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PROGRAM
AGENDA

Day 2 - Monday, February 17th

WE-FI CHAMPIONS BREAKFAST

8:30 - 10:00Mina A’Salam
By Invitation
WE-FI ENTREPRENEURS & LEADERSHIP CHAMPIONS BREAKFAST
WE-FI FINANCE CHALLENGE

UAE GENDER BALANCE COUNCIL WORKSHOP IN COLLABORATION WITH OECD

9:00 - 11:30Mina A’Salam
By Invitation
PLENARY
09:05 - 09:25Plenary Hall

GAME-CHANGER

Speaker:
GHADAH AL MUTAIRI
Scientist, University of California San Diego – USA
9:25 - 10:10 Plenary Hall

PLENARY PANEL

Session:
WOMEN LEADERS IN GOVERNMENT
Speakers:
RANIA AL MASHAT
Minister of International Cooperation – Arab Republic of Egypt
MARIAM AL MHEIRI
Minister of State for Food Security – UAE
LANA NUSSEIBAH
UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN
MIMOZA KUSARI LILSA
MP – Republic of Kosovo
Moderator:
JOHN DEFTERIOS
Business Emerging Markets Editor – CNN

YOUTH CIRCLE

10:00 - 11:00Future Hub
By Invitation
BREAK 10:10 - 10:30

TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS

10:30 - 12:30Mina A’Salam
By Invitation

WORKSHOP A: VALUE CHAIN PARTNERSHIP WORKSHOP

Speakers:
CAREN GROWN
Senior Director, Gender, World Bank
MICHAEL OKOROAFOR
VP, Global Sustainability McCormick
ELIZABETH VAZQUEZ
CEO, WeConnect - France
JAMILE BELABIDI
Purchase Group Manager, P&G
ANNA MORI
Partnerships Officer, SheTrades
NATASHA JAMAL
Middle East & Africa Regional Director, MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth
MAMADOU BITEYE
Vice President, Social Impact for the Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, Visa
OKSANA PAK
Head of Access to Finance and Entrepreneurship, EBRD
ANNA WILSON
Principal SME Finance and Development Group, EBRD
JANA MALINSKA
Progam Manager We-Fi, World Bank
HANH NAM NGUYEN
Program Manager, Global SME Facilities (GSMEF) & We-Fi, IFC

WORKSHOP B: BRAVE WOMEN SYMPOSIUM

Speakers:
MAY BABIKER
Manager, Women and Youth Empowerment Division, ISDB
MOHAMMAD SKAIK
Head of MENA Programs, SPARK
SAFIA ALI ALJABRI
Director of Programs – SMEPS
NASEEM SALEH AHMED AL-GERSHI
Owner Almanar School
PLENARY

GAME–CHANGER

10:30 - 10:50 Plenary Hall
SPEAKER:
RANA DAJANI
Professor of Molecular Cell biology; Founder & Director, We Love Reading; President of Society for Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab world; Visiting Professor at the Jepson School of Leadership University of Richmond

GAME–CHANGER

10:50 - 11:10 Plenary Hall
SPEAKER:
HILLARY YIP
CEO, Minor Mynas – Hong Kong
BREAK 11:10 - 11:20
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
11:20 - 11:50 The Gate

ECONOMY HUB

SESSION:
GENDER RESPONSIVE BUDGETING
SPEAKERS:
Zohra Khan
Global Policy Advisor, Governance & National Planning, UN Women
Stefania Fabrizio
Deputy Unit Chief, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, IMF
MODERATOR:
NOUR EL CHEDRAWI
Lead Projects Executive - Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority – UAE

FUTURE HUB

SESSION:
The Power of Sustainable Action
A SESSION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEWA
SPEAKERS:
MOHAMMED AL SHAMSI
Chief Officer Climate Change & Sustainability Acting Executive Director of UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), DEWA
ABDULRAHMAN ALJAMEA
Vice President - Corporate strategy Risk & Resilience, Strategy & Government Communication, DEWA
ATHBEH HAMDAN ALSHEHHI
Sr. Engineer, Climate Change & Sustainability, DEWA
MARYAM KHANASHEB
Sr. Engineer, Sustainability, DEWA
MODERATOR:
CHRISTOPHER SKIPPER
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

SOCIETY HUB

SESSION:
MEANINGFUL WORK-LIFE BALANCE
SPEAKERS:
GHADA OTHMAN
Director of INSEAD Women in Business Club – UAE

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB

SESSION:
Women Leveraging E-Commerce for Growth
SPEAKER:
KOMAL MOHINDRA
Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank
MERIEM SLIMAINE
Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank
James Howe
Senior Adviser International Marketing, Branding and e-Commerce, International Trade Centre
YASMINE EL-MEHAIRY
Coushies - Arab Republic of Egypt
LARA SHAHIN
Jeroun, Jordan
HANA GUELLATI
Ma Box, Algeria

MEDIA HUB

SESSION:
SOCIAL MEDIA: DOORS TO WOMEN’S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
SPEAKER:
Ebele Okobi
Public Policy Director, Africa, the Middle East & Turkey – Facebook
   

ARTS & CULTURE HUB

SESSION:
CURATING COMMUNITIES: INFLUENCING SOCIETY THROUGH ART
SPEAKER:
DINA SAADI
Artist/Muralist – UAE
MODERATOR:
JALAL LUQMAN
Artist – UAE
BREAK 11:50 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:15Plenary Hall

KEYNOTE

KEYNOTE SPEECH:
SHAMSA SALEH
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Women Establishment
12:15 - 13:00Plenary Hall

IN CONVERSATION WITH

SPEAKER:
THE RT. HON. THERESA MAY
Member of Parliament of Maidenhead, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Moderator:
LANA NUSSEIBAH
UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN
BREAK 13:00 - 13:45

TECHNICAL WORKSHOP

13:30 - 15:30Mina A’Salam
By Invitation

WORKSHOP C: Partnering to Accelerate Women-Led Businesses Growth

SPEAKERS:
SHRUTI CHANDRASEKHAR
Head, SME Ventures & Startup Catalyst, IFC
HEATHER MATRANGA
Senior Director, Village Capital
DEEPAK MENON
Chief Program Officer, Village Capital

WORKSHOP D: Business & the Law Workshop

SPEAKERS:
HANAN AHLI
Executive Director of Competitiveness Sector, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority – UAE
KELLY E. CURRIE
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues – USA
EIMAN AL-MUTAIRI
Assistant Minister for Commerce and Investment, Saudi Arabia
ABLA AMAWI
Secretary General of the Higher Population Council of Jordan

WORKSHOP E: E-commerce Clinic

JAMES HOWE
Senior Adviser International Marketing, Branding and e-Commerce, International Trade Centre
MEHDI CHAKER
Trade Promotion Adviser, International Trade Centre
13:45 - 14:05Plenary Hall

GAME-CHANGER

SPEAKER:
CAPT. SHEIKHA MOZAH BINT MARWAN AL MAKTOUM
Lieutenant Pilot, Dubai Police – UAE
14:05 - 14:25Plenary Hall

GAME-CHANGER

SPEAKER:
Laura Lane
President - Global Affairs, UPS – USA
14:25 - 15:10Plenary Hall

PLENARY PANEL

SESSION:
ACHIEVING 2030’S SDGs:
WOMEN’S ENGAGEMENT
SPEAKERS:
ABDULLA NASSER LOOTAH
Director General of Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority
SHAMSA SALEH
Secretary General, UAE Gender Balance Council
Taline Koranchelian
Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
ZOHRA KHAN
Global Policy Advisor, Governance & National Planning, UN Women
Moderator:
HADLEY GAMBLE
Anchor, CNBC
BREAK 15:10 - 15:30
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
15:30 - 16:00 The Gate

ECONOMY HUB

SESSION:
THE POWERFUL ROLE WOMEN CAN PLAY ON COMPANY BOARDS
SPEAKERS:
ASHRAF GAMAL EL DIN
Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah – UAE
FAHIMA AL BASTAKI
Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development Division, Dubai Financial Market – UAE
VANESSA ABERNETHY
Committee Member, 100 Women in Finance - UAE Chapter

FUTURE HUB

SESSION:
INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE:
SPEAKERS:
MATAR ALMEHAIRI
Chief Innovation Officer, DEWA
AESHA ALNUAIMI
Director of solar innovation Centre, DEWA
REEM ABDULLAH MUSTAFAWI
Sr. Specialist, Innovation & The Future, DEWA
HESHAM ISMAIL
Sr. Researcher - 4IR, DEWA
MODERATOR:
MARWA AL-SIYABI
Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

SOCIETY HUB

SESSION:
GOOGLE TRENDS:
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR?
SESSION:
SAMYA AYISH
Google News Initiative Teaching Fellow - MENA Region

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB

SESSION:
WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES ACCESSING PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
SPEAKER:
HADY AGINA
Procurement and Training Expert - CIPS Egypt Branch Founder Member
ELIZABETH A. VAZQUEZ
President, CEO, and Co-Founder, WEConnect International – France

ARTS & CULTURE HUB

SESSION:
Healing through Art
SPEAKERS:
Sara Powell
Founder of ATIC Psychological Counselling Center in Dubai – UAE
Dalal Al Sindi
Art Therapist – Bahrain
MODERATOR:
JALAL LUQMAN
Artist & Author – UAE
END OF GWFD 2020

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