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GLOBAL
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ECONOMIC
FORUM 2018

Stretch: Aspiring for more

14-15 November 2018

InterContinental Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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#GWEF17 AFTERMOVIE

WHAT IS #WILForum?

In 2009, the first Global WIL Economic Forum broke new ground in the Middle East by giving a platform for women leaders to gather and advance gender diversity.

Since then, the forum has traveled across continents and evolved much.

While staying committed to its initial objective to champion gender diversity, the Global WIL Economic Forum now shines a light on other economic imperatives such as the inclusion of all and social impact.

Endorsed and opened by the UAE Minister of Economy for the past five years, the forum is bringing together 1,000 like-minded individuals from around the world, to shape the economy of tomorrow.

This year, the program digs into impact investing, social entrepreneurship, STEM, and arts & culture – addressed by regional and global leading organisations, policy makers and story-tellers.

WOMENS CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

AN IMPACTFUL COMMUNITY

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  • Entrepreneurs
  • Private sector leaders
  • Policy makers
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AN ENGAGING FORMAT

TAILOR-MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE
  • Pick from three streams of themes.
  • Chose sessions depending on their level of interactivity.
  • Use the forum’s app to organise meetings and start conversations with the attendees of your choice.
GET INSPIRED
  • Listen to, learn from and get your questions answered by global thought leaders and role models.
  • Gain insight into some of the best diversity and inclusion practices through real-life examples.
MEET WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
  • Join a community of individuals sharing the same objectives.
  • Build relationships with cross-sector peers, industry leaders and individuals you look up to.

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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

Please fill in your details and we will reach out to you shortly.

AWARD GUIDELINES

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