Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem
Professor of Organizational Behaviour & Leadership at HULT international Business School and Learnin

Professor of Organizational Behaviour & Leadership at HULT international Business School and Learning

When we join hands in acknowledging both the internal and external conditions that may pose challenges when doing business in our region, we have already began the journey of arriving at solutions, one step at a time. Along the way, we celebrate all that we have accomplished so far and support one another in the mission to develop professional women and entrepreneurs so that we all have a greater advantage of working towards our potential.  

Nehad Tadros
ARAMEX Global coaching and leadership development director

DBWC  is a great place to open your mind to learn, open your heart to connect to ignite your passion to achieve more in life, career and work.

Well Done DBWC

Dr. Payyazhi Jayashree
Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Business Associate Professor, Human Resource Management Unive

“Our partnership began as a result of a mutual research interest to study the engagement of women in the workplace and in leadership roles. Given the focus of work and mission of DBWC to promote and support the employment of women in Dubai, there was a natural alignment of interest and passion to make a contribution in this area. It was agreed that the study funded as part of the NRF-IRC Grant could contribute considerably to an understanding of the factors influencing women’s employment and leadership opportunities, and thus directly benefit the work of DBWC. The research, and educational expertise of the UOWD research team, combined with the practical and strategic application, of initiatives related to entrepreneurship and leadership amongst women by DBWC has made this collaboration a very valuable one, with fantastic support from DBWC throughout, and we look forward to continuing to work together to contribute towards the empowerment of women within the region.

Projects introduced to bring research into practice include the UOWD-DBWC Women and Leadership Seminar Series, launched with a view to contribute to narratives surrounding gender issues and factors impacting the emergence and enactment of leadership among women in the UAE, such that resource allocations can be prioritised in an informed manner. More details around these initiatives may be found at:







Ms. Victoria Tomlinson
Chief Executive, Northern Lights

I was honoured to be invited by DBWC to run a workshop on how to ‘Think like a Search Engine’ – to help women be found on Google to win business, be promoted and find speaking opportunities.

It was a great session!  The room was full and buzzing with a wonderful mix of women – all nationalities, some working in corporates and some running their own businesses.

The ideas in the workshop were very new to most of those attending, but they were eager to embrace and learn the tricks.  I particularly loved the questions and suggestions from the ladies to help each other.

The contribution from Dubai Business Women Council has played its own part in a report I have written Women Leaders:  Stepping out of the Shadows, about what women can do to reach the top.

My thanks to the organisers for a beautifully run session and to the lively and engaging women who took part – I wish everyone success..

Mrs. Clare Woodcraft-Scott
CEO, Emirates Foundation

Emirates Foundation has been working to bring along positive and permanent change in the lives of youth across the UAE. One of our core commitments is to mentor and develop local talent. Working closely with the DBWC team and their diverse network, we have seen how successfully they have managed to give voice to female entrepreneurs across the UAE. It’s very inspiring to witness how DBWC have invested in fostering both females’ creativity and business acumen, and efficiently mobilized them to be part of the business sector by investing in their entrepreneurial ventures and enabling them to become productive members of society.  

Ms. Elissa Freiha
Co-Founder, WOMENA

The DBWC has a history of providing excellence to the business women community of Dubai. Whether it is through their Ro’Ya program or through their networking events, they have created opportunity for growth and gender equality in the region.



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