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Aspiring Entrepreneurs, You Can’t Miss This Panel with the Region’s Top Businesswomen

Clockwise from left: Amnah Ajmal, Ionna Angelidaki, Nisreen Shocair, Jessica Kahawaty

Contrary to some perceptions in society, the world of business does not have to be intimidating to women, especially when recent years have witnessed an increasing number of females take charge. The WILL Summit returns with a virtual edition on May 19 at 2pm, as a selection of the region’s leading businesswomen explore this topic and much more. 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.

The conversation will be moderated by CEO and founder of Mama Rita, Jessica Kahawaty focusing on how the elevation of women in business is crucial to every company’s economic prosperity and success.

Improvement in female leadership requires a concerted effort from the whole ecosystem with various initiatives. Through balanced interview slates for example, Mastercard ensures women are always well represented when decisions are made.

Other key topics to be discussed include the actions companies can take to allow women to grow into positions of leadership, the domino effects of seeing female entrepreneurship thrive around the world and making investments more accessible to women entrepreneurs.

Mastercard has made a pledge to connect 50 million small businesses to the digital economy by 2025, with a direct focus on 25 million female entrepreneurs.

As the panelists dive into the significant role women play in the ever-evolving world of business, they will also 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. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, or you’re seeking tips on how to grow as a leader, or grow your business, this is one panel you can’t miss.

The WILL Summit in partnership with Mastercard will take place on May 19 at 2pm GST and can be tuned into via Zoom, Facebook, and Twitter. To register, visit

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