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Women leadership in emerging economies discussed
By inayat-ur-Rahman December 14, 2016
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DUBAI: The CEO Clubs and Center for Economic & Leadership Development hosted the 4th edition of the South America – Africa – Middle East – Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS) 2016 in Dubai on Tuesday.

The event was held under the patronage and attendance of Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Jumaa Al Maktoum.

The Summit themed: “Scaling Up the Rise of Women Leaders in Emerging Economies was attended by UAE ministers, first ladies, key dignitaries, diplomats and businesswomen from around the world.

An unprecedented tripartite summit; SAMEAWS aims at bringing together the most influential and prominent women as well as key stakeholders in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia under one roof to discuss the need to recognise and seize the untapped and profitable opportunities that women’s economic and political engagements represent.

“Hosting the fourth edition of the summit in Dubai reflects the UAE’s vision and directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which firmly believes in the empowerment of women and the valuable contribution they make to society. We are proud of the role the Summit played in joining women leaders together and supporting their efforts to reach their full potential,” commented Mohammed Al Hakim, Board Member and Advisor, CEO Clubs Network Worldwide.

“We are also proud to announce that the Summit this year managed to successfully achieve its objectives of which one was the successful launch of several schools in Africa and Asia that will provide women of different ages ranging from 14 – 60 years old with the proper education to empower them financially and economically and to positively contribute to their communities”, added Al Hakim.

Talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of the event, Dr Asma Salman, Associate Professor of Finance, Chair, Department of Accounting Finance and Economics, College of Business Administration, American University in the Emirates, stated: “Women to women mentorship model is a hall mark of success in empowering women.

“The International Majlis of Women - IMW at American University in the Emirates is a proof of connecting minds and empowering women through leadership roles,” she added.

The SAMEAWS’ 4th edition converged the most influential women leaders and stakeholders from emerging economies to consolidate efforts in supporting and scaling up opportunities for women leaders in these regions, as well as deliberating on sustainable ways of multiplying the number of women in leadership positions in emerging economies, thereby creating diverse possibilities for the upcoming generation of women leaders.

The event also highlighted The Amazons Watch Magazine’s Top 100, Most Influential Women in Emerging Economies, The Global Inspirational Leadership Awards and The 3rd year anniversary of CEO Clubs Women Division.

Some of the key dignitaries that attneded this year’s Summit in Dubai include: Mariam Othman, Co-Founder and Director of Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre. Bongi Ngema-Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa.

Mrs Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of Malawi.

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