March is International Women’s Month. A great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal inspiring women across the Gulf region and MEA and continue to drive progress towards a more equitable world.

We are delighted to be collaborating with AstraZeneca to host this year’s Women in Leadership Summit, highlighting the role of women in driving impact and creating a sustainable future in the Middle East & Africa region.

Join the conversation at our Summit which brings together an exclusive selection of influential women and men in business, all united in their passion for progressing gender balance in their respective fields, strengthening competitiveness in the region through a more varied and diverse range of perspectives. You can look forward to engaging leadership dialogues and discussions, progressing new ideas and strategies for empowering women for a more equitable world.

Wednesday, 8 March 2023 | 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM GST Time

Women in Leadership: Driving Impact Summit

Timings in GST

18:30 – 18:50 | Welcome & Introduction Leading the Way to A Sustainable Future

  • Vineetha Mathew, Director Programmes, Pearl Initiative
  • Pelin Incesu, Area Vice President, Middle East & Africa at AstraZeneca


18:50 – 19:00 | Keynote: Leading the change: empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia

Maryam Telmesani, Board Chair, UN Global Compact Network – Saudi Arabia


19:00 – 19:55 | Women Leading on the Journey for a Better Tomorrow

  • Pelin Incesu, Area Vice President, Middle East & Africa at AstraZeneca
  • Mirna Arif, General Manager, Microsoft Egypt
  • Amal Ireifij, Director Programs, Royal Health Awareness Society
  • Dr. Fatma Al Jasmi, Professor, Biochemical Genetics, United Arab Emirates University
  • Moza AlOtaibi, Founder of Aqdemi, Building Women’s Leadership Capabilities in Saudi Arabia

Moderated by Alex Malouf, Head of Corporate Communications, Ceer Motors


20:05 – 20:55 | Advancing Female Youth in the Workplace

  • Dr. Rakhee K. Ramakrishnan, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Research Institute for Medical and Health Sciences, University of Sharjah
  • Majd Khalifeh, CEO for Flow Accelerator in Palestine, Orange Corners
  • Sarah Wang, HRVP & Deputy General Counsel, International, AstraZeneca
  • Mustafa Alshehri, Sustainability Executive Director, SABIC & Vice Chair of Global Compact Network Saudi Arabia
  • Reema AL-Asmari, Head of Territory – Country Manager at BNP Paribas Saudi Arabia
  • Maha Al Mozaini, Scientist & Head of Immunocompromised Host Research (ICH), King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center

Moderated by Danah Abboud, Programme Manager, Pearl Initiative


20:55 – 21:40 | Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Challenging Stereotypes to Achieve their Dreams

  • Rehaf Gassas, CEO of the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society and UNESCO Certified
  • Dr. Mary Nyangasi, Head, Division of National Cancer Control Program Department of Non-Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health Kenya
  • Muna Abusulayman, Co-Founder of 3S Consulting, ADRI, Healthkey Tech, and Partner at Transform VC
  • Dr. Hana Abdulkarim, Director Drug Policy and Economic Center, Ministry of National Guards Health Affairs
  • Sameh El Fangary, Cluster President GCC & Pakistan, AstraZeneca

Moderated by Smita Saha, Area HR Director, Middle East & Africa, AstraZeneca

Start Date: 08/03/2023 Start Time: 06:30:00 End Time: 09:45:00

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