Tech Women: Emerging Women Tech Leaders from Middle East and Africa


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  • 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 [email protected].


    Maryann Hrichak

     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.  

    Aretha 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, 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 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.

     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

     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 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