2022 Dubai Women in Leadership Symposium
Fatima AlQubaisi is the first woman from the United Arab Emirates to graduate from Harvard Law School and she is an active member of her community. She graduated with honors from Paris Sorbonne University and attended high-school at Sheikh Zayed Private Academy. In her professional life, Fatima worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority where she progressed to Senior Associate, being the first and only Emirati female lawyer to join, and then she moved to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. She is now a Legal Counsel at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Fatima is dual qualified in her home country, and she has passed the New York bar. AlQubaisi speaks four languages including English, French, German, and Arabic. Fatima’s biggest role model and mentor is H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation who played a big role in Fatima’s childhood and was an active member of her school. Fatima often says, "Her Highness Mother of the Nation instilled the love of learning within me, and to top it off we share the same name." Fatima participated in several legal, business, and cultural seminars, both as a speaker and moderator. She is an avid debater and reader and has been featured on multiple media outlets. In her free time, she works pro bono and assists people and particularly women in the Middle East with their legal queries. She is known for pushing the status quo. Fatima’s agility and adaptability made her a role model for many. With her acute sense of humor and attention to details, she uses her platform and online presence to aspire and create a more equal world.
Candice D’Cruz is the Vice President, Luxury Brand Marketing & Management, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International. She is currently responsible for developing and leading the luxury brand portfolio within the region consisting of eight of the world’s most prestigious hospitality brands including The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide. With over 18 years of international experience in the hospitality and luxury space, Candice joined the team in 2017 to setup the luxury discipline for Middle East & Africa, and has been focused on bringing to life the luxury brands in the region through locally relevant strategies, distinctive brand activations and unique partnerships. A brand specialist with experience in diverse markets such as Australia, Belgium, India, including over a decade in the Middle East alone, Candice’s strategic leadership plays a pivotal role in positioning Marriott International as a key luxury player across EMEA. Candice is a true believer that travel defines us more than our nationality and often turns to her young daughter for inspiration on how to cater to the new generations of ever-demanding luxury consumers who are rewriting the industry rulebook. Candice has been voted amongst the Top 50 most influential woman leader in the hospitality industry in the Middle East and 2019’s Top Storyteller by Forbes Middle East.
Emerson Automation Solutions
Widad Haddad heads the overall business for Emerson Automation Solutions in the UAE, Oman, Yemen & Lebanon. Widad joined Emerson as a Marketing Engineer in 2008 and has been steadily promoted since, to the point where she led the Marketing Department as the Marketing Director from 2014 to 2018 before taking the role of Vice President and General Manager for UAE, Oman,Yemen & Lebanon in July 2018; and becoming the first female Vice President & GM for Emerson in MEA. In this role, Widad manages an organization of 120 employees covering sales, service, operations, finance, legal, HR and admin. Widad is also a member of the Diversity & Inclusiong Executive Council for Emerson MEA. Before joining Emerson, Widad held various roles in engineering, marketing and sales. She started her career in Lebanon in 2002 as a Mechanical Engineer designing Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Plumbing systems for residential buildings and commercial centres. In 2005, she moved to Dubai to become Marketing and Sales Manager of a local manufacturing and trading company specialising in industrial electrical supplies. After a year-long stint in 2007 on the creative side of marketing with Zee Network’s Zee Arabiya television youth channel, she joined Emerson. Widad is a graduate of McMaster University in Canada and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Organization and Business Psychology from University of Liverpool. Widad is a mother of a four years old boy, and plans to continue balancing her growing career and motherhood.
Maysoun Ramadan is the Diversity and Inclusion Partner - Global at Roche. Filling an extensive and far-reaching role, Maysoun is responsible for providing thought leadership on diversity, inclusion and belonging across the organization, while contributing to the building of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy and capabilities both internally and externally for Roche across its divisions. Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Maysoun has been with Roche for over 14 years, previously serving as Head of People, Culture & Corporate Communications for the Middle East - Roche Diagnostics division. For the last decade-and-a-half, Maysoun has contributed significantly towards keeping Roche at the forefront of healthcare diagnostics in the region. Maysoun embarked on her diverse journey with Roche 15 years ago, starting out in the commercial domain in oncology, breast cancer, hematology, and organ transplantation. After more than 6 years of creating patient and public awareness campaigns, Maysoun made a career shift and played a fundamental role in establishing the Communications and Public Affairs function for Roche Diagnostics in the Middle East. As an official spokesperson for the company, Maysoun led strategic internal communications and employee engagement, as well as being instrumental in shaping the company’s external communications, outreach, and presence in the healthcare sector as a thought leader, partner and employer of choice in the region. She subsequently moved to lead the Roche Diagnostics’ People, Culture & Corporate Communications in the Middle East, covering 16 countries and over 450 employees across the region and driving forward the company’s culture, values and mission of ‘doing now what patients need next.’ During her tenure, she oversaw the delivery of high-quality human capital services and strategies at the regional Diagnostics division, as well as led the company’s strategic communications and media relations activities for the Middle East.
Irada is leading diversity, inclusiveness and wellbeing initiatives including gender diversity, cultural agility ,inclusive leadership and belonging across 16 countries in MENA. She has been with EY since 2016, prior to which she spent 7 years in telecoms in Eurasia and 4 years in large scale multi sports events such as London Olympics and European Games. Over the course of her career she is passionate about unveiling the human side of business, increasing a sense of belonging, work-life flexibility, well-being, reducing bias, giving voice to underrepresented groups/minorities and developing future focused approaches to give everyone a fair chance at progression in their career. Irada holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical technology engineering from State Oil academy and Master’s degree in Human Resource Management in Middlesex University UK. She’s a certified MBTI(Myers Briggs Type indicator) coach, intercultural intelligence certified practitioner, accredited TRACOM social style and mindfulness trainer. She is also fluent in 4 languages.