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Let's talk about
tomorrow

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WIL ECONOMIC FORUM

The WIL Economic Forum is part of the WIL Series that broke new ground in the Middle East by gathering and supporting female leaders through an action-oriented platform. Organised by ITL in partnership with Naseba, the forum brings together up to 1,000 female and male business leaders, entrepreneurs, diversity champions and policy-makers from across the Kingdom to advance women in leadership and address the challenges that are specific to the region.

Held under the name “Let’s talk about tomorrow”, this year’s edition discusses the critical importance of cross-sector collaboration in order to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy. The program features engaging conference sessions, inspiring keynotes, hands-on workshops, executive round tables and facilitated networking sessions. Key themes that will be discussed include economic empowerment, Nationalisation, diversity & inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Building on these key pillars, the WIL Economic Forum focuses on sustainability and makes the case for gender diversity as a key vertical of a forward-looking society, while providing organisations with a platform to showcase their achievements and reach out to women, and attendees with actionable tools to further advance their careers.

Organised by ITL, in partnership with Naseba

Organised by ITL, in partnership with Naseba

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.

MENTORING SESSIONS

Connect with the Kingdom’s game changers and have productive conversations with delegates you look up to.

GET RECOGNISED

Get recognised at the WIL Achievement Awards for your impactful support of women’s economic empowerment, D&I or Nationalisation.

THOUGHT LEADERS

SUPPORTERS

BANK SPONSOR

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPONSOR

EXCLUSIVE MOBILITY SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSOR

SUPPORTING PARTNER

ASSOCIATION PARTNER

STRATEGIC PARTNER

CAREER PARTNER

MEDIA PARTNERS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

AWARDS

AWARD CATEGORIES

AWARD GUIDELINES

AWARD CATEGORIES

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR | NOMINATE NOW

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.
The business must not be operating at a loss, and must be able to provide evidence of growth and sustainability.

MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE | NOMINATE NOW

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. In order to be eligible for this category:
• Nominees must hold a leadership position (Chairperson, President, CEO, Managing Director etc.) at private or public organisations or educational institutions.
• Nominees must have been employed in their current position for at least two years.

MOST IMPACTFUL D&I INITIATIVE | NOMINATE NOW

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. In order to be eligible for this category:
The organisation should provide any / all of the following (including but not limited to):
• Business and management training
• Small and medium-sized business empowerment
• Market access,
• Mentorship,
• Links to capital,
• Career opportunities for women / minorities
Organisations must be able to present results of their impact in the last 12 months
Open to: Any entity with a registered office in the MENA region. Eligible initiatives could focus on: gender diversity, inclusion of people with special needs, cultural diversity and more.

MOST WOMAN FRIENDLY EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR | NOMINATE NOW

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

WOMAN GAME CHANGER | NOMINATE NOW

This category recognises a female business leader, policy-maker or public figure for her strong commitment to developing female talent, her ability to innovate, disrupt existing practices and help pave the way for future generations of female leaders. In order to be eligible for this category:
• Nominees must hold a leadership position (Chairperson, President, CEO, Managing Director, etc.) at private or public organisations or educational institutions.
• Nominees must have been employed in their current position for at least two years.
Please note that one award will be divided into two categories, public and private. We therefore request that you ensure the accuracy of your responses.

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR | NOMINATE NOW

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:
• Applicant who has proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements;
• Applicant can be up to 25 years of age throughout 2018;
• Applicant need to demonstrate evidence of his/her leadership qualities;
• Applicant need to be supported by a suitable referee who is not related to them.

AWARD GUIDELINES

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