This is a press release from The Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum
16th Global Edition from 19-20 November to Focus on Gender Parity, Women's Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion Dubai-UAE: 22 October, 2014 - naseba, a French business facilitation company with on-the-ground presence in major cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced Cherie Blair, QC, CBE, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, will headline the 16th global edition of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum as keynote speakers.
Focusing on womenomics, Cherie Blair will discuss the global importance of women's economic empowerment and offer solutions to the challenges that women entrepreneurs face in today's dynamic business landscape. Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, for her part, will address the need to redesign economies to ensure greater inclusiveness of women in societies.
To run in Dubai from 19-20 November at the Meydan Hotel under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy, the 16th edition of the forum will convene thought leaders from around the world to discuss issues on women's empowerment. The event will primarily focus on diversity and inclusion strategies, women shaping the future of investments, the role of women in corporate governance, challenges faced by women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as the media's role in positioning women in business, politics and leadership. Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors, will be moderating the panel discussion, How Women in STEM Fields Can Thrive.
Sophie Le Ray, Chief Executive Officer of naseba and Founder of the WIL Series, said: "We are delighted to have Cherie Blair and Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor headlining the 16th edition of the Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum. As global agents of change, the two thought leaders have dedicated their lives to promoting gender equality through community initiatives and advocacy."
Ahead of the forum, Cherie Blair said: "It is vital that we support women's economic empowerment if we want to see development and growth. My Foundation's mission is just this - to provide women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies with confidence, capability and capital so they can grow their businesses, create employment opportunities, and have a stronger voice in their societies. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences at the WIL Economic Forum in Dubai."
Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Hon Prime Minister of Malaysia, said: "The future world is certain to bring in unexpected challenges. However, it will also offer greater opportunity for the progress of humankind. More than ever before, women must use their influence, creativity and innovation to inspire changes in shaping the future of our world."
The WIL Forum's series of initiatives has been actively promoting economic empowerment of women as well as diversity and inclusion in the workplace since its launch in 2009. The event is organized under the patronage of UAE Ministry of Economy and supported by the United Nations Global Compact, Women in Global Business and the GCC Board Directors Institute (BDI). Representing GCC BDI at the forum is the institute's Chairman Mutlaq Al Morished, who also serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Sabic Capital. On their participation at the forum he noted "this forum is an excellent platform to raise awareness amongst seasoned business leaders on how to elevate governance standards and our Women on Boards initiative. There is a strong fit with the forum's vision to promote women's economic empowerment and diversity and inclusion in the workplace."
Event sponsors for the 16th edition include multinational business organizations Pfizer, Roche, Coca-Cola, London Business School, FedEx, Turkish Airlines, AIG and APCO Worldwide.
About Women in Leadership Economic Forum:
Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy, the 16th Global edition of the Women in Leadership Economic Forum (November 19-20, 2014 at Meydan Hotel, Dubai) is focused on making change happen and convenes 300 global influential business and thought leaders to discuss key issues - opportunities and challenges - encountered by women in leadership today. The annual event is organized by naseba, a French business facilitation company with on-the-ground presence in major cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. naseba provides business solutions to executives, investors, leaders and thinkers and collaborates with key figures in media, industry and academia. Since its inception in 2002, naseba has organized over 500 events and hosted more than 65,000 executive delegates globally. About the speakers
Wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women's equality, Cherie Blair, QC, CBE, is the Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. She became a Queen's Counsel in 1995 and is a part-time sitting judge, accredited mediator and international arbitrator. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor is the President of the Welfare Association of Minister's Wives (BAKTI) and Patron for various associations including Children in Hope Foundation, Malaysia Aids Council, National Heart Institute Foundation, Thalassemia Association, National Athletes' Welfare Association, and Foundation for the Development of Underprivileged Children. She is also passionate about advancing women's representation in society through focusing on issues such as empowerment of women, gender equality and uplifting the economic status of women.
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