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A long journey of determination against innumerous institutionalized barriers and socio-economic obstacles..Almas Jiwani, UN Canada President says

As the 104th International Women’s Day approaches, Datamatix is all geared up to host the ‘17th Global Women Leaders Conference’ on the 8th and 9th of March, 2014 after the grand success of Woibex in the past 16 years.

The event, sponsored by First Gulf Pharmaceuticals Centre, and partnered by Coca-Cola, Almarai, Unilever, Patchi, and Glenda will congregate superlative women leaderships from across the globe and connecting women business leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, and government leaders.

Putting light on the seventeenth edition of the conference, Mr. Ali Al Kamali, Managing Director of Datamatix, said, “We witnessed a gradual rise in the statistics of women leaderships and women employment in government and corporate positions during the last year that had its own motivational roots and stories to tell. Like the last 16 years, this year too Woibex paves the way to connect exemplary women achievers with their peers from around the world to share best practices on strategic leadership, economic empowerment and sustainable development by recognizing the power of women leadership in crucial decision making.

”The 17th Global Women Leaders Conference would witness the participation of some of the established names in the modern corporate world as panelists and speakers.

“It is a tremendous honor to be included among the women leaders of the world to mark International Women's Day. This event signifies a long journey of determination against innumerous institutionalized barriers and socio-economic obstacles. It is truly remarkable to be in the company of women working day-in and day-out to create a more equitable world for all," said Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee of Canada.

 Dr. Mariam Rashed Al Marshoudi, CEO of First Gulf Pharmaceuticals Centre, expressed her views on the conference saying that, “FGPC is extremely happy to be a part of this global event. We, at FGPC are constantly committed to encouraging and empowering innovations and new models of leaderships and Woibex serves as an excellent platform to spread across this vision of ours. We also look forward to network and build contacts with supreme women leaderships in the region, who will be gracing the conference.”

The partnership of globally acclaimed food and nutrition brands like Coca-Cola, Almarai, Unilever, Patchi, and Glenda takes the significance of women empowerment and the significance of the International Women’s Day across boundaries to the masses and reflects their support towards this largest women leaders gathering. The 2 day conference witnesses the coming together of topnotch women leaders, professionals and women entrepreneurs regionally and globally to gain inspiration about 21st century women leaders and discuss their challenges and opportunities in senior positions and as corporate board member.

Woibex 2014 agenda is embellished with well-known speakers and personalities from international organizations such as UN and WFP.  Below given is a glimpse of the 2014 speakers.



  • Ms. Almas Jiwani
    President of UN Women National Committee of Canada.
  • Dr. Manar M. Al-Moneef
    COO & Director Government Affairs and Policy Middle East, General Electric (GE)
  • Dr. Mariam Al Marshoudi
    Founder and CEO, First Gulf Pharmaceuticals Centre
  • Ms.Elise Bijon
    Partnerships and Business Development, Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe & Central  Asia, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Ms. Aisha M. Al Shareef
    Director Talent & Organisational Development Group Human Capital, Dubai Holding
  • Ms. Nihal El Daly
    Vice President, Marketing Operations, North Africa Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and  Belarus region, Unilever
  • Ms. Souad M. Al Hosani
    President, Nexus Business Services & Board of Director,American Chamber of Commerce,  Abu Dhabi
  • Mona Mohamed Fekri
    Head of Human Resources, DUCAB
  • Ms.Lys Al Riachi
    Regional Vice President, Smith & Nephew
  • Ms. Khadija Ibrahim Abdulla Al Hammadi
    Director, Quality & Development Department, Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai
  • Ms.Hessa Tahlak
    Director, Corporate Development, Research and Projects, Dubai Women Establishment
  • Ms. Asil Attar
    CEO, Lead Associates
  • Ms. Hanan Abdulla Al Mehairi
    Assistant Manager - Knowledge Management, Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA)
  • Ms. Miriam Farshoukh
    Public Relations Lead, Microsoft Gulf
  • Nouf Al Khalifa
    Director, London Business School


Based on our vision 2020 that aims to support and strengthen women empowerment initiatives, Woibex is a platform for cross-section of women from various fields of work that come together to empower each other to think outside the box while bringing uncommon resources to the table.


For further information/media inquiries on the event, please contact:

Datamatix Group
Tel: +971 4 332 6688
Fax: +971 4 332 8223