UNDP Arab States Events at the Mobile World Congress 2023

February 14, 2023
Event Details

28 February - 02 March 2023


In the framework of UNDP’s partnership with GSMA, UNDP Arab States will be present at the Mobile World Congress 2023 with a delegation of Country Office staff and women digital entrepreneurs from our Women Innovators Programme (WIP). Delivered in collaboration with GSMA’s start-up platform 4YFN, WIP is a mentorship programme for women-led, digital, social impact start-ups from the Arab States. In its first two rounds in 2021 and 2022, the programme delivered 500+ hours of one-to-one mentorship to start-ups across 16 countries. In addition, participants have the opportunity to pitch to international investors at an annual Demo Day event and benefit from peer-to-peer and group learning sessions on topics of interest.

Meet the alumnae of the Women Innovators Programme 2021 & 2022.

Learn more at the following UNDP events at the Mobile World Congress, which will also announce the launch of the third round of the Women Innovators Programme:

Tuesday 28 February, 13:15 – 13:45 CET, Earth Room – Discovery Area, Hall 8.1

Advancing Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Experiences from the Arab States
Women, youth, persons with disabilities and other previously “missing” entrepreneurs are breaking barriers in the Arab States. In this session, staff of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria share their experiences supporting inclusive entrepreneurship and social innovation ecosystems.


  • Dr Abeer Shakweer, Assistant Resident Representative for Inclusive Growth and Innovation, UNDP Egypt
  • Hasan Fallaha, Labour Market Programme Manager, UNDP Syria
  • Lilian Abou Zeki, Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP Lebanon

Thursday 2 March, 11:15 – 12:15 CET, Pitching Stage, Hall 8.1

Pitching Session: UNDP-4YFN Women Innovators Programme in the Arab States

The UNDP-4YFN Women Innovators Programme is proud to introduce digital social entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about their work in education, health, open innovation, financial inclusion, e-commerce, and more!

The entrepreneurs are:
Ziad Nesrine Rekia (Algeria), Soolvit
Kaouther Mokrane (Algeria), EAT CLEAN
Raghda Mousa (Egypt), HealNOSTIC
Nessma Youssef (Egypt), Dammg
Ravin Rizgar (Iraq), Suli Innovation House
Malak Yacout (Lebanon), The Volunteer Circle
Doreen Toutikian (Lebanon), omgyno
Najla Almissalati (Libya), She Codes
Rihab El Mouhtani (Morocco), EZAR Academy
Yara Ghouth (Saudi Arabia), Naseej Market
Hidaya Mursal (Somalia), Seebeyond
Arwa Hassan (Sudan), Sayid Nafsak
Safia Mohamed (Sudan), Mango Gate
Haya Nabulsi (Syria), Damazzle
Anhar Alansi (Yemen), UDCIB
Yasmeen Altoqi (Yemen), FiDoctor

For further information or to enquire about partnership opportunities:

Roxani Roushas (Innovation Specialist, UNDP Arab States): Roxani.roushas@undp.org.