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Melissa Whiting – Philip Morris International

Melissa Whiting joined Philip Morris International (PMI) in 2001 as a lawyer in Australia. Since then, she has held a variety of roles in the Law Department covering Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2017 Melissa was appointed Vice President Inclusion & Diversity. In this role, Melissa is responsible for leading PMI’s strategy and practices…

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NATALIE BOGDANOVA – EMAAR MALLS

Ms. Natalie Bogdanova, Chief Operating Officer of Emaar Malls has over 16 years’ experience with Emaar. In her current role Natalie leads Emaar Malls PJSC and heads the Leadership team across all Emaar Malls assets. Natalie has progressed through various senior roles within the company. Moving from International Sales & Marketing to lead Customer Care,…

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Rama Sonmez – EMAAR Development LLC

Named as ‘the Queen of Soft Power’, a self‐ built seasoned architect, a mother of two, a Senior Director and the Head of Interior Design Department at EMAAR Development LLC‐ Dubai, Rama Keilani Sonmez enjoys 25‐year experience in the Turkish, European, African, North African, and UAE real‐estate markets. She has been passionately and creatively inspiring…

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Zeina Dagher – Emaar

Zeina Dagher joined Emaar in 2009 as Assistant Manager – Marketing and Group Sales for Burj Khalifa. Having pursued her MBA in Marketing and International Business, Zeina has seen a promising and enviable career path with the world iconic tower, Burj Khalifa. Zeina has been the visionary and thought leader behind At the Top, Burj…

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Noëlla Coursaris Musunka – Malaika

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese/Cypriot philanthropist and international model, is the Founder of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that works to educate and empower girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After finishing her studies in Business Management, Noëlla entered the world of modeling. As her career took off and…

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Rebecca Jobo – Emaar

Ms. Rebecca Jobo, Head of The Dubai Mall, joined the company in November 2018. She brings to her role a wealth of experiences in retail. From 2015 to 2018, she held the position of Vice President, Luxury Division at M. H. Alshaya Co., Kuwait – a leading international franchise operator with nearly 90 of the…

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Marie-Christine Nibagwire – SAFEREFUGERWANDA

“I suffered, I strived to survive, I now thrive and live to make a difference in my generation”. (By Marie-Christine Nibagwire, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide of 1994). Before the genocide, Marie-Christine was happy in her job as accountant, in her marriage and as a young mother of a two-year-old daughter. She escaped in…

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Leonor Stjepic – Montessori St Nicholas Charity

Leonor Stjepic is a British charity entrepreneur, CEO and mentor.  From a family of Spanish refugees, she has spent most of her life working with NGOs – either as a volunteer or professionally.  Currently in her third CEO role as Chief Executive of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity and Chair of its training college, Montessori…

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Maysa Jalbout – Al Ghurair Foundation

Maysa Jalbout is a recognized leader in the field of education, development and philanthropy. A true industry veteran, Jalbout has more than 20 years of experience in building effective organizations, initiatives and partnerships in Canada, the Middle East and in developing nations. As the founding of CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education…

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