STEMinism, Feminization & Entrepreneurism @ AWLBS

By Divi S.

DUBAI 19 February 2018: What better way can be to commemorate Sheikh Zayed’s memory than to relive his values by laying a platform for women empowerment — is the key thought behind this year’s Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit (AWLBS).

Last Three Editions of the Summit have been phenomenal in terms of its extraordinary attendee profile, speaker acquisition and partnership status. This year MICE Quotient is taking the 4th edition of The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit to altogether a new level by effectuating it in association with The UAE Genetic Disease Association and under the patronage and presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Tolerance UAE and President of UAE Genetic Disease Foundation.

The event is due to take place in Dubai on the 25-26th of April 2018 weaved under the theme “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” and the spotlight areas being STEMinism, Feminization and Entrepreneurism.

Exclusive Group

Building on the progressive popularity and importance that the conference has gained in the last 3 years, the Summit will bring together an exclusive group of over 200 leaders from across the region for two days of strategic dialogue and networking.

As the name of the event suggests, it focuses majorly on bringing out the local talent of the region rather than talking about women in general as the problems and hurdles faced by women in UAE are different from what is faced by women in other regions of the world.

The Government in the UAE, at all levels, has set its focus on far-reaching transformational changes that are focused on the restructuring both the government and private business landscape and women’s participation in this dynamic environment.

Gender Balance

These include both macroeconomic changes and regulatory frameworks that are changing profoundly towards gender balance dynamics in the GCC business arena. According to a research, UAE women outperform their male counterparts academically. Hence, the government is taking active measures to increase the contribution of Emirati women in the remarkable nation-building process.

The 4th Edition of the Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit will bring together a distinguished group of speakers along with participative delegates from across the region and beyond 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.

The Summit comprises of leading figures from various fields, luminaries from the field of media and eminent leaders from political and public sector of Arab world like Dr. Maryam Matar – Chairman & Founder, UAE Genetic Diseases Association, Maryam Eid AlMheiri – Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority & twofour54, Amna Al Nakhi -Director General, Government of Sharjah, Sheikha Dr. Alia Al Qassimi – Social Expert, Community Development Authority & Specialist Obstetric & Gynaecology Al Garhoud Private Hospital, Ambareen Musa – Founder & CEO, Souqalmal,  Nisreen Shocair, President, Virgin Megastore – Middle East, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO & Board Member, Pyramedia, Laila Hareb – Assistant Director General, GCAA and many more.

Upholding their continued commitment towards gender equality and echoing the directives and efforts of UAE Government, the Summit is officially supported by the Dubai Business Women Council, Young Arab Leaders, Aamcham Abu Dhabi and CEO Club Networks.

Women in STEM

The Summit will be canvassing on the inclusion of women in STEM, Inclusive leadership and Business and Entrepreneurship confabulating the participation of millennials in various business fields of corporate arena and dealing with changing mindsets.

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. The gathering would also encourage women to be visionaries, be visible, be vocal and add value, to move beyond their comfort zones and reinvent themselves; focusing deeply on the rise of innovation, tech-driven women entrepreneurial ventures and the challenges and lessons learned from Arab women entrepreneurial achievers.

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, moving forward to the vision of becoming one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021, the AWILB summit emphasizes the importance of involvement of women to contribute to the national economy.

The Summit creates a platform for local aspiring women to capitalize on the wealth of experience gained by various industry icons who have proved their mettle and have created a global footprint by dealing effectively through multiple setbacks and achieving unimaginable 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.”