The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is pleased to announce that Christine. Lagarde will be among the featured speakers at Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016, taking place 23-24 February at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

Christine Lagarde, who has been a strong supporter of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, has taken part in historic Women’s Forum meetings in France and in Myanmar. A champion of efforts to increase the participation of women in the workforce in order to increase growth, reduce poverty and fight inequality, Christine Lagarde has served as the International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director since 2011.

Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016, co-organized by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and the Dubai Women Establishment, brings together more than 2 000 leaders from around the world (international and regional) women and men – representing business, government, academia as well as art and culture, with the aim of considering new perspectives for today and tomorrow; creating a powerful, global network capable of boosting the influence of women throughout the world; conceiving innovative and concrete action plans to encourage women’s contribution to society; and promoting diversity in the business world.

Building on the theme Let’s Innovate!, Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016 will move beyond the usual expectations for and reservations about technology to address the sustainable role of women as well as the role tradition can play in innovation. The agenda streams for Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016 fall under five pillars: Achieving, Creating, Giving, Energizing and Sustaining. Each pillar will serve to orient sessions to show how the development of innovative ideas and practices can benefit women, society or the economy. The Discovery, the renowned creativity space at Women’s Forum meetings, will be among the highlights of Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016.

The Discovery will feature a wide variety of „hubs“ presenting complementary workshops and enlightening exhibits to expand upon the numerous concepts discussed during the main panel discussions. CEO Champions, a Women’s Forum initiative launched in 2010 to drive progress and accountability for women’s advancement in the private and public sectors, will also be part of Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016, in addition to key Women’s Forum initiatives such as Rising Talents, Women in Media, and the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

About the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

Since 2005 the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society has been the world’s leading platform featuring women’s views and voices on major social and economic issues. Deploying the experience of both women and men – business leaders, researchers, politicians, entrepreneurs… – across all generations and geographies, our conferences feature broad, rich and edgy debates, acting as a sounding board for today’s important ideas and a springboard for tomorrow’s solutions. The practical discussions in our Discovery sessions typically focus not  only on overcoming barriers but on creating new opportunities. The Women’s Forum also promotes the advancement of women through regional and international networks.