• Empowering Leaders, Inspiring Futures

    TUESDAY 26TH MARCH 2024
    ​GROSVENOR HOUSE, DUBAI, UAE

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Join us for the second edition of the Construction Week Women in Construction Conference, where we celebrate the remarkable strides women are making in the construction industry. As leaders, innovators, and young achievers, these women stand as models of inspiration, shaping the present and future of the sector.

Hosted by Construction Week Middle East, this conference is more than an acknowledgment – it's a dynamic platform. We provide space for these trailblazing women and young girls to not only be celebrated but to engage in meaningful discussions, ask critical questions, and glean valuable insights from the experiences of industry leaders.

Our agenda encompasses a diverse range of discussions, keynote sessions, and presentations, all tailored to amplify the voices of women in construction. From sharing success stories to addressing challenges and exploring opportunities, the Women in Construction Conference is a vital gathering for fostering collaboration, mentorship, and empowerment within the industry.

Join us as we continue to build a future where women in construction thrive, lead, and inspire. Together, let's shape a more inclusive and dynamic landscape for the next generation of leaders in the construction sector.

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​​CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Session 1: Empowering Women in the Construction Industry
Session 2: Diversity and Inclusion
Session 3: Skills Development and Education in Construction
Session 1: Empowering Women in the Construction Industry

10:15 - 10:30

Breaking Barriers: Women Leaders in Construction

•Exploring the journeys of successful female leaders in the construction sector
•Strategies for overcoming gender-based challenges and fostering inclusivity
•Progress made and challenges to overcome
•How does the Middle East compare to international markets in gender diversity?

10:30 - 10:45

Innovation and Technology: Shaping the Future of Construction

•The role of women in driving innovation within construction technology
•Navigating and leveraging emerging technologies for career advancement

10:45 - 11:15

Panel: Building a Supportive Ecosystem: Mentoring and Networking

•Importance of mentorship programmes for women in construction
•Creating and sustaining effective professional networks
•What is the role of HR in institutionalising a culture and habitat where women can thrive?

​S​​​PEAKERS

Michelle Nelson

Partner, Reed Smith

Kavitha Prabhu

Regional Director for IMEA, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Session 2: Diversity and Inclusion

11:15 - 11:30

Promoting Diversity at Every Level: A Strategic Imperative

•Strategies for fostering diversity in leadership roles
•Case studies on successful diversity initiatives in construction companies
•Success stories and areas to improve in encouraging more women into the industry

Dr Bhakti More - Chairperson & Associate Professor, School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai campus

Dr Bhakti More is a Chairperson, at the School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Dubai Campus. She has pursued her doctoral studies at the School of Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK, on . She received CIOB Best Research Paper Award for most innovative research during the 12th International Post Graduate Research Conference, University of Salford Manchester UK in 2015. She is a coordinator for Manipal Environment and Conservation Students Club received consecutive awards for Best Sustainable Green Campus Audit and Best Sustainability Action Project from Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and is part of the core team for preparing the Climate Action Plan for MAHE Dubai for UNFCC, Race to Zero.  She was awarded ‘Best Coordinator’ by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi in 2022. As part of ‘Manipal Beyond Gender’ she started a mentorship program for female graduating students ‘Her tomorrow begins today’ to guide them in their career journey. Dr Bhakti is an ambassador for 'Woman in Construction' for the Big 5, Dubai and is President of Manipal Employee Resource Group, Diversity & Inclusion. She has been a mentor for E7 Daughter of Emirates Program and Link Mentorship Program for Women.

11:30 - 11:45

Inclusive Work Environments: The Key to Productivity

•Creating inclusive policies and practices in construction workplaces
•Benefits and outcomes of diverse and inclusive teams in the construction industry

• Where we have come from and where we are going in a more diverse construction sector

11:45 - 12:15

Panel: Overcoming Stereotypes: Women in Non-Traditional Roles

•Breaking stereotypes and biases in the construction workplace
•Personal experiences of women thriving in non-traditional construction roles
•What needs to be done to further break cultural taboos towards women in construction?

12:15 - 12:35

Networking and coffee break

Session 3: Skills Development and Education in Construction

12:35 - 13:00
Investing in Education: Bridging the Gender Gap in Construction

•Initiatives for encouraging more women to pursue careers in construction
•Addressing challenges and opportunities in construction education
•New roles in construction for the next generation of female leaders

 

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi – President, Emirates Digital Association for Women

Hoda has 17 years of experience in industrialization and economic development projects. She has led and motivated several tech-based industrial investments in the UAE and internationally. She worked on several turnaround projects that were aimed to achieve strategic, financial and operational synergies of industrial and business prospects. She has a specific interest in SDG based investments as well as her current background.

Hoda A. Alkhzaimi is currently the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD and a research assistant professor in New York University. She served in different posts for research and development in the Technology development sector for the past years, she also played a vital role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development ecosystems. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. She consults for special projects with national and international technology development initiatives.

13:00 - 13:15

Soft Skills for Success: Communication and Leadership

•Developing effective communication skills for women in construction
•Leadership strategies for women in diverse construction teams
•Will the Middle East ever see a fully balanced gender diversity in the construction sector

13:15 - 13:45

Panel: The Future Workforce: Attracting and Retaining Women in Construction

•Strategies for attracting women to the construction industry
•Best practices for retaining female talent in construction companies
•How does the region compare in progress and initiatives to international markets?

13:45 - 14:45
Closing remarks followed by networking lunch

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​​PRACTICAL INFO

Tuesday 26th March 2024
10am - 2pm

Grosvenor House

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Empowering Leaders, Inspiring Futures

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