How will the rise of AI affect MENA’s economies and societies?

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, 12/07/2023

12 July, 4:00–5:30 pm CET

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, Viale Pola 12

The rapid rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming industries worldwide, sparking critical questions about its economic, political, and societal implications. Given its potentially disruptive power, AI risks aggravating existing disparities between countries with access to it and those without.

In the Middle East and North Africa, these disparities could pose significant challenges to economic growth and overall stability. As AI continues to reshape industries and redefine job markets, the region must confront pressing questions:

What does the rise of AI mean for the MENA region’s countries and their role in the global value chains and, more in general, in the international system? What are the key areas of economic and societal vulnerability that are most likely to be affected by the transformations brought about by new technology, and how can we anticipate AI will impact them? How can MENA countries change their economies and development models to keep up with the AI revolution? What political consequences might surface at the local and regional levels?

Join us for an engaging roundtable meeting, where experts will come together to delve into the multifaceted impact of AI on the Mediterranean region.


Prof. Luigi Narbone, Director of the Mediterranean Platform at the Luiss School of Government

Omar Sheira, Instructional Designer at the Mediterranean Platform, School of Government


Ekkehard Ernst, Member of the International Advisory Board at the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA)

Fadi Salem, Director of Policy Research Department, MBR School of Government

Mohammed Soliman, Director of Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program at the Middle East Institute