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GLOBAL
WIL
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The butterfly effect: From intent to impact

14-15 November 2018

Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

EXPERIENCE #GWEF17

GLOBAL WIL ECONOMIC FORUM

Endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Economy for the past five years, Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum brings together over 500 global business leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth to champion diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development.

Initiated in Dubai in 2009, the forum has since then travelled and evolved from being a singular platform dedicated to gender parity, to a purpose-driven community. Throughout the year and over these two days, the WIL Forum celebrates the big and small steps taken by large corporations, governments and individuals to promote diversity & inclusion and shares the stories of every day heroes, storytellers and game changers.

Held under the theme “The Butterfly Effect – From Intent to Impact”, the 19th edition placed a particular focus on enacting social change through social entrepreneurship, impact investment, philanthropy, Diversity & Inclusion, education and the arts.

Designed to drive action, the program leverages the experience of business and community leaders to give attendees a roadmap to further their personal development, and organisations with the tools to make a difference.

WIL Economic Forum highlights

FORUM FORMAT

KEYNOTES, FIRE CHATS, AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Listen to, learn from and get your questions answered by thought leaders and change-makers from across the Kingdom.

PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

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

16+ HOURS OF BUSINESS-FOCUSED NETWORKING

Create and build relationships with cross-sector peers and industry leaders in an environment built to harness the principles of diversity and inclusion.

CASE STUDIES

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

GET RECOGNISED

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

SERIES SPEAKERS INCLUDE

SERIES SUPPORTERS INCLUDE

SPONSORS

MEDIA PARTNERS

PARTNERS

AWARDS

Presented by H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy

AWARD CATEGORIES

PAST WINNERS

AWARD GUIDELINES

AWARD CATEGORIES

LEADING WOMAN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

This category recognises a policy-maker or public figure in the public sector for her strong commitment to developing female talent, her leadership, her ability to innovate and pave the way for future generations of female leaders.
Open to: Women in leadership positions in the public sector (Chairwoman, Director General, Minister, CEO, Deputy CEO, Undersecretary, Governor, Managing Director, etc.)

WOMAN GAME CHANGER (PRIVATE SECTOR)

This category recognises a policy-maker or private figure in the private sector for her strong commitment to developing female talent, her leadership, her ability to innovate and pave the way for future generations of female leaders.
Open to: Women in leadership positions in the public sector (Chairwoman, Director General, Minister, CEO, Deputy CEO, Undersecretary, Governor, Managing Director, etc.)

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

This category recognises a woman entrepreneur who has successfully established a new business or developed an existing business over the past 12 months.
Open to: Any female founder / owner / co-founder a private or public companies, non-for-profit organisation or educational institutions.

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR

This category recognises a young leader, mover or shaker who is an inspiring leaders in his/her community, has successfully established an initiative or demonstrated a significant and measurable contribution to an existing initiative over the past 12 months.
Open to: Young leaders under the age of 26.

MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE

This category recognises a male business leader, policy maker or public figure for his strong commitment to developing female talent and supporting women’s economic empowerment.
Open to: Men in leadership positions (Chairperson, President, CEO, Regional Director, Founder, etc)

MOST WOMAN-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER MNC / SME

This category recognises an organisation which actively encourages its female executives to develop skills through training, leadership and mentorship programs, and advocates for gender equality at the workplace. In order to ensure fair competition, SMEs and MNCs will be rewarded in two separate categories.
Open to: Any entity with a registered office in the MENA region.)

MOST IMPACTFUL INITIATIVE D&I

This award will honour an initiative created and implemented by a private company, public company, educational institution, public sector, non-governmental organisation or non-profit organisation to encourage the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

AWARD WINNERS

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

Women’s Empowerment Recognition Award

AWARD GUIDELINES

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WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES

Pledge your commitment to support women’s economic empowerment

The Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) is providing a platform for entities, organisations, individuals and governments to pledge commitments to action to promote a women inclusive economy through programmes, actions, research, policies and regulations or activities that will aim to increase women participation and integration in the economy, eliminating inequality in the workplace, and encouraging entrepreneurship. The pledged actions should be implemented before the end of 2019.

The 7 principles are:

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

As a signatory of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles, Naseba invites you and your organisation to take the pledge and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Principles, please visit http://www.weprinciples.org/

TAKE THE PLEDGE

  • (Timeline for realisation, specific actions/milestones, expected outcome and impact)
    Please click here to confirm you pledge your organisation's support to the Women's Economic Empowerment Principles