Women Leaders Summit 2022

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Middle East Women Leaders’ Summit & Awards 2023

Dubai | UAE
24 - 25 of October 2023

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DR. ARSHI AYUB ZAVERI

CEO, TRUST WITH TRADE GROUP UAE

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CEO & FOUNDER, PEACEFULL

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MANAGING DIRECTOR, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

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Event Overview

Historically, women have always played a prominent role in society and be decision-makers. Contrarily, the roles of women in the workforce have been negligent. As per the global statistics, only 6% of women are working in leadership positions and this number further dipped during the pandemic.

With this summit, we aim to bring together women who have not only achieved stupendous success but have also found a voice and a chair at the leadership table. We bring together great women achievers who will share their struggles, journey, stories, and success with other aspiring women.
This platform aims at highlighting the paradigm shift of the new-age leadership while paving the way for the next generation of women leaders. Let’s come together to celebrate this force and encourage women to continue breaking barriers.

Who can Attend This?

We recommend this conference for every aspiring women leader, who aims to reach their professional goals. This summit is for men who support women’s advancement and network with women, which helps diversify your network

Why Should you attend?

A stellar line-up of speakers, thought-leaders, and disruptors who will share their personal experiences and success stories.

Gaining insights into the difficulties and challenges that women encounter.

Exposure to an amazing and unique community of 250+ selected senior-level attendees from across the continents and a diverse range of sectors

Dedicated networking opportunities to build and expand business relationships beyond the day among women committed to each other’s success.

Attracting participants who are all empowering leaders in their own right- whether they are a speaker, organizer, or attendee

The Forum facilitates the exchange of knowledge, recommendations, and best practices through plenaries and interactive workshops.

Day 1 | 2 November 2022
  • 09:00 - 10:00

    REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

  • 10:00 - 10:15

    OPENING NOTE BY THE CHAIRPERSON

    Felice Friedson, President/CEO, The Media Line

  • 10:15 – 10:40

    DIGITALIZATION WILL REVOLUTIONIZE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    • Will provide more work opportunities for women as well as a great help for the women entrepreneurs
    • Does a modern company need women leaders to get through the digital transformation as a winner?
    • Tackling perceived biases that put an iron ceiling on women’s ability to bring the digital revolution.

    Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder, Byju’s

  • 10: 40 – 11:00

    THE FUTURE IS FEMALE!

    • Leadership has evolved significantly as recent socio-political influences drive for greater fever balance in the Boardroom.
    • Leading practices organizations can take to develop leadership opportunities for women
    • Insights on opportunities for the advancement of women into senior- level roles.

    Kate Baker, Chief HR, Neom City

  • 11:00 - 11:20

    EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: A LEADER'S SECRET WEAPON

    • Do women leaders rank higher in Emotional Intelligence
    • Will concrete actions and commitments achieve participation in leadership and drive more women to lead the way?

    Kate Midtun, Founder & CEO Acorn Strategy

  • 11:20 - 11:55

    TEA/ COFFEE AND NETWORKING SESSION

  • 11:55- 12:40

    PANEL DISCUSSION: UNLOCKING WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE MENA REGION

    • Is entrepreneurship key to unlocking women’s potential in the Middle East?
    • Addressing policy constraints alongside support programs for women entrepreneurs
    • How do societal relationships impact the business journey?

    Moderator :

    Natalie Gerashchenko, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG Middle East

    Panelist :
    1. Mouna Abassy, CEO, Izil Beauty
    2. Nour Hammour, CEO, Nour Hammour
    3. Dr. Arshi Ayub Zaveri, CEO, TRUST WITH TRADE GROUP UAE, ABU DHABI
    4. Salama Mohamed, CEO & Founder, Peaceful

  • 12:40 - 13:00

    WOMEN'S FINANCIAL INCLUSION: A PATHWAY TO ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

    • Will digital inclusion be a critical catalyst for boosting female participation?
    • Creating a framework to encourage more women to invest in their financial journey
    • Will financial literacy programs benefit women in making financial decisions?

    Dania Daoud, Director, Credit Suisse AG

  • 13:00 – 14:00

    LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

  • 14:00 - 14:45

    PANEL DISCUSSION: CHANGING THE NARRATIVE, WOMEN IN DECISION-MAKING ROLES

    • Will representation of women at the Political, Social, and Economic levels accelerate growth?
    • Does women’s economic participation play a crucial role in the growth and stability of the country?
    • Will the promotion of structural and behavioral change bring in a revolution, or drive acceptance?

    Moderator: Samar Alshorafa, Founding CEO, She is Arab

    Panelist:
    1. Caroline Faraj, Vice President & Editor in Chief, CNN Arabic, UAE
    2. Linda Fitz-Alan, Registrar and Chief Executive, ADGM Courts
    3. Shada El Borno, Managing Director, Standard Chartered Bank
    4. Faiza Al Harthi, Head of Energy, Oman Vision 2040

  • 14:45 - 15:30

    PANEL DISCUSSION: ACCELERATING CHANGES TOGETHER

    • Importance of tackling the negative perceptions of women in society
    • Breaking gender norms and deep-rooted biases
    • Promote Partnerships Between the Private, Public, And Tertiary Sectors

    Moderator:

    Malavika Varadan, Managing Director, The Hive

    Panelist:
    1. Vineeta Singh, Co-founder and CEO, SUGAR Cosmetics
    2. Honorable Lujaina Mohsin Darwish, Chairperson, MHD-ITICS, OMAN
    3. Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder, Byju’s

  • 15:30 - 16:00

    FIRE SIDE CHAT: THE EVOLUTION OF THE WOMEN INFLUENCER IN THE MENA REGION

    • Has this new normal challenged the traditional marketing industry?
    • Has the broader network of women influencers accelerated consumption in the region?
    • Has social media amplified women influencers’ voices?

    Panelist :
    1. Malavika Varadan, Managing Director, The Hive
    2. Madiha Naz, Esport Athleate & Esport Relationship Agent, Division

  • 16:00 – 16:20

    IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. ZULEKHA DAUD

    • Factors that impact a woman’s ability to lead others
    • The most significant barrier and how to overcome it
    • Building Resilience over the course of your career

  • 16:20 – 17:00

    ME WOMEN LEADER AWARDS CEREMONY

  • 09:00 - 10:00

    REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

  • 10:00 - 10:10

    OPENING NOTE BY THE CHAIRPERSON

  • 10:10 - 10:30

    FUTURE OF WORK: WOMEN LEADERS TRANSFORMING THE WORKPLACE

    • The Paradigm shift to welcome more women leaders
    • Nurturing the right talent to move up the ladder
    • Building a strong connection between the brand and the consumer

    Noha Hefny, Founder People of Impact

  • 10:30- 11:15

    PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN START-UP - TACKLING FOUNDER’S CHALLENGES

    • Is Venture Capital still part of the ‘Men’s playground’?
    • Can women’s leadership impact business performance and overall growth?
    • Beyond leading, are women particularly successful in creating a positive company culture?

    Moderator :
    Leyla Azizova, Co-Founder and Head of MENA, WEMA Health

    Panelist:
    1. Heather Henyon, Co-Founder, Mind Shift Capital
    2. Sonia Weymuller, Founding Partner, Venture Souq
    3. Anuscha Iqbal, Co-Founder, Spotii, A Zippay Company
    4. Katie Wachsberger, Co-Founder & COO, DANA Global

  • 11:15 – 11:35

    COMBATING THE STEREOTYPES AND GENDER PARITY

    • Addressing the age-old issues of gender-specific roles
    • Collaborating with others to create more opportunities • Women Supporting Women

    Felice Friedson, President/CEO, The Media Line

  • 11:35 - 12:10

    TEA/ COFFEE AND NETWORKING SESSION

  • 12:10 - 12:55

    PANEL DISCUSSION: LEVERAGING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE

    • Can fostering inclusivity spur innovation, retain valuable talent, and reduce attrition rates?
    • Questioning and combating the stereotypes that women take on.
    • Creating a Diversity and Inclusion training program to encourage your employees to move from awareness to action.

    Moderator :

    Noha Hefny, Founder People of Impact

    Panelist
    1. Kate Baker, Chief HR, Neom City
    2. Sara Maria Boueri, Senior HR Director, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
    3. Monica Hernandez Alarcon, HR Director, General Motors
    4. Almas Jiwani, President, Emeritus Un Women Canada

  • 12:55 - 13:15

    THE EMERGENCE OF THE WOMEN BUSINESS LEADER IN THE MENA REGION

    • Showcasing more inclusive economic growth and international competitiveness.
    • Contribute value to each link of the business value chain
    • Building economic opportunity for women in their supply chain.

    Almas Jiwani, President, Emeritus Un Women Canada

  • 13:15 – 14:00

    PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT’S NEXT FOR WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY?

    • What are the necessary steps taken to encourage young women to pursue careers in this field
    • Will creating a new system of mentorship programs lead the way?
    • Accelerating women’s involvement in creating a new digital future.

    Moderator:

    Natasha Swamy, Head of Women Leaders Summit 2022, Verve Management

    Panelist
    1. MELDA AKIN, CEO, D14.AI
    2. Maryam Habil, Vice President, Media Intelligence and Innovation at Mubadala
    3. Safaa Almajthoub, Director, Digital Health Center of Excellence, Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia

  • 14:00 – 15:00

    LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

    FOUNDER AND CHAIRPERSON

Speakers

HON. LUJAINA MOHSIN DARWISH

CHAIRPERSON

ITICS - Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC

VINEETA SINGH

CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

SUGAR COSMETICS, INDIA

Divya Gokulnath

Co-Founder

BYJU’S

CAROLINE FARAJ

VICE PRESIDENT & EDITOR IN CHIEF

CNN ARABIC, UAE

Salama Mohamed

Ceo & founder

Peacefull

Dr. Arshi Ayub Zaveri

CEO

Trust With Trade Group UAE, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Almas Jiwani

President/CEO

Emeritus UN Women Canada NC/ Almas Jiwani Foundation

MELDA AKIN

TECH ENTREPRENEUR FOUNDER & CEO

D14.AI

SHADA EL BORNO

MANAGING DIRECTOR

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

SARA MARIA BOUERI

SENIOR HR DIRECTOR

RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM (RAKTDA)

LINDA FITZ-ALAN

REGISTRAR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

ABU DHABI GLOBAL MARKET COURTS, COURTS

SONIA WEYMULLER

FOUNDING PARTNER

VENTURE SOUQ

Faiza AL Harthi

Head of Energy

Oman Vision 2040

MONICA HERNAND...

HR DIRECTOR

GENERAL MOTORS

HEATHER HENYON

CO - FOUNDER

MIND SHIFT CAPITAL

Felice Friedson

President/CEO

The Media Line News Agency

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MOUNA ABASSY

Founder & CEO

IZIL BEAUTY, UAE

KATE BAKER

CHIEF HR FUTURIST

NEOM CITY, KSA

NOUR HAMMOUR

CO-FOUNDER

Nour Hammour, UAE

ANUSCHA IQBAL

CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

SPOTII

MALAVIKA VARADAN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

THE HIVE

Katie Wachsberger

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

DANA Global

SAFAA ALMAJTHOUB

DIRECTOR

DIGITAL HEALTH CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, MINISTRY OF

MARYAM HABIL

VICE PRESIDENT

MUBADALA

NOHA HEFNY

FOUNDER & CEO

PEOPLE OF IMPACT

NATALIE GERASHCHENKO

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND SENIOR PARTNER

BCG MIDDLE EAST

SAMAR ALSHORAFA

FOUNDING CEO

SHE IS ARAB

KATE MIDDTUN

CEO & FOUNDER

ACORN STRATEGY

MADIHA NAZ

ESPORTS ATHLETE

LEYLA AZIZOVA

CO-FOUNDER AND HEAD OF MENA

WEMA HEALTH

DR. ZULEKHA DAUD

FOUNDER AND CHAIRPERSON

ZULEKHA HEALTHCARE GROUP

DANIA DAOUD

DIRECTOR

CREDIT SUISSE AG

A note from the MD’s Desk

Sabah Parvez

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the MENA Woman Leader’s Summit 2022. Personally, this is one of my most cherished summits of the year and one that I am personally invested in.

Women’s strength has been a reckoning force throughout my life. I was privileged to be around strong women, right from the comfort of my home to the challenges at the workplace, I had the opportunity to work with leaders who recognized the power within me. This was also one of the major driving factors to start Verve Management. Here at Verve we have always believed in gender diversity and are proud of our workforce.

With this summit, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate our strength and support other women to make this world a more beautiful place. Seeing women leaders in various sectors only makes me aspirational about the next chapter in this wonderful series.

I welcome you all to embark with us on this two-day enthralling summit that will help every aspiring woman to catapult her career to the next chapter. And finally “ Lets Aspire to Lead the way”

A note from the Conference Producer

Natasha Swamy

Welcome! It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Inaugural edition of the Middle East Women Leaders Summit 2022.

Women supporting women has always been empowering. We live in exciting times where our opportunities are boundless and not even the sky is our limit, we have other universes to explore.

We live in times where we are empowered by conversation and inclusion. Conversations about the caliber and not the gender of the person accomplishing the task. Conversations around Inclusion, being a part of the workforce, and the development of a nation.

We live in exciting times, where governments are encouraging women by creating councils such as inclusivity councils and various empowerment groups. Each day we see policies being developed to only strengthen our presence in the workforce, but also reinforce practically everything that we aim to achieve. So why not celebrate this breed of woman leaders and support each other to only accelerate higher.

With that, we welcome you all to the Middle East Women Leadership Summit 2022, an ecosystem for everyone to flourish together.