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Sulaiman Al-Hattlan

Dr Sulaiman Al Hattlan is the founder and CEO of Hattlan Media, a Dubai-based media company which researches and studies new and social media in the Arab World. He was previously CEO of the Arab Strategy Forum, a senior consultant to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and a member of the Global Agenda Summit Council of the World Economic Forum.


Earlier in his career, Dr Al Hattlan was editor-in-chief of Forbes Arabia and the chairman of Forbes CEO Middle East Forum. He has published articles in leading newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Miami Herald, as well as various newspapers across the GCC and the US. He continues to write daily and weekly columns for several newspapers in the GCC region. He has hosted the Gulf Talks show, a current affairs programme on Al Hurra TV, and he recently joined Sky News Arabia as  host of a weekly TV segment. He is an editorial board member of the World Policy Journal and a member of the advisory board of Sky News Arabia.


In 2011, he published his book The Street, Mr. President: Roots and Implications of the Arab Spring. A recipient of the coveted Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University, Dr Al-Hattlan holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. He also has a dual master’s degree from Marshalls University and Georgetown University, and a PhD in communications from Howard University.

Sulaiman Al-Hattlan

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