May Chidiac Foundation

“Women on the Front Lines” Conference | WOFL 2018

Beirut, Lebanon

8:30 | Registration

9:30 | Opening Ceremony: Rania Ziade Achkar, MTV Senior Anchor

Welcome Notes:

  • Dr. May Chidiac, Founder & President of the MCF-MI
  • Patronage Note

Report MCF

10:00 – 10:50 : Panel 1: Women Diplomats: Engaging Women in Political Leadership


  • HE Pernille Dahler Kardel , UN Under Secretary General and Special Coordinator to Lebanon
  • HE Monika Schmutz Kirgöz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Lebanon
  • HE Emmanuelle Lamoureux, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon
  • HE Christina Lassen, EU Ambassador, Head of Delegation to Lebanon

Moderator : Dr. Nassif Hitti,  Former Arab League Ambassador to France, UNESCO, Italy & the Holy See – Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies

10:50 – 11:30 : Fireside Talk : including Q&A via Skype

  • Mrs. Rula Ghani, (Afghanistan),First Lady of Afghanistan

Moderator: Tania Mehanna, Former News Reporter at LBCI

11:30 – 12:10 : Panel 2 : Women in Policy Making

  • Hazar Caracalla, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Chantal Sarkis, Secretary General of the Lebanese Forces Party

 Moderator: Rabih Chaer, Senior Associate at Alem & Associate Law Firm, Former Advisor to the Minister of Interior for Political Affairs

12:10 – 12:20: Coffee Break

12:20 – 12:50 : Fireside Talk

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

Moderator: Dr. Sami Nader,  Director of Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (Lebanon)

12:50 – 13:40  : Panel 3: Women in Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Neila Benzina, (Tunisia), CEO Business & Decision Middle East & Africa
  • Sarah Beydoun, (Lebanon), CEO & Founder of Sarah’s Bag
  • Thea Myhrvold, (UK) CEO and Founder of EdTech Solutions and TeachMeNow.com
  • Rama Chakaki,  Founder & CEO of BarakaBits (US-Lebanon)

Moderator: Dr. Fouad Zmokhol, President, Association of Lebanese Business People in the World, RDCL – Lebanon

13:40 – 14:50 – Presentation: Tania Moussallem, Assistant General Manager BLC Bank

14:50 – 15:50 Standing Business Lunch

14:50 – 15:50 :  Panel 4: Power of Celebrities and their Influence in Society

  • *Diamand Bou Abboud, Actress (Lebanon)
  • Rita Hayek, Actress (Lebanon)
  • Pamela Kik, Actress (Lebanon)
  • Saba Moubarak, Actress/Producer (Jordan)

Moderator: Antoine Khalifeh, Director of Arab Program at the International Dubai Film Festival (Lebanon)

15:50 – 16:50 : Panel 5: Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery:

  • 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)
  • Dame Julie Okah-Donli: Director General, NAPTIP, Nigeria (Nigeria)
  • Princess Okokon: Former victim of human Trafficking (Nigeria)
  • Daniela Sala:  Journalist, Specialist of Migration & Trafficking (Italy)

Moderator: Sam Koplewicz, Harvard Human Rights Satter Fellow (USA)

Thank you for your interest in WOFL MENA Chapter-Amman. 

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