70+ Speakers, 8+ Keynotes, and 25+ Plenaries

Day 1: Thursday 15 November 2018


08:00 – 09:30  



Summit Registration – Horus Meeting Room 9th Floor


09:30 – 10:15  


Opening Remarks (Photos)

Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Samar Sobeih, Executive Manager, GEN Egypt/ MCSBE


10:15 – 11:00  


Coffee Break by the Pontoon & Group Photo on the Pool Terrace


11:00 – 11:15  


Keynote Speech: “SDGs & Global Citizenship”, H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, Former Ambassador to the United Nations, South Korea, and former President of the UN Economic and Social Council (Presentation) (Photos)


11:15 – 12:15  


Plenary: Entrepreneurship and the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (Photos)
Overview: Entrepreneurs are ideally placed to test, develop and scale up innovative solutions that tackle development challenges. Where entrepreneurship flourishes, sustainable and inclusive growth can lead to more and better jobs. This session focuses on the contribution entrepreneurship can make to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda. The session will also explore how government, academia, corporations, and youth can meaningfully take action to support entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Intervention: “Decent Jobs for Youth – the Global Initiative for Action”, Mr. Dragan Radic, Head of the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit, ILO Geneva, Switzerland (Presentation)

Moderator: Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Development, International Council for Small Business Senior (ICSB), USA


12:15 – 12:30  


Keynote Speech: “ICSB 2019: The Future of Entrepreneurship”, Eng. Ahmed Osman, President – Elect, International Council for Small Business, Egypt (Photos) (Presentation)


12:30 – 13:00  


Plenary: Trends and Best Practices in Global Entrepreneurship (Photos)
Overview: The session discusses how to promote an enabling policy and regulatory environment for entrepreneurs to create decent jobs and generate inclusive economic growth. The debate will be informed by global best practices and programmes and will be based on the latest trends in entrepreneurship development.

Moderator: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director & Professor at George Washington University, USA


13:00 – 13:30  


Plenary: Family Businesses (Photos)
Overview: Businesses owned by families account for two-thirds of firms worldwide and employ 60 per cent of the global workforce. Many family businesses operate with a long-term vision and have long-standing commitments towards local communities. The session discusses policy options that support family businesses in remaining the backbone of local economic development while also accessing national and international markets through innovative technologies.

  • Ms. Sanaa Abouzaid, Corporate Governance Lead for the Middle East and North Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Mr. Wael El Desouki, Director, Center of Entrepreneurship, Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport, Egypt

Moderator: Ms. Amal Mowafy, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO Country Office Cairo, Egypt


13:30 – 14:30  


Lunch Break – Hotel Main Restaurant


14:30 – 16:00  


Plenary: Youth Entrepreneurship in Egypt: Building an Ecosystem that Works for Everyone (photos)
Overview: Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur has become a career choice for many young Egyptians. Yet, young entrepreneurs need a conducive business environment to innovate and grow sustainably.
The session provides an opportunity for young people to voice their opinions and share experiences navigating through the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt. Subsequently, policymakers react and discuss recent developments in entrepreneurship promotion. The panel explores how youth entrepreneurs can benefit best from services offered by financial institutions, training providers and business development organizations.
Part 1: Ignite Talks from Young Entrepreneurs

Part 2: A Glimpse on the Egyptian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Part 3: Panel Discussion

Moderator: Eng. Magdy Wahba, Independent Senior Entrepreneurship Expert & Eng. Ahmed Osman, President- Elect ICSB


16:00 – 16:15  



Coffee Break in Nerfertari Meeting Room Terrace


16:15 – 17:30  


Plenary: ROWAD 2030: “Intrapreneurship and the Public Sector” (Photos)
Overview: Entrepreneurship, often associated with innovation and creativity, is closely linked to private sector development. Yet, entrepreneurial thinking also has great potential to support reforms within the public sector. Employees performing internal entrepreneurship, “intrapreneurs”, have the courage and the driving force to put new and unproven ideas, innovations, into practice. The panel addresses the importance of intrapreneurship in the public sector and discusses bureaucratic challenges, legal and cultural frameworks, among others.

  • Ms. Amina Khafaga, International Cooperation Specialist, National Training Academy, Egypt
  • Mr. Hossam El Gendy, Marketing, and PR Specialist, Ministry of Tourism, Egypt
  • Ms. Marwa Zaki, Board Member and Secretary General at Egyptian Society of Actuariest, Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt
  • Ms. Nehal Balbaa, Deputy Governor, El Behira Governorate, Egypt
  • Ms. Nour Hamdy, Researcher, Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Egypt
  • Mr. Seif Taher, Communication and Partnership Officer, Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Egypt

Moderator: Dr. Ghada Khalil, Director of the Technical Office & Director of Rowad 2030 Project, Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Egypt





Gala Dinner in San George Hotel by the Nile

Day 2: Friday 16 November 2018


9:00 – 10:30  


Plenary: From White Board to the Real World (Photos)
For young women and men to fully realise the economic opportunities ahead of them, they need both an entrepreneurial mind-set as well as a support structure to develop and test their ideas. This session explores how higher education institutions, especially universities, can play this double role: integrating entrepreneurship teaching into curricula while also providing state-of-the-art business services through incubators, accelerators and mentorship programmes.

Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, CEO and Managing Director, Tatweer Misr, Egypt


10:30 – 11:00  


Coffee Break on Nefertari Meeting Room Terrace


11:00 – 11:15  


Keynote Speech: “Aga Khan Efforts Supporting Entrepreneurs around the Globe and in Egypt”, Mr. Imran Shams, Accelerate Prosperity Manager, Aga Khan Development Network (Photos)


11:15 – 12:30  


Plenary: Closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship, is there one? (Photos)
Overview: Women entrepreneurs play a key role in eradicating poverty and stimulating inclusive economic growth. The session examines challenges women entrepreneurs are facing. It explores which programmes and policies empower businesswomen to tackle credit constraints, enhance access to markets and technologies and address socio-cultural barriers and attitudes that hold back women’s entrepreneurship potential.

Intervention: “Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy”, Ms.Nathalie Rainville, Senior Gender Equality Specialist, Gender Equality Division, Social Development Bureau, Global Issues and Development Branch, Government of Canada

  • Ms. Effat El Shooky, Women Business Development Center Supervisor, National Council for Women, Egypt
  • Mr. Imran Shams, Accelerate Prosperity Manager, Aga Khan Development Network, Pakistan
  • Ms. Reem El Saady, Regional Program Manager, Small Business Support at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Ms. Sarah Sabri, Economic Empowerment Officer, UN Women, Egypt

Moderator: Ms. Solveig Schuster, Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Canada to Egypt


12:30 – 14:30  


Friday Prayer in Horus Meeting Room and Lunch Break on Nile Feluccas (Photos)
Speed-Networking: Youth participants and young entrepreneurs mingle with policy-makers and industry experts

Education & Innovation (photos)

The “Education & Innovation” track focuses on the role of educational institutions in stimulating and fostering an entrepreneurship culture and supporting start-ups and young business leaders. As entrepreneurship education is gaining importance around the globe, the sessions draw on a wide-range of examples and best practices on how to reform teaching methods as well as learning contexts, for example through greater linkages with local businesses.


Fin Tech & Digital Economy (Photos)

FinTech denotes companies and businesses that combine financial services with innovative technologies, often offering internet-based and application-oriented products. This track discusses the disruptive potential of financial innovations, including alternative ways of startup financing such as Angel investing, venture capital investment and online lending. It also provides an opportunity to explore the potential of the digital economy to enhance inclusiveness and foster innovation.


Research & Policy (Photos)

The sessions feature promising papers that capture emerging trends in entrepreneurship research. Young scholars present their research alongside experienced academics to debate their findings and receive feedback and advise.



14:30 – 15:45  



Part I:
Innovating Entrepreneurship Education – Egypt vs. the World

  • Dr. Eric Liguori, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rowan University, USA
  • Dr. Olli Vuola, Head of Aalto Ventures Program, Aalto University, Finland

Moderator: Prof. Charles Matthews, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management, Carl H. Lindner College of Business (LCB), USA


Part I:
FinTech Disruption

Moderator: Dr. Winslow Sergeant, Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Development, ICSB, USA


Part I:
Presentations of Research Papers

Moderator: Dr. Katia Passerini, Dean, College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University, USA


15:45 – 16:15  



Coffee Break in Nefertari Meeting Room Terrace


16:15 – 17:30  



Part II:
Innovating Entrepreneurship Education – Egypt vs. the World

Moderator: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director & Professor at George Washington University, USA


Part II:
Digital Economy to Enhance Inclusiveness and Innovation

Moderator: Mr. Jonas Bausch, M&E Officer, ILO Country Office Cairo, Egypt


Part II:
Presentations of Research Papers

  • “Agency and Structural Factors Pertinent to the Sustainability of Social Enterprises in Egypt”, Ms. Nashwa Ghoneim
  • “The Effect of Entrepreneurial Market Orientation on Firm Performance: the Case of SMEs”, Dr. Hisham Danana

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Shalaby, Chairman, Arab Entrepreneur House,





Dinner in Sonesta St. George Hotel by the Nile

Day 3: Saturday 17 November 2018


09:00 – 09:15  



Keynote Speech : “Ebda3 men Masr”, Ms. Laila Hosni, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development Office, Alex Bank, Egypt (Photos)


09:15 – 10:00  


Plenary: Successful Entrepreneurs from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (Photos)
Overview: Supporting entrepreneurship through TVET institutions is increasingly important for governments as they seek to facilitate young people’s school to work transitions. The session discusses the role TVET systems can play in supporting young women and men to acquire entrepreneurial skills. It also explores whether and when skills that promote an entrepreneurial mind-set are beneficial to all students, regardless of whether they go on to start a business.

Entrepreneurs from Innovation Gate:
1. Ms. Toka Mohamed Kamel & Mr. Ahmed Fawzy Hassan
2. Mr. Seif Eldin Mohamed Abdel Moneim & Ms. Dina AbouElmagd
3. Mr. Steven Romani Adel
4. Mr. Hossam Mostafa Khamees & Mr. Ibrahim Adel Ibrahim

Moderator: Eng. Magdy Wahba, Independent Senior Entrepreneurship Expert


10:00 – 10:15  


Keynote Speech: “How to fail less?”, Mr. Simon Nynens, VP of Business Incubation, Executive Director of Commercialization at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Co-Owner FC Monmouth, USA (Presentation) (Photos)


10:15 – 10:30  


Coffee Break, Nefertari meeting room Terrace


10:30 – 10:50  


4th Nawah Social Entrepreneurship Competition (Photos)
Overview: Nawah aims to contribute to a flourishing, collaborative and conscious entrepreneurship ecosystem by empowering young entrepreneurs, to develop their skills, capabilities and expand their network and resources. In the Nawah 2018 finals, young entrepreneurs pitch ideas competing for financial prices, training opportunities and mentoring support. Nawah assesses entrepreneurs based on the social impact, innovation and sustainability of their business ideas and start-ups. Nawah 2018 features three tracks: Ideation, Start-ups and TVET.


Opening Notes:

  • Ms. Amira Dawoud, Deputy Component Manager, Transition to Employment, Program Implementation Unit, EU TVET Project
  • Dr. Rasha Abdel-Hakim, Senior Economist & Program Manager, WISE Project, USAID
  • Mr. Sherif Gaafar, Senior Advisor, GIZ Employment Promotion Programme, Egypt
  • Dr. Mohamed Megahed, Deputy Minister of Education & Technical Education, Egypt



10:50– 11:00  



Power Talk: Dr. Khaled Habib, CEO, Fit for Life for Sustainable Development, Egypt


11:00 – 12:00  


4th Nawah Social Entrepreneurship Competition Finals: (Photos)
Pitching for TVET Category & Jury Evaluation


12:00 – 12:15  



Coffee Break, Nefertari Meeting Room Terrace


12:15 – 14:45  


4th Nawah Social Entrepreneurship Competition Finals: (Photos)
Pitching for Ideation & Start-Ups Categories & Jury Evaluation


14:45 – 15:15  


The announcement of Nawah Social Entrepreneurship Winners (Photos)
Ms. Eman Omran, SME Program Team Leader, Embassy of Canada to Egypt





End of Summit and Lunch in the Sonesta Main Restaurant