Day One: March 2, 2021

10:00am-10:15am EST: Opening Remarks – Activating the Private Sector for Women’s Economic Rights in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia

Ivana Smucker, Director of Programs, HANDS

Margrit Sourafim, Director Local Development Unit, CEOSS

Soukaina Bouraoui, Executive Director, CAWTAR

Zakia Mrini, President, Association Ennakhil

Dr. Hoda Yassa, The Arab Women Investors Union


10:15am-11:00 am EST: A Business Case for Women’s Economic Equality – International and Regional Data Updates

Barbara Langley, Director of Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Ragui Assaad, Egyptian economist and Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Facilitator: Nada Diouri, Women empowerment and education specialist

11:00am-11:15am EST: Discussion


11:15am-11:45am: A Business Case for Women’s Economic Equality — Country Specific Data

Nadia Zrelli Ben Hamida, Associate Professor, Institute of Advanced Commercial Studies, Chair of the Tunisia Leadership Council for the Policy Circle

Dr. Hala Barakat, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at AUC School of Business

Hassan Aladlouni, Consultant for social entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment

Facilitator: Ilham Boujlid, Entrepreneur

11:45am-12:00pm EST: Discussion


12:00pm-12:45pm EST: Women in the Private Sector: Crucial challenges and opportunities in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia

Sabah Chraibi, National President of Espod Association and President of Resofem, Morocco

Leila Belkhiria Jaber, President of the National Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs at the Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Crafts, Expert in Female Entrepreneurship

Eman Wahby, General Partner at Grow in Africa Fund (GIAF)

Facilitator: Ivana Smucker, Director of Programs, HANDS

12:45pm-1:00pm EST: Discussion


Day Two: March 3, 2021

10:00am-10:45am EST: Moving Forward: A Conversation with Gender Equality Champions from the MENA region

Aalia Ghouli, Head of Marketing, Strategy, Innovation and Digital, Diversity Champion, EXCOM Member

Myriam Garram Head of External Financing at the International Relations Department, Amen Bank

Ghada Shamandy Hamed, Gender Mainstreaming Coordinator at Railway Authority, Egypt 

Facilitator: Ms. Razan Al-Hosban, Philip Morris Senior Counsel Egypt & Levant (Jordan, Lebanon & Palestinian Authority Area)

10:45am-11:00 am EST: Discussion


11:00 am-11:45 am EST: Women in Business – Key Ingredient for a Vibrant, Innovative and Sustainable Economic Growth

Sana Ghnima, Founder and CEO of Sanabil Med and Finland Leaders School, Tunisia

Jackie Kameel, Executive Director of Nahdaet El-Mahrousa

Facilitator: Zakaria Fahim, President of BDO, President of Hub Africa and Union des Auto Entrepreneurs

11:45am-12:00 am EST: Discussion


12:00 pm-12:45pm: Mapping Uncharted Territory: MENA Women in Traditionally Male Dominated Industries

Abir Leheta, CEO and Chairman of EgyTrans

Fathia Bennis, Chairperson of Maroclear and President of Women’s Tribune

Amel ben Farhat, President of the Tunisian Association of Women Engineers

Facilitator: TBD

12:45pm-1:00pm EST: Discussion


Day Three: March 4, 2021

10:00am to 11:30am EST: Defining Regional Framework for Advancing the Role of the Private Sector as a Champion for the Women’s Economic Equality

All participants and speakers are invited to join the below working groups (group assignment will occur prior to the conference).

Group I

Team Leader: Rim Aljabi

Discussion Themes:

Making a Stronger Argument for Gender Equality in the Private Sector in the Region—Choosing Most Impactful Strategies and Tools

Reinforcing and Reinventing Partnerships—How Governments and Civil Society Can Support the Private Sector in Achieving Gender Equality


Group II

Team Leader: Maha Ismail

Discussion Themes:

Setting our Goals—Most Urgent Gaps and Strongest Opportunities for Advancing Equality in the Private Sector in the MENA Region

Achieving Gender Equality in the Private Sector in the MENA Region—Choosing Most Impactful Strategies and Tools


Group III

Team Leader: Nadia Bennouna

Discussion Themes:

Setting our Goals—Most Urgent Gaps and Strongest Opportunities for Advancing Equality in the Private Sector in the MENA Region

Achieving Gender Equality in the Private Sector in the MENA Region—Choosing Most Impactful Strategies and Tools


Group IV

Team Leader: Fatma M’Selmi

Discussion Themes:

Making a Stronger Argument for Gender Equality in the Private Sector in the Region—Choosing Most Impactful Strategies and Tools

Reinforcing and Reinventing Partnerships—How Governments and Civil Society Can Support the Private Sector in Achieving Gender Equality


Day Four: March 5, 2021

10:00am – 11:30am EST: Conclusions and Presentations of Working Groups

Maha Ismail, PhD, Managing Director of CDB 

Fatma M’Selmi, Founder and Manager of Laur’us Constulting

Nadia Bennouna, Senior Consultant at Axafric

Closing Words: TBD

Rim Aljabi


11:30am – 12:00pm EST: Plan for the National Level Follow Up

Breakout Room Egypt, Group Leader: Margrit Sourafim, CEOSS

Breakout Room Tunisia, Group Leader: CAWTAR representative

Breakout Room Morocco, Group Leader: Ennakhil Representative