WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WISTEM is pleased to announce its groundbreaking lineup of plenary and featured speakers for its Global Women in STEM Conference and Awards Event. This unpresidented 2-day forum to be held on October 25th and 26th in Dubai, UAE is attracting women from across USA, UK, larger Europe, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Africa, China, Jordan and India.
"We are delighted to welcome this dynamic group of accomplished women and sector leaders who are coming together to advance the trajectory of success for women working in STEM fields from all over the world," said Meera Kaul, an entrepreneur and investor in several Silicon Valley startups and President of the Meera Kaul Foundation. "We are proud to be supporting this convening and the larger effort of building a global agenda for advancing women."
Through dynamic plenary sessions, dozens of featured speakers, and unique speed mentoring sessions, participants will come together to tackle big questions and learn the latest across 4 conference tracks: Innovations in Energy, Internet of Things & Shared Economy, Cloud & Tech, and Investing in Start-ups.
Confirmed speakers include:
- H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, The United Arab Emirates Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development
- H.E. Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Chairperson of Qatar Satellite and Ex Minister of ICT, State of Qatar
- Aliana Percival, Founder of Women who code
- Monique Morrow, Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco
- Joyce Hunter, Deputy CIO, USDA
- Alaina Sloo, Venture Investor
- Dr Cindy Moss, STEM Initiatives at Discovery
- Omar Al Busaidy, Head of Investment, Abu Dhabi Tourism
- Sandy Carter, Digital Influencer
- Tatyana Kanzaveli, CEO Open Health Network and TedX Bay Area
- Emily Wakeling, Executive Director, Global Membership & Emerging Markets, Catalyst
- Irene Corpuz, Planning Director of Western Region Municipality
- Mary Vincent, EIR – SK Telecom, Korea
WISTEM 2016 will address some of the toughest challenges facing women as they pursue careers in STEM fields "It's not that women aren't going into STEM fields, it's that they're not staying there," said Julie Kantor, CEO Twomentor and chair of the WISTEM steering committee. "This issue, known as a 'leaky pipeline,' is even more prevalent in the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region). Mentorship provides the support many women need to remain in the STEM workforce which is why I am thrilled to be contributing to this important convening of women."
About Meera Kaul Foundation
The Meera Kaul Foundation works with corporations and individuals all over the world to empower women, eradicate their economic marginalization in workplaces and to open doors to entrepreneurial opportunities. www.meerakaul.com
WISTEM is a flagship project of the Meera Kaul Foundation in support of its mission to advance the growing involvement of women and girls in STEM learning and their ultimate success in the workforce.
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