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8th March, 2021

Global Women’s Leadership Programme presents: Overcoming job challenges and achieving professional growth during the Covid-19 pandemic

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8th March, 2021
15:00 - 17:00

To mark International Women’s Day, the Global Women’s Leadership Programme is delighted to host an expert panel webinar reflecting on the challenges individuals and organisations have faced in recent times.

Career and professional development may have taken a backseat to the many demands organisations are facing in the pandemic era. Like so many other things, learning at work has morphed to meet the times. With both the traditional workplace and traditional communication off-limits, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the status quo for all types of institutions.

Given how many people are out of work, and how many jobs and industries are in need of radical transformations, relearning and re-skilling are critical. Organisational efforts, too, must be refocused and fine-tuned for the future.

With the help of our expert panellists, we will explore how individuals can achieve professional growth and how organisations can invest their time, energy and resources in keeping abreast of the latest practices to adapt to the new times, and to encourage and enable this new era of professional development.

Join us for an evening of engaging conversation that will provide attendees with the tools to continue learning from the shifts that have taken place on a global scale, and to adapt accordingly.


Samar Elmnhrawy has more than twenty years’ human resources and business leadership experience in Fortune 500 organizations. She is currently the Vice President, Human Resources and General Affairs at Nissan Corporation, supporting the Middle East, Africa, India, Europe and Oceania (AMIEO) region and leads on human capital strategies, the health and safety agenda and the HR transformation journey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from American University of Sharjah.

Noha Hefny is the Founder & CEO of People of Impact, a social impact innovation platform and network. She is a senior corporate leader, co-author, consultant, humanitarian and entrepreneur with two decades of experience in the fields of strategic communications, partnerships, humanitarian protection and sustainable development. During her career, she has represented some of the world’s most powerful and admired brands where her journey has been driven by purpose and social impact. She started her career at UNHCR in the field of refugee protection and worked in Egypt and Tunisia where she was the focal point for women survivors of violence and unaccompanied minors. Noha holds a BA in Political Science and International relations from the American University in Cairo (AUC).

Dr Vassiliki Simoglou is a Counseling Psychologist based in Dubai. She has worked as a psychotherapist in Athens, Paris and Dubai for more than 15 years. Currently, she offers individual counselling, psychotherapy and psychological support services for adults, adolescents, families and couples. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Strasbourg in France. She also holds a Master’s degree specializing in depression and melancholia from the University of Essex in the UK, and a PhD in Psychoanalysis from the Sorbonne Paris Cité – Paris Diderot University in France, dealing with female infertility and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) issues.

This event will be moderated by Maria Banti, a Senior Clinical Embryologist and Laboratory Director based in Dubai who has worked as an Embryologist in London, Athens and Dubai for more than 10 years. She has a focus on women’s empowerment and helping couples achieve their dream of becoming parents. Maria holds a BSc in Genetics, Molecular and Developmental Biology and an MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine. She is the recipient of the Coca-Cola scholarship for the CASS Executive MBA and is an Executive Board member of the Global Women’s Leadership Programme.

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