Current Sponsors

Previous Sponsors

Equitativa Group

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Grant Thornton

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Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB)

Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB) is a leading pan-GCC universal bank, specialising in corporate and investment banking, with a growing retail footprint.

Headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and with branch offices in London and New York, Gulf International Bank (GIB) provides clients with a vital investment and business conduit between the region and the rest of the world.

Working in partnership with its clients, the Bank delivers innovative bespoke financial solutions for corporate and global transaction banking; debt and equity capital market-related transactions; plus financial advisory, asset management and treasury. GIB also pioneered the introduction of digital retail banking in the MENA region through the launch of meem in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kingdom of Bahrain. Supported by a cutting-edge digital ecosystem and an experienced team of over 1,000 staff, the Bank operates in strict accordance to the highest global standards of ethical and professional conduct.

Commencing operations in 1976, GIB is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a Conventional Wholesale Bank and a Conventional Retail Bank (branch). It is owned by the governments of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia holding a majority stake.

GIB’s services are delivered across the GCC and international markets through its subsidiaries: GIB Saudi Arabia, GIB Capital and GIB (UK) Ltd. Additionally, the Bank has branches in the UAE, UK and USA.

GIB Saudi Arabia is the first foreign domiciled bank to establish a local commercial bank in the Kingdom. It is headquartered in the Eastern Province and operates branches in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran, while the Bank’s investment banking activities are delivered by GIB Capital, based in Riyadh. GIB (UK) Ltd is a London and New York based international asset management subsidiary that also offers traditional banking services.


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HFW is a sector focused global law firm

We have over 500 lawyers working across the Middle East, Europe, Americas, Asia and Australia. In the Middle East we are present in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait City and Beirut.

We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients.

Whether we are solving complex issues within the construction, aviation or shipping industries, or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy we are specialist lawyers here to add value to our clients.

We think about the commercial solution first, and then underpin our advice with a solid foundation of legal expertise.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. As a global business law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, we understand the value of diverse teams in driving innovation and in generating creative, more effective solutions for our clients. For us, diversity isn't just about the visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and its about creating a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

With this in mind, we established Leadership Alliance for Women ("LAW") an initiative that promotes and empowers women lawyers by developing their leadership skills through mentoring and the creation of business development opportunities. We are delighted to partner with REACH in the Middle East and look forward to the active involvement and participation of our current and future business leaders in this valuable programme.

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AmCham and Women in Business Committee

  • AmCham Abu Dhabi is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. Active since 1986, AmCham Abu Dhabi’s mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the U.A.E. Our vision is to be an innovative organization creating trusted commercial partnerships that broaden U.S. - U.A.E. relationships. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi. For more information, visit:   


  • WOMEN ACHIEVE is an initiative by AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee to support the advancement of women into positions of higher responsibility and leadership within companies and organizations. WOMEN ACHIEVE focuses on seven key ideals that direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. The ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, considering female candidates for new opportunities and promoting ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages women to serve on corporate boards and supports fair remuneration for female employees. For more information about WOMEN ACHIEVE, please contact or visit

Thomson Reuters (2014 - 2016)

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

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With a workforce of over 1,000 employees, 44 branches & retail shops region-wide, more than 1 million customers and 2015 gross written premium of over US$ 963 million, AXA is one of the largest international player in the GCC. Present in the region for more than 65 years, AXA in the Gulf offers a wide range of insurance products and services for corporate, SME and individual customers. The company has been awarded General Insurance Company of the Year for 2nd consecutive year and Health Insurance Company of the Year at the 2015 Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA), Insurer of the Year and Personal Lines insurer in 2016 at the MENA Insurance Awards and Best Motor Insurance Product by the Banker Middle East in both UAE & KSA.

As part of AXA’s Corporate Responsibility and its commitment to building better understanding about the health risks faced by individuals and the society, the company achieved a new Guinness world record for the most blood cholesterol readings in 8 hours at a single venue in 2014.



The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 161,000 employees serving 103 million clients in 59 countries. In 2015, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 99.0 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.6 billion. AXA had Euro 1,363 billion assets under management as of December 31, 2015.

The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 – Bloomberg: CS FP – Reuters: AXAF.PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY.

The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.

It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.


Omnicom Media Group

Omnicom Media Group is the media services division of the Omnicom Group Inc., a leading global advertising and marketing communications service holding headquartered in New York. Here in the Middle East, we support and overlook the performance of our network operations and centers of excellence.

Our network operations and centers of excellence provide strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing and other specialty communications services. By creating and using best-in-class technology, we’re enhancing our clients’ market performance, delivering better insights, strategy, planning, buying and reporting.

KPMG (2016)

As one of the leading professional services firms in the UAE, we are proud of our reputation for delivering cutting-edge solutions and exceptional client value. With over 60 partners and directors leading 750 professionals across five offices, we work shoulder to shoulder with our clients, offering independent audit, tax and advisory services to business corporations, government bodies and not for profit organizations.

KPMG is an employer of choice, renowned for its leading people development practices and for its deep commitment to supporting the wider business community. KPMG's Business Academy provides training and development solutions to clients across the Middle East. Our Business Academy represents the expertise, knowledge and experience of the 174,000 professionals in 155 countries who make up the KPMG global network.

We are proud to be associated with REACH, which aims to support and develop the skills of female professionals in financial services and related sectors.


Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success.

The concept of solutions being driven to address specific customer challenges has been with Cisco since its inception. Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols; and as a result of solving their challenge - the multi-protocol router was born.

Since then Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners and has become the worldwide leader in networking - transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.


Virgin Megastore is a global entertainment brand, and the leading lifestyle retail destination in the Middle East & North Africa region. Since its establishment in the UAE in 2001, Virgin Megastore set a constant target of establishing and expanding its Middle East presence as well as its product offering to fulfill growing trends and expectations in the region.

A one-stop shop for all entertainment needs, covering cultural entertainment products such as music, movies, and books, as well as other product categories including electronics & accessories, gaming, fashion & accessories, gifts & toys, and much more. Virgin Megastore has created a whole new experience in entertainment retail by balancing international trends while catering to local cultures across the region. This is done through continuous evolution in the brand experience and range, as well as constant support for the regional art scene. Virgin Megastore is truly a global brand with local flavor.

Sayyidaat Dentons (2015, 2016)

Sayyidaat Dentons means women in Arabic. Sayyidaat Dentons is Dentons' Middle East professional women’s network. It aims to connect the firm's professional women with other professional women across industry sectors, creating a community to support and build the success of women both within the firm and across the region. The founding partners are Catherine Beckett, Corporate and Commercial Partner (Dubai) and Sadaf Buchanan, Banking and Finance Partner (Muscat).

About Dentons
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2014 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Caucasus, the UK and the US.

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CH2M HILL (2015, 2016)

Since the 1970s, CH2M HILL has operated in the Middle East, North Africa and India (MENAI) and has since grown since grown to 18 offices and over 2400 employees. CH2M HILL is working on some of the most iconic infrastructure programs in the region including the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the Abu Dhabi Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP), the Inner Doha Re-sewerage Integrated System (IDRIS) project and the Abu Dhabi Shah Gas Development.

Headquartered in the USA, CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations and programme management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environment, nuclear, energy, facilities and urban environments, employing over 25,000 worldwide with a revenue of USD 6 billion.

POND's (2015)

Pond’s is a brand which has long stood for empowering women and celebrating femininity for over 150 years across the globe. Research has shown that women in the Middle East sacrifice their dreams at an early age in order to start a family which leads them on to believe it is too late to reignite their goals. The Pond’s Celebrating Women’s Achievements Initiative is aimed at giving women the chance to realize that it is never too late to realize your goals, let alone achieve them. This year, Pond’s is giving women the opportunity to connect with a team of professional women who have excelled in several fields: Humanitarian, Education and Entrepreneurship and obtain support in the form of mentorship. Pond’s strongly believes that the world would be a better place if we stopped idealizing beauty and started celebrating and empowering women instead.

ING Investment Management Middle East (2014)

ING Investment Management offers a team of professionals who have an understanding of local market conditions, and extensive knowledge of a broad range of investment strategies and solutions that best allow them to cater to their clients’ needs. Corporate responsibility is an integral part of ING’s strategy, culture and operations. Globally, as an organisation they integrate environmental and social responsibility in their daily business practice by offering sustainable products and services across the board. In alignment with their global corporate responsibility objectives, the regional office of ING Investment Management is engaging in the local community by supporting learning initiatives for women and children.