#Med2019 - Agenda

MED Fora


Women’s Forum

Parco dei Principi Hotel, Rome




What is the role of women in international politics and diplomacy today? In a field historically dominated by men, women increasingly hold more prominent positions in government, diplomacy and development. However, of the senior conflict mediators involved in today’s peace processes, few are women.



The global transition to renewable energy is benefiting the economy and environment, creating new sources of employment. Women’s contributions – their talents, skills and views – are critically important in supporting this growing industry during a momentous transition towards a more sustainable energy system


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  • Haifa ABU GHAZALEH, Assistant Secretary General – Head of Social Affairs Sector, League of Arab States
  • Rita ADAM, Ambassador of Switzerland to Italy
  • Mireille AFFA’A MINDZIE, Policy Specialist, Peace and Security Section, UNWomen
  • Kalliope AGAPIOU JOSEPHIDES, Founding Member, MWMN-Cyprus; Former Chair, European Institute of Gender Equality
  • Nadia AIT-ZAI, President, Fondation pour l’Égalité, Algeria
  • Haifa AL KHAIFI, Finance Director, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Sheikha Hind bint Salman AL KHALIFA, President, Bahrain International Federation of Business & Professional Women
  • Reem AL MANSOORI, Member of Parliament, Shura Council, Qatar
  • Gianluca ALBERINI, Principal Director for the United Nations and Human Rights, Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Ashaman ALTOQI, Ambassador of Yemen to Italy
  • Rida ALTUBULY, Director, Together We Build It Organization; Founding Member, MWMN, Libya
  • Elisabetta BELLONI, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Houda BEN JANNET ALLAL, General Director, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME)
  • Hafida BENCHEHIDA, Mediator and Founding member, MWMN; Member, ICAN/WASL, Algeria
  • Ilaria BERTINI, Head of Department DUEE, ENEA, Italy
  • Paola BINETTI, Senator of the Italian Republic
  • May CHIDIAC, Caretaker Minister of State for Administrative Reform, Lebanon
  • Emanuela CURNIS, Head of UN Peace and Security Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Marta DASSÙ, Senior Advisor European Affairs and Editor-in-chief of Aspenia, Aspen Institute Italia; President, Women Empower the World – WE, Italy
  • Vichi DE MARCHI, Director, Women Empower the World – WE, Italy
  • Staffan DE MISTURA, Former UN Special Envoy for Syria
  • Emanuela DEL RE, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Yana EHM, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Italy
  • Intissar FAKIR, Fellow and Editor in Chief of Sada, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), USA
  • Isabella FALAUTANO, Board Member, Valore D, Italy, Chief Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Officer, illimity
  • Irene FELLIN, President, Women in International Security Italy (WIIS)
  • Marta FORESTI, Director, ODI Europe, UK
  • Monica FRASSONI, President, European Alliance to Save Energy
  • Vanessa FRAZIER, Ambassador of Malta to Italy
  • Nahid GABRALLA, Director, SEEMA Center for Training and Protection of Women & Child’s Rights, Sudan
  • Francesca GOSTINELLI, Head of Group Strategy Economics and Scenario Planning, Enel, Italy
  • Maria HADJIPAVLOU, Member, Technical Committee on gender Equality to the peace process in Cyprus; Founding Member, MWMN, Cyprus
  • Amal JADOU, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine
  • Hind KABAWAT, Deputy Head, Syrian Negotiation Commission, Switzerland
  • Tawakkol KARMAN, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Yemen
  • Francesca LAMBERTUCCI, Fondazione Bracco, Italy
  • Sirpa MÄENPÄÄ, Ambassador for Peace Mediation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • Amina MAGOURI, Executive Director, Strategic Alliances: Latin America Meeting Africa – SALMA Program, Tunisia
  • Giampiero MASSOLO, President, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy
  • Enas MEKKAWY, Ambassador, Mission of the League of Arab States in Rome
  • Laura MIRACHIAN, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Abeer ODEH, Ambassador of Palestine to Italy
  • Toula ONOUFRIOU, President, Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company, Cyprus
  • Fatma OUSSEDIK, Professor, University of Algiers 2, Algeria
  • Cecilia PICCIONI, Advisor, ISPI and Fincantieri SpA
  • Sabina RATTI, Chair, SDSN Italia; Senior Advisor, ASviS, Italy
  • Rola ROUKBI, Country Director, Women Now For Development, Lebanon
  • Soad SHALABY, Director General, Egyptian African Center for Women; Funding Member, MWMN, Egypt
  • Elizabeth SPEHAR, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
  • Birgit STEVENS, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Belgium in Italy
  • Josefina STUBBS, Senior Manager Multilateral Engagement, Enel Green Power/RES4Africa
  • Susanna TERSTAL, Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, European Union
  • Valeria TERMINI, Professor of Economics, University RomaTre, Italy
  • Ersilia VAUDO, Chief Diversity Office, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Doa WADI, Executive Director, Business Women Forum, Palestine
  • Magda ZENON, Founding Member, MWMN; Member, Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth Network, Cyprus





Marta Dassù

Emanuela Del Re

Haifa Al Khaifi

Doa Wadi

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