Women Leaders Summit 2022

Agenda

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