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Visionary Women in Tech – Inspiring Diversity, Leadership and Entrepreneurship

About this event

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) and Vesuvio Labs cordially invite you to a webinar entitled “Visionary Women in Tech – Inspiring Diversity, Leadership and Entrepreneurship”.

Women outperform on almost every dimension of leadership, the evidence for this just keeps on growing. In tech, women are breaking barriers and creating for themselves a more empowered female leadership landscape.

This webinar will line-up and reveal the inspiring personal journeys from a panel of accomplished women who have embraced technology and going beyond; As the world innovates and technology advances, the opportunity for businesses and society to advance women in STEM careers has never been greater.

It aims to shed light on the pioneering role women worldwide are conducting and highlight specifically the role Women in Qatar have in supporting the national economy, at the increasing rate we see today.

The webinar is a ‘by registration only’ event and will be held virtually on Tuesday, 24 May 2022, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm.


12:00 PM - 12:06 PM Opening Remarks

Sheikha Alanoud Al-Thani, Deputy CEO and Chief Business officer, QFC

12:06 PM - 12:12 PM Keynote speech

Marwa Adawy, Head of Delivery, Vesuvio Labs

12:12 PM - 12:18 PM Keynote speech

Dr Saeeda Jaffar, Senior Vice President & Group Country Manager for the Gulf Cooperation Council region, Visa

12:18 PM - 12:48 PM Panel discussion - Impact of inclusivity in economic development & sustainability: Catalysing the workplace of the future


Maysoon R. Zayed, Chief Advisor to the President for Commercialization and Global Strategic Partnerships, University of Doha for Science and Technology


Marwa Adawy, Head of delivery, Vesuvio Labs

Stefanie Schachtschabel, Founder & CEO, Welcome to the World

Tamara Rida, General Counsel at the University of Doha for Science and Technology

12:48 PM - 12:56 PM Q&A

12:56 PM – 13:00 PM Closing Remarks

Maysoon R. Zayed, Chief Advisor to the President for Commercialization and Global Strategic Partnerships, University of Doha for Science and Technology

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  • Guest speaker
    Tamara Rida General Counsel @ University of Doha for Science and Technology

    Tamara Rida is the General Counsel at the University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) and is registered on the Roll of Solicitors in the UK, and the Jordanian Bar Association. Ms. Rida joined the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar as its first in-house general legal counsel and worked to establish the Legal Affairs department and governance structure, which lead transformation of the college to UDST from a legal precedent. Prior to joining UDST, Ms. Rida worked as a corporate lawyer, and assisted businesses on a wide range of subjects. She became a partner in the Saed Karajah & Associates firm, early in her career. Being passionate about human rights, she was among the establishers of the No Honour in Crime campaign in Jordan and helped found the Junior Chamber International chapter in Jordan. Ms. Rida was also chosen to intern at the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime in Vienna, which inspired her to pursue research on the application of AI in the judiciary.

  • Guest speaker
    Marwa Adawy Head of Delivery at Vesuvio Labs @ Vesuvio Labs

    With a background in software engineering, Marwa moved into the world of an Islamic Fintech firm bringing with her several years of software development experience. Marwa spearheaded the development of Yielders’ innovative technology platform leading a small team, she drove the strategy and roll-out of a platform serving over 10,000 investors globally. Doing so, she has opened-up access to financial inclusion for those underserved by traditional financial products. Marwa has also been recognised for her advocacy of the industry and a commitment to the personal and professional development of those around with numerous awards. Her most recent, for Woman in Technology at the Muslim Women Awards, heralded her efforts to increase invisibility of Muslim women in technology.Finally, in her new role as Senior Project Manager and Agile Coach at Vesuvio Labs (Fintech Venture Builder), Marwa has shown that she is able to come into an organisation and drive fundamental change extremely quickly.

  • Guest speaker
    Maysoon R. Zayed Chief Advisor to the President for Commercialization and Global Strategic Partnerships @ University of Doha for Science and Technology

    A strategic visionary, focused on technology, operations management, entrepreneurship, leadership and corporate transformation, acting as the architect of go-to-market strategies and digital initiatives that meet corporate quantitative and revenue targets. Worldwide marketing technology, AI and business operations leader offering CMO services to high growth companies in multiple industries including FinTechs. She has earned an MBA from Northwestern University, USA, and has significant experience working in senior leadership management roles in the US, Qatar, as well as in the region.

  • Guest speaker
    Dr. Saeeda Jaffar Senior Vice President & Group Country Manager for the Gulf Cooperation Council Region @ Visa

    Prior to joining Visa, Dr Jaffar was the Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal ME, the world’s leading turnaround and restructuring firm. Dr Jaffar has also held leadership positions at McKinsey & Company as well as Bain & Company, serving clients across the U.S., Europe and the GCC. Over her 20 years of professional career, Dr Jaffar has worked in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. on a wide range of strategic, M&A and performance-related issues with clients across a range of industries, while specializing in financial services including universal banks, private banks, investment banks, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, government institutions and family-owned businesses. Dr. Jaffar is an Emirati national and earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University, where she was the valedictorian. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT.)

  • Guest speaker
    Stefanie Schachtschabel Founder & CEO @ Welcome to the World

    A Dutch national & a global citizen with 17+ years of working experience in international business, media & marketing. A serial entrepreneur with a passion for connecting people. Highlights include Chairman at UAE's Netherlands Business Council, Founder & Managing Director of CityFilm Media Consultancy LLC as well as Globally FZ-LLC. Now Stefanie is the Founder & CEO of tourism startup Welcome to the World.

  • Team member
    Qatar Financial Centre Qatar Financial Centre

  • Guest speaker
    Sheikha Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Business Officer @ Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

    Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Business Officer of Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), where she plays an integral part in achieving QFC’s vision of transforming Doha into a leading global financial and commercial hub through attracting FDI and developing a sustainable local economy. Previous to her current role, Alanoud was instrumental in driving the organisation’s record growth over the past five years and sustaining growth even during the pandemic, increasing by 80 per cent the number of firms registering on the platform in 2020. Prior to joining the QFC, Alanoud served as the Qatar Country Representative and Director for Silatech, a Qatar-based social initiative that connects young people to employment opportunities across the Arab region. Out of her deep belief in the need to support Arab youth empowerment, Alanoud greatly expanded Silatech’s operations within Qatar, helping connect thousands of young people to private sector opportunit...

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