EMIRATI WOMEN'S DAY CONFERENCE & AWARDS 2024

Saturday - Aug 24, 2024 (9AM - 5PM)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Physical in-Person

This is the largest women’s gathering in Dubai on the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day. The day is dedicated to U.A.E. women. It recognizes, celebrates, and makes their accomplishments more visible! It also empowers and motivates women all across the world. The conference will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of women with a special focus on Business Women Leaders. It is a gathering of women from all over the world and a signature event in the United Arab Emirates which everyone remains excited to join, connect, and share.

PREMIUM BREAKOUTS

FOCUS ON WOMEN DEVELOPMENT

Identify appropriate metrics for the WOMEN CEO’s performance evaluation – resources &value additions alone or authenticity and how to grow into the future. Discuss challenges facing WOMEN CEO’s as it supports ways to overcome.

WOMEN INNOVATION

Identify solutions for women based on innovations that will support success as entrepreneurs.

CREATING WOMEN OPPORTUNITIES

We bring opportunities in the market for Women to give them business ideas and practical business plans required to get success.

WOMEN TRAINING, CONSULTING AND ADVISORY FOR START-UPS

Recognize women skills, identify area of improvements, learning opportunities to provide Women with comprehensive solutions.

WOMEN START-UPS & INCUBATORS

Providing support and assistance to Women for doing start up.

WOMEN DIALOGUE AND CONNECTIVITY

Facilitate dialogue between Women technology innovators, Consultants and regulators to unlock the keys to widespread adoption. Facilitate a two-way interaction to map out future needs and areas where technology has yet to offer a solution. Over the years, we’ve assisted thousands of women by educating and training financial and entrepreneur leadership skills for future contribution to a healthy economy and society.

TOPICS YOU WANT TO HEAR ABOUT, ISSUES AND CHALLENGES, & UNFORGETTABLE TAKEAWAYS.

This is an initiative of Berkeley Middle East which aims at the CFO learning and development; so they can create a difference in the world and contribute towards the society by utilizing their skills with lot of networking and relationship building opportunities.

Keynotes

Our keynotes will provide you access to the most impactful and powerful thought leaders on the program. Hear from high-profile thought leaders and Business Executives as they cover key business trends that are driving the future of work.

Breakfast Briefings

Our breakfast briefings are sessions which give you a chance to get a deeper perspective on a topic and also get the chance to get into debate on the topic. We’ve designed them to provide the chance for open and frank discussions about the current trends and challenges impacting the profession whilst enjoying delicious food in the company of industry colleagues.

Workshops

Choose from workshops; Transform which are carefully designed to provide tangible takeaways and practical toolkits that deliver value and impact in the post-pandemic world.

CoLabs

Our CoLabs focus on a key business challenge. You will be guided through the process in small peer groups using design thinking or agile learning methods. Get to the heart of the issue and develop deeper insights, reach conclusions and formulate recommendations for the future. Our CoLabs give you tangible takeaways to be able to implement immediately into your organisation.

Lightning Talks

Illuminate us but make it quick! True to its name a lightning talk is a very short presentation on a current topic in a quick, insightful and clear manner.

Thought Exchange Roundtables

Sharing experiences and knowledge are key elements. These roundtable discussions with small groups of peers give you the chance to share perspectives on hot topics and key challenges facing the profession. Have your say on the topics you want to discuss on the day!

InFocus Panels

Our expert panel made up of business thought leaders and executives will share their insights and pioneering research around the future of women. This interactive session looks beyond re-imaging how things are and towards innovating the endless possibilities of what they could be.

Exclusive Masterclass

A masterclass is a means to present a real-world account on a particular topic, situation or event. Led by a speaker with expert knowledge or skills in a particular area these sessions often provide best-practice advice or insight into new or innovative solutions that are forging new paths.

Awards, Certificates & Digital Badges

An exclusive, glamorous affair, where the winner will be recognised for their outstanding contributions.

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PARTNERS

CAIA Association

KNOWLEDGE PARTNER

HOSTED BY

Voice of Global Women

WE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR THE CONFERENCE & AWARDS

Musa Shaikh

  • Group CEO – Berkeley Middle East Holding
  • Founding Director Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women
  • CEO – The Investors Club
  • Dean- Berkeley School of Management Sciences

Salma Al Qubaisi

  • President – Al Qubaisi Holding Abu Dhabi
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women Abu Dhabi – President
  • The Investors Club – Board Member
  • Government of Abu Dhabi – IT Planning & Strategy

H.E. Aarefa Al Falahi

  • Board Member, RAK Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of RAK Insurance Company
  • Board Member of Emirates Sports & Cultrual club
  • Member of Board of RAK SME Association
  • Chairman, RAK Chamber of Commerce Exhibition Committee​
Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Berkeley Middle East Holding

09:00 AM – 09:55 AM (UAE Time)

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

09:55 AM – 10:00 AM (UAE Time)

Sponsor

Berkeleyme Investors Club
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10:00 AM – 10:15 AM (UAE Time):

OPENING REMARKS & INTRODUCTION

Host

Musa Shaikh
Berkeley Middle East Holding

Group CFO & CEO

  • Royal Family Investment Advisor
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women – Founding Director

Shaikh is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, and a CGMA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an Associate member of the Institute of Financial Accountants, a fellow member of International Accountants. He is a Certified Internal Auditor from the Institue of Internal Audit, Florida, USA, a Certified Information System Auditor, and a Fellow Member of Securities and Investments from CISI, United Kingdom. He is a double graduate in law and business, LLB (Hons) from Buckinghamshire New University UK, a Master in Law from Kings College London, a Master in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, a Master in Public Administration from Chichester University, He is a Certified Project Management Professional from PMI, USA. He has amazing capabilities to innovate, equipped with deep knowledge of Artificial intelligence, system architecture, and data sciences. He is a certified Amazon AWS Data Analytics and certified Solutions Architecture Professional. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading financial strategies, planning & budgeting, corporate governance, FP&A, VC, Corporate finance, strategies for turnaround, Risk and compliance management, acquisitions for startups & large projects, financial modeling, due diligence, and advise on leading key business complex matters on a global scale.

Co-Host

Jackie

Jaqueline Frydman
Alternative Investment Advisor

Jaqueline Frydman is a business professional with a performance in consultancy & advisory for property management and asset acquisition, with experience in project management, relationship management and sales, established in the North American sector for 7yrs with expansion focusing on Real Estate investment and development in the UAE region. Conducted accounts for the Mexican government and established contractual relationships between parties for Financial Institutions amongst the private sector with the entities in the public sector. Passionate in merging cultures for economic growth and adding proficiency in communication between different regions of the world to target international markets.

Berkeleyme & MS (Voice of Global Women) – A Social Enterprise
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10:15 AM – 10:30 AM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: “BREAKING BARRIERS: THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT IN SOCIETY”

Speaker:

Shamma Lootah

Dr. Shamma Lootah CM.NLP, C.NLC
Entrepreneur, Adjunct Professor, Certified NLP Coach

Dr. Shamma Lootah is a high-energy, future-focused entrepreneur who excels in dynamic business environments. She has served the government, specializing in organizational excellence and strategic management for over 17 years. Dr. Shamma previously worked as a Senior Project Manager at the Prime Minister’s Office and as the Deputy Senior Manager at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, where she played managerial roles and led teams in mega projects. Dr. Shamma earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a focus on Management and is currently an adjunct professor at several reputable colleges in the Emirates. She practices NLP coaching and is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming and a member of the National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Programming. Dr. Shamma’s extensive experience and credentials make her a distinguished figure in the fields of business administration, strategic management, and NLP coaching.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

Speaker:

H.E. Aarefa Saleh Al Falahi
RAK Chamber of Commerce

Board Member

  • RAK Insurance Company – Board Member
  • Emirates Sports & Cultural Club – Board Member
  • RAK SME Association – Member of the Board
  • RAK Chamber of Commerce Exhibition Committee​ – Chairman
  • Business Industrial Academic Council Committee HCT, UAE – Member
  • Computer Information Sciences Industrial Advisory Committee in HCT, RAK – Member
  • Women on Board Circle (2020) formed by Sh Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan – Member
  • Senior Branch Manager in one of the leading banks in UAE  with total 20 years experience in 3 main leading banks – Vice President

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

Speaker

Salma Al Qubaisi
Al Qubaisi Holding Abu Dhabi

President

  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women Abu Dhabi – President
  • The Investors Club – Board Member
  • Government of Abu Dhabi – IT Planning & Strategy

Salma Al Qubaisi born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is an Emirati Technology women leader, serving the Government of Abu Dhabi, the largest government organization in the oil & gas sector She is an innovative and inspiring personality in the field of Business, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain. She is instrumental in delivering value to IT professionals with her creative thoughts and leadership skills. Salma Al Qubaisi is a keen investor in Tech Projects, whether it’s a pre-seed, seed, Stage A, or B venture. She is an expert in Tech acquisition including projects based on SaaS, Robotics, Advanced machine learning, and Platforms of various types. She is having leadership skills, Project Management, Budget Planning and Control, Team Development, Business Plan development, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning, Strategic Acquisition, and Negotiation.

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11:15 AM – 11:30 AM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

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11:30 AM – 11:45 AM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: “BEING PART OF THE 0.2%”

Speaker:

Jouhayna AlMheiri

Jouhayna AlMheiri
UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

Air-Traffic Controller

  • On-The-Job Training Instructor
  • Certified Professional Life Coach

As a prolific speaker and Master of Ceremony, Jouhayna can cater to the most challenging of themes, audiences and situations whilst maintaining engagement and high-energy. From the Metaverse, Air Traffic Control Management, to Innovation, Jouhayna has been able to headline events and achieve impact for both local and international conference organisers.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: “IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING”

Speaker:

H.H. Sayyida Basma Al Said

H.H. Dr. Sayyida Basma Al Said
Whispers of Serenity Clinic

Founder and Head Psychotherapist

Renowned for her expertise and global impact, Sayyida Dr. Basma Al Said is not only a distinguished Mental Health Clinical Expert but also a dynamic international speaker. With three TEDx talks and two Forbes US and MENA to her name, she captivates audiences worldwide with her insights and passion.
Sayyida Dr. Basma’s career spans over 24 years, during which she founded Oman’s first mental health clinic Whispers of Serenity. Her visionary leadership extends to the groundbreaking “Not Alone” campaign, aimed at promoting mental health awareness. Notably, she is among the few psychotherapists in the Gulf region employing innovative techniques such as Hypnotherapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) for PTSD, honed during her training at Harvard University.
In 2008, she earned her master’s degree in Health Counseling from Curtin University of Technology in Australia, providing her with a solid foundation for her illustrious career.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: “BUSINESS IS PERSONAL” REVOLUTIONIZING A WORKPLACE CULTURE AND ELEVATING DISCRETIONARY EFFORT, ALL THROUGH A LENS OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND LEADERSHIP WHICH HARNESSES THE COLLECTIVE STRENGTHS OF WOMEN

Speaker:

Corrie Block

Dr. Corrie Block
Forbes Coaches Council – Official Member

Chief Executive Coach, Paragon Consulting, UAE

  • Professor of Strategic Management, Monarch, Switzerland
  • With over 25 years experience spanning over three continents,
  • An expert in business strategy & restructuring, organizational behavior, and leadership development. Provided strategic consulting to the World Bank and the U.N., MNEs, family firms, SMEs, tech start-ups, and multi-national companies in 30 countries. Founded 5 successful businesses in Europe and MENA, and has received awards for product innovations. He is a Professor of Strategic Management at Monarch Business School in Switzerland.
  • Exited 5 successful companies
  • Worked with 150+ companies in 30 countries
  • 25 years in management and strategy
  • Executive Training & Coaching from Startups to MNEs
  • Author: Entrepreneur Mag  |  Fortune Mag  |  CEO Mag. Consulting Mag.  |  Gulf Business  |  MEED  |  Routledge Academic  |  Oxford  |  Journals  |  AshEse Journal of Business Management  |  IGI Global
  • Education: Doctor of Business Administration – Monarch, Switzerland  |  Doctor of Philosophy – Exeter, UK  |  Master of Arts in Global Leadership – Fuller, USA  |  Master of Arts in Business Administration – Monarch, Switzerland  |  Certificate in Artificial Intelligence for Business, MIT, USA  |  Certificate in Leading with Finance, Harvard, USA
  • Certificates: Forbes Coaches Council  |  NLP Level II Business Practitioner  |  Advanced Financial Statement Analysis  |  Certified Executive Coach  |  Certified Wellness Coach

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (UAE Time)

TEA BREAK & PRAYER TIME

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (UAE Time)

PANEL TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

Moderator:

Samar Elmnhrawy

Samar Elmnhrawy
Majid Al Futtaim Retail

SVP Human Capital and Sustainability

Samar Elmnhrawy is responsible for leading the Human Capital and sustainability functions, ensuring effective development and implementation of human capital and talent strategies across 17 markets. She is also driving the culture transformation journey building a fit-for-purpose, values-led, high-performance organization. Samar possesses over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and sustainability across geographies and industries.

Panelist:

Rania Haggag

Rania Haggag
Organon & Co

Drug Safety Lead for Gulf and Levant

I am passionate about promoting drug safety and women’s health. I work for a company that focuses on meeting the unmet needs of women’s health, and I would love to raise awareness about the impact of drug safety on women.

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (UAE Time)

PANEL TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED…

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM (UAE Time)

TOPIC: “Breaking Barriers: The Importance of Women’s Leadership and Empowerment in Society”

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UAE Time)

Award Ceremony

4:00 PM (UAE Time)

CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban
Berkeley & Lords

CFO & CEO

Khulood is a philanthropist, a business leader, successful business entrepreneur, and the most influence Arabic women in Gulf region. She is the CFO & CEO of Berkeley Middle East holding an American Emirati Joint venture conglomerate with a diversified portfolio. Khulood career is diversified over several roles including CEO, Director Finance, Financial Controller, & Chief Financial Officer based on decade of experience. Khulood core expertise to manage financial transactions for the whole group and in ongoing projects, arises through Merger or acquisitions, study the fundamental and technical feasibility, evaluate the investment risks by applying high level financial management tools for stakeholders keeping ERP, budgeting, variance reporting aligns with financial strategy of the shareholders. Her strengths are innovative & creativity toward a particular business venture, preparation of business plan, coordination with external auditors, lenders, regulatory authorities, compliances, meeting with investors for arranging of Funds, building a capital Structuring simple and complex, IPO’s securities, active management, & financial decision making.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (UAE Time)

LUNCH NETWORKING

International Women's Day is more than just a conference; it's a catalyst for professional growth and organizational success. Whether you're a seasoned CEO, entrepreneur, or aspiring leader, this event is your gateway to unparalleled learning, networking, and business opportunities. Our partners in real estate brought a great opportunity to explore the real estate investment options in the United Arab Emirates.

Aldar Expo
Sobha Expo

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO BE A EXHIBITOR, REGISTER HERE:

WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE AWARDS?

We acknowledge the dynamic individual’s who has made outstanding contribution to nation as well as to business community over the past year. We seek to appreciate the invaluable individuals who work in such high-pressure positions and deliver the best value, and make it prominent how you give benefit of your enterprise. To assist us in our search for the top minds, we invite you to make your voice heard via a nomination, so we can showcase those who strive to promote the growth and deserve to be commended.

RECOGNISE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAMS

  • Entering the Awards is a way to thank and honour valued employees and to show you care about the future of women development.
  • Your award application helps reflect on the achievements, challenges and areas of improvement which is vital for any developing business.
  • Being nominated, shortlisted or winning an award can help boost staff morale and improve motivation.

CELEBRATE IN STYLE

  • The awards are an excellent opportunity to network virtually with hundreds of professionals, showcase your work and learn from others.
  • Celebrate all the hard work and successes of the industry with awards.

AWARD TITLES

  • Woman Entrepreneur of the year
  • Woman Executive of the Year
  • Woman Professional of the Year
  • Woman of the Year | Lifetime Achievement
  • Women Helping Women
  • Woman Innovator of the Year
  • Excellence in Business Woman of the Year
  • The Most Active Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most Influential Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most Supportive Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most Networked Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most Creative Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most successful Woman Entrepreneur in her industry (Multiple Awards)
  • The Biggest Achiever Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most Engaging Woman Entrepreneur
  • The most Empowering Woman Entrepreneur
  • The Most Inspiring Woman Entrepreneur

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO NOMINATE FOR AWARDS, REGISTER HERE:

VIP Ticket

This ticket entitles you to:

  • VIP Priority front-row seating to enhance your conference experience
  • VIP Exclusive gifts, and a voucher from our event sponsors
  • VIP Golden raffle tickets for our giveaways

Entry to the entire event including:

  • Access to full days of presentations
  • Access to the sponsor’s zone
  • Access to the live demonstration & workshop zone
  • Goodie bag from our event sponsors
  • Refreshments and Lunch included
  • Access to the conference networking

For more details: Send us an email at club@berkeleyme.com with your Fullname, email address, and direct contact number.

General Ticket

This ticket entitles you to:

  • Ordinary access to the conference is subject to space availability
  • Entry only with a QR code from the organizer.
  • Sitting at the back of the hall.
  • No entry to VIP front-row seating to enhance your conference experience
  • No entry to VIP Exclusive gifts, and a voucher from our event sponsors
  • No entry to VIP Golden raffle tickets for our giveaways
  • No access to the sponsor’s zone
  • No access to the live demonstration & workshop zone
  • No entry to Refreshments and Lunch
  • Not allowed to exchange business cards

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO GET A GENERAL TICKET, REGISTER HERE:

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EVENT TEAM

Imthiyas Hameed

Group Director Operations

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

Group CFO & CEO

Maria Malykh

Director – Business Development

Alifiya Bohra

Director – Business Development

Office: Berkeley Middle East, 26th floor, Sheikh Rashid Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mobile/ Whatsapp: +971 (0) 55 200 5756 / +971 (0) 55 200 5636

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