CONFERENCE AGENDA

The Women In Industry Forum will discuss, define and drive the timetable for cultivating and advancing the role women play within the global corporate and cultural landscapes within industries including:

  • PR, Communications and Media
  • Defence, Government Services and Politics
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Banking and Finance
  • STEM in Oil, Gas & Healthcare

DAY ONE, MONDAY 23 MAY 2016

Registration and Coffee

Introductions By Emcee Of The Day

AMNA AL-MAQTARI,
PROCESS ENGINEER,
TAKREER RESEARCH CENTRE

Welcome address by dmg events

SESSION FOCUS: STRATEGIC ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES
  • Which industries are spearheading economic growth in today's challenging economic environment?
  • Which sector is the most supportive in terms of advancing and empowering women?
  • In which business sector are women excelling and creating change?
  • Are there industry specific policies and strategies to support, engage, recruit and retain women?
SESSION FOCUS: STRATEGIC ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES

Success stories from women who have "made it" to the top of the ladder and successfully carved a niche for themselves in their chosen career and industry albeit banking and finance, PR and communications, IT, energy and defence.

This panel explores the industry parallels and the similarities in individual's journey to success and the inspirations that have kept their quest for achievement alive.

Moderator:

EITHNE TREANOR,
MANAGING DIRECTOR,
ETREANOR MEDIA

Panelists:

HER EXCELLENCY FATIMA AL JABER,
BOARD MEMBER,
AL JABER GROUP

LORRAINE M MARTIN,
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
LOCKHEED MARTIN'S MISSION SYSTEM & TRAINING

SOUAD MOHAMED AL HOSANI,
PRESIDENT,
NEXUS BUSINESS SERVICES/NEXUS AGENCIES

REEM AL ANBARI,
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER,
ABU DHABI POLYMERS COMPANY LTD. (BOROUGE) LLC, ADNOC GROUP OF COMPANIES

ARMELLE LE VEU-SEROUDE,
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER,
DEFENSE CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL

NIVINE ABOUEL SOUD,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
UNICHEM LIMITED

Coffee Break
SESSION FOCUS: STRATEGIC ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES

Whilst it is imperative to hold conversations on enabling women to be leaders, it is equally important to draft a path that helps them achieve executive leadership positions. It is true that there are a lot more women in management and leadership positions than there were a few years ago. However, is listening to their experiences enough to draft a career path for the ambitious? How can we action the inspirations into aspirations and eventually, into reality?

In this motivational address, we talk about some critical topics including:

  • How can we prepare women to be board members of tomorrow?
  • What are the challenges, regulatory and strategic, that are a hindrance in materialising this aspiration to reality?
  • How can we generate more opportunity for women to lead corporations? There is enough evidence and market reports that reiterate the point that companies run by women tend to be financially more profitable. How can we ensure these opportunities are utilised for betterment of global economies?

Panelists:

DR. NAJAT BENCHIBA-SAVENIUS,
HEAD OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH,
OXFORD STRATEGIC CONSULTING

SESSION FOCUS: PR, COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Women have been surpassing expectations; theirs and others, for quite some time now, and one such specific set of women who have been doing this are women in the communications field. Be it reporting live from the studio or directly from war-torn areas and countries suffering from natural calamities or communicating effectively pleasant or unpleasant news on behalf of the government, these women step out of their comfort zone to effectively communicate the best and the worst of everything.

We tap into the lives of these communications professionals to gain in-depth insights into how they excel in their fields. How do they make snap, sometimes life changing decisions? What motivates and inspires them? What does it take to not merely be present but excel in a field that is extremely competitive and highly critical of everything? In this discussion we explore the myriad roles of the PR, Communications & Media industry and how women are an imperative part of the discussion.

We explore the historical reasons for the pay gap, the progress over the last few decades and what still needs to be done to find potential solutions and close the gap.

Moderator:

GULIZAR JONIAN,
CHAIR,
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN'S GROUP

Panelists:

MALAK FARES,
BUSINESS PRESENTER,
SKYNEWS ARABIA

DR. NASHWA AL RUWAINI,
CEO & BOARD MEMBER,
PYRAMEDIA PRODUCTIONS,
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER,
ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL

SESSION FOCUS: DEFENCE, GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND POLITICS

In conversation with Amna Al Belooshi, we hear how women are carving a niche path across the globe, becoming fully trained and combat ready in one of the most demanding occupations – the Police Forces. Gain insights into the roles women are now playing in service within the Police, the mentorship of future generations, and how women are working, like for like, alongside their male counterparts in the police

Moderator:

EITHNE TREANOR,
MANAGING DIRECTOR,
THE EMIRATES WOMEN POLICE ASSOCIATION
REGIONAL DIRECTOR,
ETREANOR MEDIA

Panelists:

AMNA AL BELOOSHI,
CHAIRPERSON,
THE EMIRATES WOMEN POLICE ASSOCIATION
REGIONAL DIRECTOR,
WOMEN POLICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST REGION

SESSION FOCUS: STEM IN OIL, GAS & HEALTHCARE

Industries that deliver technical and complex products and services require leaders who are resilient and can manage through rapid change while ensuring both innovation and sustainable growth. In addition, safety, security and compliance are of highest priority in technical industries. As such, emotional intelligence, the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships and situations judiciously and empathetically, is increasingly understood to be the key to success, and may be even more critical in technical industries. Panelists from the Oil & Gas and Healthcare industries share their perspective on the connection between emotional intelligence and effective leadership, and its importance for individuals in technical fields, while working in teams, and when leading an organization.

Moderator:

EITHNE TREANOR,
MANAGING DIRECTOR,
ETREANOR MEDIA

Panelists:

HER EXCELLENCY DR. MARIAM MATAR,
FOUNDER & CHAIRPERSON,
UAE GENETIC DISEASES

DR. NAJAT BENCHIBA-SAVENIUS,
HEAD OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH,
OXFORD STRATEGIC CONSULTING

MAGGIE SEELIGER,
BOARD MEMBER,
ELLEVATE DUBAI

Lunch and Networking session
SESSION FOCUS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

At the outset, the Information Technology industry has been exceptionally welcoming to women in senior management positions leading big multi-billion dollar businesses. 23% women hold leadership roles in Microsoft, about 21% in twitter, and about 21% in Google.

Over time, the IT industry has indeed adopted a more holistic approach to hiring policies with better wages and maternity leaves. But if we consider the technical front of this industry, the statistics are worrying. Only 16.6% of Microsoft's technical workforce, which includes coding and engineering, are women. Twitter has only 10% of its technical workforce as women, and Google 17%.

Panelists share their insights into how the IT industry can adjust to work on a better male-female ratio in technical and senior leadership positions and what entrepreneurs and tech giants can learn from other industries enabling women to move up the career ladder

Moderator:

NINA MAGHREBI,
MARKETING MANAGER & PRESENTER,
SKYNEWS ARABIA

Panelists:

IRENE CORPUZ,
SECTION HEAD - PLANNING & IT SECURITY,
ABU DHABI GOVERNMENT ENTITY

HARSHUL JOSHI,
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - CYBER GOVERNANCE OF RISK AND COMPLIANCE,
DARK MATTER

SAUDAMINI DUBEY,
DIGITAL STRATEGY & iXM LEADER,
IBM MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

SESSION FOCUS: BANKING AND FINANCE

A recent report revealed that women were significantly more likely than men to want to work in the banking and finance industry. The ratio of 29% (female inclination) vs 11% (male inclination) is qualifying evidence that women are ready to learn, grow and succeed in the banking and finance sector.

In this interview we ask why the global banking sector has very few female leaders and what the industry can do to encourage more women in the C-suite of the financial world.

Moderator:

SALMA AL HAJJAJ,
GENERAL MANAGER – HR,
GULF BANK KUWAIT

Panelists:

NANCY SEBAALY,
HEAD OF EMERGING MARKETS,
SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE BANK & TRUST

SESSION FOCUS: BANKING AND FINANCE

Ellecia Saffron is a listed equity investment professional and fund manager, with 13 years' experience in institutional investment management. Formerly a Fund Manager, Ellecia has an insider view on the industry. Ellecia completed a 12 month study on 150 listed companies measuring their board and executive team diversity and their financial performance. The study also led her to 'study' other studies around diversity and links with performance. Where diversity appears to support financial performance, why it might, and what the challenges are when diversity does exist.

The stats show us that the Fund Management industry has a dismal female representation of only an average of 6-8% of fund managers in the world being female. It's such an objectively measured job that is reasonably flexible; why then does the industry have such a poor representation of women?

In this presentation, Ellecia shares her views and her fund manager perspective on the importance of gender parity, how Gender parity influences company's bottom line performance, and a focus on the funds management industry itself.

Presenter:

ELLECIA SAFFRON,
CHAIR,
AUSTRALIA BUSINESS GROUP

SESSION FOCUS: TECHNICAL ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES

ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: BANKING AND FINANCE

Despite making up more than half the workforce in financial institutions, women hold an alarmingly small representation in senior management and board level positions. How can the Banking and Finance industry actively bring about change to bridge this divide?

Facilitator:

SALMA AL HAJJAJ,,
GENERAL MANAGER – HR,
GULF BANK KUWAIT


ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: STEM IN OIL, GAS & HEALTHCARE

What steps can the STEM industry take to encourage the up and coming generation of women into the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering roles across industries such as oil and gas and healthcare?

Facilitator:

KAREN DE LATHOUDER,
MANAGER – ONSITE,
ORPIC


ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

The Information Technology (IT) Industry thrives on the steady flow of start-up businesses and actively welcomes women in leadership and entrepreneurial roles. In this discussion we explore women led start-ups in the IT industry and how these successful initiatives can help inspire other women.

Facilitator:

DR FADI ALOUL,
PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING, DIRECTOR – HP INSTITUTE,
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH


ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: PR, COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

How does technological advancements and connectivity impact senior female executives in the communications and PR field especially keeping in mind that rare misogynist criticism that comes their way?

Facilitator:

Rushika Bhatia,
Editor,
SME ADVISOR


ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: DEFENCE, GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND POLITICS

In this discussion we explore the dynamics of the government services sector in EU and GCC, and a female perspective of international negotiations in the defence sector.

Facilitator:

Armelle Le Veu-Seroude,
Chief Innovation Officer,
Defense Conseil International


WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT THE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS?

  • Discussion begins with an introduction to the roundtable leaders, followed by each leader outlining the topics, themes and expectations at each table.
  • Attendees are invited to select and sit at the table with the topic of their choice. Attendees are free to remain at their chosen table or to move around the room and sit at other tables with topics of interest.
  • Attendees are encouraged to share open conversations, ask questions and share experiences for a truly interactive and learning experience.
  • Following the conclusion of the roundtable discussions, the moderator and roundtable leaders reconvene on stage and share with the whole audience a snapshot of their table discussions and outcomes
Closing remarks & closing of women in industry forum followed by coffee & networking
Sponsored by:
Unichem
Organised by:
dmg global energy
From the organisers of:
ADIPEC
Official Publication:
Pipeline Magazine