1. WILEF, a two-day forum dedicated specifically to women, introduces the elements of entrepreneurship, and leadership in the workforce. At this year’s forum, our trusty keynote speakers will deliver the latest in business trends, ways to empower women by identifying entrepreneurship traits, and tips on breaking into an industry of your choice. Attendees can also network with business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate officers. Those looking to get hands-on training from the experts can stay back for Day 2 (limited seats available) to learn the tricks of the trade.

Two-day forum

The inaugural WILEF brings together highly talented industry leaders to speak, discuss and network with women in Abu Dhabi on March 21 – March 22

Keynote speakers​

This event provides an opportunity to meet peers, hear from senior executives on promoting diversity in the workplace, and assess strategies for your own career development

Inspiring leadership

The conference will promote the success of professionals by building collaborative relationships and a community of leaders to exchange ideas, knowledge, and expertise


Hanna Ylijukuri
Director – Client Solutions – MENA at Asiaciti Trust
Hanna has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked roles with leading professional services institutions in Jersey, Bahrain and Dubai. She has supported entrepreneurs, global institutions and UHNW families in structuring their businesses and investments for wealth creation and to protect their wealth. Hanna believes that financial literacy is essential for the empowerment of women and takes a great interest in educational initiatives to promote this.
Zoe Cousens
Independent Investment Consultant, Founder at Castellet Consulting
Zoë Cousens has worked in finance for 30+ years having started as one of the first women in the London Stock Exchange. Since then, she has been an Investment Manager and Director of two London wealth management firms. In 2015, she moved to Dubai where she has an investment company and recently launched the Women’s Investment Network club for women who wish to learn about financial topics to acquire knowledge, gain confidence and learn new skills in the world of money management.
Sahar Madani
Founder of “WE GROUP” Women Empowerment Group, Dubai
Renowned Fashion Designer Sahar Madani grew up in America, and built her career by following her own set of rules. The Fine Art Major graduate, who also specialized in Graphic Design, and Interior Design and Architecture in Washington DC, is the founder of WE GROUP in the UAE – a non-profit organization mandated to enable women to value their lives, time and requirements. The women empowerment group focuses heavily on entrepreneurs and womenfolk looking to succeed in the world.
H.E. Sara Al Madani
Board Member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Her Excellency Sara Al Madani is a fashion designer, restaurateur and entrepreneur. In 2014, Sara was elected by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi as a board member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making her the youngest on the board. She inspires women to be active and self-confident to achieve success.
Saleha Osmani
Managing Director-Prime Services Middle East
Saleha Osmani-Eliard’s is the Managing Director and Head of Hedge Funds and Capital Introductions Middle East for Société Générale, where she manages Investor Relations, Relationship Management and Sales and Business Development. She is also a member of the AIMA Middle East Executive Committee and a chair of the Middle East Committee for 100 Women in Finance.



Bab Al Qasr Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Corniche Road West – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

+971 2 205 3000


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