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WomenTech Leaders Across MENA

JAN 25 & 26, 2022 | TimeZone GMT+3

About the Forum

WomenTech Leaders Across MENA Forum at a Glance!​

WomenTech Leaders Across MENA Forum 2022 is a two-day dynamic virtual event that focuses on bringing women tech leaders, enablers, and entrepreneurs altogether to discuss leadership and innovation across different business and technology verticals.

We are glad to welcome successful women with footprints creating an impact on the business and startup ecosystems of the MENA region, by setting themselves as examples through consistent work, or by directly creating synergies for new and promising entrepreneurs.​ 

WomenTech Leaders Across MENA will feature a keynote session, panel discussions, tech talks, and a mentorship session. The Forum will also include interactive networking activities that will keep you engaged.​

WomenTech Leaders Across MENA will also feature a virtual exhibition that will be held in parallel with the virtual forum to give sponsors the opportunity to showcase their services through this platform to the audience. 

You don’t have to be a woman to attend. Men who support the advancement and leadership of women are welcome to participate in this forum.

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Why Attend?

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A unique opportunity to interact with high caliber Tech industry women leaders from around the MENA region​

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A unique opportunity for women entrepreneurs to enhance their businesses

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Learn how to enhance your career path in the Tech industry

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Listen to the latest technology trends and topics​

Forum Agenda


  11:00

Session 1

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Opening and Welcome Note

Mr. Abdulaziz Qambar

Mr. Abdulaziz Qambar

Global entrepreneur with Executive Management leadership experience, Futurist entrepreneur, Disruptor, Innovator and Mixer of Next Tech to deliver new changes globally

Founder of multiple startups in disruptor and innovation telecom companies across global market with multinational experience in setting up and leading digital companies in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific

Specialized telecommunication startups and in acquisitions and merger of technology companies to create global synergies and empowering new group of entities.

Over 20 years of experience in leading, developing and managing mega telecommunication and ICT companies Founder of multiple telecommunication and digital companies Board member and thought leader of companies to focus next on driving Intelligent transformation post the digital  transformation epic, with the aim to support corporate, communities and governments in their next Intelligent transformation

Global leader with focus on Innovation in Intelligent and Digital transformation companies, Global Mobile Virtual Network Operators ( and mixer of cloud based IoT and AI to create new telecom verticals, such as AppVNOs

In 2017 he founded a digital transformation disruptor group of companies named DigitalMe group and with his position as a group CEO, he developed the company and the team to extend to 5 countries across 2 contents with total number of subsidiaries and creating 24x multiples of investment value.

Over 10 years of core telecom experiences with Zain, STC and other companies in Middle east and graduated from Japan.

CEO of Arab ICT Union & BTECH

 11:10

Keynote Panel:
Women in the Digital Transformation Era: Driving Business Forward

  • The role of women in digital transformation
  • How do women leaders in tech business innovate for impact
  • Keys to unlock women potential and making organizations thrive
  • Technology and digital transformation during the pandemic
  • Investing in our Women and Girls
MODERATOR:

Ms. Hala Sulaiman

Ms. Hala Sulaiman

Hala Sulaiman, is the Founder and Managing Director of Beyond Borders Consultancy focused on providing strategic management and communication consultancy. Hala Sulaiman has extensive expertise in the Middle East market and has created and implemented holistic marketing communications strategies, and used her extensive knowledge and skills to engage with the various stakeholders in the various public and private sector roles she has contributed to. Hala Sulaiman’s experience mounts up to 25 years in the fields of Strategic Management and Communication and has launched several start-ups in both the Public and Private Sector.

In her capacity as an in-house consultant, she is currently the Director of the Executive office of Bahrainouna (the National Plan to Promote the Spirit of Belonging to the Nation and Reinforce the Values of Nationalism). She is also a Co-Founder of AlRawi Media WLL, an innovative and award-winning audiobook application specialised in Arabic Books (@alrawibooks) and has been appointed as a board member of Radio Bahrain’s Company, a wholly subsidiary of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (Mumtalakat).

She formerly served as the Director of Marketing and Communications in Tamkeen during which she was responsible for Tamkeen’s positioning and clarifying the effective role it plays in shaping the future of Bahrain’s labour market and enabling Bahrainis and the private sector. During her tenure at Tamkeen, she was also seconded as part of the strategic team responsible for setting the policies and frameworks for the media center at the National Dialogue held in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2011. It is worth noting that as part of her duties within Tamkeen, she also lead the “Equal Opportunity Committee” that ensured that all programmes delivered and activities executed are based on competency and fairness and not gender-based.

Founder & Managing Director, Beyond Borders Consultancy,​
Co-Founder, AlRawi

PANELISTS:

Dr. Fatma Baothman

Dr. Fatma Baothman

Bio here..

President, Artificial Intelligence Society

Ms. Maha Muraish

Ms. Maha Muraish

Current Role & About Transformation

Maha Muraish is the Senior Vice President of a massive and mission-critical
Transformation program of B2B and Etisalat Digital workstream with the objectives to fast track migrating Enterprises (private and public) and SMB from legacy services and connectivity to cloud platforms and managed services while ensuring the growth of Etisalat Digital organically through international expansion and inorganically via merger and accusations.

Area of Experience

Maha has over twenty years of telecom experience, with extensive expertise in
big data/data, ML and AI combined with strong experience digital business
covering: digital platforms, digital media, digital entertainment and much more
business.

Prior Experience
Maha has worked in Etisalat UAE very extensively however; she has worked
internationally within Etisalat footprint like KSA, Egypt and Nigeria in Digital
Marketing, Future Communication and Digital Entertainment.

Educational Background
She holds a MMSC in AI from Colombia university alongside with BSC in Computer science and Math Major from the US an. Maha is currently in the process of finalizing her Executive Leadership Program with Cornell University.
Maha is also:

  1. Certified Data Scientist from Hopkins University
  2. Management Executive Education on Artificial Intelligence for Business from
    MIT
  3. Certified as GDPR Data Protection officer.

SVP Transformation - B2B & Etisalat Digital, Etisalat

Ms. Myriam Ghedas

Ms. Myriam Ghedas

Myriam Ghedas heads the Middle East branch of Vocalcom, a French software editor for contact centers. Graduated of La Sorbonne University with a master degree in Contemporary History, Myriam has over 20 years experience in customer relationship &customer experience, contact centers business & technology, and digital transformation.

As she started her carrier as call center manager in BPO and 1st Cable TV & Internet provider in France (Lyonnaise Cable- Suez Group), she combines both sector-specifics and technical aspects of the business. She joined Vocalcom headquarters in Paris (France) in 2001 she was Global Support & Professional Services Director, and then Product Manager, driving the new Cloud Offer of Vocalcom as well as strategic new challenges in customer experience by integrating all new digital channels and automation services with Bots and AI. She acquired a strong expertise on the market that she developed and shared with Vocalcom’s customers across more than 50 countries in all industries. Her focus, following Vocalcom DNA was to deliver rich and complete easy to use solutions to compagnies in order to provide the most innovative and seamless customer experience. She retains this passion for this industry because everday she can contribute to facilitate our daily life as customers.

Over the years, the customer relationship has undergone different important phases of transformation, and digital is one of the most challenging of them. Myriam believes that technology must bring solutions, and not new problems to end-users and customers. Even moving to digital, it remains a human relationship, even when it includes Bots and AI. This is where she put her attention by sharing expertise, best-practises and recommendations to support customers in their own transformation, making possible to get the best usage and benefits of all new technologies.

Country General Manager, Vocalcom MEA

Ms. Reem Asaad

Ms. Reem Asaad

Reem Asaad is the first female and local leader in the role of Vice President at Cisco Middle East and Africa. She is responsible for overseeing the work of 2,500 employees and contractors, while driving the company’s position as a leading technology provider and consultant across 74 markets in the region.

With over two decades of experience across industries including technology, financial services and customer experience, Asaad’s role focuses on strengthening collaborations with governments, customers and partners, underpinned by Cisco’s portfolio of advanced solutions to accelerate their digitization agendas. Cisco is currently working alongside national leadership, industry and academia in markets such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and South Africa, as part of the Cisco Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program.

Under Asaad’s leadership, at the height of the pandemic, Cisco supported 3,600 customers across MEA in ensuring continuity via the use of Webex, including transitioning over 500 educational institutions to distance or hybrid learning models. Her teams also transitioned Expo 2020 Dubai’s 2,000-strong workforce to remote working and Cisco was earlier this year appointed as network operator for the mega-event.

With a focus on training, upskilling and developing human capital, Cisco’s Networking Academy is helping to futureproof job roles and aid the transition towards more digitally-focused economies. During Asaad’s time with Cisco, in FY20 alone, over 370,000 students across MEA gained Cisco Networking Academy certifications, representing a 27% increase year-on-year. Cisco currently has 1,627 academies running in 60 countries regionally, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

Prior to joining Cisco, Asaad spend 8 years across various roles with Raya Corporation in Egypt. This included serving as CEO of Raya Customer Experience – a business process outsourcing service provider based in Cairo with operations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa servicing multi-national and Fortune 500 companies, as well as CEO of Raya Data Center. In her positions of leadership, she acquired the knowledge and experience to drive company growth, digital transformation, and regional market development.

Other positions Reem has held with Raya Corporation include Chair of Corporate Sustainability Committee, Board of Directors Corporate Secretary and Director of IT, Investor Relations and Corporate Communication. Asaad’s early career also included 15 years of experience working in the United States, in roles involving technical consultancy.

In addition to her role at Cisco, Asaad currently serves on the board of ETISAL International – a leading outsourcing services company. With an interest in nurturing talent and spurring innovation, she is also involved in various startup and incubation projects, helping small businesses and entrepreneurs make prototypes and garner investment.

Owing to her impact in the region, Reem was recently recognized as one of the top 30 leaders in Forbes Middle East’s ‘Global Meets Local’ list – a look at the top regional executives heading international companies. Having shown resilience, agility and strength in the face of unprecedented adversity, Forbes has also recognized Reem as one of the top 25 leaders in its ‘Middle East’s Power Businesswomen 2021’ ranking.

Owing to her impact in the region, Reem was recently recognized as one of the top 30 leaders in Forbes Middle East’s ‘Global Meets Local’ list – a look at the top regional executives heading international companies. Having shown resilience, agility and strength in the face of unprecedented adversity, Forbes has also recognized Reem as one of the top 25 leaders in its ‘Middle East’s Power Businesswomen 2021’ ranking.

VP MEA of Cisco, Board member of ITIDA

 12:20

Session 2

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Digital Transformation in Government: Towards smarter nations!

  • Improving Citizens Experience Using AI
  • Innovation in Government: Trends & Best Practices
  • Accelerating Female Leadership in the Digital Economy
MODERATOR:

Eng. Yasmin Al Enazi

Ms. Yasmin Al Enazi

With more than 10 years of experience in Engineering Business, and leading projects in the field of technology and innovation. Eng. Al Enazi helps organizations to find the best solutions for their business.

Eng. Al Enazi joined Women in Ai global in 2019 and establish with 3 ladies the Women in Ai UAE chapter with the mission to empower women of UAE community in Ai felid.

Eng. Al Enazi joined 01 Government origination in Jan 2021 and recently focused on new field related to GOV-Tech and innovation related to digital transformation happening in MENA region
and global south Governments.

Prior to that, she worked with two tech companies (KUKA Robotic system partner called DGWorld Robotics and Siemens system partner called Raban Al Safine). Her experience with multinational companies like Siemens and KUKA Robotics has added to her knowledge and expertise in digital
economy and transformation.

In 2018, she was chosen for “The best 100 faces representing Emirati women” by the Emirates Women's Union and Al Bayan newspaper. She is also a member of “I am an Engineer” organization the first Arabic regional platform offering help for new engineers and training.

Eng. Al Enazi has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Technology and continues to develop her skills, as she received certificates in “Future of Government Innovation” from Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Innovation, “Introduction to AI” from IBM, “ISO 9001 Foundation – Quality Certification” from Chiltern TMC Consultant, and “Risk Management” from Brentwood Open Learning College, to name a few.

COO, Women in AI (UAE Chapter)

PANELISTS:

Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

Hoda has 17 years of experience in industrialization and economic development projects. She has led and motivated several tech-based industrial investments in the UAE and internationally. She worked on several turnaround projects that were aimed to achieve strategic, financial and operational synergies of industrial and business prospects. She has a specific interest in SDG based investments as well as her current background.

Hoda A. Alkhzaimi is currently the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD and a research assistant professor in New York University. She served in different posts for research and development in the Technology development sector for the past years, she also played a vital role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development ecosystems. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. She consults for special projects with national and international technology development initiatives.

Alkhzaimi has specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda. Alkhzaimi obtained her Ph.D. in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV and autonomous systems security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating, and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cybersecurity architectures as in Internet of Things and big data analysis among others. Her research includes analysis of the effect of AI and machine learning techniques on improving security analytics. She is as well leading several AI based initiatives globally.

President of Emirates Digital Association for Women

Ms. Mariam Al Muhairi

Ms. Mariam Al Muhairi

Mariam Obaid Al Muhairi is a Senior Project Manager at the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), the key player and entity responsible for imagining, inspiring and designing Dubai’s future in collaboration with the government and private entities within various industries.

Ms Al Muhairi is responsible for developing content and research within the Foundation. Through her efforts, she has promoted collaboration and contributed to DFF’s collection of programmes, initiatives, sub-brands and operations to achieve the entity’s strategic objectives.

As a Senior Project Manager within DFF, Ms Al Muhairi currently heads the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE (C4IR UAE), a collaboration between the Dubai Future Foundation and the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Centre focuses on developing technology governance in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain and distributed ledger, and precision medicine. In this capacity, she identifies crucial areas where improvements to current policy and governance frameworks can be made to support the implementation of 4IR technologies in the public and private sector both locally and globally.

Prior to the Dubai Future Foundation, Ms Al Muhairi was an analyst in foreign and cultural policy at The Delma Institute, Abu Dhabi, where she provided both creative and advisory services to government and corporate clients.

Ms Al Muhairi recently completed the Management Acceleration Program at INSEAD. She has a Master’s degree in Science in Middle East Politics from the SOAS University of London and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University of Sharjah.

Head of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE, Dubai Future Foundation

Ms. Nani Butti

Ms. Nani Butti

Nani Butti is the Acting, Director of Information System in the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs, before being named Acting Director in March 2019, I was the Chief of Information Technology department since 2011. I am responsible of leading all the directorates functions including Information Systems Development, Network and Security and Service Delivery. In addition, I am responsible of developing the IT strategic and operational delivery of the function’s objectives and align it with the overall organization’s strategy, SCICT strategy and Economic Vision 2030. During my Journey in MYS I managed to implement many projects that helped to reduce the cost for other directorates/departments, in addition to that these projects was the reason behind earning the ministry 11 awards on the level of Bahrain, Gulf and Middle east, also we have implemented 5 projects for the first time in Bahrain. Accordingly, I have awarded the Medal for "Order of National Action" from His Majesty the King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa in 2019.

I played a key role in the IT service and solution expertise, Business Acumen, vendor management, supplier relationships, Achievement Orientation, Creativity & Digital Centricity, trusted advisor to key business groups, Marketing and Public relation in addition to customer satisfaction hence I handled Tawsul system and the Ministry social Media platform.

Prior to joining MYS, I worked in University of Bahrain and Arabian Information Services (ANIS), I holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Bahrain and Many professional certificates such us PMP, ITIL, AWS, AZUR.etc.

Director of Information Systems, The Ministry of Youth & Sport Affairs in Bahrain

Ms. Nibal Idlebi

Ms. Nibal Idlebi

Dr. Nibal Idlebi is the chief of Innovation Section at UN-ESCWA. She is a senior policy expert in digital transformation, innovation and technology for sustainable development and digital and open innovative government. She has long experience on policies and strategies advancing knowledge society, digital government transformation, innovation policies and innovation and technology for promoting entrepreneurship in the Arab countries. She also supervised several regional initiatives on Digital Arabic Content, building trust in cyber space; regional profile of information society and she is currently leading the ESCWA initiative on fostering open government in the Arab region and the ESCWA Award for Digital Arabic Content.  Dr. Idlebi is active member in several international and regional working groups and is a jury member of regional and international awards on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital content, and she was a jury member in many e-Government Awards in the Arab Region. Before joining ESCWA, Ms. Idlebi was deputy Minister in the Ministry of Communication and Technology and professor of IT in the Higher Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Syria.  Ms. Idlebi has a computer engineering degree and a Ph.D in Computer Science from France.

Chief of Innovation Section, ESCWA

Ms. Samia Melhem

Ms. Samia Melhem

Samia Melhem is the Global Lead on Digital Capabilities at the World Bank Group. Her responsibilities include investment operations in digital platforms & services as well as thought leadership on digital development. She currently leads several digital government operations, leveraging disruptive technologies to improve delivery of public services; in education, health, and social protection. She is also currently leading research on digital resilience and digital responses to COVID-19 for public service delivery. During her career at the WBG, Samia led projects in East and Central Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. She led research on Telecoms Policy and Regulation, Digital government, electronic procurement, cloud computing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Open data, Private Public Partnerships, and gender inclusion; in collaboration with a range of global partners such as UN, ITU, OECD, WEF, as well as Academic think tanks. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Sciences (MS), and Finance (MBA); as well as various accreditations in project management, leadership, and disruptive technologies. She is a US citizen, of Lebanese origin.

Global Lead on Digital Capabilities, Digital Development Global Practice, The World Bank

 1:30

Session 3

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TechTalks: Business Perspective

  • Arab Women in Technology
  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence: The need for women in AI
  • Women in financial inclusion and the Crypto economy
  • How women in IoT are driving innovation
  • Cybersecurity: Trends & Emerging Technology
MODERATOR:

Ms. Doha Abdelkhaliq

Ms. Doha Abdelkhaliq

Managing Partner, Eskadenia Software

PANELISTS:

Dr. Hoda Al Khzaimi

Dr. Hoda Al Khzaimi

Hoda has 17 years of experience in industrialization and economic development projects. She has led and motivated several tech-based industrial investments in the UAE and internationally. She worked on several turnaround projects that were aimed to achieve strategic, financial and operational synergies of industrial and business prospects. She has a specific interest in SDG based investments as well as her current background.

Hoda A. Alkhzaimi is currently the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD and a research assistant professor in New York University. She served in different posts for research and development in the Technology development sector for the past years, she also played a vital role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development ecosystems. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. She consults for special projects with national and international technology development initiatives.

Alkhzaimi has specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda. Alkhzaimi obtained her Ph.D. in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV and autonomous systems security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating, and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cybersecurity architectures as in Internet of Things and big data analysis among others. Her research includes analysis of the effect of AI and machine learning techniques on improving security analytics. She is as well leading several AI based initiatives globally.

CEO, Women in AI (UAE Chapter) and President of Emirates Digital Association for Women

Ms. Majda Lahlou Kassi

Ms. Majda Kassi

Majda joined Ericsson Morocco in 1998, since then she has held various senior positions across Africa and Middle East. Prior to her current position as head of Networks solutions for West Africa and Morocco, she was country manager of Ericsson Morocco and before that Head of Strategy, Marketing and communications for hub Maghreb, and Regional Head of project management office for region Middle East and Africa. Majda holds an IT& Telecom engineering degree and an MBA, she is also a mother of 17 years old boy.

Head of Networks Solutions, Ericsson Middle East & Africa

Ms. Reema Diab

Ms. Reema Diab

Founder &CEO, Galaxy Organization

Dr. Ryma Abassi

Dr. Ryma Bassi

Dr Ryma Abassi received her HdR (University Habilitation) and her PhD in ICT from SUPCOM, University of Carthage in 2021 and 2010 respectively and is currently an Associate Professor at ISETCOM and the Director of the Institute, too. She is also a member of the “Digital Security” research lab at SUP’COM, Tunisia.

Dr Ryma Abassi obtained the SSHN (Séjour Scientifique de Haut Niveau) grant two times in 2014 and 2017 and was a visiting professor at University of Limoges, France. In 2017, Dr Ryma Abassi received the prestigious Fulbright visiting scholarship at Tufts University, MA, USA.

In July 2020, she was recognized as one of the TOP 50 women in cybersecurity in Africa and in September 2020 as the best young researcher in Computer science in Tunisia by the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.

Her current research work is focusing on cybersecurity, MANET/VANET security, trust management, security protocols validation, IoT security, artificial intelligence, etc.

She has more than 50 publications in impacted journals and classified conferences and is currently co-supervising four PhD students. In 2018, Dr Abassi edited her first book entitled “Security Frameworks in Contemporary Electronic Government” and the second “Artificial Intelligence and Security Challenges in Emerging Networks” was published in January 2019. A third book is being edited and is concerned with “Cybersecurity Crisis Management and Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic”. It will be published in 2022.

Director, Higher Institute of Technological Studies in Communications of Tunisia

 2:30

Break

 2:45

Session 4

How Women are Leading Business in the MENA Region: Leading in a disrupted World

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The Fintech Vertical:

Women in Fintech: Reshaping the industry and bridging the gap

MODERATOR:

Ms. Ruba Darwish

Ms. Ruba Darwish

A Business Leader whose a Firm Believer in technology, with strong commercial acumen and operational success in driving aggressive omni-channel digital, customer centric and marketing strategies across multiple countries and regions.

Having a strong operational focus, based on data and customer insight, I am used to inform, persuade and enable the strategy. With An out of the box approach and a deep grasp of technology, Customer needs, demand generation and team building experience combined with strong communication skills allowed me to deliver solid P&L operations. My leadership style is collaborative yet decisive and results driven.

Currently holding the Country Manager  position of BMB Jordan allowed me to share part of my experience with multiple sectors within my country to stress on the importance of technology to progressively advance as a country, build a digital economy and provide a better quality of life to our citizens.

I am also leading our fintech division as a Business development Manager across the middle East were we are focusing on providing financial intuitions with solutions & Platforms  that build customer journeys and provide an Omni channel experience to clients.

Having held the position of  regional manager for HP Egypt and Levant [from 2004 to 2009] and the GM of PCdalnet Value add distribution company , I developed insights into the challenges the region is facing when it comes to digitization, cyber security and big data management and analytics, in addition to a strong understanding of the business cultures in these geographies, which broadened my experience beyond Jordan to include Egypt, Levant and part of the Gulf region.

I am a proud member of the board of The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (“int@j”), which serves as the collective voice of the technology industry to boost the role of [ICT] in the national economy. My role with int@j has also enabled me to support the role of women in the technology sector, along with helping technology entrepreneurs and incubators in Jordan.

In addition to my corporate roles, I enjoy participating in technology conferences (as a speaker and moderator) and coaching young technology professionals.

I am a graduate of the Princess Sumaya University For Technology (“PSUT”) with a BSc degree in Electronics Engineering

Country Manager, BMB Group/ Board Member, int@j

PANELISTS:

Ms. Dina Shoman

Ms. Dina Shoman

An international banking veteran and serial financial literacy entrepreneur, Dina Shoman brings almost two decades of experience to her role as Co-Founder of Verity, the Middle East’s family banking app that teaches kids and teens how to make smart money management decisions.

Verity is Dina’s third financial literacy-focused venture, having previously founded inherQuests, a New York-based startup that offers subscription boxes with games and activities, built on a curriculum that empowers young girls to begin their financial journey, and Nahji, a Jordanian social enterprise that teaches basic financial concepts through a range of engaging resources.  By working closely with educational and child development experts, both startups successfully integrated experiential and play-based learning with relevant content and programs, encouraging kids to start building their personal finance skills.

Before starting her entrepreneurial journey, Dina was Executive Vice President and Head of Branding at Arab Bank.  During this time she also served as a Board Member for Arab Bank Plc, Arab Bank Switzerland, Arab Tunisian Bank and Arab Bank Australia, as well as a number of non-profit organizations based in Jordan.

Dina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Bentley University. In addition, she has completed continued educational certificates in Organizational Design and Change Leadership from Georgetown University, and in Design Thinking from INSEAD. Adding to her cohort of achievements, Dina was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and ranked third out of the ‘Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Business Women in Listed Companies’ by Forbes Middle East.

When she’s not exploring new and fun ways to teach kids the importance of saving and spending responsibly, Dina can be found whipping up her favourite dishes in the kitchen, traveling the globe, spending time with friends and family (especially her niece and dog), and singing karaoke every chance she gets.

Co Founder, Verity

Ms. Maha Al said

Ms. Maha Al said

With a diversified experience within the financial industry, Al Said comes with a 25+ years of experience in Banking as well as the FinTech domain, where she is currently heading one of the largest, fast-growing local FinTechs, Gate to Pay

General Manager, Gate to Pay

Ms. Zein Malhas

Ms. Zein Malhas

Zein Malhas experience spans over 14 years in investment banking, corporate banking, transaction banking and digital transformation.

Between 2014 and 2018, I managed the Global Subsidiaries business at Standard Chartered Bank- Jordan looking after the bank’s network business in Jordan by managing relationships with multinational organizations and subsidiaries of global relationships. Prior to that, I worked as part of the Corporate and Investment Banking department at the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance, from 2007 until 2014, where my experience was focused mainly in corporate finance, project finance and syndicated facilities.

I joined Capital Bank in June 2018 as Head of Transaction Banking and was responsible for establishing the Transaction Banking function. My role transitioned from Transaction Banking to heading products and channels for the bank’s business in Jordan and Iraq. With the focus on digital transformation, I was appointed as the Group Chief Digital Officer which was the point at which I was given the opportunity to lead the bank’s neobank project and for which I have been appointed as the CEO.

I hold an MBA degree with a concentration in Banking and Finance from the German Jordanian University, as well as a BA degree with a double major in International Banking & Finance and International Management from Franklin University in Switzerland.

Chief Digital Officer, Capital Bank

 3:45

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The E commerce & E services Vertical:

Women in E commerce & E services : The rise of women entrepreneurs in the MENA region

MODERATOR:

Ms. Mariam Al Foudery

Ms. Mariam Al Foudery

Mariam leads global marketing and sustainability at Agility, a leader in supply chain services, innovation and investment with a market cap of $7 billion. Overseeing a senior team of functional leaders on multiple continents, Mariam is responsible for driving digital marketing, corporate communications, and the company’s award-winning sustainability strategy that has reached more than 1.6 million people in need. Before joining Agility, Mariam worked in the international development and poverty alleviation field. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics with advanced degrees in Media Studies and Development Management.

Group CMO, Agility

PANELISTS:

Ms. Joy Ajlouny

Ms. Joy Ajlouny

Entrepreneur/Founder of Two Startups, Having Raised Over $100 million In Venture Capital, Turned Investor, And Advisor, Joy Ajlouny Is Considered To Be A Maverick. Born And Raised In California To Palestinian Refugees, Ajlouny Has Built A Reputation For Her Success In Startups And Ventures Worldwide, All The While Disrupting The Status Quo Of Women In Business. Belonging To The Top One Percent Of Female Entrepreneurs, The Self-Made Entrepreneur Has “Gamified Rejection” And Carved Her Space In The Business World.

In 2015 Ajlouny Co-Founded Fetchr, The Silicon Valley-Backed Tech Company That Was Created To Tackle The Middle East’s “No Address” Issue, Which Has Been Long Been A Hindrance To Growth In Emerging Markets. She Facilitated $11 Million In Initial Investments In Fetchr,As Well As $41 Million In A Series B Round In 2017. The Company Now Successfully Operates In Five Countries With A 4500-Person Staff, And Was Dubbed The Number One Startup In The Middle East By Forbes. In 2019, Ajlouny Demonstrated That She Was Beholden To Nobody When She Resigned From Her Position At Fetchr To Follow Her Passion Of Mentoring and Funding Entrepreneurs with Innovative Ideas.

Ahead Of Founding Fetchr, Ajlouny Was The Driving Force And Sole Entity Behind The E-Commerce Luxury Fashion Platform Bonfaire. Acquired By Moda Operandi––A Fashion E-Commerce Giant Owned By LVMH And Condé Nast––In 2013, Just Two Years After Its Launch, This Was Only The Start Of What Would Develop Into A Long-Lasting Relationship Between Ajlouny And The Fashion Industry. Ajlouny Is Regularly Hired As A Consultant For Fashion Startups, As Well As For Venture Capitalists.

Over The Last Decade, Her Unmatched Knowledge And Expertise In Funding And Investment, Startups And Marketing Strategies Has Compounded Into What’s Known As The “Joy Effect,” A Term That Refers To The Ripple Of Her Influence On A Multitude Of New And Once Suffering Companies. Considered An Expert In Emotional Marketing, She Follows The Rule Of Thumb That In Order To Be Successful, You Have To “Fall In Love With Your Customer.” With Less Than Three Percent Of Venture Capital Funding Raised By Women, Ajlouny Has Successfully Raised Multiple Rounds Of Funding For Her Two Startups, Acquiring Investments From Some Of The Most Prestigious Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firms.

As A Self-Made Woman In The Industry, Ajlouny Is Passionate About Encouraging And Investing Knowledge Into The Young Women Of Tomorrow. Ajlouny Is Regularly Invited To Speak At Forums And Events Across The World And Most Recently Took The Stage At The World Economic Forum In Jordan And BoF VOICES In The UK. Her Talks Are Not Only Centered Upon Her Businesses, But On The Realities Of Being A Female Entrepreneur, The Double Bind And The Relentlessness It Takes To Secure A Position That Counters The Traditional Roles Allocated For Women.

Founder & CMO, Fetchr

Ms. Noora Shanak

Ms. Noora Shanak

Consultant, Tech Expert, Startups Enthusiast (Previously Co-founder & COO of ShopGo)

Noora is passionate about finding effective & innovative ways to optimize business operations. As an operations professional with over fifteen years’ combined experience in project management, tech solutions and ICT, utilizing best practices to manage support services in several startups, she worked with various businesses from early startup days through to their growth and scaling stages. 

Noora launched her own startup in 2010 which lasted a few months, where she then began her journey with ShopGo as a staff member of the early founding team, facing many challenges and coming up with innovative solutions leading to the business' growth and sustainability. This journey was rewarded by her becoming ShopGo's Co-founder and COO in 2017. 

Noora is a very energetic professional who tends to wear many hats within a business, allowing her to experience and specialise in a wide spectrum of areas such as UX/UI design, customer service, project management and sales. 

Recently, ShopGo has been acquired by Mawdoo3, a great business & personal achievement to its co-founders, allowing Noora both the opportunity & time to share her experience and success in her next career move.

Noora is a self driven & results oriented individual. She practices a customer-centric approach in service delivery and business operation. As a successful previous business owner, she believes in coaching & training effective teams to realize process & communication improvements within the workplace. 

Undoubtedly, Noora has the required communication and people skills to lead and manage teams on complex projects. Having her as a lead in any team would be of great asset and a driving force to get things done.

E-Commerce Consultant (Former Founder & COO of ShopGo)

Ms. Souad Al Hosani

Ms. Souad Al Hosani

Souad Al Hosani leads the Investor Care team at the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO). Souad focuses on the growth of the Investor Care team at ADIO. Her team is responsible for ensuring that existing and new investors remain happy and do well throughout their Abu Dhabi journey, including the provision of incentive packages and advisory work. Prior to joining ADIO, she held leadership positions at the Nexus group of companies, as well as strategic roles at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mubadala Development Company, the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB). Souad’s involvement with UAE and international government entities and private agencies built her expertise across strategic business sectors in the country. She was the recipient of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) certificate for successful completion of a capacity building programme for women entrepreneurs. In 2013, Souad was awarded the Youngest Achievers Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in the UAE. She was also the recipient of the Arab Women Award in 2017 in the business category and the Emirates Women Community Contribution Award in 2018. Souad received her Bachelor Degree in Human Resource Management from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Abu Dhabi. Souad is an engaging speaker who participates in international and local conferences, panels and roundtables. She also actively writes articles on LinkedIn on a number of topics. Her articles can be read here.

Regional recognition:

Mona has won more than 100 awards throughout her career.  Most recently, she was voted as one of 6 Powerful Women Transforming the Business World in the Levant, among UAE’s 5 Most Prominent Women in the Tech World. She is amongst the top 2 Forbes women creating impact in the region, most recently featured in Forbes Middle East as the one of the Middle East’s Power Businesswomen in 2021 and 2020, and was voted amongst the 100 most Powerful Arab Women, Forbes Top 10 Arab Women 2017, 2018; World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs - Generation Next - Arabian Business. She was also voted SME Executive of the year 3 years in a row and one of 30 Most Influential Women in the Arab World in 2019.

Mumzworld.com has won The Small Business of The Year Award and Best Kids Online retailer by Timeout Kids in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Mumzworld.com was also awarded the Images Most Admired Online Retailer of the Year 2014 and 2016 as well as the “Customer Service Excellence Award” by The Customer Festival Awards 2018. 

Beyond the many awards she received, Mona was also selected into the prestigious group of globally recognized Endeavor businesses’s in 2014 and was the first woman selected into this prestigious network in the Middle East. Furthermore, she is an UNCTAD representative for the region with a mandate to empower women and create enabling opportunities for women in the digital ecosystem.

Head of Investor Care, Abu Dhabi Investment Office

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The Edtech Vertical:

Women in Edtech Develop leadership and accelerate the impact

MODERATOR:

Ms. Lana Al Attar

Ms. Lana Al Attar

Lana is the founder and lead of the largest community in Bahrain, Google Developers Group (GDG) Manama. With over 2800 Developers, designers and marketeers, GDG Manama provides free trainings in 21st century and future of work skills and have trained over 33,000 Attendees since starting 3 years ago.

Lana is also a serial social tech entrepreneur that has dedicated her life to empowering socially good projects/businesses initiatives with technology. She is an active member of her community and helps shape the country's agenda through her community work and active participations at round table discussions with several government and private entities.

Lana is an active Google for Startups MENA Mentor and the first Google Women TechMaker Ambassador in Bahrain. She is an alumni of the Global Shapers Community, GSc Steering Committee for Education and Employability and Ashoka's ChangeMaker Exchange.

Founder - CEO, Gudjuju

PANELISTS:

Ms. Ameera Al Qubaiti

Ms. Ameera AlQubaiti

Ameera Al Qubaiti's responsibilities are to manage operations, monitor the performance of Al-Rawi Studios, and achieve total quality requirements and financial control. Ameera is responsible for scheduling and monitoring content development and managing relationships with narrators, writers and publishers.

Ameera has 5 years experience in project management in the field of information technology where she held the position of administrative officer in the Specific Council for Vocational Training in the Communications Sector and Bahrain Information Technology Society where she was responsible for managing the two projects in full.

Ameera obtained an Executive Professional Master's Degree in Islamic Finance from the General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions and a Bachelor's degree from the University College of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Co-Founder, AlRawi

Dr. Sh. Fay Al Khalifa

Dr. Sh. Fay Al Khalifa

Dr. Fay Bint Abdulla Al Khalifa is the Director of the eLearning Center at the University of Bahrain. She leads teams of specialists and multimedia experts and is playing an active role in managing the digital transformation process at the University throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. She has an extended experience in executive leadership, higher education, and scientific research.

She is also an Assistant Professor with a Master’s degree in Building Conservation and Urban Regeneration and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Urbanism. Her research aspires to contribute to the understanding of ESGs, Smart Sustainable Urbanism and the Smart Sustainability of the Real Estate Market in Bahrain.

Dr. Al Khalifa was part of a team that won the Golden Lion award in the Venice Biennially in 2010, and she was awarded RIBA’s president’s award for research in 2012. Dr. Al-Khalifa was also awarded the Emerging Scholar Award in 2018 and the Smart Urbanism Award in 2019. Under her leadership, the University of Bahrain won the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change in 2020.

Dr. Fay Bint Abdulla obtained a number of professional certificates in Sales and Marketing Management, Commercial Real Estate Development, FinTech, the Application of AI, InsurTech, and Real Estate Technology. All in addition to being a certified expert in blockchain technologies by the Blockchain Council, a fellow of the British Academy of Higher Education and an Associate of the American Green Building Council.

Dr. Fay Bint Abdullah represents the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Secretariat of the Committee of E-Learning Officials in Universities and Higher Education Institutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and represents the University of Bahrain in several committees nationally.
Dr. Al Khalifa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Smart Cities Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the UK Alumni Network of the British Council in Bahrain. She is also a member of a number of other specialized societies such as the Bahrain Technology and Business Society and the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

Director of the eLearning Center, Bahrain University

Sh. Latifa Al Khalifa

Sh. Latifa Al Khalifa

Latifa Al-Khalifa is a social edupreneur, STEAM education advocate and Co-Founder and CEO of Clever Play, a multi-award winning, purpose-driven startup with a mission to inspire, educate and empower children with future-relevant education.

Co-Founder & CEO, Clever Play

Dr. Manal Negmeldin

Dr. Manal Negmeldin

Manal is a subject matter expert at E-Business. She started E-Business Career since 2003. She is working at her family Business for 20 years now, a company of 40K employees started by her grandfather 56 years ago. She is managing a team of 700 people at Elaraby. She established the E-business department at Elaraby 15 years ago. Also, she established their E-commerce portal, and she set their digital marketing strategies. She established an e-learning portal for employees training and development at Elaraby. She also contributed on different projects, related to marketing, sales, PR, and CRM. Currently she is the head of digital and Omnichannel at Elaraby group. Also, She is a lecturer at EU business school. She do mentoring on different ventures and startups . She is the founder and CEO of E-Business school an e-learning portal specialized in digital business learning. She is an expert at: Digital transformation / E-commerce /Digital strategic Planning / team leadership / omnichannel/ trade marketing/ telesales/ customer centric/ Process Improvement /Relationship Management / mentoring/ project management / marketing management/ change management / products marketing / online advertise team building / integration /analysis / digital media / brand management /CRM/ mobile marketing / content marketing communication online PR/ PR/ e-learning / Omnichannel/ direct sales / digital branding/ knowledge management/ online operation and monitoring / digital solutions / family business/ photography/ intranet & extranet/ online entrepreneur/ mumpreneur. She holds 3 MBAs, MBA in E-Business from Eu Business School, MBA in communication & PR from EU business school, and MBA in Business administration from Roehampton University UK. She is a DBA holder from EU Business school, Geneva, dissertation topic “ How digital solutions are changing entrepreneurship in the consumer goods market in Egypt “. She is Mela 11 graduated. She is a public speaker, trainer, mentor,and women empowerment. She published different articles, and papers about E-business at different professional websites, and university website

Founder, E- Business School

Ms. Shireen Yacoub

Ms. Shireen Yacoub

Driving innovation and inclusivity in the EdTech space to empower youth through education, one byte at a time. Shireen is the CEO of Edraak, an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation. Edraak is the Arab world's leading open online education platform, reaching a growing community of more than 5 million learners across the MENA region, including disadvantaged youth in conflict zones and refugees. Edraak is catalyzing an online reSkilling/upSkilling revolution in the MENA region and beyond, aimed at bridging the skills gap and building back better post-COVID. She is currently pursuing her master's degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology, Innovation and Education.

CEO, Edraak​

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The Cybersecurity Vertical:

Women in Cybersecurity: Untapped talents

MODERATOR:

Ms. Dima Shatara

Ms. Dima Shatara

Dima is a Director in the Technology Risk Team at EY-Jordan with +16 years of experience. She has a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the Hashemite University, Jordan with Honors. Dima is keen on the continuous development and expansion of her skills and thus invests her time in professional certifications such as CIPP/E, CISA, CISM, COBIT, ISO 27001, Network+ and ITDRS.

As part of her role, Dima leads a team of experienced consultants and auditors to assist organizations in managing their technology related risks by either identifying and assessing these risks or by implementing controls and solutions to elevate their risk profile. To that extent, she has extensive experience in Technology Risk and Cybersecurity consulting and assurance. She has led projects and programs across the MENA region as well as Belgium in the areas of data protection and privacy, IT governance, Information Security Management Systems, standards certification audits, information systems assurance, evaluation of information technology and security processes and associated controls as well as business continuity and disaster recovery planning

On the other hand, is fluent in both Arabic and English and has obtained the DELF certificate in French. She is passionate about people’s development and well being, volunteer work and women’s rights.

Dima is also a dedicated mom of two kids, loves reading books and listening to good old music hits of the 80’s and 90’s.

Director of Technology Risk Advisory, EY

PANELISTS:

Ms. Abeer Khedr

Ms. Abeer Khedr

Abeer Khedr is the Information Security Director at the National Bank of Egypt with more than 20 years of experience in technology and information security fields. Abeer has been serving in her current role for ten years where she has established the information security strategy & program at the bank and designed an information security management system (ISMS) for the bank’s main data center & call center which got certified in 2016 & 2017. The certification scope was extended in 2020 to include the bank's digital branches. She has also developed an information security effectiveness measurement program to ensure continuous improvement and maturity in security processes. Prior to joining NBE, Abeer has been leading the security consulting and IT audit service lines at Deloitte Egypt serving different industries. Abeer is a graduate of the American University in Cairo with a computer science major and economics minor. She also has a Master’s of Science degree in Business Information Technology from Middlesex University, England. Abeer has a number of security & governance related certifications: C|CISO, C|DPO, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT and ISO 27001 and most recently a Certified Corporate Director.

Abeer has been recently awarded among top 50 influential women in Egypt for community work related to the cyber security industry and named to Egypt's 30 successful women list in the Egyptian Women Forum 2020. She was also named to the Global CISO 100 list for 2020. Additionally, Abeer was recognized among top regional government security leaders in the Middle East by the CISO council in Dubai and was also awarded among leading information security executives in the ME by the council in 2018 & a Woman Security Leader in 2016. Abeer was also selected as “CISO of the year” in 2021, 2019, 2018 and 2016 by multiple reputable national and international organizations.

Abeer is actively involved in initiatives to support inclusion & diversity where has co-founded Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME) group in 2018 which has over 1100 women members from different countries in the region. She championed the organization of the first CTF for women in the MENA region in 2018. Abeer is also a mentor in the UN-ITU women in cyber mentorship program launched in March 2021 and in the WiCSME mentorship program as well.

Abeer's awards judging experience includes being selected among the panel of judges for IFSEC 2019 to select global cyber security influencers and as a judge for Top 50 Women in Cyber Security Africa in 2020 as well as a judge for Women in Cyber Security Middle East 2020 awards.

Head of Cyber security, National Bank of Egypt

Ms. Arwa Alsalamah

Ms. Arwa Alsalamah

Arwa Alsalamah has more than 10 years of experience in cyber security and IT fields. Graduated from King Saud University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer and Information science (Saudi Arabia) and got a Master's degree from NortheasternUniversity (USA) in Information Assurance and Cyber Security. During her experience, she worked in several well known commercial and government entities. Currently, She works in a Government entity in the field of Cybersecurity. Have multiple professional certifications (such as INSEAD, HARVARD, GPEN, GMON, ITIL, and others.) . She also has publications in topics of cybersecurity. In 2021, she won the award of WiCSME2021 Women Cyber Security Consultant.

Cybersecurity Engineer

Ms. Nada Khater

Ms. Nada Khater

Eng. Nada Khater is Digital Transformation | Cybersecurity | Public Policies & Strategies Expert, she has more than 15 years of experience in public and private organizations related to Digital transformation and Cybersecurity sector in Jordan, currently she is Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies at the Ministry of Digital Economy & Entrepreneurship of Jordan. Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer ‎at IT Experts Company in Jordan.

Eng. Nada participated in the developing of National ‎Cyber‎security Strategy 2018-2023, Cybersecurity policies framework 2019, and Jordan’s Cybersecurity Law in 2019. Critical instruments to ensure that Jordan’s cyberspace is ‎safe and secure for residents, government as ‎well as businesses. Also, she lead and participated in the development of Government Data Classification and Management policy 2020, which aims to provide a general methodologies includes a unified principles and guidelines for government entities on the ‎mechanism for classifying and managing their data.

In addition, she assigned to study the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) in march 2021 with the Secretariat of the Arab League working group, in order to improve the global ranking of Arab countries, through a detailed study of all aspects of the index, discuss the most important challenges facing Arab countries in it, and provide recommendations to help improve performance.

She participated in ICAO Cybersecurity and Resilience Symposium in October 2019, and in MENA Cybersecurity Forum organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in December 2016

In addition, she led and participated in the development of national digital policies, which includes AI Policy 2020, Cloud Computing Policy for Jordan 2020, Jordanian E-participation Policy 2021, and Open Government Data Policy 2017.

Digital Transformation & Cybersecurity Expert

Ms. Ruba Darwish

Ms. Ruba Darwish

A Business Leader whose a Firm Believer in technology, with strong commercial acumen and operational success in driving aggressive omni-channel digital, customer centric and marketing strategies across multiple countries and regions.

Having a strong operational focus, based on data and customer insight, I am used to inform, persuade and enable the strategy. With An out of the box approach and a deep grasp of technology, Customer needs, demand generation and team building experience combined with strong communication skills allowed me to deliver solid P&L operations. My leadership style is collaborative yet decisive and results driven.

Currently holding the Country Manager  position of BMB Jordan allowed me to share part of my experience with multiple sectors within my country to stress on the importance of technology to progressively advance as a country, build a digital economy and provide a better quality of life to our citizens.

I am also leading our fintech division as a Business development Manager across the middle East were we are focusing on providing financial intuitions with solutions & Platforms  that build customer journeys and provide an Omni channel experience to clients.

Having held the position of  regional manager for HP Egypt and Levant [from 2004 to 2009] and the GM of PCdalnet Value add distribution company , I developed insights into the challenges the region is facing when it comes to digitization, cyber security and big data management and analytics, in addition to a strong understanding of the business cultures in these geographies, which broadened my experience beyond Jordan to include Egypt, Levant and part of the Gulf region.

I am a proud member of the board of The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (“int@j”), which serves as the collective voice of the technology industry to boost the role of [ICT] in the national economy. My role with int@j has also enabled me to support the role of women in the technology sector, along with helping technology entrepreneurs and incubators in Jordan.

In addition to my corporate roles, I enjoy participating in technology conferences (as a speaker and moderator) and coaching young technology professionals.

I am a graduate of the Princess Sumaya University For Technology (“PSUT”) with a BSc degree in Electronics Engineering

Country Manager, BMB Group/ Board Member, int@j

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Women in Digital Health: Leading the change in the healthcare Tech sector

MODERATOR:

Ms. Nada Abandah

Ms. Nada Abandah

With a passion to help organizations transform their potential into real performance, Ms. Abandah uses her 20+ experience consulting and practical experience to enable real and rapid change in organizations across various industries. Nada walks with her clients hand in hand in creating a difference in bottom lines and addresses real pains. She has lead PMOs, managed high-profile programs and projects in private and public sectors, consulted for Fortune 500 companies, started 6 companies, & still refuses to call herself an entrepreneur. Ms. Nada A. Abandah is considered a pillar in the region for matters concerning Organizational Maturity, OPM3, PMOs, Project Management, and Portfolio Management.

Nada just finished being an advisor to the DG of Dubai Health Authority where she lead the COVID-19 PMO, and moved to Abu Dhabi Department of Health at the beginning of the year as a Strategic Affairs Advisor.

She also has a certificate from Harvard Business School in Data Science for Business

If she's not in the office trying to come up with groundbreaking ideas to turn around the business, you can probably find her climbing a mountain or hiking somewhere.

Strategic Affairs Advisor, Department of Health, Abudhabi

PANELISTS:

Ms. Alia Seoud

Ms. Alia Seoud

Alia is the Head of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs at Egypt/Levant & Iran (ELI) region at Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Group ( PBG ) , she gained her Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Cairo University back in 2003.

Alia started her Pharmaceutical career in 2004 in Merck sharp & Dohme ( MSD ) Egypt in Sales & Marketing department, in 2007 she relocated to UAE where she had several Sales, Marketing and Regulatory & Scientific Affairs roles within Pharma industry, she has worked for MSD, Wyeth, AstraZeneca, Takeda, Abbott before she move in 2017 to her current role at Pfizer , she was able to gain a wide pharmaceutical background across different regions, therapy areas, and business functions within Pharma industry where she has participated in setting regulatory and commercial strategies, policy shaping and gained high technical expertise within CTD regulatory submission as well as dealing with different Health Authorities and industry associations across middle east markets.

Director of Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer

Ms. Lana Ghanem

Ms. Lana Ghanem

Lana is the Managing Director of Hikma Ventures (the corporate VC arm of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC) which she helped establish in 2015. Lana started her career at Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC in 2012 as the Assistant to the CEO and Director of Corporate Strategy & Development where she worked on strategic projects across the company’s various functions including strategy, M&A, operations and finance. Prior to joining Hikma, Lana worked as a Financial Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank in London where she worked on transactions for clients across multiple industries. She co-founded the Innovation & Leadership Advisory Board (ILAB) at Hikma which consists of young Hikma employees whom share a dedication to advancing Hikma and ensuring it is at the frontier of innovation. Lana holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) and a Bachelors of Commerce degree from McGill University.

CEO, Hikma Ventures

Ms. Maha Melhem

Ms. Maha Melhem

Maha Melhem is the key driving force behind Vezeeta’s ePharmacy solution, responsible for leading growth, operational excellence, and profitability within the fast-growing business vertical, across all markets.

Drawing from two decades of experience in the global pharmaceutical industry, Maha helps set strategic direction within Vezeeta’s ePharmacy vertical, and oversees the roll-out of value-driven solutions that has served more than 1 million patients since first launching in early 2020, 68% of whom suffer from chronic illnesses.

Prior to joining Vezeeta, Maha headed the Sales Force Effectiveness in GlaxoSmithKline and then led their Global Multichannel Digital Marketing division after working in AstraZeneca as Head of SFE and Training. Maha holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.

Chief Pharmacy Officer, Vezeeta

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Welcome Note

Mr. Abdulaziz Qambar

Mr. Abdulaziz Qambar

Global entrepreneur with Executive Management leadership experience, Futurist entrepreneur, Disruptor, Innovator and Mixer of Next Tech to deliver new changes globally

Founder of multiple startups in disruptor and innovation telecom companies across global market with multinational experience in setting up and leading digital companies in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific

Specialized telecommunication startups and in acquisitions and merger of technology companies to create global synergies and empowering new group of entities.

Over 20 years of experience in leading, developing and managing mega telecommunication and ICT companies Founder of multiple telecommunication and digital companies Board member and thought leader of companies to focus next on driving Intelligent transformation post the digital  transformation epic, with the aim to support corporate, communities and governments in their next Intelligent transformation

Global leader with focus on Innovation in Intelligent and Digital transformation companies, Global Mobile Virtual Network Operators ( and mixer of cloud based IoT and AI to create new telecom verticals, such as AppVNOs

In 2017 he founded a digital transformation disruptor group of companies named DigitalMe group and with his position as a group CEO, he developed the company and the team to extend to 5 countries across 2 contents with total number of subsidiaries and creating 24x multiples of investment value.

Over 10 years of core telecom experiences with Zain, STC and other companies in Middle east and graduated from Japan.

CEO of Arab ICT Union & BTECH

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PR & Communications in the Tech Industry

  • PR communications for businesses in the digital era
  • The change in the communication mediums with the rapid technology advancements
  • The impact and future of OTT in the MENA region
  • Why should Tech / ICT Companies invest in PR & Communications
  • Challenges & Opportunities of PR & Communication professionals working in the ICT Industry
MODERATOR:

Ms. Lulwa Sami Ebrahim

Ms. Lulwa Sami Ebrahim

With over 19 solid years of experience in strategic marketing, communication planning and implementation; Ms. Lulwa currently holds the post of Director to the Communications & Marketing Directorate. Prior to joining the public sector, she served 7 years in the Telecommunications & ICT industry - holding several positions in the PR & Marketing arena at the Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO), moving later on to the Banking industry to focus on rebranding as the PR & Corporate Communications Manager at Seera Investment Bank.

Holding a number of impressive qualifications, Ms. Ebrahim has attained her MBA degree in Branding within the Service Sector from the University of Strathclyde, UK; LCCI Diploma from the London Chamber of Commerce; Bachelor’s in Business Management & Marketing from the University of Bahrain; along with Professional Leadership degree from the University of Oxford. A graduate of the first batch of Kawader and a Certified Brand Manager, Ms. Lulwa is also conducting Social Media professional degree at present.

Besides being a Jury member of the Bahrain eContent Awards in 2009 and while possessing a wealth of corporate communications knowledge in telecommunications, media relations, social media, marketing communications, events and campaign management; she is at present a Board Member of the Bahrain-UK Alumni and prior Board Member of the Bahrain Internet Society.

Director of Communication and Marketing Information, eGovernment Authority Kingdom of Bahrain

PANELISTS:

Ms. Nadine Khoukaz

Ms. Nadine Khoukaz

Nadine is the Marketing and Communications Director for Microsoft Business Applications covering the Middle East and Africa region.

In her role, Nadine ensures marketing excellence across all campaigns for all Microsoft segments and product groups in the region. She works to bring Microsoft modern marketing vision to life, providing leadership and accountability to drive demand generation through a connected sales and marketing experience.

She contributes to the execution of the all-up marketing plan in partnership with marketing discipline experts, to deliver impactful, world class through-the-line integrated marketing.

Nadine is passionate about delivering a compelling multi-channel customer experience. Within all her projects, she strives to integrate modern marketing capabilities like marketing automation and unlocking new opportunities when data and technology converge.

Nadine obtained her BS degree in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut followed by an MBA from INSEAD with an exchange program with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Marketing and Communication Manager – Business Applications , Microsoft Middle East and Africa

Ms. Rana Dababneh

Ms. Rana Dababneh

Bio here..

Deputy Chief PR , CSR, Corporate Communication, Orange Jordan

Ms Zahra Zayat

Ms. Zahra Zayat

Zahra Zayat is an experienced Media executive with a strong profile in launching new businesses and strong expertise in OTT, digital transformation, partnerships, market entry strategies and M&A. Zahra is the SVP leading OSN’s strategy on Digital & OTT (OSN Streaming). Under her leadership, the OSN streaming service saw unprecedented growth. Before that, Zahra launched YuppTV in the region and was Head of Middle East and North Africa. Previously, she held senior positions in management consulting and investment banking.

Zahra is passionate about re-inventing the future of TV and revolutionizing the way TV is viewed across the MENA region. Zahra has been awarded “Woman Media Executive’ by Broadcast Pro and has been highlighted among the top 5 most influential woman leader in the ICT industry by Telecom Review. 

Senior VP OTT & Telcos, OSN

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Career Mentorship: Building your own careers in Tech

  • Increasing women interest in STEM Education
  • How to move between technical and non technical roles to accelerate your career in tech
  • How To Stay Adaptable In Your Career
MODERATOR:

Ms. Nadine Chammas

Ms. Nadine Chammas

Nadine Chammas is a pioneering social impact strategist who believes in transforming lives for the better.
An award-winning celebrity of the Middle East’s music scene, Nadine simultaneously performs multiple roles effortlessly – mother and wife, mentor, NLP coach, educator, singer and songwriter, motivational speaker, author, thespian, director, hypnotist, healer and entrepreneur – all with a common mission; to connect and make a positive change.
Growing up in Lebanon, Nadine’s innate love for singing led her to pursue a formal education specializing in Dramatics and Theatre Arts. After successfully, acting, scripting, producing and directing several theatre plays, Nadine moved to Dubai in 2000 and embarked on her first entrepreneurial venture by establishing the Scenez Group Production Company to craft culture-bridging plays and shows for Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises. Following her heart, Nadine then upped the game and launched Scenez Drama and Arts Academy in DUCTAC – the first production company for children’s theatre. In this rewarding role, not only did she teach dramatics but Nadine also fostered a safe space for young pupils to find their voices, self-esteem and confidence by creating Drama Therapy - a deeply healing and empowering process that has proven to be just as effective with adults in the work place!
After experiencing motherhood herself, Nadine reached out and connected with mothers around the region by hosting weekly counselling sessions on Al Arabiya. She also set up Super Dooper Edutainment Center to engage and inspire children to learn through entertainment.
A life-long learner and firm advocate of education, Nadine continued to arm herself with knowledge – NLP Coaching, Positive Parenting, Life Coaching for Excellence, Transformational Therapy and even Stage Hypnosis – yes, you read that correctly! – Nadine is the first certified female stage hypnotist in the Middle East.
Drawing on her own life experiences and challenges, Nadine chose to embrace the power of positivity and is committed to building awareness and spreading the joy. She has also combined her expertise as a coach and a therapist to create an online program for the regional professional growth platform Al Mentor.
Since then, Nadine has been invited to deliver several motivational talks which, with her unique brand of humor, positivity and entertainment, regularly morph into powerful, interactive learning experiences.
Most recently, during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Nadine felt compelled to vocalize her innermost emotions and so she wrote and released 2 Arabic-language songs - which resonated with millions around the GCC, garnering over 1.2 million YouTube views alone. In all, Nadine has released 11 songs on digital platforms so far.
Skillfully melding her education, talents, knowledge and insights over the past 2 decades, Nadine founded ‘The Life Director’ – a personal and corporate development consultancy firm specialized in customizing positive lifestyle programs for individuals, corporates and schools.
In recognition of her life achievements, in 2021, Nadine was appointed as the Chair for the Creative Women Platform in the UAE – a high-profile global networking platform for female entrepreneurs.
Nadine holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Lebanese University and is certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy. Her formal education includes accreditations as a Master Practitioner of NLP, Master Practitioner of Timeline Therapy (TM), Teacher of Theta Healing and certified Stage Hypnotist from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Additionally, Nadine is currently authoring her first book!

The Life Director- Chair of Creative Women, UAE Chapter

PANELISTS:

Ms. Alanoud Al Hashmi

Ms. Alanoud Al Hashmi

Al Anoud Al Hashmi is an Emirati (UAE National) Thought Leader and serial entrepreneur with a digital, technology transformation futuristic focus. Over the past 15 years she held an array of strategic leadership positions that drastically contributed to Dubai’s and the UAE media, business and creative production scene. She built her extensive leadership portfolio and experience through various roles in institutions affiliated with the business, entrepreneurship and media scene in the UAE.

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Futurist Company, an SME she founded in 2020 to contribute to the UAE advancement as a hub of latest technologies and disrupt its applications in human life developing and managing future facing projects including and not limited to AgriTech, Renewable Energy and AI.

Al Hashmi latest entrepreneurial milestone ‘The Futurist’ is fueled by a story that always amazed her since childhood: It’s the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan achievement of an environmental miracle, when he transformed the desert into a green haven. She is committed to the transformation of agriculture through “GAIA” an AgriTech solution by The Futurist Company, which she believes is a true enabler of food security for the mankind and the environment.

Alanoud is a YAL (Young Arab Leaders) member. Alanoud is an active mentor of leadership and entrepreneurship, dedicating time and effort to young UAE youth and local talent to realize their potential while also providing them with hands-on experience to achieve their career aspirations.

CEO & Founder, The Futurist Company

Ms. Diane El Hachem

Ms. Diane El Hachem

Diane El Hachem is a marketing thought leader who embarked on her marketing career 17 years ago. She’s best known for her track record of successfully translating plans into execution. Diane has been active in different industries including IT, Retail, Media, Telcom, F&B and Entertainment. And now she is the co-founder of Related, heading Strategic Partnerships at the company.

Before Related, she worked with Seagate Technology for more than 8 years. As their Channel Marketing Manager for Europe, Middle East & Africa, she handled some of the most challenging markets and successfully led projects with top players like Amazon and Best Buy.

At Related, Diane succeeded in designing and implementing an award winning unique coalition program including 150+ different brands for one of the biggest Real Estate companies in the region. When it comes to partnerships in the loyalty industry, Diane strongly believes in the power of experiential rewards that help brands move from a transactional connection to an emotional interaction with customers.

She’s also part of WiiN Global - Women In Incentives Network, a space for top female leaders, female founders, and entrepreneurs in the global Incentive and Loyalty industry.

Co-Founder & Head of Partnerships, Related

Ms. Maha Al Balushi

Ms. Maha Al Balushi

Maha Al Balushi is the Seed stage Managing Director at Oman Technology Fund (OTF). She studied in Oman and Singapore, picking up two diplomas in IT, a degree in Internet Applications, and finally a Masters' in IT project Management before returning to Oman as part of a national drive to generate a technology start-up ecosystem in the region. She is an expert in ICT investments, innovation & entrepreneurship in Oman. She has an effective contribution in establishing the entrepreneurial & innovative eco system in Oman through working in many relevant projects & initiatives.

Managing Director,​ Oman Technology Fund​

Ms. Rania Kudsi

Ms. Rania Kudsi

Rania B. Kudsi She is also the founder of Global HCI for Consultancy & Training 

Rania has more than 20 years of diverse experience in Human Resources, Training and Leadership in private and Humanitarian and NGO sector, she is a passionate HR, Career Counselor, Global Recruitment Consultant and Certified Trainer, she is also a Certified Employer Branding professional and holding a certificate in Gender Diversity Management. Rania Kudsi also holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Training of Trainers in the Humanitarian Sector and has delivered many trainings in Jordan, Palestine and UAE enhancing employees and leaders’ competencies.

Rania is an HR expert, throughout her experience she trained, coached and mentored managers and HR to build their capacities in leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making, in addition to human resources, mentorship and building team skills, in the banking, private and public sectors, in Jordan, UAE, Palestine and Syria, working with NGOs, donors and trustees.

She is a strong believer in Women’s rights. She is the founder of Empower Women to Lead the change program which concentrates on building women’s capacities and strengthen their leadership skills, self-worth and self-confidence, in addition to tackling the obstacles and challenges women are facing by trying to engage both gender in empowering the community in Jordan and Globally. She started her career advisory profession out of her passion to help Job seekers find their dream Jobs and build their career path. Based on finding a huge Gap between employers and Job Seekers, and out of believing that she can unpack their potentials by building their capacities and preparing them to be considered as the Top Talents in the market.

CEO, Global HCI

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Break

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Session 7

Add to Calendar 01/26/2022 1:20 PM 01/26/2022 2:20 PM Asia/Bahrain WomenTech Leaders Across MENA WomenTech Leaders Across MENA Forum 2022 is a two-day dynamic virtual event that focuses on bringing women tech leaders, enablers, and entrepreneurs altogether to discuss leadership and innovation across different business and technology verticals. Location of the event

Today’s Entrepreneurs Tomorrow’s Leaders

  • Challenges vs Advantages of Entrepreneurship In MENA
  • Women Lead SMEs in the era of uncertainty
  • Inspiring Women: Investors perspective
  • Spotlights on achievements of Women in Technology Markets
MODERATOR:

Ms. Dina El Shenoufy

Ms. Dina El Shenoufy

Ms. el-Shenoufy has over 15 years of financial services experience managing venture capital and investment portfolios in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Prior to joining Flat6Labs- the leading startup accelerator and seed funding organization in MENA, from 2009-2011 Ms. el-Shenoufy worked as a Senior Analyst for Al-Ahly Capital Holding, where she was responsible for managing the Oil and Gas portfolio valued at over $200 million, as well as representing the company on the board of Egypt’s biggest producer of essential mineral oils, AMOC. Before that, Ms. El-Shenoufy held the position of Portfolio Manager at Beltone Asset Management, where she co-managed the MENA regional portfolio, valued at $28 million, acquiring great insight into the GCC, Levant and North African markets and business habits.

Chief Investment Officer, Flat6labs

PANELISTS:

Ms. Amal Dokhan

Ms. Amal Dokhan

Amal Dokhan is a seasoned professional with experience in startup investments, corporate innovation, and consulting in the MENA region, South Africa and the U.S. Prior to joining 500 Global, Ms. Dokhan was the CEO of GEN SAUDI and Managing Director of Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. She was also the Manager of Learning and Design at the Entrepreneurship Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where she Co-designed and led the TAQADAM accelerator program and Corporate Innovation programs. She has worked at the KAUST Seed Fund, providing a range of services to startups including preparing them for the investment committee.

Ms. Dokhan was a program designer and trainer in the Dream Neom program managed by MISK in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, a trainer at the MIT KSA competition startup bootcamp, and Partner and Program Designer for the MIT MENA Enterprise Forum. Having been a founder herself, she has been an advocate of angel investing in Saudi Arabia through her work at Monshaat/GEN Saudi, launching different versions of angel investing programs and conducting the First Angel investing Forum in Saudi Arabia. She has invested in several companies such as Saee, Dukkan Afkar, Wayakit, Faheem, Starzly and Vetwork, and advises startups on fundraising and growth.

Partner, 500 Global

Ms. Helen Al Uzaizi

Ms. Helen Al Uzaizi

Helen Al Uzaizi is an established businesswoman and an active community member. With over 20 years of experience spanning marketing, non-profit management, and entrepreneurship, Helen has been supporting major brands, non-profit organizations, and startups across the region as a mentor, Board member and advisor.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of PACES Charity and Advisor and Brand Ambassador for SEP both of which work with refugee women and children. She is also Board Member of Augustus Media and Advisor to Womanity Foundation.

Helen is the CEO of BizWorld UAE, Egypt, and Jordan teaching kids entrepreneurship skills and has been named leading entrepreneurship program in the region on multiple occasions. She is also the Founder of Future Entrepreneurs, a platform that aims to empower youth entrepreneurs in MENA. Most recently, she also took on the role of Director of Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship & Youth Start up with GEMS Education. She was recently named one of the UAE’s 100 Smartest People and one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World. She was also a TedX Speaker on the topic of entrepreneurship education.

On a personal level, Helen is a mother of 2, runner, triathlete and adventurer who believes in making dreams come to life and that anything is possible.

Founder, BizWorld UAE

Ms. Reem Goussous

Ms. Reem Goussous

Reem Goussous is currently the Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan, a global organization that works to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating fast-growing startups and SMEs.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Goussous has established a strong track record in SME growth, economic impact analysis, economic development policy formulation strategies, market research and intelligence, and investment and export development.
Goussous is a Board Member of Capital Bank, and the Jordan River Foundation. She previously served on the boards of the Arab Potash Company, Capital Investments, and Numeira Mixed Salts and Mud Company. She holds a BA and MA in Economics from Boston University.

Managing Director, Endeavor Jordan

Ms. Yara Milbes

Ms. Yara Milbes

Yara Milbes is a business strategist and operational guru who simplifies the wonders of technology’s intricacies through efficient communication. A true marketing leader with a solid business development, product marketing, and PR and communications background. She has more than 14 years of experience in B2B, B2G marketing in Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors. Milbes holds a SaaS in Business certification, a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Jordan, and a Master of Science in Management from Warwick Business School.

She is the first non c-level executive to appear on the cover of CNME magazine - MENA’s premier business tech publication, and one of 3 women leaders to do so in the last 3 years.

Milbes is a fitness fanatic and tech enthusiast who kicked off her career as a business development professional in the leading operator of integrated communications services Orange Jordan. She then developed her unique experiences in identity management and biometric solutions by joining significant global players such as, GET Group Holdings, and HID Global.

In 2020, Milbes joined Infobip as Head of Marketing of the MENA region, Turkey, and Pakistan where she worked closely with global business development teams. Utilizing a wealth of regional knowledge along with her exceptional analytical, operational, and managerial skills, Milbes was promoted to Global Director of Regional Marketing at Infobip in 2021.

Milbes develops comprehensive sales enablement strategies and cutting-edge marketing strategies leveraging a force of online and offline communication channels. Her motto in life is to pay it forward; she believes that “When you win, go out and help somebody else win. Imagine if we all did that and paid it forward. How different our world would be?”

Global Director of Marketing, Infobip

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Closing by Mr. Abdulaziz Qambar, CEO of Arab ICT Union and BTECH

 2:30

End of Day 2 and Forum