The Middle East and North Africa Businesswomen’s Network (MENA BWN), has announced that it will hold its inaugural forum in Dubai on April 12th and 13th, 2012.

Gathering at the Park Hyatt Dubai hotel, the forum will bring together over 350 participants, including members of the MENA BWN, and will feature several of the women on Arabian Business’s list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the Arab World.

Organised under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade and with support from Vital Voices Global Partnership and Exxon-Mobil, the Forum provides a unique opportunity for effective business networking.

MENA BWN is a Network of successful Arab businesswomen that seek to bring more businesswomen and entrepreneurs to the forefront of social and economic development in the region. MENA BWN capitalises on the fact that the environment in the region for women business owners is one of remarkable economic opportunity, given continued investments in education, business development, and support services. Women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise in the MENA region, producing a multiplier effect for economic and social empowerment in their communities.

Afnan R. Al Zayani, President of MENA Businesswomen’s Network, said, “We are dedicated to supporting MENA businesswomen by strengthening and expanding the MENA BWN to unleash the potential of women throughout the region.”

MENA Business Women Network

Under the theme Unleashing the Economic Potential of Women in the MENA Region, the Forum is structured as a peer-to-peer event enabling participants to share their experience and knowledge while providing specific, hands-on skills and contacts necessary to transform and grow their businesses.

“The Forum is the next logical step to strengthen and increase the reach of the MENA BWN across the region,” said Al Zayani. “We are excited to welcome delegations from our ten member countries and others from the region, Europe and the US, who will come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, learn new skills and expand their networks.”

The UAE member of the MENA BWN, the Dubai Business Women Council is serving as Local Host for the Forum.

The MENA Businesswomen’s Network represents over 2,500 members from ten countries throughout the region. Its mission is to promote the advancement of women, enhance economic growth and contribute to each member’s development.'

Michael Byrne

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