Tech Women: Emerging Women Tech Leaders from Middle East and Africa
Emerging Women Tech Leaders from Middle East and Africa
What would you like to know about emerging women leaders working in technology in the Middle East and Africa? Come listen to a panel representing 78 women from 16 countries who are in the greater Bay area working in project-based mentorships at high tech companies. This is a unique opportunity to meet with and learn about their lives in their home countries and when they are here in the US during the month of October. They are part of the TechWomen program- former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s premier program to support and advance women in STEM fields.
Please send questions for the panelists to Francine@fgordon.com.
Ms. Maryann Hrichak has been a Cultural Mentor for TechWomen since its launch in 2011. As such, Maryann introduces TechWomen participants to the San Francisco Bay Area, interprets American language, societal and professional nuances, and establishes ongoing relationships with an extraordinary group of emerging women leaders. In February 2013, Maryann traveled with the mentor delegation to Jordan, reconnecting with many of the local emerging leaders. Amman introduced TechWomen to a thriving entrepreneurial / start-up community, not unlike that of California’s Silicon Valley.
Maryann has 20+ years of experience in international business management, immigration law and global communications in corporate, government and non-profit arenas in the U.S., Asia and Europe. She held prior positions at E&M Mayock, Context Research Group, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In 2010, she authored “Women Working within Islamic Society for Change in the Middle East,” published by the San Francisco Public Press.
Maryann received her M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco and her B.A. in Classics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.PANELISTSAretha Mare, Zimbabwe
Aretha Mare is an Analytical Chemist with a degree in Chemical Technology. She has worked in beverage manufacture and medical research laboratories where she was responsible for quality and data management. She has now set her focus on assisting in the achievement of the sustainable and participatory development of water resources. Passionate about gender equity, she is a social enterpreneur, a volunteer and member of the civic society where she advocates for the inclusion of science and technology in the development discourse. She works with girls and young women to help them release their potential and realise their dreams.
Emma Marie Ndoringoma, Rwanda
Emma, Product Manager at Promelec and Co-Founder at Fidalix is a special professional character in the best sense of the word. Emma previously worked as a customer support Engineer at Promelec based in Kenya and she has been a Google Student Ambassador at the National University of Rwanda. She mainly works in Rwanda, East Africa, DRC, RC and South Soudan. Emma holds a BSc in Electronics and communication systems engineering from National University of Rwanda, She is CCNP certified and a WiMAX specialist.Hanan Youssef, EgyptHanan leads business development and investments operations for a leading Egyptian technology investments firm. She focuses on building strategic partnerships with global technology players and supporting local incubated start-ups. Previously, Hanan consulted major enterprises across the Middle East on their digital strategies. Hanan started her career in a leading Egyptian software house where she led the creation and growth of its business analysis function and contributed to the growth of the business analysis community in Egypt. Hanan has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science.Jumana Benlateef, Libya
After pursuing a degree in computer science, Jumana acquired a job as a web developer at a leading IT company in Libya and was in charge of managing the .LY domains project (The go to extension for URL shortening services, like bit.ly)
She got promoted to a managerial position, as she demonstrated strong leadership and team motivation skills and now heads the Software department. She volunteers with the ‘Family care Association’ and takes care of their website development needs.Shaden Mar'i, Jordan
Shaden Mar'i is an Intrapreneur in action and an Entrepreneur in the making. Shaden has been a Software Engineer for six years and a Senior Business Analyst for two and has worked with some world giants in the ICT world, including Huawei R&D center in Nanjing China in addition to her participation in worldwide telecom conferences and exhibitions conducted by the 3GSM organization in Barcelona Spain. Shaden has also been selected as a TechWomen 2013 Emerging Leader.
Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit and dream of starting her own company, Shaden carries some activities that help her extend her experience to those sharing the same entrepreneurial dream, such activities include being a technical mentor for young Jordanian entrepreneurs and a judge at Microsoft Imagine Cup contest in Amman Jordan.
6:00 - 6:45 p.m Registration & Networking
6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Panel discussion