AGENDA

The timing of the Agenda is indicated in CET

  • Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022

09:00-10:00: Opening Ceremony

Chairwoman:

Ms. Seffen Faten, Head of the International Department at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Center    

09:00 – 09:05:  Official welcoming

Mr. Nejib MellouliPresident of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Center

09:05 – 09:15:  WEF NEXUS status in Tunisia

Mr. Mahmoud Elyes Hamza, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries

09:15 – 09:20:  WEF NEXUS perspectives from PHEMAC and NEX-LABS perspectives

Prof. Manuel Valiente, Analytical Chemistry Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PRIMA & NEX-LABS project coordinator

09:20 – 09:35:  WEF NEXUS approach addressed by ENI CBC MED

Mr. Martin Heibel, Communication Manager - ENI CBC Med Programme

09:35 – 09:50: PRIMA foundation supporting WEFE NEXUS in the EU MPC

Mr. Octavi Quintana Trias, Director of PRIMA Foundation

09:50 - 10:00: A Nexus Story: From PHEMAC to WEF-CAP

Dr. Gustavo Pérez, Senior Project Manager; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PRIMA & NEX-LABS project manager


10:00-12:00: Regional Conference

KEY NOTE

Chairman:       

Mr. Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager of Berytech

10:00 - 10:25 :  The Nexus approach applied to water, energy, and food security in the MENA region

Prof. Bassel Daher, Convergence Research Incubator. Assistant Research Scientist | Texas A&M Energy Institute. Adjunct Assistant Professor | Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Research Fellow | Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

10:25 - 10:35:  Discussion

WEF NEXUS PANEL

Chairman:     

Mr. Mondher Khanfir, Board Member at AMA @ Station F. Co-Founder & VP at Tunisia Africa Business Council. Head of the Think Tank “For a shared prosperity in Africa”. Governance Expert to the Council of Europe.  Policy Advisor, Innovation Expert and Author.

10:35 – 10:55 : Water/Energy

Prof. Mohamed Ksibi, Former Director of the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Sfax 

10:55 – 11:15 : Energy/Food

Prof. Vincenzo Naddeo, Director of the Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED) | University of Salerno | Italy. Affiliate professor at University of Washington | USA. Affiliate professor at Tamkang University | Taiwan. General Chair of Water Energy NEXUS. CEO of SPONGE SRL (spin-off | University of Salerno)

11:15 – 11:35 :  Water/Food

Prof. Ali Rhouma, Senior project officer at PRIMA foundation responsible for WEFE NEXUS and Farming systems.

11:35 -12:00 : Case Studies in Water, Food & Energy


WRAP-UP & Closure


14:00-15:30: Focus Group Meeting

14:00 – 14:45 :  “NEXUS HUB’s KPIs and more“

Moderator:      

Ms. Salma Essawi, Deputy Director, Research & Innovation Management Department Academy of Scientific Research and Technology - ASRT

Panelists:        

Ms. Margreet Magdy, HUB Manager , INTECMED Project SEKEM Development

Mr. Karim Mallawany, Incubation manager, Sekem Development

Mr. Hamza Guizani, Incubation & Acceleration Director, TECHNORIAT Program

Ms. Besma Sioud, Head of Unit "Research valorization and technology transfer VR2T", Chief Engineer at the "Centre de Biotechnologiede Borj Cedria - CBBC"

Ms. Krystel Khalil, Programs Director at Berytech

Points of discussions: 

          • The magnitude of transforming nexus-hubs into the active ecosystem (interactions among different stakeholders and actors)
          • Stimulate engagement in the long run to serve sustainability (maintaining a minimum level of benefits and services)
          • Measuring the success of nexus-hubs beyond quantitative indicators (number of users, etc)
          • Drawing insights from nexus-hubs for needs assessment  

14:45 – 15:30 :  “Various funded projects Platforms, challenges and opportunities”

Moderator:     

Ms. Pakinam Y. Idris, Senior Expert - EU Funded Projects - Academy of Scientific Research & Technology- ASRT

Panelists:         

Ms. Rim Saied, General Director of Research Valorization - Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Dr. Mohamed Wageih, Senior Project Officer, PRIMA Secretariat

Dr. Mohammed Aljafari, Director, Intellectual Property Commercialization Office, iPARK - Royal Scientific Society

Points of discussions: 

          • Good practices at the national or regional levels for promoting research outputs using online platforms
          • Means to further support the exploitation of research outputs through institutional, national, or regional platforms
          • Challenges in relation to classifying (TRL, etc) and promoting research outputs
          • Possible tools and policy interventions that could incentivize use and activate the exploitation process of research outcome.

 

09:00-12:00: Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis Workshop

Moderators:     

Dr. Nadim Farajalla,  Director of the Climate Change and the Environment Program at the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Dr. Gustavo Perez, Senior Project Manager; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PRIMA & NEX-LABS project manager

09:00-09:05 :   Welcome note

09:05-09:45 :   Description of the tasks of the day and the expected outcome. Description of how the metrics and KPIs/Outcomes were developed and how their scoring was determined 

Dr. Nadim Farajalla, Director of the Climate Change and the Environment Program at the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs 

09:45 - 10:00 :  Description of iHUB and how it works and what is the ultimate benefit in having it.

Dr. Majid M. Al-Sadek, Director, Egyptian National S&T Info. Network - Academy of Scientific Research & Technology. Director of S&T Private Grid & Cloud Computing Centre “STGC3”. CTO “Chief Technical Officer”, Egyptian Knowledge Bank

10:00 - 10:30: Presentation of preselected projects by project coordinators

Presentation of Veggie-Med-Cheeses Project

Prof. Bouthaina Al Mohandes Dridi, PhD Plant production-Organic agriculture, Research laboratory "Agrobiodiversity and Ecotoxicology"; LR21AGR02 National coordinator of PRIMA Project "Veggie-Med-Cheeses";

Presentation of InTheMED Project

Dr. Hanene Akrout, Associate Professor in Water Research and Technologies Centre in Tunisia, Laboratory of wastewater and Environment (LabEUE)

Eng. Hatem Baccouche, Natural Resources Management Engineer – InTheMED Project Manager

Presentation of AQUASALT Project

Prof. Naima El Ghachtouli, Teacher-Researcher at University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah - Morocco

10:30 - 11:30 :  Break out session

Group 1Moderator: Mr. Nadim Farjallah,

Scoring the 2/3 projects as per process described earlier and rank them accordingly.

Group 2Moderator: Dr. Gustavo Perez,

Ranking the 2projects based on the reviewers’ judgment and based on information by project coordinators

11:30 - 12:00: Compare scores by both groups and identify what was good about the iHUB process and what needs improvement


WRAP-UP & Closure


14:00-17:00: PHEMAC Brokerage Event

Moderator:     

Dr. Nicola Tucci, Vice-Director of INNOLABS srl

Presentation of European co-funded projects in the MENA Region & Startups will participate to this brokerage event, they will have the opportunity to present their projects & innovative ideas/projects to an international audience involved in WEF sector.

EUROPEAN FUNDED PROJECTS 

14:00-14:05: Presentation of Veggie-Med-Cheeses Project

Prof. Bouthaina Al Mohandes Dridi - PhD Plant production-Organic agriculture Research laboratory "Agrobiodiversity and Ecotoxicology" LR21AGR02 National coordinator of PRIMA Project "Veggie-Med-Cheeses"

14:05-14:10:  Presentation of Faster Project

Prof. Sihem Jebari, PhD Hydrology - Water and Soil Conservation National Research Institute of Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry Faster Project Coordinator

14:10-14:20: Presentation of ProSmallAgriMed & AQUASALT Projects

Prof. Najiba El Amrani El Idrissi, Horizon Europe NCP - Digital, Industry & Space Faculty of Science and Technology - Fez

14:20-14:25: Presentation of FruitFlyNet-ii Project

Mohamed BRAHAM, PhD. Entomology- Insect Ecology. Vice- President of African Entomological Research Association. Member of the Project Management Office of the University of Sousse. Member of the Specialized Committee Expert in food safety and water. Entomology and Insect Ecology Laboratory. Research Centre on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture.

14:25-14:30: Presentation of TUNTWIN Project

Eng. Houyem Abderrazak , Project Coordinator TUNTWIN, National Institute for Research and Physico-Chemical Analysis - 

14:30-14:35:  Presentation of Sustain-COAST Project

Eng. Sirine Ben Hamed, Sustain-COAST Project Manager

14:35-14:40: Presentation of InTheMED Project

Dr. Hanene Akrout, Associate Professor in Water Research and Technologies Centre in Tunisia, Laboratory of wastewater and Environment (LabEUE)

14:40-14:45: Presentation of MEDISS Project

Eng. Monther Hind, General Director of the Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG)

14:45-14:55: Presentation of Grow Green & Green STEAM Incubator Project

Eng. Constantina Stavrou, Electrical Engineer, BSc, MEng, Senior Project Manager, STEM Department - C.I.P. Citizens in Power, Cyprus

14:55-15:00:  Presentation of AGRI-TECH TUNISIA

Mr. Walid Gaddas , Managing Director of STECIA International

15:00-15:05: Presentation of TECHNORIAT Project

Mr. Hamza Guizani, Incubation & Acceleration Director, TECHNORIAT Program

15:05-15:10 : Presentation of EVE Project

Mr. Houcem Eddine Mechri, EVE Project Coordinator (ICU)

15:10-15:25: Q & R

INNOVATIVE IDEAS & PROJECTS

PHEMAC Go2Market Program

15:25-15:30:  Presentation of Alganeoor Project

Mr. Abd El Hamid Sherief, Alganeoor Project Coordinator

15:30 -15:35:  Presentation of Drive Green Project

Ms. Christelle Bou Harb, Drive Green Project Coordinator

15:35 - 15:40: Presentation of Spreadly Project

Ms. Maha Mrad, Spreadly Project Coordinator

15:40 - 15:45:  Presentation of Pure Farms Project

Mr. Marcel Joe Hoayek, Pure Farms Project Coordinator

15:45 - 15:50:  Presentation of SmartLand Project

Mr. Khaled Alabbass, SmartLand Project Coordinator

15:50 - 15:55:  Presentation of REIIE Project

Prof. Antoine Ghauch, REIIE Project Coordinator

15:45-15:50:  Presentation of DISRUPT Project

Mr. Hichem Mokni, DISRUPT Project Coordinator

15:50-15:55:  Presentation of GARBALISER Project

Mrs. Hanan Ismail, GARBALISER Project Coordinator

TECHNORIAT Project

15:55-16:00:  Presentation of Hy-TEC Project

Mr. Bilel Gassara, Hy-TEC Project Coordinator

16:00-16:05:  Presentation of Production of biofilms for food industries Project

Ms. Faten Mannai , Production of biofilms for food industries Project Coordinator

16:05-16:10:  Presentation of Zeetoun Composites Project

Ms. Saoussen Belghith, Zeetoun Composites Project Coordinator

16:10-16:15: Presentation of PCHM Project

Mr. Jaleleddine Ben Hadj Slama, PCHM Project Coordinator

16:15-16:20: Presentation of Re-Water Project

Mr. Khaled Brahmi, Re-Water Project Coordinator

16:20-16:25: Presentation of Smart Detection Project

Dr. Manel Elleuchi, Smart Detection Project Coordinator

16:25-16:30: Presentation of Smart Farm Project

Mr. Bechir Bnebrika, Smart Farm Project Coordinator

16:30-16:35: Presentation of C’NExt Project

Ms. Saloua Sadok, C’NExt Project Coordinator

16:35-17:00: Q & R

09:00-11:00: Crowdfunding Round Table for WEF Nexus innovative ideas

Moderator:      

Mr. Eymen Errais, Senior Investment and Strategy Advisor, Tunisia Jobs

Speakers:

Mr. Thameur Hemdane, CEO & Founder of Afrikwity

Mr. Hichem Ben Fadhl, CEO of Ajyal Capital

Mr. Samir Ksibi, Co-founder of Cha9a9a.tn

Mr. Georges Bitar, Founder of Live Love Recycle

09:00-09:30 :  Crowdfunding overview 

Q&A

09:30-10:00 : The Crowdfunding from the entrepreneurs & project Initiator point view

Q&A

10:00-10:30 : The Crowdfunding from the Investor look 

Q&A

10:30-11:00 : The Market places of Crowdfunding & Best Practices 

Q&A


WRAP –UP &Closure


14:00-16:00: Technology Transfer Workshop

Moderator:       

Mr. Mohammed AljafariDirector, Intellectual Property Commercialization Office, iPARK - Royal Scientific Society

14:00-14:20 :     Constraints & Barriers faced by TTO in the EU MPC region addressing WEF NEXUS Challenges 

Mr. Alberto Soraci, Technologist at AREA Science Park

14:20-14:35 Tools implemented by the ANPR for a better opening of research on the socio-economic environment through its projects (MOBIDOC, Technology transfer offices, PPI4MED, INTECMED, Smart specialization)

Prof. Chedly Abdelly, General Manager of the National Agency for Scientific Research Promotion

14:35-14:55 : WEF Technology protection and readiness (negotiating, contracting, and monitoring)

Eng. Mohammad Diab, IP and Clients Manager at IPCO

14:55-15:10 : WEF Technology assessment 

Mr. Mondher Khanfir, Board Member at AMA @ Station F. Co-Founder & VP at Tunisia Africa Business Council. Head of the Think Tank “For a shared prosperity in Africa”. Governance Expert to the Council of Europe.  Policy Advisor, Innovation Expert and Author.

15:10-15:30 : WEF technology commercialization “Open Living Labs facing WEF NEXUS Challenges” 

Ms. Salma Essawi, Deputy Director | Research & Innovation Management Department - Academy of Scientific Research and Technology - ASRT

15:30-15:45 : Best Practices in establishing TTO 

Ms. Kalthoum Makhlouf, Chief Engineer in Industrial chemistry, Unit Manager of Technology Transfer and Project Engineering (U2TIP), Research and CentreTechnology of Energy (CRTEn)

15:45-16:00 : Success/Failure stories 

Ms. Asma HamoudaTechnical Advisor, Innovation, Regional Economic Development and Employment Project (IDEE), GIZ Tunisia 


WRAP-UP & Closure


09:00-10:30: Entrepreneur’s Corner Space 

Moderator:       

Ms. Sophie Gombart-MasmoudiFounder of Vitaminn - Consulting in innovation

09:00 - 09:05 : Short presentation of all roundtable participants

09:05 - 09:30 : Presentation of success story #1

Mrs. Saloua Saddok, Researcher-Entrepreneur, National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies

Mrs. Lamia Siala, Representative of Délice Company

Points of discussions: 

          • What is the partnership about?
          • How a partnership helps coming out of the lab and getting into the fab?
          • What lessons are being learned in the process?
          • How is this a win-win for the start upper and the industry partner?

09:30 - 09:55 : Presentation of Success story #2

Mr. Khaled Brahmi, Researcher-Entrepreneur, Faculty of Science of Gafsa

Mr. Ramzi Zammali, Director Marketing and International Cooperation at MFCPole

Points of discussions: 

          • Describing the growth process through multiple partnerships
          • What kind of hurdles have the partnerships helped overcome?
          • How the partnerships have brought more benefits than expected, and opened other doors?
          • What can be learned as a model for other innovators?

09:55 - 10:10 : Presentation of actors helping innovators open doors and building partnerships 

Mr. Ghazi Benothman, Founder of UtiqVenture and Founding Member of Maghreb Diaspora Business Angels Network (MDBAN)

Mr. Nazeh Ben Ammar, President of Excellencia, Serial entrepreneur. Startup Enabler, Vice President of Carthage Business Angel, Senator of Tunisia WBAF, Member of the board of AHK, Businessman and economical civil society activist

10:10 - 10:30 : Interaction with the audience


10:35-11:00: WE4F and Innovation challenges in the MENA Region

Moderator:

Ms. Irene Boghdadi, Technical Assistance Specialist at Chemonics Egypt

10:35-10:40: Challenges faced by companies in bridging the investment gap in the MENA region

Mr. Constantin Salameh, Head of Investments. Berytech WE4F MENA Program

10:40-10:45: WE4F Introduction

Ms. Irene Boghdadi, Technical Assistance Specialist at Chemonics Egypt

Mr. Constantin Salameh, Head of Investments. Berytech WE4F MENA Program

10:45-10:50: Investment readiness support provided to innovators

Mr. Constantin Salameh, Head of Investments. Berytech WE4F MENA Program

10:50-10:55: Technical Assistance provided to innovators

Ms. Irene Boghdadi, Technical Assistance Specialist at Chemonics Egypt

10:55-11:00: Testimonial

Mr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Co-founder of the High Atlas Foundation


WRAP-UP & Closure


14:00-17:00: NEX-LABS Brokerage Event

Meet potential cooperation partners and make new contacts, where you can explore potential business and technological co-operation opportunities within WEF NEXUS.

Need more information?

Feel free to get in touch with Mr. THEBTI Jilani, Communication Manager by sending an email to thebti.jilani@ccicentre.org.tn