DIFC Global Women Symposium

Shaping a new narrative for the future of finance


Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), in collaboration with AURORA 50, invites you to attend an exclusive event titled 'DIFC Global Women Symposium: Shaping a new narrative for the future of finance.'

The event will address key issues related to gender diversity, equality, and empowerment within the financial sector to foster meaningful dialogue, share insights, and promote actionable strategies for advancing women's participation and leadership in finance.

8.30am - 1.30pm on Thursday 7 March 2024

Event details:

8.30am – 9.25am: Registration and Networking
9.25am – 9.30am: Welcome Address by Alya Al Zarouni, Chief Operating Officer, DIFC Authority
9.30am – 10.30am: Breaking Barriers: A Fireside Chat with Dame Susan Rice
10.30am – 11.00am: Panel: Gender Diversity Challenges in Finance
11.10am – 11.30am: Break
11.30am – 12.15pm: Panel: The Power of Mentorship: Nurturing the Next Generation of Female Finance Leaders 
12.15pm  – 1.00pm: Panel :Driving Change: Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Financial Cultures“
1.00pm – 1.30pm: Symposium Recap & Call to Action

Speakers and panelists:


  • Driss Belemlih – EVP, Customer Delivery, EEMEA, Mastercard
  • Hermione Harrison – Head of Governance, M/HQ

Moderator: Eleanor Slinger – Regional Director, New Statesman Media Group


  • Maria Ivanova – Managing Director, Citi Country Officer & Banking Head, Citi UAE
  • Malak AlSaffar – Country Manager – Bahrain, Visa 
  • Mohammed AlBlooshi – Chief Executive Officer, DIFC Innovation Hub
  • Rafiaa Al Abbar – SVP, Head of Human Resources, DIB 

Moderator: Amal Larhild – TLS ESG Leader, Global Fiscal Policy,  PwC Middle East


  • Amna Al Owais – Chief Registrar, DIFC Courts
  • Ismahane Rahmouni-Deghdak – CFO, Gulf Countries, Schneider Electric
  • Nadia Boumeziout – Head of Sustainability and Information Governance, Zurich\

Moderator: Anthony O’Sullivan – Partner, EY 


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