Meet Ms.Rama Chakaki

Ms. Rama Chakaki has 22 years of experience in management, strategic planning and communications. Her passion is to promote a collaborative approach, invest in social enterprises, use technology for social development and nurture a generation of social entrepreneurs among youth and women in the Arab world. In 2007, Rama setup Baraka Ventures investing in social enterprise. The company spun off three businesses successfully. In addition to a grassroots community engagement approach, Rama worked with Regional institutions in the public, private, non-profit and education sectors to deliver the Baraka Ventures ‘vision of being a positive change agent to build and support social ventures and sustainable businesses with a triple bottom line. In 2012, Rama established Dubai based B Street Advisors, a digital communications agency rooted in the region’s culture and values and
aiming to socialize business. The agency supports NGOs, the private sector and Social Entrepreneurs in engaging stakeholders. Among her other activities, Rama runs women and youth leadership, entrepreneurship and civic engagement workshops,
advises regional government and large enterprises on social investments in youth and women-led social enterprises, and incubates sustainable social ventures and web technologies. In 2013, Rama co-founded
BarakaBits, a new media venture delivering Good News from The Middle East. Rama holds a Master’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Engineering Management from George Washington University.


Meet Dr. Kaoutar El Maghraoui

Dr. Kaoutar El-Maghraoui is a Research Scientist at IBM Research. Her interests include systems software, distributed computing, and applications of analyrics to solve systems۪ problems. She is leading a research project to apply IBM Watson cognitive technology for systems problem diagnosis and resolution. She has co-authored several conference and journal publications in the areas of systems research, distributed systems and high performance computing. She has served in many technical conferences as co-chair, member of the program committee, and reviewer. Kaoutar obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York and a Masters in Computer Networks from Al-Akhawayn University, Morocco. She has received several awards including the American Association of University Women fellowship, the Robert McNaughton Award for best thesis in CS at RPI, IBM۪s Eminence and Excellence Award, and IBM’s outstanding technical accomplishment award. She is a member of IEEE Computer Society, ACM, SWE, ArabWIC and IBM Watson’s Women’s Network.
Dr. Kaoutar El-Maghraoui is currently serving as the co-chair of the Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) organization. She is very passionate about mentoring, promoting, and increasing the participation of women in STEM and computing fields. She has been an active member of the leadership team of the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC), the world’s largest conference and gathering of women in computing.


Meet Prof. Sana’ Odeh

Professor Sana’ Odeh is a Clinical Professor, and Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. She is also an Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) where she spent three years (from 2010 to 2013) setting up the ComputerScience department at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and also created successful international collaboration projects in Computer Science. A proponent of women in technology, professor Odeh is the founder and chair of the NYUAD Conference on Women in Computing in the Arab world (held in Abu Dhabi during Spring 2012, May 2013, and May 17, and 18, 2015), founder and chair of the Arab Women in Computing (, founder and chair of the Annual NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for the Social Good in the Arab World, chair of the annual New York City Girls Computer Science and Engineering Conference (sponsored by Google, NYU’s Courant Women in Computing (WinC) and Princeton University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE, and the faculty advisor for NYU’s Courant Women in Computing (WinC) at NYU NY. She is a member of the leadership committee of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world’s largest conference for women technologists, and also a member of the steering committee of the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W).
Professor Odeh’s research focuses on Programming Languages, Web and Mobile Technologies, Developing information technologies for the developing world, E-Learning, and Arab Women in Computing.