The 30% Club MENA is a regional volunteer effort of multi-sector leaders working together towards better representation of women on boards and in senior level positions. We work in collaboration to accelerate pace of change and support the growth of a healthy pipeline of talented and capable women that are ready to serve in senior positions across various sectors.
We strongly believe that business-led change is the right way forward; and as such, we support women to realize their potential through mentorship, executive education, research, and we also advocate good governance to support women to serve on boards.
The 30% Club MENA chapter was established in 2015.
HE Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani
Chairwoman & Founder
HRH Maha bint Mishari bin Abdulaziz AlSaud
Al Faisal University
HRH Sheikha Hessa Al Sabah
Arab Businesswomen Council
HRH Sheikha Hind bint Salman AlKhalifa
Chamber of Commerce & Ind.
Sami Al Mufleh
Founder & CEO
Chairman & CEO
Deloitte & Touche (M.E.)
President & CEO
GE Middle East
CEO of Crescent Enterprises
& Founder of Pearl Initative
General Counsel, Member of UAE Gender Balance Council
HE Maryam Al Suwaidi
Securities & Commodities Authority
McKinsey Middle East
Abdul Aziz Al-Sowailim
Ernst & Young Middle East
Aisha Al Kharusi
Chief Marketing Office
Alizz Islamic Bank, Oman
Lubna Al Kharusi
Manal Al Abdwani
Chairperson of Board of Directors
Muscat Electricity Distribution Company S.A.O.C.
Macquarie Capital Middle East LLC
TVM Capital Healthcare
Fathi Ben Grira
Emirates Investment Bank
Shobokshi Development & Trade
Chairman & Managing Partner
Thomson Reuters, MEA
Regional Head of Sales
Dr. Ashraf Gamaleldin
The 30% Club is run by a Steering Committee that is made up of senior men and women who volunteer their time and skills.
Reada Al Sarayreh
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
State Street Global Advisors
This group aims to support increased women representation both at the board level and in C-level positions within the corporate sector across teh MENA region by brdgign teh demand adn supply through parterneships and networking oportunities.
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Mentoring is a proven way of helping both men and women to develop, where ever they are in an organization and it is important for those aspiring to senior positions. This group has worked with Reach, a not-for-profit organization based in the Dubai International Finance Centre, dedicated to helping young professionals unlock their potential through structured mentoring. The 30% Club GCC and Reach are collaborating to provide a dedicated segment of support to those who aspire to become board members. Mentors and mentees come from the 30% Club member firms
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This group produces a quarterly newsletter and maintains a calendar of events taking place across the region. Through our Chairs and Steering Group Members they help get the 30% Club message out. They also organize the 30% Club annual event and control our branding and messaging.
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Dubai and NYC
August 2020: The 30% Club MENA and the US-based organization, theBoardlist, have signed a one-year exclusive agreement to support much more collaborative and sustainable efforts to help connect boards with women candidates across the Middle East and North Africa region.
TheBoardlist is an online platform that connects exceptional women with global board opportunities. Founded in 2015 in the US, theBoardlist now has over 14,000 users, and more than 1500 companies have searched the platform to find their next board director. They are a thought leader on the subject of board diversity as well as a source of information and education for aspiring board directors.
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June 2020: As part of its commitment to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels. The 30% Club MENA launched a cohort of senior industry professionals to formally mentor a number of professional women from across MENA who are all making great strides within their respective industries and who represent a future pipeline of potential board members. The 30% Club has collaborated with Reach and a number of other partners in launching this inaugural cohort.
March 2020: The Women on Boards Observatory, a member of the 30% Club MENA, launched its annual monitoring report in March 2020 with the aim of improving gender balance of corporate boards in Egypt and the MENA region by sensitizing male board members to gender issues, qualifying women from different sectors to be appointed to corporate boards, and advocating for policy and legislative changes that institutionalize gender diversity on corporate board. The 30% Club MENA and the Women on Boards Observatory are working together to replicate the success model led by AUC Executive School of Business across MENA region.
Four Seasons Hotel - DIFC
Leading change - The future of Women in Finance event, supported by the 30% Club MENA, is taking place on 1st March 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel DIFC.
We invite you to attend the event where you will hear from leading industry professionals on how the region is currently positioned in relation to women in finance along with gaining further insights on the future of women in finance in the Middle East and the imperative role that you can play to continue leading this change.
Speakers include ( 30% Club MENA Chair and Steerco Members):
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30% Club MENA in collaboration with the Edinburgh Business School, will host an event featuring renowned speaker and academic, Professor Heather McGregor CBE; Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, co-founder of the 30% Club, author and broadcaster, and wrote under the pseudonym Mrs Moneypenny in the Financial Times for seventeen years.
A champion of diversity in the workplace, Professor McGregor inspires women to set personal goals, take the next step to control their own fate, and change the future.
30% Club MENA & Bloomberg invite you to join a conversation on business leaders driving change.
Sunday, September 25th, 2016.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Bloomberg Dubai Office, DIFC, Al Fattan Currency House Level 10.
(Limited Spaces Available)
Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Dubai
Dubai, UAE- 24 May 2016: Business leaders across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries today took part in The 13th Arabian Business Forum, in association with the 30% Club MENA Chapter, a global business-led initiative committed to achieving better gender representation in senior leadership positions of organisations.
Lubna Qassim, Executive Vice President, Group Company Secretary and group General Counsel of Emirates NBD and Founding Chair of the MENA Chapter of the 30% Club, opened the conference with a keynote speech on diversity and the 30% Club MENA Chapter.
Ghassan Turqieh, Consulting Partner and human capital leader at Deloitte in the Middle East delivered a presentation entitled: ‘View from the top: What business executives really think about women leaders in the GCC’ in which he discussed the key findings of a GCC study conducted by Deloitte in collaboration with the 30% Club MENA.
“We are honoured to be associated with this important event,” said Raeda AlSarayreh, Director of Corporate Affairs at CH2M MENAI and Steering Committee member of the 30% Club MENA. “We are continuously working together to support the efforts of GCC governments and companies to increase women’s participation in the workforce in the belief that gender balance on boards further contributes to improved board performance.”
Other eminent speakers from the 30% Club MENA included Hoda Abou Jamra, Founding Partner, TVM Capital Healthcare Partners and Catherine Beckett, Partner, Dentons, among other to discuss an array of topics including how to encourage greater female entrepreneurship in the Gulf.
To learn more about the 30% Club GCC and how your firm can support this initiative, please contact: info@30percentclubGCC.org
View from the Top - A GCC study conducted by Deloitte in association with the 30% Club MENA Chapter, was released at the Arabian Business Women's Forum on 24th May 2016. Please download the report here.
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