Official Ministerial Meetings Based Summit

HE Dr Amr Talaat Minister of Communications
& Information Technology

HE Dr Tarek Shawki Minister of Education
& Technical Education

HE Dr Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar Minister of Higher
Education & Scientific Research

MENA Innovation 2018 will take place in Cairo, 29–31 July, specifically devoted to ICT innovation in education and developing digital skills. The summit is a unique meetings-based forum that involves the equal participation and contribution of content for the three Egyptian Ministries for Education & Technical Education, Communications & Information Technology and Higher Education & Scientific Research.

The summit was initiated with a joint plan of action by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology in December 2017 and since then personal letters of invitation have been sent to ministers of education, higher education and ICT from MENA countries and a select number of sub-Saharan countries.

This high-level meetings-based forum will bring together ministers, senior government officials, universities and civil society stakeholders from across the MENA region and African countries to engage with leading industry operators and solution providers.

The organisers, Brains Innovation Summits, have established the most successful meetings-based format between industry and government decision-makers across the Middle East and Africa. This official ministerial summit represents the perfect opportunity to do face-to-face business by booking pre-scheduled meetings and enjoying a wealth of content dedicated to education, ICT and innovation.

This landmark event will bring together ministers and senior officials for education, ICT, higher education and science & technology from all participating countries with personal invitations being extended by the Egyptian Government.

MENA Innovation 2018 is the must attend event for industry solution providers to engage with clients, government partners and to develop future business prospects in the region. Organisation of MENA Innovation 2018 was confirmed in a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

“The highlights are the calibre of attending ministers and the calibre of representatives from each country; and outstanding one-to-one meetings.”
Simon Higgins – MENA Manager, Cambridge International Examinations

“It is a very nice formula. Better than the traditional boring conference and most of all these networking capabilities
enable us vendors to connect with many customers. We could meet at minister level so the participation
was very good and was a very valuable experience to connect with our customers in the region.”

Andrea Emiliani – Business Development Executive, Academia, IBM Middle East

Pre-Scheduled Ministerial Meetings

The centrepiece of MENA Innovation 2018 will be the pre-scheduled meetings for industry partners to book, in advance, their preferred ministries, countries and organisations to interact with customers and maximise return on time spent participating at the summit.

“I think the format of the summit is really what makes it mostly unique because of the meetings – of having all these people in one room, where you can just meet everyone.”
Batoul Ajlouni – VP, Business Development, Integrated Technology Group

Within the main conference arena, over 60 dedicated meeting tables will be set up for ministries of ICT, education, higher education, finance, science & technology, universities, colleges and consortium for private schools from Middle East and North African countries. Industry partners obtain access to our online scheduling system allowing them to choose meetings, create their own agenda and specifically target key clients and partners prior to the start of the summit. It is a format that ensures a successful forum for all participants and above all it is what makes MENA Innovation 2018 stand alone as a unique working event for getting business done.

Equally the ministers and officials hosting the meetings regard attendance as essential, allowing them to meet industry leaders, solution providers and their regional counterparts. The meetings represent a great opportunity for officials to gain expertise from the market, hear of the latest product and technological developments and, under one roof, engage with private sector operators who can fulfil the demands for education, ICTs, e-finance and e-government in their country.

“Visionary people: stakeholders and decision makers from ministers to administrators. The main highlights are
the commitment from everyone towards developing the ICT and education sectors across the Arab region.”

Shadi Hannoush – Corporate Business Manager, Lenovo

Participating Officials

“The roundtables mean you engage clearly and you don’t end up chasing after people all the time… it’s marvellous like that.”
Dr Jeremy Gaines – FESTO

Personal invitation letters are being sent to the following ministers representing their governments to ensure that
MENA Innovation 2018 has a record attendance of senior officials from the MENA region and African countries:


HE Houda-Imane Faraoun, Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technologies & Digitalization
HE Nouria Benghabrit, Minister of National Education
HE Dr Tahar Hadjar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research


HE Maria Cândida Teixeira, Minister of Education
HE Maria Do Rosário Bragança Sambo, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology & Innovation
HE José Carvalho Da Rocha, Minister of Telecommunications & Information Technologies


HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications
HE Dr Majid bin Ali Al-Nuami, Minister of Education


HE Marios Demetriades, Minister of Communications & Works
HE Costas Kadis, Minister of Education & Culture
HE Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry & Tourism


HE Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, Minister of Telecommunications
HE Dr Nabil Mohammed Ahmed, Minister of Higher Education & Research
HE Mustapha Mohamed Mahmoud , Minister of Education & Vocational Training


HE Debretsion Gebremichael, Minister of Communications & Information Technology
HE Tilaye Gete, Minister of Education
HE Dr Eng Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Science & Technology


HE Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education
HE Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications


HE Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media
HE Kostas Gavroglou, Minister of Education, Research & Religious Affairs
HE Christos Spirtzis, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport & Networks


HE Hassan Kazem Al-Rashed, Minister of Communications
HE Mohammed Iqbal, Minister of Education
HE Abdul Razzaq Al-Essa, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research


HE Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Information & Communications Technology
HE Omar Razzaz, Minister of Education
HE Adel Tweisi, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research


HE Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science & Technology
HE Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication & Technology


HE Dr Hamed Mohammad Al-Azmi, Minister of Education & Higher Education
HE Yasser Hassan, Minister of Transportations


HE Marwan Hamadeh, Minister of Education
HE Jamal Al-Jarrah, Minister of Telecommunications


HE Ahmed Omar Maiteeq, Deputy Prime Minister
HE Othman Abdeljalil, Minister of Education
HE Eng Sami Al-Fannazi, Chairman of the Public Agency for Communications & Informatics


HE Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister of Technology, Communication & Innovation
HE Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Minister of Education & Human Resources, Tertiary Education & Science


HE Mohamed Laaraj, Minister of Culture & Communications
HE Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade & Digital Economy
HE Saïd Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research


HE Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport & Communications
HE Dr Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education
HE Rawya bint Saud Al-Busaidi, Minister of Higher Education


HE Dr Alam Mousa, Minister of Communications & Information Technology
HE Sabri Saydam , Minister of Education & Higher Education


HE Eugene Mutimura, Minister of Education
HE Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of ICT


HE Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, Minister of Communications & Information Technology
HE Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Issa, Minister of Education


HE Abdirahman Dahir Osman, Minister of Education
HE Abdi Anshur Hassan, Minister of Posts & Telecommunications


HE Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services
HE Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education & Training
HE Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Science & Technology


HE Tahani Abdalla Atia, Minister of Communication & Information Technology
HE Asya Mohamed Abdalla Idris, Minister of Education


HE Dr Joyce Ndalichako, Minister of Education, Science, Technology & Vocational Training
HE Prof Makame Mbarawa, Minister of Works, Transport and Communication


HE Janet Museveni, Minister of Education & Sports
HE Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT


HE Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, State Minister of Artificial Intelligence
HE Hussain Ibrahim Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education
HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, State Minister of Higher Education & Advanced Skills
HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General Telecommunications Regulatory Authority


HE Brian Mushimba, Minister of Transport & Communications
HE David Mabumba, Minister of General Education

In addition to ministerial invitations, the organisers and the Government of Egypt will be ensuring the participation of universities from Egypt and the above countries as well as key inter-governmental organisations such as The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and UNESCO.

“It’s almost a tradition now for Bi-Bright, but it’s a good tradition. The Brains organised
summits have become a very well known and recognised brand.”

Manuel Mexia – International Development Manager, Bi-Bright Solutions


Endorsing Partners


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Industry Solutions to Inspire Innovation

MENA Innovation 2018 offers an outstanding choice of different options to industry solution providers, allowing companies to select a partnership package that determines the number of pre-scheduled meetings and branding throughout the event. ArabBrains partners can choose the level that best meets their business development objectives and is a proven method of raising company profile and maximising exposure.

Benefits include a variety of options for exhibition, corporate presentation, chairing of a ministerial panel session, imaginative ways to showcase your company on delegate bags, badges and lanyards. Branding is throughout the venue on screens and banners, electronically on the MENA Innovation 2018 website and the option for inclusion in the ArabBrains e-newsletter plus branding and profiles on all printed material including the summit guide and agenda. Also special exclusive options for being the ministerial reception or gala dinner sponsor.

Priority meeting times are set aside for our top level partners. Demand is high and numbers are limited. Please see the ‘Participation Options’ document for the best partnership package to suit your needs and enhance your presence at the summit.

“It is a great experience to meet with so many people from the different ministries and universities.”
Juan Ramon Alegret – Director Business Development, Blackboard

“We had a very engaging meeting with Queen Rania yesterday along with some other stakeholders. A great format that really allowed us to have a lively discussion, so overall a really great and productive few days.”
Orla Ni Chorcora – Senior Director, Business Development Middle East and Africa, Oracle