July 6th, 2018

US Arab Chamber of Commerce, Houston Texas.

8H30:  Registration & Breakfast

9H00: 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

9H20: Unleashing Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Pathway for Africa’s Development

Ambassador Linda Thomas – Greenfield*
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2013-2017)

09H40:  Advancing Tunisia’s Development: Strategies for Achieving Innovation-led Growth

His Excellency Dr. Slim Feriani
Minister of Industry & SMEs, Republic of Tunisia

10H00:  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

11H00: Coffee Break

11H30: Houston, a Case Study: The Role of IndependentOrganizations 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, USA)

12H30: Lunch

14H00: Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

Dr. Sergio Kapusta*
Lecturer, Rice University: Global Challenges and Opportunities (Houston, Texas)
Emna Ghariani
Founder, Stealth Mode Startup: Tunisia Challenges & Opportunities (San Francisco, California)
Monther Khanfir
Consultant, Strategist, Innovation Policy Advisor (Paris, France)

14H40: 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, Barac.io (London, UK and Tunisia)

16H00: Networking Reception

* Invited