The Alwaleed Bin Talal Kingdom Foundation (ABTF).

Ms. AbuSulayman is also one of the Arab world’s leading media personalities and  first Saudi UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.

Due to her diverse work experience Ms. AbuSulayman has acquired expertise that spans across many critical fields, including East-West relations, strategic philanthropy, interfaith dialogue, women’s empowerment, youth, media, and entertainment.

Awards and Achievements

-  UNDP Goodwill Ambassador KSA (2007).

- One of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World (2009,2010)

-  Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2007).

-  One of 50 most influential people in the Middle East (2009).

-  One of the Top 20 Gulf Women by Amwal Magazine (2008).

-  Achievements in Regional and International Relations Award by The Middle East Excellence  Institute (2006).


In her current capacity at ABTF, AbuSulayman developed and implemented the Foundation’s mission, vision, and operations for strategic global philanthropic and humanitarian assistance.

  • Poverty Alleviation (Africa, ASEAN, MENA regions).
    To identify traditional and innovative programs for balanced economic growth
  • Disaster Relief (Global).
    To fund immediate and long-term reconstruction efforts
  • Islam/West Dialogue (Academic)
    To bridge the gap between the East and West through top academic university centers
  • Empowering Women (Saudi Arabia and MENA region).
    To support research, economic revitalization programs and intellectual discourse

Arab Media Personality

AbuSulayman’s extensive media experience began as a founding co-host of the most successful Arab TV program ”Kalam Nouam” (KN) on MBC.  She has researched, prepared, and presented over 200 weekly episode with many high profile interviews.  Most notable, in 2008 Queen Rania,  for her first and only Arab TV interview, personally chose Muna AbuSulayman.

Focusing on Arab social, economic, cultural, education and gender issues, the show’s social reform efforts propelled it to international renown.  Between 2007 and 2009, “Satellite Queens” Bregtje van der Haak documentary on KN’s effect on the Arab world was been broadcast on several channels in the EU and on PBS in the US. The documentary is also used as a teaching tool at various US and EU university media classes. Additionally, KN episodes have also been shown as part of several running exhibits at the Paley Museum in NY.

AbuSulayman is currently creating a new program concept for a more international audience.

Speaking Engagements

Ms. AbuSulayman is asked to speak on issues relating to Social Issues, the Middle East, Islam, Women and gender, Philanthropy, Media, and Islam/West Relationship.

Some of her recent key speaking appearances occurred at:

  • World Economic Forum meetings at Davos, The Dead Sea, and Sharm Al Sheik.
  • Arab Ministers of Social Development – Jordan.
  • Conferences such as: Brookings Institute (Doha), Alliance of Civilizations (Madrid), and National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (DC).
  • Paley Center for Media (NY).
  • Universities such as Harvard (US), Kingston (UK) and Dar Al Hekma (KSA)

Key Memberships

  • Board Member of The Gerhart Philanthropy Center (AUC), Saudi Media Association
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Meedan Project
  • Member of the WEF Global Agenda Council
  • Board of Advisors, Soliya.
  • Fellow at  Aspen Institute ME, Yale Global Fellow, The Future Shapers Collaborative.
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