The Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) has been held annually since 1999 and has in that time become the Middle East's leading strategic forum focusing on regional and international economic and social issues.
Over its time of existence, the Jeddah Economic Forum has featured some of the leading personalities and thinkers including government leaders, business executives, social and environmental activists, and civic and community organizers. Some examples include:
former US Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Former British Prime Minister JohnMajor, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, HRH the Prince of Wales, World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab, Queen Rania of Jordan, Richard Branson and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammed Yunus.
Underlying many of the themes of the Forum are that a healthy economy requires a healthy social economy and civil society. Past forums have focused on themes such as "Economic Reform: Flourishing Grounds and Expanding Horizons"; "Achieving Accelerated Growth"; and "Sustainable Growth in a Global Economy." In each of its sessions, the forum has applied a methodology which expands on the hard economic approach to growth to encompass other dimensions including a focus on capacity building, expansion of social capital, and role of institutions of learning, and the need for continued research and reflection to ensure that global, regional and local developments remain aligned with one another.
As such and since its founding, the Jeddah Economic Forum has become a unique space wherein participants from business, government and civil society can collectively reflect on global solutions to local problems.