The Atlantic Council’s WIn Fellowship hosted a workshop on “Venture Funding in the UAE: Evaluating the Gender Gap and the Role of Women-Specific Programs”. The event was held Monday, July 17th, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm ET/7:00-8:00 pm UAE Time.

The WIn Fellowship, a collaboration between the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, is generously supported by the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Our UAE in-country partner is Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

Running from June 2023 to March 2024, this year-long program will equip thirty Arab women entrepreneurs in the UAE with the resources to expand their networks, gain practical knowledge, and develop people-to-people and business ties between the US and UAE. This will ultimately help them scale their businesses at local, regional, and global levels.

In addition to the program, the Atlantic Council will produce insightful publications featuring case studies and policy recommendations.

Welcome remarks

Amjad Ahmad
Chairman, empowerME
Atlantic Council

Opening remarks

Daleya Uddin
Head of Public Affairs and Outreach
The United States Embassy to the UAE

Keynote discussion

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba
The United Arab Emirates to the United States of America


Alifia Doriwala
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Huda Al-Lawati
Founder & CEO
Aliph Capital

Zahra Rabih El Zayat
Chief Commercial Officer
evision e&Life – e& group

Moderated by

Lynn Monzer
Associate Director, WIn Fellowship, empowerME
Atlantic Council

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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.