in5, Young Arab Leaders Organise Panel Discussion to Mark International Women’s Day

 Panellists address challenges to achieving gender parity during the event held in Dubai, UAE.

March 13th, 2018, Dubai (UAE): in5, a Dubai-based start-up incubator, and Young Arab Leaders (YAL), an independent non-profit membership network, joined forces to host a panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Held on 7 March under the theme ‘Behind every successful woman is herself: You can have it all, but can you do it all alone?’, the session drew the participation of over 50 attendees.

The event got off to a flying start with an inspirational keynote speech by Mona Tavassoli, CEO of Mompreneuers ME. Sharing her insights on the concept of ‘having it all’ as a successful female entrepreneur, she admitted that she had to make several sacrifices to reach this point in her career. In addition, she noted that discovering one’s true passion played a crucial role in shaping a successful female leader.

Moderated by Helen Al Uzaizi, CEO of BizWorld UAE and active YAL member, the discussion addressed issues women often face in today’s business world. The panel comprised distinguished female leaders and local entrepreneurs including Lucy Chow, Director of the Women’s Angel Investor Network (WAIN), Medea Nocentini, Co-founder and CEO of Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3), and Arushi Joshi, Founder and CEO of AtCash Inc. The panellists encouraged the audience, regardless of gender, to join forces in promoting gender parity – a key theme of this year’s International Women’s Day.

The event concluded with a Q&A and an open networking session.

Nabra Al Busaidi, Executive Director of YAL, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with in5 in hosting today’s panel discussion that aligns with our goal to empower aspiring entrepreneurs – particularly the youth – through training and mentorship programmes and innovative initiatives, organised in partnership with relevant entities.”

Providing an enabling platform for students, entrepreneurs and start-ups, in5 regularly holds events across its three Innovation Centres, each dedicated to a strategically important sector – in5 Tech in Dubai Internet City, in5 Design in Dubai Design District and in5 Media in Dubai Production City.

 About in5

in5 is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and start-ups, offering five key benefits through its robust start-up framework, creative spaces and specialised industry centers, training and mentorship programmes, community wide networking events and access to investors, in5 nurtures ideas and businesses to their next phase of growth.

Launched by TECOM Group, in5’s three specialised Innovation Centres provide aspiring students, entrepreneurs and start-ups with access to a diverse community of creative minds, facilitating the constant exchange of knowledge and passionate debate conducive to ideation.

About Young Arab Leaders

 Young Arab Leaders (YAL) is an independent membership network registered as a not-for-profit business group under the Dubai Chamber. YAL empowers the next generation of leaders in the Arab world by developing a strong network of Arab industry leaders who serve as mentors to young entrepreneurs, business delegates and university students. We’re building a powerful community of Arab leaders which aims to create a positive impact on socio-economic challenges in the region, such as unemployment and quality education.


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