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Women On The Front Lines - WOFL 2018

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.

May Chidiac Foundation

“Women on the Front Lines” Conference | WOFL 2018


Beirut, Lebanon

8:30 | Registration

9:30 | Opening Ceremony: Rania Ziade Achkar

Welcome Notes:
Dr. May Chidiac, Founder & President of the MCF-MI

10:00 - 10:50: Panel 1: Women Diplomats Empowering Women representation in Parliamentary elections

*HE Pernille Dahler Kardel , UN Under Secretary General and special coordinator to Lebanon
*HE Monika Kirgoz, Switzerland Ambassador to Lebanon
HE Emmanuelle Lamoureux, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon
*HE Christina Lassen, EU Ambassador, Head of Delegation to Lebanon
Moderator : TBD

10:50 - 11:20 : Fireside Talk

Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Director Emerita, and Public Policy Scholar at the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Moderator: Sami Nader, Director of Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (lebanon)

11:20 - 11:50 : Panel 2 : Women in Policy Making

- Chantal Sarkis, General Secretary of the Lebanese Forces
- Hazar Caracalla, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister
Moderator: TBD

11:50 - 12:05 : Coffe Break

12:05 - 12:30: Fireside Talk:

Monica Maggioni, (Italy) President of RAI TV
Moderator : Ricardo Karam, TV show host, head of RK Productions & TAKREEM

12:30 - 13:20 Panel 3: Women in Business and Entrepreneurship

Neila Benzina, (Tunisia), CEO Business & Decision Middle East & Africa
Dr. Nadine Haram Hachache, (Lebanon), Surgeon, Lecturer, Clinical Entrepreneur and Founder of Proximie
Rana Kaliouby, (Egypt), Co-Founder, CEO of Affectiva (TBC)
Thea Myhrvold, (UK) CEO and Founder of EdTech Solutions and
Moderator: Dr Fouad Zmokhol, President, Association of Lebanese Business People in the World, RDCL - Lebanon

13:20 pm- 14:10 Standing Business Lunch

14:10- 14:50 Fireside Talk : including Q&A via Skype

Mrs. Rula Ghani, (Afghanistan), First Lady of Afghanistan
Moderator: Tania Mehanna, Former News Reporter at LBCI

14:50 - 15:00 : Presentation:

- **Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, Founder of TrustLaw, and Trust Conference.

15:00 - 16:00 : Panel 4: Human Trafficking and the Enslavement of Women and Girls:

Annie Kelly: Editor of The Guardian’s Modern Slavery in Focus reporting project and a journalist on the Global Development desk
Barbie Latza Nadeau: Author “Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia Coast”, CNN contributor, Rome Bureau Chief, Newsweek - The Daily Beast
Dame Julie Okah-Donli: Director General, NAPTIP, Nigeria
Princess Okokon: Former victim of human Trafficking
*Rachel Witkin: Helen Bamber Foundation, Counter-Trafficking Lead
Moderator: TBC

16:00 - 17:00 Panel 5: Power of Celebrities

Kinda Allouch, Actress (Syria)
*Rita Hayek Actress (Lebanon)
Nelly Karim, Actress (Egypt)
Saba Moubarak, Actress/Producer (Jordan)
*Nadine Njeim, Actress (Lebanon)
*Hind Sabri, Actress (Tunisia)
Moderator: Antoine Khalifeh, Director of Arab Program at the International Dubai Film Festival

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