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11 March 2019

INSEAD Middle East Campus in Abu Dhabi


INSEAD is pleased to host the 9th annual half-day seminar to celebrate International Women’s Day on our Middle East Campus. This year’s event will bring together alumni and the local community and will draw attention to challenges that impact women and society.

With the theme ‘Ambition has no Gender’ we will share insights from INSEAD academic research on how women can be empowered to achieve professional success and the value of  increasing gender balance. We invite you join us to hear inspiring life stories and meet women who have achieved unexpected success.  

The morning event opens with welcome remarks from the Director of the INSEAD Middle East Campus Miguel Lobo, which will be followed by a keynote speech and a panel discussion. The speakers will encourage open exchange on empowering women in business and society and the factors that contribute to or confine progress on gender issues.

Following the seminar session, attendees are welcome to join a networking lunch at Coya in the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island.




09:00 - 09:30Registration and Networking over light breakfast
09:30 - 09:35Welcome
Miguel Lobo, Director of the Middle East Campus, INSEAD
09:35 - 09:45Keynote remarks
Hatem Nuseibeh, President & Group Representative, Total United Arab Emirates
09:45 - 10:15Academic address: Culture change in the workplace: Mobilizing mindsets
toward gender balance
This session will provide insights from ongoing research initiatives on how
organizations striving for gender balance can initiate the kind of cultural
transformation that ​can change minds.

Clarissa Cortland, Post-Doctoral Scholar, INSEAD
10:15 - 10:45

Standing up for impact – Individual life journeys

10:45 - 11:15Networking break
11:15 - 12:00Panel discussion: Charting the course - getting women to the top

Clarissa CortlandPost-Doctoral Scholar, INSEAD
Shainoor KhojaFounder and CEO, Better Business Enterprise (BBE)
Kim A. Page, Communication Expert, Author
Anisha Oberoi MBA'12J, Content Marketing Specialist, Fashion Ecommerce

Anne-Laure Malauzat, Principal, Bain & Company Middle East
12:00 - 12:15Closing remarks
12:15 - 13:30Lunch at Coya, Four Seasons Hotel (Optional)

*Master of Ceremony
 Najat Ferchachi, Associate Director, Campus Initiatives & Institutional Relations, INSEAD

Contact us

Linda Furtado
Tel.: +971 2 6515309
Email: [email protected]

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