The CEO Champions initiative by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society serves as a platform for global leaders – both men and women – to gather to establish new and innovative ways to drive the corporate empowerment and advancement of women in the public and private sectors.
These global leaders are pioneers of change who engage in fruitful discussions on the most pressing issues facing the global business community today. At Global Women’s Forum Dubai in 2016, CEOs, senior executives and gender diversity experts in the private and public sectors are gathering together at the first-ever CEO Champions initiative in the MENA region.
The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is providing expertise and enriching content. McKinsey & Company, as knowledge partner, is helping to lead the private CEO Champions working session with a study – The Power of Parity in the Workplace – and a report of the proceedings. The Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) brings its expertise as a statutory body of the Dubai Government, which plays an active role in nurturing the next generation of Emirati women leaders.
The United Arab Emirates, the first Arab nation to require by law the representation of women on boards of directors in the public and private sectors, is at the forefront of this discussion. The UAE is also the first Arab nation to establish a Gender Balance Council to increase the role of women in leadership positions and strengthen institutional capacity.
CEO Champions is an occasion for forward-thinking corporate and public sector leaders to come together to discuss ways to best impart these achievements and further develop them globally. The discussions will be off-the-record, but we will give the widest possible publicity to the group’s efforts and to the leaders who have launched it – to send a signal of commitment to positive change to the country, to the region, and to the world.