arab international women’s forum chooses dubai for stellar event to mark a year of achievement in 2007

Published December 10th, 2007 - 12:18 GMT

arab international women’s forum chooses dubai for stellar event to mark a year of achievement in 2007


The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) culminates its 2007 programme ‘Globalisation, Trade and Entrepreneurship’ in an outstanding two day conference at the Dubai International Financial Centre on 10 &11December at the invitation of the Governor DIFC, HE Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman.  

AIWF is extremely honoured to be holding this conference with the Patronage and support of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein for this milestone event, the first for AIWF in Dubai. 

AIWF is very proud to announce that HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi. Minister of Planning, UAE and a founder board member of AIWF will make the Opening Keynote Address.

Other eminent Arab and international speakers invited to address the conference are:

HE Mrs Suhair Al-Ali, Minister of Planning & International Cooperation, Jordan
Ms Daniela Gressani, Vice President for the Middle East, The World Bank
HRH Princess Mashael bint Faisal, President of the Board of the Business Women Forum in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Mrs Raja Al Gurg, Managing Director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group & President DBWC
Professor Aicha Belarbi, Professor & Researcher University Mohammed V, Rabat and Former Ambassador to the European Union, Morocco
Mr Jeffery Culpepper, Head of Global Markets and Investment Banking MENA,
Merrill Lynch
Dr Zara Khatib, Manager Technology Marketing & Deployment for Middle East Region, Caspian and South Asia Region, Shell
Ms Sahar Mohamed Ali El Sallab, Vice Chairman & Managing Director,
Commercial International Bank, Egypt
Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General, UNCTAD
Dr Cristina Molinari, Cabinet Adviser, Ministry of International Trade, Italy
Alderman Alison Gowman, Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP
Ms Sung – Joo Kim, Chairperson & CEO, Sungjoo Group/ MCM Group
Dr Nasser Saidi, Executive Director, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance
          Mrs. Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor, Mena Region, The World Bank
Dr Celia de Anca, Merrill Lynch External Diversity Adviser
Mrs. Neveen Al Tahri, Chairperson Delta Securities, Egypt
Ms Ruth Martin, Managing Director, Securities & Investment Institute, UK
Ms Dania Mchaourab, Vice President, Forsa

Entitled Powering the Future: Arab Business Women in a Modern Economy, this important event will provide a focal point for increased communication, networking and information exchange between the City of Dubai and the City of London with the broader Arab world and the international financial community.

The Chairman, Mrs Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani declares that the AIWF aim is “to create an unrivalled forum for the development of multilateral corporate and public sector partnerships, with strong emphasis on the participation of global business, financial and governance organisations that strive to promote effective business relationships.”

Participating in this initiative are 225 delegates from 35 countries including 18 Arab countries, who are AIWF partners and members, and representatives from government, business, academic, professional and institutional arenas and include students from universities within the region. They come together to explore the financing of female entrepreneurship in the Arab world, best practices in corporate governance and the economic environment for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and the impact they might have on the future of their country’s economy.

The two day agenda includes very pertinent plenary sessions as well as a workshop, on the Value of Good Corporate Governance for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region in collaboration with the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance. It will also incorporate the launch in the Arab world of Domains of Influence: Arab Women Business Leaders in a New Economy, the first book of its kind that features 38 Arab women business leaders representing 20 countries.

AIWF has the valued support of its conference partners:
Leading Partners – Abraaj Capital and PepsiCo International;
Programme Partners - The Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance and Merrill Lynch;
Supporting Partners – Shell, Crescent Petroleum, and GM
Conference Support: DLA Piper, The Dubai Business Women Council, Sungjoo Group/MCM Products and the Jumeirah Group
Haifa Al Kaylani is delighted that “the AIWF decision to host this event in Dubai has attracted the participation of the international business community and is a recognition of the city’s unparalleled standing as the ultimate paradigm for prosperity and integration in a globalised economy”

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