30 Jun 2021

IDC Launches New Event Series to Promote the Influential Role of Women in Tech Across the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa

Dubai – IDC is delighted to announce a new series of virtual events that aim to celebrate the growing role that women are playing in advancing the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) technology landscape. The inaugural IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit series will run under the theme 'Educate, Engage, and Empower' and promises to be memorable, empowering, and inspiring, with exclusive insights from some of the region’s foremost female ministers, CIOs, CEOs, regulators, executives, and industry leaders.

Three dedicated online events will take place later this year, scheduled as follows:

With a focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I), the event series will incorporate a CEO panel discussion titled 'A View of D&I Strategy from the Top', in addition to technology-focused sessions on topics such as 'The Future of Digital Infrastructure' and 'The Evolution of Cloud Technologies'. Other sessions will include 'Women: Building the Future of Digital', 'What Does Diversity Have to Do with Digital Transformation?', and 'Rising to the Challenge: Why This is a Good Time for Women to Act'.

"Globally, numerous women have assumed leadership positions in the technology industry with great success, confirming the belief that diverse organizations perform better, hire better talent, have more engaged employees, and retain workers better than those that do not focus on D&I," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and managing director for the META region. "At IDC, we are committed to setting new benchmarks for the industry, and through the IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit we aim to provide a platform that will help accelerate the implementation of D&I best practices across the region."

To this end, the events will showcase insights from the region's most inspirational female tech pioneers as they detail their own journeys and the invaluable contributions they have made to their organizations. Hosted on a fully immersive and interactive virtual platform, the IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit series will present an unrivaled opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking among participants.

Each event will also play host to regionalized editions of the 'IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit Awards 2021'. With categories including 'CEO Catalysts of the Year', 'Rising Stars of the Year', 'CIO Pioneers of the Year', and 'Digital Transformation Leaders of the Year', the awards will recognize the efforts of female tech leaders who have not only positively impacted business outcomes, work cultures, and levels of innovation but also successfully promoted gender diversity and mentorship programs within their organizations.

To learn more about the IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit 2021, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #IDCWTTS.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

IDC in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa

For the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit www.idc.com/mea. You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA