President's Travel

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PRESIDENT’S TRAVEL 2017-2020 Triennium

 [ 2018 : Oct-Dec | July-Sept | April-June | Jan-March ] [ 2017 : Nov-Dec ]
October – December 2018
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8-9 December 2018
Africa 2018 Forum
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

President Amany Asfour attended the High-level Panel on the Gender Agenda: Moving together, during the Africa 2018 Forum in Sharm El Sheikh (the City of Peace), Egypt. This forum is an international, landmark event hosted under the High Patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, aiming to promote greater economic integration through increased investment flows into Africa.

In this forum, President Amany gave an interview on advocacy pillars of BPW International for Empowering Women including Financial Inclusion, Government and Corporate Procurement Policies including Women on Board. She had the pleasure to meet H.E. First Lady of Niger to start a BPW Club in Niger and met Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia to continue discussion on the starting of BPW Club in Shaa Allah, Namibia.

President Maggie from BPW Kampala, Uganda also attended this forum.

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5 December 2018
1st Forum for Business Women Association for Presidents of Africa ECOWAS Region
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

President Dr. Amany Asfour and the Director General of Casa Africa inaugurated the First Forum for Business Women Associations for BPW Presidents from West Africa ECOWAS Region (Economic Commission of West African States) in Canary Islands in Spain. The forum was hosted and supported by Casa Africa in Canary Islands in Las Palmas, Spain. Casa Africa is the Institution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain that promotes relation with Africa. Many participants attended this forum such as BPW Spain President Sylvia, Immediate Past President Maria Jose and our BPW presidents from West Africa: Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Sierraleon.

At this forum, President Amany spoke about the Role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and shared the global vision of BPW under the Theme of the Triennium “Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals”.

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3 December 2018
Meeting with BPW Presidents from Spain and West Africa
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

President Dr. Amany Asfour had a great meeting with BPW Presidents from Spain and West Africa (Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, and Ghana) with Casa Africa in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain as the host of the event.

There were potential candidates to start new BPW Affiliates Clubs in Mauritania, Gambia and Cape Verde joining this event.

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29 November 2018
Launched new Affiliate Club: BPW Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

President Dr. Amany Asfour with BPW Lusaka President Rosemary Chola Sibisi (Rose) launched the newly established BPW Lusaka Zambia in Lusaka with a group of very dedicated women and young BPW. President Amany gave an overview on the advocacy pillars of BPW International and the Theme of the Triennium of Empowering Women to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

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23-24 November 2018
1st BPW Mediterranean Symposium 2018
Nicosia, Cyprus

President Amany Asfour, Vice Presidents Catherine Bosshart and Susan Jones, BPW members from Athens, Thesslanloniki, Malta, France and Italy attended this symposium.  The symposium was chaired by BPW Cyprus President, Mary Papadopoulou.

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21 November 2018
The Med Forum
Rome, Italy

President Amany Asfour participated as speaker in the afternoon panel at The Med Women's Forum in Rome organized under the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy. Ambassador Belloni Secretary General the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy gave the opening remarks.

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21 November 2018
The Skills for Future Conference
Turine, Italy

President Amany Asfour participated as speaker in 2 Panels in 2 different cities in one day.  The 1st panel in the morning – President Amany spoke at the Skills for The Future Conference in Turine, Italy, which organized by the European Training Foundation, the training Arm of the European Commission. The panel was titled Impact of Global Trends on skills for Economies and Societies.  President Amany spoke about the role of BPW International in empowering women and girls through STEM Education and promoting Digital Economy and decreasing the Gender Digital Gap and The BPW International advocacy pillars and Task Forces that address these topics.

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15-17 November 2018
The 12th BPW Danube Net Business Women Forum 2018 Budapest, Hungary

President Amany Asfour, The Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci and Executive Finance Officer Guiseppina Seidita attended BPW Danube Net Business Forum and joined the opening of BPW Danube Network at City Hall, Budapest, Hungary. The meeting was chaired by Marion Volk.

BPW Danube Net Forum in Budapest has been accepted as one of the great events organised in the frame of the EU Code Week 2018.

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7-10 November 2018
Tagier Medays Forum
Tangier, Morocco

President Amany Asfour attended the Tagier Medays Forum and presented in a panel on the Role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality in Tangier, Morocco. The Medays Forum was organised by Ms. Fatiha Otmane, BPW Morocco President.

President Amany had the pleasure to share the panel with Sheikha Hind Bent Salman, BPW Bahrain President, Ms. Hadia Gondji, BPW Addis Ababa, Ethiopia President, Ms. Rawya Mansour, Chair of Environment Committee of BPW Egypt, Ms. Amina, Legal Advisor of BPW Morocco in presence of Senator Laila Al Khayat, BPW Tunis Jasmin President, and Noha, BPW Sudan member.

President Dr. Amany Asfour met President Fatiha Otmane, President of BPW Morocco, Senator Laila Al Khayat, President of BPW Tunis Jasmin, Ms. Hadia Gondji, President of BPW Addis Ababa and Ethiopia, Noha from BPW Sudan, and BPW Morocco members at Medays Forum.

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29 October - 1 November 2018
BPW International Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Over 500 business & professional women from 40 countries attended BPW International APRC 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Three Princesses of Thailand presided over this 3-day conference. The conference featured over 30 speakers in the program:
  • Panel I: “Women Accelerating Advancement toward Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific”
  • Panel II: “The Keys to Open New doors for Business and Employment Opportunities for Women”
  • Panel III: “Green Growth Strategies for Better Business & Better World”
  • Panel IV: “Financial Inclusion for Gender Equality and Poverty Alleviation”
APRC 2018 also featured Leaders’ Summit Session with Panel on “Opportunities to Realize SDGs through BPW Activities and International Partners” and a brain Storming Session: “Advancing BPW towards Sustainable Development Goals +1”
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25-27 October 2018
BPW International Executive Board Meeting
Bangkok, Thailand
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20 October 2018
15th Anniversary BPW Moscow
Moscow, Russia

President Amany and Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci attended this celebration. The conference theme was "Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals". The meeting was chaired by BPW Moscow President, Irina Arsentyeva.

Happy 15th Anniversary to BPW Moscow 2, Russia!!
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9 October 2018
90th Anniversary Celebration of Milano Club
Milano, Italy

President Amany visited BPW Milano Club with President Luisa Monini.  Special philatelic postmark to starting celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Milano Club.

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5-8 October 2018
Visit to the Southeast District
Matera, Bari, Altamura and Gravina, Italy

President Dr. Amany Asfour and BPW Italy President Caterina Mazzella visited the Southeast District of Italy.

  • In Matera-European Capital of Culture 2019, the Meeting was held on the International Theme “Empowering Women to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals”.
  • In the University of Bari, there was a Meeting with the University Rector; a Concert was dedicated to the President Amany.
  • In Altamura and Gravina, President Amany and President Caterina had a meeting with the Mayors and then visited the cities.
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1 October 2018
The Research Institute
Catalina, Italy

President Dr. Amany Asfour, Finance Director Giuseppina Seideta, Vice President of BPW Italy Cettina Oleveri, President of BPW Sicily Cettina Corallo, BPW Catania members and young school girls visited the Research Institute in Catalina Sicily, Italy where BPW Catalina organized a great "STEM EDUCATION" event in presence of the Director of the Research Institute. In this event, the young school girls wearing "STEM" T-Shirts to motivate STEM Education.

STEM Education is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International and it's in line with our BPW International Theme of "Empowering Women to realize Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). STEM Education is supporting SDGs #4 on Quality Education.
 July – Sept 2018
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29 September 2018
President Amany visits the Quirinale
Rome, Italy

During BPW Italy General Assembly, President Amany Asfour, President of FIDAPA BPW Italy Caterina Mazzella, BPW Europe Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci, BPW Authorities and members visit the Quirinale, the venue of the Italian Republic President.  

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29 September 2018
BPW Italy National General Assembly Gala Dinner and Fashion show
Rome, Italy

In occasion of the National General Assembly 2018, BPW Italy organized a Gala Dinner and a Fashion Show.

The stylist was the member Marina Corazziari, who realized a Dresses and Jewelry Parade.

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19-21 Sept 2018
Second Eurasian Women’s Forum
St Petersburg, Russia

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in Russia, which was inaugurated by President Putin. She spoke on “Economic Empowerment of Women and access to Market in Russia” in a Panel on Africa-Russia Business Dialogue and Economic Empowerment of Women in this Forum. 

She met with UNIDO Managing Director Fatou Haidara and UNIDO Senior Industrial officer Monica Carco as well as several BPW members, including BPW Neva’s President Natalia, President Elena of BPW Club in St Petersburg, etc. 

President Amany also met with Ms. Veronica to start a new BPW Club in Skolkova in Russia.  She also discussed with the Minister of Gender of Cambodia on starting a BPW Club in Cambodia.

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12 September 2018
2018 World Export Development Forum
Lusaka, Zambia

President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a Panel of Women in Leadership in conversation during the World Export Development Forum. The forum was organized by ITC (International Trade Center) in collaboration with African Union in Lusaka Zambia.

President Amany spoke on the role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and promoting women in Trade in Partnership with ITC in the presence of Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of ITC. During the forum, she met with potential Business women to start BPW clubs in Zambia, Guinea and Eriteria.

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10-12 August 2018
BPW Canada 46th National Convention,
Ottawa, Canada

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended BPW Canada 46th National Convention in Ottawa, Canada at the Fermont Chateau Lauriet. The opening ceremony was presided over by Chief Commissioner of Human Rights of Canada, Mayor of Ottawa. At this convention, Linda Davis was elected a new President of BPW Canada. Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, immediate past president of President of BPW Canada took on a role as Chairperson of a newly formed taskforce called "Women Migrants and Global Citizenship".

In addition to the Anniversary Celebration, the SDG Gala held the following day highlighted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals featuring a keynote address by the first female First Nations Senator of Canada, The Honorable Lillian Eva Dyck with remarks from Councilor Marianne Wilkinson and the 2017 Recipient of the BPW Canada Centennial Award, Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership’s Executive Director Clare Beckton.

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5-9 August 2018
BPW Jordan Event “My Way”, “SMEs and it's effect on Economic Empowerment of Women” Conference and Visited BPW Jordan.
Amman, Jordan

On 5 August 2018 President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the BPW Jordan event “My Way” with BPW Jordan President Rana Abweh, Past President Haifa Al Nagar, Executive Director Thana’a Al-Khasawneh and BPW Jordan Members. It was truly an inspirational and Mentorship event as BPW Jordan had 3 successful Business and Professional Women tell their success stories and their journey to their leadership position. The event also had 3 Women Ministers: the Ministry of International Cooperation, the Minister of Social Affairs and the Minister of Public Sector Development, who talked about their way for success and how they reached their leadership positions. This is a great event to inspire Young BPW members.

On 6-7 August 2018 President Dr. Amany Asfour chaired in a Panel in the “SMEs and it's effect on Economic Empowerment of Women” Conference in Amman, Jordan. BPW Jordan Executive Director Thana’a Al-Khasawneh and BPW Egypt member of Financial Inclusion Committee Ms. Heba Saad, and Dr. Heike Harmgart, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. The conference was organized in collaboration with Arab Union of Banks under the leadership of Mr. Wissam Fatouh.

President Amany spoke about the Role of BPW International in the Economic Empowerment of Women and how to support SMEs and Women business owners through the advocacy pillars of Women in Trade and Access to Markets, Government and Corporate Procurement Policies and Financial Inclusion.

On 9 August 2018 President Dr. Amany Asfour and Ms. Heba Saad, BPW Egypt member of Financial Inclusion Committee, had a great meeting with BPW Jordan President Rana Abweh, Past President Haifa Al Nagar, Executive Director Thana’a Al-Khasawneh and BPW Jordan Members, where they discussed BPW Jordan Projects and how they are contributing to the theme of the BPW International Triennium: Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

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21-22 July 2018
BPWI Regional Congress for North America and the Caribbean,
Orlando, Florida, USA

President Dr. Amany Asfour and almost all BPWI Executives attended the BPW International Regional Congress for North America and the Caribbean in Orlando, Florida, USA, the site of BPW International Congress in 2020.

Regional Coordinator Dawne Williams, Past International President and President of NFBPWC Elisabeth Benhem organized a fantastic Regional Congress with workshops. President Amany congratulated the newly elected NFBPWC President Sandra Thompson and her new Executive Board.

At Gala Dinner on 22 July 2018, President Amany's speech on "Game Changer" was well received.

Many awards were given out to outstanding BPW members and everyone enjoyed the Candle lighting cerebration for the N. America Region. Young BPW also gets an opportunity to have breakfast with the President.

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12-19 July 2018
20th COMESA Summit
Lusaka, Zambia

President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the 20th COMESA Summit, a Common Market of Southern and Eastern Africa, under the theme, 'COMESA: Towards Digital Economic Integration,' which was organized between July 12-19, 2018 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. During the summit, President Amany met the Ministers of Gender of Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar and The Ministers of Trade of COMESA.

The COMESA summit was designed to rally Member States towards the full adoption of digital technologies; they focused on establishing seamless processes across COMESA region to enable ease of doing business/trade and to enhance regional integration using ICT as a tool. Currently, COMESA is rolling out instruments of Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA), which incorporates e-Trade, e-logistics and e-legislation with the aim of minimize physical barriers between Member States.

During this Summit, the Minister of Gender of Zambia and President Amany agreed to start BPW Affiliates Club in Zambia. They also discussed more issues on Economic Empowerment of Women Through Trade and Access to Markets. This is truly a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

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4 July 2018
Panel on the Impact of Financial Inclusion of Women during the G20 Meeting. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a Panel on the Impact of Financial Inclusion of Women during the G20 Meeting under the auspices of the Presidency of Argentina and the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The panel was moderated by Ms. Khlood Al Dukheil, Managing Director of Al Dukheil Finance Group, who is driving the agenda of Financial Inclusion in Saudi Arabia.

President Amany was sharing the panel with H.R.H. Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al -Saud, Ms. Mai Aboul Naga, Sub-Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, and Ms. Susan Bilbao, Chair of W20 Group Argentina.

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3-4 July 2018
Inauguration of the Al Nador Training Center for Women Empowerment; and Meeting with BPW Madrid President and members.
Madrid, Spain

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the inauguration of the Al Nador Training Center for Women Empowerment in Spain. The training center was first established in Morocco. This is a project of African Foundation chaired by H.E. Maria Therese Fernandez De P.a. Vega, the President of the State Council of Spain, under the patronage, and in the presence, of Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.

The foundation promotes women in STEM Education and Economic Empowerment of Women. This is a great advocacy pillar of BPW Int’l.

President Dr. Amany also met BPW Madrid President Ms. Paz Martín Lozano, and BPW Madrid members and met with H.E. The Minister of Commerce Industry and Tourism of Spain, who is also a member of BPW Madrid. The Minister is newly appointed in the new Cabinet of Spain. The Cabinet, which has more female ministers serving than male ministers, of Spain is now rated number 1 in the world in empowering women.

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1 July 2018
31st African Union Summit
Nouakchott, Mauritania

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the African Union High Level Meeting on Women in Power during the African Union Summit in Mauritania. President Amany met with Business and Professional Women from Mauritania and invite them to start BPW in Mauritania. She also met with H.E. Adv. Bience Gawanas, UN Special Advisor on Africa. Attended the Press Conference of GIMAC (Gender is my Agenda Campaign) Network where BPW Egypt and BPW Sudan are members.

President Amany spoke on Economic Empowerment of Women a main objective of BPW International.

 2017
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December 2017
“International Trade Fair” in DJIBOUTI

President Amany Asfour spoke at a session entitled "Women at the top Leadership" at the International Trade Fair and celebration of 110 Years for the Chamber of Commerce in Djibouti, which was hosted by the Woman Mayor of Djibouti Ms Fatma. Dr. Amany also met with many powerful women to start the BPW In Djibouti.