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RAKAMEYA 2021: Our Future is Digital

Conference for digital transformation in the MENA Region: June 15th - 17th 2021

After last year’s great success, the Digital Arabia Network (DAN) is happy to announce that the 2021’s edition of Rakameya conference for digital transformation in the MENA region is taking place from 15th to 17th June.

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RAKAMEYA 2021: SPOTLIGHT ON DIVERSITY

From Egypt to Tunisia, from Sudan to Algeria, the Rakameya community this year will not only represent the diversity of nationalities within the MENA region but also of topics in the digital transformation world, bringing on stage the most relevant themes debated across the different industries globally and regionally (MENA focus).

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There is no doubt that the future is digital. 

The digital transformation of our societies is already here and will continue to cross-cut every aspect of our lives. Today, with the onset of a global pandemic disrupting the world as we knew it before, digital transformation is taking on an even more prominent role.

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Rakameya Program Sessions
RAKAMEYA PROGRAM
DAY 1 | 15 JUNE 2021
Rakameya Sessions Day 1
Opening Ceremony
Welcome to Rakameya 2021! During this session, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges that we will face as we go digital. We will discuss how to best support the region in shaping its own future using digital technologies.
Digital Reality: The Door to the Digital Future
In our workshop we will explain how Mixed Reality (MR) technologies, including Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology would open a million doors to a digital future, with application domains such as training, communication, education, healthcare, simulation, entertaining and more.
Smart Ports and Logistics: A New Future
The session aims to show how digitalization is changing the face of the logistics industry. Ports and logistics are a very important pillar of the economy. In such an industry with an international outreach, and where every transaction involves multiple players, it is very critical to match the international industry standards and way of doing business.
AI for non AI-Experts
Artificial intelligence is disrupting the way we think and do innovation, today. This workshop aims to offer clarity on the definition and history of artificial intelligence in a way that can be accessible to non-experts. The session will cover some of the most essential aspects of AI and more specifically: What is AI? History and origin of AI; Contemporary rise of AI; AI vs Human.
Leaving No One Behind
Our Community Talk addresses inclusion from the perspective of Gender and Ability within the world of technology. Each of our speakers will provide an overview of the inclusion and exclusion of the communities they care for: women and individuals with different physical abilities.
The Status of Digital Transformation
IN ALGERIA, EGYPT AND TUNISIA – Digitization has ushered the world into a new era. Nonetheless, the South Mediterranean hasn't fully embraced this. Starting with Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt, this session will discuss our research done to assess the state of digitalization in the countries of the MENA region.
Lost in Calls: Creating A Productive (Virtual) Work Environment
The session will investigate the various aspects of the rapid digital transformation in the field of human resources and corporate cultures, tackling this from the perspective of the increasing migration of businesses to remote working.
We need more: The Platform Economy in the Arab World
Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al-Ani will lead a discussion on the impact of digital platforms on the Arab economy, the strategies for building Arab platforms and the outlook for automated factories and production processes in the region.
Fake news and right to criticism in time of COVID 19
This session led by Mohamed Faraht, an Egyptian lawyer and digital rights expert, will present the definition of fake news and the cultural framework of fake news.
DAY 2 | 16 JUNE 2021
Rakameya Sessions Day 2
Accelerators with Impact: Respond and SAP iO Foundry
This session will explore the current state of play from the perspective of two top European accelerators who support start-ups globally, success stories from each, the challenges of recruiting diversity.
Solutions Journalism: Engaging Audiences with Digital Media
In this three-hour session, we will introduce this genre to Arab journalists, explaining its main components and how it can be applied to traditional journalism.
UX for non-UX Specialists
User Experience, or UX, is an exciting field. It is essentially about empowering people to do the things they want to do, which is both fun and gratifying. In this workshop, we will provide you with great UX tips, hints and principles to make sure your next product will be more successful.
The Role of Culture and Museums in the Digital Transformation of MENA Region
Dr. Ayad Al-Ani will lead a collaborative session discussing how concepts of culture and cultural institutions are being used to explain, assimilate, and utilize technology to achieve social and economic goals in the Arab World.
A Big Welcome to the Sudanese Ecosystem
The session will host a discussion on challenges & opportunities of digital transformation in Sudan in relation to business: looking at the current changes of the digital scene from the perspective of SMEs considering the lifted sanctions and COVID-19. As well as, exploring the roles of data analytics, digital marketing, and fintech in digital transformation.
Creative... Digital... Successful
In many ways, the arts and cultural sector has benefited from technologies such as the Internet that allow for previously unimaginable levels of connectivity. This, in turn, allows us to carve out a new and vital public space that serves the needs of communities. How did the creative clusters in the MENA region navigate through this revolution?
No Woman Is Safe: Online Gender-Based Violence in MENA
DAN is proud to dedicate a session at Rakameya to shed light on these crimes that in many cases remain unpunished. It aims at increasing public awareness of digital risk, including gender based violence online, and build the lasting capacity of women, youth and CSOs in the MENA region to operate safely online.
The State of E-Commerce: MENA Special Edition
A Q&A session with some of the brightest minds in the e-commerce space in the Middle East to discuss how different countries across the region are taking leaps towards empowering e-commerce as a smart exit from the pandemic era.
Creating Your Digital Currency in 2 Hours (And Not Get Jailed)
We will shortly talk about the potential of blockchain technology within the tokenized economy and decentralized governance context and will show how to introduce community currencies for the mobilization of diaspora experts.
DAY 3 | 17 JUNE 2021
Rakameya Sessions Day 3
Unconferencing
Participant-driven conference sessions for networking, exchanging and learning about all the things digital transformation
Weaving the Future: Digital Transformation in the Textile Industry
The textile industry makes up a significant percentage of their exports. The session investigates the relationship between the textile industry and the impact of digital transformation and the challenges for the human capital retention.
The Digital Media Landscape in the MENA Region
The internet and social networks have opened the door for journalists, audiences and entrepreneurs to play a role in shaping today's media landscape. Join the session to get the main findings of the DAN study and discuss with three top experts of the media landscape in the MENA region.
Re-think MENA: Arts and Culture scene in the MENA Region
Re-thinking MENA is an online event that will gather culture managers, curators, and artists from the MENA region to discuss together how digitalizing the art and culture became now during the pandemic and how digitalizing the art and culture opened the art scene to new audiences.
Latest Strategies on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is a topic that everyone should pay attention to. Whether you are an entrepreneur or you are "just" using the internet for online banking, e-commerce shop or even social media, this is a session to attend.
Closing Session
Algorithms are (never) neutral: Rakameya Closing Ceremony with Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann

Rakameya Speakers

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Business & Future of Work

Abdelaziz Musa

Founder & CEO of Sudan Digital

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Ahmad Alhuwwari

UX Mentor

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Alexandra Gorman

Global Head of Foundries and Intrapreneurship at SAP

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Aicha Jeridi

International Relations Professional

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Amel Saidane

President of TunisianStartUps | DAN SteCo Member

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Bassant Helmi

Co-Chair of DAN | CEO of GPP and MENA Business

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Carol Awad

HR & Organization Expert | Founder of HRHotline.com

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Cynthia Haddad Abou Khater

Shareholder at Technical International

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ARTS & CULTURE

Dr. Carsten Siebert

Director of the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Deema Anani

Chief Commercial Officer of AIG | DAN SteCo Member

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ONLINE MEDIA & JOURNALISM

Dina Aboughazala

Media Entrepreneur | Founder of Egab

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ONLINE MEDIA & JOURNALISM

Dina Ibrahim

Project Manager of Akhbar Meter Project

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ONLINE JOURNALISM & MEDIA

Dr. Hanan Badr

Media and Communication scholar

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Dr. Inas Ismail

Co-Founder of Autsera

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CIVIC PARTICIPATION

Karim Chabrak

Founder of coinsence.org

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Dr. Maha Diwan

CEO / Co-Founder of LOGICAL Solutions & Consultation

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Dr. Shima Barakat

Managing Director of Value in Enterprise

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ARTS & CULTURE

Elham Khattab

Founder and Director of Out of the Circle Organisation

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Eva Turk

Managing Partner at Sport Evasion | DAN SteCo Member

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Fatima Giuliano-Arnaout

Consultant at 4C GROUP AG | DAN SteCo Member

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Feriel Fatima Zohra Menouar

National Coordinator of Salamat Algeria

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Hanae Bezad

Founder of Douar Tech

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ONLINE JOURNALISM & MEDIA

Mr. Hatem Fayez

Marketing & eCommerce Head of Department Egypt & Sudan

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ONLINE MEDIA & JOURNALISM

Haytham Mones

Co-Founder of Akhbarmeter

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Heba Aguib

Chief Executive RESPOND at BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Ines Amri

Researcher at Einstein Center Digital Future

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Ms. Injy William

Head of IT & Business Process Optimization at DHL

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Ismail Chaib

Fintech Expert

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Jackie Kameel

Managing Director of Nahdet El Mahrousa

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Khadija Hamouchi

Founder and CEO of Jawla Inc.

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Dr. Lina Yassin

Neuroscientist and Lead Agile Coach

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Business & the Future of Work

Matthias C. Kettemann

A Research Programme Head at the Leibniz Institute

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Maya Boghdady

Incubator Director at Nahdet El Mahrousa

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Mohamed Dhaouafi

CEO & Founder of CURE

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Mohamed El-Kheir

Founder of NEXT Technology

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CIVIC PARTICIPATION

Mohamed Farahat

Legal Reviwe National Consultant at IOM

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Mohamed Salama

Founder of Digital Crafters | Social Media & Content Lead

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ART & CULTURE

Nora Al-Badri

Media Artist

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Moustafa Kharma

Business Development Strategist

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Osama Al-Areky

Specialist in the field of Medical Technology

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al-Ani

Co-Chair of DAN | AM Einstein Center Digital Future

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ART & CULTURE

Prof. Sarah Kenderdine

Professor of Digital Museology

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Dr. Raed M. Sharif

Senior Manager, SecDev Foundation

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Mr. Rama Raju

Founder, CEO of Envision enterprise Solution

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Rania Reda

AR expert | Founder & CEO of Augmania

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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Rasha Hamodeh

Sign Language Interpreter

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Reza Moussavi

Intelligence Analyst and Tech Innovator

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ONLINE JOURNALISM & MEDIA

Rime Chaif

Investigative Journalist and Researcher

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Gender Equality Activist

Salma Belhassine

National Program Coordinator at The SecDev Foundation

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Business & Future of Work

Salah Boulila

Managing Director of Mazam

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ONLINE JOURNALISM & MEDIA

Saoussen Ben Cheikh

Project Director at Internews

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Soraya Hosni

Anthropologist & Entrepreneur

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Yusr Sabra

Co-Founder & CEO at Wakilni

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Mr. Sven Daniels

A Port and IT consultant

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Tagwa Warag

Data Analyst

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CIVIC PARTICIPATION

Tarik Nesh-Nash

CEO at GovRight | DAN SteCo Member

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Business & Future of Work

Abdel Qader Khaled

Abdel Qader Khaled

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ARTS & CULTURE

Abdelaziz Taleb

Founder & Director of Arab Media Lab

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Business & Future of Work

Dr. Thomas Fischer

Deputy Head of the Center of Management Research at the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research

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Business & Future of Work

Yasmine Kandil

THE HEAD OF THE ALEXANDRIA OFFICE OF THE GERMAN-ARAB CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE

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Business & Future of Work

Ahmad Tantash

CEO in Jordan Investment Trust P.L.C

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Business and Future of Work

Asmahan Zein

Advisor to the Board of Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB)

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Art & Culture

Bettina Pelz

Artistic Director

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Arts & Culture

Bill Bragin

Executive Artistic Director

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Art & Culture

Mohamed Allam

Visual artist

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Civic Participation

Meriam Soualhia

Political Activist and a Human Rights Defender

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Business & Future of Work

Mohamed Gamal Eldin

Banker, FinTech expert and mentor

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BUSINESS AND FUTURE OF WORK

Angy Al Gemayl

A legal expert on the legal environment of investments

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Art & Culture

Kristine Khouri

A Board Member of the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut

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Online Journalism & Media

Bahar Jasim

fact checker and Spokesperson of Tech For Peace

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Business & Future of Work

Hany El-Habibi

Chairman of Sahara Group

Work & Future of Work

Dr. Ali Mabrouk

Cybersecurity expert and CEO of SAMA Paertners

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Business & Future of Work

Dr. Andreas Bootz

Senior manager at BMW

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Business & Future of Work

Lina Behrens

Managing Director at Flying Health

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Business & Future of Work

Kareem Al Zorkani

Founder & Managing Director of LEVERAGE