24 September 2019, Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, UAE

The 2nd edition of the Women Leaders in Sport and Health forum is back!

• A strong business community with a mission to create more opportunity for girls and women in the UAE

• Exclusive to ladies, a one day business forum innovating the business of sport, health and wellbeing.

• A platform for business women in the region to be heard, and at the forefront discussing the future.

• An incredible community and network of female executives who care about this space and passionate to drive forward change and new initiatives.

The agenda will feature women making an impact in sport, health and physical activity – including inspirational talks, alongside interactive discussions, fostering debate on what needs to happen in Abu Dhabi to encourage ladies and girls to become more active.

– Promoting a healthier, more active lifestyle for girls and women
– Championing female talent and female led business in the UAE

  • 8.30 Registration and refreshments

  • 9.00 Welcome & Opening Remarks
    Natalie Lindo, Radio Presenter, Arabian Radio Network

    Recap on 2018 forum outcomes: the achievements, new initiatives and improvements

    Sally Corander, MD, INTERACT
    Representative from FBMA

  • 9.10 Government Welcome Speech 

    Fatima Bint Mubarak’s Strategy 2019-2020
    Objectives, focus and the plan for 2020 and beyond

    Dr Mai Al Jaber, Medical Director, Healthpoint, Member of Emirates Medical Association and Board Member of UAE National Olympics Committee and Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy

  • 09.30 International Keynote Speech: Singapore

    The Power of Sport

    A passionate and inspiring speech from inspirational, driven leader who recently founded Singapore’s newly appointed Women in Sport Committee, under Singapore National Olympic Council.
    Dr Teoh has a wealth of experience getting people moving and active from injury, including top class athletes. From how the London 2012 Paralympics changed her life to waiting 25 years to achieve her ultimate goal, Dr Teoh will inspire us all.

    Dr Teoh Chin Sim, Singapore’s first female sports physician, Founder, Women in Sport Committee Singapore, SNOC, Member Executive Committee, Singapore Disability Sports Council, Anti Doping Committee, International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Chief Medical Officer, Team Singapore – 2018 Asian Games

  • 10:00 Featured Interview: Saudi Arabia

    A Changing Future – Advancing Women’s Sport & Leadership in Saudi

    Dr Heidi Al Askary, Acting Director Planning & Development, General Sport Authority Saudi, CEO, Special Olympics Saudi

  • 10.30 Speed Networking & Refreshment Break

  • 11.15 Interactive Quiz

    A fun icebreaker to ease you back into the next session – test your knowledge on inspiring businesswomen in the industry and women in sport

  • 11.25 Panel Debate & Q&A:

    Breaking Down Barriers
    Increasing participation in female sport and activity and encouraging a healthier lifestyle
    PART 1: Education – Sport & Health
    In the light of the many illnesses arising related to lifestyle choices, there has never been more need for physical activity and a healthier lifestyle than now.

    What role should schools take to ensure children are active and educated about their health and wellness? What are the Government initiatives in place to help this?

    Last year’s forum included an interview with the Ministry of Education on the improvements being made to the PE. One year on, we look at the progress made and what other initiatives the Government have implemented.

    Representative from the Ministry of Education
    Representative from Abu Dhabi Sports Council
    Representative from Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre

    (Students and teachers represented in the audience)

  • 12.15 PART 2: Role Models

    The Right Role Models: How can we engage young girls in the right way? How effective are the use of influencers? What responsibility should brands take?
    Parental engagement. What emphasis should be placed on educating and engaging parents? Are parents happy for their daughters to exercise or participate in sport? Is there still a need for private ladies only sports?

    Moderator: Natalie Lindo, Radio Presenter, Arabian Radio Network

    Manal Adel Rostom, Athlete, marathoner and mountaineer, Nike Dream Crazier Campaign
    Areen Abuhejleh, Executive -Consumer Events & Sponsorships, Daman – National Insurance Company
    Clari Lekhmul, Silver medallist, Special Olympics Athlete, Certified Zumba Instructor, Daman Local Hero and Office Assistant, CSM Sport & Entertainment
    (young athletes and parents represented in the audience)

  • 13.00 Open Interactive Group Discussion
    Attendees break into 3 groups and each facilitator leads the discussion coming up with solutions from the earlier discussions.
    3 questions will be given to each group who will feed back to the forum with their ideas.

  • 13.30 Feedback & Closing Remarks from the Moderator

  • 13.40 Lunch & Networking

  • 14.30 Close of Women Leaders in Sport & Health Forum 2019 

The Format

• Informal seating and innovative set up
Intimate setting where ladies feel comfortable to ask questions and interacting

• Creative wall
A creative visual wall to help gather thoughts and suggestions. A write up of actions from the debate and discussion will also be listed here

• Games
We don’t learn through sitting still and we also don’t come up with the best ideas whilst sitting still! Throughout the day, we keep attendees engaged through games and activities that make the day interactive and fun

• Interactive Quiz
A fun quiz to test your knowledge on women in sport and health in the UAE

• Break out sessions
Discussion groups to come up with new initiatives to implement over the year

What happens after the forum?

Outcomes and recommendations will be made at the end of the forum and shared with attendees. INTERACT will take forward initiatives to stakeholders for action where possible.

Our thank you to our partners who are supporting this initiative:
Women Leaders in Sport & Health is in partnership with: FBMA
Official Charity Partner: Cancer Patient Care Society – Rahma
Official Venue Partner: Abu Dhabi Ladies Club
Supporting Partner: Wicked
Official Branding Supplier: CSM Live