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Inspirational talk: Women* who inspire in technology

This event is co-organised by Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Nouakchott. It will take place in Nouakchott, Mauritania for the anniversary of the opening of the Digital Transformation Center (DTC) in December 2022. The event is organised as part of the Women* in Tech project. Please note that this event will be held in French. For the French version of this text, please visit this page.


Inspirational talk: Women* who inspire in technology
with Dr. Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck

Saturday, 4 November 2023 | 1.00 pm – 2.15 pm | Stream
Azalaï Hotel | Ave Abdel Nasser, Nouakchott, Mauritania


A Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Women* in the tech sector in Mauritania

Saturday, 4 November 2023  | 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Azalaï Hotel | Ave Abdel Nasser, Nouakchott, Mauritania



Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and networking, as we delve into the working world of a woman* in the tech sector in Mauritania! 

During the interview, Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck will share her personal journey, challenges, and triumphs as a woman* in this industry. Her talk will cover a range of issues women* and marginalised groups have to overcome in the tech sector, including limited access to the digital sphere, limited career advancement opportunities, and the lack of representation in leadership roles. 

The talk will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a possible Q&A. Afterwards, a multi-stakeholder dialogue will be held which will bring together key stakeholders from Mauritania’s technology sector, civil society organisations, policy makers as well as experts with a specific focus on gender equality and equity in the tech sector. 

The aim of the interview and the dialogue is to examine further the different dimensions of structural discrimination women* face in society as well as in the tech sector in Mauritania and to achieve a shared understanding of those challenges. At the end of our event we have planned a networking session with snacks and drinks, where you can meet other like-minded individuals and exchange ideas. 

Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, or working professional, this event is a great opportunity to gain insight into the experiences of women* in the tech industry, learn from a successful entrepreneur, and expand your professional network. Don’t miss this chance to be inspired and empowered.

A live-stream of this interview will be available. 



Dr. Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck is an entrepreneur, consultant, and professor of applied mathematics and computer science at the University of Nouakchott, where she has been sharing her expertise for over 25 years. Her diverse professional journey has led her to hold high-responsibility positions. She served as the Secretary of State for New Technologies from 2000 to 2004, making history as the first person to hold this position since its inception. She played a pivotal role in launching the nation’s first-ever strategy for the development of new technologies, contributing to Mauritania’s integration into the information society. Dr. Mohamed-Saleck is an early advocate for bridging the digital divide and has made significant contributions to the fields of youth training and higher education, as well as scientific research. She served as a member of the National Council for Higher Education and Scientific Research. Her professional experience extends far beyond the realm of higher education, encompassing various sectors such as banking, mining, petroleum, telecommunications, and ICT, both in Mauritania and Europe. She has garnered extensive experience working with internationally renowned companies, including Total, Geomath International (a subsidiary of the Institut Français du Pétrole), and Compagnie Générale de Geophysique Company (CGG). Her substantial expertise in strategic sectors has enabled her to develop an informed perspective on the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing Mauritania and the global community. She continues her active commitment to the development and prosperity of her nation and the international community.



12.00pm   Arrival
1:00-1:20pm  Welcome Note GIZ
  Opening Note by Matchyane Bakar Soueid Ahmed, MTNIMA
1:20- 2:15pm   Welcome & inspirational talk with Dr. Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck
2:15-3:00pm   Coffee break (prayer)
3:00-3:30pm   Introduction of HIIG and DTC
3:30-4:30pm   Lunch break
4:30-5:00pm   Presentation from

Dr. Theresa Züger

5:00-6:30pm   Discussion in groups
6:30-7:00pm   Prayer
7:00-7:30pm   Networking


For any questions, please contact Sarah Spitz:


Partner organisations

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Mauritania, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-organize this event as part of the Women* in Tech project, consisting of an inspirational talk and a multi-stakeholder dialogue, with the participation of the Mauritanian Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernization of the Administration (MTNIMA).

Event date

04.11.2023 | 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm ical | gcal


Azalaï Hotel,  2PG+MP, Ave Abdel Nasser,   Nouakchott


Sarah Spitz

Head of Dialogue & Knowledge Transfer | Project Coordinator Women* in Tech


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