The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in partnership with the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, the American Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia’s Women in Business Committee, and Quantum Leaps held a hybrid workshop on Wednesday, October 13th from 9:00-10:30 am ET/4:00-5:30 pm KSA. This workshop was part of a new program aimed at igniting women’s entrepreneurship and innovation in Saudi Arabia by bringing US entrepreneurs, experts, and business leaders together with Saudi counterparts to build relationships, share knowledge, and develop partnership opportunities.

Keynote speaker

Penelope Naas
President for International Public Affairs and Sustainability


Derya Matras
Vice President for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey

Tamer Mosalam
Vice President and General Manager for GCC-Levant Foods

Dina Sidani
Chief Innovation Officer
Chalhoub Group

Moderated by

Amjad Ahmad
Director, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

WIn Fellowship for Saudi Women Entrepreneurs

A unique collaboration between the Atlantic Council and Georgetown University to support Saudi women entrepreneurs to build leadership and executive capacity to scale their startups to new heights.

IGNITING Women’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Saudi Arabia

A joint project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative, the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, the American Chamber of Commerce Saudi Arabia, and Quantum Leaps for US and Saudi entrepreneurs and business leaders.


empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is shaping solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and building coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.