IEEE Women in Engineering Lebanon Section
1st Women in Engineering Forum
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Le Commodore Hotel Hamra, Beirut – La Casbah room
2:30 – 3:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Opening Welcome from Forum Chair, Dr. Amira Ammar
- Message from IEEE Lebanon Section Chairperson, Prof. Hadi Sawaya
- Presentation of Affinity Group by WIE Chair, Eng. Nadine Ajam
3:00 – 3:25 Invited Speech
Prof. Sanaa Sharafeddine, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Lebanese American University
Title: Towards 5G Networks: Software-Defined, Heterogeneous, and User-Centered
Session Chair, Dr. Sirine Taleb
3:25 – 3:40 Mingle & Coffee Break
Coffee will be served in the room to facilitate networking between the participants
3:40 – 4:05 Invited Speech
Dr. Nibal Idlebi, Chief of Innovation Section, United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)
Title: Policies and Strategies to Stimulate the Role of Technology in Social and Economic Development in the Arab Region
Session Chair, Dr. Amira Ammar
4:05 – 4:30 Invited Speech
Eng. Chantal Abou Jaoude, Co-founder & Managing Partner of EDGE Middle East, & Managing Director of MAHA (Maschinenbau Haldenwang) Middle East FZE
Title: A Woman’s Journey in the Automotive Industry – Challenges & Rewards
Session Chair, Eng. Alaa Maarouf
4:30 – 5:00 Networking
Networking will take place external to the Forum Room with another extended coffee break
5:00 – 5:45 Panel Discussion
Panel Title: Supporting Young Engineers in Lebanon
- Dr. Nibal Idlebi, Chief of Innovation Section, UN-ESCWA
- Eng. Chantal Abou Jaoude, Co-founder & Managing Partner, EDGE
- Eng. Sarah Abdallah, Founder & CEO, LIBRO
- Prof. Samar Tawbi, Ph.D in Computer Science, National Association for Science & Research NASR
- Eng. Zeina Majdalani, MBA, Founder & President of Women Engineers committee at OEA
Moderator: Eng. Nadine Ajam
Session Chair, Dr. Sirine Taleb
5:45 – 6:00 Closing & Thank you Remarks
Closing Remarks & Thank you notes by Forum Chair, Amira Ammar.
Event registration and Contacts
If you are not registered for IMCET 2018, but you wish to attend WIE Forum’18, please register at https://goo.gl/forms/SvjGJKinDgVtZjWu2 or by emailing WIE representative at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling +961 70 95 79 69.
Registration to the WIE Forum’18 is free of charge.
This event is to foster women’s involvement in scientific and technical activities, but it is not intended for women only. Professionals and students, regardless of gender, are welcome to network in a relaxed atmosphere.
Prof. Sanaa Sharafeddine, Associate Professor of Computer Science, LAU
Prof. Sanaa Sharafeddine is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Lebanese American University. She received her doctoral degree in Communications Engineering from Munich University of Technology (TUM) in collaboration with Siemens AG research labs in Munich. She is a senior member of the IEEE and serves as an Area Editor for Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks journal and Associate Editor for IEEE Access. She received L’Oreal-UNESCO’s International Rising Talent Award in 2015 and Pan-Arab Regional Fellowship Award in 2013. She is also the recipient of Siemens Youth and Knowledge Scholarship for highly distinguished students during 2002 – 2005, and Charlie Korban award for outstanding graduate student in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at AUB in 2001. Her research interests include UAV-assisted solutions in 5G, edge computing, and multimedia services.
Dr. Nibal Idlebi, Chief of Innovation Section, UN-ESCWA
Dr. Nibal Idlebi is the chief of Innovation Section at ESCWA, and a senior expert in technology for development. Ms. Idlebi leads regional activities on Innovation and Technology for sustainable social and economic development and guides regional projects on digital government transformation. She has extensive expertise in innovation policies, knowledge society, cyber legislation and cyber safety, digital Arabic content, e-government and open government. Dr. Idlebi has a computer engineering degree from “Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supelec)” in France, and a Ph.D in computer science from Nancy 1 University in France with a specialization in Parallel Processing and Distributed Systems.
Eng. Chantal Abou Jaoude, Co-founder & Managing Partner, EDGE Middle East
Eng. Chantal Abou Jaoude is a Mechanical Engineer (AUB 2004) with a Masters in Engineering Management (AUB 2009). She founded her first company, EDGE, in 2004 during her 4th year of engineering studies and EDGE Middle East Offshore in 2010 to cover the Iraqi market. She also worked fulltime in the estimation of mega projects related to the Oil & Gas Industry for several years while growing her companies. EDGE and EDGE Middle East now offer customized and standard solutions, in Lebanon, Iraq and other countries of the MENA region, for setting up and equipping OEM vehicle service facilities (Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi), private workshops, repair centers for organizations with fleets (Army, Embassies, Oil Companies, Airports), and most importantly for Governmental Vehicle Inspection Centers (Periodic Technical Inspection like the Mecanique in Lebanon). She introduced the periodic technical vehicle inspection concept, especially to rural areas of Kurdistan – Iraq, through the development of high-end inspection centers meeting international standards and thus gradually elevating the condition of vehicles driving on the roads there. She recently accepted the challenge of setting up MAHA Middle East FZE – a regional subsidiary for a leading German equipment manufacturer, handling the Automotive Aftermarket Project activities in 14 regional countries including the Levant, Gulf, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Chantal was elected in May 2016 as the only female member of the municipal council of the Municipality of Zalka where she lives and has her office in Lebanon. She is currently working on growing her companies by and co-teaching Entrepreneurship courses to assist new young entrepreneurs in their endeavors.
Prof. Samar Tawbi, PhD in Computer Science, National Association for Science and Research NASR
Dr. Samar Tawbi holds a PhD in Computer Science from Toulouse III University – Paul Sabatier. She is an Associate Professor at the Lebanese University – Faculty of Science and member of the Scientific Committee at the National Association for Science and Research.
Eng. Sarah Abdallah, Founder & CEO, LIBRO
Eng. Sarah Abdallah has graduated as a computer and telecommunications engineer from Saint Joseph University in 2011. She has six years of experience in the technical consultancy sector at Murex Systems Company and five years of volunteering experience with more than six social organizations working on women and youth empowerment. Sarah was elected as a youth advisory council member at the US embassy in Beirut for two consecutive years (2015‑2016). She was selected as a youth leader by the Swedish institute of Alexandria in 2016. She participated in Techwomen exchange program where she spent her five weeks mentorship period at LinkedIn San Francisco. She was selected as well as a global shaper part of the world economic forum early 2017. She started teaching professional branding at USJ in 2017 and founded a social enterprise named LIBRO whose mission is to turn youth challenges into opportunities.
Eng. Zeina Majdalani, MBA, Founder & President of Women Engineers committee at OEA
Eng. Zeina Majdalani has civil and environmental engineering background, and a master’s degree in engineering management & MBA from AUB. She has also been selected in 2012 to complete an international diploma in public administration with emphasis on economics at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in France. She work at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers on various infrastructure projects as part of the economic office of Lebanese Prime Minister. She is a founder and current President of the Women Engineers committee at the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut – Lebanon; and currently represents Lebanon in the Arab Union of Women Engineers.
To inspire and empower women as leaders in engineering and technology. Through a network of more than 500 affinity groups and 15,000 members around the world, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) directly transforms the lives of hundreds of thousands of young girls and women via pre-university outreach, technical seminars, humanitarian projects, networking events, and educational programs focused on encouraging self-realization through the core ideas of the IEEE WIE mission.
Our Focus Areas
- Inspire & Motivate positive progress in career and life
- Empower and help advance career and life
- Advance leadership, team and career management
- Develop skills and concepts through workshops & forums
- Connect with growing organizations
Women in Engineering Forum Lebanon focuses on developing and improving leadership skills for individuals at all stages of their careers. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear inspirational and empowering talks presented by successful. Emerging technologies will also be demonstrated, engaging attendees to facilitate discussion and potential advancement of outreach class ideas.
- While we are fostering involvement of women in scientific and technical activities, the event is not for women only.
- Promoting networking between professionals and students in a relaxed and gender independent atmosphere.
- Invited talks
- Panel discussions – identify needs and discuss ideas for future WIE initiatives
- Networking and meeting with PhD students and Young Professionals.