ARAB WOMEN FORUM


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APRIL 10, 2018

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, SAUDI ARABIA

The Top CEO Conference & Awards is launching the Arab Women Forum on April 10, 2018, in  Saudi Arabia. The forum aims to enhance and support the growing contribution of Arab women to the region’s economy and society. From keynotes and discussions to debates, its objective is to analyze the transformational role of women in business and society and assess its impact on the future of the Arab society and economy. The forum aims to create a platform for open and candid discussions on the evolving role of women and the societal attitudes towards their success, challenges and opportunities at work, in society and in politics. The Arab Women Forum will be an elite, private gathering of top women executives, decision makers and professionals, as well as experts on women empowerment and business leadership.

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08:00 - 09:00Plenary Hall

REGISTRATION AND OPENING

10:00 - 10:30Plenary Hall

REINVENTING THE WORKPLACE AND THE POWER OF PARITY

Increasing diversity in the workplace has been shown to have significant economic, company performance, and societal benefits. Tarek Elmasry, MD for McKinsey Middle East, will discuss the potential impact both globally and to the region of parity for women in the workplace. He will discuss the progress being made, the barriers to change, and what the future workplace could look…
10:30 - 11:15Plenary Hall

THE ECONOMIC REVOLUTION

The inclusion of women in the workforce in Arab countries could boost the GDP of the region to reach an unprecedented level, reduce unemployment and kick-start the economy of the region to head towards a new direction. We will have open conversations on the benefits of this inclusion.
12:15 - 13:00Plenary Hall

ENTREPRENEURS

Empowering women entrepreneurs to take risks may be one of the solutions to increase their contribution to the economy. A key constraint to developing the private sector is the access to credit. The relative share of Arab firms reporting difficulties with credit is 39 percent, the second largest in the world. As for the share of firms using banks to…
13:30 - 14:15Plenary Hall

THE COMMUNITY-BASED NEW ECONOMY

Are technologies and newly-based sharing economy paving the way for Arab women to leap from their current situation and become active economic members of society? What can be done to achieve a more women-inclusive approach in the region? What are current players doing to ensure an increased women representation? Which technologies can be used to create a virtuous circle and…
15:00 - 15:45Plenary Hall

ARAB WOMEN’S IMAGE

With several issues to solve in addressing gender inequality, the Arab women’s image abroad is disastrous and reflects sometimes a situation far from reality. With stereotypes and shortcomings, Western media along with Asian media seldom report on women ministers or women heading financial institutions in the region. We will have an open discussion on the stereotypes and on how to…
15:00 - 15:45Meeting Room 1

Leadership In The 21 Century: Next Generation Leadership

Leadership in the 21st century will be influenced by constant change. Next generation leadership will have to deal effectively with multiple demanding global challenges spanning from geopolitical volatility, technological disruptions, economic and political uncertainty, the rise of new challengers like China and shifting demographics to name a few. Implications for next generation leaders are how to balance their short- and…
15:45 - 16:30Plenary Hall

POLITICAL REPRESENTATION

Women account for 23.4 percent of national parliamentarians in the world in 2017. In the Arab world, they represent on average 17 percent. Quota systems in countries, such as Iraq, Jordan and Palestine, ensure the presence of women in representative assemblies, from municipalities to parliaments. After introducing a quota in 2012, Algeria became the first Arab country to surpass the…
17:00 - 19:00Plenary Hall

BOARDROOM

Women in the Arab world are poorly represented in the boardroom. What should be done to optimize the number of women in companies’ management circles?