ABOUT The Will Summit

The inaugural WILL Summit took place in Abu Dhabi in November 2019, highlighting exceptional success stories through talks and panel discussions featuring some of the most influential individuals shaping the global agenda for women. 

This year, the WILL Summit will be hosted virtually and will dive deeper into topics related to women empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. Returning for its second year and supported by Vogue Arabia as lead partner, the conference will celebrate Arab women’s achievements in business, entrepreneurship, politics, innovation, sustainability, and sport, and will highlight the challenges women face and the best practices to empowering them across these fields.

Key topics will include women in business, women and the environment, women in politics, and women leading the way in sports.

The Will Summit is the first program under the Will Initiative in partnership with Vogue Arabia and the General Women’s Union, organized with the support of UN Women.


About Mastercard

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.


Amnah Ajmal
Executive Vice President, Market Development, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, Mastercard

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Beatrice Cornacchia
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, Mastercard

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Dina Storey
Director of Sustainability Operations Expo 2020 Dubai

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Nisreen Shocair
Chief Executive Officer, Middle East - Yoox Net-a-Porter Group

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Iqra Ismail
Director of Women’s Football at Hilltop Women’s Football Club

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H.E Hend al Otaiba
United Arab Emirates’ A mbassador to France

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Tracy Harmoush
Athlete & Entrepreneur

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Ioanna Angelidaki
Co - founder and CMO of InstaShop

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Jessica Kahawaty
CEO & Founder, Mama Rita

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Susanne Mikhail
Regional Director of UN Women Office for the Arab State

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Yusra Mardini
Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer

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2 PM

Welcome Remarks

2:05 PM

Women in Diplomacy:

HE Hend Al Otaiba in conversation with Manuel Arnaut

2:20 PM

Women in Business

Bringing together passionate female business pioneers, Women in Business will touch on topics including how to elevate women in the workplace, their potential and role in economic prosperity, as well as the significance of an equitable executive board. The panel will offer an all-encompassing perspective showcasing the voices of diverse industry leaders, united by their unique experience as persevering women in business.

3:05 PM

Women in Sports

As an important enabler of sustainable development and positive personal identity, more Arab women than ever before are taking up sports in all its various forms. Bringing together unparalleled Arab talent from a diverse array of sports, this panel will discuss these unique roads to success, the challenges faced along the way, and a vision for the future of women in sports

3:30 PM

Women and the Environment

Women and the environment highlights the notable female voices who are championing for environmental action in today’s society. The panel will spotlight female successes in environmental innovation and conservation while discussing the imperative potential of women in the future of sustainability.

4 PM

Closing Remarks


2019 Gallery