The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop on regulations and legal structures that impact women in business in Saudi Arabia and the wider MENA region on Wednesday, September 28th from 11:00 am-12:30 pm ET/6:00-7:30 pm KSA.

This workshop is part of the new WIn (Women Innovators) Fellowship, led by the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in cooperation with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with support from US Embassy Riyadh, PepsiCo, and UPS. The American Chamber of Commerce Saudi Arabia’s Women in Business Committee is the program’s in-person event partner. The yearlong program from March 2022 – March 2023 enables thirty-three Saudi women entrepreneurs to enhance their networks, gain practical knowledge, and develop US-Saudi people to people and business ties that will help them scale their business locally, regionally, and globally.

Opening remarks

Racha Helwa
Director, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council


Afnan Ababtain
Women Entrepreneurship Department Director

Imad Al-Abdulqader
GCC Regional Manager
Albright Stonebridge Group

Yara A. AlZouman
Saudi Arabia General Counsel

Moderated by

Jaime Stansbury
Associate Vice President
The Cohen Group

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