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Thursday, December 8 • 15:00 - 16:30
WS165: Fostering Digital Capacities for Decent Life in MENA

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Despite having a population of approximately 350 million, The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has a relatively low level of Information Communication Technology (ICTs) penetration compared to most of the world. Given how ICTs can improve the standards of living by contributing to development in several areas such as governance, poverty alleviation, education, health, environement and community, fostering digital capacities can contribute to achieving sustainable social and economic development.

With that in mind, this workshop aims at exploring ways to raise the level of ICT penetration in the region by discussing challenges, weaknesses, strengths and opportunities in :

- Capacity building in the educational and vocational sector.

- Global and regional partnerships for development of the internet economy &

- Internet Governance and implementation isuues.

Given that education is at the core of any development policy, ICT capacity building in education is vital and can be achieved by connecting schools and promoting digital content, access, inclusion and gender equality, so that educators and students could benefits from the opportunities that internet provides. Fostering the digital skills of the youth through additional vocational trainings is also likely to have a long-term positive impact on all walks of life.

Exploring ways to establish and strengthen regional and global partnerships is needed to ensure synergy and coordination among different stakeholders, and it is a conerstone for future viable economic growth, Further, given the complexity of the cross-disciplinary Internet governance issues, its valuable to discuss thoses matters to identify effective approaches to deploy IG in the region based on improving the multistakeholderism and buttom-up models in the decision making process.

Moderator
Walid AL-SAQAF

Confirmed Speakers
Aboulyazed, Hisham 
Al-Araj, Nadira
Boujemi, Hanane
Cherkaoui, LEGHRIS
Idlebi, Nibal
Oumrane, Fatma
Saraswat, Mohit
Yahmadi, Hafedh

Online Moderator 

Said Bensbih 
A remote hub will be organized in cooperation with Hassan II university of Casablanca
The session will be held in room 2

Rapporteur 
Michael Oghia, ISOC IGF Ambassador 


Session Organizers
avatar for Nadira Alaraj

Nadira Alaraj

Vice Chair, ISOC Palestine Chapter
Active in MENA on capacity building on Internet governance, with expertise on pedagogical aspect of online learning and adopting the matching e-learning model to a given situation. She was an elected member of the first Steering Committee (SC) to the Chapter Advisory Council (ChAC) of the Internet Society 2016, the SC that put in place the Rules and Procedures of the ChAC and started some with solid actions in making ISOC more bottom up... Read More →
avatar for Hafedh Yahmadi

Hafedh Yahmadi

Executive Director, Collaborative Innovation Center of Technology
Hafedh Yahmadi is an ICT strategist with 23 years of experience in Telecommunication and IT business (USA, Europe, and MENA). He holds an MBA from KGSM of Southern California University (2003) and a Senior ICT Engineering degree from ENSI, TN (1991). He is a Member of the Arab MAG on Internet Governance, board's member of the Internet Legislation Atlas (Hivos, IGMENA), and Member of the ISOC. Mr. Yahmadi has a strong passion on the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nadira Alaraj

Nadira Alaraj

Vice Chair, ISOC Palestine Chapter
Active in MENA on capacity building on Internet governance, with expertise on pedagogical aspect of online learning and adopting the matching e-learning model to a given situation. She was an elected member of the first Steering Committee (SC) to the Chapter Advisory Council (ChAC) of the Internet Society 2016, the SC that put in place the Rules and Procedures of the ChAC and started some with solid actions in making ISOC more bottom up... Read More →
avatar for Nibal Idlebi

Nibal Idlebi

Chief of Innovation Section, UN-ESCWA
Senior expert in Knowledge Society and Technology for Development. Leading a number of regional initiative in the Arab region for promoting the Innovation and Technology for Inclusive Sustainable Social and Economic Development.
avatar for Cherkaoui LEGHRIS

Cherkaoui LEGHRIS

IT professor, Hassan II University
Mr. Cherkaoui LEGHRIS is a Professor at the Hassan II University in Casablanca. He provides training for engineers on networking technologies, in particular on IPv6 networks, IoT, broadband, network security …. He also leads several scientific research in ICT technologies with his project 4-Any (4-any.com). He has many publications in scientific journals. | Since joining ISOC, on behalf Morocco Chapter, who is now the general secretary, Mr... Read More →
avatar for Mohit Saraswat

Mohit Saraswat

Founding Member, ISOC UAE
avatar for Hafedh Yahmadi

Hafedh Yahmadi

Executive Director, Collaborative Innovation Center of Technology
Hafedh Yahmadi is an ICT strategist with 23 years of experience in Telecommunication and IT business (USA, Europe, and MENA). He holds an MBA from KGSM of Southern California University (2003) and a Senior ICT Engineering degree from ENSI, TN (1991). He is a Member of the Arab MAG on Internet Governance, board's member of the Internet Legislation Atlas (Hivos, IGMENA), and Member of the ISOC. Mr. Yahmadi has a strong passion on the... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2016 15:00 - 16:30
Workshop Room 2 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

Attendees (45)