9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration and Coffee Break


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Welcome

Amena El-Saie and Ramez Maher, Founders, Helm Foundation
Facilitator: Kristen Fripo, CEO, Hangar10


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Introductory Panel:

Civil Rights and the Full Participation of Persons with Disabilities

Provide an overview about where Egypt stands according to the ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) while discussing the mainstream strategies regarding disability inclusion in Egypt and Globally

  • Moderator: Ahmed Darwish, Deputy, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Egypt
  • Yasser El-Kady, Minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt (TBC)
  • Ghada Waly, Minister, Ministry of Social Solidarity (TBC)
  • Khaled Abdel Aziz, Minister, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Egypt (TBC)
  • Mustafa Madbouly, Minister, Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development, Egypt (TBC)
  • Khaled El Anany, Minister, Ministry of State for Antiquities, Egypt (TBC)
  • Sherif Fathy, Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Egypt (TBC)
  • Mohamed ELDaly, Governor of Giza, Egypt
  • Amena El-Saie and Ramez Maher, Helm Founders, Egypt


11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Navigating the Disability Employment Process and Innovative Recruitment Practices

PwD are an untapped workforce and this panel will discuss best practices globally to fully include and retain PwD in our workforce. The offer on the labor market is vast and entities can greatly benefiting from hiring persons with disabilities. This panel will explore the technological innovations and solutions that help solve accommodation and accessibility challenges within the workplace.

This panel will also explore the best practices in employability and international inclusion efforts and showcase innovative strategies to effectively bridge the gap between employers and job seekers with disabilities.

  • Moderator: John Kemp, CEO, Viscardi Center, USA
  • Amena El-Saie, CEO, Helm Foundation, Egypt
  • Abeer Shakwir, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Community, Egypt
  • Yahoko Asai, Advisor for Disability Affairs, Ministry of Labor, Jordan
  • Bob Nolan, Head Subsurface & Wells Support – Europe & Global Support Work-stream Lead, Shell Global, United Kingdom
  • Company Best Practices: Success Stories
  • Ahmed ELSheikh, General Manager, Pepsico, MENA (TBC), Egypt
  • Mahira Hassan, CSR Manager, Vodafone Egypt, Egypt


01:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Coffee Break



01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Workshop: Developing Innovative Solutions for the Disability Employment Process and Recruitment

International Subject Matter Experts from around the world facilitate the top ten problems that face decision makers and persons with disabilities regarding effective employment and retention strategies.

  • Workshop Facilitators:
  • John Kemp, CEO, Viscardi Center, USA
  • Jay Cardinali, World Wide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, USA
  • Laurel Van Horn, Director of Programs, Open Doors Organization, USA
  • Mukhtar Al Shaibani, President, GAATES Foundation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Yahoko Asai, Advisor for Disability Affairs, Ministry of Labor, Jordan
  • Bob Nolan, Head Subsurface & Wells Support – Europe & Global Support Work-stream Lead, Shell Global, United Kingdom
  • Ilene Zeitzer, President, Disability Policy Solutions, GAATES Board Member, Brazil
  • Marco Pizzio, ENAT Ambassador, Head of Social and Accessible Tourism at the AISM, Italy


03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Closing Note


03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Lunch



9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration and Coffee



10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Introductory Panel: Understanding the Market Value of Persons With Disabilities

Persons with Disabilities are a massive untapped market that, if realized, can have an impact on the overall economy, increase revenue for the private sector and enhance the brand image; all of which positively affect the market share and widen the customer base.

  • Economics of Disability: A Global Perspective
  • How Big is the Disability Market in Egypt?
  • Exploring Corporations’ Efforts towards Accessible Products and Services’ Provision and Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • Amena El-Saie, CEO, Helm Foundation
  • Jay Cardinali, World Wide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, USA
  • Laurel Van Horn, Director of Programs, Open Doors Organization, USA
  • Heba Hagrass, Member of the Parliament, Egypt
  • Ilene Zeitzer, President, Disability Policy Solutions, GAATES Board Member, Brazil


11:30 PM – 01:00 PM

Physical Accommodation: Accessibility of the Built Environment and Universal Design

  • Moderator: Ramez Maher, Co-Founder, Helm Foundation
  • Mukhtar Al Shaibani, President, GAATES Foundation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Laurel Van Horn, Director of Programs, Open Doors Organization, USA
  • Nazem Fawzi, Disability Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs, United Arab Emirates
  • Dina Shehayeb, Professor, Institute of Architecture and Housing, Housing and Building National Resource Centre, Egypt (TBC)


01:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Coffee Break



01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Accessible Tourism for All

Egypt is worldwide renowned for its various spectacular historical sites, vast cultural sites, and immense opportunities. In order to stimulate the economy, tourism, and development, touristic accommodations must be accessible to all. This panel will allow various national and international experts of the touristic sector to approach innovative, accessible, and cost-efficient ways to make touristic sites, attractions, and accommodations accessible to all. The attendees will be able to share know-how and to contrast between international norms of accessibility and what can and should be done in Egypt.

  • Moderator: Laurel Van Horn, Director of Programs, Open Doors Organization, USA
  • Charalampos Chaitas, Project Director for the Operational and Management Consultancy, The Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt
  • Jay Cardinali, World Wide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, USA
  • Marco Pizzio, ENAT Ambassador, Head of Social and Accessible Tourism at the AISM, Italy


02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Conference Closing, Summary, and Pledges



03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Lunch