The Middle East Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Forum, sponsored by PepsiCo, is an innovational event bringing together influential leaders from all across the GCC. The Middle East Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Forum – a vision conceptualized by Ideanomics Global – is an ideal platform for leaders, policy makers, chairpersons and CEO’s to come together to understand challenges, address policies and launch projects that can help develop and foster diverse and inclusive leadership in governments, multinational organisations, as well as local enterprises and businesses. The impressive two-day forum is set to take place in Dubai on 17th and 18th February 2014.
This unique and inspirational event will welcome noteworthy media, sponsors and a list of high profile speakers including Sultan Al-Hajji, Vice President for Institutional Development, Total, UAE; Lubna Qassim, Director of Economic Legislation – Ministry of Economy; Clare Woodcraft, CEO, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development; Athene Van Mazijk, Vice President HR EMEA, Mondelez International; Dr. Marie-France Judith Waxin, Associate Professor of Management, American University of Sharjah; Robert Gary Dodds, VP of HR – Marriott International MENA; Dr. Rob Bateman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government; Dr. Walid Fitahi, CEO Chairman, International Medical Centre, Saudi Arabia; Zack H. Abdi, Managing Director, Provectus Middle East; Dr. Sameer Al Ansari and Alec Altonan, Hawkamah, UAE; and more.
“With Dubai being the capital of an extremely diversified and talented workforce in the Middle East, the forum targets issues integrating fresh graduates into the workplace; Emarati integration in the private sector; inclusion of people with disabilities in both the government and private sector, along with other issues such as women empowerment and ERG (existence, relatedness and growth) for employee growth and business impact,” stated Savio Coutinho, Executive Director, Ideanomics Global.
The established speakers at the Middle East Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Forum, will shed light on key topics including empowerment of Arab women into a leadership position; inclusion of physically challenged people in public and private sectors; and integrating older and younger generations into a cohesive business unit. Additionally, the forum will be touching upon key factors of human capital challenges for global expansion for local family offices.
“There are many companies in the Middle East that have yet to optimize on to the hidden potential of having a diversified workforce. Business leaders who are responsible for a diversified workforce should not miss out on the opportunity to meet industry leaders and understand the importance of how a diverse workforce can help bring about innovation and untapped skill sets to their businesses,” concluded Mr. Coutinho.
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