Episode 8

EP 08 - Gender equity in the Arab world: women in boardrooms

Sophie and Diana discuss what led her and her co-founder, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan to found Aurora 50, a social business developing sustainable strategies to increase gender equity in boards of directors, but also current trends, and tips to develop a board career.

2020 saw a noticeable slowdown in the rate of increase for female representation on boards, with a gain of only 0.6 percentage points If the trend over the past four years continues it may take until 2029 for women to comprise 30% of corporate boards, and until 2045 to reach 50% (source: Women on Boards report progress by MSCI)

In the UAE, the regulator - Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA), has stipulated that women must represent 20% of directors on listed company boards. However, women currently hold only 3.5% of these board seats.

About the Podcast

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Conversations with change agents on increasing gender equity in the workplace.

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Sophie Leray

Sophie is the cofounder of EVE List - evelist.org.

Sophie is the founder and spokesperson for the WIL Forum, the first platform for business women leaders in the Middle East and Asia. Based in Dubai for over a decade, she is the co-author of award winner ‘Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future’, published in May 2016.