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Welcoming 2021: Women, Wisdom, Wealth & Wellness - 5 January 2021


The next Dubai meeting is in connection with the Global WIN Conference during the first week of November 2021.



We began 2021 with a leap into infinite possibilities. The 1-day leadership conference seminar was streamed on-line on Facebook and YouTube and you can watch it here.

As we begin this new year, we invite you to join us alongside leaders from numerous different countries as we open up for new possibilities, welcoming women, wisdom, wealth and wellness. Let’s make 2021 a year in which women claim their freedom to choose and apply their courage to lead and in a way that benefits nature, organizations and people. 

Top business leaders, NGOs, artists, activists and politicians meet in a colourful and diverse setting, integrating women’s vision into modern business practises and tools. 

We are coming together to look at what the opportunities are for women as they pioneer the future and illuminate new paths? What is the role of government, organizations and men as we all work together to build a better future? 

We inspire and are inspired as we accelerate the empowerment of more women across the globe. Through world-class plenary sessions, practical workshops, benchmarking forums and coaching – we provide communities, companies and individual leaders the possibility to grow and contribute to a world in which the feminine and masculine is in harmony and we all flourish.

This event is planned as an in person event with social distancing and safety precautions. If it becomes impossible to meet in person, the event will be transferred into an online event.



                                                                 Dr. BK Modi (GCF)                                         Kristin Engvig (WIN)



Who is a part of it

Based on participants of previous events, you will meet leaders with a diverse range of backgrounds. 

We ask: Who are the individuals and organizations leading the way with purpose, creating workplaces wiht meaning, and pioneering societies in which we flourish? How do we put wisdom into all we do and assure wealth and wellness for all? We also look at how and why you are called to step up and create the future you envision and actively support others in doing so too. 

When: 5 January 2021

Where: The Oberoi Hotel, Dubai, where you will be given special room rates during the Conference. Click here, for the special room rates at The Oberoi!

Deluxe Room rate Per night    
Single occupancy AED 500       
Double occupancy AED 600




*The above rates will be subject to municipality fee, service charge and value added tax.

Who: Women and men in senior and middle management, consultants, entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, politicians, artists, all longing for a positive change in their world, work and life…. YOU!

What: A global leadership conference and summit of plenary sessions, workshops, working forums, a networking lunch and award gala dinner connecting you to ideas, energy and people.

Why: Join to inspire and be inspired, to learn and to share, to create and co-create, to contribute and to connect with ideas, yourself and other outstanding leaders from Dubai, Middle East and the rest of the world.

  • Become updated on the emerging global trends and the new changing global context
  • Discover how women and companies can collaborate to lead a gender based work agenda towards a thriving future in Dubai, Middle East and the world
  • Explore how organizations and individuals create the future
  • Learn how to find possibilities enabling companies, employees, clients and society to grow in a sustainable way
  • Become the inspiration and noble agent of possibility
  • Learn how to accelerate your journey, create optimal work-life balance, develop skills, increase confidence and become a global, authentic and feminine leader
  • Learn to access your wisdom, attract wealth and put wellness into who you are and all you do

How: Become a speaker, a sponsor, an affiliated network and more than anything, become an active participant.

  • Registration opens 5 November 2020. Click to register ► Get your complimentary ticket!
  • Scholarships available and discount for members of Middle East partner networks, chambers and NGOs.
  • If the status of Covid or any other situation prevents us from meeting in person, you will be granted a partial refund to reflect the cost of venue fees and meals. 



09:45 Registration (for Start at 10:00)

10:00 Plenary

Opening Ceremony

· Rekha Mody, Founder & President, StreeShakti

· Shazia Ilmi, Social Activist & Political Leader

· Kristin Engvig, Founder & CEO, WIN

10:30 Plenary

Global Dimensions, New Strategies and Visions 2021

· Sana Sajan, Director, American Aesthetic Medical Center

· Amera Al-Awadhi, Strategic Consultant / Architect / Urban Planner, Creative Clinic

· Annabel Harper, MA, FRSA, Middle East specialist, Bold Leadership in the Middle East

· Dr. Saima Rana, CEO / Principal, GEMS World Academy                     

11:30 Coffee & Tea break

11:45 Plenary

Creating the Conscious Organization: Towards a Livable Planet

Which are the companies we want to run, work for and buy from?

· Dr. Modi, Global Leader & Businessman, Global Citizen Forum


· Iman Omar, Sr. Director - Enterprise Sales, Etisalat

· Konstantina Byiala, Systems Channel Commercial Sales Leader, EMEA, IBM

· Sallyann Della Casa, Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC & Lead Tree Shaker, Growing Leaders Foundation  

· Ginette De Baerdemaeker, Co-Founder, CYRES Center

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Workshops Series: Participants choose 1 of 2 sessions.

1. Workshop: Women Empowering Women

· Dr. Mariam Ketait, Integrative Wellbeing Practitioner & Co-Founder, Ebb & Flow

2. Workshop: Inner Sustainability for Women: Boost Your Stability, Focus & Success

· Georgia Watson, Learning & Development Specialist, IBM Middle East & Africa

· Sonia Anand, Yoga Acharya & Founder, Orange Moon Yoga

15:15 Coffee & Tea break

15:45 Plenary

Women With Vision: Never Obscured by Distractions

· Dr. Mariam Ketait, Integrative Wellbeing Practitioner & Co-Founder, Ebb & Flow

· Shazia Ilmi, Social Activist & Political Leader· 

·, Visual Artist, Co-Founder, Hayat al Fan

· Samar Alshorafa, CEO & Co-Founder, She is Arab, Advisor to the Chairman & Board Member, Farm Food for Food Industries LLC


16:45 Mobilizing Activity


           Cocktails & Canapés

18:00 The End




Dr Modi, Global Leader & Businessman, Global Citizen Forum

Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi, fondly known as Dr M, is a Singapore based social entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and the key architect and Chairman of Smart Group and Singapore-based India business conglomerate Spice Global, headquartered in Singapore, which operates internationally in the sectors of telecom, finance, entertainment and technology. Born in 1949 to the visionary industrialists Gujarmal Modi and Dayawati Modi in Modinagar, Dr M received his MBA from the University of Southern California and has been awarded a PhD. in financial management and Doctor of Letters in Industrial Management. A true global leader, he has over 4 decades of business leadership to his name. Dr M started his career in Modi Steel, one of the prime units of the family business Modi Group, a US$2.8 billion business conglomerate based in New Delhi, India that has a diversified business portfolio that includes Godfrey Phillips India, Indofil Industries Ltd., Modicare Limited, cigarettes manufacturing, education, agricultural chemicals, personal care, tea and beverages, entertainment, consumer products, multi-level marketing, and gourmet restaurants.


Kristin Engvig, Founder & CEO, WIN

Kristin Engvig is a pioneer and thought leader in the field of creativity, feminine and authentic leadership. She embraces global responsibility through innovative leadership events and personal speaking engagements to inspire women worldwide to become agents of possibility. She was named among Diversity Global Magazine's Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity and won the International Alliance of Women Award. She has dedicated the past 22 years to women’s leadership and organizational change in order to inspire others to create a world where business flourishes and societies thrive. She created WIN in 97’ to bring alive a vision of a more feminine, global and sustainable way at work, in communities and life’. 22000 individuals and hundreds of companies have attended WIN’s live meetings, expanding worldwide. In her early career she worked for big companies such as JP Morgan, Citibank and Innovation Norway, EU and an as international strategy and marketing Consultant. Educated a business economist (BI, Oslo) with an MBA (Milan's Bocconi) and extensive studies in acting, communication and women’s development.


Sana Sajan, Director, American Aesthetic Medical Center 

Coming from a family of doctors and professionals from the medical field, Sana was drawn to medicine from a young age and decided to study in the same field. Graduating from Dental College, Sana started her career as a dentist. Recently in 2019, she launched a clinic that goes by American Aesthetic Medical Center. Besides being a doctor, Sana possesses a flair for art that she has been practicing since the age of five. She has been using her art to support the patients of Thalassemia and create awareness for the disease in the region. In the last 10 years, Sana has sold numerous paintings and has donated over thousands of dollars directed to the education of children with special needs as well as orphans in India and in the Middle East. In addition to her dental qualification and her appetite for art, Sana is also an avid Urdu Literature reader and is in the process of launching her own book. Sana has always been very active in making collaboration with organization for children with special needs to conduct various community activities, providing them a positive environment and helping them with a chance to be employed. Sana has been a panel member for IBPC (Indian Business and Professional Council) and represented women empowerment as well. She is also the brand ambassador and influencer for DWR – Dubai Women’s Run and an active TED speaker delivering talks across UAE.


Annabel Harper, MA, FRSA, Middle East Specialist, Bold Leadership in the Middle East 

Annabel Harper is an Author, Executive Leadership Coach & Facilitator and Middle East specialist. Annabel has extensive experience in the Middle East and has a MA in Middle Eastern Studies.  Her dissertation focused on women and leadership in the United Arab Emirates. Annabel works with a select group of associates to deliver the best solutions for clients.  In November 2020, Annabel published her first book, “Shujaa’ah: Bold Leadership for Women of the Middle East.” Annabel sees her role as a partner in leadership development, working alongside each client to bring out their best selves, and the best selves of their people. As a member of the Coaching through Covid voluntary group in the UK, Annabel is helping to support front line senior leaders in the NHS.  She is also a tutor on the Diploma in Coaching at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education. Previously, Annabel was a senior broadcaster in national radio and TV news and worked for more than 25 years in the UK and Northern Ireland for ITN, Channel Four News and the BBC. After moving into management at the BBC, she became involved with coaching, mentoring and training, before leaving to set up her own coaching business.


Amera Al-Awadhi, Strategic Consultant / Architect / Urban Planner, Creative Clinic 

Amera Al-Awadhi, a Kuwait native, is an accomplished Strategic Consultant, Architect and Urban Planner, heading her strategic business development consultancy in Dubai, whilst engaging in world-class regional projects alongside international architectural firms. In addition to producing award-winning design projects in over 20 countries, Amera has been crucial in establishing and managing satellite offices in the region for selected international Architectural firms. This has abetted in developing the firms’ business by creating deep-rooted relationships between the clients and consultants, resulting in landmark projects and continuous business growth.
With over 16 years of global experience in her field, Amera’s communicative skills and vast knowledge in the fields of master planning and urban design has allowed her to engage with well-renowned consultants. In addition to this, Amera has lectured students and graduates about the importance of urban planning in the region and the dangers of attempting to replicate global cities in the GCC and MENA Regions as these would not only be insufficient for the occupants, but cause havoc on the overall present ecosystem. Currently, Amera plans on completing her Master’s degree in International Business and continues to maintain her relationships with many of her initial clients in the GCC region.

Dr. Saima Rana, CEO/Principal, GEMS World Academy

Dr Saima Rana is the CEO/Principal of GEMS World Academy - Dubai, Chief Education Advisor for the Varkey Foundation and Founding Trustee of The Shahnaz Foundation. Dr Rana has worked as a senior educational consultant for Cambridge Education Islington with a particular focus on Teaching and Learning, Raising Standards, ICT, Assessment for Learning, Curriculum, Change Management and Building Schools for the Future. Dr Rana has served as a subject expert on several programmes and projects for the Department for Education and the Office for Standards in Education for Children’s Services and Skills. Dr Rana has also devoted herself to a variety of charitable educational projects, with a particular passion for building schools for poor children across the globe. Dr Rana believes passionately that education is the answer to eliminate poverty, inequality, and injustice, and has dedicated her career to the ideal of giving every child a world class education.


Iman Omar, Sr. Director - Enterprise Sales, Etisalat

Iman Omar is a Global Telecoms professional with almost 20 years of experience in Sales, Service Operations, Group- Opco Governance, Strategic Partner management and Digital Services. Iman joined Etisalat in 2013 initially as a member of Group Digital and later Etisalat Digital where she first established the Global Digital Business Dvpt. Team, then headed the Digital Channels Business Line as Senior Director focused on the creation of the omni-channel proposition and is currently Senior Director Enterprise Sales – Construction and Hospitality. Prior to joining Etisalat, Iman held various leadership roles during her 10 year tenure at telco leader Vodafone Global Enterprise and Vodafone UK Enterprise, working with the largest MNCs in Banking, Professional Services and Logistics. Iman holds a French & Business Management degree from Queen Mary, University of London, as well as an Executive MBA from Henley Business School. Iman is a committed mother to her two very active boys, Ramsey (11) & Zach (7). She enjoys travelling the world and is actively engaged in supporting local charitable initiatives.


Konstantina Byiala, Systems Channel Commercial Sales Leader, EMEA, IBM

I am a fulfilled 48 years old woman, wife and proud mother of 16 years old twin boys. I have a Bachelor degree in Tourism Enterprises Management and another in Business and Economics, followed by an MBA. Professional or personal dreams and goals, were never strong in my agenda. I just knew that I want to have a job & personal relationships that would help me reaching my (unknown) potential. IBM, 20 years ago, offered me both. A position in a continuously transformed, global organization , where I also met my significant other. Encouraging people to reach their own potential, sharing, couching & empowering others, was always my consistent passion. I am obsessed with fairness and great believer that being truthful & conscious to yourself and to others, always wins & I couldn’t think of a better forum than WIN, to exchange experiences and guilt-free dreams!


Sallyann Della Casa, Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC & Lead Tree Shaker, Growing Leaders Foundation

Sallyann is one of the 4% of women globally who has a patent pending method and algorithm for measuring soft skills as a sole inventor. Sallyann holds degrees and certifications in Law, Organizational Behavior and Urban Planning. She speaks five languages and is a published author. Her education spans the globe from Harvard University to Franklin College to University of Toronto. Sallyann spends her days obsessing about GLEAC, her technology company, which measures and develops soft skills gaps for any job (current and future) in 10 minutes a day. GLEAC has been chosen for Expo 2020 to upskill all Expo visitors for 3 months after leaving the Expo Future of Work Pavillion to ensure they are future ready for emerging jobs. Sallyann is also the Founder of the Growing Leaders Foundation. She served as the only female in C-suite position at Careem to help stabilize the workforce and shape its organizational culture. Sallyann is having the time of her life right now ensuring every human, regardless of their background and degree, will not only have an equitable seat at the job table, but can also invite someone to sit.


Ginette De Baerdemaeker, Co-Founder, CYRES Center

Ginette is the Founder of CYRES Center. She has a Masters in Business Management. For 15 years, Ginette has been contracted from CYRES as a Project Lead. This is a service that CYRES offers, in-the-field guidance on projects, specializing in creating uplifting team spirit and successfully managing any change process where critical milestones and deadlines must be met. Ginette mainly works on large international finance projects and on IT projects. Her areas of expertise are training, coaching, testing, and change management. Projects have been led from Paris, Stuttgart, Oslo, Stockholm, Prague and she trained in Hamburg, Istanbul , Cape Town, Dubai, Beirut and Tel Aviv, usually for 6 months to a year. Prior to her project and training successes, Ginette was the Head of a tax office. She is a certified trainer of the ‘Leading Bold Change Program’ from Harvard Professor John Kotter. Ginette was a key person in rolling out Toastmasters Antwerp in CYRES Center. She brings passion and humor and eagerness to achieve, creating an empowered environment where everyone enjoys the rapid progress happening.


Georgia Watson, Learning & Development Specialist, IBM Middle East & Africa

I am a Learning & Development specialist with a passion for innovation, impact and inclusion. I have built a successful track record of delivering engaging, capacity-building programs which drive real results for participants and their organizations. My experience has a been gained working across different audience types and living in the very different context of Australia, Africa and most recently the Middle East. I lead, design and deliver innovative learning programs for IBM across the Middle East and Africa. This includes some exciting programs focused specifically on the Women’s Experience and inclusion. In my prior work I have supported IBM and other clients on their internal transformations, employee training, communications and inclusion. I am a qualified coach and currently reside in Dubai along with my family including two energic boys aged 4 and 6. I look forward to sharing both professional and personal lessons of boosting inner sustainability, focus and success in uncertain times. Join me in the Inner Alchemy session to learn more.


Sonia Anand, Yoga Acharya & Founder, Orange Moon Yoga

I am the founder of Orange Moon yoga and Healing and I find great joy I sharing my wisdom to help women around the world. I have worked and created several powerful women's yoga, practices and meditative sequences for women called ‘Shakthi Yoga’. This program has enriched the lives of women including those with various energy, hormone and infertility issues. I am ERYT 500 experienced registered yoga teacher, a continued education provider (YACEP Yoga Alliance) and an internationally certified Hatha Yoga & Meditation teacher. I have worked extensively with Hatha Yoga with a focus on strength training and physiotherapy practices to enhance muscle build up in my students Am currently practicing and teaching simple Qi Gong techniques which I learnt from world renowned master Mantak Chia. My teaching style is holistic as I draw every aspect of ‘yoga’, Namely; Kirtan (or singing), Chanting, Pranayama (or breath work), Asanas and Meditation. Join me in the Inner Alchemy session to learn how you can loose fear, boost inner sustainability and focus levels to improve performance and become the best version of yourself.


Samar Alshorafa, CEO & Co-Founder, She is Arab

  Samar is the CEO and Co-Founder of She is Arab, a platform with a vision for Arab women to be represented equally in the global economy. She is Arab will magnify the role and achievements of Arab women through advocating greater awareness of their excellence, building an active & collaborative community of professional women and offering a range of customized services and opportunities for their growth, development and increased representation. 

Prior to starting her business, she spent over 15 years working in the field of international development and management consulting. She also serves as Advisor to the Chairman & Board Member at Farm Food for Food Industries, a private family-owned business based in Egypt.

Samar previously held regional roles for organizations such as IFC - World Bank Group, the European Commission’s Industrial Modernization Program for Egypt, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and EFE - Education for Employment. She has also done some consulting work both as a freelancer and through companies like Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization. As a social entrepreneur, Samar holds a special interest in policy reform, education, youth employment and gender issues.   


Shazia Ilmi, Indian Politician

A social activist, emerging political leader, film maker and former television journalist and anchor with a Master’s degree in Mass Communication Broadcast Journalism and Diploma in Film Production. Proficient social commentator on national TV. Brand ambassador for Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India initiative). Founder member of India’s Aam Admi Party. Spokesperson for India Against Corruption movement. Campaigner on issues of corruption, gender, social justice. A decade and half’s experience in television news and current affairs. Skilled in documentary film making and production.


Dr. Mariam Ketait, Integrative Wellbeing Practitioner & Co-Founder, Ebb & Flow

Dr. Mariam Ketait is a wellbeing strategist and an expert in the fields of human development and life long learning, she is a family doctor and a holistic entrepreneur who works on cultivating empowering ecosystems for young leaders to grow into their full potential and contribute to society. She started her concept Ebb & Flow in 2012 with one on one counseling sessions which developed into a multi level platform which helps individuals, families, young businesses and social enterprises create solutions through design and innovation. She works with the mindbody connection to help people embrace their strength and create a healthy ecosystem for their body to recover. Through the breathing techniques, and the knowledge shared about archetypes - people will have the ability to explore their mindsets and get the tools to help them overcome blocks and challenges. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and teaching meditation for the past 10, combining meditation, yoga and medicine has been her journey and she has witnessed people overcoming health and life challenges with ease by incorporating the tools and techniques she teaches., Visual Artist, Co-Founder, Hayat al Fan

Born in Brussels Belgium, now lives and works in Dubai and Italy. And creates as visual artist immersive art installations, proficient in creativity, innovation and art techniques, combining painting, sculpture, photography, performance, public space art, digital, light art and technology. Her works belong to public and private collections in Europe and internationally (USA, South America, Middle East, Australia).
She gave art lectures at the Sea of Culture Foundation Sharjah, at the Canadian University Dubai and also exhibited in Antwerp, Brussels, Monaco, Miami, the Etihad Museum Dubai and the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi. Art can change the world, by creating positivity to touch the souls of everyone.