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

The 18th 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.

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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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.

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Barbara J. Krumsiek

Barbara J. Krumsiek

Independent Director (designate), Arabesque Asset Management View Profile
Maysoun Ramadan

Maysoun Ramadan

Head of Communication and Public Affairs Middle East, Roche View Profile
Hala Sleiman

Hala Sleiman

General Manager Near East, Merck View Profile


Managing Director, ETreanor Media View Profile
Liliane Kanaan

Liliane Kanaan

Country Manager - Egypt, Roche Diagnostics View Profile
HE 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 holds a Bachelor’s degree 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 holds positions including but not limited to In addition to his position as Minister of Economy.

Barbara J. Krumsiek

Former Chair, President and CEO, Calvert Investments

Senior Industry Fellow, Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute

Maysoun Ramadan
Hala Sleiman
Liliane Kanaan
Rapelang Rabana

Global Shaper, one of ‘Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs’

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.
Lara El-Amine
Lisa Calhoun

Columnist, Inc. Magazine

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.
Chetna Sinha

One of the ‘15 Women Changing the World in 2015’ by the World Economic Forum

Elham Hassanzadeh
Javier Barrientos
Rana Nawas

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

Dr. Natasha Ridge
Dr. Shannon May

(The world's largest education innovation company serving 700 million children whose families live on less than US$2 per person per day.)

Hayla Ghazal
Lina Khalifeh
Balvinder Powar
Director, BOOSTER Space Industries & AERDRON Mr. Powar is an Associate Professor at IE and the Director of BOOSTER Space Industries and AERDRON. His companies, BOOSTER Space Industries and AERDRON, have developed their own sub-orbital space platform and are also helping other companies with their cutting edge projects, including the use of innovative vehicles and drones (UAVs) for different applications. 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.
Noor Sweid
Alexander Kjerulf
Gaelle Sundelin

Social entrepreneur and Journalist

Dr. Shurooq Amin

Mixed-media interdisciplinary artist and Anglophone poet

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.
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.
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.
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.
Fida Chaaban
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).
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.
Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din is the Chief Executive Officer of Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance, the DIFC. He is also a jury member of the Arabia CSR Award. Prior to joining Hawkamah, Dr. Ashraf was the Executive Chairman of Egypt Post. Before that, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute, the training arm of the Central Bank of Egypt. He was also the founder and Project Manager of the Egyptian Corporate Responsibility Center working on promoting the concepts and application of CSR in Egypt. Furthermore, he was the Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD), the Institute of Corporate Governance in Egypt and the Arab Region Dr. Ashraf served as a board member and head of the Audit Committee in a number of listed, non-listed, State Owned and family owned companies. He also served a member of the General Assembly of the Holding Company for Transportation.   Furthermore, Dr. Ashraf holds a PhD degree from Manchester University, UK, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada. He further holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Cairo University with highest honor.
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.
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.
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.

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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.

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

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

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.

Emirates Financial Towers, North Tower, 
Office 313. P.O. Box 507100
T +971 4 359 8400 

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team up to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 90 years, we have grown to over 5,000 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.

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

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

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, OrlandiValuta, 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 March 31, 2016, the Western Union, Vigo and OrlandiValuta 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 over a billion accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments.

Western Union Financial Services Inc.

Building #12, Dubai Internet City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 437 3600
F + 971 4 437 3686

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

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

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.


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

T +971 4 818 2666
F +971 4 818 2600

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

T + 61 8 61413148
F + 61 8 6141 3101

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 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.


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

T +971 4 275 7600

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

T +33 9 70 46 65 64


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    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.


    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.


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.




    Individual Past Winners

    • Leading Businesswoman of the Year

      Hala Badri

      Executive Vice President – Brand & Communications

    • 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

    • 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


    • Most Woman-Friendly Employer

      PepsiCo Greater China Region

    • WIL Honorary Achievement Award

      Khalid Alkhodair,

      CEO, Glowork

    • Women’s Empowerment Recognition Award

      Almas Jiwani

      UN Women Canada National Committee


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The WIL Economic Forum is a unique opportunity to find yourself absolutely surrounded by powerful, strong women–the resulting inspiration, knowledge and connections will be life changing.

Kristen Pressner – VP, Head of HR Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Diagnostics Division, Roche


I was very impressed with the comprehensive agenda and broad mix of high quality speakers at the WIL Economic Forum. It was time worth spent and another big step forward on the important topic of diversity and inclusion in this part of the world.

Assaf AlQuraishi – VP, Human Resources, Unilever MENA


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


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


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


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


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


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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