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 on Emirati Women’s Day 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.


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.

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

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

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

Providing support and assistance to Women for doing start up.

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.




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..


10:05 AM – 10:20 AM (UAE Time) 

Dr. 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

He is a Master in Business Administration, Cambridge, UK, Master in Public Administration from Chichester-UK, Master in Law, Kings College London, Chartered Management Accountant from Chartered Institute of Management Accountant-UK, Certified Public Accountant, Project Management Professional from PMI USA, Certified IS Auditor-USA.


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..


10:25 PM – 10:40 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Living the future of digital health , Abu Dhabi story”

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.


10:40 AM – 10:55 AM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “EQ to lead in a digital age”

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


10:55 AM – 11:10 AM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Women Entrepreneurship”

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.


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..


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.


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


12:00 PM – 12:15 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.


12:15 PM – 12:30 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Entrepreneurship”

H.E. Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouie

  • CEO – Khalifa Fund for Enterprise and Development


Berkeley technology

12:30 PM – 12:35 PM (UAE Time) 


12:35 PM – 12:50 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “My Startup Roadmap – A Journey to Sustainable Living”

Hana Al Yazeedi

  • CEO & Founder – HomesBIS
  • Senior Manager of Institutional Performance at a Federal Higher Education entity

Hana is an Emirati woman with over 18 years of solid experience in public education sectors in a variety of roles & realms. She is a Strategy & Performance Management professional, a certified and expert in government performance & excellence assessment, future foresight practitioner & influencer. Leads the organizations to excellence through constant innovation, disruptive thinking and transformation across the whole ecosystem to generate excellent and sustainable performance outcomes with impact by preempting the implications, opportunities and adapting with agility to embrace the future and maintain a competitive edge. She was a recipient of the organization’s (Outstanding Employee & Distinguished Women), the prestigious Founder Award by the MOE, and most recently winning the International Best Practice award. While being a responsible employee, Hana successfully managed to foster her entrepreneurial activities. Her entrepreneurial journey is nothing less than a motivation, and just following her passion. She had successfully commercialize her expertise in securities markets, crypto-currency, trading technical analysis, and recently started her business digital platform and continue exploring the future opportunities. Hana is very committed and actively engaged in developing entrepreneurial women with a purpose that focused on educating, empowering and enabling women to be the change they want to see in the world.


12:50 PM – 1:00 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Education”

Sherley Louis

  • Director – International Teaching Academy

Sherley Louis, daughter of Marie Edith Henrisca Louis & late Pastor Andre Macius Louis, is an internationally recognized educator and leader known for her culturally-relevant teaching experiences while offering authentic and quality American education to students internationally.Currently, she is an Educator at Emirates International School, Dubai. Sherleyis also the Founder & Director of International Teaching Academy (USA) whose mission is mission is to promote American English Language, French, & Creole as a bridge to communicate with people from various backgrounds and cultures through appreciation, exploration, and tolerance. International Teaching Academy Board Members: Sherley Louis, Marie Alberte Louis, Carnegie Louis, Makenzie Louis, & Michael Louis. Her accomplishments throughout her career are the record of outstanding leadership and teaching through thoughtful innovation, collaboration, and skillful curriculum design. In 2018, she received a Proclamation Award from State Representative Campbell (USA). Sherley, a change agent Award recipient, contributed in changing the narrative of a Senior High Schoolin Florida (USA) when the school earned a “C” after earning “Fs” in 6 consecutive years. She received the City of Miami Educator’s Award in 2018 for being an innovative and outstanding Creole as a Foreign Language educator (USA). In 2018, the United Teachers of Dade and Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization selected her among the educators who traveled to Haiti to provide Professional Development to students and teachers in STEM approach. She was the Award Recipient of S.H.E. Awards UAE in Top Ladies in Business category. She received the Presidential Volunteer Award (USA). For her enormous commitment and contribution to Expo 2020 as a volunteer, she received an exclusively designed Expo 2020 Dubai Al Wasl inspired gift box, with a special thank you message from His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee. Sherley Louis launched Sosyete Koukouy – UAE Branch, the First Haitian Cultural Society in the MEAG region. Open to all Haitians and non-Haitians living in the MEAG region. Sosyete Koukouy UAEBoard Members: Founding President Jean Mapou, Pascale Millien-Faustin,Sherley Louis, RukiyaDeetjen-Ruiz, Rou Augustin, Melodie Sylvain, Dr. Jennie Telus, Mabel Gilles&H.E. Francois Guillaume II – Ambassador of Haiti to the State of Qatar.


1:00 PM – 1:35 PM (UAE Time) 


1:35 PM – 1:50 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “Creating compounding value in connecting people, networking reimagined”

Maryam Ahmed Hassani

  • Founder & CEO – Zealous

Maryam Ahmed Hassani is the founder and CEO at Zealous, a UAE-based match-making app that makes networking in the tech space easy, personal and meaningful.

Following her graduation from NYU Abu Dhabi with a BA in Political Science, Maryam entered the innovation space, joining EY as a strategy consultant where she most notably led on the Special Olympics Innovation Challenge and held a key role on the ​​Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF) Accelerator Program. Currently Maryam is an Innovation Specialist at the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority (ECA) where she designs and implements strategic innovation projects focused on the advancement of the early childhood development space.

When Maryam is not managing strategic innovation projects and growing her startup, she can often be found on the polo field where she regularly competes in tournaments or exploring marine life while scuba diving.


1:50 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


2:05 PM – 2:10 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..


2:10 PM – 2:25 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

 Panel Discussion:

2:25 PM – 2:55 PM (UAE Time) 

Topic: “From Ideas to Startups”

Amb Adeshola Onadipe
Founder 8211 Ladies in Business Magazine Global
Initiator 8211 SHE AWARDS AFRICA which she extended from Nigeria in 2019
Owner 8211 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 8211 Neeps Accounting and Management Services
Founder and President 8211 Female Founders Initiative Middle East amp Africa
Member 8211 Dubai Business Women Council 8211 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.

Nada Ahmed El Gazzar

* Business Excellence & Personal Development Expert -Rabdan Academy

* Certified NLP & Positive Mindset Coach & Master NLP Practitioner

She is the founder of the programs “Renew You” & “raising emotionally intelligent children” and recently “Let us Excel together” initiative, conducts several workshops and TV talks in UAE.

Sheikha Abdulla Al Nuaimi

* An Emirati Entrepreneur
* She is an experienced assessor across a number of government and private awards in UAE.


2:00 PM – 2:25 PM (UAE Time) 


3:25 PM – 3:30 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.


3:30 PM – 3:45 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.


3:45 PM – 4:00 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.


4:00 PM – 4:15 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 rich field experience with two of the top cooperates in the IT Industry; Oracle (11+ years experience) and Microsoft (4+ years experience). She has recently setup her own Change Management company; C M I for Information Technology to give back her experience to enrich even more audience leveraging all the available technologies without any biasing and to give maximum benefits to the customers. Beside her career, She is a mother of 8 years old son and living in lovely Dubai for almost 8 years now.


4:15 PM – 4:30 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.


4:30 PM – 4:35 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.


4:35 PM (UAE Time) 


Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche Rd, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.



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