Forum Overview

Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy, the 16th Global Edition of the WIL Economic Forum is focused on making change happen by uniting 300 global influential business and thought leaders to discuss key issues on women in leadership.


Promote economic development through female entrepreneurship
Champion gender diversity in business and corporate level
Discuss potential business and investment opportunities
Government-Private sector partnerships for advancing women’s economic opportunities
The Format

Open Business Meeting Lounge
Attendees pre-arrange meetings prior to the forum. A business lounge is available at the venue to explore business opportunities and build profitable relationships.

Interactive Panel Discussions
Global business leaders share insights and experience on womenomics, diversity & inclusion, innovation, intrapreneurship and supply chain diversity.

Networking Sessions
Trade associations, businesswomen groups, free trade zones and investors have the opportunity to meet and network in a luxurious five-star networking area.

WIL Achievement Awards
A highlight of the forum, the ceremony acknowledges businesswomen for their outstanding success and organisations for their support of women’s empowerment.

Keynote Addresses
Listen to some of the region and world’s most successful and renowned business leaders discussing about issues.

International Press Coverage
The forum gains extensive media coverage from both local and international press including CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Khaleej Times.

Series Speakers
Forum Sponsors and Partners

WIL is a unique experience that reflects the primary position of women in a man’s world. I felt very proud to be a woman among others of such success and ambition.

Chief Operating Officer, Emirates NBD Securities