AIWF an­nounces its eighth con­fer­ence

‘The Young Arab Women Lead­ers ini­tia­tive’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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.

Val­ued sup­port

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.”

Women en­trepreneurs

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

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