Event Details

Following the great success of our first two Women in Leadership events, we are pleased to announce the third in this series of female-focused EICN conferences.

On 8 October we will convene again at the Dubai Edition Hotel for an exploration of opportunities for Women in Technology & Finance.

While more than a quarter of C-suite roles globally are now held by women, this figure is less than 20% for both Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) or their equivalents. And while both functions are seeing improvements in female representation, the journeys towards gender parity in these important leadership positions remains work in progress.

We will explore with female business leaders, who have broken through into senior technology and finance roles, how they approach the challenges of functional leadership in these traditionally male bastions.

We are particularly honoured that Her Excellency HE Badreya Al Maidoor, Assistant Undersecretary of Support Services Sector at UAE Ministry Of Economy, will be joining us to share her perspectives.


12 noon: Arrival, registration, networking and lunch

12.30pm: Welcome

12.35pm: Panel discussion: Women in Finance

1.10pm: Panel discussion: Women in Technology

1.45pm: Keynote Fireside Conversation with HE Badreya Al Maidoor

2.10pm: Thanks and closing remarks, Brandy Scott

2.15pm: End, coffee and networking

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


  • Nadia Griffith (Chief Financial and Operating Officer at ICA Events Group)

    Nadia Griffith

    Chief Financial and Operating Officer at ICA Events Group

    Nadia Griffith is a forward-thinking leader known for her ability to identify trends and prepare for the challenges of an ever-evolving business landscape shaped by technology, globalisation, and social changes. As Chief Financial and Operating Officer at ICA Events Group, she oversees the operations and finances of international trade exhibitions and conferences across Central Asia, the Caspian Region, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

    With over 20 years of experience in listed companies and private equity, Nadia excels in operational management, commercial and performance management, finance and tax, and change management. She has successfully led complex projects globally, including MBOs, business acquisitions, and business development, utilising advanced ICT skills such as ERP systems and BI MS applications.

    In her leadership role, Nadia is committed to honesty and adaptability, setting a clear and trustworthy direction for her team. She emphasises creating trust and maintaining integrity with her team, business partners, shareholders, and other stakeholders. Her approach to leadership involves fostering a healthy work-life balance and promoting continuous learning in a dynamic environment.

    Dedicated to empowering her team, Nadia helps colleagues achieve their potential and advance in their careers. She is skilled in building strong working relationships, leading teams to exceed business goals, and nurturing a supportive work culture.

    As a panellist for Women in Finance, Nadia brings valuable insights and experience, advocating for diversity in the financial sector. Her dedication to fostering inclusive environments and her expertise in finance make her an invaluable contributor to the discussion.

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