“Women in Tech: Networking for Growth in Jordan” as Part of Women’s Empowerment Initiative Focused on Trade and Investment”.

Amman, September 23, 2021 – On Tuesday, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of Commerce for the Office of Middle East and Africa, Camille Richardson, convened a virtual meeting to help facilitate the development of partnerships between women-led tech businesses in the United States and Jordan.

“Women entrepreneurship and innovation in tech fosters diversity and socio-economic inclusion,” DAS Richardson said, noting that “I’m happy to support efforts that promote greater opportunity for women in this critical field.” 

During the event, Jordanian businesswomen shared market insights with U.S. companies interested in exploring business opportunities in the region.  Ruba Darwish, the Jordan Country Manager of BMB Group and Int@j Board Member provided U.S. firms with an overview of Jordan’s growing ICT market.  AmCham Jordan CEO Rose Alissi chaired a panel discussion on best practices, featuring four Jordanian women businesswomen: Sahar Madanat, Founder & Creative Director of Twelve Degrees, Reem Khouri, Co-Founder & CEO of Whyise, Hadeel Anabtawi, Founder of The Alchemist Lab, and Maha Al-Said, General Manager of Gate to Pay.  Janee Pierre-Louis, Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, highlighted that, “…U.S. companies that partner with Jordanian firms are better positioned to access business opportunities domestically, as well as collaborate to pursue business in regional markets.”

The ‘Women in Tech: Networking for Growth in Jordan’ event was the fifth session in the ‘Women Empowered Leave Legacies Through Trade and Investment’ (WELLTI) Coffee Chat series. The Jordan Coffee Chat reflects the importance that the U.S. Department of Commerce places on the commercial relationship between the United States and Jordan and is a follow-up to DAS Richardson’s virtual visit to Jordan from May 18-20, 2021. Launched in January 2021, the series is a platform to connect women entrepreneurs in the United States and international markets. Over the past year, Commerce’s WELLTI initiative has grown rapidly across the Middle East region.

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