From 18–21 October 2021, the First World Giftedness Center International Conference was held in Dubai, UAE, as part of Expo 2020, where Global Talent Mentoring and its participants were also featured. The hybrid conference brought researchers and practitioners together from all over the world, where they presented research findings and best practices in gifted education, mentoring, and talent development.
The conference’s opening ceremony was attended by several notable individuals, including UAE Minister of Education Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, who shared his vision of creating more opportunities to form a deeper understanding of our collective responsibility towards educating gifted individuals and the future of talent in general. Minister Al Hammadi also highlighted the collaboration between the Hamdan Foundation and the University of Regensburg on building a global platform for the gifted that brings together top scientists, students, experts, and researchers in order to provide tools, methodologies, and scientific developments for the global community.
Global Talent Mentoring is a flagship offering of the World Giftedness Center (WGC), which celebrated its official launch during the conference. Initiated and owned by the Hamdan Foundation, the WGC is a global hub for talent development designed to create a mindset of cultivation of excellence to support fundamental educational needs around the world.
As program director of Global Talent Mentoring, Prof. Dr. Stoeger was invited to participate at the conference opening ceremony, where she officially presented Global Talent Mentoring to the world. The presentation included interview testimonials from participating mentees and mentors and was very well received by those in attendance, including national news stations.
Throughout the four-day conference, Global Talent Mentoring team members from different core program areas were on hand to explain key concepts and objectives about the program. Prof. Dr. Stoeger, along with research team members, presented findings on topics including gifted learners, mentoring for talent development, and best-practice mentoring programs. The engagement and IT teams were also in attendance to present strategies and future concepts.
The conference was part of Expo 2020, a world expo currently taking place in Dubai. Postponed by one year due to the pandemic, Expo 2020 is a multinational, collaborative event running from 1 October 2021 through 31 March 2022 showcasing the latest concepts in technology, mobility, and sustainability from 192 countries. Global Talent Mentoring is proud to have participated in an event of this scale.