Transformation through Trade: Creating Jobs and Opportunities in Africa and the Middle East – Sept 22

  • Transformation through Trade: Creating Jobs and Opportunities in Africa and the Middle East
    September 22, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk on Trade and Development in Africa and the Middle East.

Although Africa and the Middle East are very diverse, the regions share two key drivers when it comes to future economic potential: demographics and the rapid expansion of trade along new corridors. Join our roundtable discussion to explore how trade and investment can transform the lives of women and youth throughout Africa and the Middle East


Ritu Sharma
Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Co-founder and former President, Women Thrive Worldwide

Ritu Sharma, a leading global women’s rights and antipoverty advocate, is a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Ms. Sharma is leading the CSIS Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative, a unique partnership between the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and CSIS. Ms. Sharma is building on IYF and CSIS’ joint work on the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, with the intent to expand the initiative by examining the interplay of youth, economic development and security.

Ms. Sharma comes to IYF/CSIS from Women Thrive Worldwide, one of the leading global advocacy organizations bringing the voices of women and girls to U.S. policymakers and a major force behind the rise of donor interest in women and girls. Ms. Sharma founded Women Thrive in 1998 and led the organization as its president until December 2014.

Ms. Sharma’s leadership was instrumental in the creation of the International Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the President’s Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally released in August 2012.

Ms. Sharma is a principal of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and a board member of the US Global Leadership Coalition. She holds an international baccalaureate diploma from the United World College of Atlantic, a B.S.F.S. in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Serve, and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.



Ammar Daoud
President, Engicon USA

Ammar Daoud has over twenty years of international business experience, primarily in the Middle East in strategic planning, business development, project management and infrastructure development.

After spending over ten years the Middle East developing businesses overseas, he returned to the US in 2009 to establish Engicon USA as a partnership with Engicon of Jordan. Engicon is a leading engineering firm in the MENA region. Engicon USA is a small business that manages various engineering and development projects in the Middle East. Some of the major companies Engicon USA has worked with include CH2M, Stanley Consultants, Michael Baker International, AECOM, and International Relief & Development. Clients include the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Agency for International Development, The World Bank and others.

Mr. Daoud earned his Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, and graduated with honors from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where he earned his MBA in 2004.

Ammar is fluent in English and Arabic and is a US Citizen of Jordanian decent. Having lived in Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain and Dubai, he currently resides in McLean, VA with his wife and three children.


Lunch will be provided
Preregistration recommended due to limited space of 25





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