The 30% Club Unveils Senior Mentoring Programme for Women Across the Middle East

Who runs the world? Girls. 

The Middle East chapter of The 30% Club, a global campaign led by Chairs, CEOs and leaders of industry taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

The campaign was brought to the region in 2015 when the 30% Club’s MENA Chapter was established. It is focused as a regional volunteer effort of multi-sector leaders working together towards the objective of greater balance of representation of women on boards and in senior level positions.

As part of its commitment to these objectives, the MENA Chapter sought to launch a cohort of senior industry professionals to formally mentor a number of professional women from across MENA who are all making great strides within their respective industries and who represent a future pipeline of potential board members.

“We are delighted to see the launch of this first cohort for a one year Senior Mentoring Programme. This is just one way in which the 30% Club is working to shine a spotlight on the many professional women across the GCC and to demonstrate the wealth of talent and expertise that they hold.” 

Farah Foustok, CEO of Lazard Gulf and one of the founding members of the MENA Chapter

The 30% Club has collaborated with Reach and a number of other partners in launching this inaugural cohort.

Founded by four Dubai-based professional women, Reach is the first non-profit organization to be registered at the Dubai International Financial Centre. Mentors are experienced men and women willing to share their knowledge and expertise with their mentees, within strict rules of confidentiality, building trust and encouraging mutual respect. One of its key objectives is to produce a new generation of female leaders from and for the Middle East and to achieve continuity through a structured mentoring program, which may sustain future generations.

The launch is being supported by a number of other organisations, including Dentons, PwC Middle East, the GCC Board Directors Institute, Boardlist and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) through access to coaching and accreditation opportunities, governance training, launch support and access to board and speaking opportunities.

The programme will be launched virtually due to the current pandemic but is expected to set the blueprint for years to come.

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