Sunday May 26, 2013

Invitation Only

TimeDescription
9:00am - 9:15am Coffee & Registration
9:15am - 9:30am

Opening Remarks

Sana Odeh
Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, NYUAD, Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, and Clinical Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University, New York. UAE and USA

9:30am–12:00pm

Session I: Economics and Gender in the Arab World


Chair and Discussant:
Samira Atallah,
Director of the Centre for Women of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), UN, Lebanon.

 9:30am-10:15am

Barriers to Women’s Engagement in the Labor Market: The Perspective from Palestine

Samia M. Al-Botmeh
Director of the Center for Development Studies and Lecturer in Economics and Gender Studies at Birzeit University.

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

 10:15am - 11:00am

Can MENA get a piece of the Offshoring pie by tapping into its female talent pool?

Nadereh Chamlou
Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank.


MENA countries have invested significantly in education over the past two decades, particularly in female education.  Female literacy has risen, and the gender gap in primary and secondary schools has nearly closed.  Above all, at tertiary levels, women outnumber men in the majority of MENA countries, and study increasingly across all hard and soft disciplines.  How comparable is MENA's talent pool to other regions that attract a large share of white-collar jobs offshored by firms from advanced economies? And, what holds this talent pool back?

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

 11:00am - 11:15am
Break & Refreshment
 11:15am - 12:00pm

Discourse Analysis of the Representations of Arab and Muslim Women

Rhoda Kanaaneh
Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology and the Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University, New York.

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm-3:30pm

Session II: Experiences, Representations, Opportunities, and Challenges Facing Women in Computing in the Arab Worl

Chair and Discussant:
May Al Dabbagh

Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University and an Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE

 1:00pm-1:45pm

International Women in Computing Experience: Gender Gap in Computer Science

Sana Odeh
Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, NYUAD, Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, and Clinical Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University, New York. UAE and USA

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

 1:45pm-2:30pm

Academic Women in Computing in the Arab World Experience 

Eiman Kanjo
Associate Professor Mobile Sensing and Pervasive Computing, King Saud University, Cambridge Mobile Sensing LTD, Saudi Arabia

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

 2:30pm-2:45pm Break & Refreshments
 2:45pm-3:30pm Women In Tech Companies/Industry in the Arab World Experience

Followed by Q/A and Discussion
 3:30pm-4:15pm

Women Entrepreneurs in the Arab World Experience

Rama Chakaki
Founder & CEO of Baraka Ventures, UAEQ&A Session and Discussion

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

 4:15pm-4:30pm
Break & Refreshments
 4:30pm-6:00pm

Feedback Workshop on Women in Computing in the Arab World

This workshop is designed to get feedback from participants on representations, opportunities, and challenges facing women in this field.

Table discussion will be organized by sector (Academics, Industry, and Entrepreneurs), and will be assigned a chair to lead the discussion.

Mondahy May 26, 2013

Invitation Only

TimeDescription
9:00am - 9:15am Coffee 
9:15am–12:00pm Session III: Study Methodology and Responsibilities
 9:15am-9:30am

Gender and Microfinance Study in Egypt

Marc Michael
NYUAD Assistant Professor of Social Research
Marc’s research looks at banks as disciplinary institutions, their effects on socio-political organization, on individual behaviors, as well as their theoretical and institutional contribution to the emergence of capitalism. Combining qualitative and quantitative research methods with a historical comparative approach, it focuses on the case study of microfinance in Egypt from the perspective of global financial inclusion. Beyond banking, Marc also has developed a keen interest in the sociology of gender, political economy, post-colonial theory, public health, and the history of social and economic ideas. UAE and Egypt.

Followed by Q/A and Discussion

 9:30am-12:00pm

Workshop on Study Methodology and Responsibilities

This workshop is designed to get feedback from participants on Study Methodology.

Discussion will cover study scope and goals, chapters, methodology to use in study (quantitative vs. qualitative), Online Survey, Interviews, Types of questions to use for each, How to collect official statistics, decide on survey method (sample, random, and so on), timetable and responsibilities for the study (online survey, interviews, data collection, coordination, fundraising, analysis, writing, editing, and publication.)

Table discussion will be organized by sector (Academics, Industry, and Entrepreneurs), and will be assigned a chair to lead the discussion.

 11:00am - 11:15am
Break & Refreshment
12:45pm-1:45pm
Lunch
1:45pm-2:15pmSession IV: Committee Meeting: Meetings for each sector: Collaboration, coordination, timetable
 12:45pm-2:15pmDiscuss detailed plan for coordination, collaboration and responsibilities for each sector: Academia, Industry, and Entrepreneurs.
 2:15pm-3:15pmSteering committee meeting for the study.

3:15pm-3:30pm
Break & Refreshments
3:30pm - 5:00pm Meeting for AWIC: Review AWIC goals, committees, and discuss collaboration on research and projects
5:00pm - 5:30pm Wrap-Up & Next Steps