The Strategic Leadership Board for the Middle East and North Africa (STLB-MENA)


The Strategic Leadership Board for the Middle East and North Africa (STLB-MENA) is an integral part of the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI), tasked with steering the MENA region's unique strategic landscape through the application of the quintuple helix model. This approach promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among academia, industry, government, civil society, and the environment, aiming to catalyze innovation, sustainable development, and strategic growth tailored to the region's specificities. STLB-MENA is committed to harnessing these synergies to address the MENA region's distinct challenges and opportunities, with a focus on fostering a future where sustainable innovation and socio-economic resilience prevail.


STLB-MENA envisions a future where the MENA region is a global exemplar of sustainable development and innovation, driven by robust, cross-sectoral collaboration. It aims to cultivate an environment where economic growth, environmental stewardship, and societal welfare are intrinsically linked, leveraging the quintuple helix model to effectively tackle regional and global challenges.


The mission of STLB-MENA is to operationalize strategic planning and stimulate growth across the MENA region by establishing unique regional partnerships, sponsorships, joint initiatives, research and development (R&D), and standard-setting within the quintuple helix framework. STLB-MENA strives to unearth and cultivate synergistic interactions among academia, industry, government, civil society, and environmental stakeholders to propel impactful and lasting progress.


  • Academic Leaders: Renowned educators and scholars offering innovative research insights and advancements in learning.

  • Industry Pioneers: Business leaders and entrepreneurs at the forefront of economic and technological development, emphasizing sustainable practices.

  • Government Representatives: Policymakers and officials shaping supportive legislative environments and forward-looking policies.

  • Civil Society Advocates: NGOs and activists dedicated to advancing social justice, equity, and community engagement.

  • Environmental Stewards: Specialists in sustainable development and conservation, ensuring that growth initiatives consider ecological preservation.


  • Strategic Alliances: Crafting partnerships across the quintuple helix domains to promote shared objectives and develop solutions uniquely suited to the MENA region.

  • Research and Development: Spearheading innovative R&D projects that address the MENA region's unique challenges and leverage its opportunities.

  • Standards and Best Practices: Implementing and advocating for standards that enhance sustainability, innovation, and governance throughout the MENA region.

  • Collaborative Projects: Launching joint ventures that utilize the diverse strengths and resources of stakeholders for regional impact.

  • Expanding Membership and Sponsorship: Increasing the network of committed members and sponsors to underpin STLB-MENA’s foundational mission and endeavors.


  • Innovation and Technological Advancement: Championing initiatives that integrate technological innovation with sustainable development principles.

  • Economic Growth and Regional Integration: Promoting economic strategies and practices that enhance regional connectivity, inclusive growth, and economic resilience.

  • Educational Empowerment: Strengthening educational frameworks and professional training to prepare individuals and societies for upcoming challenges and opportunities.

  • Policy Influence and Governance: Influencing the development and implementation of policies to embody the quintuple helix model's collaborative and interdisciplinary nature.

  • Environmental Sustainability: Prioritizing the conservation and sustainable management of the region's natural resources, ensuring development aligns with environmental conservation goals.

STLB-MENA represents the forefront of strategic, collaborative innovation aimed at addressing the MENA region's distinct challenges and unlocking its considerable potential. By embracing the quintuple helix model, STLB-MENA is poised to lead transformative changes, establishing new standards for sustainable growth and exemplifying strategic leadership in the MENA region and beyond.

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