WOFL Jordan 2018

November 7 2018 | 03:44 PM
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Date(s) - 06/12/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Four Seasons Hotel - Amman


Women on The Front Lines (WOFL)  – MENA Chapter, Amman, 2018 Third edition, Thursday, December 6, 2018  Four Seasons Hotel, Amman.

By May Chidiac Foundation



Following two successful years of Women on The Front Lines Conference, WOFL – MENA Chapter is back to Amman!

Women on The Front Lines (WOFL) – MENA Chapter, Amman 2018, in its third edition, will be held on Thursday, December 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel.


The success of the two past years conferences under the High Patronage and Presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in 2016, and of His Excellency Dr. Hani Al Mulki, the Prime Minister of Jordan in 2017, paved the way of renewing our engagement for 2018 with our partners in Jordan, in organizing our third WOFL MENA Chapter Conference under the Patronage of His Excellency Dr. Omar Al Razzaz, the Prime Minister of Jordan.



The WOFL conference features influential women who have inspired leadership, change, and sustainability in their respective fields. WOFL has been able to gather the most stimulating and audacious women who are:

– Winning people’s respect and support for being motivational, consistent, and for realizing peace through strength.

– Optimizing solutions for community building, economic and political development, as well as safeguarding ethical and moral standards for a lasting difference.

– Fulfilling their promises in giving back to society and taking charge in delivering sustainable goals and ensuring durable milestones.

– Leading through example and being exemplars for eventual emulation.


In its third edition, this year’s WOFL Jordan will gather the politics, the business, the arts, the humanitarians and the media all together!

Our program for the day will be as follows:




8:30 Registration

9:30 Opening Ceremony


Master of Ceremony:

Alia Toukan, News Anchor on Jordan TV


Welcome Notes:

Dr. May Chidiac, Founder and President of the MCF – Media Institute.

Ms Maha Shair, Chairperson of the Conference


Patronage Note:

10:00-10:30 | Fireside Talk (20 minutes+ 10 minutes Q & A)


  • Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2015. (Tunisia)

Moderator: Ricardo Karam, Talk Show Host, RK Productions & TAKREEM founder. (Lebanon)

10:30-11:20| Panel 1|Women in Politics: the glass ceiling stereotypes in terms of portfolio and responsibilities. (40 minutes+10 minutes Q & A)



Women all over the world are breaking the glass ceiling in politics yet, their contributions are often shelved. Women are still considered unable of taking on responsibility in “male-oriented areas” such as finance, economic development, foreign affairs, and defense. Thus, mainly women are given ‘women’s only’ portfolios in parliaments.


  • *H.E Jumana Ghnaimat, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication, Government Spokesperson (Jordan)
  • E Mary Kawar, Minister of Planning. (Jordan)
  • *H.E Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser Al Shaibaniya, Minister of Education. (Oman)
  • E Ghada Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity. (Egypt)


Moderator: H.E Ziyad Baroud, Former Minister of Interior. (Lebanon)

11:20-11:50 | Fireside Talk  (20 minutes + 10 minutes Q & A)


  • Haleh Esfandiari, Director Emerita, and Public Policy Scholar at the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (US-Iran)

Moderator: Ricardo Karam, Talk Show Host, RK Productions & TAKREEM founder. (Lebanon)


11:50-12:00 | Networking Break (10 minutes)

12:00-12:20 | Keynote Speech (20 minutes)


  • Fadia Kiwan, Director General of Arab Women Organization. (Lebanon)


12:20-13:10 | Panel 2 | Women in the World of Economy & Finance.

(40 minutes + 10 minutes Q & A)



Women are making a difference and succeeding in the world of finance and developing projects although it is an industry predominantly managed by men. So what are the challenges women face in this field and are they gaining more ground in high-level power positions?


  • Florence Eid-Oakden, CEO and Chief Economist of Arabia Monitor. (Lebanon-UK)
  • Shaima Salmeen, Kuwait Managing Director for Schlumberger. (Kuwait)
  • Dalia Wahba, Regional Director of IFC (International Finance Corporation). (Egypt)
  • E Raya El Hassan, Former Minister of Finance and Chairperson & General Manager Special Economic Zone. (Lebanon)


Moderator: Rami El-Karmi, Chief Innovation Officer, Jordan Ahli Bank & CEO Ahli FinTech. (Jordan)


13:10-14:10 | Standing Business Lunch (60 minutes)

14:10-14:30 | Keynote Speech ( 20 minutes)


  • Lina Khalifeh, young entrepreneur, founder of SheFighter. (Jordan)


14:30-15:20 | Panel 3 | Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. (40 minutes + 10 minutes Q & A)


Modern slavery is a crime that extents globally. Millions and millions of people are held by ruthless employers, far from their homes and families with no money and no ways to ask for help. They are bought and sold as a commodity. Human trafficking has a dangerous impact over the global community. It fuels violence, threatens health and safety and shatters families.


  • Annie Kelly, Journalist and Editor of the Guardian’s Modern Day Slavery in Focus Project (UK)
  • Barbie Latza Nadeau, Author “Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia Coast”, CNN Contributor, Rome Bureau Chief, Newsweek the Daily Beast (USA-Italy)
  • Blessing Okoeidion: Human Trafficking Survivor. (Nigeria)
  • Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director General, NAPTIP, Nigeria (Nigeria)


Moderator: Chaker Khazaal, Writer & Journalist. (Canada-Palestine)

15:20-15:40 | Keynote Speech


  • Mona Shazly, TV Personality CBC. (Egypt)


15:40-16:30 | Panel 4 | Notable and Historic TV Personalities.


Women TV personalities in this panel will share their experience in using their fame for good and their influence for real change. They will explain how they were able to sway society and decisions makers throughout their shows.


  • Wafaa Kilani, TV Personality MBC. (Egypt)
  • Fadila Souissi, TV Personality Sky News. (Algeria)
  • Zeina Yaziji, TV Personality DMI. (Syria)
  • Muntaha Al-Ramahi, TV Personality Al-Arabiya. (Palestine)

Moderator: TBD

16:30-17:00 | Fireside Talk


  • Elissa, Artist. (Lebanon)

Moderator: Zaven Kouyoumdjian, Talk Show Host Producer. (Lebanon)

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