Friday | July 6, 2018

 8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
 9:00 AM
Opening and Welcome Remarks
Nejib Zaafrani
Chairman & Senior Executive Advisor, RNM Solutions (UAE)
Former Secretary General & CEO, Supreme Council of Energy,
Dubai Government (DSCE)
Former Chairman & Managing Director, Shell Abu Dhabi

Aida Araissi
Chief Executive Officer, Bilateral Chamber of Commerce

 9:20 AM
Unleashing Entrepreneurship & Innovation - Pathway for Africa's Development

T.H. Ambassador Linda Thomas – Greenfield*

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State of African Affairs (2013-2017)

 9:40 AM Advancing Tunisia's Development: Strategies for Achieving Innovation-led Growth

His Excellency Dr. Slim Feriani

Minister of Industry & SMEs, Republic of Tunisia


10:00 AM








Private & Public Partnerships: Engaging the U.S. and Tunisia in Deeper Ties

Aida Araissi
Chief Executive Officer, Bilateral Chamber of Commerce

Marc Tejtel

Deputy Chief Counsel, Commercial Law Development Program,
U.S. Department of Commerce

His Excellency Faycal Gouia
Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the United States

Joshua Harris*
Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 11:00 AM
Coffee Break

11:30 AM





Houston, a Case Study: The Role of Independent Organizations in Fostering a Local Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Kemal Farid

Managing Director, BlueVine Ventures and Farid Ventures

Panelists (TBD)
John S. Reale, Jr.
Co-Founder & CEO, Station Houston

Aruna Viswanathan
Chief Operating Officer, AlphaX Decision Sciences
(Houston, Texas)


 12:30 PM

2:00 PM






Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

Dr. Sergio Kapusta*
Lecturer, Rice University: Global Challenges & Opportunities (Houston, Texas)

Emna Ghariani
Founder, Stealth Mode Startup: Tunisia Challenges & Opportunities (San Francisco, California)

Monther Khanfir
Consultant, Strategist, Innovation Policy Advisor (Paris, France)


2:40 PM











Private sector: Business Development & Learning Experience

Mehdi Ben Abdallah

Managing Partner at Excalibur International Advisory EXIA (Tunis, Tunisia)

Christina Lomasney

Chief Executive Officer, Modumetal (Seattle, Washington)

Fathi Ben Grira
Chief Executive Officer, Menacorp (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Nabil Felah
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Sens Critic (Marseille, France)

Omar Yaacoubi
Co-Founder, and Tunisia)


 4:00 PM
Networking Reception

   * invited 

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