Bannière ANIMA EMEA Business Forum


EMEA Business Forum ProgrammeBouton programme du forum ANIMA
(Europe - Middle East - Africa)


Moderator : Alex Taylor


* To confirm






2.30 p.m. – Opening

Fathallah Sijilmassi
General Secretary, Union for the Mediterranean


Khalil Laabidi
Président, ANIMA Investment Network



3.00 p.m. – Plenary - Africa, Gulf and Middle East, new connections in the Mediterranean

Candace Johnson
President EBAN & Sophia Business Angels, Founder Astra, France

Jacques Sarraf
President, BusinessMed (Union of the Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises), Lebanon

Mohamed MBarki
Former Minister, CEO, Agency of the Oriental, Morocco

François-Aïssa Touazi
President, Cap MENA, France

Dirk Vantyghem
Director International Affairs, EUROCHAMBRES, Belgique



4.00 p.m. – Focus - Digital entrepreneurs experiences in EMEAA

Rebecca Enonchong
CEO & founder, Apps Tech, US, France & Cameroon
Albert Szulman
CEO & founder, Be-bound, France
Corrine Versini
CEO, Genes’Ink, France


4.30 p.m. – Networking Break 


5.00 p.m. – Plenary - New digital applications: impact on economic sectors of tomorrow 

Hicham Bouzekri
President, Mascir Foundation, Morocco
Karim Koundi
Associated, TMT Industrie Leader francophone Africa, Deloitte, Tunisia
Christian Lim
Senior Manager, AfricInvest, Tunisia
Romain André
Health Project Manager, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France
Benoit Beneteau
Managing Director, OTV Afrique – Veolia, France*


6.00 p.m. – Plenary - Promoting investment in the digital agee

Philippe Yvergniaux
Directeur international cooperation, Business France
Triin Rast
Project Manager, E-Governance Academy, Estonia
Associate eRegulations Expert, UNCTAD, Switzerland






    6.00 pm – 8:00pm - Start-up pitching competition (AGORA space)

    - Presentation of start-ups working in the digital sector in the EMEA region
    - Question & answers to a panel of experts and investors :


    Rodolphe UHLMAN
    Director of Agence Régionale pour l’Innovation et l’Internationalisation des entreprises (ARII), France,

    Tahar RAHMANI
    Director  of Agence pour la Coopération Internationale et le développement local en Méditerranée (ACIM), France,

    Nicolas ROMAIN
    President of the Transmedia and cultural industries Cluster, France

    Candace JOHNSON
    President EBAN, Belgium and France

    Rebecca ENONCHONG
    CEO of Apps Tech, US, Cameroon and France



    Gala evening on the occasion of ANIMA Investment Network 10th anniversary (upon invitation)

    In partenership with Agence de l’Oriental (Maroc)




    3 NOV. 2016 – SAHWA Business Brief





    9.00 a.m – Plenary - Strengthening Youth capacities to develop new entrepreneurs

    SAHWA Project presentation

    Dr. Elena Sanchez-Montijano
    SAHWA scientific coordinator, Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB), Spain,

    Amina Ziane-Cherif
    Project Manager, ANIMA Investment Network, France

    Guillaume Thureau
    Network Coordinator of Second Chance School, Associate Expert  IesMed, Spain

    Rasha Tantawy
    Head of Business Support & Entrepreneurship, TIEC, Egypt

    Zineb Rharrasse
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Startup Maroc, Morocco

    Dr. Driss Ksikes
    Director, Research Center of Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management (HEM-CESEM), Morocco


    10:15 p.m. – Focus - Testimonials from the entrepreneurial journeys

    Khaled Bouchoucha
    CEO, IRIS Technologies, Tunisia

    Michel Athenour
    CEO and Founder, Autrement, France


    10:30 a.m. – Networking Break


    11:15 a.m. – Presentation of the start-ups awarded during the pitch contest


    11.30 a.m. – Plenary - Scale-up enterprises for value creationt

    Tony Bury
    Founder & Chairman, Mowgli Foundation, UK

    Tomi Davies
    CEO, Africa Business Angel Network, UK & Nigeria

    Nidal Qanadilo
    Chief Coach, OASIS 500, Jordan*

    Mondher Khanfir
    CEO, Wiki Start-up, Tunisia

    Zakaria Fahim
    CEO, Hub Africa, Morocco


    12.45 p.m. – Focus    Testimonials from the entrepreneurial journey

    Abdulmalik Al Jaber
    CEO MENA Apps, President MENA Business Angels Network, Jordan

    Sahbi Othmani
    General Director, NCA Rouiba, Algeria


    1.15 p.m. – Plenary Opening of the EUROMED Invest Business Village

    Louis Aloccio
    Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille Provence

    Didier Parakian
    Deputy Mayor of Marseille in charge of Economy


    1.30 p.m. – Official Visit of the EUROMED Invest Business Village (AGORA Space)



    Insight sessions: employability and youth perspective (AGORA Room)


    Coordination and facilitators:

    Dr. Elena Sanchez-Montijano
    SAHWA scientific coordinator, Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB), Spain


    Ummuhan Bardak
    Senior Specialist, European Training Foundation, Italy



    3.00 p.m. - Youth education and employment in the Arab Mediterranean region: findings from the SAHWA** Youth Survey

    Moderation : Dr. Elena Sanchez-Montijano
    SAHWA scientific coordinator, Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB), Spain


    Ummuhan Bardak
    Senior Specialist, European Training Foundation, Italy

    Dr. Nacereddine Hammouda
    Senior Researcher, CREAD, Algeria


    3.30 p.m. - Best practices on training & education

    Modération : Ummuhan Bardak
    Senior Specialist, European Training Foundation, Italy


    Michèle Mansuy
    Director Pole Studies and Research, OCEM

    Dr. Özgehan Şenyuva
    Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

    Salvatore Nigro
    CEO, EuropEFE, Spain

    Francine Bevan, Chargée de projets
    Project manager, TETHYS Consortium of Euro-Mediterranean Universities – Aix-Marseille Université, France


    4.30 p.m. – Conclusion




    9:00 – 12:00 - Visit of the Pole Media Belle de Mai

    in Marseille with its business incubator dedicated to start-ups operating in the digital content. You will also be given the chance to meet and exchange with technology cluster managers and representatives during this visit.


    2.00 pm – 5.30 pm - BUSINES BRIEFING & NETWORKING @ EUROMED Invest Business Village

    Countries Help Desks : Egypt, France, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia
    On stage Briefing -  Doing business in the digital: Opportunities and Partnerships in the EMEA region
    Business meeting zone & networking


    EUROMED Invest Business Village briefings


    What business for digital companies in the EMEA? Opportunities and Partnerships


    Coordination and facilitators:

    Christian Apothéloz
    Délégué Général Finance Conseil Méditerranée

    Emmanuel Noutary
    Délégué Général ANIMA Investment Network


    2:00 p.m. - Tools and services to facilitate international projection

    Audrey Pierlas
    Director ICC International PACA: support for collective actions in African zone

    Raphael Bello
    Director France - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD): Financial solutions for SMEs in the Mediterranean markets


    2:30 p.m.- Opportunities and Partnerships with Morocco

    Karim Besri
    Account Manager, AMDI (Moroccan Agency for Investment Development)

    Mohamed Mbarki
    Director, Agence de l’Oriental, Morocco

    Maxime Defous
    Director Impulse Incubator (France)


    3:00 p.m. - Opportunities and Partnerships with Egypt

    Rasha Tantawy
    TIEC (Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in ICT, Egypt)

    Eman Gamal
    Director of International Cooperation, GAFI (General Authority For Investment, Egypt)

    André Jeannerot
    President Medinsoft, President Aix-Marseille French Tech (France)


    3:45 p.m. - Opportunities and Partnerships with Tunisia

    FIPA (Foreign Investment Promotion Agency)

    Mondher Khanfir
    Wiki Start-up (Tunisie)

    Stéphanie Guardia
    Head Ecosystem and Animation, SCS competitiveness cluster (France)


    4:30 p.m. - Opportunities and Partnerships with Lebanon

    Andrea Kazan
    Business Expert in the ICT sector, IDAL (Investment Development Agency of Lebanon)

    Hadi EL Assad
    Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) / Incubator Smart ESA

    ARII, Accélérateur PACA

    Ilan Uroz
    Director PRIMI Cluster (Cluster Tranmedia, France)


    5:00 p.m.– opportunities and partnerships in Ivory Coast and West Africa

    Incubateur d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

    Christian Rey
    Director, Marseille Innovation (France)


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