This forum is held under the patronage of His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates.

The 19th Global Women In Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum is bringing together up to 500 global male and female business leaders, policy makers, as well as young female professionals and entrepreneurs. They’re gathering to dissect the challenge of diversity, share experiences and produce actionable strategies to strive for women’s economic empowerment.

Endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Economy for the past three years, the forum has championed the recognition of women as key economic drivers for over a decade. It aims to highlight inspiring stories of successful women and best practices from organisations that are leading the way in this domain.

The forum also hosts the WIL Achievement Awards, presented by the Minister of Economy, His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, to honour such exemplary individuals and organisations.

This year’s conversation revolves around three pillars: story-telling, future-building, and game changers. The agenda is designed to facilitate discussion, promote innovative thinking and have an impact on the global discourse around the role of women in the global economy.

Participants will also receive a CPD-certificate at the end of the forum.
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As the pipeline of female talent continues to expand, it is up to corporate stakeholders to make the ‘business case’ for investing in women and act as catalysts for change.

Dr Leila Hoteit -Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

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A FORMAT DESIGNED TO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN

Listen to and learn from the most successuful and renowned thought leaders on diversity and inclusion principles.

Get your questions answered by expert panelists as they share their viewpoints on some of the most pressing diversity and inclusions challenges.

A highlight of the forum, the awards ceremony acknowledges individuals and organisations for their impactful support of women’s empowerment.

Gain insight into some of the best diversity and inclusion practices through real-life examples.

Choose from a variety of specialised workshops, each delivering practical knowledge through simulations, group exercises and case studies.

Cement and build relationships with crosssector peers and industry leaders in an environment built to harness the principles of diversity and inclusion.

Book ‘brain dates’ with like-minded peers using our online app (wilforum.e-180.com) and kick off conversations in our brain dating lounge at the forum.

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H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori

H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori

Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori View Profile
Ketevan Bochorishvili

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Vice Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia Ketevan Bochorishvili View Profile
ELENA KOUNTOURA

ELENA KOUNTOURA

Alternate Minister for Tourism, Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Hellenic Republic of Greece ELENA KOUNTOURA View Profile
Nadir A. Mohammed

Nadir A. Mohammed

Country Director – GCC Countries, The World Bank Nadir A. Mohammed View Profile
H.E. Prof. Hassan Diab

H.E. Prof. Hassan Diab

Former Minister of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon H.E. Prof. Hassan Diab View Profile
Chetna Sinha

Chetna Sinha

Founder and Chairwoman, Mann Deshi Foundation Chetna Sinha View Profile
H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori
His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori has been appointed as Minister of Economy in the UAE, effective 17th of February, 2008.

His Excellency Sultan holds a Bachelor’s degree (B. Sc.) in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems from Arizona State University, USA. He also has a Diploma in Computer System Analysis from the Institute of Computer Technology, Los Angeles, California, USA.

In addition to his position as Minister of Economy, His Excellency Sultan holds the positions below:

Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection

Chairman of the Coordinating and Economic Cooperation Committee

Chairman of the National Committee for the Follow-up Program of Investment Climate

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Securities and Commodities Authority

Chairman of the Insurance Authority

Chairman of the Federal Civil Aviation Authority

Prior to his current responsibilities, His Excellency Sultan held the previous positions below:

Minister of Government Sector Development (2006-2008)

Minister of Transport and Communications (2004-2006)

Chairman of Aman (Dubai Islamic Insurance Company) (2002-2008)

Vice President of Dubai Islamic Bank (1999 – 2008)

Group Managing Director of Saeed & Mohamed Al Naboodah Group (1998 – 2004)

Deputy Director General – Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (1996 – 1998)
Ketevan Bochorishvili
Ms. Ketevan Bochorishvili occupies the position of the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia since 2012. Since then her main focus has been development of the investment policies and to facilitate investments into the country, provide research and analysis on Georgian markets and introduce investors to Georgian business and authorities. She also supervises tourism and the enterprise development related activities and export promotion where her focus is to increase the share of export in GDP. Ms. Bochorishvili served as Head at Georgian National Investment Agency during 2010-2012. Previously, she worked at Millennium Challenge Georgia and at Management Consulting firm “Vision and Value” in Rome Italy.

Ms. Bochorishvili holds MA degree in International Public Management from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy) and BA/MA degrees in International Conflict Resolution from Georgian Technical University. She has accumulated several intercultural experiences and developed entrepreneurial skills through participating in programs at Georgetown University (USA), the Iacocca Institute (USA) and Charles University (Czech Republic).
ELENA KOUNTOURA
Ms. Kountoura is the Alternate Minister for Tourism at the Greek Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism. She was member of the Greek National Track and Field Team. She holds numerous national records, international titles and awards. She was elected five times as member of the Hellenic Parliament. She has also served as an independent MP, and established the Parliamentary Group of the Movement "Anexartitoi Hellines" (Independent Greeks) along with nine other MPs. In the 2012 elections she was elected in the first position of the "Independent Greeks" ballot in Athens.

She served as Secretary of the Movement’s Parliamentary Group, was assigned with the overview of Tourism Affairs and was a member of the Greek Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (member of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons and alternate member of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination).

Ms. Kountoura has been honoured for her support in spreading the values of Paralympic Volunteerism in Greece. In 2007, she was honoured by the Greek Government as a Goodwill Ambassador for Social Volunteering. She graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science at the University of Athens.
Nadir A. Mohammed
Dr. Mohammed is the Country Director of the GCC countries in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. He joined the Bank in 1998 as country economist for Egypt and Yemen, became Country Manager for Albania, and returned to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as Operations Director in 2007. During 2010-2012, Dr. Mohammed was on external assignment from the Bank where he served as Acting Director of Strategy at the Kuwaiti Prime Minister’s Office. He also served as a Senior Advisor in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) network during 2009-2010 and 2012-2013.

Before joining the Bank, Mr. Mohammed worked in two multilateral development banks (African Development Bank, 1994-1996) and the Islamic Development Bank (1996-1998). Mr. Mohammed started his career in academia as a lecturer and research officer at universities in Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Cambridge and Oxford.

Dr. Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Khartoum (BS in Economics) and has two post-graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge (M. Phil and Ph. D). He published widely on issues of economic development, public finance, conflict and civil wars, natural resource management, poverty reduction, governance and defence economics.
H.E. Prof. Hassan Diab
H.E. Prof. Hassan Diab is currently Vice President at AUB and a Professor of Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, AUB. He has over 130 publications in internationally refereed journals and conferences and has supervised 80 research projects. He is a registered Chartered Engineer in the Engineering Council, UK, and a registered Chartered Professional Engineer in the National Professional Engineers Register, Australia. He is Fellow in IET (UK), IEAust (Australia) & Senior Member in IEEE (USA).

He received 30 national/international awards and was invited for inclusion in over 40 international biographies with over 100 citations including Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, and Outstanding People of the 21st Century, as well as honorary membership on boards of several biographical institutions.

He was seconded by AUB to serve as Founding President and Dean of the College of Engineering at Dhofar University, Sultanate of Oman. Effective October 2006, he was appointed as Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP) at AUB with an annual projects budget of over $22Million.

Effective June 13, 2011, he was appointed as Minister of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in the Lebanese Cabinet to take over the largest ministry in Lebanon. MEHE is composed of major directorates and offices including Directorate of Education, Higher Education, Vocational and Technical Education (VTE), Central Administration, Education Center for Research & Development, Education Sector Development Secretariat, etc. MEHE includes 60,000 employees across the country and controls or oversees over 3000 schools, 50 higher education institutions, and 450 VTE institutes in both the public and private sectors culminating in over 1.3 million students. Minister Diab managed an annual budget of around $1Billion. During 2011-2014, an unprecedented number of accomplishments in MEHE were achieved, many of which for the first time in the history of MEHE.
Chetna Sinha
Ms. Sinha is an economist, farmer, and activist who works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She was part of the Gandhian movement, and is the Head of the Mann Deshi Foundation and the Founder and President of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank. She has been nominated as a Member of the Governing Board (GB) of Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) and a Member of the National Committee for the Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare.

Since 2006, she has partnered with global organisations such as HSBC, British Asia Trust, Accenture, EdelGive Foundation, Hindustan Unilever Limited, UNICEF, the Clinton Global Initiative and Deutsche Bank to develop corporate community partnership programs for the corporate sector in Europe and the US.

She was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for India by the Schwab Foundation and has been honored with the 2005 Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar award for rural entrepreneurship. She has also been awarded lifetime membership with Ashoka Innovators for the Public, and was selected for the first class of Yale University’s World Fellows program in 2002-3. She aims to support one million women entrepreneurs by 2025.
Mohammed Al Otaiba
Prior to his position at The National, he served as Head of Image Nation Abu Dhabi. After being appointed head of the organisation in October 2011 he helped develop Abu Dhabi’s film industry.

Mohammed Al Otaiba holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo, and a master’s degree in administrative studies from Boston University, with a concentration in multinational commerce.

Mohammed Al Otaiba has a background in diplomacy and media, including 10 years representing the UAE at the UN in New York, Beijing and London
Dr. Shurooq Amin
Dr. Amin is a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist and an Anglophone poet. She has been published and anthologized internationally. She has been a guest speaker at various universities, a judge for various events, and has been interviewed by BBC’s Stephen Sackur on HARDTalk, where she was the first Kuwaiti female guest, as well as BBC’s Democracy Day.

She has had 14 solo exhibitions, more than 45 group exhibitions, her paintings have been sold at auctions, commissioned privately and publicly, awarded prizes locally and internationally, and shown at biennales and art fairs. A retrospective of her work was featured in the biannual art journal Contemporary Practices: Visual Arts from the Middle East. Her poetry has been published into two books to date, in more than 40 literary journals across the globe, and has been anthologized in “Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Arabian Gulf Poetry”. She is the first Kuwaiti to be nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. In 2012 she was nominated as one of Kuwait's 46 Inspirational People in Sheikha Intisar Al-Sabah's book “The Alchemy of Wisdom”.

Dr. Amin holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Warnborough University, specializing in Modern Poetry in the subject of Ekphrastic Art and Poetry.
Barbara J. Krumsiek
Ms. Krumsiek’s professional background spans four decades in the asset management field, including most recently as the CEO and Chair of Calvert Investments, Inc. During her tenure at Calvert, she developed the Calvert Women’s Principles, a global code of conduct adopted by the U.N. Global Compact and U.N. Women as the basis for the U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles.

She serves on the Investment Committee of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and Chairs the Investment Committee for the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Her prior Board service includes an eight-year tenure on the Board of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and 17 years on the Board of Calvert Mutual Funds and the Calvert Foundation.

Among her honors, Ms. Krumsiek was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mutual Fund Industry Awards. She received Columbia University Business School’s Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics in 2012 and is a Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate. She was named in Ethisphere’s 2015 list of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics.

Graduating Phi Beta Kappa with University Honors and Honors in Mathematics from Rutgers University, Ms. Krumsiek holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
H.E. Dr. Aisha bin Bishr
Prior to assuming her current role, Dr. Bin Bishr worked as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Part of her role was leading the Smart Dubai task force team from the time of the announcement of the Smart Dubai initiative in March 2014, to the formation of the Smart Dubai Office.

Dr. Bin Bishr also worked in the Ministry of Labor as an Assistant Undersecretary and has over 20 years of experience in information, communication and technology (ICT) development in public and government sectors.

She holds a PhD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from Manchester Business School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Science (Business Information Technology) from Higher Colleges of Technology, and a degree in Public Finance Management from Dubai School of Government and an Orchestrating Winning Performance Diploma from IMD.

Dr. Bin Bishr has received many awards; most recently, she was named Leading Woman in the Public Sector 2015 at the Global WIL Economic Forum.
Rebecca Barry
Rebecca Barry directs and produces across a variety of genres. In 2012 she founded Sydney based production company Media Stockade with fellow producer/director Madeleine Hetherton. Rebecca has won many awards, is passionate about storytelling and has a strong background in producing and the creative realisation of successful programs. Recent productions include the feature documentary film I Am A Girl (nominated for 4 AACTA awards and winner of best documentary film at the 2014 SPA Awards, ABC & NatGeo); producing the critical and ratings success The Surgery Ship (SBS) which is now in production as a series with NatGeo; producing the ground breaking documentary Call Me Dad (ABC) and soon to be released feature film The Opposition. Through her experience in hybrid self-distribution of her own films she has become a sort after expert in alternative pathways to audience and activating measurable impact.

www.mediastockade.com Twitter: @becbarry
Monique J. Morrow
Monique Morrow is the CTO of New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco. Focused on the intersection between economics, technology, and research, she is defining mechanisms and marketplace scenarios for cloud federation constructs to include security. She was previously Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer of Services, where she is responsible for aligning the Cisco Services Technology vision and architectures with the business strategy. Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, developing solutions that have transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia. Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India. Monique’s role in these regions drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals. Monique has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to Cisco and all the global organizations with which she is involved. Monique was also listed as Top Ten Influential IT Women in Europe in 2014. She was one of 6 Global Achievers recognized for the ITU and UN Women GEM-TECH Award in 2014. In 2014 she was further recognized by IEEE Region 8 with the Clementina Saduwa award. In 2015, Monique was selected to be part of the elite group of women for Connected World magazine’s 2015 Women of M2M/Internet of Things feature—or “WoM2M.” Monique additionally listed as one of the top 50 most inspiring women in Europe for 2016.
Alia Khan
Ms. Khan is the Founder and Chairwoman of Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC), an organisation established for the development of the Islamic fashion and design industry worldwide.

With the support of her IFDC team, training programs, and commercial initiatives, Ms. Khan is determined to fill the void that she’s identified in the Islamic fashion and arts industry. She has made historic deals with global retailers, fashion weeks, and media to open immense doors for the industry players that were only open to mainstream fashion players until now. She has spearheaded partnerships with key entities around the world to develop an unprecedented global network now well known as IFDC.

She is a recognised industry expert and speaker at top business forums, conferences, and events including World Islamic Economic Forum, Turin Islamic Economic Forum, Bosphorus Summit, Dubai Shopping Festival, MOCAfellows, International Textile Fair, among other government and private events. She has also been featured in multiple global publications including Thomson Reuters GIES Report 2014/2015, EuroMonitor’s Halal Fashion and Arts booklets, Elle Magazine, Vanity Fair, Financial Times and CEO Magazine. She has been nominated Business Woman of the Year by CEO Magazine and Entrepreneur of the Year by Gulf Business News.
Cheryl Kern
Cheryl Kern is Global Director Diversity & Inclusion COE at Johnson Controls the $40 billion global technology and industrial leader headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.

Kern is responsible for leading diversity and inclusion strategies globally as part of the organizations commitment to leverage diversity and inclusion, create competitive advantage, impact business outcomes and position JCI as a preferred employer for diverse talent.

Kern has extensive experience in the manufacturing, distribution and consumer packaged goods industries. Prior to her D&I roles, Kern held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, general management, and supplier diversity and employee engagement for Xerox, International Paper and Amway. Her professional experience includes leadership responsibility for customers such as General Motors, Eaton, Dow Chemical and Ford. Cheryl’s expertise in zero-based restructuring initiatives has benefitted the financial performance of major organizations. She has launched new start up facilities and led teams developing strategy and deployment plans for a joint venture.

A native of Michigan, Kern has been recognized as a Top Diversity Executive in Corporate America by Black Enterprise, is a Champion of Diversity Award recipient, has been honored with the Diversity Salute Award and was named one of 10 Top Global Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion by Diversity Global Magazine.

Kern earned a BBA in Marketing from Western Michigan University and has participated in executive leadership development at Tuck’s School of Business and Cornell University. She enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, and the arts.
Ellen Ryan Mardiks
Ellen Ryan Mardiks is vice chair of Golin, an integrated agency with PR and digital at its core. In addition to her vice chairmanship, Ellen leads Golin’s global consumer marketing practice, the agency’s largest and its historic strength.

Over the years she has created and led communications campaigns for iconic yet game-changing brands including Walmart, Nestlé, Unilever, Crayola, Purina and Mattel. She’s known for her ability to find and articulate the “aha” insight that is the foundation of successful marketing campaigns.

Ellen is a sponsor and catalyst for the development of strategies and tools to advance the practice of marketing public relations. A key example is Golin’s Relevance Roadmap process, which helps brands make real and meaningful connections with their consumers while staying true to their unique purpose. She also leads the agency’s client management efforts.

Ellen graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and also studied at the University of London.
Sara Hamdan
Writer, The New York Times

Sara Hamdan has been the main writer for The International New York Times based in Dubai since 2010. She also currently contributes to a content marketing project at Google and blogs about travel at www.holidaysinheels.com, a site that reviews hotels and has a 'what to pack' section with style tips and beach reads. She speaks four languages and is a Berkeley and Columbia graduate.
Maysoun Ramadan
Maysoun Ramadan is the Head of Communication and Public Affairs for Roche Diagnostics Middle East, where she is responsible for corporate communications in which, under her capacity, fall the strategic external communications in 16 countries and internal communications to over 350 employees across the region.

She is a strong and active advocate for women in leadership and women’s health initiatives with extensive experience in oncology, hematology and breast cancer, which has allowed her to develop communications campaigns that focus on driving early diagnosis and treatment to help people live longer, better lives.

With over 10 years’ experience in the medical and marketing industry, Maysoun is responsible for driving all strategic marketing communications and branding activities at Roche Diagnostics in the freshly established management centre based in Dubai. She manages all public relations activity working closely with a variety of stakeholders including health regulators, NGOs, patient groups and the media.

With her in-depth knowledge, experience and qualifications in the pharmaceutical field, Maysoun has been able to establish relationships with key opinion leaders, manage issues and crisis’ and develop key messages and stories to communicate the company’s leadership position in the market.

Maysoun is a certified Arabic editor and TV presenter and holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University Of Jordan.
Rapelang Rabana
Ms. Rabana founded Rekindle Learning, a learning technology company. Rekindle Learning was profiled in the McKinsey report Lions go Digital as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning and serves academic learning institutions and corporate training environments. Previously, she was the founding CEO of Yeigo, an innovative startup that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications.

She was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30, and named Entrepreneur for the World 2014 by the World Entrepreneurship Forum. She serves on the boards of Standard Chartered Botswana Education Trust, Moro Group and Generation Ubuntu. She has been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and on CNBC Africa’s “Next List”.

Ms. Rabana holds a BBS in Computer Science (Honours) from the University of Cape Town.
Hermoine Macura
Ms. Macura is the CEO of Straight Street Media, author of the book “Faces of the Middle East” and the first Australian female English speaking TV news anchor in the Middle East.

Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Ms. Macura was one of the main anchors on Dubai One TV's Emirates News. Her portfolio includes the delivery of live-to-air news bulletins, frequently whilst being in the midst of breaking stories both locally and across the Middle East.

She has also hosted hundreds of other shows, including the three-hour live launch of the Burj Khalifa and “Maak Ya Lebanon”, which featured exclusive interviews with several key players in aid programs in Lebanon which raised 55 million dirhams to help people caught in the conflict. She has also interviewed a variety of decision makers, from the Duchess of York to Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and government officials in the country.

In 2014, Ms. Macura’s love for the Arab people led her into war-torn Iraq, where she has set up the House of Rest – a privately funded, non-political and non-governmental resource centre run by women for women survivors of sex slavery, war, violence and oppression.
Alexander Kjerulf
Mr. Kjerulf is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Woohoo Inc. and one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work. He is an author and speaker, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences in over 30 countries. His clients include companies like Hilton, Microsoft, LEGO, IKEA, Shell, HP and IBM.

He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Denmark, and was a co-founder of the Danish IT company Enterprise Systems. Mr. Kjerulf is the author of 4 books, including the international bestseller “Happy Hour is 9 to 5 – How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work”. The book has been well-received globally and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Vietnamese, Farsi, Indonesian and Chinese.

His work has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, Times of India, The Times, BBC, Financial Times and many others.
Amna Al Haddad
Ms. Al Haddad is a former journalist and an Olympic weightlifter. She is the first hijabi athlete to compete in Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting in the Middle East.

After being introduced to Crossfit in 2011, she made history as the first Emirati, GCC national and Arab female to compete in the Reebok Crossfit Games Open in 2012. In 2015, she competed at the IWF Asian Interclub Championship, where she won six gold medals and three silver medals. In 2016, she represented the UAE at the Asian Championships.

She has been featured in three global Nike campaigns: “Better for It”, the launch of the Arabic NTC app, and “Inner Strength – Raising the bar”, a documentary film with a reach of 10 million viewers.

Ms. Al Haddad’s first public speaking engagement was at a TedX event. She has been represented in over 100 interview and media outlets over the past five years, including two documentary films showing in the UK and the US. In 2016, she won the Femina Middle East “Unstoppable” Award.

Ms. Al Haddad studied Mass Communication and Journalism, with a minor in Psychology, at the American University of Sharjah. She is currently writing a book.
Shelli Brunswick
Brunswick joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as an acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force, and most recently, as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

As Chief Operating Officer, Brunswick serves as a corporate officer, and is responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes and personnel. Functions reporting to her include education, philanthropy, marketing and communication, operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security and assurance. She has primary responsibility for Space Foundation headquarters, the Space Foundation Discovery Center and operational management of the annual Space Symposium, Space Technology and Investment Forum and the Faga Forum on Space Intelligence.

Brunswick is 2016 Chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA), and she serves on the board of directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Brunswick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 1998. She is a Certified Project Management Professional, and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.
Stephen Fitzgerald
Mr. Fitzgerald is the Chairman of Affirmative Investment Management. He serves on the boards of QBE Insurance Group, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the British Museum Investment Sub Committee. He is a member of the NSW Government Expert Advisory Panel on Social Impact Bonds. He has also been a member of the Male Champions of Change “MCC” since its inception in April 2010. He was appointed as a member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund (Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund) and served for a period of five years until April 2016.

Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald was Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 and was named a Managing Director in 1998 and a Partner in 2002. In his time with Goldman Sachs he served on the GS Partnership Committee, the European Management Committee and the Asia Pacific Management Committee and has been based in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney with Goldman Sachs.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England.

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England, Australia in 1986.
Liliane Kanaan
With over 20 years of professional experience across multinational organizations in the Middle East and North Africa, Ms. Kanaan’s responsibilities include leading and managing the first sales affiliate for Roche Diagnostics in the region as Country Manager Egypt.

Starting her career with the Ministry of Health in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 1989, Ms. Kanaan joined Roche in 2001 as Head of the Promotional Office for Roche Diagnostics in Syria. With increasing responsibilities that led her to her current role, Ms. Kanaan is currently based in Cairo, Egypt.

Ms. Kanaan holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Paul Sabatier University.
Javier Barrientos
Mr. Barrientos brings diversity and inclusion to life by fostering an integrated approach to diversity and inclusion aimed at positively leveraging differences in patients, providers, suppliers and employees.

Previously, he managed diversity and inclusion for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He also held a variety of Human Resources positions with Bank of America, the TJX Companies and Business for Social Responsibility. He engages his myriad of ideas and passion as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School Biomedical Science Careers Program and a Board member of the Partnership Inc.

He was awarded the 2014 Leaders in Innovation Award from the Boston Business Journal and has been selected to the Harvard Medical School Biomedical Career Sciences Program 2015 Honor Roll. Earlier this year, he was named among the top 100 most influential leaders in Greater Boston by GK100 and the National Center for Race Amity.

Mr. Barrientos earned an MBA from Boston University, a graduate certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University and a Bachelor degree in Law from Universidad de Costa Rica. He also is a coaching graduate of the Augere Foundation and Coaches Training Institute in Barcelona, Spain.
Noor Sweid
Noor Sweid is a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based out of Dubai and Beirut, investing in entrepreneurs focused on technology and innovation. With experience as a biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US, and then moving back to the region in 2005, Noor joined her family business, Depa. Implementing the highest corporate governance standards, hence enabling the scaling of the business tenfold in three years, Noor then led the IPO for the company, which became the first private company to list its shares on the NASDAQ Dubai in 2008, as well as the London Stock Exchange. In her eight year tenure at Depa, Noor’s involvement ranged from the strategic and growth planning and implementation, to application of corporate governance, the execution of a private placement and an IPO, cross-border acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and investor relations.

During this time, Noor also founded the first yoga studio with internationally-trained teachers in MENA, ZenYoga, which grew to become the largest chain of yoga studios in the Middle East, and which she exited in 2014 through sale to a private equity firm.

Prior to returning to the MENA region in 2005, Noor worked in the US for several years as a Biotech and Pharmaceutical consultant out of Boston with Accenture's Strategy consulting group.

The combined experiences have led Noor to be a leader in the spaces of corporate governance and entrepreneurship. As such, she is a Director-in-Residence for the Corporate Governance department at INSEAD, and teaches a course on Value Creation for Owners and Directors, emphasizing the value creation of corporate governance in high-growth companies. She also serves as an Independent Director for the Collegiate American School in Dubai, Sisters Lounges, Ellevate, and the MIT Enterprise Forum (the MENA region’s longest-standing and largest business plan competition). Noor is also on the Board of Directors of Endeavor and Nabbesh, and on the Advisory Boards of Urbanbuzz and Cedarbridge Capital.

Noor is also an official mentor through the non-profit organization, REACH, which mentors women, and an active angel investor in the region; she also serves as an Educational Counselor for MIT. Noor holds bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Anna Roberts
Ms. Roberts is an international TV and radio presenter, speaker and moderator with over 10 years of experience. She has interviewed CEOs, government leaders and award-winning athletes. In 2015 she launched Nudge, a communications advisory focusing on public speaking and media training. Her belief is that anyone should have the ability to address an audience, but you need to approach a speech or presentation it as you would a marathon; break it down step by step, train daily for muscle memory and build a support network around you.

With a focus on channeling her expertise to help career-oriented women, she also founded imannaroberts.com earlier this year to meet a growing gap in the market. Having read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean in years earlier, she felt it didn't address the way women were being raised and educated differently to men and therefore were always a step behind their male counterparts when they finally got the seat at the boardroom table. She creates video and podcasts and curates articles from around the world.

She has spoken and contributed to leading events and publications in the region and has called Dubai home for the past 22 years, but is still a proud New Zealander.
Hala Sleiman
Since 2014, Hala Sleiman has been the General Manager of Merck, Near East region. She delivered sustainable double digit growth and improved profitability in the last 3 years. Hala put together a strong performance team and embedded positive leadership. She drove dedicated strategy for Iraq where she tripled the sales in 2 years. She lead 5 years growth strategy for Iran via innovation and pioneer approaches, putting Merck on the map among top 5 International companies. She delivered a sustained profitable growth in Levant area, more than double the market growth.

Hala has diverse experience in different functions in the Pharmaceutical industries over the last 20 years. To name some, she was the Head of Regulatory Affairs for ME, Africa, Russia and Turkey. She lead as well for the same region, the Business Development department where she played a major role in the Africa project by delivering a solid plan and continuous progress on new product introduction and cross-functional alignment. At Merck, Hala was as well Country Head for Iran business.

Prior to joining Merck, she worked in Marketing at Novartis, as Brand Manager for the cardiovascular line for MEA. Previously, she was the RA Head and Member of the Executive Boardof MEA at Novartis, based in Beirut. Before this, she worked at Eli Lilly, in various roles in sales, marketing and regulatory, where she drove significant sales growth for Prozac, and participated in the launch of Evista.

Hala holds a Pharm. D. from the Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Omar Al Busaidy
With an unbridled passion for youth development and a desire to showcase his country’s culture to an international audience, UAE National Omar Al Busaidy is always happy to open a dialogue for positive change. The author of the critically acclaimed self-help book and e-book “Just Read It”, and currently the acting Manager of Tourism Investment Promotion at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority; Omar is regularly invited to mentor students on entrepreneurial and leadership skills at several universities across the region. He has also spoken to industry professionals at seminars and events such as TedX and the 37th World Diamond Congress, to name a few. With more than 13 years’ experience working in some of the UAE’s most prestigious private and public sector companies, Omar is keen to embrace his newest role as a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.
Lara El-Amine
Fida Chaaban
Fida Chaaban is the Chief Communications Officer of KBW Investments, a privately held Dubai-based investment concern that works across multiple sectors. Prior to her most recent appointment, Fida was the founding Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Middle East and Entrepreneur Qatar magazines. She is a big believer in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region’s startup ecosystem, and endeavors to use both print and web to positively encourage development in various entrepreneurial spaces and across industries. Based in Dubai, UAE, Fida is a social media enthusiast and sees it as the medium of today’s effective enterprises. Talk to her on Twitter @Fida.
Balvinder Powar
Director, BOOSTER Space Industries & AERDRON

His core skills are in leadership, communications, business development and sales, mediation, marketing, negotiation, research and set-up of new projects, especially in media and business and social development (strong experience in broadcasting, NGOs and luxury goods), and finding strategic partners.
Lina Khalifeh
SheFighter is newly established firm by a young entrepreneur Lina Khalifeh. SheFighter was born in the mind of Lina in January 2010, however the legal registration and formal birth of SheFighter was in April 2010, in Amman, Jordan.

After starting training women at the basement of her parent’s house, Lina managed to start her own and first SheFighter studio in 2012.

SheFighter Studio is the 1st Self-Defense Studio designed to empower women both mentally and physiologically through Self-Defense Techniques. By learning SheFighter’s Techniques women will feel more confident, secure and strong to defend themselves from different violent situations.

The Idea of SheFighter about women’s Self-Defense has come from its founder about violence against women by which Lina describes it as “I didn’t find one real solution for violence against women”.

Lina has more than 17 years of experience in practicing Martial Arts like Taekwondo, Kick-Boxing, Kung Fu and Boxing. As well, the founder holds the black belt in Taekwondo 3DAN, and has represented Jordan in many competitions and championships (National and International). Lina got also certified as a trainer in Canada and North America.

SheFighter has become really well known among women and girls for its successful activities.
Hoda Abou Jamra
Ms. Abou-Jamra has forged a successful investment career in the MENA region, driven by her experience in US and European pharma and life science business development, as well as fundraising for US and European life science investment firms. She was the driving force behind the establishment of TVM Capital in the MENA region from 2007 onwards and co-founded TVM Capital Healthcare Partners in 2009.

She is a regular speaker and commentator in the regional private equity and healthcare arena. Additionally, as an advocate of social impact investing and promoting diversity, she is engaged on the U.S. as well as the UAE as a member of the Dubai Business Women’s Council (DBWC), the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL), and the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PE WIN). She is also the Founding Chair of the GCC Chapter of the 30% Club.

Ms. Abou-Jamra is the founder and CEO of the non-profit think tank organisation The BioExec Institute Inc., as well as the recently founded HealthExec Institute. Before co-founding TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, she was the CEO of Boston BioCapital.

She holds a degree in Pharmacy from the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University.
Sonya Richardson
Ms. Richardson has extensive experience in change and transformation. She is a partner at Spark Company, a niche consultancy dedicated to facilitating change by sparking energy and excitement for growth. She works with global clients across industries - from banking to technology to fashion - in changing or reinforcing organisational cultures, strengthening top team effectiveness and increasing personal fulfilment. As a McKinsey & Company alumni, Ms. Richardson is dedicated to facilitating change for growth and passionately contributes personal time as a PWN Global board member to expand the Professional Women’s Network and transform leadership to include more female talent. As a former financial reporter, she aims to continuously spread the news on the relevance of diversity in decision making bodies, from institutions to corporate organisations to politics. She lives with her partner and two children in Utrecht.
Hayla Ghazal
Paolo Carli
Paolo Carli is the Head of Middle Near East, Saudi Arabia and Egypt since 1st February, 2013, based in Dubai. Paolo leads the commercial operations of these markets, which are part of the Intercontinental region of Merck Serono.

Paolo joined Merck in 2008, as member of the Mergers & Acquisitions team in Darmstadt, Germany. In this role, he actively participated in the execution of key transactions for the Merck Group, including, among others, the acquisition of the US-listed Millipore and the disposal of Theramex, the former Women’s Health Franchise of Merck Serono.

Prior to joining Merck, Paolo worked with Deutsche Bank, both in Italy and in Germany, where he successfully contributed to the regional expansion of the retail franchise in Europe and in several Emerging Markets like India, China, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Paolo is Italian. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Turin and an Executive MBA from Ashridge Business School in the UK.

Paolo is married and has two children.
Nathalie Amiel-Ferrault
Nathalie Amiel-Ferrault is the Vice President of Customer Experience and Marketing at FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (MEISA) since July 2015. Based in Dubai, she leads the Marketing and Communication strategy and the enterprise-wide Customer Experience across all touch points in MEISA. She also heads the customer service operations with 12 contact centers in the region. Her longstanding experience in Marketing is essential to the promotion of the brand and development of initiatives meeting the customers’ ever-changing needs in the region. Her journey with FedEx Express started in 1991 in France, with a Marketing Analyst role. Within three years, Nathalie moved into her first management role where she was responsible for regional marketing for Southern Europe. Nathalie first moved to Dubai in 1998 as Manager Marketing for Middle East and India. In 2000, Nathalie returned to Paris, France and was promoted to the position of Managing Director Marketing for Southern Europe and Middle East, India & Africa. Four years later, she took the role of Managing Director Brand Marketing and Communications for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) based in Brussels. In 2009, Nathalie was promoted to Vice-President Customer Experience and Customer Service, EMEA. In June 2011, Nathalie moved back to Dubai, adding to her previous role the responsibilities of Marketing & Communications for the Middle East and India. Nathalie has been awarded the company’s highest accolade, the FedEx Five Star Award, three times. This prestigious award is presented to FedEx team members for their outstanding performances and achievements. Beyond the commitments of her roles, Nathalie is a staunch supporter of workplace diversity and inclusion, and women’s empowerment and has addressed several international forums on these topics. Nathalie holds a master degree in Management, Business and International Marketing from the Montpellier Business School (France).
FATIMA QASIM
Ms. Qasim joined NBF in 2013 as the Head of Business Management for the bank’s Corporate and Institutional Banking Group. In this capacity, she is responsible for increasing efficiencies in the business, developing and implementing strategic initiatives for the group, managing its financial planning process, and overseeing its corporate governance framework.

With over 20 years of experience in the banking industry, she has gained a wealth of expertise in corporate finance and business development. Prior to joining NBF, she was Senior Business Manager for the Corporate Banking division at Barclays Bank UAE.
EITHNE TREANOR
Eithne Treanor runs a specialist media consultancy company based in Dubai. www.etreanor.com. She is a professional conference moderator and facilitator and an expert media and communications trainer as well as a seasoned energy industry commentator.

Eithne acts as OPEC’s official on-air conference and webcast moderator. She has moderated at a large number of other conferences including the International Energy Forum, ADIPEC, World Energy Forum, the Africa Global Business Forum and the Excellence in Energy Awards. She is CNBC Arabia’s Special Consultant and she has worked as an international television journalist for ABC News, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg Television and CNBC Europe. She has interviewed thousands of leading politicians, dignitaries, energy ministers and high-ranking business people around the world. She is a guest presenter on Dubai Eye radio on the award winning Business Breakfast show and she regularly comments on energy matters.

She studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has a degree in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College in Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
EDWARD MATTI
As Managing Partner for CCM Consultancy, Edward Matti’s responsibilities put him in front of clients from all industries and with wide-spanning challenges. From effective talent management strategies to the design of complex progression models set to instil behavioural change, his team consults on end-to-end solutions for their clients. Edward is an experienced leader with over 17 years of leadership experience in Human Resource Development and Financial Services, where he has proven his ability to manage, motivate and influence others through strong and effective communication skills and a commitment to realising individual and team success. Prior to moving to Dubai to head up CCM Consultancy, Edward lived in Toronto and was Regional Director for Canada’s largest financial planning firm. An accomplished public speaker and TV commentator in Canada, Edward still meets with clients to consult on their issues, develop solutions and deliver riveting interventions. Edward and his team have helped clients in sales, management and leadership needs as well as branded culture and customer centric experiences.
DAWN METCALFE
Coach and author of 'Managing the Matrix: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Organisation' Dawn Metcalfe, Managing Director of Performance Development Services (PDS) is an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator. Her first book, Managing the Matrix: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Organization was published in 2014 and will soon come out in Arabic. She regularly writes for various publications across the Middle East Training Magazine Middle East, Gulf Business, Explorer UAE and LinkedIn (with one article generating over 80,000 hits). Dawn also contributes to the Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8, speaking on various topics, and appeared at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to discuss business writing. Dawn regularly advises C-Suite executives and high potential employees to develop and deliver their events, ranging from simply delivering 30 minutes on a specific topic or moderating a panel to developing and facilitating a week-long corporate event.
Leila Hoteit
In her role as Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Dr. Leila Hoteit provides strategic leadership advice to an extensive portfolio of high profile clients across the Middle East’s government sector. Her primary responsibility is to strengthen capabilities across the Human Capital Development space covering Education, Education for Employment and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Dr. Hoteit’s career spans over 13 years in the management consulting industry. Her projects have centered on several key areas of specialization from policy planning to strategic planning, organizational development and business model design.

As part of her assignments, Dr. Hoteit has covered a slew of in-depth societal issues that punctuate the MENA region; these include women’s empowerment, human capital development, education, employment and culture.

Dr. Hoteit was named ‘Young Global Leader’ for the World Economic Forum in 2014 – a multi-stakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.

Dr. Hoteit has recently given a TED talk on women economic empowerment in the Arab world. She has served as a key speaker at various conferences including the World Energy Forum 2012; the 2013 Women Entrepreneurs in MENA; and, the 2012 MENA Business Network Women Forum. In addition, she has co-authored and contributed to numerous research articles for renowned publications such as The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes.com, Arabian Gazette and The New York Times.

Dr. Hoteit holds a Bachelor’s degree and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London, as well as an MBA from France’s INSEAD.
Rana Nawas

Senior Vice President, Structured Finance & Capital Markets, GE Capital Aviation Services

Rachida Justo
Dr. Justo joined IE Business School in 2003 as the Associate Director for the Dean’s Research Office, and is currently Professor of Entrepreneurial Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Through her extended professional experience, she has produced state-of-the art academic knowledge and teaching tools that are needed to train entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs and help them create value for their companies. Her research has been focused on social entrepreneurship and the drivers of performance of female entrepreneurs. It has been published in top-level academic journals such as The Journal of Business Venturing, and received several awards including the “Best Women’s Entrepreneurship Paper Award”, from the Academy of Management Conference. She is a member of GECES, an Expert Group of the European Commission on Social Entrepreneurship, an advisory board member of Vivergi (the biggest social impact fund in Europe) and has also produced several policy reports for the OECD, the EC and the Spanish Ministry of Diversity and Equal Opportunities. She has also published a social entrepreneurship special report within the world’s largest research consortium on entrepreneurship. Dr. Justo holds a Ph.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, for which she received the “Outstanding Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation” in 2008.
Jos Dirkx
Jos is an award-winning media and communications expert, a two-time TEDx speaker, and a Women Deliver Young Leader. She has traveled and spoken at events around the world. She’s spent time in South Sudan and Eritrea with the United Nations and founded an award-winning NGO, Girls & Football South Africa, receiving a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama in recognition of work done for youth. Most recently, she was Brand Manager at IBM Middle East and Africa, bringing IBM’s largest regional advertising partnership – with storytelling platform TED – to life. She launched a mobile health app, mGirls, which delivers free, daily health care information to over 65,000 girls in South Africa via text. Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Marie Claire, Al Jazeera, CNBC, Mail & Guardian, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MTV Networks, United Nations Girls Education Initiative, Ashoka Changemakers, and Women in STEM, amongst others. She’s lived in 12 countries and has been to over 90, with interesting stories to tell about (almost) all of them.
Rana Nejem
Ms. Nejem is an author and social and cultural intelligence coach. She started her career as a broadcast journalist at Jordan Television. After working with CNN during the First Gulf War, she moved to the Royal Hashemite Court where she was responsible for His Majesty the late King Hussein’s International Media Department for 2 years. She then moved into the field of communications and public relations leading the public diplomacy and communications work of the British Embassy in Amman for 18 years.

She founded her own company, Yarnu, in 2013. She has since been coaching, training and advising business executives, diplomats and officials, helping them refine their professional profile, increase the impact of their presence and raise their intercultural intelligence.

Her first book “When in the Arab World: An Insider’s Guide to Living and Working with Arab Culture” was published in 2016. She is regularly invited to speak on the subject of cross-cultural communications.

Ms. Nejem holds a Master’s degree in International Communications and Negotiations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and is certified as an international etiquette consultant by the International Etiquette and Protocol Academy in London. She was also trained by The Protocol School of Washington
Gaelle Sundelin
Ms. Sundelin is a reporter at Caravelle Productions and the France 24 correspondent in Jordan. Caravelle Productions is a news agency based in Dubai and reporting across the region for France’s major TV channels.

A former print journalist, she worked for three years as a reporter for The Jordan Times. Although she initially focused on culture, she soon moved on to report on gender, politics and refugees.

She has spent the past year producing documentaries and news pieces on topics ranging from Syrian refugees to the war in Syria. She has also highlighted issues facing women in the region such as early marriages, sexual harassment or rape laws.

A social entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Sundelin also founded a volunteer-led organisations to provide relief to thousands of Syrian refugees living in urban areas. The NGO had four programs focusing on women empowerment and education while also providing basic needs to underprivileged Jordanians and Syrians. The organisation won international recognition and appeared on numerous European media channels.

Ms. Sundelin graduated from EHSAL, a business school based in Brussels, Belgium and also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She recently moved to Ankara, Turkey.
Daniel Godsall
Mr. Godsall is a former Managing Director at Barclays Bank Plc, with almost 30 years of experience in leading and coaching diverse teams of talented men and women. In 2014, he decided to quit his corporate career to become a stay at home dad to his six-month-old son, Jesse. It was during this time that he became aware of the significant and often unspoken challenges new parents face when transitioning back into the workplace after maternity or paternity.

In 2015, he founded WOMBA, a training and coaching consultancy that works with companies to support employees and increase manager capability, to reduce the loss of current and potential talent from the workplace during this critical life stage.
David Jones
David B. Jones is the co-founder and chief executive officer of The Talent Enterprise, the region’s premier human capital ‘think’ and ‘do’ tank. With a background in labour market economics, David has over twenty-five years of experience in consulting and HR across Europe and the Middle East. He is a senior adviser to the policymakers and business leaders on strategic human capital issues and challenges, and has lived and worked in Dubai for over eighteen years.
Cordelia Henry
With over 32 years’ experience in retail finance for blue chip financial institutions in London, Asia and the Middle East, Cordelia provided solutions for an array of clients. She learned that many business owners lacked the skills of how to acquire new clients. Cordelia realised that filling this gap was where her true calling lay. Cordelia is now the owner of the Referral Institute’s UAE franchise. She shows business owners how to find their ideal clients, dramatically increase their profits by building business relationships with the RIGHT people! Cordelia leads a community of like-minded female entrepreneurs who believe in the power of building their business through referrals & business networking. She uses her skills as an Imago Facilitator to empower her clients to replace self-defeating traits with effective skills and create amazing business relationships. Combining these skills, Cordelia has a gift of connecting with people at an emotional and rational level. She is a confident speaker, facilitator and advocator of women in business and how to network effectively.
Emma Carbery
Emma Carbery, BA, MA, MSC, CIPD, LVCY, RYT

Prior to establishing The Workplace Yogi Emma worked in the corporate world for many years and for the last 12 years of her corporate career as a Human Resources Director and HR Consultant working with businesses to align people and business strategy to maximize people and business performance. Whilst working in the corporate world, through her own experience, Emma realised that Yoga & Mindfulness practices provided an effective method for increasing physical wellbeing, reducing stress and enabling people to reach their full potential. With over 12 years of experience as a Yoga and Mindful Meditation teacher, Emma has travelled the world to further her practice and teaching experience and with her business, The Workplace Yogi, she and her team have taught hundreds of employees at workplaces all over the UAE. She has completed Mindfulness Meditation teacher training with expert teacher Shamash Alidina, is a Registered Yoga Alliance teacher and a Certified Chair Yoga teacher through the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Institute. She continues to learn and practice daily and her passion for these practices is rooted in her belief of their transformative powers for every individual.
Lucy d’Abo
As Managing Director of Edelman DABO Experiential, Ms. d’Abo leads all concept creation and strategy for the Live Events and Experiential Marketing division.

She has 15 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, and has lived in the Middle East for 12 years. Prior to setting up DABO & CO in 2004, she worked with advertising clients including Pirelli, BenQ, DSF, Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group, and Unilever. She then joined Streamline Marketing to head up their events division within which she managed the IMF and World Bank Meetings in Dubai.

Ms. d’Arbo prides herself on working with some of the region’s most prestigious brands and high profile events. Highlights include organising the Ferrari Mondiali World Finals at Yas Marina Circuit and working with UNHCR for their first conference in the Middle East in 2014, the grand opening of the JW Marriott Marquis in 2012, the annual Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge with HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein since 2005, the launch of TV channels MBC Action and MBC Max, celebrity management for events and conferences like GM Style, OK! Magazine, Atlantis and GGICO, and the opening of offices for international finance players such as Julius Baer.
Marnie Evans
Marnie is currently a Contract Superintendent on the Al Taweelah Alumina Project, a greenfield 2.0Mtp alumina refinery under construction in the United Arab Emirates in a Joint Venture between Bechtel and Petrofac Emirates LLC. She is responsible for the construction of the non-process buildings for the project including the electrical substations, and the refinery’s operational management centre. She previously held the role of Business Manager for the project and managed the project organisations of Project Controls, Finance & Accounting, Risk Management and Communications, as well as overseeing the key commercial agreements for the project.

Marnie joined Bechtel in 1996 as a mechanical engineering graduate. Her experience spans multiple functions: Home and Field Engineering; Project Controls, and Six Sigma, and includes work on various major projects in Australia and Indonesia, including Century Zinc, PWCS Stage 3 Expansion and Yarwun Alumina Refinery. Marnie also served as the Management Information & Planning Manager for M&M and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Reem Al Ghanim
Reem is currently heading the Women Development & Diversity Division at Saudi Aramco. In line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision and Saudi Aramco’s strategic intent of becoming the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company, Saudi Aramco encourages, empowers and increases the competencies of women in the workforce, supports inclusive leadership, offers outreach for women at University, to help bridge the gap between academia and the workplace, and supports STEM education for young girls in elementary and middle school in Saudi Arabia.  In her organization, she oversees this by offering the below focused programs/initiatives:
  • Women in Business Program
  • Women in Leadership Program
  • Women @ Work
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Diversity Awareness and Leading with Inclusion Programs
  • Using Diversity Scorecards to Measurement Impact
  • STEM for Young Girls
  • University Outreach
  • Establishing new Technical Degree Programs for Women in KSA
Other positions that she has held include: 
  • Division Head of Internal Mobility (2014)
  • Division Head of Career Planning/Competencies Development (2012-2013)
  • Division Head of Expat Employment (2011)
  • Supervisor of the Academic Programs in Dhahran and in Houston, where she partnered with over 40 different Universities in the US, Canada and the UK. (2007-2010)
She has also served as:
  • Vice Chair: Women Development and Diversity Advisory Board (2015 – present)
  • Founding member: Council for Advancing Women in Leadership (2015 - present)
  • Committee Leader: Leadership Excellence for Women Awards - LEWA (2015)
  • Advisory Board member and panel speaker for Women’s Global Leadership Organization (2009-2010)
Reem has participated and presented in a number of global conferences and workshops that include SHRM, MEOS, NAFSA, MEPEC and ATD. She attended the Executive Education program at Emory University, has a M.Ed. in HR Development from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in English-Education from the University of Bahrain. 
HARALD WOLF
With over 20 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry, Harald Wolf is General Manager at Roche Diagnostics Middle East responsible for leading 16 countries including: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and Maldives.

In addition to this role, he is currently Head of the Working Group Point of Care (POC) where he is responsible for the Point Of Care Diagnostics business strategy implementation in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Throughout his career, diversity and inclusion remained a priority where the percentage of women in the 45 countries under his management during his tenure and in leadership roles reached over 50% and 35% respectively. These achievements are remarkable; especially in an industry typically perceived to be male-oriented.

Harald started his illustrious career in 1986 with Boehringer Mannheim and held several management positions before re-joining Roche Diagnostics in 1996. Since then, he occupied several leading roles with increasing responsibility in Romania, Switzerland and the United States.
Vilma Jukurte
Over the past ten years Vilma has lived and worked in New York, Chicago, London and Dubai, garnering extensive experience in the field of international business with a particular focus on the development of creative communities.

As director of Alserkal Avenue, Vilma has been instrumental in the evolution of Alserkal Avenue, a regional hub for the development of arts and culture. The creative centre has grown to become the most prominent arts district in the region, housing close to thirty contemporary art galleries, and creative and alternative community spaces within the Industrial quarter of Al Quoz.

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Dr Saeeda Jaffar
Dr Saeeda Jaffar is Managing Director at the consultants Alvarez & Marsal. An Emirati by birth, she studied at Boston University and M.I.T. before embarking on her consultancy career with McKinsey & Company. She subsequently worked at Bain & Co, where she became a Principal, prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal in 2015.
Chef Silvena Rowe
Ms. Rowe is a celebrity chef with 30 years of experience in the food industry. She has cooked for variety of celebrities and A-listers, and has appeared on British national TV – mostly on BBC 1, where she is a regular face on Saturday Kitchen – as well as on the US Food network show “Chopped”, where she is a rotating judge. She has written eight cookbooks, two of which are award-winning and one of which is a book on breast cancer prevention diet written with the UK leading expert in this field, Dr. Michelle Harvey.

Ms. Rowe was the chef patron at Quince restaurant at the May Fair hotel in London, Mayfair. Most recently, she relocated to the UAE. She is a part-owner of five restaurants that have opened in the last two years: Omnia by Silvena, Omnia Gourmet, Omnia Baharat, Omnia Blue and Omnia Glow. Omnia is a local, Emirati-grown brand, known and loved for the healthy, clean and locally sourced food that is cooked in all Omnia restaurants.

As soon as Omnia opened its first outpost, it won the UAE award for the best healthy restaurant, as well as the innovation chef of the year award. Omnia is also amongst top 100 restaurants in Dubai. Omnia specialises in preparing raw, paleo, vegan, gluten free and sugar free food, making it a leading brand in that field in the region. The Omnia brand continues to grow, and will expand in the Gulf region in future.

Ms. Rowe remains the leading female celebrity chef in the region, as well as the chef who is really paving the path of making healthy, nutritious food, with locally sourced ingredients.
Maya Hojeij
Maya Hojeij is Editor in Chief and Presenter of “#Mal” daily business news show on Dubai TV and has produced and presented Yawm.com Show in 2012.

Between 2002 and 2011, Ms. Hojeij was a Business News Presenter at Al Arabiya news channel part of MBC Group., she was part of the launch of AL Arabiya News Channel, and was one of the first Stock watchers in the Arab world.

During her time with Al Arabiya, Maya contributed in producing and training with a main focus on reporting.

In addition to her experience in television and training, Ms. Hojeij teaches Media courses as an adjunct instructor at the Mohammed Bin Rashed School of Communication at the American University of Dubai and leads workshops there.

Ms. Hojeij has also moderated panels for local and international organizations such as the Dubai Press Club and the World Economic Forum, and interviewed hundreds of business and political personalities in her career and is also a Certified Professional Trainer.

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Dr. Natasha Ridge
Dr. Ridge is currently the Executive Director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research. Prior to this, she was the Acting Director of Research at the Dubai School of Government. She has a number of publications, including a book entitled “Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in the Gulf States: Embracing the Global, Ignoring the Local”. Her additional publications include chapters in the World Education Yearbook and in publications of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and UNESCO, as well as working papers for the Dubai School of Government and the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.

Dr. Ridge holds a Doctorate of Education in International Education Policy from Columbia University and a Master's in International and Community Development from Deakin University, Australia. She is also a founding board member and former president of the Gulf Comparative Education Society. Her latest research focuses on the educational aspirations and choices of young men in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab migrant teachers, and access and equity in private education in the GCC.
Baljeet Nagi
Ms. Nagi is an ACCA certified accountant and the Director of ERP - SCM Sales Development &Strategy for the Middle East and Africa at Oracle. She has 20 years of experience in the IT and ERP domain. She joined Oracle in 1997 and has worked across EMEA, APAC and now MEA. She has helped drive digital financial transformation for organisations both on premise and SaaS across MEA.

Prior to joining Oracle, she worked as a Financial Controller at blue chip companies in the UK. She supports charities in various ways, including through raising funds for children’s charities and helping charity organisations prepare financial statements. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006 and takes three-hour-long, nonstop Spinning classes.

She is the Chairperson of an Asian elderly care facility in the UK, and the Country Leader of Oracle Women Leadership in Dubai.

Ms. Nagi holds a BSc (Honours) in Biology from Bristol University.
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi
Dr. Elouafi joined ICBA as Director General in 2012. Prior to that, she held management positions with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She also worked as a scientist with several international research organisations, including the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), and International Maize and Wheat Centre (CIMMYT).

She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Cordoba University, and has a passion for science, including its management and its integration with policy. She believes that science has to be the basis of decisions and development plans in order to achieve efficiency and alleviate discrimination and poverty.

She is a recipient of many international awards, including the Excellence in Science award from the Global Thinkers Forum (2014), and the National Reward Medal by His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco (2014). In 2014, Muslim Science ranked Dr. Elouafi among the 20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World under the Shapers category, and the CEO-Middle East Magazine listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in the Science category.
Thea Myhrvold
Being half Arabic, Ms. Myhrvold’s goal has always been to be a part of the growth and development in the region. As a woman and a teacher, her dream is to contribute to worldwide educational reform, by breaking down barriers to learning and improving how we transfer and understand knowledge.

At 21, she created one of the first gamified apps for high school students for Economics. Her passion continued to develop through her teaching. This lead her to create her third venture at 23, a global platform for personalised learning through TeachMeNow.com – a global marketplace for one-to-one learning in real time, providing an alternative to current online solutions.

Ms. Myhrvold is an award-winning speaker, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and Arabian Business. She holds a BA in International Relations, Economics and Psychology from Webster University.
ALEX MALOUF
Mr. Malouf is a marketing communications executive who has spent the past 12 years in the Middle East and lived across the region. He is currently the Corporate Communications Manager for the Arabian Peninsula at Procter & Gamble.

A journalist by training, his expertise spans communications and media, public relations and marketing for both multinationals in the energy, technology and FMCG space, as well as several Gulf-based government institutions.

He is passionate about promoting sustainability in the communications sector by highlighting the industry’s potential to GCC nationals, and works with MEPRA to shape and support training and awareness initiatives for those wishing to pursue a career in public relations.

Mr. Malouf has a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Durham University, a Master’s degree in Computation and Information Technology from the University of Manchester, and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Durham University Business School.
Joy Aljouny
Ms. Ajlouny is an e-commerce industry professional. She is the co-founder of Fetchr, a Silicon-Valley backed technology company based in Dubai aimed at solving the "no-address" problem hindering growth in emerging markets. Fetchr uses patented technology allowing people to use their mobile phone's GPS location as their address. Fetchr is the first start-up in the Middle East to be funded by the largest and most successful venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, NEA. Ms. Aljouny, on behalf of Fetchr, was on the cover of Forbes Magazine in the Middle East, which named Fetchr the #1 startup in the region. Prior to Fetchr, she founded Bonfaire, an e-commerce discovery platform for luxury footwear and accessories. Bonfaire was acquired in 2013 by fashion e-commerce giant Moda Operandi, owned by LVMH and Condé Nast.

While only 2.7% of venture capital funding has been raised by women, she has successfully raised funds for two startups from the most prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firms. This puts her in the top 1% of female entrepreneurs. She is passionate about using technology to solve persistent issues in emerging markets, as well as empowering women entrepreneurs to break out of traditional roles, especially in the Middle East.
Najla Al Midfea
Najla Al-Midfa is General Manager of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), a government entity that aims to nurture a vibrant startup ecosystem in Sharjah, and provide entrepreneurs with a launchpad for success. She is also Founder of Khayarat, a platform that enables young Emiratis to make informed career choices.

In her previous role, as Senior Manager at Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Najla led a team of business counselors through the due diligence process of selecting ventures for financing.

Prior to joining Khalifa Fund, Najla was a senior associate at McKinsey and Company‘s New York office. Her experience also includes roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers and Shell.

Najla is a board member of United Arab Bank, and Vice-Chairperson of Young Arab Leaders. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Leadership Initiative
Samer Al Hallaq
As Area Vice President for the Middle East, Samer’s responsibilities focus on leading AstraZeneca’s business across the Saudi Arabia, Gulf and Near East countries. Samer works closely with the country presidents to establish a strong understanding of the unique macroeconomic environment and healthcare needs of the region. With his team, they explore optimal healthcare partnerships with regulators, governments, trade partners, payers and patient advocacy groups to ensure patients and healthcare professionals alike have access to AstraZeneca’s innovative medicines.

Prior to becoming AVP, Middle East, Samer was the Country President for the Gulf States and Pakistan, where he lead the organization to achieve many significant milestones over a 5-year period. Under his leadership, AstraZeneca Gulf moved from the fifth to number one ranked pharma company in UAE based on IMS sales data. During this period AstraZeneca Gulf also, achieved recognition as one of the top 20 great places to work in UAE with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion within the organization. Throughout his career, Samer has been committed to helping and supporting patients as evidenced by his role as VP for the Healthy Heart Africa (HAA) program. In that role, Samer lead strong collaboration efforts with various stakeholders to successfully launch and build the HHA program, which aims to support local health systems by increasing awareness, education and treatment of hypertension. His efforts have also extended to the pharmaceutical community as an active member of PhRMAG, including serving as the PhRMAG Vice Chairman in the Gulf since 2012.

Samer’s overall pharmaceutical career spans more than 20 years and he has held many roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales over that time first with Merck & Co. and then AstraZeneca. Samer holds a B.Pharm from Jordan University of Science and Technology and an MBA from American University of Dubai.
Shirley Xu
Shirley leads AstraZeneca’s Human Resources function for the International Commercial Region, which has 20,000 full-time employees and covers the world’s emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, and China, plus Australia, operating in more than 75 markets in total.

Before joining AstraZeneca she was with Electrolux, where she worked for over eight years, most recently as Global HR Head and SVP of their Small Appliances Division based in Sweden.

Shirley brings with her over 20 years’ HR leadership experience at country, regional and global levels in companies such as Becton Dickinson, Sony Ericsson and Goodman Fielder. She has lived and worked in China, Singapore, Australia and Sweden as a result.

Shirley holds a BA in Education from Shanghai Normal University, and a MBA from the China Europe International Business School.

She now lives in London with her family.
Amel Murphy
Amel is an organizational Learning practitioner, facilitator who is experienced in designing efficient organizational structures and implementing interventions that build skills, shift mindsets and develop leaders to ensure a successful and sustainable change

Amel global facilitation work is based on over 18 years commercial and organizational development experience living and working in UK, KL, Chicago, Gabon, Chad, Angola, Algeria and Dubai. This includes 08 years as an executive in the Energy.

Amel interest in Inclusive leadership has developed over a non-linear career spanning different industries and countries, and never following a traditional path. Amel is dedicated to being a bridge between belief systems, cultures and sectors, and to inspiring and enabling people to be ‘good foregoers’

Past and current clients include FTSE100 companies, Public Sector Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs (BP, Shell, Aramco, Sahara Oil, Nestle, Merck, ADCBH, Sanofi, Nasebah, EY, SBC, British Gas, Lloyds TSB, VSO, Oxfam, Kings college...).

Amel holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from IE Business School Madrid and a Master degree in Organisational capability & development from UCL UK.

A Lead Faculty of the internationally renowned Female leadership development program Coming Into Your Own (CIYO), that was launched in Dubai last year, a founding vice president and a mentor at The LINK a female-to-female mentoring program in Dubai and Co-founder and regional lead of the first Lean In Circle in the GCC, as well as a Co-founder of the first D&I think thank in the Middle East.

Amel is also a speaker, and has contributed to well known regional and global conferences and forums, such as the Women In Leadership Economic Forum, Femme Q, Ellevate and E7 Summit, Lean In global conference and more recently she has been a speakers at TedxDeira Women “Its time for women to ditch the labels and script their own stories”.
Hanane Benkhallouk
Hanane Benkhallouk is a consultant with a broad scope of expertise, a business practitioner with over 18+ years of professional experience holding senior managerial positions in Fortune 500 companies, government and non-profit organizations, across a multitude of industries, and global markets within Europe, U.S. and the MENA region.

In Dubai since 2005 coming from New York where, she graduated with an MBA in marketing and finance.

Hanane managed multi projects at the entrepreneurship and innovation department programs across the Arab World at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She is the Co-founder of Sustain Leadership, a Dubai based consultancy focused on cultivating, talent, leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, she is very active in the diversity and inclusion space, working with corporates and individuals, she is the co-founder of the regional lead and first lean in circle in the GCC, as well as a founding mentor of a pioneering women to women mentoring initiative in Dubai, the Link.

She was recognized by the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi as a senior mentor in November 2015, and in March 2016, Hanane received the “Saphira” award by the Moroccan government as leader in her field, and for her dedication to female talent development and gender balance.

Hanane aspires to contributing to the MENA region’s move towards an innovation and knowledge based economy.
Krista Pilot
Ms. Pilot is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs at PepsiCo AMENA, where she is responsible for media, consumer and public relations as well as internal and crisis communications. In this role, she also leads corporate sponsorships and social responsibility projects across the sector.

She has been with PepsiCo for five years. During that time, she has served as Vice President of Global Internal Communications, and Senior Director of Strategic Communications. She joined PepsiCo in 2011 after four years as a consultant at DKC Public. Prior to joining DKC she served as Director of Community Affairs at United Technologies Corporation. Her experience in public affairs began in electoral politics. She worked on the re-election campaigns of U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and the Senate race of Delaware Attorney General Charles Oberly.

Ms. Pilot is an honours graduate of Colgate University and received her MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received a Fulbright grant to study and teach in South Korea in 1992-1993. She was named to the Academy of Women Leaders by the YWCA of New York City in 2004.
DR. LINZI JANICE KEMP
Wendy Mackey Jones
Wendy has worked across Europe, in USA and SE Asia in organisational development and change, in the public sector with local governments; across multiple industries in the private sector, including IT, pharmaceutical and oil & gas; and with not-for-profit organisations.

As a strong, dynamic leader, Wendy has proven history in implementing strategic vision to optimise growth and opportunities globally. Her strengths are in influencing teams and individuals to transform strategic concepts into tangible business deliverables and results. Wendy is a solution finder who thrives in working with diverse, challenging and innovative teams, pulling together best practice with creative ideas.

Wendy is inquisitive with a passion for learning!
Borys Dackiw
Practice focus Borys has been a partner of Baker & McKenzie since 1995. In 2008 Borys was appointed managing partner of the Gulf offices (including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Bahrain), coordinating the opening of the Abu Dhabi and Doha offices and the merger in the UAE with Habib Al Mulla in July 2013. Borys is head of the UAE Corporate/M&A practice and specializes in mergers & acquisitions (including privatizations), private equity and general corporate and commercial law. Borys also advises on compliance related matters.

Prior to this appointment Borys held the position of managing partner in both the Prague (Czech Republic) and Kyiv (Ukraine) offices of Baker & McKenzie.

Professional affiliations
New York State Bar Association
Czech Bar Association

Education and admission
Admission
Czech Republic (Advocate) - Czech Republic (2001)
New York - United States (1987)
Education
Stanford University (Master in International Policy Studies) (2001)
Columbia University (J.D.) (1986)
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S magna cum laude) (1983)
Helen McGuire
Helen McGuire is the Co-Founder and MD of Hopscotch. Formerly the Head of Digital Content at Impact BBDO/Proximity, she launched Hopscotch in March 2016 whilst seven months pregnant with a mission to enable professional women to play a part in the workplace in the Middle East, no matter what their personal commitments. The company now employs a strong team across events and recruitment; has welcomed thousands of women to its database since launch; set up successful skills workshops with key clients and placed women in a variety of roles. Helen is a mum of two – Clementine (21months) and Arlo (four months) - and lives with her husband in Dubai.
Tanaz Dizadji
As the Founder and CEO of insydo, Tanaz uses her background in marketing, finance and tech to build a search-centric product that provides people with curated recommendations and the best businesses in the city.

Graduating with a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick, Tanaz started her career as a chartered accountant in investment management at PwC in London.

Before delving into the world of technology, Tanaz was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Omnicom Media Group and led philanthropic and artistic projects for the Elephant Parade and START.

When she’s not fusing the world of coding and content, Tanaz blogs on LinkedIn and shares the journey of her digital start-up.

Tanaz was recognized as one of the UAE’s 50 Most Influential Brits.

Social Media Handles
Facebook - www.facebook.com/insydo
Twitter - @insydo_dxb
Instagram - @insydo_dxb
Deborah Najar
Amruda Nair
A third generation hotelier, Amruda obtained an Economics degree from Jaihind University, India, before pursuing a specialised Bachelor’s in International Hospitality Management at the CHN University in The Netherlands. She subsequently pursued a Master of Management in Hospitality by the world's leading hotel school, Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in New York, which included exposure to the Asian market through an alliance with the Nanyang Business School, in Singapore.

While in the United States, Amruda interned with the Mandarin Oriental New York, with a focus on Guest Relations, Sales & Marketing and Public Relations. In 2007, she interned with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels (JLLH) Singapore, during which she contributed to a research publications on hospitality development across the South East Asia region. She later joined the hospitality brokerage team as a full-time analyst involved in investment sales mandates across Asia including Indonesia, Japan, P.R.C, India and Thailand. In 2008, Amruda joined the corporate advisory team and acted as an Owner’s Representative for a fund LaSalle Investment Management managing three trading assets in Singapore and Shanghai, for properties operated by IHG, Fairmont and Starwood. As a consultant she conducted pre-opening budget reviews, management contract negotiations and mystery guest audits for hotels in Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing and contributed to research articles on investment opportunities in upcoming markets such as Indochina and Thailand.

In 2009 Amruda joined as Head - Asset Management for the Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts. In her role, Amruda conducted performance reviews for the group’s eight operating properties, reviewed pre-opening budgets for upcoming projects and annual business plans. With a diploma from the London School of Journalism, Amruda published The Leela Magazine, the group’s luxury lifestyle magazine. She currently serves as an Independent Director of Camphor and Allied Products Limited and as a Board Member of Entrepreneur’s Organisation Mumbai.

Amruda is Associate Member of Sahachari Foundation, a charity which stands for ‘women who walk together’ in support of societal responsibility and empowerment. She is Vice President of Apne Aap Women’s Collective, an anti-trafficking organization that serves the women and children in the red light area of Mumbai.

Amruda was awarded the “Generation Next Awards” for Hospitality (2011) by The All India Association of Industries and the Young Entrepreneurs Society as well as the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation Women Achiever’s Award (2012).

Inspired by her entrepreneurial grandfather who started The Leela at the age of 65, Amruda is partnering with Al Fasial Holding, Qatar’s leading commercial conglomerate to create a next-generation hospitality brand of lifestyle hotels built for the Indian and Middle Eastern traveller that caters to ‘Aspirational Luxury’.
Butheina Kazim
Ms. Kazim is the co-founder of Cinema Akil, an independent cinema platform in Dubai. She was a Fulbright scholar of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (NYU) in New York. She has contributed to publications including Al Jazeera, Gulf News, Jadaliyya and the Art Dubai blog. She has been involved in programming cinema popups including Abu Dhabi Film Festival at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Cinema Akil at The Third Line gallery, the Cinema Akil Outbox Short Film Festival in Alserkal Avenue and a Focus on the UAE program at the Short Film Week (Kurzfilmwoche) in Regensburg, Germany.

She is the producer of short documentary ‘Letters to Palestine’; winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2010) which has been screened internationally at festivals. She was on the jury for the iEmmys Asia & Africa Competition, the International Competition at the Short Film Week (Kurzfilmwoche) in Regensburg, Germany, Imagine Science Film Festival Abu Dhabi and A Shaded View on Fashion Films (ASVOFF) in Paris at the Centre Pompidou. Ms. Kazim holds an Honours BA in Design from York University and Sheridan College in Toronto and an MA in Media, Culture and Communication from NYU.

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AstraZeneca is one of only a handful of pure-play biopharmaceutical companies to span the entire value chain of a medicine from discovery, early- and late-stage development to manufacturing and distribution. We drive the global commercialisation of primary care, specialty care-led and specialty care medicines that transform lives.

Our primary focus is on three important areas of healthcare: cardiovascular and metabolic disease (CVMD); oncology; and respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity (RIA). We are also active in the infection, neuroscience and gastrointestinal (ING) disease areas.

We operate in more than 100 countries and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. We want to be valued as a source of great medicines and trusted as a company that delivers business success responsibly. We are committed to operating with integrity and high ethical standards across all our activities.
We push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

AstraZeneca
2nd Floor , Block D, # 27
Ibn Sina Building
Dubai Healthcare City
P.O. Box 505070
Dubai, UAE

T + 971 4 362 4888
F + 971 4 362 4899
gulf.communications@astrazeneca.com
www.astrazeneca.com

Roche have taken the unprecedented move of being the first IVD company to have a Management Centre and a logistics hub in the Middle East. Roche has extended its ownership of the entire supply chain, quality control and customer support all the way into the centre of the region. This base of operations reinforces the commitment to global Roche standards and is driven by a full team of vastly experienced specialists offering a complete portfolio of services.

With this regional empowerment, Roche has moved its leadership and decision-making closer to its customers and distributors. These investments allow Roche Diagnostics Middle East to develop from being a supplier into becoming the preferred IVD partner for its customers.

Roche Diagnostics Middle East offers a complete portfolio of services in 16 countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and Maldives.

Roche Diagnostics Middle East FZCO
Jebel Ali Free Zone - JAFZA One
Tower A, Floor 24
P.O. Box 261001
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T + 971 4 8169000
F + 971 4 8169 001
www.roche-middleeast.com

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck generated sales of € 12.85 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, Millipore Sigma and EMD Performance Materials.

IE is one of the leading European higher education institutions. Our learning model puts students at the centre, is eminently practical and ensures that they acquire not only the technical know-how but also the mindset and interpersonal skills that are essential for a successful future leader.


IE Business School is regularly ranked among the top business school by Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal. IE Business School has a beautiful campus in Madrid and a faculty of more than 500 professors, 150 of them full-time, who teach students from more than 100 countries in its master, PhD and executive education programs. We have more than 28 international representative offices for IE and our IE office in the Middle East is based out of the Dubai Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates and we have been present in the Gulf region for more than a decade.

IE offers various programs for individuals along their career paths. IE University offers undergraduate and graduate programs and specializations. The programs are designed and implemented in compliance with the European Higher Education Area. We offer full time, part time MBA programs, short Executive Education courses and DBA / PhD at IE.

INSTITUTO DE EMPRESA SL - IE Dubai Center
Emirates Financial Towers, North Tower, 
Office 313. P.O. Box 507100
DIFC Dubai, UAE
T +971 4 359 8400


uae@ie.edu
Rebecca.pakiyanathan@ie.edu
www.ie.edu 

FedEx Corporation provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of 49 billion USD, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.

Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its 340,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.

FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

FedEx Express
Dubai World Trade Center,
26th Floor, P.O. Box 9239,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 331 4216
F +971 4 331 0714
uae@fedex.com
www.fedex.com/ae
news.fedex.com
The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 90 years, we have grown to over 6,000 people united across 20 offices and 15 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com

Address: 
Al Faisaliah Office Tower,
King Fahad Road, 2732,
Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966 11 215 9898
Fax:  +966 11 273 4730
Company Email: riyadh@sa.ey.com
Website:  ey.com/mena

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than 63 billion USD in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than 1 billion USD each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate.

PepsiCo Middle East and North Africa

Building 2, Emaar Square,
Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 425 3700
F +971 4 425 2291
noha.hefny@pepsico.com
www.pepsico.com

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders.

As of June 30, 2016, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to billions of accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving 82 billion USD of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments.

Western Union Financial Services, Inc.

Dubai Internet City, Building 12,
4th Floor, Offices 408-420,
P.O. Box 500333, Dubai, UAE
T +971 4 437 3600
F +971 4 437 3686
ingrid.sahu@westernunion.com
www.westernunion.com

Johnson Controls Building Efficiency offers an unmatched portfolio of HVACR products and solutions to increase energy efficiency, lower operating costs and create more comfortable, safe and efficient buildings.

Operating in more than 150 countries through a strong network of offices and distribution channels, Building Efficiency’s breadth of offerings helps building owners, operators, engineers and consultants impact the full lifecycle of a building. Its market leadership is established through trusted brands such as YORK, Sabroe and Metasys, as well as its smart building integration capabilities and energy financing solutions.

Johnson Controls is a top corporate citizen and continues to align environmental, social and governance responsibilities with economic priorities, resulting in positive results for businesses, our communities, and our planet. Since 2007, Johnson Controls has featured on Ethisphere Magazine’s list of World’s Most Ethical Companies, is a member of the Billion Dollar roundtable and features on the Fortune 500 and the Global 2000 indexes.

Johnson Controls
P.O. Box 31065,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4  309 9999
F +971 4  309 9792

farhan.qureshy@jci.com
middleeast.johnsoncontrols.com
www.johnsoncontrols.com

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and one of the world’s leading advisor on business strategy, established in Dubai since 2007.

Our mission is clear: going deep to unlock insight and having the courage to act.

We bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and drive transformation. We work with our clients to build the capabilities that enable organizations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage and secure lasting results.

The Boston Consulting Group works with financial institutions as well as public sector organisations, and the following industries: Energy & Environment, Industrial Goods, Telecom Media & Technology, Healthcare, Financial Institutions and Consumer Goods.

We are shaping the future. Together.

The Boston Consulting Group
Dubai Internet City,
Office Park, Block D,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 448 0300
F +971 4 448 0333
www.bcg.com / www.bcgperspectives.com
Incorporated in 1982, National Bank of Fujairah PJSC (NBF) is a full services corporate bank with strong corporate and commercial banking, treasury and trade finance expertise as well as an expanding suite of personal banking options and Shari’a compliant services. Leveraging its deep banking experience and market insight within Fujairah and the UAE, NBF is well-positioned to build lasting relationships with its clients and help them achieve their business goals.

NBF’s key shareholders include the Government of Fujairah, Easa Saleh Al Gurg LLC and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Rated Baa1/Prime-2 for deposits and A3 for counterparty risk assessment by Moody’s, and BBB+/A-2 by Standard & Poor’s, both with a stable outlook, the bank is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange under the symbol “NBF”. It has a network of 15 branches across the UAE.

National Bank of Fujairah
Al Fujairah Building,
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street,
P.O. Box 2979, Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 397 1700
F +9714 397 5385
corpcomm@nbf.ae
www.nbf.ae
Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, project management and construction companies, and a cornerstone of innovation in the industry. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster sustainable progress and grow economies.

Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects in 160 countries on all seven continents serving the energy delivery, defense, environmental cleanup, mining and metals, oil, gas and chemicals, infrastructure and transportation, and telecommunication industries. We are a family company grounded in hard work, integrity and trust – values integral to all we do.

Bechtel has been working in the Emirates since 1962, ten years before the UAE came into being. For 53 years we have been helping the Emirates in developing natural resources, building infrastructure, and growing the export economy.

Bechtel once again was named the top U.S. contractor in 2016 by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a leading publication for the engineering and construction industry. This marked the 18th consecutive year that Bechtel has ranked first on ENR’s top 400 Contractors list. In addition, Bechtel ranked number one on the following specialised lists: Top 20 Petroleum, Top 20 Transportation, Top 20 Power, Top 20 Industrial, Top 50 Contractors Working Abroad.

Bechtel
Suite 3504-3506, Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE.

T + 971 4 404 3000
F + 971 4 404 3001
www.bechtel.com
Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organisations through more than 11,000 people in 77 offices in 47 countries. The firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service.

With over 30 years of experience in the Gulf region, we are the firm of choice for local companies, leading multinationals and financial institutions because of our unmatched legal and commercial knowledge of the local markets. Named the Middle East's "Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year" by Corporate Counsel and "Consumer M&A Legal Advisor of the Year" by Mergermarket in 2016, our multidisciplinary team of more than 160 lawyers leverages our global network to help clients achieve their local and cross-border objectives.

Baker & McKenzie

Level 14, O14 Tower,
Al Abraj Street, Business Bay,
P.O. Box 2268,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 423 0000
F +971 4 447 9777
uae.bd@bakermckenzie.com
www.bakermckenzie.com
Devji’s started with a humble beginning in 1950, in the Manama Souq. Today, the name has come to mean trust for thousands of customers in Bahrain and its neighboring countries. During this period, the name Devji has carved a niche among those who value craftsmanship and innovation.

The success of Devji jewelers is a result of the hard work, dedication, dynamic entrepreneurship and pro-found vision of its founder, Devji Ramji Sagar – a soul who firmly believed in the philosophy of “Simple living, high thinking”. This attitude is reflected in his fine reputation for philanthropic and charitable activities.

The tradition of excellence continues to this day under the leadership of Bhaskar Devji, inspired and guided by the vision of its founder.

DEVJI AURUM
H32, Mall of the Emirates,
Level One, Sheikh Zayed Road,
P.O. Box 211896,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 341 0917
www.devjiaurum.com

Sanofi is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care. From prevention to treatment, Sanofi transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions, in human vaccines, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular solutions and consumer healthcare. More than 110,000 people at Sanofi are dedicated to make a difference in patients’ daily life, wherever they live, and enable them to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

At Sanofi, we have a clear and resolute plan of action: to contribute to the continuous advancement of health. As a company, and as individuals, Sanofi and its talented employees have always striven to advance the cause of health by developing treatments that prevent and treat diseases, while enhancing access to healthcare for the people around the world.

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Mazaya Business Avenue
Building BB1, 37th & 38th Floor
Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT)
P.O.Box 53899
Dubai, United Arab Emirates   

T +971 4 550 3600
F +971 4 552 1050
dalia.aziz@sanofi.com
www.sanofi.com

Al Dur Group consists of three companies: Al Dur General Trading, Al Dur Maintinance, and Ethar Ismail Scientific Bureau. Our business includes: healthcare, working with the Ministry of Health and the private sector to supply medical devices, pharmaceuticals, medical appliances, ambulances, hospital construction, and water treatment systems.

Within general trading, our business is mainly with the Ministry of Oil, supplying LPG cylinders and all products concerning LPG factories, including the establishment of LPG factories. Within maintenance, our business concerns supplying medical devices and conducting staff training programs.

We are exclusive distributors for European medical companies in Iraq and in oil fields, so our goal is: to expand our business to cover all of Iraq, with a focus on establishing ourselves as a provider of very high quality products and solutions in the medical field and within general trading.

Al Dur Group
Judi Center,
Amman, Jordan

T +962 777 929 409
T +964 750 446 6248
etharismail@aldurgroup.com
www.aldurgroup.com

Cummins Inc., a Fortune 200 Company, takes pride in designing, manufacturing, distributing and servicing engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.

Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in more than 190 countries, through a network of more than 600 distributors and 7,200 dealer locations. The energy and commitment of its 54,600 employees worldwide makes it possible for the company to maintain a leadership position in the global power market. In 2015 Cummins Inc. earned 1.4 billion USD from sales of 19.1 billion USD.

Cummins’ presence in the Middle East began in 1956 and the territory now spans 14 countries.
In 2016 Cummins Inc. and the Olayan Group announced the formation of Cummins Arabia, a 50:50 distribution joint venture across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait. The vision of the JV is to consistently deliver seamless world class service and support to customers across the three countries.

The company lives by the Cummins values of integrity, innovation, delivering superior results, diversity, global involvement and corporate responsibility. Cummins recognises that every corporation has a responsibility to help improve the communities in which employees work and live.

Cummins Middle East

Jebel Ali Free Zone South
P.O. Box 17636
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 880 9911
F +971 4 886 0518
cummins.middleeast@cummins.com
www.cummins.com

GSK is a leading healthcare company on a mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Regionally and globally, we have a proven track record for providing medicines, vaccines, and consumer products.

GSK has a 300-year global legacy and 65 years of local presence in the GCC; GSK opened its first office in the region 65 years ago and has been providing greater access and innovation to patients and consumers ever since.

GSK
API Tower, 28th Floor,
Next to Fairmont Hotel,
Sheikh Zayed Road,
P.O. Box 50199,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 403 7100
F +971 4 332 9964
www.gsk.com

As a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, Medtronic improves the health and lives of millions of people each year. We believe our deep clinical, therapeutic and economic expertise can help address the complex challenges — such as rising costs, aging populations and the burden of chronic disease — faced by families and healthcare systems today. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re committed to partnering in new ways and developing powerful solutions that deliver better patient outcomes.

Founded in 1949 as a medical repair company, we're now among the world's largest medical technology, services and solutions companies, employing more than 85,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in more than 160 countries. Join us in our commitment to take healthcare further, together.

Medtronic

Dubai Internet City, Office Park Building
Block D, 2nd floor
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 818 2666
F +971 4 818 2600
nadine.abu-ayyash@medtronic.com
www.medtronic.com

Mundipharma and its independent associated companies, Purdue, NAPP and Mundipharma, are privately owned companies. Having started in 1957, they now cover the world’s pharmaceutical markets. Today, Mundipharma makes its presence felt across the globe, and as a result, has acquired several distinctions among its partners and followers.

It is known as a fast-growing, speciality pharmaceutical company, and one of the leading players inmoderate to severe pain management, inAsia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. It has established itself as a pioneer in controlled release technology (ACROCONTIN) for pain management, over 12 hours, to help alleviate pain in patients and improve quality of life. And finally, it has built a strong presence in medical education and in the promotion of pain management awareness among caregivers and patients.

Mundipharma Middle East FZ LLC
Business Central Towers A,
Floor 32, Office 02, Dubai Media City,P.O.Box 502927, Dubai, UAE

T +971 44 398 777
fairouz.ladjadj@mundipharma.ae
ashraf.allam@mundipharma.ae
www.mundipharma.com
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products.

Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with healthcare providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable healthcare around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us.

Pfizer Gulf FZ LLC
Pfizer Building, Dubai Media City,
P.O. Box 502749,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 453 2000
www.pfizer.com

The Sharjah Business Women Council was established in 2002 to contribute to the economic and social development of the Emirate of Sharjah by supporting women's full economic integration and assisting them in maximising their potential. SBWC currently has 1,500 business women, professionals, students and graduates, and aspiring individuals amongst its members.

SBWC is able to communicate, connect and cater to members through a tailor-made membership management system. A core focus of the council is entrepreneurship development, which it encourages through programs such as Badiri Women’s Enterprise Development Virtual Academy and Jeel, geared towards creating the next generation of women and youth entrepreneurs.

Sharjah Business Women Council
Al Qasimi Street,
P.O. Box 31122
Sharjah, UAE

T +971 6591140

info@sbwc.ae
http://www.sbwc.ae

Strata Manufacturing PJSC (STRATA) is a composite aero-structures manufacturing facility based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2009, with production beginning in 2010, Strata has partnerships with the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, as well as tier one suppliers to Alenia Aermacchi, FACC AG, SAAB and S.A.B.C.A. Strata is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company.

Strata manufactures various parts on Airbus, Boeing and ATR aircrafts, including: Airbus A330/340/380 Flap Track Fairings; A330/340 Ailerons; A330/340 Spoilers & A350-900/1000 Flap Support Fairings; ATR 42/72 Rudder & Vertical Fin; Boeing B777 Empennage Ribs & B787 Vertical Fin Ribs.

Strata Manufacturing PJSC

Al Ain, Airport Area
Al Ain, UAE

T +971 3 707 1300
F +971 3 707 1491
info@strata.ae
www.strata.ae
Shurooq was established in 2009 with the aim of achieving social, cultural, environmental and economic development on the basis of Sharjah's distinct Arab and Islamic identity, and to encourage investment by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from the region and the world.

The Authority’s key mission is to provide facilities and incentives to help overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the Emirate, evaluate tourism and investment related infrastructure projects, and lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects.

يعود تأسيس هيئة الشارقة للاستثمار والتطوير "شروق" إلى العام 2009 بهدف تحقيق إنجازات اجتماعية وثقافية وبيئية وتنمية اقتصادية على أساس الهوية العربية والإسلامية لإمارة الشارقة. وتسعى الهيئة إلى تشجيع الاستثمار عن طريق تبني أفضل المعايير الدولية في تقديم الخدمات النوعية التي تساعد في جذب المستثمرين سواءً من المنطقة أو من كافة أنحاء العالم.

وتتركز مهام "شروق" في توفير التسهيلات الضرورية والحوافز وتذليل العقبات التي تواجه أنشطة الاستثمار في الإمارة، وكذلك تقييم مشروعات البنية التحتية ووضع الخطط اللازمة لإستكمال تلك المشروعات.

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)
P. O. Box 867,
Sharjah, UAE

T +971 6 556 0777
F +971 6 556 0444
info@shurooq.gov.ae
www.shurooq.gov.ae

MT Energy Resources is an Australian upstream oil and gas subsurface and local content consultancy and advisory company comprised of highly experienced personnel who are experts in their respective fields.

We serve clients globally with a special focus on Africa, Asia and Australasia. We advise governments, national oil and gas companies and independent oil companies. Our motivated expert consultants combine global experience and insights to unlock significant value for our clients.

We work with clients to provide comprehensive solutions to their technical and local content challenges. We help them govern, manage and engineer their projects. We deliver the best to our clients through professional excellence thanks to robust technical tools, processes and frameworks together with proven methodologies and workflows.

MT Energy Resources
Level 24 Allendale Square
77 St Georges Terrace
Perth 6000 WA
Australia

T + 61 8 61413148
F + 61 8 6141 3101

www.mtenergyresources.com
info@MTEnergyResources.com

Omnia is a beloved food brand available throughout the Gulf. Within a short period of time, Omnia has opened five branches and established itself as a leading organic brand.

Omnia provides delicious food that happens to be healthy! Our food is about energy, beauty, youth and vitality. Omnia excels at making yummy food that is free of additives, sugars, gluten and dairy, but is still madly moreish.
Green Bags UAE introduced Jute Bags in the UAE and Middle East. Manufactured with natural fibre; designed and stitched to serve the earth; these bags are durable, sustainable, bio-degradable and everything that the earth loves.

A large number of jute, cotton and canvas fabric bags are manufactured with an unusual combination of factors, ranging from ordinary labour to the technical wizardry. According to the customer’s preference, we bring out bags in different colours, style and sizes. Whatever your requirement is, whether bulk or small quantity, our production unit takes care of all your needs with the utmost precision.

We have bags for everyone.

www.greenbagsuae.com
aafaq has always been proactive in introducing Shari’a compliant products and financially innovative services to serve the customer. Their growth and prominence is due to their strategic alliances with government organizations as well as due to the unique presence and excellence of their services.

aafaq’s strategic view of its role as a finance company meets the visionary approach of HH Sheikh Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Since inception, in 2006, aafaq has endeavored to be a role model for care and responsibility within the community by actively supporting initiatives and projects that promotes socio-economic growth of UAE, thereby benefiting the cosmopolitan population of the country. Through its journey aafaq has participatedin several CSR schemes sponsoring the disabled, conducting events to raise fund to spread Happiness among less privilege. Company’s proactive senior management recognizing Zayed humanitarian initiative generously gives its time to morally support old people and bring happiness of joy and care amongst them.

aafaq is the only key organization among other finance companies offering one stop windows providing almost all services with optimum quality, through 75 outlets including Ministries, Tas-heel centres and the first public-private partnership; service provider to train its employees to communicate with deaf people equally.

Hopscotch.ae is the first company to offer non-traditional and flexible working options in the MENA region. Catering to professional women and forward-thinking businesses alike, it was launched in April 2016. The brainchild of Helen McGuire and CEO of MCG Group Justin McGuire, the company sources and supports skilled women back into the workplace by matching them with progressive businesses that understand the value of flexible working.

Hopscotch also offers exclusive skills workshops sessions as well as a one-to-one coaching service on a host of work related issues by a certified trainer in order to ensure the return to work process is a smooth one. The company has experienced huge success so far with thousands of women registered through its site and a constant stream of active jobs offered by its growing client base.

Hopscotch

MCG Associates FZ LLC
1409 DAMAC Executive Heights
Barsha Heights, P.O. Box 211 802
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 275 7600
info@hopscotch.ae
www.hopscotch.ae

PWN Global is a not-for-profit global professional network and a social catalyst for balanced leadership. Globally and locally, PWN supports some 50 organisations in their strategy to build gender balanced leadership within their organisation. As a dynamic, fast-growing offline and online networking and leadership development platform, PWN Global supports professional women and men in all sectors and industries. With over 3,500 members and more than 90 nationalities, PWN Global is a volunteer-led organisation delivering over 600 events per year, in 26 city networks. Recognising the importance of personal development, PWN Global also offers a comprehensive cross-border, cross-industry mentoring programme to all members. 

Join the mission of this incredible organisation – connect, share, learn – ADVANCE!

PWN Global
4, Rue Galvani
75838 Paris Cedex 17
France

T +33 9 70 46 65 64
community@pwnglobal.net
www.pwnglobal.net

Sustain Leadership is a Leadership, Change and Innovation consulting firm, working with organizations to achieve their true potential by identifying their business strengths and aligning their behaviors, procedures and processes to build value-driven organisations and value-driven individuals.

With a particular focus on youth and female leadership development , entrepreneurship, social innovation as well as Diversity & inclusion, they seek to engage and align multiple stakeholders to create measurable and impactful business strategies that solve organiztional problems, maximize profits, and enhance impact.

Sustain Leadership pioneered a number of initiatives aimed at supporting women leaders and women entrepreneurs across the region. Founders of The LINK a female mentoring platform in the UAE (since 2012), regional lead and founders of the first Lean in Circle in the GCC, faculty of several female leadership programs (CIYO, DAHLIA) and the architects behind SANAD a female Accelerator program in GCC aimed at not just building women owned businesses but creating more female CEOs. They recently launched the first D&I think tank in the Middle East in collaboration with the French Business Council.
AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. Active since 1986, the AmCham Abu Dhabi mission has been to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit: www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development. We aim to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of consistent global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that, through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We work to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers to entry, ensuring that our qualifications and their delivery meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.

We support our 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
Golin is an integrated communications agency with Public Relations and Digital Marketing at our core. We are obsessed with relevance, and are consistently encouraged to embrace new technologies and push creative boundaries to assist our clients to adapt and win in a continuously evolving region. Our commitment is to deliver strategic insights along with the boldest ideas and broadest engagement to leading brands in the region and across the world through seamless integrated communications.

At Golin, we pride ourselves in doing things differently. Unlike traditional PR Agencies, Golin has evolved from a hierarchy of generalists to communities of specialists that specialize in addressing the dramatic changes that occur across the entire communications industry. Using our revolutionary g4 model, our communities of specialists use proprietary tools to structure, plan and execute the most powerful campaigns engineered to create positive impact and change for our clients.

For more information, visit http://golin.com.
IFDC

Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC) is the world’s leading modest fashion and design council representing the Islamic economy and its stakeholders. IFDC, the foremost advocate for Islamic fashion, art and design professionals, aspiring talent, and initiatives, has an array of products, services, and effective training programs for all levels. Our platform is designed to ensure the success of Islamic fashion and design in the global marketplace as we facilitate the industry players in accessing the vast growth potential.

COVER magazine

IFDC’s COVER magazine is the only magazine in the world bringing together global modest fashion and design in one place in a stylish manner. Deemed by many as the ‘Vogue’ of Islamic fashion, COVER is an exciting, revolutionary and vibrant read. A destination magazine for everyone interested in modest fashion and lifestyle.
www.eyeofriyadh.com, a city marketing portal that provides media and marketing solutions servicing to both local and international clients, and support major events through sponsorship, organizing, and marketing services such as:

  • Email campaign
  • Banner advertising
  • Social Media Campaign
  • SMS Campaign
  • Events $ Training Marketing
  • Public Relations Services
  • Web Design & Development Services
  • Advertising, Media, Graphic Design


Contact Eye of Riyadh:
www.eyeofriyadh.com 
info@eyeofriyadh.com
Tel: +966 11 2288587
Despite being young in age, American University of Sharjah (AUS) is acclaimed throughout the region for its academic excellence and multicultural campus life.

Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East. It is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational institution that is proud of its role as a leading comprehensive coeducational university, serving students from the region and around the world.

As a provider of quality higher education in the Gulf, AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS is also accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606). The bachelor of science degree programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering offered by the College of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). The bachelor of science degree program in computer science offered by the College of Engineering is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees offered by the School of Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), www.aacsb.edu. The Bachelor of Architecture program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States, www.naab.org.

AUS is a member of AAICU (Association of American International Colleges and Universities), a leadership organization of American international universities, whose members provide responsible delivery and quality assurance of American higher education outside the United States.

AUS offers 26 majors and 46 minors at the undergraduate level, and 13 master's degrees programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Architecture, Art and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Business Administration


While Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction at AUS is English.
DETOX DELIGHT offers you a whole different type of convenience food. True to our motto “Well-being delivered,” we help you get through the day, the week and the year in healthy style with our cold-pressed juices, vegan soups and raw food meals.

No matter if you are starting a several-day cleanse with us as the first step on your way to a healthier diet or if you want to replace individual meals with juices from our JUICEBOXES: We help you become more aware of healthy dietary choices, break free from old habits and build your own personal healthy lifestyle – as a means of becoming fitter, more active and more energetic.

DETOX DELIGHT smooths your way to a healthy diet – simple, convenient and made from the very best ingredients. Lovingly prepared fresh each day by hand.

www.detox-delight.ae
Omar Safa is a Lebanese-Bulgarian designer, who studied the various disciplines of Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut. Having studied classical Arabic calligraphy, Omar has developed an acute skill of morphing the flat discipline into a three dimensional manifestation as seen in the various items on display.

“My passion for Arabic Calligraphy has led me to incorporate its inherent allure into everyday mundane items, beyond its two dimensional typical art form.”

Omar Safa M +961 (0)3 800 237
contact@omarsafa.com
www.omarsafa.com
Since 2009, our professional training division (formerly called MiH Training Academy) has enabled over 5,000 professionals, managers and senior executives to develop their skill set and gain career-advancing knowledge.

Our wide range of training programs cover areas including finance, healthcare, hospitality, HR, IT, leadership and management, marketing, oil and gas, PA and strategy, as well as soft skills.

Qualified trainers from all corners of the globe have a wealth of experience in their respective fields and a proven track record of successfully helping clients take their careers to the next level.

Naseba professional training
Boutique Villa n°5, Media City,
P.O. Box 500563,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 367 1383
F +971 4 367 2764
matthew.kalman@naseba.com
http://www.naseba.com/what-we-do/professional-training/
E-180, Inc. develops matchmaking technology and experiences that connect like-minded people interested in sharing knowledge in person, one-on-one. We call it Braindating.

Our flagship product, E-180.com, is a free peer-learning platform open to all learning humans around the world, while E-180 Labs specialises in turning events and spaces into bustling peer-learning communities. Our solutions include the Braindater mobile application: this “Tinder for knowledge” reveals the wealth of human knowledge available at a specific time and place, prompting on-the-go knowledge-sharing meet-ups.

To this day, E-180 has fostered knowledge-sharing meetings among tens of thousands of learning humans in Berlin, New York, Montreal, Paris, San Francisco, Libreville, Marrakesh and Doha. We will not rest until we turn everyone into a lifelong teacher, and unleash the potential of individuals and communities all over the world.

E-180
5605 Avenue De Gaspé, Suite 106,
Montréal, QC, H2T 2A4 - Canada

T + 514 817 1213
christine@e-180.com
www.e-180.com/labs
Amouage fragrances have reflected the wonderful traditions of luxury perfume creation internationally for 35 years. The brand has a global reputation for bringing true artistry to all its creations. Other categories have been added to the overall range and today Amouage is not just a perfume brand, but expresses a luxury lifestyle. Amouage’s portfolio has extended to include luxurious bath ranges, a beautifully perfumed, long-lasting range of candles and parfums d’ambience, an amazing hand-crafted range of small leather goods and handbags and a recently-launched collection of bespoke printed silk scarves, all of which reflect innovation, attention to detail and luxury.

Led by the CEO, David Crickmore, for over the last ten years, Amouage adopts an inventive approach to all its creations. Along with Creative Director, Christopher Chong, they have together reinvented the brand aiming to render it appealing to today’s international consumers. Amouage perfumes are developed according to Mr. Chong’s detailed and inspirational brief, which is then assimilated by world-recognised perfumers in Paris, Grasse, Geneva and New York.

With a retail footprint spanning 20 standalone shops and 35 shop-in-shops across 66 countries, Amouage plans gradually to roll out a programme of stand-alone retail shops in key cities around the world.

www.amouage.com
Desert Group is one of the world’s largest concentrically diversified group of horticultural and lifestyle companies – centred around greenery, water and people.

We are committed to enhancing and impacting lives. Our products and services provide numerous environmental, social, emotional, and physical benefits. We design landscapes, build and manage golf courses, provide excellent maintenance services, grow and supply biological assets and provide a range of services centered around sustainability. Our award winning CSR program, Enable, is something that we all believe in and would like to grow. Our focus continues to be our customers and that is why we exist. We believe that businesses are built on relationships and will continue to introduce new capability that focuses on sustainability and an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Michael Mascarenhas is the CEO of Desert Group with more than 30 years’ hands-on experience of cross national, multi-sectoral businesses in an international environment. His cross sectoral experience includes aerospace, education, financial services and investments, construction and real estate, horticulture, manufacturing, distribution and retail. He believes that his experiences are something to share at a global level and that there are lessons to be learned through re-energizing businesses and transforming them to be both customer focused and innovative.

www.desertgroup.ae
Digital Communication LLC (DigiComm) is a Dubai-based leading technology powerhouse for providing customised digital media solutions. We implement and manage digital media projects and tailored solutions across the Middle East and Africa.

We have exclusive access to world-class digital signage technologies through strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as BrightSign, Sunbrite, Projection Artworks, Display Mapper and GTG. The solutions we engineer help our customers facilitate, distribute, and communicate their message to their target audience in a highly effective manner.

We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations by adding strategic value through innovation, vision, industry trends, and strong customer relationships.

www.digicomm.ae

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    LEADING BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR

    This award honours the most prominent businesswoman, regardless of industries to have achieved success through her leadership and strategic management and business skills engagements over the last 12 months.

    LEADING BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR – PUBLIC SECTOR

    This award honours a female leader for her efforts and initiatives in the public sector that promote the development of women community and advocate women rights and empowerment.

    FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

    This award honours a leading female entrepreneur who has established an innovative business entity, product or service with strong business fundamentals

    MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE

    This award recognises a leading male business leader for his advocacy in supporting and developing women talent and women in business.

    WOMAN-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR – MNC

    This award recognises a multi-national corporation which actively encourages its women executives to develop skills through training and leadership programs, mentorship, and provides them with growth opportunities.

    WOMAN-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR – SME

    This award honours a small and medium-sized enterprise (up to 250 employees) which actively encourages its women executives to develop skills through training and leadership programs, mentorship, and provides them with growth opportunities.

    BEST INITIATIVE FOR WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

    This award recognises an initiative created and implemented by a private company, public company, educational institution, public sector, non-governmental organisation or non-profit organisation to encourage women’s economic empowerment.

    MOST IMPACTFUL CULTURAL DIVERSITY INITIATIVE

    This award recognises an initiative created to promote a culturally diverse workforce and provide equal opportunities from recruitment to promotion, within a public or private organisation in the MENA region.

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    • Leading Businesswoman of the Year

      Hala Badri

      Executive Vice President – Brand & Communications
      Du

    • Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur

      Lama Bazzari

      Founder and Chief Executive Officer
      Nstyle International

    • Leading Woman in Public Sector

      Dr Aisha Bin Bishr

      Assistant Director General
      The Executive Office

    • Male Champion of Change

      Tarek Rabah

      Area Vice President, Middle East & Africa
      AstraZeneca

    • Best Local Initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment

      Uforo Iban Uto Inwang

      She’s Empowered through Agriculture
      People, Environment and Sustainability Foundation

    • Best Global Initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment

      Women. Fast Forward

      EY

    • Most Woman-Friendly Employer

      PepsiCo Greater China Region

    • WIL Honorary Achievement Award

      Khalid Alkhodair,

      CEO, Glowork

    • Women’s Empowerment Recognition Award

      Almas Jiwani

      President
      UN Women Canada National Committee

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Businesses cannot be successful without diverse thinking styles and approaches to leadership. The Women in Leadership Economic Forum provides an important opportunity to listen and share how to integrate these differences into the everyday processes, projects and values of the organizations in which we work.

Walter Hurdle – Global Chief Diversity Officer, AIG

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Women are increasingly moving into roles as decision-makers and leaders in both private and professional spheres. It is important that they now step up and engage in the change process.

Jennifer O’Lear – Head of Corporate HR Development & Engagement, and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck

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As the pipeline of female talent continues to expand, it is up to corporate stakeholders to make the ‘business case’ for investing in women and act as catalysts for change.

Dr Leila Hoteit -Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Pfizer

I left the Women in Leadership Economic Forum feeling inspired and energised. While we have certainly come a long way, there is much more work to be done to support and foster equality for women in every segment of our economy. Onwards and upwards!

VP of Talent Planning & Inclusion, Pfizer

FedExExpress

Gender diversity makes good business sense and everyday women are making positive changes to workplace culture by driving service excellence and enabling a balanced economic growth.

Nathalie Amiel-Ferrault – VP, EMEA Customer Experience, MEIA Marketing & Communications, FedEx Express

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Women are typically adept at managing complexity, coping with ambiguity and bringing clarity to situations. Conferences like WIL give women the chance to pause, reflect and recharge their batteries by creating new global networks.

Wendy Alexander – Associate Dean, Global Business, London Business School

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