Abu Dhabi, Jan. 31, 2019—The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) has ranked 7th in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in the 2018 global think tank index report released by the University of Pennsylvania in Jan. 2019. EPC’s annual conference, entitled “Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate” (ADSD), has also ranked 10th in the top best think tank conference worldwide.

EPC President, Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi, expressed her pleasure with this achievement, which shows a quick and quantum leap in EPC’s work. At the regional level, EPC has advanced 4 ranks compared with 2018, while its annual conference has entered for the first time the list of global conferences with an advanced rank, Dr. Al-Ketbi said.

She pointed out that the advanced ranks achieved by EPC in the most renowned ranking for think tanks published by the American University of Pennsylvania is an evidence  that EPC has become one of the key and prominent think tanks, not only at the UAE and GCC levels, but also regionally and globally.

Dr. Al-Ketbi noted that this achievement was not possible without the clear vision on which the center was founded and the support by decision-makers in the country, notably H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and H.E Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

The annual global think tank index report released by the University of Pennsylvania categorizes think tanks based on their importance through a number of indices, notably intellectual and scientific production and impact on public policies and trends. This report reflects the growing importance of think tanks, which seek to bridge the gap between knowledge and public policy and shoulder a key role in planning and influencing public policies.

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