Under the patronage of Manal Bint Mohammed: Third Arab Women Leadership Forum to open this month

Dubai: Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) unveiled Tuesday the agenda for its Third Arab Women Leadership Forum which will kick off on 19th November in Dubai.

The third edition of the flagship forum will take place at the Grand Hyatt and will focus on issues and opportunities pertaining to the role of women in the boardroom under the theme Board Leadership and the Case for Diversity’.

Hessa Tahlak, Director of Development and Research at DWE thanked the forum’s key sponsors Emirates, Du, DMI and Hawkamah Institute for their presence and support in bringing the event to fruition and providing a platform for discussion of this crucial topic. She also extended thanks to attending media for raising awareness on the need for greater gender equality in the boardroom.

Mona Al Marri, Chairperson DWE said she is confident the Third Arab Women Leadership Forum will be a success as the agenda includes topics of great relevance within the current corporate landscape.

“The theme of the Third Arab Women Leadership Forum “Board Leadership ‘&’ the Case for Diversity” builds on the efforts of DWE’s “Women in Boards Initiative” and offers the opportunity not only to develop the skills base and confidence levels required for women to pursue positions of leadership and responsibility, but equally to help build a corporate culture that accepts, trusts and values the capabilities of women in senior positions of leadership and appreciates their input”.

Al Marri added: “This year’s agenda includes highly relevant sessions that will bring to the fore issues that are of growing importance within a regional context. The Middle East has many inspiring examples of women leaders and our speaker line-up this year represents a great diversity of experience, drawn from a wide variety of sectors and disciplines. We have selected speakers very carefully to focus on different areas that have a bearing on the issue of a more gender equitable corporate culture, and these include economists, legislators, successful women leaders and experts in the field of corporate governance and gender-equitable board practices”.

Badr Abbas, Vice President, Commercial Operations, UAE said: “Emirates is very much part of the professional development of women across the UAE. As a major employer in Dubai and with 60,000 staff around the world, women play an integral role in our workforce and hold a number of very senior positions within the Emirates Group”.

“Our female staff and the duties they perform act as role models for others to join the workplace and rise through the ranks. It could be one of our female pilots for example, a female engineer helping to service our fleet of more than 180 aircraft, or it could a Senior Vice President in a commercial role” Abbas added.

“Across the Middle East, there is ever-growing encouragement for women to step up and play their part in enhancing their community. In the UAE in particular, we have a strong leadership that is dedicated to empowering women, to helping us to grow and become part of the prosperous Emirati economy,” said Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications, du. “It is this strong stance on the integration of more women into the workforce that makes the UAE the ideal host location for the Arab Women Leadership Forum. We whole-heartedly support this effort and endeavour to empower women in as many ways as possible, with almost 30% of our colleagues being female, and 15% of our senior managerial roles filled by women.

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