NAVIGATION

Program

 
DAY 01 - 23 FEBRUARY

08:00 REGISTRATION
  PLENARY
PLENARY 09:00 ACHIEVING: LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN

MC:

Khalid Al Ameri
Emirati writer and columnist, UAE

09:05 OPENING WELCOME SPEECH

Clara Gaymard, President, Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, France

09:15 THE TURNING POINT

There is a crucial turning point in every career, a “breakthrough” moment that determines not only what you do but who you are. These speakers provide an inspirational opening for Women’s Forum Dubai. Because as different as each story may be, we can all recognise that moment that changes everything.

SPEAKERS:

H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
(GCSK, CSK, PhD) President of the Republic of Mauritius

H.E. Reem Al Hashimi
UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, UAE

Comm. Margrethe Vestager
European Commissioner for Competition,EU

Emma Bonino
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy

MODERATORS:

Becky Anderson
Managing Editor & Anchor, CNN

10:15 - 10:30 BREAK
  DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY 10:30 GENDER MATTERS FOR ENERGY

ENERGY HUB

Find out how women are involved as designers and end-users in practical innovations for realizing household energy savings.

SPEAKERS:

Khawla Al Muhairi
Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, UAE

Laure Alazet
New Business Energy South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Engie and Board member, Clean Energy Business Council, UAE

MODERATOR:

Rym Tina Ghazal
Senior Features writer and columnist, The National Newspaper, UAE

WORK-LIFE BALANCE: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB

Meet the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards participants from the MENA region, entrepreneurs who will discuss the challenges of running a business and caring for a family, and the opportunities for succeeding at both.

SPEAKERS:

Mouna Abbassy
Founder and Managing Director, Izil Beauty and laureate of the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, UAE

Zein Shiyyab
Business Process Manager, Trust Holding, and finalist of the 2011 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Jordan

Rama Kayyali Jardaneh
Founder and Managing Partner, Little Thinking Minds and finalist of the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Jordan

Nermin Sa’d
Senior Mechanical Engineer & Founder, Handasiyat.net, 2012 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Finalist, Jordan

MODERATOR:

Neveen El Tahri
Chairperson and Managing Director, Delta Shield for Investment and member of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury, Egypt

TWITTER PRESENTS #POSITIONOFSTRENGTH

WOMEN IN MEDIA HUB

Twitter hosts workshops and training sessions tailored for women in the MENA region, and introduces #PositionOfStrength, a worldwide movement to engage and empower women online.

SPEAKERS:

Frederique Covington-Corbett
International Marketing Director, Twitter, Singapore

Kira O’Connor
EMEA Safety Outreach, Twitter, Ireland

MOTHERS, THE ULTIMATE SHADOW TEACHERS

SOCIAL IMPACT HUB

Presenting BabNoor, the first Arabic cloud-based app enabling easy and effective communication for children with autism. This session highlights BabNoor’s positive impact on families.

SPEAKERS:

Shadi Al-Hassan
Flagship Projects Managing Director and Founder, BabNoor app, UAE

ACHIEVING MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS IN THE BOARDROOM

WOMEN ON BOARDS HUB

Boardroom success depends on how well you understand board obligations and possibilities, but also on how well you understand yourself. Self-knowledge, coupled with the flexibility to change the way you act, is absolutely essential for maximum effectiveness in a board position.

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
CEO, Hawkamah, UAE

Mette Laursen
Founder, LinKS, Denmark

Laura Hwang
Representative, Government of Singapore, ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), Singapore

Ayesha Sultan
Board member TECOM Group, Independent Non Executive Director, Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee, Vice Chairman of Executive Human Capital Committee, UAE

MEET WITH RISING TALENTS FROM THE GCC

RISING TALENTS HUB

Boardroom success depends on how well you understand board obligations and possibilities, but also on how well you understand yourself. Self-knowledge, coupled with the flexibility to change the way you act, is absolutely essential for maximum effectiveness in a board position.

SPEAKERS:

Sarah Amiri
Head of Council of UAE Scientists and Scienc Lead of Emirates Mars Mission, MOHAMMED BIN RASHID SPACE CENTRE, United Arab Emirates

Aisha Harib
Social Entrepreneur, SOCIAL BANDAGE, United Arab Emirates

Amani S. SHAJERA
Head of Studies and Research Department, Women Information Centre, SUPREME COUNCIL FOR WOMEN, Kingdom of Bahrain

MODERATOR:

Mary Fitzgerald
Journalist and Analyst, and Women’s Forum Rising Talents alumnus, Ireland

MARS EXPLORATION MISSION WORKSHOP

WOMEN AND SCIENCE HUB

Get a glimpse of how the Emirates Mars Mission team is preparing to head into space and hear what they’re planning to discover when they get there. This interactive workshop provides a walk-through from conceptualization of the actual mission to the gathering and processing of the data necessary to unlock the mysteries of Mars.

SPEAKERS:

Maryam R. AlShamsi
Engineer, Space Science, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

Amal Amin
Senior Payload Engineer, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

MEET WITH…JASON VALE

HAPPINESS HUB

Jason Vale, aka 'Juice Master', is an author, motivational speaker and lifestyle coach. He works to empower people to change their health and life by realizing the nutritional benefits of raw fruit and vegetable juices.

SPEAKERS:

Jason Vale
Author of Juice Master, UK

AIRBUS LITTLE ENGINEER WORKSHOP

(Closed Session)

11:15 - 11:30 BREAK

  PLENARY
PLENARY 11:30 OFFICIAL OPENING SPEECHES

Welcome and acknowledgment speech on behalf of host country

Khalid Al Ameri
Emirati writer and columnist, UAE

KEYNOTES:

H.M. QUEEN RANIA AL ABDULLAH
of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

H.H. SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE

11:45 OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL: IN CONVERSATION WITH

SPEAKER:

THE HON. CHRISTINE LAGARDE
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

OLIVIER FLEUROT
Senior Vice President and Member of P12-, Publicis Groupe, France

12:45 - 13:45 LUNCH BREAK
12:45 CEO CHAMPIONS (PRIVATE SESSION)

The CEO Champions initiative serves as a platform for global leaders to gather to establish new and innovative ways to drive the corporate empowerment and advancement of women in the public and private sectors. 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.

13:45 VOICES FROM THE GULF

While women in the Middle East share many similarities with their counterparts in other regions, they are frequently the subjects of misperceptions throughout the world. This session aims to look beyond some of the most common stereotypes and focus on the real-life achievements of and challenges for women in this region.

SPEAKER:

H.E. Dr. Hissa Al-Otaiba
UAE Ambassador to Spain

Dr. Basmah Omair
CEO, Alsayedah Khadijah Bint Khawilid Center, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Al-Mukhaini
Chairperson, SASLO Legal Training Center, Sultanate of Oman

MODERATOR:

John Defterios
Emerging Markets Editor, CNN

14:45 - 15:00 BREAK
15:00 INNOVATIVE THINKING FOR TOMORROW’S CITIES

Urban centres around the world are grappling with how to optimize legacy infrastructure – education, transport, culture, safety, healthcare, housing policies – with women and girls in mind. What if we were to leap forward and re-think our cities not only to incorporate women’s perspectives but to deploy the genius of women for the benefit of all?

SPEAKER:

Valérie Pécresse
President, Ile-de-France Region, and former Minister, France

Anja Wyden Guelpa
Chancellor of State, Republic and Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Pascal Sourisse
Senior Executive VP International Development, Thales, France

Omran Sharaf
Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center UAE

Prof. Yoko Ishikura
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

MODERATOR:

Ulysse Gosset
Foreign Affairs Columnist, BFM TV, France

16:00 - 16:15 BREAK

  DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY 16:15 OPEN INNOVATION, A LEAP IN MEDICAL ADVANCES

SOCIAL IMPACT HUB

Medical innovation has always been behind closed doors with experiments, research and development done in secrecy for patents, intellectual property and pharmaceutical competitive advantages. What if all these development are made transparent from day one? And not just open-source, but we invite the world to participate in the actual contribution. We believe medicine, healing and curing are intellectual properties that belong to the world.

SPEAKER:

Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong
Founder and CIO, OphtalmicDocs, New Zealand

YOUR VOICE IS YOUR MESSAGE

WOMEN IN MEDIA HUB

We own the most powerful tool of communication that is our voice, and it is taken for granted. A conscious use of the voice is creating conscious sounds that touch, awake and support words that are truly listened to.

SPEAKER:

Noura Sadaka
Leadership Coach and Voiceover Artist, UAE

STAY FOCUSED, STAY HEALTHY

HAPPINESS HUB

Seema Shetty has built a career – and a business empire – by providing healthy solutions for eating and living well. She shares some of the secrets she has learned on the job and from her father and mentor, Dr. B.R. Shetty.

SPEAKER:

Seema Shetty
VP of Corporate Excellence, NMC Healthcare, UAE


  AGORA
AGORA 16:15 PRESERVATION OF CULTURE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS (EAST AGORA)

ART AND CULTURE HUB

This session will explore innovations in the field of art conservation that have enabled museums to deploy new technologies to preserve the aspects of art and cultural heritage that are the building blocks of a society.

SPEAKERS:

Catherine Pégard
President, Public Establishment of the Palace, the Museum and the Estate of Versailles, France

Dr. Rafia Ghubash
Founder of The Women’s Museum, UAE

MODERATOR:

Dr. Lamees Hamdan
Founder, Shiffa, UAE

WOMEN MATTER IN SCIENCE (WEST AGORA)

WOMEN AND SCIENCE HUB

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Habiba Bouhamed-Chaabouni
Professor and Chief Department, Medical School - Laboratory Of Human Genetics, Tunisia

H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
(GCSK, CSK, PhD, DSc), President of the Republic of Mauritius

MODERATOR:

Dr. Robert Sebbaq
Vice President Access to Medicines, France

19:30 GALA DINNER (BY INVITATION ONLY)
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE CARTIER WOMEN’S INITIATIVE AWARDS

Seema Shetty has built a career – and a business empire – by providing healthy solutions for eating and living well. She shares some of the secrets she has learned on the job and from her father and mentor, Dr. B.R. Shetty.

HOSTED BY:

Cyrille Vigneron
President and Chief Executive Officer, Cartier, Switzerland

IN THE PRESENCE OF:

The Hon. Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

 
DAY 02 - 24 FEBRUARY

08:00 REGISTRATION
09:00 EMBARK ON A JOURNEY: CREATING, ENERGIZING & SUSTAINING

MC:

Khalid Al-Ameri
Emirati writer and columnist, UAE


  PLENARY
PLENARY 09:05 80 IS THE NEW 50

Research indicates we will continue to live longer. The life expectancy of women has risen even faster than that of men. But does living longer mean living better? One renowned expert will challenge what we take for granted about our allotted time on the planet, and share how we can disrupt and reinvent the basics so we may adapt to our future. Because sooner than you think, 80 will be the new 50!

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
Host of 'The Dr. Oz Show' and Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, USA

10:20 - 10:45 BREAK

  DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY 10:45 SMART HOMES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

ENERGY HUB

Why should we want a smart home? What role can governments and utilities play in helping our homes become smarter? What’s in it for women?

SPEAKERS:

Eng. Amal Koshak
Senior Manager Marketing Communications, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, UAE

Brian Hull
Managing Director ABB Oman & Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman

I AM BECAUSE I TWEET

WOMEN IN MEDIA HUB

Twitter has developed into a powerful platform for showcasing the talents and achievements of Arab women for a wider international audience. This workshop aims to identify ways to eliminate stereotypes for a truer picture Arab woman.

SPEAKERS:

Heba Al Samt
Director of Digital, Dubai Channel Network, Founder and President of Social Media Club, UAE

Fida Chaaban
Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East, UAE

Iman Ben Chaibah
Editor-in-Chief, Sail Magazine, UAE

Kinda Ibrahim
Director of Media Partnerships MENA, Twitter, UAE

ACTIVATION BY DMI SPEED NETWORKING (Bring your business card)
10:45 TALENT OF WOMEN, SPIRIT OF CHANGE

RISING TALENTS HUB

SPEAKER:

Hana Al Rostamani
Head of Consumer Banking Group, First Gulf Bank, UAE

MODERATOR:

Mary Fitzgerald
Journalist and Analyst, and Women’s Forum Rising Talents alumnus, Ireland

THE HAUTE COUTURE OF PERFUME

MAISON GUERLAIN

Discover the art and process behind the creation of a bespoke Guerlain perfume. As in the creation of an Haute Couture dress, a Guerlain specialist has to gauge every facet of the character of the person precise and detailed for perfection.

SPEAKER:

Sylvaine Delacourte
Fragrance Evaluation and Development Director, Guerlain-Paris, France

09:00 - 13:00 AIRBUS LITTLE ENGINEER WORKSHOP

WOMEN AND SCIENCE HUB

(Closed Session)



  AGORA
AGORA 10:45 THE CARTIER WOMEN’S INITIATIVE AWARDS: 10 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS (EAST AGORA)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB

2016 marks the 10th anniversary ot the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, supporting creative women finding solutions for the future. Entrepreneurs from the MENA region will participate in interactive sessions, and an INSEAD assessment study will show key results of the Awards over the last decade.

SPEAKERS:

Christine Borgoltz
External Relations and Events Director, Cartier, France

Zein Shiyyab
Business Process Manager, Trust Holding, and finalist of the 2011 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Jordan

Hans Wahl
Director Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP), INSEAD, France

Rana El Chemaitelly
Founder, Little Engineer, and laureate of the 2011 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Lebanon

Hanan Saab
Founder and Managing Director, Pharmamed, and member of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury, Lebanon

MODERATOR:

Henry Bonsu
Broadcaster, Conference Host and Analyst, BBC News, UK

INNOVATIVE PERSPECTIVES WOMEN BRING TO BOARDROOM (WEST AGORA)

WOMEN ON BOARDS HUB

Prof. Yoko Ishikura will share her experience of serving on boards of Japanese, US and UK companies and significance of bringing different and innovative perspectives.

SPEAKER:

Prof. Yoko Ishikura
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

11:30 - 11:45 BREAK

  DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY 11:45 CREATING YOUR OWN TEAM

ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB

What makes a ‘dream team’? How do geography, language and culture affect interactions between team members? Come listen to how entrepreneurs – Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards participants from the MENA region – rise to the challenge of finding the right team to support their business.

SPEAKERS:

Mirna Hamady
Co-founder, Kashida and finalist of the 2013 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Lebanon

Sarah Hawilo
Co-founder, serVme and finalist of the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Lebanon

Rama Kayyali Jardaneh
Founder and Managing Partner, Little Thinking Minds and finalist of the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Jordan

MODERATOR:

Meisa Batayneh
Founder and Principal Architect, Maisam Architects and Engineers and member of the Cartier

EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT (SROI)

SOCIAL IMPACT HUB

Presenting the change in corporate mindset about giving back to society and how communities can empower women through innovative concepts such as Social Return on Investment.

SPEAKER:

Hana Alawai
Senior Social Investment Advisor, Sustainable Square, UAE

THE FUTURE OF DREAMING AND THE CREATIVE BRAIN

ART AND CULTURE HUB

Imagine if you could unlock the creativity hidden deep inside your brain - a small thought that could grow into the next big idea. Hunter Lee Soik, the founder of 'Shadow' the world’s largest dream database explains how a small idea has turned into a big movement and unlocked a new creative process while sleeping.

SPEAKER:

Hunter Lee Soik
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shadow, USA

MEETING WITH RISING TALENTS FROM THE GCC

RISING TALENTS HUB

SPEAKERS:

Sarah AL Agroobi
Graphic Designer and Artist, United Arab Emirates

Iman Ben Chaibah
Editor-in-Chief, SAIL MAGAZINE, United Arab Emirates

Raha Moharrak
Art Director and Climber, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hind Seddiqi
Vice-President Marketing, AHMED SEDDIQI & SONS, United Arab Emirates

MODERATOR:

Mary Fitzgerald
Journalist and Analyst, and Women’s Forum Rising Talents Alumnus, Ireland

MENTORING FOR WOMEN, A WORKSHOP BY REACH

WOMEN ON BOARDS HUB

Conducted by six mentorship experts and board members, this one to one workshop is an opportunity to meet experienced women willing to share their knowledge in the field of mentorship and offering you the right tips on ensuring the alignment of your objectives and expectations


  AGORA
AGORA 11:45 ROLE OF JOURNALISTS IN CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: MEET WITH…BECKY ANDERSON (WEST AGORA)

WOMEN IN MEDIA HUB

As the narrators of world news and public information, journalists play a crucial role in the construction of public opinion and its relationship to cultural perceptions. This session explores the responsibility of journalists in sharing a balanced view of the diversity in the Middle East, which includes ample stories of empowered Arab women, their many achievements and invaluable contributions on a societal, local and global level.

SPEAKER:

Becky Anderson
Managing Editor and Anchor, CNN, UAE

MODERATOR:

Khalid Al-Ameri
Emirati writer and columnist, UAE

IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH AMIRI (EAST AGORA)

WOMEN AND SCIENCE HUB

As the Mohamed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) works to develop the Arab world’s first mission to another planet, Sarah Amiri, the first engineer to join the Hope Mars Mission team, discusses her work in the aerospace sector, the opportunities she found, and the challenges she faced and

SPEAKER:

Sarah Amiri
Head of Council of UAE Scientists and Science Lead of Emirates Mars Mission, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

MODERATOR:

Ibrahim Hamza Al-Qasim
Manager, Strategic Research Section, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

12:30 - 13:15 LUNCH BREAK

13:15 KEYNOTE VIDEO ADDRESS

SPEAKER:

H.E. Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile

13:30 GIVING BACK KEYNOTE

SPEAKER:

H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
Minister of State for Tolerance and President of Zayed University, UAE

MODERATOR:

Henry Bonsu
Broadcaster, Conference Host and Analyst, BBC News, UK

14:00 - 14:15 BREAK

  DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY 14:15 YOUR PATH INTO THE BOARDROOM

WOMEN ON BOARDS HUB

Boards are actively seeking qualified women to diversify their decision-making, to bring fresh perspectives, and to improve business results. Learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity, and build a personal roadmap and action plan for effective board service.

SPEAKERS:

Elin Hurvenes
Founder and Chair, Professional Boards Forum, Norway

Mette Laursen
Founder, LinKS, Denmark

MODERATOR:

LeAnne Graves
Energy Correspondent, The National Newspaper, UAE

EQUALITY MEANS BUSINESS

SOCIAL IMPACT HUB

In 2004, the UN Global Compact in collaboration with UN Women launched the first global corporate code of conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide, Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP). UAE based companies are now launching a local WEPs network to underscore the importance that all business stand to benefit from greater equality for women.

SPEAKERS:

H.E. Martine Pinville
Minister of State for Commerce, Small Scale Industry, Consumer Affairs and The Social & Solidarity Economy of the French Government, France

Nicole Malick
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, NRS International, UAE

MARS EXPLORATION MISSION WORKSHOP

WOMEN AND SCIENCE HUB

Get a glimpse of how the Emirates Mars Mission team is preparing to head into space and hear what they’re planning to discover when they get there. This interactive workshop provides a walk-through from conceptualization of the actual mission to the gathering and processing of the data necessary to unlock the mysteries of Mars.

SPEAKERS:

Maryam R. AlShamsi
Engineer Space Science, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

Amal Amin
Senior Payload Engineer, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

EMBODIED PRESENCE

WOMEN IN MEDIA HUB

Presence is tangible, concrete and integrated. It is not left to chance, good day or luck. It can be sensed and learned, and when we acquire the embodied feeling of presence, we can keep on sustaining it with the simple act of attention.

SPEAKER:

Noura Sadaka
Leadership Coach and Voiceover Artist, UAE

Amal Amin
Senior Payload Engineer, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE

14:15 ENHANCE YOUR ENERGY POTENTIAL

ENERGY HUB

An introduction to understanding auras and chakras and how optimizing this energy can positively influence the functioning and enhancement of our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

SPEAKERS:

Irina Khanna
Spiritual Psychologist and Integrated Therapist, UAE

14:15 - 16:15 DRAW TO INNOVATE

ART AND CULTURE HUB

Learn how to use simple drawing techniques and info graphics to support innovation and creativity at work. This workshop will be a mix of theory and practice and focus on how to make it simple to implement at work.

SPEAKER:

Maja Rottboll
Graphic facilitator, Denmark

15:00 - 15:30 LUNCH BREAK

  PLENARY
PLENARY 15:30 CREATING LASTING SOCIAL IMPACT

Philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are yielding new approaches to social impact, and serving up new models for making change. Meet some of the new change-makers and hear what drives them and what they aim to achieve.

SPEAKERS:

Tariq Al Gurg
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares, UAE

Hong Sheng Chiong
Founder & CIO, OphtalmicDocs, New Zealand

Manal Omran Taryam
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Noor Foundation, UAE

Monique Villa
Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

MODERATOR:

Khalid Al-Ameri
Emirati writer and columnist, UAE

16:30 CLOSING SPEECHES

SPEAKERS:

Shamsa Saleh
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Women Establishment, UAE

Jacqueline Franjou
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Forum for Economy & Society, France

19:30 CULTURAL DINNER

BY INVITATION ONLY