CEO Women is the first regional female-led conference that aims at creating a holistic business dialogue with an all-female lineup of experts and powerhouses from private, public and governmental sectors.
Convening its first session on the 10th of October 2022 in Cairo, the conference aims at establishing a distinctive business platform that brings together Arab and African businesswomen to forge closer relations between female business figures across various sectors, showcase successful practices in entrepreneurship and leadership across all economic sectors, while identifying and addressing the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership and management.
The annual forum aims to develop and strengthen economic relations between Arab and African businesswomen, expand and develop trade between Arab and African countries, as well as enhance the role of Arab and African women in decision-making and managing economic institutions.
- The conference’s primary mission is to strengthen the leading position of the woman in various economic and investment sectors, to encourage her to achieve superiority in all fields. This can be done by highlighting successful models of women who have high scientific and economic status, and female CEOs who have achieved remarkable achievements enabled them to be listed in the Arab and world ranking lists of the most powerful businesswomen and female CEOs in the world.
- Our goals extend to launching a fund to support and finance the entrepreneurship projects for Arab female entrepreneurs, under government supervision, and in accordance with the stipulated legal regulations, paving the way for launching a business incubator for Arab women in trade and business, as well as presenting the successful and inspiring experiences of Arab female entrepreneurs in various Arab societies to understand the reasons of their success and how they can achieve their goals against all odds.
- Several awards are allocated to finance and implement the best projects that will be presented in entrepreneurship for young Arab females, with targeting support to small enterprises, in order to encourage women’s experiences, and motivate young Arab females to break into the entrepreneurship and emulate the successful examples of female entrepreneurs.
- A number of actions are taken to use positive role models as examples to stimulate and support women empowerment; the conference decides to select and honor the most influential Arab woman in management and leadership for the year 2022. Also, awards are allocated for the most successful Arab female CEOs and businesswomen who have made notable achievements for their economic institutions, in appreciation of their pivotal role in developing and supporting the economic empowerment of women, their creativity in management, as well as their effect in enhancing the role of women in making economic decisions and maximizing their role in commercial and investment activity.
The vision adopted by the conference proceeds from a firm belief in the impact of economic and social development challenges on the woman just as the man. Indeed, the woman is frequently more severely affected by these challenges, so she must be a partner in decision-making processes in all fields on equal terms with the man with the same force and efficiency. Her representation should be equitable in all the economic decision-making centers. The main vision of the “CEO Women” Conference is to enhance dialogue and cooperation between the elites of decision-makers in the Arab world on ways of developing Arab policies and their various programs to integrate Egyptian and Arab women and develop their representation at the level of decision making, planning and implementation, to ensure support for female entrepreneurs. This vision is consistent with the goals of the Egyptian Sustainable Development vision 2030, which seeks to integrate the woman into the business sector and the state’s strategic planning through overcoming all the obstacles faced by her to contribute effectively to the implementation of national programs, ensuring the activation of the rational management standards of the state’s resources and capabilities. Under the expanded auspices of the Egyptian government, the conference seeks to promote dialogue and cooperation between the elite of decision-makers at the global level regarding ways of developing the global policy program. This will ensure support for women entrepreneurs and business owners, and contribute to discuss ways to develop current strategies, potential opportunities, and studies that contribute to the empowerment of women across a various range of sectors – such as procurement, resources, urban planning, technology and energy, as well as investment, to name a few. This is expected to ensure consolidating the commitment of the concerned organizations to maintaining the proposed measures and action plans.