Mediterranean Women Digital Summit



September 7 - 8, 2018


Tunis, Tunisia



The “Mediterranean Digital Women Summit” is designed as yearly meeting point for selected women leading the digital transformation of their countries’ economies and societies.

The objective of this summit is to explain the impact of digitalization on selected industries and which opportunities can be seized for the region. Key notes by industry and digitalization specialists will give participants a better understanding of today’s challenges with regards to digitalization and the opportunities ahead. Participants will be invited through an interactive workshop format to think and deliver their view of the transformation of the selected industry. The target outcome of the summit is to create a group of inspired women entrepreneurs and enable them with knowledge and experiences that will empower them to pursue their journey of leading the digital transformation in their countries and region.


Friday, 7 September, 2018

09:00 Opening Ceremony
Dr. Canan Atilgan, Director, Regional Program South Mediterranean, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Rear Admiral Kamel Akrout, Senior National Security Advisor to the President of the Republic, Tunisia
Bassant Helmi, CEO, GPP and Co-Chair of Digital Arabia Network #DAN

09:30 The World Is Transforming: Digitalization on Top of the Agenda
Wafa Makhlouf, Member of Parliament and Director of CEED Tunisia

09:45 Digital Transformation as an Opportunity for the Southern Mediterranean
Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al Ani, Associated Researcher, HIIG Berlin

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 The Future of Work
Dr. Samia Ghozlane, Director, Grande Ecole du Numerique & President, Cyberelles Network

12:00 The Future of Women Entrepreneurship
Elissa Freiha, Founder of Womena, Startup accelerator

12:45 Lunch

14:30 Testimonials: Industries Are Transforming and this Means Opportunity
Dr. Heba Aguib: Digital Transformation of the Health Sector
Fatima Giuliano: Digital Transformation of Finance
Deema Anani: Digital Transformation of Mobility
Li Feyerabend: Digital Transformation of Assets
Zineb Mahrez: Digital Transformation of Citizen Participation

15:45 Opportunities and Challenges of Intellectual Property for digital enterprises
Ute Feldmann, LL.M., European Patent and Design Attorney, Partner at Prinz & Partner mbB, Vice President of STEM committee VdU, Germany

Saturday, 8 September, 2018

09:00 The Role of Women in Economic Renewal
Prof. Dr. Séverine Le Loarne, Head of Research Chair “Women and Economic Renewal”, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

09:30 The Future Is Female: Field Use Cases for Women in STEM from Lebanon
Evelyne Aouad Turk, Managing Director, E-positive for Corporate Communication & Board Member, Lebanese League for Women in Business, Lebanon

10:00 Parallel Workshops
Workshop 1: What Needs to Be Done to Facilitate Women's Access to Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the Digital Age
Moderator: Prof. İpek Altınbaşak Farina, Dean, Bahcesehir University (BAU), Turkey
Workshop 2: Digital Business Models for More Women in Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Néjiba Bouzaiane (CNFCE), Founder, EPI Solutions Tunisia & Business Development Director Mena, Telepin Software Systems Inc., Tunisia

11:30 Coffee Break

12:00 Presentation of Workshop Outcomes

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Joint Declaration and Closing

Master of ceremony:
Amel Saidane, President, Tunisian Start-Ups, Tunisia

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Contact person

Dr. Canan Atilgan

Director Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean

Dr. Canan Atilgan
Phone +216 70 02 94 60
Fax +216 71 96 23 81
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Türkçe,‎ русский,‎ Français