Unlocking the potential of Women Entrepreneurs

The Mediterranean Women Entrepreneur Forum, organised by ASCAME and AFAEMME with the collaboration of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, is the largest entrepreneurial gathering in the region of business for women. This event is designed to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses through access to information, contacts and capital. This event is suitable for anyone in any stage of business, from those just getting started to those in business for decades as well as for those working individuals who want to explore their potential as entrepreneurs, there are resources and opportunities to grow and learn. We facilitate connections, provide innovative outlooks and offer resources for growth to clients and stakeholders.

The Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Forum is an invitation-only strategic platform carefully curated for established and aspiring women entrepreneurs across the MEDA region, powered by the profile-sharing concept. It offers an exciting new platform, intended to empower women, women-led organisations and SMEs through significant insights. The event brings together proficient women entrepreneurs in the SME sector providing them with a zone to interact, network and share their thoughts. It will contemplate various constraints existing in the path of female entrepreneurship including access to capital, finding the perfect mentor, understanding the regulatory and legal landscape, etc.

22nd November 2019


Co-funded by:

Co-organised with:


9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 10:30

Consuls Room

Official Opening of the Third Day of MedaWeek Barcelona 2019

The 13th edition of the MedaWeek Barcelona (Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders) will place an imperative role on the latest regional transformations, bringing Regional and European views on the economic implications of the radical political transitions and means for further sustaining European, Mediterranean and African relations.
Joan Canadell

President, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce

Ahmed M. El Wakil

President, ASCAME

Anwar Zibaoui

General Coordinator, ASCAME

Violeta K. Safadi

Minister for Economic Empowerment of Women & Youth, Government of Lebanon

Mª Helena de Felipe

President, AFAEMME

Angels Chacon

Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia

Jamila El Moussali

Secretary of State for Handicrafts and Social Economy, Kingdom of Morocco

Keynote Speaker

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (TBC)

CEO, Ipsos Global Affairs

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Consuls Room

Introduction Session of the Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Forum

Najoua Attia

President, ASCAME Women Entrepreneurs Commission

Fatiha Hassouni

Program Manager and Civil Affaires, Union for the Mediterranean (UFM)

Madi Sharma

CEO, Madi Group

Nathalie Pilhes

Founding Member, Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (FFEM)

Francina Valls

President Gender Commission, Foment del Treball

12:00 – 13:00

Consuls Room

Session 2: Empowering a New Generation of Young Women Entrepreneurs

The objective of this session is to support and nurture young women entrepreneurs, community leaders and change agents in the Mediterranean world, and to engage in dialogue and debate on challenges and opportunities for young women in leadership roles, in social enterprise and tech innovation, and in the energy, finance, law and STEM sectors.
Elizabeth Trallero

Former President, European Women’s Management Development (EWMD)

Yomma EI Sheridy

President, Businesswomen of Egypt21 (BWE21)

Charlotte Gregory

President, Malta Association of Women in Business (MAWB)

Samira Hadjdjilani

President, Algerian Network of Businesswomen (RAFA)

Samira Hulaileh

President, Business Women Forum Palestine (BWF)

Rachida Jebboun

President, International Women Entrepreneur Council (CIFE)

Shahrazad Magrabi

President, Libyan Women Forum (LWF)

Cristina Visconti

Member of the Board, SELENA

Aicha Amrani

Former President, Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco (AFEM)

Hadji Radja

Member of the Board, Association of Algerian Women Executives (AFCARE)

Elvira Marasco

President, International Relations AIDDA

13:00 – 14:00

Consuls Room

Session 3: Women Digital & Innovation Entrepreneurs "Role Models"

The phenomenal rise of the digital economy is giving women vast opportunities to launch new businesses and expand existing ones on a global scale. This session will discuss opportunities in digital economies and how women entrepreneurs can further benefit from these opportunities.
Nourah Mehyar

CEO & Co-Founder, Nafith Logistics

Najway Altahir

CEO & Designer, Zimni Jdeed

Roula Moussa

CEO, Netways

CEO, DiasporaID

Sana Odeh

Founder & Chair, Arab Women in Computing

Yostina Boules

Egypt Founder & Managing Director, Taqa Solutions Blockchain Expert

14:00 – 15:00

Lunch Break & Networking

15:00 – 17:00

Consuls Room

AFAEMME General Assembly

Restricted to Members

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