merrill lynch sponsors arab business women in a modern economy conference in dubai

Published December 9th, 2007 - 10:38 GMT

Merrill Lynch today announced its role as co sponsor of “Powering The Future: Arab Business Women in a Modern Economy”, a conference to be held in the United Arab Emirates on 10th and 11th December 2007. The event is being hosted at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) by kind invitation of the Governor of the DIFC, Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman.

Jeffrey Culpepper, head of Global Markets and Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch MENA said:

“Merrill Lynch is delighted to be partnering with the Arab International Women’s Forum in supporting this important initiative. Increased female participation in the Arab economies is one of the key elements for economic success and Merrill Lynch together with AIWF is committed to promoting female entrepreneurship in this region.”

        Mrs Haifa Al Kaylani, President of the Arab International Women’s Forum said:

“The conference agenda builds on the AIWF themes of 2007 launched in March this year: Globalisation, Trade and Entrepreneurship. The event is a significant step linking the City of Dubai, the City of London and the wider financial community. It provides an important opportunity to highlight gender equality, expand business partnerships and promote good governance practices as key elements for unlocking the full potential of this important region.”

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About AIWF
Building bridges, building business has been the guiding principle of the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) since it was set up in 2001. It is a unique network connecting Arab and international women in key positions in business and professions and in community leadership, public and political life.AIWF provides a voice for Arab women, promoting cultural diversity and creating greater public awareness of the challenges of bringing more women into the economic life of the region but also to the huge advantages of making it happen. Working at the highest levels, the growing role of AIWF is acknowledged by collaboration with many leading Arab and international organisations – among them the League of Arab States, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK, the World Bank, the European Commission and European Parliament, as well as UN agencies, NGOs, academic, economic and trade institutions.  AIWF, as a non profit organisation, has forged valuable partnerships with global companies deeply engaged in the region and having strong diversity policies. The Arab International Women’s Forum greatly appreciates the valued and ongoing support of Merrill Lynch, as a leading AIWF Global Partner.  Recognised for its ability to provide connectivity between governments, corporate and institutional partners and international organisations, AIWF offers initiatives that promote economic development, international understanding, prosperity and peace.


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