The 2022 Winter Enrichment Program at KAUST (WEP) will run from January 9 to 20 under the theme 'Resilience.' Associate Professor Peiying Hong will be the WEP Chair and Associate Professor Derya Baran will serve as the co-Chair. WEP 2022 will be a hybrid program consisting of virtual and physical events on campus.
WEP offers something for everyone—from evening keynote lectures, lunchtime lectures, workshops, performances, and other special events.
WEP 2022 will explore tipping points—stress events such as climate change, pandemics, resource shortage, rapid population growth, and more. What makes tipping points happen? How can we predict when they will occur? And how can we adapt, recalibrate and bounce back stronger?
WEP 2022 aims to explore Resilience through these overlapping topic areas: food, water, energy, environment, digital and health.
The keynote speaker is the highly esteemed economist Jeffrey D. Sachs, from Columbia University. Sachs is a university professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also president of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a UN Broadband Commission for Development commissioner.
In addition, Sachs has been an advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Sachs was twice named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential world leaders and ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.
Some of the other esteemed WEP 2022 speakers include:
WEP 2022 is open to anyone at KAUST: faculty, researchers, community members, and our Research & Technology Park partners. Personal visitors may attend keynote lectures provided their KAUST sponsor accompanies them. WEP may grant special passes to visitors from outside the KAUST community by invitation from our partners' Saudi Initiatives and Innovation and Economic Development.