MENA Network Readiness and Digital Transformation Spotlight

On November 11, 8 am to 10 am EST (3 pm to 5 pm EET Cairo time): MENA Network Readiness and Digital Transformation spotlight.

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In recent years, MENA’s track record of digital transformation has generated international attention. With the development of the Covid-19 crisis, which regional economies are best positioned to maintain and improve their competitiveness and digital readiness for a post-Covid world?

Portulans Institute, in cooperation with UNESCO, School of Business at The American University in Cairo and the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, is proud to host a virtual panel on the MENA region’s progress in network readiness and digital transformation. In this panel, Portulans co-founders will present the 2020 Network Readiness Index results, highlighting regional data.

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Program and Speakers:

3:05pm EET: Welcome remarks: Carolina Rossini, CEO, Portulans Institute and Dr. Sherif Kamel, President, AmCham Egypt and Dean, School of Business, The American University in Cairo (AUC)

3:20pm EET: Panel Discussion with

  • Gaurav Basra, Chief Strategy Officer, STL
  • Paul Hector, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States
  • Prof. Nagla Rizk, Professor of Economics and Founding Director of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the American University in Cairo’s School of Business.
  • Dr. Ahmed Tantawy, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt.
  • Moderator:  Marolla Haddad, Senior digital development Policy Specialist, Digital Development GP, The World Bank

4pm EET: Q&A

4:15pm EET: Regional Network Readiness Index Highlights

  • Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices at INSEAD, and Director, Portulans Institute

4:45pm: Q&A and Closing Remarks

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Who is this event for? 

Academics, policymakers, business representatives, and other stakeholders interested in:

  • Digital transformation and Covid-19;
  • Impact of digital transformation in the MENA region;
  • Where the MENA region stacks up in the NRI 2020 rankings;
  • The digital divide in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Regional insights on innovation, global talent, and digital transformation.

In advance of this event, hear from global thought leaders about digital transformation and Covid-19 in Portulans’ Dialogue on Digital Transformation series. 

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