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The View from the Chair - A Week for Women!

Wed, February 21, 2018


The increasing focus on diversity - specifically the gender debate - is fascinating in this region. Here we are, in Dubai, the very heart of Middle Eastern international commerce, and our Government leads the charge. I was delighted to read about the line up of the new UAE Cabinet over the weekend - did you know in the UAE we now have more women in positions of authority than the United States, one of whom is also the youngest minister in the world? In fact, nearly 30% of the new cabinet are female - almost the same ratio as the UK government.

This significant milestone for the UAE came at the perfect time, with Dubai hosting the Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum in Dubai this week. As some of you may know, this is a topic close to the heart of our committed Director of UAE Relations, Lubna Qassim, as well as our Focus Chair for Women in Business, Clair Hattle. This year’s event focused on social impact, diversity & inclusion, education, entrepreneurship and technology, and garnered deserved attention from an international, not simply regional, audience. The forum was attended by many members of our own BBG eco-system and the feedback has been fantastic.


These advancements will be further discussed at our upcoming Women in Business event, which Clair will be hosting and I’m sure she’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and share her thoughts on this week’s events. ‘Up the Ladder in a Skirt’ is taking place on Tuesday 21st November at The Sum of Us (you can register here by the way). Unlike our usual breakfasts, it will be an informal networking and discussion over breakfast, exclusively for women and joined by five leading ladies from the corporate and entrepreneurial world who are keen to share their experiences. This event will also mark our two year anniversary for the Women in Business focus group, which examines and shared best diversity practices and promotes the benefits in a very practical way.
I’m sure you all agree that it’s incredibly encouraging to see the advancements at our Group level, at a country level and internationally. There’s still a long way to go, but we are making great progress everyday, let’s do all we can to keep pushing forwards!