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Mediterranean Women Digital Summit

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

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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

09:00Opening 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

09:30The World Is Transforming: Digitalization on Top of the Agenda

Wafa Makhlouf, Member of Parliament and Director of CEED Tunisia

09:45Digital Transformation as an Opportunity for the Southern Mediterranean

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al Ani, Associated Researcher, HIIG Berlin

10:45Coffee Break

11:15The Future of Work

Dr. Samia Ghozlane, Director, Grande Ecole du Numerique & President, Cyberelles Network

12:00The Future of Women Entrepreneurship

Elissa Freiha, Founder of Womena, Startup accelerator


14:30Testimonials: 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

15:45Opportunities 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

09:00The 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

10:00Parallel 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

11:30Coffee Break

12:00Presentation of Workshop Outcomes


14:30Joint Declaration and Closing

Master of ceremony:

Amel Saidane, President, Tunisian Start-Ups, Tunisia

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Dr. Canan Atilgan

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