2006 Summit Program Agenda

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Summit Agenda

Saturday, JUNE 10

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
WEXPO’s Official Opening

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Pre-Summit Ministerial Roundtable (Open to Ministers Only) “Public/Private Sector Partnerships”

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cairo Convention Center

Farkhanda Hassan, Secretary-General, National Council for Women (Egypt)
Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women
Susanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt
My Truong Hoa, Vice President of Vietnam

PARADE of business leaders

Musical Performance:
Abdel Halim Noweira Troupe

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Welcoming Reception and Dinner

Location: The Pyramids of Giza

Sunday, JUNE 11

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Economic Profile of Women in the Arab Region

Heba Handoussa, Lead Author, National Human Development Report
Xiaoyan Zhao, Vice President, GFK Roper (Germany) with Mansour el Ganaday, Managing Director, Gfk Market Insight (Egypt)

10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Report from the Ministerial Roundtable: Public/Private Sector Partnerships in Advancing Women’s Economic Progress

Gerri Elliott, Corporate Vice President, Public Sector, Microsoft (U.S.A.)

Ministerial Co-Chairs:
Fatima Al-Balooshi, Minister of Social Affairs (Bahrain)
Farkhonda Hassan, Secretary-General, National Council of Women (Egypt)
Henrietta Holsman Fore, Undersecretary of State (U.S.A.)
Lindiwe Hendricks, Minister of Forestry and Water Works (South Africa)
Evgeniya Koldanova, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria)
Aysha Abdel Hady, Minister of Labour and Manpower (Egypt)
Marie-Pierre Rokhayatou Sarr, Minister of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (Senegal)

Sponsored by Microsoft


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Program: “Growing a Business: A Dialogue with Women Enterprise Leaders”

Moderator: Valerie Morris, CNN Correspondent
Opening Remarks: Marilyn D. Johnson, Vice President, Market Development, IBM (U.S.A.)
Mariles Casto, Chair, Casto Travel (U.S.A.)
Hosna Rachid, Board of Directors, Fine Foods Co. (Egypt)
Gisele Rufer, President and CEO, Delance Watches (Switzerland)

Sponsored by IBM

2:15 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Track: Developing a Brand for Your Business

Anke Domscheit, McKinsey and Company
Mary Schnack, President, Mary Schnack Media Services (U.S.A.)
Marie Louis Bishara, Board of Directors, Marie Louis (Egypt)
Wanda McKenzie, Director of SME Market Development, IBM (U.S.A.)

Microenterprise Track: Financing That Works: Innovative Strategies

Moderator: Hoda Sarofim Sawiris, Sawiris Foundation (Egypt)
Hanaa el Hilaly, General Manager, International Cooperation, Social Fund for Development (Egypt)
Maxine Westaway, Executive Director, TIAW (Canada)
Artemis Toumazi, Founder and President, Women’s Cooperative Bank of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Sponsored by the Social Fund for Development

Leadership Development Track: Successfully Managing Personal and Business Risks

Moderator: Sue McDougall, Commercial and Business Controls Executive, IBM (U.K.)
Amanda Foster, Vice President, Organizational Development, Hudson Highland Group (USA)
Aida Motassem, Board of Directors, Al Moatasem Marble Company (Egypt)
Tess Mateo, Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (USA)
Sungjoo Kim, CEO, Sungjoo International (Korea)

Issues Track: How Trade Can Work for Women

Moderator: Ann Sado, Vice President, Global Enhancement of Women’s Executive Leadership, GEWEL (Japan)
Katrin Kuhlmann, Senior Vice President, Global Trade Program, Women’s Edge Coalition (U.S.A.)
Marie-Pierre Rokhayatou Sarr, Minister of Female Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (Senegal)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Track: Surviving and Learning From Business Failures

Damayanti Vasudevan, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, R.R. Donnelley (U.S.A.)
Maria Estela de Rios, Co-owner and Executive Vice President, Orion International Techologies (U.S.A.)
Thoraya Helmy, President, Silk in Silk (Egypt)
Patricia Brister, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (U.S.A.)
Ren Lijuan, Chair of the Board, Datong Tian Zhao Grand Pharmacy Co., Ltd. (China)

Microenterprise Track: Finding Mainstream Markets for Microenterprise Products

Moderator: Mmabatho Matiwane, Head of Gender and Women’s Empowerment Unit, Dept. of Trade and Industry (South Africa)
Anita Ahuja, Founder, Conserve India
Gaylene Smith, Owner, Organic Products Trading Co., with Julie Olson, Executive Director, Cafe Femenino Foundation and Jacob Winters, Cordaid (U.S.A.)
Yomn el Hamaki, Member of Parliament (Egypt)

Leadership Development Track: Negotiating for Yourself and Your Business

Moderator: Helena Kauffman, Director, Eurostudy (Spain)
Alice Dear, Alice Dear & Associates (USA)
Mona Zaki, CEO, Global Strategic Consultants (Egypt)

Issues Track: Moving Women into the Corporate Boardroom: Innovative Strategies

Moderator: Elena Morado, Senior Manager, Global Diversity,Cisco Systems (U.S.A.)
Irene Natividad, Chair, Corporate Women Directors International (U.S.A.)
Namane Magau, President, Businesswomen’s Association (South Africa)
Hala el Said, Board Director, Arab African International Bank (Egypt)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Informal Networking Meetings

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Global Women’s Leadership Awards and Gala Dinner

Host: Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women
2006 Global Women’s Leadership Award:
H.E. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady, Arab Republic of Egypt
2006 Egypt Women’s Leadership Award:
Yousreya Loza Sawiris, Secretary-General of Sawiris Foundation

2006 Global Summit of Women/Enterprising Women International Entrepreneur of the Year Award:
Artemis Toumazi, Founder and President, Women’s Cooperative Bank of Cyprus
Myrna Yao, Chair, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (Philippines)

Musical Performance: Nile Troupe

Sponsored by Women Executives of the American Chamber of Commerce Egypt

Monday, JUNE 12 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Entrepreneurial Track: Case Studies in Successful Exporting

Moderator: Nancy Gomez, President Eve-olution
Speakers: Laila Neamatalla, Consultant, Environmental Quality Insurance (Egypt)
Kirsten Bunch, Senior Program Officer, Aid to Artisans (U.S.A.)

Microenterprise Track: Success Stories in the Microenterprise World

Moderator: Judith Rest, Vice President, International Republican Institute (U.S.A.)
Ghada Waly, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP (Egypt) with Sayeda abou el Einein El Zeini, Winner, UNDP Service Sector Global Microenterprise Award (Egypt)
Soad Saada, Development Program Specialist, Gender Advisor, USAID with Hanaa Salah, Entrepreneur, Ready-made Garments
Nawal Feleifal, Entrepreneur, Tires Distribution (Egypt)

Development Track: Developing and Growing a Long-term Corporate Career

Moderator: Damayanti Vasudevan, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, RR Donnelley
Joanne Harrell, General Manager, SMSG Communications, Microsoft (U.S.A.)
Noni Allwood, Senior Director, Human Resources, Cisco Systems. (U.S.A.)
Odette Iskander, President and CEO, Egypt and Middle East Company (Egypt)

Issues Track: Special Forum: Developing Women’s Economic Leadership in the Arab World

Presenter: Anissa Hassouna, Asst. General Manager, Misr Iran Development Bank (Egypt)
Discussion Leader: Farkhanda Hassan, Secretary-General, National Council for Women (Egypt)
Sheikha Hessa Saad el Abdallah ai al Salem al Sabah, President, Council for Arab Business Women (Kuwait)
Fatima Al-Balooshi, Minister of Social Affairs (Bahrain)
Rehab Shabeir, Deputy Minister for Women’s Affairs (Palestine)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Entrepreneurial Track: Creating Strategic Alliances/Joint Ventures

Moderator: Joy Playford, Vice President, Business Development Bank of Canada
Bassant Helmi, Project Manager, Global Project Partners (Germany), with Lisa Heerman, Project Manager
Amany Asfour, President, Business/Professional Women of Egypt
Elizabeth Weber, Director, Edge Development Group (U.S.A.)

Leadership Development Track: Effective Communication Skills: Marketing Yourself

Moderator: Margarita de Cos, Major Donors Manager, WWF Spain
Irene Natividad, Summit President
Beverly Inman-Ebel, President, Talk Listen Communicate (U.S.A.)
Loula Zaklama, President, Rada Research (Egypt)

Issues Track: Workers’ Voices in Work/Life Balance

Marie Ricciardone, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
Wendy Papworth, EMEA & U.K., Women’s Leadership Coordinator (UK.)
Kathrin Walther, Project Manager, European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (Germany)
Patricia Espinosa Torres, President, National Institute for Women (Mexico)
Sadaf Siddique, Project Manager, Imagining Ourselves (India)
Hanaa Shams, President, Resonance for Mind & Energy Healing Workshops (Egypt)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Program “Redefining Business Leadership and Decision-making Among Women”

Moderator: Valerie Morris, CNN Correspondent (U.S.A.)
Opening Remarks: Sahar el Sallab, Vice Chair and Managing Director, Commercial International Bank of Egypt
Deborah Chrapaty, Corporate Vice President, MSN (USA)
Isabel Fernandez, GE
Iman Hill, Vice President, British Gas (Egypt)
Sahar el Sallab (Egypt)

Sponsored by Commercial International Bank of Egypt


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Technology: Engine for Wealth Creation

Speakers: Ali Furamawy, Vice President for EMEA Region, Microsoft
Zeinab Safar, Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cairo University (Egypt)

Sponsored by ITT Industries

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
A Forum of Women CEOs: “Transforming Your Company”

Moderator: Margaretta Noonan, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Hudson Highland Group (U.S.A.)
Speakers: Merle Okawara, CEO, J.C. Foods (Japan)
Sanaa el Banna, CEO, Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (Egypt)
Futhi Mtoba, Chairman, Deloitte Southern Africa (South Africa)
Cansen Basaran Symes, Territory, Senior Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Turkey)

Sponsored by the Hudson Highland Group

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Noni Allwood , Senior Director, Human Resources, Cisco Systems (U.S.A.)
Fayza Abou El Naga, Minister of International Cooperation (Egypt)
Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women
Dr. Abida Al Taie, Member of Parliament (Eitilaf), Iraq

Germany’s Presentation: Maud Pagel, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Telekom
Eva Maria Welskop-Deffaa, Director, Women’s Bureau, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Children
Susanne Ahlers, State Secretary, Government of Berlin

Sponsored by Cisco Systems

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Closing Reception

Host: Maud Pagel, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)

Sponsored by Deutsche Telekom and H.H. Brown

9:00 p.m.
Nile Dinner Cruises