Arabic Mother's Day Conference 2024

Thursday - March 21, 2024 (4PM - 5PM)
United Arab Emirates
(Live Online)

Mother’s Day in the United Arab Emirates and Middle East is a significant occasion that celebrates the role of mothers and their contributions to families and society. This special day is dedicated to all mothers of the world. Mothers are the beginning of life, protection, joy, and hope. Being a mother does not only mean raising and meeting the needs of your children. They represent unconditional love and support in their development as people. Overall, Mother’s Day is a cherished occasion that brings families together to celebrate the invaluable role of mothers in nurturing, guiding, and shaping the lives of their children and the broader community.


Expressing Gratitude
Honoring Motherhood
Appreciation through acts of service
Social Media Tributes
Community Celebrations
Reflection and Remembrance


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


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.


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.


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.


Voice of Global Women


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

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM (UAE Time):



Musa Shaikh

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.

4:10 PM – 4:20 PM (UAE Time)


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 a total 20 years experience in 3 main leading banks – Vice President

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM (UAE Time)


Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban
Berkeley & Lords


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.

4:30 PM – 4:40 PM (UAE Time)


Saada Al Taee

Saada Al Taee
Abu Dhabi Government

A visionary leader, change management champion, strategic thinker, highly motivated, self driven, result oriented professional with 18 years of progressive experience in business, strategic projects and operational excellence in global organisations in service industries. Expertise in managing business demand by balancing external client delivery, internal revenue growth, cost reductions and effective risk management. An enterprising leader with excellent decision making, controlling & problem-solving skills. Established and leading the 100% Emiratization back office project in Etihad Aviation Group, developed in the past 4 years as a center of excellence, serving Etihad Airways and partners, and turning it into a long term sustainable organization. Embraced the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth; consistently acknowledged as a future leader in Etihad and engaged in various leadership forums.

4:40 PM - 4:50 PM (UAE Time)


Dr. Salwa Abdulatif AlHammadi
Abu Dhabi Government

Director Quality & Excellence Office

• Established Investment policy, principles and scope of planning that guided the investment decision-making process based on transparency and investment values applied in Abu Dhabi Government.
• Chaired the investment financial studies committee & delivered investment feasibility studies enabling senior executives to make effective strategic decisions
• Led Economic & Strategic research studies for the implementation of strategic initiatives and a range of external data reports to support decision making.
• Conducted strategic data analysis on a range of external data (political, economic, regulatory elements) to produce insightful Economic reports that leads management’s strategic direction and decision-making to execute organization’s branding strategy and transformation journey.
• Performed Relationship Management, establishment, and maintenance of key Financial Institutions Relationships to leverage business objectives and achieve pre-set financial goals, with direct contact and communication with customers globally
• PhD, Educational Leadership – University of Phoenix – Arizona, US
• Post Master Degree in Higher Education Administration- University of Phoenix – Arizona, US
• Executive Education Degree (Developing & Implementing Policy for Public Value) Harvard Kennedy School
• Master of Business Administration- University of Liverpool – UK
• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSc. MIS) University of Sharjah – UAE
• Certified On-Line Educator (Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
• Advanced Leadership Certification&Executive Leadership Certification (NSLS) (National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
• Certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, Facilitator, Trainer & Speaker
• Certified Service Leader facilitator “UP Lift !” by (Ron Kaufman)

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM (UAE Time)


Salma Al Qubaisi
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

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.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM (UAE Time)





KHlood Ibrahim

Khlood Ibrahim

Relationship Department

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.

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