The Royal Academy of Engineering will be hosting the 10th Young Arab Women Leaders conference on 11 December, promoting the development of leadership skills in the next generation of young women leaders in STEM.

The event, which is organised by the Arab International Women's Forum (AIWF) in collaboration with the Academy, PwC and the World Bank, will involve guests and delegates from 40 different countries, including the UK, the US and the Arab States.

Session topics include women-led innovation and new solutions to the global energy, food, water, and climate change crises; women-led innovation in medical technologies and healthcare AI; and supporting diversity, inclusion and innovation in energy, engineering, and infrastructure.

All the panel sessions are designed to be highly interactive and discussion based, with both speakers and delegates sharing valuable personal strategies for success. Each session will deliver key recommendations and action points that AIWF will expand on in future programmes and initiatives.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive designate for the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The Academy is delighted to host the 10th Young Arab Women Leaders STEM conference in London. We have a vision of an inclusive engineering profession that inspires, attracts and retains people from all walks of life and wholeheartedly support events such as this to encourage the next generation of diverse leaders.

“As a national Academy with a global outlook, it’s also crucial that we learn from similar efforts around the world and share our insights and approaches with international partners. We look forward to welcoming these talented women from across the UK, the Middle East and North Africa to London later this month.”

Launched in 2012, the Young Arab Women Leaders series is AIWF’s keystone initiative and aims to nurture the next generation of young women, helping to empower them as they break new ground in business and in public life.

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman of the Arab International Women’s Forum, said: “AIWF clearly sees the advancement of opportunities for women in STEM as a national education priority not only in the UK but across the EU and in most MENA countries. Supporting women and young people to enter into STEM careers is critical not only to advancing innovation in the knowledge economy but to creating the decent jobs that are so desperately needed in the Arab world as well as elsewhere in the world. We see STEM jobs as the jobs of the future, and supporting women-led innovation in STEM could make a game-changing contribution to narrowing the gender pay gap whilst levelling the playing field in STEM for future generations."

The conference will be addressed by Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman of the Arab International Women’s Forum, Fellow of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative and Commissioner on the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work; Philip Greenish CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Samia Msadek, Director of Strategy and Operations, MNAVP, MENA Region, The World Bank; Dr Hayat Sindi, Founder and President, Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2institute), Co-founder & Director, Diagnostics for All, Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General and Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank; and Pam Jackson, Regional Deals Leader, PwC Middle East.

To register to attend the 10th Young Arab Women Leaders Conference, please visit Eventbrite

Notes to editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession

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