AIWF announces its eighth conference
‘The Young Arab Women Leaders initiative’
KUWAIT: Following on from the success of the Young Arab Women Leaders: The Voice of the Future conferences in Amman, Beirut and Dubai in 2012, Palestine in 2013, London in 2011 and 2014, and Doha in 2015, the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) is proud to announce its eighth conference of the series and its first ever event in Kuwait in October 2016.
The Young Arab Women Leaders initiative in Kuwait has the valued support of the Kuwait Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, which since its inception has delivered crucial backing to over 250 successful projects and initiatives to empower young Kuwaitis by facilitating the development of young entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders across a number of sectors and spheres and working closely with Kuwait’s leading universities on educational outreach initiatives designed to address societal issues that directly impact Kuwaiti youth.
The 8thYoung Arab Women Leaders conference will be opened by Guest of Honor Her Excellency Sheikha Al Zain S Al-Sabah, Under Secretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait, and aims to recognize and celebrate the contribution of business women in Kuwait and inspire the next generation of young Kuwaiti women leaders to contribute to the development of the national economy and to MENA economic growth overall. It will address how the public, private and civil sectors can help young people in business achieve their potential by launching and growing scalable, profitable businesses that will create jobs and positively impact Kuwait’s economy.
AIWF is proud to have the valued support of the Ministry on this special occasion and to continue its longstanding collaboration with Conference Partner PwC and all AIWF Global Partners. Haifa Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman of AIWF, has described the Young Arab Women Leaders initiative as “a milestone in AIWF’s mission to promote education, leadership training, capacity building, self-development and networking for Arab women and youth in all sectors of business and professional life.”
Al Kaylani said: “AIWF sees job creation, economic inclusion and social mobility for women and youth as major social and political challenges that represent real urgency but also, at the same time, immense opportunity for the MENA region. We believe that empowering young women as the next generation of Arab business leaders, the job creators of the future, to employ, develop and progress other young people, is key to building a viable and gainfully employed Arab youth population, and essential to safeguarding stability in the future. Therefore, AIWF is proud to lead this unique initiative for the MENA region and to invest our efforts and resources into developing and expanding Young Arab Women Leaders significantly in the future.”
Nurturing young talent
Hani Ashkar, PwC Territory Senior Partner, Middle East, said: “While it is true that the urgency of the transformation in the Middle East currently underway is a reaction to the sharp drop in oil revenues, the direction of change and its complexity - is an inevitable response to these multiple global forces. By helping our partners in the government and private sectors alike understand this broader context, we can ensure they are armed with all the tools necessary to make this transformation a success. This means investing in our region and nurturing our young and female talent, something that PwC Middle East is committed to.”
Adding to that, Fouad Douglas, PwC Kuwait Country Senior Partner said:”As part of PwC Middle East’s continuous commitment in the region to invest and develop local talent, more than 270 graduates joined our firm across the region in September 2016 from top universities, and 36%of the graduates were females, which reinforces PwC’s commitment to provide more opportunities for women and support their success.
In Kuwait, specifically, PwC launched its PIN2 challenge program that gives young adults the opportunity to showcase innovative ideas by working in diverse teams and incorporating challenges that are relevant to the prevailing social, economic and technological environment, and in turn allowing them to grow and develop. This reinforces our commitment to support communities and develop local talent for both females and males.” Douglas added: “We are proud to support AIWF in creating a better future for our society and more opportunities for our women and our future generations.”
The 8thYoung Arab Women Leaders conference will address opportunities for collaboration between Kuwait and the international business community on developing and widening the role of women business leaders; exploring the challenges, prospects and success stories for women doing business in the MENA region and the unprecedented opportunities arising from technology and cross-border commerce; and the role that social media can play in promoting youth-led Arab entrepreneurship and mainstreaming the successes and challenges of Arab women entrepreneurs.
The one-day conference will close with reflections on leadership, with distinguished women leaders from Kuwait and across the region invited to share success stories, exchange experiences on how best to deal with the inevitable challenges of entrepreneurship; and an important session in which leaders from prominent corporations present in the MENA region will discuss the dynamics of the Arab business community with relevant and valuable advice on how to navigate through challenges with agility and creativity.
The agenda of the Young Arab Women Leaders series has been carefully developed with the close involvement of young women leaders in the region.
Delegates will be addressed by Guest of Honor HE Sheikha Al Zain S Al-Sabah, Under Secretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait, and a number of distinguished speakers including HE Majida Ali Rashed, Assistant Director General, Land Department, Government of Dubai, UAE; Dr Alanoud Alsharekh, Consultant Researcher, Supreme Council of Planning and Development, Kuwait; Sheikha Alanoud Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Country Operations Manager, Silatech, Qatar; Rana Al Nibari, Chief Executive Officer, Injaz Kuwait, Kuwait; Hadeel Al Shammari, Board Member, SME Fund, Kuwait; Chadia El Meouchi, Managing Partner, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm, Lebanon; Diana Al Dajani, Founder & CEO, eduTechnoz, Qatar; Hussa Al Humaidhi, Co-Founder, Nuqat, Kuwait; Mona Almoayyed, Managing Director, YK Almoayyed & Sons, Bahrain; Mona Al Mukhaizeem, Managing Partner, Sirdab Lab, Kuwait; Taibah Al Qatami, Director, Weoritu, Kuwait; Hanan Al Samari, Executive Director, Princess Madawi Fund for Women Development Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; AsmaSbeih, Coordinator of Continuing Education Centre, Palestine Al Ahliya University, Palestine; Hussa Al Humaidhi, Co-Founder, Nuqat, Kuwait; Dr Yasmin Al Tuwaijri, Senior Scientist & Head of Epidemiology Research, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Fouad Douglas, Country Senior Partner, PwC Al Shatti& Co, Kuwait; Oualae El Alami, DPharm, Africa & Middle East Oncology Lead, UAE; NohaHefny, PepsiCo, Director of Corporate Affairs, UAE; and Rania Rizk, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, PepsiCo AMEA, UAE.
The Young Arab Women Leaders conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait will take place on 20 October 2016 at the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel. For more information on the conference or to view the program and list of speakers, please visit www.aiwfonline.com. Similar events are planned across the MENA region for 2017.
Haifa Al Kaylani