Gathering women and men from various sectors, the 10th anniversary edition of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum by Naseba opened today at the Address Sky View Hotel in Dubai under the theme, ‘Daring to Build a Better Future’.
The 2-day forum is the largest female economic empowerment platform in the Middle East and brings together leading regional and international organizations to share their success stories on gender parity and inclusion.
In keeping with the growing recognition globally that the pace of women economic empowerment must be rapidly accelerated, over 50 thought leaders and panelists engaged in insightful conversations and informative sessions on advancing gender diversity in our societies and economies. Co-founder of Nexus Frontier Tech, Dr. Mark Esposito made a case for ‘Diversity in Times of Change’ in his keynote speech.
The CEO’s Panel on ‘A Plan of Action for Diversity’ moderated by Hadley Gamble, anchor at CNBC, highlighted key milestones achieved in recent years and roadmap for the next five years by some top companies. Senior Vice President Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Middle East, Franco Atassi, spoke on why gender equality is good for everyone — not just women and what is the role of male allies in achieving parity.
Also, in attendance were Economist and wife of the Prime Minister of Albania, Linda Rama, who spoke on what current political leaders need to do to ensure they leave a positive legacy for a better future.
TV Anchor and Founder of Straight Street Media, Hermoine Macura-Noble, engaged in a fireside chat with Marianela Mirpuri, board member of the Mirpuri Foundation and the mastermind behind their extraordinary project HERA. Scheduled to be completed by 2023, HERA is an ambitious project to create a better future not only for women, but for all people by developing a multi-purpose sustainable city.
Part of the program included exciting workshops on inclusive leadership, including one on how to communicate with excellence in a transactionary world.
BY HERMOINE MACURA-NOBLE
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