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H.E. Shamsa Saleh

H.E. Shamsa Saleh

CEO of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE)

Secretary-General of the UAE Gender Balance Council

Her Excellency Shamsa Saleh provides valuable leadership at both Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) and at the UAE Gender Balance Council, a federal entity established in 2015 to support gender equality.

Under the leadership of H.E. Shamsa Saleh, DWE has launched several key projects and initiatives which support the Establishment’s mission to enhance the crucial role of Emirati women as equal contributors to their society. These include the inaugural Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016, as well as the second edition of this global platform to be held in February 2020. 

H.E. Shamsa has been Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Women Establishment since 2011, when she was promoted from her position as DWE’s Director of Strategic Development & Corporate Development. She originally joined DWE in 2008 and was instrumental in the organization of the first Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in the MENA region, the Arab Women Leadership Forum, Women on Boards Initiative, Women Leadership Exchange Program, Emirates Leaders Gathering and the National Child Care Centers Project, amongst many others. 

She is also the Secretary-General of the UAE Gender Balance Council, which was established in 2015 to support the UAE’s vision of becoming a regional and international leader in gender equality. 

Prior to joining DWE, H.E. Shamsa served as Head of Corporate Planning & Projects Management – Vice President Corporate Strategy at Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX) from 2006 to 2008. H.E. also worked as Strategy and Special Project Senior Analyst in the strategy department at TECOM, from 2002 to 2006.

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