Naama Barak
May 14, 2023

Nearly 100 women business leaders gathered at “Women Connect to Innovate” in Morocco this week to connect, forge business collaborations and examine how empowering women can generate prosperity in the Middle East and Africa.

The business leaders came to Marrakech from Israel, Morocco, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, among others.

The event was organized by Israeli innovation NGO Start-Up Nation Central and Morocco’s Consensus Public Relations, and was supported by organizations such as Google, Women in Tech and the Gulf-Israel Women’s Forum.

The three-day event examined how the shared challenges in the Middle East and Africa impact women’s access to education, financial security and basic infrastructure.

100 women business leaders gather in Morocco to innovate
Women business leaders from all around the world gather in Marrakech for a series of panels and workshops on challenges facing women in innovation. Photo courtesy of Start-Up Nation Central

According to organizers, the shared panels and workshops demonstrated that women in business face similar challenges in becoming leaders no matter where they live and no matter what sector they are employed in.  

“By bringing together prominent women in business, innovation and technology from the region, we are creating a cohort of women which will help propel our region forward,” says Aviva Steinberger, Start-Up Nation Central’s director of innovation diplomacy.

“During the last three days, the groundwork for new collaborations has been laid and we look forward to seeing the partnerships evolve.”

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