131st SPICE Meeting at the 5th MENAinc Workshop in Manama, Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain
24 Oct 2007 – 0

With more than 200 participants from 39 countries the 5th MENAinc Workshop "Shaping the Future throug Innovation and Entrepreneurship", held in Bahrain October 21 - 24, 2007 was a milestone for developing the infoDev network for business incubators, technoparks, and their stakeholders in Middle East and North Africa. Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Bahrain Development Bank and under Secretary for the Ministry of Finance, who opened the confer-ence this event attracted many high level officials from Bahrain and abroad (for more details see SPICE Update No 77). SPICE Group was well represented at this event with 11 speakers from 11 countries. Hosted by Omer Oz, the coordinator of the MENAinc network and managing director of the Bahrain Business Incubator Center SPICE Girls and Boys felt well in Bahrain and used numerous opportunities for discussing experiences, projects and ideas for new initiatives: Habibollah Asghari, Rooyesh ICT Incubator, Iran; Ivan Stefanic, Technology-Development Centre Osijek, Croatia; Steve Giddings, infoDev Regional Facilitator for Africa; Uwe Seidel, VDI/VDE Information + Technik GmbH, Germany; Annuar Safar, Honorary President of Malaysia National Incubator Network Association; Janis Stabulnieks, President, Baltic Association of Science-Technology Parks and Innovation Centers; Peter Harman, Deputy Chief Executive ,UK Business Incubation; Ilyas Azzioui, RMIE Moroccan Network of Incubators; Bagrat Yengibaryan, EIF Enterprise Incubator Foundation, Yerevan, Armenia; Larisa Brovarska, Project Manager of SPICE Group, Poland; and Heinz Fiedler, President of SPICE Group and Regional Facilitator for the MENAinc network