By Sam Bridge
Theme of GWFD 2020, The Power of Influence, will be a key focal point throughout many of the keynote speeches, discussions and workshops
The agenda and speaker list for Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020 have been announced by Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), with some of the world’s foremost thought leaders and decision-makers to be featured on February 16–17 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
The theme of GWFD 2020, The Power of Influence, will be a key focal point throughout many of the keynote speeches, discussions and workshops.
Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the UAE Gender Balance Council, president of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, highlighted the significance of GWFD 2020’s theme.
She said: "If we look at the UAE, the impact of our leadership’s vision over the past fifty years has made our nation synonymous with unprecedented achievements across numerous fields, and has always been inclusive of women. We have become a reference point on how to transform perceived challenges into ground-breaking opportunities.
"We will continue our unwavering support and encouragement for women to realise their full potential – a commitment which will always remain a top national priority.”
The GWFD 2020 agenda features five main plenary sessions which will explore a wide range of topics, from transformative strategies for global gender balance and the future of women at work during the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to propelling female entrepreneurship in the MENA region. It will also address women’s active role in government.
Thought leaders confirmed to speak at GWFD 2020 include Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, and David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group, who will deliver the Forum’s opening remarks.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, will also share her perspectives on leadership through culture and art.
A new series of sessions – the Game-Changers – will be introduced during Global Women’s Forum Dubai for the first time. The sessions will showcase inspiring personal stories from women who have made great strides across various industries, providing insight into their journeys to success.
Among the Game-Changers set to be featured are Captain Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum, the first female pilot from the royal family in the UAE; Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley; Captain Brenda Berkman, a pioneering female firefighter (retired); Dr Rana Dajani, Jordanian molecular scientist and founder of We Love Reading; Dr Ghada Al Mutairi, scholar at the University of California in San Diego; Dina El Shenoufy, chief investment officer of Flat6Labs in Egypt; Daniele Henkel, Canadian businesswoman and We-Fi Leadership champion; and Laura Lane, president of Global Affairs, UPS.
Mona Al Marri, chairperson and managing director of DWE, said: “As a landmark event that will drive the advancement of women on a national, regional and international level forward, GWFD 2020 is another important milestone in the UAE’s ongoing journey to further the influence of women across all sectors."In line with our wise leadership’s vision, the UAE has made significant strides in championing women’s valuable socio-economic contribution to the nation’s development, successfully enhancing female participation in the workforce and propelling more women into leadership roles.
“We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s greatest gender experts and thought leaders at GWFD 2020 this month to explore new solutions to the remaining challenges facing women today.”