Global Talent Mentoring is a program by the UNESCO-recognized Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Hamdan Foundation supports educational endeavors for gifted children in the United Arab Emirates and worldwide.
In 1998, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, founded the eponymous foundation. The Hamdan Foundation aims to promote educational excellence and foster talent and innovation. In its first year, the Hamdan Foundation created a series of awards to recognize achievements in nine different categories, which were presented to recipients in Dubai.
In 2001, the Hamdan Foundation became a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
In 2009, the Hamdan Foundation, together with UNESCO, created an international award, the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize, which is awarded each year for outstanding excellence and ground-breaking innovation in education at an international level.
In 2015, the Hamdan Foundation launched a specialized center to foster giftedness and innovation, the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Giftedness and Creativity.
In 2017, the Hamdan Foundation initiated the development of the World Giftedness Center (WGC), which aims to become a global hub for talent development and create a mindset of cultivation of excellence to support fundamental educational needs around the world. For that reason, the WGC Development Consortium was created from three teams of specialists: a team at the University of Regensburg (Germany) led by Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger, a team at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) led by Prof. Drs. Albert Ziegler, and a team at the Hamdan Foundation (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) led by Dr. Mariam AlGhawi. The flagship offering of the World Giftedness Center is Global Talent Mentoring.