Global Women's Forum - The Discovery

Global Women's Forum Dubai will feature The Discovery - a signature creativity space at the heart of 'women for economy and society'.

Dubai Women Establishment and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society have announced the partners, programme and additions to the speakers lineup for the upcoming Global Women’s Forum Dubai.

The event will be held on February 23-24 2016 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE's Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, UAE.

Global Women’s Forum Dubai will feature plenary sessions and keynote speeches, as well as The Discovery - the signature creativity space at the heart of Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society meetings.

Five main plenary sessions will take place during two days, exploring a range of topics, such as breakthrough moments in work and life; the place of women and innovative thinking in tomorrow's cities; looking beyond the stereotypes of women in the Middle East; and how to create lasting social impact.

The Discovery, which provides a unique opportunity for delegates to meet, share, learn and be inspired through interactive sessions and workshops, will build on the topics explored throughout the main plenary sessions of the Forum, through a range of creative hubs hosted by Global Women’s Forum Dubai partners.

The Main Partner of Global Women’s Forum Dubai, Deewa will host the Energy hub, while Strategic Partners, Dubai Holding and du, will lead the Women on Boards hub and Social Impact hub, respectively.

Strategic Media Partner, Dubai Media Incorporated, will host the Women in Media hub.

Cartier, will celebrate 10 years of supporting women entrepreneurs with the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, in the Entrepreneurship hub. The Official Carrier is Emirates Airline.

Global Women’s Forum Dubai, co-organised by the Dubai Women Establishment and Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society , brings together leaders from around the world – women and men – representing business, government, academia as well as art and culture.

The event will highlight new perspectives for today and tomorrow, creating a powerful, global network capable of boosting the influence of women throughout the world, conceiving innovative and concrete action plans to encourage women’s contribution to society, and promoting diversity in the business world.

Shamsa Saleh, CEO of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) said: “Global Women’s Forum Dubai is an incredibly significant event – not just for the emirate of Dubai or even the United Arab Emirates as a nation.

“It will serve as a crucial platform for the Arab world as a whole, to showcase the capabilities and achievements of the strong, talented and innovative women we have here in this region, and to serve as a catalyst for real change; the changing of perceptions and misleading stereotypes surrounding Arab women, the realisation of measurable outcomes in driving female engagement and participation in the business world, the improvement of gender balance and the enhancement of women’s contribution to socio-economic growth, regionally and on a global level.

"It is with great pride that Dubai Women Establishment and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society bring this event to Dubai, the UAE and the MENA region for the first time, and I’d like to thank our sponsors for helping to make this prestigious, global event possible.”

Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice-President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said: "This is the first time that an international forum of this nature is being held in the region.

“This event will throw the spotlight on our great appreciation and care for the UAE’s women, thanks to the support of our government.

Hala Badri, Executive Vice-President of Brand and Communications at du, said: "Our participation at the Global Women's Forum Dubai today is a testament to du’s staunch belief in the importance of empowering all women – regardless of where they are in life – to accomplish their goals.

“Innovation forms a key pillar in our business and operations strategy, and as leaders in the telecommunications field, we recognise female empowerment as a potent tool to bolster innovation throughout our business. This forms a vital component of du’s social and economic impact strategy for all community segments."

Huda Buhumaid, Senior Vice-President of Group Marketing and Communications at Dubai Holding said: "Working women today contribute about $3.4 billion to our economy. At Dubai Holding, we are proud that a woman is at the helm of one of key business – Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of TECOM Group. While we have set an example for corporates we are also committed to enhancing the business and entrepreneurial ecosystem here – part of which means ensuring strong and fair representation of women.

Dina Al Herais, Vice-President Commercial, VIP Customer Relations at Emirates, said: Emirates Airline is participating in the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai, because this event focuses on the challenges and issues of today and tomorrow, and promotes the positive role of women and encourages their participation in various fields. Being one of the largest companies in Dubai and in the region with over 60,000 employees worldwide, the airline strives to significantly contribute to the development of these ideas. At Emirates Airline, we have a number of women employed in senior positions, which confirms our belief in the importance of the role of women.

“The roles and responsibilities held by women who are working at Emirates Airline inspire other women to follow in their path. For example, women hold positions as pilots, aircraft engineers, maintenance and managerial roles, where they contribute to the daily operations of Emirates’, which includes over 250 aircraft, in addition to managing commercial operations and customer service responsibilities at our 150 destinations around the world.”

Mariam Al Afridi, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Dubai Media Incorporated said: "We are honoured to be the Strategic Media Partner of Global Women’s Forum Dubai. This partnership comes as part of our belief in showcasing the achievements of UAE women, as well as highlighting important issues related to women around the world."

Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, will deliver a keynote video address at the Global Women's Forum Dubai; thereby joining the wide array of influential speakers which will include keynote speeches by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, wife of King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Global Women’s Forum Dubai will also feature Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius; Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development; and Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, UAE Minister of State, Emma Bonino, former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs; as well as prominent figures from the public and private sector around the world.

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