Women As Engines of Economic Growth

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Moataz Al Alfi Hall

The American University in Cairo

Cairo Governorate 11835


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The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) is proud to partner with the American University in Cairo on Women as Engines of Economic Growth: Empowering women innovators, entrepreneurs, executives and educators towards fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The AIWF / AUC conference will take place at the Moataz Al Alfi Hall on the American University in Cairo’s New Cairo campus on 17 September 2019, with PepsiCo Egypt as Lead Conference Partner and PwC Middle East as Conference Supporting Partner.

The conference will examine and elaborate on key issues and challenges on women’s participation business and the economy, in entrepreneurship and SME growth, on corporate boards and in executive leadership, innovation and economic development, engagement in political life and public service, and women’s leadership in regional family owned businesses and their vital contributions to the rural and agricultural sectors. The conference programme will conclude with a high-level panel of women leaders’ reflections on the future of work in the MENA region and globally.

Conference Programme

17 September 2018

0730 – 0900 Registration & Coffee Networking


AIWF Chairman’s Welcome & Keynote Address

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder & Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum, United Kingdom & Commissioner, ILO Global Commissioner on the Future of Work

Guest of Honour Keynotes

Francis J Ricciardone, President, American University of Cairo, Egypt

HE Dr Hala El Said, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Egypt

Mohamed Shelbaya, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo Egypt

HE Dr Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women (NCW), Egypt

1000 – 1130 PANEL 1

Advancing women’s leadership and gender diversity on corporate boards and in family business: Best practices from Egypt, the broader MENA region and internationally

Panel Chair

Dr Ghada Howaidy, Associate Dean Executive Education and External Relations, School of Business, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Mona Al Moayyad, Managing Director, YK Almoayyed & Sons, Bahrain

Lilia Hachem Naas, Director of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Office for North Africa, Morocco

Elisabeth Guigou, President, Anna Lindh Foundation, Egypt

Jane Valls, Executive Director, GCC Boards Institute, UAE

1130 - 1200 Networking & Refreshments

1200 – 1330 PANEL 2

Women in entrepreneurship and SME development, the rural / agricultural sectors and the informal economy

Panel Chair

Dr Nada El Agizy, Sustainable Development and International Cooperation Director, League of Arab States, Egypt

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Fatma El Zahraa Aglan, Agricultural Specialist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank, Egypt

Dr Haya Al-Dajani, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Mohammed Bin Salman College for Business and Entrepreneurship, Saudi Arabia

Dr Iman Bibars, Vice President, Ashoka Global & Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World, Egypt

Dr Salwa Bayomi El Magoli, Professor, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt

1330 – 1430 Buffet Lunch & Networking

1430 – 1600 PANEL 3

Women in public service and leadership: Towards gender parity in parliament and women’s inclusion in policy-making

Invited Panel Chair

HE Mervat Tallawy, Former Director General, Arab Women Organisation & Former Ambassador to Japan and Austria, Egypt

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Dr Heba Hagrass, Member of Parliament, Egypt

Natasha Carmi, Lead Water Specialist, Geneva Water Hub, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Almas Jiwani, President of Emeritus UN Women Canada NC & CEO Almas Jiwani Foundation, Canada

Frida Khan, Senior Specialist, Non-Discrimination and Gender Equality, International Labour Organization Regional Office for the Arab States, Lebanon

Helen Walbey, Head of Gender Inclusive Finance, AFI Malaysia

1600 – 1630 Coffee & Networking Break

1630 – 1755 PANEL 4

Reflections on the future of work for women and young people in the MENA Region

Panel Chair

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder & Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum, United Kingdom & Commissioner of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director General for Policy, International Labour Organization (ILO), Switzerland

Dr Afef Haddad, Deputy to the Country Director, Country Program Coordinator Maghreb and Malta, The World Bank, UAE

David Suarez, People and Organisation Middle East Leader, PwC Middle East, UAE

Dr Halema Al Sabbah, Associate Professor & Chair of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University, UAE

Dr Nagla Rizk, Professor, Department of Economics & Founding Director, Access to Knowledge for Development Center, American University in Cairo, Egypt

1755 – 1800 | Closing remarks delivered by Rania Rizk, SVP & General Counsel PepsiCo AMENA & Co-Chair and Board Member, Arab International Women’s Forum

1830 – 1930 | Cultural Performance

1930 – 2130 | Official Conference Dinner with Closing Remarks delivered by Dr Sherif Kamel, Dean of the School of Business, American University in Cairo, Egypt

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