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Former UK PM Theresa May to deliver keynote address at Global Woman's Forum Dubai 2020

Theresa May will join Ivanka Trump at event organised by Dubai Women Establishment

Former UK PM Theresa May to deliver keynote address at Global Woman's Forum Dubai 2020

Theresa May has held several positions within the UK parliament since her first election victory in 1997.

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to deliver a keynote address during the official opening of the Global Woman’s Forum Dubai 2020 (GWFD).

Drawing on over two decades of experience in Britain’s Parliament, May will share her perspectives on female leadership in government and the important contribution of women to political life at the event, which will take place on February 16 and 17.

The session will be moderated by Lana Nusseibah, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, and President of Dubai Women Establishment, said: “With an extraordinary political career spanning over two decades, which saw her rise to become one of the world’s most influential women, Theresa May is a prime example of female potential and what women can achieve in traditionally male-dominated environments.

“As a role model for aspiring female politicians around the world, she has championed women and contributed to enhancing female representation within this field, famously stating that ‘a woman’s place is in elected office’.”

Organised by Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), the GWFD 2020 is a leading global platform that actively engages leaders and experts from around the world in constructive dialogue to discuss improved policies based on international best practices, foster goal-driven partnerships, and shape sustainable communities.

Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President of the US and daughter of US President Donald Trump, will also deliver a keynote address.

Mona Al Marri, chairperson of the board and managing director of DWE, said: "It will be a pleasure to welcome Ivanka Trump to Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 this year. As a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, and a champion of female entrepreneurship, she has established effective partnerships and led a variety of initiatives that have furthered the positive impact of women across the world.”

Trump will also participate in the We-Fi MENA Regional Summit in Dubai, which takes place on the sidelines of GWFD 2020 for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. The summit is co-organised by DWE and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, a ground-breaking multi-national partnership launched in 2017 to unlock financing for women-led businesses in developing countries.

Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, and David Malpass, President of the World Bank, have also been announced as speakers at the event.