The summit is our three-day, one-stop-shop, entrepreneurship marathon! Over the years, we promised that the world would come to Downtown Cairo, and thanks to an incredible level of commitment from our tireless team and phenomenal partners, we delivered. Thought leaders, media mavens, tech-legends and power player investors gather to share their experience, support and invest in the Middle East & Africa’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem. From workshops, inspiring talks, and panel discussions to startup stations, pitch competitions, and networking platforms with industry experts. Whoever you are, you’ll find a place for you.
The one-day global conference, a first of its kind sponsored by SAP Next-Gen, inaugurated the collaboration of UN Women, an entity established by the United Nations to advance the goal of gender equality, and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software. The partnership aims to accelerate industry-wide change and remove the barriers to the advancement of women and girls in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. SAP has a proven track record on advancing women in technology and leadership as the first multinational technology company to achieve Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certification. In addition, two of its eight Executive Board members are women.
While the main event was held in New York, numerous satellite conferences were held on the same day in SAP locations around the world and joined into New York in near real-time through live-streaming. The global conversation continued on Twitter at #sheinnovates. The event brought together UN representatives, business executives, social entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders to share their ideas on advancing women and girls’ participation in technology.
Last year’s rendezvous saw 45,000 attendees from around the world, 5,000 startups and 600 speakers. Highlights included keynotes speeches by Eric Schmidt, Robin Li and David Marcus; The Self Driving Car Prototype from Waymo (which made its first European appearance at Vivatech 2016)
Along with Stephanie McMahon, Elissa is joining panelist Muna al Gurg and moderator Katie fielder for an honest look at what it takes to be a woman leading in the business world. The Dubai Business Women's Council once again is contributing to the growing platform for women leadership in Dubai.