It’s not long until the WILL Summit returns this year for yet another inspiring edition. Taking place virtually on May 19 at 2pm GST and hosted by TV anchor and actor Mahira Abdel Aziz, its panels featuring influential women will take a deep dive into various causes concerning women, specifically those in the region, making it an event not to be missed. The WILL Summit was established with the goal of highlighting the success stories of women to empower many more, and so, the upcoming discussions are sure to resonate with every viewer, with motivating words of advice and eye-opening facts as the main takeaways.
Launched in 2019, the WILL Initiative was established by our publisher Nervora with the support of UN Women and the General Women’s Union, and was hosted in November 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The 2022 WILL Summit in partnership with Mastercard can be tuned into via Zoom, Facebook, and Twitter. Click here to register, and read on for your guide to the event.
Women in Diplomacy
HE Hend Al Otaiba in conversation with Manuel Arnaut
Having recently made history as the UAE’s first female ambassador to France, HE Hend Al Otaiba will join Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut for a must-watch session where the duo will take a deep dive into her new role. Her Excellency will share how she prepped for the new journey, and share insights on how the Embassy in Paris is working towards increasing opportunities for the Emirati youth. During their time together, Arnaut and Al Otaiba will also talk about female representation in diplomacy work, and specifically, the representation of Arab women.
Women in Business
Nisreen Shocair, CEO Middle East of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group; Amnah Ajmal, Executive Vice President, Market Development, EEMEA, at Mastercard; and Ioanna Angelidaki, co-founder and CMO, InstaShop
Moderated by CEO and founder of Mama Rita, Jessica Kahawaty, this discussion will focus on how the elevation of women in business is crucial to every company’s economic prosperity and success. The panelists will dive into the significant role women play in the ever-evolving world of business, touch upon the barriers to female leadership, and the biggest advantages of having more female-led companies. The audience will receive valuable words of advice from the speakers, as they learn more about their experiences and challenges first-hand, and the women who have inspired them on their journey.
Women in Sports
Yusra Mardini, Syrian refugee, and Olympic swimmer, and Iqra Ismail, the first-ever captain of the Somali Women’s National team and director of women’s football at the Hilltop Women’s Football Club
The conversation will be moderated by athlete and entrepreneur Tracy Harmoush, as it dives into the future of women in sports. Audience members can expect to learn firsthand about the inspiring women who will open up about their unique roads to success, the challenges faced along the way, and their many milestones and accomplishments. Find out how Mardini braved the open sea to save the lives of fellow refugees on a sinking boat, and how Ismail navigated the intense male-dominated world of sports as a hijabi Muslim woman from Somalia.
Women and the Environment
Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab states, and Dina Storey, Head of Sustainability Operations at Expo 2020 Dubai
The conversation will be moderated by Beatrice Cornacchia, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, EEMEA, at Mastercard. Speakers will dive into topics related to climate change and discuss how female progression in Arab countries are driving forward women in STEM and the world’s sustainability efforts. Greenwashing and transparency in sustainable decisions by companies will be on the agenda, alongside the importance of organizations taking action to reduce their carbon footprint. The conversation will also highlight what global corporations can learn from the record-breaking Expo 2020 Dubai, and Mastercard’s commitment to embedding sustainability and its own net zero roadmap to 2040.