Pushing for diversity and inclusion

Arab WomenFifth edition of Arab Women In Leadership and Business Summit, supported by TRME, recognises the achievements of Emirati trailblazers

In the last few years, the Middle East has seen a surging wave of new generation leaders as evidenced by the UAE’s current cabinet, which comprises nine powerful ministers who are women. Women in the UAE have successfully made inroads into traditionally male-dominated sectors such as aviation, energy and defence.

Technical Review Middle East is proud to be the media partner for the fifth edition of the Arab Women In Leadership and Business Summit (5-6 February 2020) organised by MICE Quotient, which celebrates empowered women while recognising their achievements.

From being the UAE’s first-ever Arab Women-centric summit to being the most consistent Arabic Women Summit over the years, AWILB 5 has re-defined the meaning of leadership and business in the UAE.

The milestone year of the summit has AXA – Gulf as a platinum sponsor, in line with its vision of being a market leader in Diversity and Inclusion and Habibti as an associate partner.

The last four editions of The Arab Women in Leadership and Business summit has had more than 900 participants attend presentations from more than 100 leaders.

This year’s summit will be attended by some of the region’s most prominent personalities: HE Dr Sharifa Al Yahyai, former Minister of Social Development, Sultanate of Oman, Maryam Bin Theneya, Member, Federal National Council, UAE; HE Reem Bin Karam, director of NAMA; Alyazeya Saeed, the first female cargo manager – Oman, Emirates SkyCargo; Amna Sultan Al Owais, chief registrar, DIFC Courts; Hala Kazim, social entrepreneur; Eida Al Muhairbi, Emirati inventor; Eman Al Mahmoud, head of partnerships, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center – Sheraa; Hessa Al Ghurair, director human capital, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA); Noha Hefny, co-founder, She is Arab; Samah Al Hajeri, chief innovation officer (CIO), Ministry of Economy- UAE; Paul Adamson, CEO of AXA Gulf; Despo Michaelides, chief HR & diversity officer, AXA Insurance Gulf and Pooja Gupta, co-founder of Habibti, amongst several others.

The Summit has Dubai SME, the agency of Dubai Economy mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, as official government partner, and the support of the Dubai Business Women Council, NAMA Women, Young Arab Leaders, AMCHAM Abu Dhabi, CEO Club Networks, Leapership Consultants, Evolvin Women, Being She as Encouragement Partner, and media partners, including Technical Review Middle East.

Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, said, “Empowering women to assume leadership in government and the private sector has remained a top priority for Dubai and the UAE. Since inception, Dubai SME has promoted women entrepreneurs and new opportunities continue to open up for women with the Dubai SME Vision 2021 focusing on increasing entrepreneurial activity in the economy. The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit is an ideal platform to showcase the laurels women have earned as bold entrepreneurs and role models and we are delighted to be part of the event again in its fifth year.”

Edwin Paul, CEO, MICE Quotient, commented, “It is imperative for trailblazers, champions and pioneers of change to showcase their achievements since their extraordinary achievements and actions inspire other women of the region to stand up and follow their dreams. The fifth edition of The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit is launched so that Emirati women can make use of this platform to showcase their skills and achievements by taking centre stage and develop future leaders. The Summit will take forward the UAE government’s vision of becoming one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021 by highlighting diversity and inclusion as one of its key aspects.”

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