|16 February, 2020

DEWA Sustainovate Idea Lab participants discuss building a sustainable future at Global Women's Forum 2020

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DEWA Sustainovate Idea Lab participants discuss building a sustainable future at Global Women's Forum 2020

Dubai, UAE: A group of pioneering female employees from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) came together in a breakout session to share their achievements as part of the DEWA Sustainovate Idea Lab at the Global Women’s Forum (GWFD) 2020.

GWFD 2020 is taking place at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, and will conclude on 17 February.

The session’s participants from DEWA included Tawadod Rashid Almutawa, Senior Executive – Future Accelerators Innovation & The Future Division; Fatima Al Marzooqi, Senior Programmer – Analyst, Artificial Intelligence; Nouf Ahmad Almadani, Senior Executive – Future Accelerators Innovation & The Future Division; and Maryam Bin Turkeya, Assistant Manager – Future Shaping Center. The participants discussed their professional achievements in working with the industry’s latest pioneering technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Machine-Based Learning and the Internet of Things.

During her session, Tawaddod Almutawa underscored the importance of the continuous support provided by the UAE’s wise leadership to support and empower women since the establishment of the UAE, noting women’s contributions to the development of the nation. She added that DEWA is a leader on a national level when it comes to gender balance, implementing innovative programmes and initiatives, which actively engage women in key roles.

In turn, Nouf Ahmad Almadani highlighted DEWA’s efforts to support young women and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities. She cited that many women in government continue to draw inspiration from the leadership’s wise direction, which is imperative to empowering youth across all sectors.

As part of her presentation, Fatima Almarzooqi emphasised that DEWA was the first government entity to adopt Artificial Intelligence by launching the virtual customer assistant ‘Rammas’. She spoke about her first-hand experience developing this service, as one of the leaders of this pioneering project.

Maryam Bin Turkeya discussed Emirati women’s journey to the future, presenting a range of figures and statistics that highlight the increasing participation of women across the board, both in academia and the professional sphere. She also highlighted the importance of working with management that values the role Emirati women play in shaping the future, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision.

Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 is organised by Dubai Women Establishment, which is led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Building on its theme, ‘The Power of Influence’, Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 will highlight how effective policies and partnerships in four key areas – Government, Economy, Society, and the Future – can further women’s positive impact for a better future.

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About Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020:

Global Women's Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020 is an international event being held on February 16-17, 2020 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is organised by Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. 

Building on its theme ‘The Power of Influence’, GWFD 2020 offers a global platform to discuss improved policies and foster partnerships that further women’s positive impact across four key areas: government, economy, society, and future. The event aims to engage over 3,000 attendees – including global leaders, public and private sector experts, as well as entrepreneurs, academics and students – through workshops and keynote sessions.

The Forum’s Knowledge Partner is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Alongside the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), DWE is also co-organising the We-Fi MENA Regional Summit – a side-line event that will host entrepreneurs from the region’s emerging economies.

In line with the UAE’s ongoing commitment to advance gender balance across all sectors, GWFD 2020 will drive female engagement and participation in the workforce, and is a testament to the country’s position as a global role model for the advancement of women.

About Dubai Women Establishment:

Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) was formed in 2006 as a statutory body of Dubai Government by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai. DWE is headed by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The Establishment’s mission is to advance the engagement and socio-economic participation of women across various sectors and fields. DWE’s strategic plan 2017-2021 focuses on providing recommendations to shape policies; fostering strategic partnerships; developing capacity-building programmes; as well as conducting in-depth research and facilitating the exchange of knowledge by organising global events and leading initiatives.   

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