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Inspiring international women introducing their background and businesses, sharing their stories of successes.

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26 – 29TH OCTOBER 2022

JEDDAH

INSPIRING WOMEN FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

SALONNIÈRE, CREATIVE ARTIST, ENTREPRENEUR, BRAND BUILDER, PHOTOGRAPHER, CURATOR, PRODUCER

LISA TSE

Lisa Tse is a creative artist entrepreneur and photographer, founding a range of ventures including her eponymous brand consultancy in London that works with luxury brands and clients around the world.

Lisa is the President and Founder of The Sorority. a pioneering private society of influential women ranging from business leaders to royalty. Named by CNN as one of the ’Top five members clubs for women”, The Sorority is dedicated to championing women for positive change and personal fulfilment through a trusted circle of women around the world. In 2015 Lisa was awarded at the Inspiration Awards for Women which celebrate the achievements of remarkable women who inspire those around them.

Lisa was the Creative Director of Centrepoint’s Gala at Kensington Palace hosted by HRH William, Prince of Wales and has overseen the success of three galas for Centrepoint since 2013 to support the charity’s mission to end youth homelessness in the UK.

Through her love of photography, Lisa became a Curator for the trailblazing 209 Women photographic exhibition in 2018, a historic portrait takeover of UK Parliament representing the UK’s top women leaders. With a creative focus on capturing candid moments in a reportage style, Lisa’s photographic work has been published in the national press and media.

Lisa co-founded Opus Artz, a veteran concept art studio that has worked on over 300 game titles. The studio credits many AAA game titles to its diverse portfolio including New World, Fortnite, Battlefield Hardline and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Lisa was a Producer of the Power of Women television series on SKY.

Lisa Tse
HH Sheika Intisar AlSabah
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, PHILANTHROPIST, AUTHOR, PRODUCER

HH SHEIKHA INTISAR ALSABAH

Sheikha Intisar Salem Al Ali AlSabah is a princess from Kuwait’s Royal Family. She is the founder and editorial director of « Lulua Publishing » and the Founder of« Alnowair » positivity initiative, which is a non-profit initiative considered to be her biggest contribution to date to her beloved country Kuwait.

Sheikha Intisar Salem AlAli AlSabah is highly influential in the Kuwaiti society and she is wholly dedicated to the issues of education, health, child protection, human rights and woman rights. She has played a vital role in alleviating the suffering of people afflicted by disasters, conflicts, and wars. Sheikha Intisar AlSabah has dedicated all her life to philanthropist actions and has always been involved with Humanitarian organizations that work towards providing education, upliftment and equal opportunities to those who need it most. To name a few, she has been involved with spreading awareness and raising funds for UNHCR for the victims of the Syrian War.

Sheikha Intisar AlSabah is an active member of the Human Rights Watch Kuwait chapter, an organization that promotes justice and human rights across the globe. Additionally, she has organized with ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross) many initiatives such as a roundtable discussion that sheds light on the plight of Arab women in war.

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST, CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST, OWNER OF WHISPERS OF SERENITY CLINIC, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, FORBES US SPEAKER

HH SAYYIDA BASMA AL SAID

HH Sayyida Basma Bint Fakhri Al Said Of Oman is a visionary agent of change who has tirelessly championed the modernization of mental health in the Sultanate of Oman and has become an icon for reform across the GCC. She has been recognized by many awards and honors for her work in the field of mental health. She was awarded the “Golden Shield of Excellence” from the Arab Women’s Council – Amman – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 2015, and an honorary doctorate of youth volunteer projects – Dubai / United Arab Emirates in May 2015. She was ranked first for the Excellence Award for the category of health services of the Journal of Women 2012 and awarded the prestigious Omani “Woman of the Year” in 2016.

She founded “Whispers of Serenity” the first clinic of its kind in Oman to provide a holistic range of psychotherapy services to men, women and children suffering from mental illness.

She is also a passionate advocate for victims of child abuse and has done much work in this field. As indeed, her previous role as a member of the Committee for child abuse at the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Hospital attests.

HH Sayyida Basma Al Said
Muna AbuSulayman

MUNA ABUSULAYMAN

Muna AbuSulayman is an internationally recognized visionary philanthropic and international development leader with over two decades diverse cross-sector experience. Her work includes launching, investing, managing, and leading transformation for multiple startups, businesses and foundations throughout her career. She is presently a partner at Transform VC (TVC) a Venture Capital investment advisory firm based in Silicon Valley investing in Deep Tech.

She is also a committee member at the UN Women’s Humanitarian Peace Fund, and is a board member at Gucci Board for Global Equity advising the CEO of Gucci to fulfill the company’s vision to empower all people to live a life of self-expression.

Muna has also served as a board member at several other organizations and many prestigious universities across the US, UK and Middle East. At the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation she served as the Secretary General for seven years directing a charitable initiatives portfolio exceeding $1billion.
She is a co-founder and/or partner to numerous projects and businesses and has been a fellow at the Yale Global Fellowship and the Aspen Institute Middle East Initiative and is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

In addition, Muna is a founder and lead host at Kalam Nawaem on MBC TV, an hour long female led roundtable discussion and interview format widely credited for pushing social boundaries, catalyzing changes in attitudes regarding females across the Arab world. The show has tens of millions of viewers around the world and is still a top 10 most watched weekly program in the MENA region. As such, she has given numerous global speeches and achieving many awards and achievements, including Forbes Magazine in 2018 listing Muna in their list of Middle East’s Most Influential Women.

FADIA ALTAWEEL

Fadia Altaweel is a media icon and breast cancer campaigner.
Recognised as the “best talk show presenter” on MBC, Fadia was honoured by the former US First Lady Laura Bush as “the bravest Arab woman in the world” for her fight against breast cancer.

Her award-winning media career includes being named as one of the 50 most influential Arab women on Twitter, and in 2015 prepared for the biggest Breast Cancer Ribbon by gathering 10,000 women in Jeddah under the sponsorship of HRH Princess Reema bint Salman Al Saud and broke a Guinness World Record.

In 2016 she was chosen by Estée Lauder as one of the four muses of the Arab world.

Fadia Altaweel
Leonor Diaz Alcantara

LEONOR DIAZ ALCANTARA

Leonor Diaz Alcantara is an award-winning social entrepreneur, CEO, and mentor. Currently serving as CEO of the Montessori Group, Leonor uses her extensive knowledge to develop high-impact programs to support children, families, and teachers and inspire new policies in the educational sector. Leonor brings to the role decades of experience in both private and NGO sectors, focusing on mobilizing resources for a broad range of initiatives.

Leonor’s career spans working with the UK NGO National Playing Fields Association, where she was responsible for organizing 5 Royal events a year (Prince Philip was the President and Her Majesty The Queen was the Patron of the charity) to becoming the first CEO of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. At the Trust she worked with the BBC on the first Galapagos series with Sir David Attenborough and transformed the organization into the voice of Galapagos in the UK.

During her time as CEO at the medical research institute, RAFT, Leonor created a life sciences company, Smart Matrix Ltd, and was its CEO for five years when both organizations won several international awards.

Leonor has sat on numerous boards and currently, she is a part of the Advisory Board of Global Thinkers Forum; the Steering Committee of Karanga – The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills; the Advisory Board of award-winning social enterprise, Venner, and as the representative of the Montessori Group as a Partner of the Global Responsible Leadership Institute.

Leonor has personally won 6 international awards for leadership. In April 2021, the Global Forum for Education and Learning named Leonor one of the Top 100 Visionaries in Education. In August 2022, The Victory Magazine named her one of the Top Ten Influential Women Leaders of the Year 2021.

SARAH HO

Sarah Ho is a British Jewellery designer from Hong Kong with a jewellery showroom based in Mayfair, London and in Monaco. Having grown up in Macau, Sarah moved to London to study fashion and jewellery design. Her interest in jewellery was ignited by the jewel collections of the iconic women in her family. Sarah went on to study gemmology in Antwerp preparing her to launch her fine jewellery company in 2006. Sarah Ho now showcases her bold and feminine designs at her Mayfair showroom, at international exhibitions and trunk shows.

Sarah’s work is a celebration of rare pearls, gemstones and diamonds. The gemstones take precedence in Sarah’s designs with every element being responsibly sourced – from resetting old gemstones to conflict-free diamonds.

Sarah’s ethical approach to creating jewellery is a focus for her design process. She sources stones and pearls from unworn antique and vintage pieces and re-imagines them into modern jewellery designs, minimising the carbon footprint. Other stones are sourced from trusted dealers who adhere to the same environmental and ethical standards. Sarah Ho London is committed to responsible practices by minimising waste through recycling, transparent supply chains and advocating for sustainability.

Sarah Ho creates a limited amount of pieces each year, allowing the designs to be exclusive and fresh. The high jewellery pieces are often one-of-a-kind due to the nature of the gems and the design.

Sarah Ho
Dr Gabriela Mercik

DR. GABRIELA MERCIK

Dr Mercik founded her own state-of-the-art clinic in London in 2012, situated at the prestigious 56 Harley Street, simultanenously growing her clinic in Omagh, Northern Ireland, founded in 2010. Dr. Mercik’s experience as a master injector has allowed her to successfully train many doctors and nurses worldwide in PDO Beauty Lift Threads and Dermal Fillers.

Dr Mercik is known for having the most advanced non-surgical machines and facial treatments in London. She introduced the revolutionary PDO Thread Lift to the UK and is the pioneer of the new 6D Laser Face Lift treatment as featured The Financial Times, Style Edit and Tatler.

Her eponymous groundbreaking and award-winning molecular luxury skincare line works to deeply hydrate skin, achieving a natural looking and long lasting result using molecular water.

SOFANA DAHLAN

Sofana Dahlan is an accomplished Saudi lawyer specialising in corporate law and social entrepreneur driving creative industries across the Middle East. She holds the prized distinction of being the first female lawyer to be permitted to practice law in Saudi Arabia and has served as a legal consultant in different parts of the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait.

Dahlan has also served in the public sector as the Vice Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia from 2016 to 2017, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker. Currently, Dahlan is involved with the Saudi Bar Association as the first female to serve on the Fee Assessment Committee. She has regularly engaged and sat on the board of various entities, such as Khadija Bint Khuwailid Centre and Namaa Almunawara, to advise on corporate governance matters, crises and special situations.

Sofana Dahlan
Ivone Soares

IVONE SOARES

Ivone Soares is a Mozambican politician – Member of Parliament since 2010 – currently serving the third term. She is the President of the Business and Professional Women- Chapter of Maputo, Mozambique. Soares is a poetry, newspapers columnist, TV commentator and entrepreneur.

As a politician, she served as Chief Whip of the biggest opposition party in the Mozambican parliament from 2015 to 2020. Prior to that position she mediated the peace negotiations between the then President of Renamo Party and leader of the opposition, Afonso Dhlakama, and the then President of Republic of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, to settle the date for the signing the Agreement on Cessation of Military Hostilities that put end to the 2009-post electoral conflict.

In 2014 she was nominated by the Africa Report Magazine as one of the 50 emerging personalities in Africa (“50 Rising Stars of Africa”), the only one from a Portuguese speaking Country. Ivone Soares is fluent in Portuguese, Italian and English. She runs a weekly TV commentary programme as well as a weekly newspaper column in the biggest private paper SAVANA since 2010.

CHING HE HUANG MBE

Ching is an International Emmy nominated TV chef & cookery author who has become an ambassador of Chinese cooking around the world. Born in Taiwan, raised in South Africa and U.K., cookery was a vital connection between Ching and her Chinese heritage. Ching’s dynamic approach to modern Chinese food is evident in her immensely popular TV work including 11 TV shows which are sold, distributed and broadcast around the world. Ching is an award winning cookery author, having published ten best-selling cookbooks to date. Ching has consulted on family owned restaurants to international corporations in hospitality, working with brands to execute successful media campaigns.

Ching He Huang MBE
Alla Svrinskaya

ALLA SVIRINSKAYA

Alla Svirinskaya is a medically trained, fifth-generation energy healer who was coached in Soviet Moscow by her mother and is now considered one of the world’s top experts in holistic wellness.
For decades, Alla Svirinskaya has made headlines around the world with her extraordinary healing power. She overcame tremendous cynicism from critics to bring her revolutionary methods into the mainstream. Alla was the first healer to be featured simultaneously on the covers of The Times and the Times 2 supplements. She is widely known as a ‘super-guru of London’ (Evening Standard) and is renowned for her high success rate, resulting in a long waiting list at her private practice. Alla is the author of three international bestsellers on energy medicine, which were translated into 27 languages. The Duchess of York has written the foreword to Alla’s first book Energy Secrets, and her latest book Own Your Energy went straight to #1 New Release on Amazon USA and the UK, a bestseller on Audible for three months, and led to the nomination “Best MBS author 2020”. She has acted as a senior consultant to some leading spas around the world, including the iconic Chiva-Som, as well as founded highly-acclaimed women-only pro-ageing lunch events “Wellbeing Conversations A La Carte at Claridge’s” in London.

Alla counts numerous celebrity and royal clients among the thousands of people she has helped.

PAULA SLIER

Paula is an award winning War Correspondent and International Journalist. She is the CEO and founder of NewshoundMedia International, Middle East bureau chief for RT, and a roving international reporter for Eyewitness News and eNCA. She writes for South African and global publications.

Paula Slier
Katherine Nathan

KATHERINE NATHAN

Katherine has been running her own Creative Production company RATCHET since 2008 servicing clients across sector. She started her career at the Daily Telegraph Newspaper in the UK as a Sports reporter before taking up a Television Production traineeship with the BBC. Specialising in TV branding, promotional and advertising content, Katherine worked as Producer or Creative Director on major channel launches in the UK, North America, Europe and Asia. After living and working in Canada for 5 years, she returned to the Uk to become the first ever Creative Director for BBC Worldwide, now BBC Studios the commercial international studio of the BBC. Committed to training and building diverse teams and pursuing excellence in content creation, Katherine is honoured to share expert knowledge and personal experience to help develop female creative talent across the globe.

TRACEY WOODWARD

Tracey Woodward is a highly respected, experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the Cosmetics and Wellbeing industries; skilled in Leadership, Marketing Management, Retail, Sales, Spa and Product Development she is an inspiring and motivational leader.

With a career that spans over 35 years, Tracey started out on beauty counters and soon made strides, working her way up with brands such as Estée Lauder, Aveda, M&S and Aromatherapy Associates.

Tracey has the ability to create and deliver a vision – her strength lies in identifying areas of weakness, addressing operational vulnerability and creating a clear and concise action strategy.

She has a thorough understanding on what it takes to create and nurture a successful brand, especially in times when consumers expect purpose, transparency, sustainability, and education; Tracey leads the way in self-care, wellness and alternative beauty brands.

Tracey is an industry thought leader and currently sits on several boards as an advisory director, including Cedarbridge, Skin & Tonic, Beauty Bulb and TOYL; she is also co-creator to Kalmar.

Tracey Woodward
Halina Bartoszek Rosa

HALINA BARTOSZEK ROSA

Halina Rosa is a folk artist, painter and designer. She has designed patterns from the provincial regions of Poland and Sweden, many of which have been patented. Her favorite themes are motifs from nature, from which she creates unique patterns combining different world cultures. She also uses regional traditions in the design of new costumes and promotes Polish and Scandinavian Folklore all over the world.

Halina moved to Sweden permanently in 2015 and opened her own business, actively participating in exhibitions, cultural events, fairs, openings and folk fashion shows. Her goal is to promote Polish and Scandinavian regional culture, designing modern patterns to bring Scandinavian folklore alive in casual attire.

In 2018, she was rewarded, and became an Ambassador for Business Women to promote creativity and entrepreneurship. She is the co-author of the second edition of Kinga Langley’s book “BUSINESS INSPIRATIONS WITH POLISH WOMEN IN THE WORLD”, where she shares her knowledge and inspires others to achieve financial and personal success. In 2020 she become the Ambassador of World Polonia Heritage. She was rewarded as a Women with Passion 2020.

Halina continues to hold fashion shows and events in Scandinavian countries.
Halina Rosa is the Editor in Chief of the DESIGNER magazine Stockholm, author of the biography book THE AMBASSADOR OF DIVINE DIAMONDS, co-author, journalist, publicist, publisher, Ambassador of World Polonia Heritage 2020, Business Women Ambassador 2018, ambassador of creativity. She is the founder of the Foundation of Supporting Culture and International Cooperation named Halina Rosa.

SOPHIA CALVO

Sophia Calvo is a designer, lawyer and inventor from Lima, Peru. She studied at the “Toulouse Lautrec” Institute, specializing in Product Design.
Sophia believes a love of God and design is a fundamental to the formation of a better world and she is dedicated to making people have a smile on their faces and to bringing her culture to the world. Her vision for the international magazine “The Designer”, based in Stockholm, brought the magazine to Colombia weaving cultures, customs and art.

Throughout the years, her award-winning designs have consistently brought support to those in need, from children with allergies, hospital patients to the ‘No More Lives Lost’ Holocaust remembrance project with Yad Vashem and the UN.

Founded in 2018, her company Markkus Design ran projects with prison inmates raising environmental awareness, and in 2020 her personal protection garment design was awarded the Kiwie 2020 Silver Medal in South Korea. This success was recognized in 2021 by the President of the Republic of Peru.

Sophia Calvo