GLOBAL Women in STEM Conference and Awards

October 25th & 26th, DUBAI

In this 3rd edition of the Global Women in STEM Conference and Awards, most accomplished women in STEM would gather under one roof for a two day deliberation and projection on how women are participating in the ever evolving world of technology and science.

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9:00 - 9:15


Meera Kaul, Founder & President, The Meera Kaul Foundation

9:15 - 9:30

Conference Overview and Logistics

Julie Kantor - Chair, The Global Women in STEM conference and Awards

9:30 - 9:50

State of Women in STEM


Emily Wakeling - Executive Director, Global Membership & Emerging Markets, Catalyst

9:50 – 10:10

Coding the Way to Success


Alaina Percival – CEO, Women who Code

10:10 - 10:30

The Future of the World & The Role Women Will Play

Grand Keynote

Her Excellency Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Chairman, Board for Es’hailSat – Qatar Satellite Company

10:30 - 11:00

Where are the Global Investors Investing & How to Succeed with Investors

Special Keynote Fireside Chat

Shirish Saraf - Samena Capital Moderator: Shadan Azali, Executive Director - The Meera Kaul Foundation

11:00 - 11:30

Inauguration by State Guest.
Women and Economic Progress

Inaugural Keynote

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

11:30 - 12:00

Networking Break

12:00 - 13:00 

The Mentor RoadTripTM

Speed Mentoring

Julie Kantor, President & CEO, Twomentor, LLC

Track 1 : Investing in the future of Entrepreneurship MC: Rahul Koul, Track Chair


Welcome and Agenda Setting

Rahul Koul, Partner and Chief Strategist, ZenSciences and Track Chair

14:10 - 14:35

How investment occurs [or What You Need to Know About Investing]- what is the final topic?


Srini Pulavarti, President & Chief Investment Officer, University of California Los Angeles Investment Company

14:35 - 15:00

Growing a Startup Ecosystem


Pankaj Jain, Partner, 500 Startups.

15:00 - 15:20

The Case for a Global Investor

Fireside Chat

Kemal Farid, CEO, Blue Vine Ventures. Moderator : Shaima Ghafoor ,Strategic Partnership Manager,

15:20 - 15:30

HerStory: Case Study of an Entrepreneur

Al Jawhara, Founder, Fix Tag

15:30 - 16:00

Networking BreaK

16:00 - 16:30

How We Make Investment Decisions


Alaina Sloo, Partner, The Angel Forum

16:30 - 18:00

Startup Pitch Event


Judges: Mohammed Mekki, Co Founder Astrolabs; Pankaj Jain, 500 Startups, Alaina Sloo The Angels Forum, Mary Vincent SK Telecom Korea Accelerator, Kemal Farid, Bluevine Ventures ; Christine Nasserghodsi, Innovation, Education and Tech Leader; Ibrahim Tadros, Director of special projects, Wamda; Tarek Ghobar, Startup Services Manager, 1776; Rania Hoteit, CEO and Co-founder of ID4A Technologies
MC: Tatyana Kanzaveli, CEO, Open Health Network

18:00 - 19:00

Women Entrepreneurs: The Challenges and The Way Forward


Moderator: Shalini Prakash – 500 Startups
Panelist: Lauren klein, Social Business Strategist, Coach and Chief Inspiration Officer, Monika Papadopoulou , Community relations Manager, Potential; Gargi Banerjee , Founder & CEO,, Tanseem Lakdawala, Partner,Advisory Services team, KPMG Lamis Al Kati, Business Development Manager, Eagle Industries DWC, UAE


End of the session

Track 2: Energy and its Future: MC: Jessica Obeid / Sammy Haroon , Track Chair

14:00: 14:10

Welcome and Agenda Setting

Jessica Obeid, Project Coordinator, CEDRO UNDP

14:10 - 15:30

Modern Era of Oil and Gas

Panel Discussion

Sammy Haroon, Director, RBR Group
Panelists:  Mireille Toulekima, Managing Director, MT Energy Resources; Maryam Al Thani, Board member Emirates Science Club;   Dr. Massood Ahmad, Division Head for Power Investments and Joint Ventures Saudi Aramco;   Robin Mills, CEO of Qamar Energy (Dubai) & Non-Resident Fellow for Energy at the Brookings Doha ; Alaa Alassady, General Manager, EFCODB

16:00 - 16:30

From Oil to Climate Change Mitigation

Keynote Speaker

Belinda Perriman, Teesside Collective

16:30 - 17:00

Hiring Women in Energy

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Jessica Obeid Speaker: Reema Sobeh/ Amer Sonbol, GE

17:00 - 17:30

Future of Energy

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Shaima Ghafoor Strategic Partnership Manager

Reshma Carmel Francy, Project Manager, Future Energy and Security, UAE Govt;  

17:30 - 18:00

Electrical Vehicles Introduction in UAE

Case study

Beah El Chemor, Ben Pullen Global EVRT

18:00 - 18:30

Dubai Carbon Center

Case study

Shahda El Taie & Mariam Maani, DCC


End of the Session



Conference and Logistics

Shikha Srivastava, Director, Program, The Meera Kaul Foundation

9:10: 9:40

Future Opportunities for Women


Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO , US Department of Agriculture

9:40- 10:00

Changing Landscape of Digitized World: Are you Ready?


Monique Morrow- CTO-Evangelist, New Frontiers Development and Engineering, CISCO

10:00 - 10:20

What does an Entrepreneur Really Need to Succeed?


Omar Al Busaidy – Author & Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum

10:20 - 10:40

An Open Health Platform- The future of healthcare


Tatyana Kanzaveli, CEO Open Health Network

10:40 - 11:00

How to Drive Impact in a global women program


Arezoo Riahi, Director, TechWomen Program, Department of State

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Break


Breakaway sessions: Track 1: Women in Tech; journey to the cloud
Track 2: The Hyperloop Economy- Internet of Everything

16:30 - 16:50

Thinking BIG: Girls in STEM


Dr Cindy Moss, Senior Director, Global STEM Initiatives, Discovery Education


An Education Perspective: Women in STEM


Moderator: Alex Malouf, Corporate Communications Manager, Arabian Peninsula, Procter & Gamble
 Panelist: Dr Fehmida Hussain, Middlesex University; Neeru Maurya, Executive Coach; Samia Mohammed Mahil, Electrical Engineering Graduate Researcher Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabhi; Dr Manar Abu Talib, Arab WIC; Safa Nassereldin, President, FTTH Council MENA ;  Sabin Muzaffar, Executive Editor Ananke Magazine 

17:30 – 17:40

HerStory: Women Engineers in Pakistan

Case study

Sayada Yusrah Shah, Women Engineers of Pakistan

17:40 – 18:00

#NoFear: Stepping into STEM, Keeping STEM Alive


Jeanniey Mullen, Global Marketing Leader for the Innovation Hub


Wrap up and Closing Remarks

Julie Kantor. President & CEO Twomentor, LLC

Track 1 : Women in TECH journey to the Cloud: Joining the Clouds
MC: Joyce Hunter track chair



Joyce Hunter , Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning, USDA


Keeping IT and YOU Relevant


Moderator: Cheryl Miller Vandyck, Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute
Panelist: Irene Corpuz, Planning and IT Security Section Head, Department of Municipality, Abudhabi; Nisreen Deeb, Chair, ArabWIC, Lebanon;

12:30 - 12:55

The Road Less Traveled: Success in Non-traditional Careers

Fireside Chat

H.E. Dr. Meshgan Alawar , Director, College of Graduate Studies, Dubai Police Academy
Moderator : Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning, USDA

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Break

14:00 – 15:00

Cloud? Really?


Moderator: Shamma Alqassim
Panelist: Veronica Affuah Da- Silva; Vodafone Ghana Enterprise Business Solutions Manager;  Kiran Bhagotra, Cybersecurity entrepreneur / Consultant; Dr. Eng. Rana Raouf Farag, Entrepreneur, CEO, TecSabio ;Rania Hoteit; CEO and Co-founder of ID4A Technologies.

15:00 – 15:30

Future of Digital

Fireside Chat

Rahul Koul, Partner & Chief Strategist, Zensciences. Moderator: Rania Hoteit, CEO and Co-founder of ID4A Technologies

Track 2:  The Hyperloop Economy – Internet of Everything , MC: Asma Shabab and Dima Kandalaft

11:00 - 11:10

Welcome and Agenda setting

Asma Shabab, Track Co- Chair

11:10 - 11:30

Sharing economy: Understanding the new phase of collaborative consumption 


Mary Vincent, SK Telecom Korea- San Francisco Bay Area

11:30  - 11:50

In this business of sharing: An Entrepreneur view on Sharing Economy

Fireside Chat

Mona Ataya, Founder and CEO,
Moderator: Alex Malouf, Corporate Communications Manager, Arabian Peninsula, Procter & Gamble

11:50 - 12:30

Meet the Experts! How can we make Sharing Economy a reality?


Moderator: Sammy Haroon, Director RBR Group
Panelist: Asma Guederia, Program Lead at the Womanity Foundation and OuiShare Connector; Juwaeriah Abdussamad, Founder of d9mix ; Rana Al Chemiatelly, Founder, the little Enginee

12:30 - 1:00

Share your way to success: How to build a successful model for Sharing Economy?

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Asma Shabab, IBM Dr. Eng. Rana Raouf Farag, Entrepreneur, CEO, TecSabio , Co-founder of

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Break

14:00 - 14:20

IoT: The digital disruption influencing the sharing economy


Mary Downey, Watson IOT Technical Sales Leader MEA, IBM

14:20 - 14:35

The Impact of IoT on industries: Success vs Challenges

Fireside Chat

Moderator : Sammy Haroon, Director RBR Group Nina Simosko, President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc.

14:35 - 15:15

Meet the Experts! How are IOT and latest technologies transforming our future cities?


Moderator: Zeina Hage, Senior Consultant Centre of competence at IBM
Panelist: Lana EL Chaar General Manager for Software Professional Services (MEA), GE Power; Mary Downy , Watson IOT Technical Sales Leader; MEA, IBM; Lev Levine , Director, IoE Market Development, Cisco Systems, Cisco

15:15 - 15:30

Sharing Economy and IoT: the new business models

Fireside Chat

Moderator : Asma Shabab, IBM Tatyana Kanzaveli, Founder and CEO open Health Network 

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