Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit

4th Edition

Date: 25th-26th April 2018

Venue: Dusit Thani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Overview

Building on the progressive popularity and importance that the conference has gained over the last three years, This Edition of The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit is weaved under the Theme: “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” and the spotlight areas being


STEMinism – STEM workforce is crucial to UAE’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Hence, it is very imperative for UAE organizations to support women and maintain a robust network of female professionals. There are numerous opportunities for women in STEM, hence the gathering will bring together eminent women to inspire aspiring women and capitalize on the wealth of experience gained through the setbacks and achievements throughout their career. These industry icons will enlighten progressive path of career in STEM as they have already proved their metal and our future generation look upto them. The exclusive gathering will help advance current gender-focused initiatives, including encouraging training and hiring for employee diversity, and continue to give back to the community through STEMinism.

Feminization – Only in a workplace where Men and Women meld their unique styles of leadership, can a strong leadership team be formed which is fierce enough to compete in today’s marketplace as by combining the leadership styles, the organization can maximize the opportunities and minimize the threats. The rise of women into positions of power has created “feminization” of leadership which is reflected in the increasing importance of emotional intelligence, people skills and flexibility. The demand of today’s generation is aligned to the skill-set of female leadership styles. The gathering would encourage women to be visionaries, be visible, be vocal and add value, to move beyond their comfort zones and reinvent themselves.

Entrepreuershipism – At a time of great reshaping, optimism and hope in the Arab World, entrepreneurs, especially the youth, have found new avenues in leading innovation. Large-scale transformations in some countries, combined with social dynamism particularly among the youth, have clearly put the employment challenge on the top of the regional agenda, with entrepreneurship being a key imperative. With nations already trying to diversify and evolve their economies, the Arab women have caught on to the need of the hour and have begun driving efforts towards innovation and entrepreneurship. The gathering will have a specific and deep focus on the rise of innovation, tech driven women entrepreneurial ventures and the challenges and lessons learned from Arab women entrepreneurial achievers.

The 4th Edition of The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit will bring together an unparalleled speakers panel along with participative delegates from across the region to deliberate on the strategies that need to be developed to further advance women’s participation in the public and private sector along with power packed discussions, networking sessions, interactive panels and business lunches.

Who Will You Meet?

The 4th Edition of The Arab Women in Leadership and Business is for emerging leader, emerging executive and executive from the public and private sector along with associations, companies, organizations and government bodies who are working towards supporting them.


Interactive Format

  • Question and Answer Sessions
  • Interactive Panel Discussions
  • Collaborative Roundtables


  • Optional One on One Meetings
  • Dedicated Networking during breaks, luncheon and receptions
  • In-Conference “Power Networking”


  • Senior Level Attendees
  • Connect with thought leaders, industry veterans, and women’s organizations from around the region
  • Optional Reserved Seating

The post show report of the previous edition is available on request. Please write to us at to receive a copy of the report.

Her Excellency Dr. Sharifa Al Yahyai, Former Minister of Social Development, Sultanate of Oman

Academic Specialist in Women’s Studies

Board Member of Arab Women Foundation

Member of Advisory Board in University of Business & Technology- Jeddah


Her Excellency Dr. Maryam Matar

Chairman & Founder

UAE Genetic Diseases Association

H.E Amna Al Nakhi

Her Excellency Amna Al-Nakhi

Director General

Government of Sharjah

Her Excellency Laila Ali Saif bin Hareb AlMheiri

ICAO Recognized as – One of the 70 Women Inspiring Generations of Aviation Professionals


Khawla Al Serkal

Her Excellency Khawla Al Serkal

Director General

Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC)

Ambareen Musa

Founder & CEO


Amira Rashad

Co-Founder & CEO


Bhupendra Singh Rathore

Motivational Speaker , Author, Corporate Trainer and Business Coach

Indian Institute of Business Success and Research

2016 International Communications Summit_Washington D.C._Group Photo_Awards_RMS#298613_3/22/2016_MCF16-0025 Series_Dana Salloum_International Communications_Dubai

Dana Salloum

Communications Director, Mid East and Sub-Saharan Africa

Boeing Middle East

Ismahane Elouafi

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Director General

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture – ICBA

DrMaha Al-Mozaini,

Dr. Maha Al-Mozaini, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre

Adviser to the National AIDS Program, World Health Organization (WHO)

Regional Office of Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO).

Adjunct Associate Professor

(King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Board member, Arab Women Council

DrNoura Al Dhaheri

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri

General Manager

Maqta Gateway

Dr. Nashwa Al Ruwaini

CEO & Board Member


Dr. Tariq Ahmed Nizami

CEO & Founder

CEO CLUBS Network worldwide

Dunia Profile Picture

Dunia Othman



Fatima Alkaabi

Youngest Emirati Inventor


Femke Kruiderink

Founding Partner

FNX Company


Ghada Al Rousi

First Female Pilot

Air Arabia

Hussein Al Sayed


CNBC Arabia


Kifaya Abu Thallam


Kindah Sais

Global Diversity & Inclusion, Middle East & Africa

Boeing Middle East

Lucy Chow


Women‘s Angel Investor Network (WAIN)

Mahmoud AlBurai

Chief Executive Officer

DREI the Educational Arm of Dubai Land Department

Mona Ataya



Naila Al Moosawi

Naila Al Moosawi

Director HR – Eastern Gulf

Director L&D- GCC Lafarge Holcim

Nita Wink

Nita Wink

Founding Partner

FNX Company


Prof. Christopher Abraham

CEO & Head – Dubai Campus , Sr. Vice President – Institutional Development

S P Jain School of Global Management


Qabas Shaer

Founder/ Lead Consultant

Riforma Consulting

Rana Askoul

Gender Equality Expert, Development Professional, Writer, Founder

Changing Pink

Rana Ghandour Salhab

Partner – ME Regional Talent & Communications Partner

Deloitte & Touche Middle East (M.E)

Roula Droubi photo

Roula Droubi

President Boeing Women in Leadership

Middle East, North Africa. Turkey and Saudi Arabia

Boeing Middle East

Salma AlBaloushi

First Emirati Female Pilot

Etihad Airways

Salma picture

Salma Sakhnini
Winner of GCC Women Leaders Award
Named as Emirates Woman of the year for 2016


Samia Hasan


Direction Dose


Sandi Saksena

Empowerment Officer

Echelon Advisors


Sarah Jones

Fonder & CEO



Sirine Fadoul

Lead, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships Fintech & Smart Cities CEMEA


Souaad Al Shamsi

Suaad Al Shamsi

First Female Emirati Aircraft Engineer – Etihad Airways

Chief Executive Officer – L2L Consultation Company


Tariq Syed

Tariq Syed

CEO & Co-founder

Zahra AlAnsari

Senior Manager, Strategy & Policy, Strategy and policy Department


Zaina Kanaan

Social Impact Entrepreneur, Co- Founder, Marketing Director & Brand Strategist


Zeina El Kaissi

Head of Emerging Technology and Global Partnerships


Pre Event Registration Pricing (USD) Valid for the next 20 Registrations

Public and Private Entity $599 + 5% VAT
Students $299 + 5% VAT

Standard Pricing (USD)

Public and Private Entity $1399 + 5% VAT
Students $699 + 5%  VAT

To find out more about the group bookings discounts of if you choose to register to attend please write to us at

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