Sunday, May 17, 2015

Invitation Only

Time Description
9:00am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Sana Odeh
Founder and Chair of Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC), 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 & USA.

9:10am - 9:15am

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Fatma Abdulla, Senior Vice Provost, Strategy and Planning at NYUAD. (UAE)

9:15am - 9:35am
Keynote
Noor Swied


Noor Sweid, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and IPO consultant, is dedicated to creating social impact, and serves on the Board of Directors for Endeavor. Noor’s commitment to the region has led to her selection as one of the ‘Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women’ by Arabian Business magazine three years in a row. Coming from a global background in strategic consulting, and moving back to the region in 2005, Noor spearheaded the corporate governance and strategic growth of Depa, facilitating the Company’s leap from 1000 employees in 6 countries to 8000 in 22 countries, and achieving tenfold growth in revenues in a 3 year period. Noor went on to lead the IPO as the first private company to float its shares on the NASDAQ Dubai in 2008. Noor holds an MBA (2005) from the MIT Sloan School of Management. (UAE).

9:35am - 10:40 am

Session I: Arab Women in Computing Research Keynotes Panel
Research Project on Women in Academia, Industry, and Entrepreneurship in the Arab world
Moderator: May Al Dabbagg, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Sociology ( Saudi Arabia & UAE)

 9:35am - 9:40am
  • Reporting on research findings on representation, opportunities and Challenges for Arab Women in Computing (Academics and students)
  • This Research was coordinated by Professor Sana Odeh. We would like to thank all of the Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) members that helped with Data Collection from their country. We will post list of people on the website ArabWIC.org.
 9:40am - 9:45am
  • Introduction to Research Project (background, context, and collaborators)
    Sana Odeh, NYUAD Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, and Chair and Founder of ArabWIC



9:45am - 10:10am
  • Sana Odeh, NYUAD Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, Founder and Chair of ArabWIC, (Palestine, USA and UAE)
  • Marc Michael, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Social Research (Egypt, & UAE)
 10:10am - 10:35am
  • Jennifer Olmsted, Professor of Economics and Chair, Drew University, USA
 10:35am - 11:05am
  • Roundtable Table discussions
    on Challenges (5 min), Opprtunities (5 min) and (15 min) debrief
11:05am - 12:00pm

Session I (Continued): Why "Difference" Matters: Dominant Discourses and Arab Women in Computing
 11:05am - 11:25am

  • Fida Adely, Assistant Professor, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, (USA & Jordan)
 11:25am - 11:45am
  • Hannah Buckner, NYUAD Associate Dean of Social Sciences (Women in Computing in the US), (USA and UAE)
 11:45am - 12:00pm
  • Session Summary and highlights on why “Difference” Matters
    May Al Dabbag
    , NYUAD Assistant Professor of Sociology ( Saudi Arabia & UAE)
12:00pm - 1:00pmLUNCH
1:00pm - 2:00pmSESSION II: Keynote Speakers: Prominent International Women in Computing Organizations and Venture Capitalists (VC)
Experience, Challenges, Strategies and Opportunities for Women in Computing; Leadership, and Collaboration
Moderator: Fatma Mili, Professor College of Technology; Co-Founder and inaugural director Purdue Polytechnic Institute; Purdue University, ArabWIC Conference and Research Committees, (USA and Tunisia)
 1:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Women and CS: Lessons learned from Turkey
    Gulustan Dogan, Co-founder of Turkish Women in Computing, Turkey
 1:15pm - 1:30pm
  • ACM-W and Global Women in Computing (ACM-W India and Europe)
    Arati Dixit, Associate Professor, Savitribai Phule Pune University and ACM_W India
 1:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Anita Borg Women in Technonology's Systers
    Rosario Robinson, Senior Manager, Community Engagement and Development Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, USA (Speaking about ABI’s Systers
2:00pm -2:10pmBREAK
2:10 – 3:10 PM
SESSION II (Continued): PROMINENT International Women in Computing Panel

 2:10pm - 2:30pm
  • NCWIT Programs and the Status of Women in Computing in the US
    Ruthe Farmer, M.B.A., Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Director, K-12 Alliance, National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT), US
 2:30pm - 2:50pm
  • ABI’s Programs and the Grace Hopper Conference/Celebration of Women in Computing
    Claudia Galvan, Senior Director, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, ABI, US
 2:50pm - 3:10pm
  • Creating Access to Capital for Women-led Companies in the U.S.
    Peggy Wallace, Golden Seeds, Managing Partner, Venture Capital & Private Equity, USA
3:10pm - 3:20pm
Break
3:20pm - 4:15pm

SESSION III: Women in Computing in Academia Q/A Panel
Moderator: Houda Bouamor,
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar; Special Faculty-Senior Scientist (Senior Researcher, Computer Science Natural Language Processing Lab; Arabic NLP with Kemal Oflazer). Member of ArabWIC Conference and Research committees. Qatar (from Tunisia)

Panelists:

  • Manar Abu Talib, Professor of Computer Science, University of Sharjah, UAE (Palestine)
  • Behjat Al Yousuf, Provost, Masdar Institute, UAE
  • Marianne Azer, Associate to the Minister of CIT for Strategic Initiatives; Associate Professor, School of CIT, Nile University, Director of Information Center, NTI, ArabWIC Conference and Research committee, Egypt.
  • Dalila Chiadmi, Computer Science Professor/Researcher, Mohammadia School of Engineers, ArabWIC Moroccan Ambassador, & member of conference committee, and research committee, Morocco
  • Eman Fituri, Director of Educational Initiatives, Qatar Computing Research Institute. ArabWIC Conference and Research committee, Qatar (Libya)
  • Manar Abu Talib, Professor of Computer Science, University of Sharjah, UAE (Palestine)
4:15pm - 4:25pm
BREAK
4:25pm - 5:25pm

Session IV: Female Students In Computing Q/A Panel
Sharing their Successes, and challenges, and how to overcome them.
Moderator: Fatma Zohra Djoudjou, Software Engineer, Ericsson, ArabWIC Algerian Ambassador and member of Program Committee, Algeria

Panelists:

  • Ashwag Alasmari, MS Student of Computer Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore, ArabWIC Saudi Arabia Chapter Ambassador, USA (From Saudi Arabia)
  • Marwa Alhabsi, Student of Computer Science, (Oman)
  • Yasmin Alnoamany, Ph.D. Candidate and Researcher, Old Dominion University, Member of ArabWIC Social Media Committee, USA, (From Egypt)
  • Bedoor Khalifa AlShebli, Ph.D. Student, CIS Program, iSmart Lab; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE
  • Meriem Chehih, National Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and ArabWIC Algerian ambassador, Algeria
  • Nisreen Deeb, Senior Software Developer, Mediterranean Shipping Company & MSC Cruises
  • Dorra Mlouhi, Ph.D. Student, and ArabWIC Tunisian ambassador, Tunisia
  • Farah Shammout, Undergraduate student of Computer Engineering, NYUAD, UAE (From Jordan)
  • Marwa Alhabsi

5:25pm - 5:35pm

BREAK
5:35pm - 6:30pm

SESSION V: Women in IT Industry Professionals Q&A Panel
Sharing their Successes, and challenges, and how to overcome them.
Moderator: Susan Malaika, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM, Member of ArabWIC Conference, research and mentoring committees, USA

Panelists:

  • Raihana Alhashmi, Audience Marketing Manager, Academia and Startups, Microsoft, UAE
  • Fatma Zohra Djoudjou, Software Engineer, Ericsson, ArabWIC Algerian Ambassador and member of Program Committee, Algeria
  • Ghida Ibrahim, Planner and Designer, Content Delivery Network (CDN) of Liberty Global, and Member of Program Committee, Lebanon
  • Shatha Jjayyousi, Customer Management Solutions Manager, Orange Telecom, and ArabWIC Jordanina Ambassador, Jordan
  • Jihed Mestiri, Part of Community, SAP ABAP Developer, Focus & Focus International, and Member of the blogging/publication committee, Tunisia
  • Rabab Othmani, Software Engineer, and ArabWIC Blog/publication and /or social media committee, England (from Tunisia)
  • Alaa Shaheen, Software Engineer, Progineer Technologies (PDF Solutions), and Member of Mentoring Community, Palestine
6:30pmDINNER
7:30pmVisit to Mosque
Group bus will be waiting outside main entrance
Dress code is required: For women no see through clothing, loose fitting clothing; long sleeves, long skirts and trousers, and a headscarf. For men, no shorts allowed.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Invitation Only

Time Description
9:00am - 9:25am

Keynote
Fatma Mili, a Professor in the College of Technology, Purdue.

Fatma Mili, She served as the Department Head of Information Technology, and Associate Dean for Educational Research and Development. She is the co-founder and inaugural director of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, an incubator for educational innovation in technology and STEM. Her research interests are in software verification and validation, distributed computing, and bio-inspired algorithms. She has co-authored two books on program specification and verification. Equity and diversity in education has been a constant theme in her career. She will discuss her professional and personal journey and share insights and lessons learned along the way. She is a member of ArabWIC conference and research committees. Tunisia and USA

9:25am - 10:10 am

Session VI: Arab Women Entrepreneur Q&A Panel
Sharing their Successes, and challenges, and how to overcome them.
Moderator: Rahilla Zafar, Author of Arab Women Riseup, and Business Development Consultant, Wondros

Panelists:

  • Sarah AlMubarak, Client Funding Advisory Section Manager, Badir Program; Project Manager, BADIR Market Entry Gateway and Soft Landing Business Incubation Program, Saudi Arabia
  • Amira Cheniour, Founder of a startup and IT Engineer, I.T. Grapes, ArabWIC Tunisian Ambassador, Tunisia
  • Rana Chmaitelly, Award Winning Creator of "The Little Engineer", Lebanon
10:10am – 10:30am

Gaza Sky Geeks Experience, an incubator supporting Startups in Gaza (Virtual Interview)

  • Mai Temraz, Mentorship & Women's Inclusivity Program Fellow at Gaza sky Geeks, Gaza, Palestine
  • Mariam AbuItiewi, CEO and Founder, Wasselni and Gaza Sky Geeks, Gaza, Palestine
  • Hadeel Elsafadi, Founder of Davinci Box and Newton & Gaza Sky Geeks, Gaza, Palestine
10:30am - 11:30am

Session VII: Women in Computing Ecosystem in the Arab World 
(Leaders of Incubators, Organizations, and Angel funders)
Q &A Panel
Challenges and Opportunities, How to collaborate and How to support Women in Technology in the Arab World
Moderator: Sherin Abdelhamid, Postdoctoral Fellow, Member, Telecommunications Research Lab (TRL), School of Computing, Queen's University, UK

Panelists:

  • Noor Sweid, Managing Partner, Leap Ventures, UAE
  • Nina Curley, Director, Flat 6 Labs, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Shaima Ghafoor, Products Solution Manager, Yahoo; Regional Director Girls in Tech — Middle East, Dubai, UAE
  • Monika Papadopoulou, Community Relations Manager at Potential, UAE
  • Ambar Amleh, Chief Operating Officer, Ibtikar Fund, Palestinian Venture Capital & Private Equity, Palestine
  • Sana Odeh, Professor of Computer Science and Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science at NYU NY; Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, NYUAD; Chair
11:30am - 11:40amBREAK
11:40am - 12:00pmSession VIII: CS Research Technical Papers Presentations
Moderator : Kaoutar El Maghraoui,
Research Scientist, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Lab, ArabWIC Co-Chair and a member of research and conference committee, USA (From Morocco/USA)
 11:40am - 11:55am
  • Translating Discrete Time SIMULINK to SIGNAL
    Safa Messaoud, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, USA
 11:55am - 12:10pm
  • Trust-based Routing with Energy Efficient
    Ouassila HOCEINI, Ph.D student of computer science, Computer Science Department
    LARI Laboratory, Mouloud Mammeri University, Tizi Ouzou, Algeria
 12:10pm - 12:25pm
  • Building a knowledge base for e-government domain
    Hind Lamharhar, Professor, Mohamed V-Agdal University, Mohammadia School of Engineering, Morocco
12:30pm 1:30pm
LUNCH
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Session IX: CS Research and Innovations Keynotes
(Technical Research and Personal experience)
Moderator: Kaoutar El Maghraoui, Research Scientist, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Lab, ArabWIC Co-Chair and a member of research and conference committee, USA (From Morocco/USA)

Panelists:

  • Houda Bouamor, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar; Special Faculty-Senior Scientist (Senior Researcher, Computer Science Natural Language Processing Lab; Arabic NLP with Kemal Oflazer), and member of ArabWIC conference and research committees, Qatar (From Tunisia)
  • Susan Malaika, Senior Technical Staff Member, member of ArabWIC research, mentoring, and mentor committee, IBM, US
  • Kaoutar El Maghraoui, Research Scientist, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Lab, ArabWIC Co-Chair and a member of research and conference committee, USA (From Morocco/USA)
2:30pm - 2:40pm

BREAK
2:30pm - 9:00pm

Closed Sessions: ONLY Conference Participants MUST attend!

2:50pm - 3:45pm

ArabWIC Mentoring Session
This session will be set up with tables identified according to interest areas: Academic, Industry and Entrepreneur with subcategories (eg, faculty, PhD, student, management, product development, research, venture capital, etc) based on input from participants. Each table will have a mentor and several mentees, after 10-15 minutes of discussion, mentees will move to other tables. Moderator(s) will oversee distribution of mentees and mentors to manage balance in the groups. We will recruit mentors from the speakers and panelists in the other sessions.

Members:
Diane Jordan, Susan Malaika, Mai Abualkas, Alaa Shaheen, Wafia Boubguira

3:45pm - 6:20pmSession X: Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) Organizational Table Discussions
(Closed Sessions to Participants ONLY: All Conference participants MUST attend)
(10 minute Table discussion per topic and then 10 minutes Q/A , Then 5 minutes final Remarks/report/tasks. Tables should submit their comments, suggestions for each topic to the specific committee and also sign up to help)
 3:45pm - 4:00pm
  • ArabWIC Chair and Founder Report
    Sana Odeh, NYUAD Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science and Founder and Chair of ArabWIC
 4:00pm - 4:15pm
  • ArabWIC Research/Publication
    Lead by: Kaoutar El Maghraoui, Research Scientist, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Lab, ArabWIC Co-Chair and a member of research and conference committee, USA (From Morocco/USA)

    ArabWIC Research Committee Members:
    Yomna Hassan , Chafia Menzer, Sanae Baatti, Lamia Ben Hiba, Hanan Lhannaouni, Zohra Rabia, Haneen AbuFarha, Nidhal Lamraoui, Asmaa Damoh, Wesam Al Madani, Jihad Mestiri, Rabab Othmani, Khayra Bouthiba, Dalila Chiadmi, Fatma Milli, Susan Malaika
 4:15pm - 4:30pm
  • ArabWIC Program
    Lead by ArabWIC VP of Programs

    Members:

    Fatma Zohra Djoudjou, Maraim Masoud, Eman Mousheir, Haneen AbuFarha, Ghida Ibrahim
 4:30pm - 4:45pm
  • ArabWIC 2016 Conference
    Lead by ArabWIC VP of Conference Committee

    Members:
    Kaoutar El maghraoui, Sana Odeh, Marianne Azer, Mona Nasr, Sherin Abdelhamid, Nourhan Elfaramawy, Samah Kareem, Eman Mousheir, Narimene Azizi, Dalila Chiadmi, Fatma Mili, Taghrid Samak, Susan Malaika, Diane Jordan, Manar Abu Talib, Eman Ali Fituri, Sahar Idwan
 4:45pm - 5:00pm
  • ArabWIC Social Media
    Lead by ArabWIC VP of Social Media Committee

    Members:
    Manal Loubna Omani, Sara Meftah, Saida Bouhmidi, Marie Dyane, Asma Ramadan, Nidhal Lamraoui, Asmaa Damoh, Yasmin Alnoamany, Rabab Othmani
5:00pm -5:10pm
BREAK
 5:10pm - 5:25pm
  • ArabWIC Mentorship
    Lead by ArabWIC VP of Mentoring Committee

    Members
    :
    Diane Jordan, Susan Malaika, Mai Abualkas, Alaa Shaheen, Wafia Boubguira, Amel Awadallah
 5:25pm - 5:40pm
  • ArabWIC Fundraising Committee
    Lead by ArabWIC Fundraising Committee

    Members:

    Sabrina Elghers, Nour Mehdawi, Seamy Elwood, Ghida Ibrahim
 5:40pm - 6:20pm

ArabWIC Chapters
Participants from each country should sit on one table. 7 minutes table discussion for each country on ArabWIC's chapter's program. Then each country should report back form their table ( 3 minutes report from each ArabWIC chapter.) Make sure to take notes.

Table Discussions is Lead by ArabWIC Ambassadors from each Country

  • Algeria: Wafia Boubguira, Khayra Bouthiba, Meriem Chehih, Nodal Lamraoui, Sara Metal & Zohar Raba
  • Egypt: Abeer Elassal, Amera Gamal & Reham Mostafa
  • Jordan: Eman Arabyat, Shatha Jayyousi, Sahar A. Idwan * Rand Muhtaseb
  • Lebanon: Wiem Ben Rim & Nisreen Deeb
  • Morocco: Dalila Chiadmi, Marie Dyane & Souad Labyed
  • Oman: Marwa Alhabsi & Asya Al-jabri
  • Palestine: Haneen AbuFarha, Hadil Alsafadi, Amel Awadallah, Reham Issam Masoud Dibas, Lama Elghusain, Samah Kareen, Nour Mehdawi, Razan Qraini, Ayah Soufan & Rasha Salahaldin
  • Qatar: Hanan Alshikhabobaker & Eman Mousheir
  • Saudi Arabia: Fatimah Alabadrabalnabi & Ashwag Alasmari
  • Tunisia: Amira Cheniour, Semya Elaoud & Dorra Mlouhi
  • UAE: Manar Abu Talib, Fatema Al Mansoori, Amena Alzaabi & Eman Hableel
6:15 - 6:30 PMClosing Remarks