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.



Ms. Hedy Fawzy
Founder, Managing Director, Global Terminology

It has been a great honor and a transformational experience working with the DBWC Team.

I was invited to hold a session on Leadership and Communication. DBWC Team was beyond enthusiasm and professionalism. In no time I felt the energy boosted from all professional business women as participants. The initiatives they are taking in breaking down perceptions and creating real opportunities for women in Dubai and across the region to achieve their professional development was amazing.

 I would highly recommend the DBWC and look forward to all future events

Mrs. Tena Pick
CEO, The Sustainability Platform

I am honored to have been involved with both the Ro’Ya initiative and the Network Majilis. On both occasions working with the DBWC team has been an absolute pleasure. The level of professionalism from both the team and the members is outstanding and the level of involvement from the members makes it a pleasure to not only deliver the content, but also learn from the participants.

 I am looking forward to supporting the DBWC team in any way I can in the future! 

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