01 - 02 October, 2018
Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai

Next-Gen Women Leaders Day: Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 am - 9:05 am Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

Nurturing the next-generation of women leaders in the GCC

9:05 am - 9:30 am Keynote: Women at the forefront of technology and innovation: Driving a smart city

Manal AlBayat

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Integration
Expo 2020 Dubai

9:45 am - 10:15 am Rewire, Reinvent, and Reinspire—Don’t Retire

Syeda Fatma - Chief Knowledge Officer SEWA

Syeda Fatma

Chief Knowledge Officer

10:15 am - 10:45 am Government briefing: Elevating women in leadership

Shaikha Ibrahim Azzam - Architectural Engineer - Buildings Team Leader Dubai Land Department
Executive-level briefing exploring government initiatives and schemes to encourage more women professionals to take on leadership roles

  • The millennium development goal number 5: How government in the GCC are working towards closing the gender gap
  • An overview of current leadership programmes for public sector leaders

Shaikha Ibrahim Azzam

Architectural Engineer - Buildings Team Leader
Dubai Land Department

11:00 am - 11:45 am Coffee break and speed networking

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Regional trailblazer onstage interview: From start-up to stardom, the Fetchr Story

Joy Ajlouny - Co-Founder & CMO Fetchr
  • From Dubai to Silicon Valley… how to succeed as a female entrepreneur and secure millions in funding
  • Thriving in a male dominated industry; challenges and solutions
  • Developing creative, inventive, disruptive thinking within female mindsets
  • Bold predictions on the future role of women in business and what it will take to get there

Joy Ajlouny

Co-Founder & CMO

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Female Entrepreneus - The next wave of business success

Amrita Ramona Shabla - Co-Founder SET

  • Resiliency & creativity: what does it take to create and grow a successful business in uncertain market times?
  • Creating lasting synergies: the importance of business mentorship for female entrepreneurs
  • The success recipe: balancing family and business 

Amrita Ramona Shabla


Gender parity: key enabler to economic growth

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Next-Gen Women Leaders Arabia Awards: Celebrating women trailblazers at the forefront of innovators


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Dismantling gender stereotypes: the role played by men in elevating working women

  • UAE’s Vision 2021: improving gender balance as a mean to achieving the empowerment and equal participation of both men and women 
  • Supporting and nurturing women leaders: key accelerators for the economy growth

1:30 pm - 2:25 pm Networking lunch

Engineering the future of women in leadership


Shaikha Ibrahim Azzam

Architectural Engineer - Buildings Team Leader
Dubai Land Department


Olivia Duncan

Paris Sorbonne University


Holley Chant

Executive Director of Corporate Sustainability
KEO International Consultants


Mi Sun Lim

5+ Designs

  • Educating a woman, educating the world: The importance of gender balance in sustainability
  • A showcase of current energy efficiency initiatives led by women across SEWA and Taqati

Afra Alowais

Chief Efficienology Officer
Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority


Titia De Mes

Leader - Water for Industry


Amrita Ramona Shabla



Nora Adel Metawia

ME Workplace Manager

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

3:00 pm - 3:00 pm End of conference

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.