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The Meera Kaul Foundation Announces Steering Committee & Outstanding Speakers for 3rd Global Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Conference in Dubai

• An international Steering Committee to drive the Global event
• Stellar global speakers from IBM, Cisco, Abu Dhabi Tourism, Catalyst, Discovery Education, MT Energy and global investors from various funds and private equity groups around the world


Some of the world’s most influential female business leaders from Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) fields have joined forces with the Meera Kaul Foundation (MKF) to bring the third instalment of the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Conference to Dubai. The Global Women in STEM Conference & Awards will be held on October 25th and 26th at the Crowne Plaza in Dubai featuring a comprehensive two-day agenda of four Industry-led tracks, from Energy and Investing to Internet of Things and Sharing Economy; a Start-up Pitch battle of exciting business ideas; Career and Start-up Fair showcasing fresh talent and fresh ideas; Speed Mentoring; and the exclusive Women in STEM Awards.


Meera Kaul, entrepreneur with several tech companies around the world, women’s rights activist, and chairperson of the Meera Kaul Foundation, today announced a wealth of high profile speakers, all championing the progression and empowerment of women in STEM careers. These include Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, Former Minister of ICT, Qatar Govt; Board Chair Es’hailSat – the Qatar Satellite Company, Sandy Carter, 2016 digital influencer (Forbes), Monique Morrow, Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco, Omair Al Busaidy, Head of Investment – Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Mary Vincent, EIR – SK Telecom, Korea, Emily Wakeling, Executive Director, Global Membership and Emerging Markets, Catalyst , Shaima Gafoor, Bookings.Com, and Cindy Moss Director of Global STEM Initiative, Discovery Channel Education.


Commenting on the announcement, Meera Kaul said, “With each year’s progress, we learn and evolve our conference to make it more impactful and relevant for corporates, women in leadership roles, students, entrepreneurs and partners of the event. This year we anticipate working with some of the leading names in STEM, who are passionate about supporting the Foundation’s prime function of advocating equal rights for women in the corporate world and increasing their numbers in the field. In the 3rd edition of our conference, we are bringing together the most accomplished industry leaders in STEM under one roof for a two day deliberation to speak about Investment in Entrepreneurs, Energy and its Future, Cloud, Tech and Mobile and Sharing Economy and IOT.”


Julie Kantor, CEO of Twomentor, LLC with more than two decades of experience in workforce development and building social impact movements, will take the role of Conference Chair, facilitating further global connections for the event with leading international businesses, academics, non-profits, and government leaders. Passionate about the partnership with MKF and the Global WiSTEM Conference, Julie said, “WiSTEM is in its third edition this year, and we wanted to make it a truly global entity. We are honoured to have such an outpouring of interest from top leaders, our steering committee members all wanting to advance an agenda that more women can participate in the STEM economy. Many women in the MENA region and other parts of the globe receive a STEM education, but we then see a large drop off of women entering these careers. We are losing too many women in these higher-paying jobs and we need to increase role models, mentoring and dialogue to solve these challenges that impact families, corporations and livelihoods.”


Jessica Obeid, the Founder and Program Manager of MentorSHE, a mentorship program for women in decision-making and Sammy Haroon, CEO of The RBR Group, a product and service innovation and commercialization company, will join hands as Co-Chairs for the Energy track at the conference. Dima N. Kandalaft, Government Cognitive Solutions Lead IBM Middle East & Africa would lead the Sharing Economy and IOT track. Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO, USDA would head the Cloud and Tech.


Among the steering committee’s striking line up of members from globally respected companies will be Tatyana Kanzaveli, CEO Open Health Network and TedX Bay Area speaker, Lucy Keoni, advisor and mentor to start-ups, Kavitha K. Nair, driving global organisational transformations, Sherifa Hady, EG Distribution Director for the MENA region for HP, Manal Al Ansari, Innovation Manager in Emirates NBD and, Ana Atarodian, Advisor, Business Strategies, Twomentor LLC, Michelle Olson, President and Founder of Mission Point Inc.


An experienced Fortune 50 executive and top rated speaker Sandy Carter said “Diversity is key for corporate innovation. Women make companies more competitive and drive greater ROI. Companies with the most female officers have better returns – up to 34% per the World Economic Forum. The Global WiSTEM Conference is an initiative to help enhance experiences, grow skills, and network to success. When women do better, economies do better. I am proud to be a part of a group that inspires women leaders to great business outcomes.”


Featured Speaker, Sandy is also the best-selling author of three books on Digital Businesses, a board member of Girls in Tech and was recognized by Forbes as a 2016 Digital Influencer.


Monique Morrow, CTO of New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco and one of the powerhouse speakers at the conference, stressed the importance of highlighting the challenges women face and sharing industry insights and achievements of female executives in STEM. “At the forum, one can expect intellectual dialogue and quality engagement at an industry event on a global scale and also network to engage in career counselling, mentoring opportunities and connect with venture capitalists and investors. There is a growing need for companies to establish themselves as more woman positive by giving equal opportunities to men and women in the workplace and this is the reason we are proud to be a part of Women in STEM this year”, added Monique.


The two-day forum in the UAE will attract up to 500 women from across USA, UK, larger Europe, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Africa, China, Jordan and India.


Attendees interested in participating at the conference can log on to http://womeninstemconference.com/ to register and more details.