Young Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of SDGs

The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) held the Yung Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of SDGs, 4-Day ONLINE Program jointly organized with the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and other OIC and international institutions, on the 14-17th September 2020.


The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum will be holding the YOUNG WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AS DRIVERS OF SDGS, 4-Day ONLINE PROGRAM jointly organized with the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and other OIC and international institutions, on the 14-17th September 2020.
The program serves as a platform to address the vital role of young women entrepreneurs in driving growth and SDG. It also highlights the key role of institutions in enhancing opportunities and further strengthening cooperation with regards to further boosting women’s entrepreneurial opportunities.
The program entails a special focus on the role of young entrepreneurs as core benefactors, and benefactresses within sustainable development schemes. Attention to various programs and initiatives aiming to enhance cooperation on young women entrepreneurship, capacity-building, and partnership enhancement is crucial in the way of effectively impacting regional policies and programs and the overall SDG agenda.

The Idea

The program is purposed at (a) sharing good practices on infrastructures and ecosystems, (b) highlighting institutional efforts and initiatives for young women entrepreneurs, and (c) encouraging policy trends on the sustainable growth of female entrepreneurial inclusion. Online YWE as drivers of SDGS program objectives •Sharing good practices on infrastructures and ecosystems, •Highlighting institutional efforts and initiatives for young women entrepreneurs, •Encouraging policy trends on sustainable growth of female entrepreneurial inclusion. •Developing the skills, capacities, and confidence of young women entrepreneurs, •Addressing key points related to the infrastructure and echo systems for women economic empowerment for sustainable development, •Highlighting financing and microfinancing young women entrepreneurs’ initiatives, explore current conditions, problems and challenges encountering women’s roles in and contributions to sustainable development of their communities, •Promoting women’s best practices, successful experiences and policy models pertaining to the course of sustainable development.

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Speakers & Mentors

H.E Ruhsar Pekcan
Minister of Trade of Turkey
Ruhsar Pekcan graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1980 and completed her graduate studies at the same faculty. Pekcan started her professional career at Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) in 1981 and served as General Manager an...
H.E Dr. Fehmida Mirza
Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination of Pakistan
Fahmida Mirza is a Pakistani politician who is the current Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, in office since 20 August 2018. She served as the 18th and only women Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan from March 2008 to June 2013. Previously, she was a member of the Nati...
Ms. Maha Akeel
OIC General Secretariat
Maha Akeel is the Managing Editor of the quarterly magazine, OIC Journal, issued by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the UN with 57 member states and is the collective voice of the Muslim world. The OIC Journal refle...
Dr. Hashim Hussein
Dr Hashim S. Hussein is the Head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment and Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO-ITPO) and Director of the Arab International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training (ARCEIT) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He holds a PhD (Hono...
Mr. Taha Ayhan
ICYF President
H. E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, the President of ICYF, took office on 1st January 2019. He graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He continued EU Master Programme about EU Relations in Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. He studied Administ...
Young Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of SDGS
Ms. Agatha Johnson
President & CEO of ADONAI VENTURES, Sierra Leone
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Policy Analysis, Risk Management, Analytical Skills, and Government. Strong business development professional graduated from Various Training on ICT.
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Ms. Mayssa Ghawas
Owner Play works, Bahrain
Designer of customized furniture, interior, and creator personal Spaces for work or play.
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Ms. Simay Dinc
Founder, Recontact Istanbul/London
Simay is the co-founder of Recontact Games She is a passionate gamer & game producer of the award-winning cinematographic mobile games series, Recontact. Recontact: Istanbul, integrated video art in games, was chosen to be the best mobile game of Turkey by Apple in 2015. One of the most ...
H.E. Safia Boly
Former Minister for Private Investment, Enterprises and National Entrepreneurship, Mali
Minister Safia Boly has spent fourteen years at the United Nations working on improving the management and governance of peacekeeping funds. She ran the UN’s first shared service center established in Uganda to provide efficient support to UN missions in Africa. In August 2018, she returned to he...
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Ms. Sharia Walker
Senior Youth Development Specialist, Women and Youth Empowerment Division, IsDB
Youth Development specialist, accredited mediator, strategic negotiator, academic-practitioner, and an experienced conflict resolution specialist with extensive expertise in the areas of alternative dispute resolution systems, assessment tools, curriculum's, outreach programs, and training. A ski...
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Dr. Cem Tintin
Senior Researcher, SESRIC
He has more than ten-year research and consultancy experience in international trade, finance, tourism, economic integration, economic growth, and development. He presented his papers and delivered keynote lectures at several international conferences and workshops such as in Dubai, Brussels, Par...
Ms Ibukun Awosika
President International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation
Ibukunoluwa Abiodun Awosika is a Nigerian business woman, a mother, an actress, a motivational speaker, and an author. She currently serves as Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria.
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Ms. Hye-rin PARK
Founder of Energy ENOMAD, Korea
Hyerin Park is a South Korean entrepreneur. Her last project, to generate energy from the tides, ended in debt as she failed to gain permission to integrate into the electricity grid. But she's back with another idea to tackle the problem of making renewable energy that could revolutionize how co...
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Dr. Azza Fahmy
Chairwoman & Creative Director at Azza Fahmy Jewellery
Azza Fahmy is one of Egypt’s best advocates in the world of jewelry. Accordingly, her design school aims to follow her steps and spread the local culture.
Ms. Huda Janahi
Leader Entrepreneur and UNIDO-ITPO/AICEI Bahrain Entrepreneurs
In April 2005, was awarded Mohammad bin Rashid Award for the Best Arab Startup Business in Arab World. Subsequently, she was also named “inspiring example for the whole region” by then US President George Bush. Forbes Magazine accredited her as one of the 50 Most Powerful Businesswomen in the Ara...
Mrs. Sara Roversi
Founder of You Can Group, Italy
She’s often a sparring partner of key decision-makers in business and government institutions. She is the founder and director of Future Food. Her mission is to take creative and responsible food entrepreneurs to the next level of achievement through education, research projects, and disruptive i...
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Ms. Leyla Alaton
Board Member & Shareholder, Alarko Holding / Turkey
Leyla Alaton is a popular spokesperson in the areas of Women in Business and Women Empowerment. She often gives talks in universities about entrepreneurship and women's economic independence. She is a role model and an inspirer for young women to have their careers and be involved in NGOs. She is...
Mr. Baybars Altuntas
Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum
Baybars Altuntaş is a Turkish entrepreneur, angel investor, speaker and author based in Istanbul. He founded Deulcom International, a vocational training school in Turkey in 1992 and currently serves as the president of the executive committee of the company. He is currently a jury member on the ...
Ms. Zeynep DEMIR
Board Member, KADEM
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Dr. Abla Abdel Latif
Executive Director Egyptian Center for Economic Studies
Dr. Abla Abdel Latif is currently the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Development; and the Executive Director and Director of Research of The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). She is also a Member of the Central Bank of Egypt’s Coordinating Council and has been ...
Ms. Soha Atallah
Vice President of the World Packaging Organization and Director of Liban
Soha Atallah is an international consultant, with extensive experience in industrial development, packaging, marketing, and food safety throughout theMiddle East, North Africa, and Asia. Ms. Atallah has partnered for 13 years with UNIDO as an international expert on packaging and marketing in num...
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Mr. AbdulRahman AlAwadhi
Marketing Business Counsellor, UNIDO ITPO Bahrain
Mr. Al-Awadhi started his legal career in 2002 at Al-Adala Firm, where he practiced penal, civil and commercial cases before the courts of first instance. In 2005, he joined the Law Offices of Mishari Al-Ghazali where he primarily litigated the firm's cases before penal, commercial, civil, labou...
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Ms. Rim Siam
Founder, Egypt
CEO WEBB International Middle EastLtd -President of Business Women Council/ --Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Egypt -Regional Manager of the Hot Mommas Project
Ms. Alaa Hamdok
Owner Solar Foods, Sudan
Dr.Alaa Salih Hamadto is a Doctor and co-founder of Solar Dried Foods Company ( A company that operates in Sudan and produce Dried Foods using Solar. They distribute food to markets in Sudan with beautiful packaging and great quality.
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Ms. Sandra Abi Chahine
Fashion Strategy and Communications Consultant, Lebanon
Experienced Strategy and Communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in the luxury goods and jewelry industry. Currently consulting for luxury and emerging brands with a focus on Sustainable Fashion.
Ms. Afnan Zayani
Founder MENA Businesswomen Network
Afnan Al Zayani is the president of Al Zayani Commercial Services; leads the BBS, and is head of the Coordination and Follow-up Committee. Alzayani has worked for twenty-seven years in the entrepreneurship community of Bahrain. Currently, she is the President and Proprietor of Al Zayani Commercia...
kübra bay
General Manager at Content for Children NGO
Kübra Bayraktar graduated from the International Relations Department of Near East University (Undergraduate - best student of the department in 2006) and Business Department of Bahçeşehir University, (Master degree – 2010). She did academic studies such as Strategic Planning Process, Investment ...

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
You can join the program through the Zoom Application. You can also follow the program on the ICYF YouTube account.
Participants who are selected and fully participating in the program will receive a certificate.

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No, you do not have to pay for anything. The program is fully-funded.
You can apply via this link.
The program is a 4-day online program held on September 14-17, 2020.

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