At this exclusive in-person event we’ll be showcasing many of UAE’s hottest startups and coming together to learn from some of the most successful Emirati entrepreneurs of our time. Ready for networking, inspiration and learning?

The Start-up Investment Conference will gather founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from across Emirates. This is a opportunity for networking, and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies. We’ll have fireside chats with internationally successful founders and insightful keynotes.

Startup conferences is an option to find like-minders, attract investors, and get things rolling. They will open the world of new ideas, offerings, and pro-tips from industry experts. This events is a backbone of the startup ecosystem. Participants make their contribution and share their ideas, experience and problems. We believe that there’s nothing better than real, live startup conferences. Speakers, participants, meetings, parties and extra events – that’s what makes conference memorable and impactful.

OBJECTIVES

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.


AGENDA

REGISTRATION

AND BREAKFAST

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM (UAE Time) 

 

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM (UAE Time) 

Berkeleyme Investors Club
Berkeleyme Investors Club is a patent gold standard signature business club. We focus on both creating a global investors community and building a bridge to the skills and ideas of high level professionals with the aim to serve the international investment industry, in order to create value for the society. Read More..

OPENING REMARKS & INTRODUCTION

10:05 AM – 10:20 AM (UAE Time) 

Dr. Musa Shaikh

  • Royal Family Investment Advisor
  • Group CEO – Berkeley Middle East Holding
  • Founding Director Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women
  • Director – The Investors Club

 

10:20 AM – 10:25 AM (UAE Time) 

Berkeleyme & MS (Voice of Global Women) – A Social Enterprise
Berkeleyme & MS (Voice of Global Women) – A Social Enterprise, support women to get their basic rights from parliament, ensuring women have access to FREE education and Healthcare, Justice at the doorstep, physical protection & mental health, child care benefits, along with generating employment opportunities and developing as entrepreneurs. Read More..

 Speaker:

10:25 PM – 10:40 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Innovation, healthcare, acceleration, life science, clinical trials, AI & digital health, genome and genetic, cellular therapies”

H.E. Dr. Asma Almannaei

  • Executive Director, research and innovation center – Department of health Abu Dhabi

Dr. Asma Al Mannaei is the Executive Director Research and Innovation Center at Department of Health Abu Dhabi where she has also served as a Director of Health Quality. She has more than 16 years of experience working at the Department.

She holds Bachelors degree in medicine and surgery from UAE University، Diploma in clinical research as well as Masters degree and in Public Health in Healthcare Management and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Asma Al Mannaei holds a certificate in Executive education, Advanced Leadership and Management from Harvard Kennedy School, Abu Dhabi. In addition, Dr. Asma Al Mannaei serves as chairperson for Abu Dhabi health research and technology committee , chair of National COVID 19 Research Ethics Committee, and. Board member of National Rehabilitation Center.

 Speaker:

10:40 AM – 10:55 AM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “To Be Announced”

Maya AlHawary

  • 1st Emirati Arab Phd Scholar to research emotional intelligence and its effect on leadership in MENA.
  • Author of 2020 book “أسرار التجديد في زمن الكوفيد” published and available in Sharjah international book fair 2020
  • Author of 2022 book “You Lead Your Life” in both languages English and Arabic
  • Columnist in Sayedatti Magazine and AlKhaleej News paper
  • Chairperson of the board of governors at Dubai Carmel School
  • Tedex speaker 2019
  • 2017 & 2018 Ambassador of knowledge by UAE Red Crescent
  • 2019 Tolerance knight under HH Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humeid AlNuaimi
  • Life Achievement Award by HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Faisal AlQassimi – October 2020

 Speaker:

10:55 AM – 11:10 AM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “To Be Announced”

H. E. Salma Al Qubaisi

  • President Al Qubaisi Holding Abu Dhabi
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women President- Abu Dhabi
  • Board Member- The Investors Club 
  • IT Planning & Strategy at ADNOC Logistics & Service

Salma Al Qubaisi born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is an Emirati Technology women leader, serving the largest government organization in the oil & gas sector “ADNOC”. She is an innovative and inspiring personality in the field of 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, Consumer-based websites, E-Commerce, and Platforms of various types. She is having leadership skills, Project Management, Budget Planning and Control, Team Development, Business Plan development, Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery Planning, Strategic Acquisition, and Negotiation.

 Speaker:

11:10 AM – 11:25 AM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Art & Tech Entrepreneurship”

Noora Alawadi

  • Corporate Strategy Specialist – Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai

Noora Alawadi is a Strategy Specialist in Dubai Economy & tourism handling the strategic performance section, while managing the strategy systems. Alawadi has 3 years experience as a computer forensics consultant at Ernst & Young. She own her own media company, Mend Academy, which produces superhero media that focuses on mentoring youth and exposing them to future concepts.

 

11:25 AM – 11:30 AM (UAE Time) 

Berkeleyme School of Management & Sciences
The World’s Largest Collection of Training Courses. We rephrase the world by educating people who make a difference in the world. Read More..

 Speaker:

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Winning Despite The Setbacks”

Farah Al Qaissieh

  • Founder – Stutter UAE

Farah Al Qaissieh is an award-winning social entrepreneur, a consulting hypnotist, and a person who stutters. In 2013, Farah launched Stutter UAE, a social platform to support and raise awareness around stuttering; it was then that Farah discovered her calling.

Since 2013, Farah has been hosted in multiple radio and TV shows discussing Stutter UAE along with highlighting the challenges people who stutter face. In 2018, Farah was one of the recipients of the prestigious Abu Dhabi Awards by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates; as a recognition of her positive impact and efforts to better the community.

In 2017, a short-film documentary ‘Just Another Accent’ shedding light on Farah’s journey with Stutter UAE and stuttering in general premiered at the Short Film Corner of Cannes Film Festival in France and the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden. In 2016, Farah was featured in a chapter of a book titled “Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future”. The book highlighted her journey as an entrepreneur.

 Speaker:

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Women are increasingly being seen as more vulnerable than men to the impacts of climate change”

Dr. Eng. Hamsah Khalil

  • Sustainability and climate change Specialist

Sustainability Consultant with a PHD in Sustainable Built Environment and with a research degree focused on multi-institutional collaboration for the advancement of new technology. Has performed research on the impact of the building Energy Code on Energy Consumption at the City Level, and UAE’s building stock: towards energy and climate change solutions.

Knowledgeable in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability planning and reporting, green buildings, and carbon emission calculations. Consultant experience including business development, client relations, and project management

 Speaker:

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “How the pandemic emphasized the critical need for intelligent design”

Latifa Al Darmaki

  • Founder and CEO of Part Of Me Design & Consult
  • A member of Al Khail Engineering Consultants.
  • A member of Special Touch, Shenzhen Hechen Imp & ExpCo, Ltd
  • Abu Dhabi Executive Office / Infrastructure and Environment and Projects, special projects
  • Leadership Development Expert
  • Senior Architectural Engineering – Project Planning and Delivery – Support
  • Research Assistant and Instructor, College of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University

 Speaker:

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “How Change Management is core for a successful landing of any new technology/solution”

Heba Yacout Elallaf

  • Founder and Managing Director – C M I for Information Technology

15+ years experience in Information Technology with very reach field experience with two of the top cooperates in the IT Industry; Oracle (11+ years experience) and Microsoft (4+ years experience). I recently resigned from Microsoft to open my new business to avoid any conflict of Interest where I have plenty of time to give back my experience to enrich even more audience leveraging all the available technologies without any biasing and to give maximum benefits to my customers. Beside my career, I am mother of 8 years old son and living in lovely Dubai for almost 8 years now.

 Sponsor:

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM (UAE Time) 

 Speaker:

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Entrepreneurship”

H.E. Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouie

  • CEO – Khalifa Fund for Enterprise and Development

AWARDS

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM (UAE Time) 

LUNCH & PRAYER

1:20 PM – 1:55 PM (UAE Time) 

 Speaker:

1:55 PM – 2:05 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Human Development and Successful personal stories”

Eman Hamed Saif Al Memari

  • Certified trainer in human development

Certified trainer in human development and a member of the UK Global Academy for training and Development and a member of the Support and Innovation Initiative, my interest and passion for human development and administrative and educational development made me move to the field of training with serious steps through specialized studies in this field, and I provided lectures and training workshops with government and private agencies such as : Roads and Transport Authority, Family Development Foundation, Federal Youth Authority, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Excellence Centre Training and Management Consultancy, SMT Institute, Support and Innovation Initiative, Zoom Al Maarifa Management Consulting, Happiness imprint Team

 Speaker:

2:05 PM – 2:20 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Excellence in Entrepreneurship”

Dr. Saif Mohamed Obaid Almoaili

  • Individual and enterprise development expert
  • Expert and practitioner of etiquette and international protocol
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fujairah Scientific Club

 Speaker:

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “To Be Announced”

Asma Jan Muhammad

  • Finance Director – Local conglomerate, Dubai, UAE.
  • Co-author of the book “SHE DARES”

Asma Jan Muhammad is a Chartered Accountant from Pakistan / England & Wales and currently works as Finance Director at a local conglomerate in UAE. In her 20 years of professional career, she has created her name and added value to leading multinational and local groups. Throughout her school and college life she endeavored to achieve top positions, securing two gold-medals in CA exams and also became the first overseas recipient of the “CA Woman of the Year 2019” award conferred by the President of Pakistan in recognition of her services for the UAE Chapter of ICAP members. Despite continuing a challenging profession and family life in terms of time and efforts, she is also giving back to the community by volunteering editorial services for PAD’s monthly periodical “Pehchaan”. She has been speaking for women related causes and is also a mentor for community women seeking professional advice for business startups facing financial challenges. She is also a co-author in MENA Speakers’ “She Dares” which is a collaborative book of powerful stories from 36 inspiring women from across the globe. Asma believes in enabling others and in promoting tolerance, diversity and equality through her writings.

 Panel Discussion:

2:35 PM – 3:15 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “To Be Announced”

Amb. Adeshola Onadipe
* Founder – Ladies in Business Magazine Global
* Initiator – S.H.E AWARDS AFRICA which she extended from Nigeria in 2019.
* Owner – Business Innovation Academy initiative

By seeking out ladies and women doing remarkable works and achieving greater heights with little or no assistance. She is a trained Account with a huge difference amongst other women publications. Apart from the great content, it is very creative, colourful and inspiring.

Rosheen Ngorima
* Founder and CEO – Neeps Accounting and Management Services
* Founder and President – Female Founders Initiative Middle East & Africa
* Member – Dubai Business Women Council – UAE

Our services can be offered virtually
or physically. I am also the Founder and President of Female Founders Initiative Middle East and Africa a platform
created to amplify voices of inspiring female leaders and female founders in the work or market place.

Tarik Al Hraki
• Enterprise Agility Expert
• Digital Transformation Delivery Professional
• Portfolio, Program & Project Management Professional
• Organizational Project Management Professional

Tarik is a dynamic & ambitious Speaker, Project Manager & Business Manager with high profile in terms of knowledge and real life experience, professional trainer with more than 400 training days and more than 25+ years of real life experience in the field of building business.

 Speaker:

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “To Be Announced”

Hana Al Yazeedi

  • Senior Manager Strategic Institutional Performance – Higher Colleges of Technology

Award-winning, Certified Balanced Scorecard (Norton & Caplan), Government Performance Expert, Future Foresight Practitioner & Influencer, Strategy & Institutional Performance Management professional with over 17 years of solid experience in government education sector in a variety of roles and realms. Leads organizations to excellence through constant innovation, disruptive thinking and transformation across the whole ecosystem to generate the excellent sustainable performance outcomes by preempting the implications, opportunities and adapting with agility to embrace the future and maintain a competitive edge.

 

3:30 PM – 3:35 PM (UAE Time) 

Berkeley & Lords
Berkeley & Lords is a multinational professional services network of firms, operating as partnerships under the BERKELEY & LORDS brand. B&L ranks as the one of largest professional services networks in the world and is considered one of the finest accounting & consultancy firms. Over the years, we are providing impeccable services to valued clients related to business solutions, related to audit, financing, accounting, tax, technology, consulting and advisory services. We have a complete range of products capable to manage all your business requirements and delivering by meeting the world standards with great customer feedback. We identify your business needs and give you ultimate comfort in your business operations. Read More..

 Speaker:

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Social Media dilemma for New Business Owners”

Najwa Albreiki

  • Life Coach/ Trainer – Change Works AD

I work with Independent Mothers (Divorced Working Mothers) to redefine their powerful identity after divorce by taping into their inner strengths and activating them into a fulfilling life.

Coaching has transformed my life and so I want to do with all my clients. I’m a coach with a brave heart. My mission is to raise awareness to personal potential, challenging patterns and limiting beliefs. Shedding light into these corners helps people notice and grow – with choice. I have a great experience running workshops. My last 2 years at Etihad Airways as a Change Manager were an opportunity to manage the smooth adoption of Office365 across many departments. Loved every day of it. I enjoy the company of people, the more the merrier.

 Speaker:

3:50 PM – 4:05 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Diversity and Inclusion in Investments, Strategy, Teams, and Solutions in AI Start ups”

Deborah Botha

  • Chief Partnership Officer – Women in AI

Debbie has worked as a consultant and architect for 25 years on everything around what we call system of insights, data governance, data insights, data science and artificial intelligence today. Her experience spans across 38 client engagements across 4 continents and 10 industries. She loves to help others grow in their technical careers by mentoring, teaching and speaking at Events, and developing communities like Women in AI. Debbie is passionate to have Partners as Fans of Women in AI, actively empowering the community of women from school to university and other education, to have opportunities for networking and getting their dream jobs in AI in Private and Public sector or even create their own Start-ups.

 Speaker:

4:05 PM – 4:20 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Laughter yoga, hypnosis and mental health”

Naser Al Riyami

  • Founding Partner – ChangeWorks HRC
  • Psychologist and Mental Health Consultant
  • An Emirati Mental Health Expert. In addition to providing individual and group psychotherapy he has introduced the UAE to laughter yoga.

I am a licensed psychotherapist and a professional hypnotherapist in practice since 2013. I am also an expert in Neurolinguistic Programming and I’m a Laughter Yoga teacher. I make therapy a safe and collaborative space to support children and adults facing different obstacles in their lives. I bring life skills into common households and spread awareness about how people can understand, survive and thrive. I’ve been involved in the UNICEF’s “Zero Bullying” project as well as the National Program for Happiness and Positivity in the UAE. I’ve also taken part in the brainstorming of Wadeema’s Law, the Public Health Ambassadors project and the International Day of Yoga. I love sharing my extensive experience in the Mental Health field in order to build up public awareness and skill sets to deal with the problems of the mind, behavior, emotions, relationships, productivity and healing. I am also the co- founder of Changeworks Abu Dhabi where I work with several like-minded hypnotists, coaches, speakers and wellness experts. Changeworks provides workshops in Hypnosis, NLP coaching, Reiki, Qigong, Laughter Yoga, and EFT.

 

4:20 PM – 4:25 PM (UAE Time) 

Berkeley Architecture & Interior design & fit-outs
is a well-established and leading provider of turnkey fit out solutions, architectural finishes & engineering products solutions. Our dedicated teams from production, assembly, design, and installation to cater for any projects. We provide interior design and refurbishment services helping clients to bring out the best out of their property. Our expertise include architectural consultation starting from design to construction and execution of projects.

 Speaker:

4:25 PM – 4:40 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Women in innovation and technology”

Fatima Almeraikhi

  • ADpoly Student Council President.
  • ADpoly Innovation club member.

Fatima Almeraikhi an ambitious Emirati, endeavoring in innovation and creativity. A nuclear technology student, and the president of the student council at Abu Dhabi Polytechnic. As an engineering student at ADpoly, my enthusiasm always exceeds my horizons.

I am also a member of the innovation club of our university working on two outstanding projects with the team. The projects are now presented live at the Dyson international design competition. Moreover, I have hosted one of the most famous nuclear projects competition and was the leader of it and won first place.

 Speaker:

4:40 PM – 4:55 PM (UAE Time) 

Closing remarks

Khulood Shaban

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Berkeley Middle East Holding

Khulood is a philanthropist, a business leader, successful business entrepreneur, and the most influence Arabic women in Gulf region. He is the 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.

CLOSING

4:55 PM (UAE Time) 


VENUE

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, – شارع الكورنيش الشرقي – Al Markaziyah West – W5 – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates.


AWARDS

We acknowledge the dynamic individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the nation as well as to the 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 the benefit to 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.


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

This is your chance to get your brand noticed, enhance your company image, increase your network and, of course, grow your business at this unique conference. The benefit will be getting great promotions and receiving some free tickets to the conference as part of the deal. We will have an excellent range of sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in discussing specific sponsorship opportunities, get in contact with us.


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