The Atlantic Council’s WIn Fellowship hosted a workshop on analyzing the keys to success in Bahrain’s inclusion of women in both the public and private spheres on Wednesday, July 12th from 11:00 am-12:00 pm ET/6:00-7:00 pm Bahrain Time.

The WIn Fellowship is led by the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in cooperation with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with support from US Embassy Manama. Fintech Bay is our in-country partner in Bahrain. 

The yearlong program from June 2023-March 2024 will enable twenty-two Bahraini women entrepreneurs to enhance their networks, gain practical knowledge, and develop U.S.-Bahrain people to people and business ties that will help them scale their business locally, regionally, and globally. As part of the program, the Atlantic Council will also produce publications with insights, case studies, and policy recommendations.

Opening remarks

Amjad Ahmad
Chairman, empowerME
Atlantic Council

Keynote speakers

H.E. Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa
Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain

David Brownstein
Deputy Chief of Mission
U.S. Embassy Manama


Jordana Semaan
Head of Human Resources (Gulf and Asia), Global Head of DEI

Nidal Al-Basha
Head of Public Sector Innovation
Amazon Web Services MENA Region

Hollie Griego
Director, North America Head of Strategy and Platforms
Citi Global Wealth Investments

Marwa Al Saad
Human Capital Executive Director
Mumtalakat Bahrain (Bahrain’s Sovereign Wealth Fund)

Moderated by

Suzy Al Zeerah
Chief Operating Officer
Bahrain FinTech Bay

WIn Fellowship cohorts

Sponsors & in-country partner


empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is shaping solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and building coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.