Abby Bailey – FedEx Express Middle East

Abby Bailey is the Head of Communications and Community Engagement for FedEx Express serving the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (MEISA), a role she has held since February 2017. Abby first joined FedEx in Asia Pacific as a Senior Communications Specialist in 2003, responsible for South East Asia, Australasia and Pacific Islands. She then…

Adda van Zanden –

Adda is a professional actress. She regularly tours Europe with the theatre company ‘Theatre of Eternal Values’ performing ‘Shakespeare’s Women’. Adda incorporates performance tools in her work as a trainer and facilitator, resulting in dynamic training sessions and a valuable, active learning experience. Over the last 15 years, she has built up extensive experience training…

Afra Atiq –

Afra Atiq is an Emirati award-winning poet, having recently won the ADMAF Creativity Award. She is the first spoken word poet to win the award. In early 2016, Afra left the corporate word, with nothing but faith, to pursue poetry. She has been featured in 13 cities across 4 countries and proudly gives back to…

Alia Al Rifai – Siemens

Alia assumed her current position on July 1, 2016, after almost two years as Senior Executive Vice President of Finance for the company’s Energy Management Division in the region. Alia, whose career at Siemens spans close to two decades, is leading the company’s financial operations in the Middle East, focusing on strengthening key growth areas,…

Alice Laugher – CTG

Alice is the CEO of CTG Global, a company that provides unique support to the humanitarian and development community in fragile and conflict-affected countries, specialising in the rapid mobilisation of personnel and operational support. Taking over the company in 2007, she quickly expanded the existing operations from focusing solely on Afghanistan to include international humanitarian…

Amna Al Owais – DIFC Courts

Amna joined the DIFC Courts in 2006, she became the Deputy Registrar in 2008 and Deputy Chief Executive of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, she practiced as a lawyer in the litigation department with Hadef Al Dhahiri and Associates (Hadef & Partners now) in Dubai. Prior…

Anurag Kashyap –

A multi-talented filmmaker who has been credited as a Director, Producer, Writer and also as an Actor, in over 40 films. 3 of his recent films have premiered at Cannes, and his epic 2-part film Gangs of Wasseypur is hugely popular. He has also served on the jury of Sundance, Venice, CPH Pix and Marrakech…

From intent to impact: Creating more opportunities for female graduates in the workforce

Dr. Jeannette Vinke, Chief Operating Officer at American University of Sharjah, discusses how high levels of female university attainment can be translated into better workforce participation rates for women. Dr. Vinke’s career spans a long corporate tenure at Deutsche Bank, along with time as an academic and university administrator. She is therefore well placed to…