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Dr. Sulaiman Al-Hattlan

Hattlan Media
Dr. Sulaiman Al-Hattlan is the founder and CEO of Hattlan Media, a media company, based in Dubai, aims to conduct researches and studies on new and social media in the Arab World. The company also provides media training and communications services for the public and private sectors. Dr. Al-Hattlan is the former CEO of the Arab Strategy Forum (ASF).
In addition to his previous role in strategically guiding the crucial knowledge sharing platform in the Arab World, Dr. Al-Hattlan was also 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.
A media veteran, Dr. Al Hattlan has extensive and diverse experience in GCC and Arab policies, international affairs, global economy and globalization, as well as strong academic and professional record.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Sulaiman was Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Arabia and the Chairman of Forbes CEO Middle East Forum. In 2005, Dr. Al Hattlan served as the international media consultant for the municipal elections in Saudi Arabia. During 2002-2004, he was the Public Affairs and International Media Advisor to the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA).
Dr. Al-Hattlan has also worked with the US-based TV channel ABC News and participated in the production of key media projects on the Arab World, in partnership with international media outlets.
Dr. Al-Hattlan has published analytical 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 and hosted the Gulf Talks show, a current affairs programme on Al Hurra TV, recently he joined Sky News Arabia as a host of a weekly TV show. Currently, 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 the Harvard University in the US, Dr. Al-Hattlan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. He also has a dual Master’s degree from the Marshalls University and the Georgetown University in the US. In addition to holding a PhD in Communications from the Howard University, he received a Post-Doctorate from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard.