Dubai SME to Support Women’s Summit Aimed at Steminism, Feminisation and Entrepreneurism

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Published April 22nd, 2018 - 09:05 GMT
Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai
Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai

Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, is set to extend its support as Dubai Government Partner to the 4th edition of the Arab Women in Leadership & Business Summit.

Organized in association with The UAE Genetic Diseases Association and under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance UAE and President of UAE Genetic Disease Foundation, the summit will be held in Dubai on April 25-26, 2018. By supporting the event, Dubai SME seeks to further expand its outreach in the SME segment, as well as reinforce its commitment to empowering budding entrepreneurs and women leaders, in line with its SME 2021 plan, which is aligned with the Dubai 2021 Plan.

In its three previous editions, the Summit had attracted 700 attendees from more than 20 countries, including 90 senior speakers and over 80 media partners. Dubai SME has been an official partner of the Summit since the inaugural edition along with the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), CEO Clubs Network, American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi (AMCHAM Abu Dhabi) and Young Arab Leaders (YAL). Boeing keeps its vision and dedication to addressing the need for more women to pursue careers in (STEM) by supporting this conference as a silver sponsor.

H.E. Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, said: “As part of our mandate to support and develop UAE-based small and medium enterprises – and the entrepreneurship sector, in general – Dubai SME is committed to empowering all segments of society to come forward with their projects and ideas, and to providing them with the assistance they need to implement them. As a major and highly capable component of society, women have always had the full support of the UAE leadership. Supporting the 4th edition of the Arab Women in Leadership & Business Summit reflects our dedication to upholding the UAE’s tradition of empowering women and engaging them in public and professional life.”

The Arab Women in Leadership & Business Summit aims at inspiring women to seek the highest levels of professional development by providing them with information, strategies, insights and perspectives on leadership and development. The two-day Summit is packed with powerful sessions, including a one-hour masterclass workshop on breakthrough to excellence, panel discussions, networking groups, and interactive Q&A concourses. The Summit is carefully designed to enhance innovation and business performance through Game Changers like “LEGO Serious Play” – Structured Leadership and Entrepreneurship activities using LEGO BRICKS. The discussions would have a specific focus on STEMinism, Feminisation and Entrepreneurism under the theme “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”.

The Summit will bring together a distinguished line-up of speakers and panellists, including some of the 50 Most Powerful Arab Women in the Forbes list. Some of the speakers are: H.E. Dr Maryam Matar, Chairman & Founder, UAE Genetic Diseases Association; H.E. Khawla Al Serkal, Director General, Sharjah Ladies Club; H.E. Maryam Eid Al Mheiri, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority & twofour54; H.E. Amna Al-Nakhi, Director General, Government of Sharjah; Fatima Alkaabi, Youngest Emirati Inventor; Rana Ghandour Salhab, Executive Committee Member, Talent & Communications Partner Deloitte Middle East; Suaad Al Shamsi, First Female Emirati Aircraft Engineer, Etihad Airways & Chief Executive Officer, L2L Consultation Company; Najla Al Midfa, General Manager Sheraa;  and Roula Droubi, Regional Director, Boeing Middle East& North Africa, Government, Industry and Community Engagement, President, Boeing Women in LeadershipMiddle East, Saudi Arabia & Turkey.

Edwin Paul, CEO, MICE Quotient commented: “The UAE government has been steadfast in its decision to create a gender balance to ensure that Emirati women continue to play a leading role in the development of the United Arab Emirates. Hence, we move forward – alongside Dubai SME – to accomplish the government’s vision to become one of the world’s top twenty-five countries for gender equality by 2021. The AWILB summit emphasises the importance of women’s involvement to the national economy. The Summit creates a platform for local aspiring women to capitalise on the wealth of experience gained by various industry icons, who have proved their mettle and left a global footprint by dealing effectively through multiple setbacks and achieving incredible milestones in the course of their career. It is imperative for women to understand that there are no barriers to success and nothing can stop them from reaching where they want as long as they are determined to achieve it.”

Background Information

Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the government body entrusted to set and drive the economic agenda of the emirate of Dubai, UAE. The DED supports the structural transformation of Dubai into a diversified, innovative service-based economy that aims to improve the business environment and accelerate productivity growth.

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