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Participants

Political leaders and policymakers from governmental and nongovernmental organizations; women leaders in academia, R&D institutions and corporations; prominent women scientists and scientific award laureates; women innovators and entrepreneurs; women STEM advocates; early career women in STEM. Except for GCC countries, conference participation is by invitation only.

Venue

The Arab Organizations Headquarters Building

State of Kuwait

Language

The working languages of the conference are English and Arabic (simultaneous translation in English will be provided for all plenary sessions and any other SEW sessions in Arabic)

Forums

Mon 23 Oct

8:30 – 9:30

Registration

9:30 – 10:45

Opening Ceremony

- Representative of His Highness the Amir
Prof. Faiza Al-Kharafi, Chief Chairperson, KFAS Board member

- US/AAAS representative
Dr. Celeste Rohfing, Chief Operating Officer, AAAS

- Dr. Adnan Shihab Eldin
KFAS Director General - Kuwait

10:45 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session M1

SEW-Success Stories

- Dr. Samira Omar
Director General
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait

- Dr. Shadia Habbal
Institute for Astronomy
University for Hawaii, USA

- Dr. Mariam Al-Maadeed
VP for Research & Graduate Studies
Qatar University, Qatar

- Q&A
Discussions

- Session Chair: Jolie Cizewski
Distinguished Professor of Physcis
Rutgers University, USA

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Session M2

Science Creates Career Avenues

- Dr. Maha Al-Mozaini
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in the MENA Region (2015), Saudi Arabia

- Dr. Niveen M Khashab
Professor of Chemical Sciences (KAUST)
Laureate of L’Oreal-UNESCO 2017 for Women in Science, Lebanon

- Dr. Seema Nanda
Visiting Associate Professor
Dartmouth College, India

- Session Chair: Dr. Salma Al-Kindy
Dean of College of Science
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

15:00 – 15:30

Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session M3

Early Career STEM

- Dr. Laila Habibi
Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine
Kuwait University, Kuwait

- Dr. Nashwa Eassa
Elsevier foundation Awards in Physics & Math for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing world
AlNeelain University, Sudan

- Dr. Fatima AlAydaroos
UAE Space Agency
United Arab Emirates

- Session Chair: Dr. Samia Salhi
Directrice des études du département de formation
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

19:00 – 10:00

Social Event

Kuwait Scientific Center

- Dr. Samira Islam
Keynote Speaker

Tue 24 Oct

9:00 – 9:20

Keynote Speech

- H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
Minister of State for Tolerance, President of Zayed University, UAE

9:20 – 10:45

Session T1

SEW-Science and Leadership

- Dr. Selwa Al-Hazza
Former Member of Saudi Arabia Shoura Council
Head of Ophthalmology Department
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC), Saudi Arabia

- H.E. Dr. Undraa Agvaanluvsan
Member of Parliament of Mongolia
Mongolia

- Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy
Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Manufacturing Systems
Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems, Engineering Department
University of Windsor, Canada

- Q&A
Discussions

- Dr. Laura McCullough
System Chemistry and Physics Department
University of Wisconsin, USA

10:45 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session T2

SEW-Innovation Needs Women

- Dr. Nora Fetais
Director of KINDI Center for Computing Research
Qatar University, Qatar

- Dr. Nagwa El-Badri
Director of the Center of excellence for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Zewail City, Egypt

- Dr. Sossina Haile
Professor of Material Science
Northwestern University, USA

- Q&A
Discussions

- Session Chair: Dr. Nesreen Ghaddar
Qatar Chair of Energy Studies
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
American University in Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Session T3

Innovation and Leadership

- Dr. Ismahane Elouafi
Director General
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, United Arab Emirates

- Dr. Rayan Al Kalbani
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Mazoon Environmental &Technical Services, Oman

- Dr. Asmaa Alfadala
Director of Research and Content Development
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Qatar

- Q&A
Discussions

15:00 – 15:30

Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session T4

Early Career Innovation

- Dr. Jacquelyn Gill
Climate Change Institute
University of Maine, USA

- Dr. Emily Levesque
Astronomy Department, University of Washington
2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics, USA

- Dr. Susan Nasif
Virologist
Founder of Cimaza Comic for Public Health Education, Italy

- Q&A
Discussions

19:00 – 21:00

Social / Cultural Event

Kuwait Museum of Modern Arts

- Keynote Speaker
H.E. Ambassador Nabeela Al-Mulla

Wed 25 Oct

9:00 – 9:20

Keynote Speech

- Dr. Rima Khalaf Hunaidi
Ex. Executive Secretary for ESCEA

9:20 – 10:45

Session W1

SEW-Science and Leadership

- Dr. Thomas Rudin
Director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce
The National Academies of Science, USA

- Dr. Anni Black
Deputy Executive Director
L’Oreal Corporate Foundation, France

- Dr. Cristina Flesia
Chair of EU-GCC-STI Partnership for Cooperation in Science
Italy

- Q&A
Discussions

- Session chair: Dr. Shirley Malcom
Head of Education and Human Resources Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), USA

10:45 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session W2

SEW - STEM Makes it Better

- Dr. Vidita Vaidya
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Professor, Neuroscientist, India

- Dr. Manal A Swairjo
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
San Diego state University, USA

- Q&A
Discussions

- Session Chair: Carina Mallard
Institute of Neuroscience and physiology
University of Gothenburg, Germany

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Session W3

Science, Policy and Society

- Dr. Marie Aloia
Awarded Lemelson-MIT Excite Award
Engineering Teacher, USA

- Dr. Rana Dajani
Hashemite University, Jordan
Rita E. Hauser fellow, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

- Dr. Fawzia Baba Aissa
Professor at University of Bourgogne
Founder of the international alliance for social innovation, France

- Q&A
Discussions

- Session Chair: Dr. Cathy Campbell
Visiting Scholar at AAAS
Former President, CRDF Global

15:00 – 15:30

Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session W4

Closing Remarks

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