Date: Monday 8 March 2021

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) will convene a regional conversation as part of the Istanbul Innovation Days 2021: Development and its Futures (IID). IID is UNDP’s corporate innovation event and a platform for UNDP to engage with edge thinkers and doers to stretch development thinking and open new possibilities for collaboration.

The regional conversation will be hosted by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and RBAS Regional Director Khalida Bouzar. The session will explore both how the multidimensional and intersecting crises that affect the Arab States region have led to some of the most compelling innovations, and how systemic innovation is critical in addressing compounded crisis. This will include reflections on how innovative approaches can accelerate progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. The conversation will feature the following expert speakers:

  • Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
  • Dr Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women in Egypt 
  • Basma Saeed, Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP Sudan Accelerator Lab 
  • Moderated by: Benjamin Kumpf, Head of Development Innovation Team, OECD - OCDE  

REGISTER HERE to attend the RBAS Regional Conversation.

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