Session provides We-Fi women entrepreneurs opportunities to network and hear from experienced leaders
Dubai, UAE; 17 February 2020: The second day of Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), organised on the sidelines of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020, featured an ‘Entrepreneur Breakfast’ that discussed ways to provide We-Fi women entrepreneurs with the opportunity to successfully grow their business.
Moderated by Danièle Henkel, President, Danièle Henkel Inc. and We-Fi Leadership Champion, Canada, the ‘Entrepreneur Breakfast’ featured a keynote address by Peter Bos, EY Global 7 Drivers of Growth Leader and Co-Founder of EY’s renowned ‘7 Drivers of Growth’ framework. He spoke at length about the concepts behind the ‘7 Drivers of Growth’ framework, and how women entrepreneurs should identify opportunities, and assess and mitigate risks.
Bos said that the ‘7 Drivers of Growth’ include people, technology, operations, customers, finance, transactions and risk. He explained that these ‘drivers’ can be used to develop strategic growth plans, challenge existing plans, drive accelerated and sustainable growth, reach full alignment and inspire by leading best practices. Balance across the ‘7 Drivers’ will help avoid growing pains, and thereby accelerate sustainable growth, he said.
Bos briefed the audience on what global entrepreneurs currently focus on, and
how they are fine-tuning the ‘7 Drivers’ to succeed in their business. He
advised attendees to think differently about their businesses and build action
plans to successfully execute their growth strategies.
The ‘Entrepreneur Breakfast’ also included a Q&A session, which covered a range of topics including the importance of having a diverse network; what challenges women may face, relative to men, in raising capital, and the best way to overcome these challenges.
Organised over two days, The We-Fi MENA Regional Summit brought together over 200 delegates, including high-level government representatives from MENA and We-Fi donor countries, leaders
from the multilateral development banks, their private and public-sector partners and 20 women entrepreneurs from emerging economies from around the region.
The Summit was aimed at spurring action to accelerate women entrepreneurship throughout the MENA region; showcasing programmes, institutions and research that help enhance policies and expand women entrepreneurs’ access to finance, markets, training and mentoring; and engaging women entrepreneurs to generate inspiring new ideas. The event featured sessions offering in-depth discussions, as well as learning and networking opportunities.
The second edition of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020, organised by the Dubai Women Establishment under the theme ‘The Power of Influence’, highlighted dynamic women across governments and the business world, as well as their significant impact and valuable contributions across the global economy and society.
The GWFD focused on the importance of adopting policies and building partnerships that heighten women’s role and influence in four main focus areas: government, economy, society and future. Each of the four areas were addressed in extensive sessions led by local and global speakers and experts from various sectors.