Dr. Naïf Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of THE 99, the first Islamic archetype comic superheroes. Inspired by Islamic culture and history, the series promotes tolerance, teamwork and appreciation of diversity. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 global trends, and President Barack Obama praised it as the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. In his presentation, Dr. Al-Mutawa shares the progress of THE 99 from idea, to comic book series in 8 languages, to a theme park in Kuwait and an animated series.
With support from Arts Engine and the Arab American National Museum.
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