WHARTON Business School To Hold Annual MENA Conference

On February 16th, Saturday, PITAPOLICY is excited to attend and cover the Wharton School of Business Annual MENA conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Early-Bird registration will end Friday evening, so don’t hesitate too much longer!

Conference Theme: “Economies of Freedom: Reshaping the Future of the MENA region”

Last year the keynote speakers included Turkey’s ambassador to the US–and it was funtabulous. This year’s conference keynote speakers include: 

  • Alex Chalaby, Chairman of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil)
  • Dr. Freddy Baz, Group CFO, Strategy Director, and Deputy Chairman of the Group Executive Committee, Banque Audi Saradar Group
  • Joe Saddi, Global Chairman of Booz & Company

Panelists scheduled to speak (More to be confirmed!):

  • Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman of the AIWF
  • Amir Khella, Founder of  Keynotopia
  • Maha Al Ghunaim, 13th Most Powerful Arab Woman in 2011

Th speakers will address this year’s theme: “Economies of Freedom: Reshaping the Future of the MENA Region,” which will explore the positive social and economic changes taking place in the region today while uncertainty lingers over the political landscape. Our outstanding group of guest speakers includes business executives, policy makers, ambassadors and foreign affairs experts, and global scholars, who will engage in dialogue about the MENA region’s most pressing issues. Not only will you have an opportunity to hear distinguished panelists’ local and global perspectives; you will have ample opportunity to network with them one-on-one while enjoying the spectacular view from the top floor of the Wharton School’s Huntsman Hall.

Hope to see #Pitapals and pitaconsumer fans there!

Connect with Wharton MENA Business conference 2013 on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @WhartonMENAconf.  To follow the discussion with us and comment, please use their hashtag: #WhartonMENAConf … See you there!

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Related developments:

Tunisia: “World Bank Approves $500 Million Loan to Tunisia” – The Daily Star Lebanon

The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan to Tunisia to support its 2013 budget and help its economy after the first Arab Spring uprising that toppled its former ruler, a minister said on Thursday.

Two years after the revolution that ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, increasing numbers of Tunisians are staging street protests to demand jobs and economic development.

The new loan follows another of the same amount last November to support economic recovery by providing funds to improve the business and financial sectors and reform social services.

“The World Bank approved a loan of $500 million to support Tunisia’s budget in 2013,” Riadh Bettaib, minister of investment and international cooperation, said.

Tunisia, whose uprising sparked political changes across North Africa, said in November it is seeking a $2.5 billion loan from the IMF, and Fund officials said last Friday discussions were under way to establish what was needed.

 

 

 

 


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