World Economic Forum, MENA at Marrakech, 2010


The World Economic Forum of the Middle East and North Africa was held this year in Marrakech, Morocco. IMG_3751

The main themes centered around Key Drivers for Development, Energy, and building up the middle classes – though the perennial problems of lack of education, lack of skilled labor, the gender gap,
lack of ability to implement innovation, and so on.
I spoke on the “Low Carbon or Low Cost” Panel at the WEF Forum and joined the 800 delegates attending from all the MENA countries and many other countries from around the world at this globally famous Forum. The event has expanded way beyond its original Davos routes.
Apparently, most Arab states seem to have emerged from the recent economic crisis in relatively good stead.  Yet for all the talk of opportunities in the MENA region, the Arab world is still grappling with a slew of age-old now, challenges – not least a huge increase in their young population coming into the work force ill-prepared for the work of 21st century workers. And more than 60% of the population of the MENA region, is below the age of 25.

There was general consensus that this conference was less well attended at top level than last year’s in Jordan, because there were no high level Moroccan leaders present which caused a ‘domino’ effect in the region with no one sending their top leaders either , in consequence…

Isabel Maxwell
Isabel Maxwell is a Tech Pioneer of the World Economic Forum, and president emerita of Commtouch Software (Nasdaq:CTCH). She Co-founded Magellan, an early online search engine, acquired by Excite in 1996.

Isabel is highly active in the social enterprise space. She was former Senior Adviser to Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus' Grameen America which makes micro-loans to very poor entrepreneurial women. Isabel was a highly active director of Israel Venture Network and built up their pioneering Social Entrepreneur program in Israel from 2004-2011. She has also been an International Governor of the Peres Center For Peace & Innovation since 1999, and currently continues to advise Israel non-profits and a New VC platform out of Malta, Israel and London.

Isabel also had a long career in TV & Feature Film /Documentary production in the UK and US. She passionately believes in the power of individuals to make a difference in the world. French-born and Oxford-educated, Isabel has divided her time between Silicon Valley, Israel and LA for the past 18 years.
Read More Share

Recent Author Posts

Join Our Community

Connect On Social Media

Most Popular Posts

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

We Blog The World