IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit Educate, Engage, and Empower

DIGITAL Event | October 7, 2021


Over the past decade, the pursuit of diversity and inclusion (D&I) has gained considerable momentum, shining a light on the critical role of women in technology. Globally, numerous women have assumed leadership positions in the 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.

At its very core, digital transformation is about cultural change. Beyond the technology aspect, change management is key, and there should be a clear focus on creating a diverse organization. Indeed, according to IDC research, more than 80% of C-suite executives think that D&I policies will have at least some impact on their business.

IDC research also indicates that at least 35% of organizations worldwide have D&I requirements as T&C criteria for IT suppliers, underlining their corporate commitments to strengthening efforts on social topics – as more clients want to work with partners and vendors that share their values. 


Source: IDC

Diversity is a hot topic in the tech industry — and because it’s discussed frequently, it can be easy to feel that things have already changed. However, women remain largely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) roles around the world.

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.

Masterclass Arena

The inaugural edition of the IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit will feature a Masterclass Arena. Here, you will find a selection of CXO best-practice presentations, fireside chats, and panel discussions as respected industry pioneers and thought leaders share insights into the successful digital transformation strategies applied within their own organizations.

Dr. Shadha Al Amri

Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department, University of Technology and Applied Science Muscat, (Oman)

Hajar AlMaazmi

SVP & Head of Information Technology, Ajman Bank (UAE)

Laila Al Hadhrami

Senior Executive Digital Transformation in eTransformation, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) (Oman)

Eng. Eman Al Khayyal

Chief Information Officer, Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWA) (UAE)

Abeer Khedr

Director of Information Security, National Bank of Egypt (Egypt)

Nani M. Butti

Acting, Director of Information System, Ministry of Youth and Sport Afairs (Bahrain)

Seham El Behissy

Products and Connected Services - AMIP, Renault Group (UAE)

Areej Al Shaibani

Acting Director of Human Resource Development & Training, Ministry of Transport, Communications & IT (Oman)

Moza Suwaidan

Director of Strategy & Innovation, Smart Dubai (UAE)

Rasha M. Abu AlSaud

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Leading Bank in Saudi Arabia

Mubaraka Ali Ibrahim

Acting CIO, Emirates Health Services Establishment (UAE)

Ghinwa Baradhi

Chief Information Officer MENAT, HSBC Bank (UAE)

Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

Director, Center for Cybersecurity, New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Noora Al Qubaisi

Chief Information Security Officer, Monitoring & Control Center (UAE)

Sara Al Zarooni

Director of Data Management & Compliance Affairs, The Dubai Data Establishment Smart Dubai (UAE)

Dr. Maliha Hashmi

Prominent Health Leader, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Sally Radwan

Advisor to the Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) (Egypt)

Dr. Shada Alsalamah

Associate Professor, King Abdulaziz University|Cybersecurity Consultant, Ministry of Education, (KSA)

Nada Rizkallah

Head of Risk Management & Strategy, Credit Libanais (Lebanon)

Manal Allam

Middle East Business Partner & IT Head, Merck Group (UAE)

Tanya Koval

Head of Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure, and Workplace, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) (UAE)

Auriel E. Rawlings

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisor, FedEx Express, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (UAE)

Hessa Al Nahdi

CISO, Department of Culture & Tourism Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Dr. Reem Faraj Al-Shammari

Digital Transformation Leader, Kuwait Oil Company (Kuwait)

Mariam AlMuhairi

Head, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE, Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) (UAE)

Hanaa Helmy

CEO, EFG Hermes Foundation (Egypt)

Angela Yochem

EVP, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer, Novant Health (USA)

Arwa Alhamad

Cybersecurity Director, STC (KSA)

Heide Young

Co-Founder, Women in Cyber Security Middle East (UAE)

Dr. Noora Fetais

Founding President of the Arab Association for Cyber Security (ArCS). Associate Professor of Computer Science at Qatar University (Qatar)

John Hill

CIO & Senior Vice President, Business Planning, Carhartt (USA)

Louise van der Bank

CIO, AfriSam (South Africa)

Poonam Bhojani

CEO, Innoventures Education (UAE)

Iman Al-Omrani

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai (UAE)

Katarina M.V. Galic

Director Women in Tech Commission, EU Tech Chamber (EUTECH) (Canada)

Maha Al Baghli

Vice President, Business & Professional Women Network (Kuwait)

Maya AlHawary

Chairwoman of the Board of Governors and Director of Planning, Dubai Carmel School


Time Event & Speakers

IDC Welcome Address

Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Speech by Government Affiliation


Women: Building The Future of Digital

Digital technology is shaping the world around us. Increased participation of women in the tech sector will boost the economy and allow for their full participation in society. Women will improve the start-up environment as research shows that female owned start-ups are more likely to be successful. Businesses will also benefit because diversity at inception leads to better products and services. This session will highlight why women’s active participation is crucial for the shaping of a sustainable, fair, and equitable digital economy and society.


A Better World for Women in Digital Age

The digital revolution is improving female participation in commerce and enhancing the economic and social autonomy of women. Mobility and digital technologies offer women the potential to move past some traditional cultural barriers, particularly in emerging and developing countries. Women are also developing their skills further as they become more digitally literate. Such skills are expected to push women into better-paying management and leadership jobs. With the increasing growth of ecommerce, digital technologies are also helping women access new markets. This session will show how digital technologies allow women to work flexibly and remotely, acquire and interact with customers, receive training and provide mentoring, improve financial autonomy, and access finance.


CEOs Panel: A View of D&I Strategy from the Top

Jyoti Lalchandani

Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director (META), IDC

Tareq A. Al Sadhan

Chief Executive Officer, Riyad Bank

Dr Saeeda Jaffar

General Manager GCC, Visa (UAE)

Dr. Raghavan Seetharaman

Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank
Despite the growing number of IT organizations that say implementing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in their workforce is a business imperative, the proportion of women and minorities still averages under 25% of all employees, particularly in technical roles. New hiring and retention metrics are emerging, as are rising customer and supplier expectations, meaning the vast majority of IT organizations will have to rethink their overall diversity strategies, KPIs, and goals. According to IDC research, already more than 80% of C-suite executives think that D&I policies will have at least some impact on their businesses. This high-level panel discussion will highlight the importance of employee experience measures, present structured ways to report and measure D&I performance, and explain how organizations are implementing diverse recruitment and retention goals, quantifying the impact of executive management and boards in making effective company-wide changes and creating the right setting for a D&I-driven organization.


Rising to the Challenge: Why This is a Good Time for Women to Act

Kathryn Marston

Group Vice President, Customer Experience and Operations, IDC
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an extensive toll on businesses over the past year, resulting in lost revenues, decreased budgets, and radical changes in workforce dynamics. Companies are now focused on establishing technology and business resiliency while cautiously bringing people back into the physical office environment. For many companies, a key part of this effort will be maintaining a sizeable and possibly remote workforce. Managing and motivating people in a mixed-location hybrid workplace provides opportunities for women who have the 'core skills' needed by post-pandemic leaders. This session will explore how the innate skills and counteracting mechanisms many women have developed in their professional careers are now an asset for managers in this 'next normal' world. Presenters will share their stories and provide guidance on managing and moving forward with impact as well as emotional intelligence.



What does Diversity have to do with Digital Transformation?

Nagia El-Emary

Country Director (Egypt) & Senior Consultant (MEA), IDC
A digitally disruptive organization is not only the function of implementing digital transformation (DX), but the outcome of a diverse organization implementing DX. Diverse organizations are able to better build better EX and CX that meets the diverse needs of a workforce and customer base inclusive of women and other minorities. This panel will discuss the correlation between D&I and DX and how D&I is essential for delivering against DX strategies that innovate for a wider customer base.


IDC Women Trailblazers: A Diversity Journey to Success

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC

Mary Conroy

VP of Marketing, Worldwide IT Executive,Industry Research & CEC, IDC

Eva Au

Managing Director, IDC Asia/Pacific

Debbie Bernardi

Chief Human Resources Officer, IDC
The Women Trailblazers panel features a group of female IDC leaders who will discuss in depth their achievements and best practices across technology, HR, marketing, and other lines of business. This panel will focus on the unique diversity challenges women face in today's workplace and the milestones of their own journeys to becoming IDC executives.


Interactive Workshops (Parallel Sessions)

Workshop A: Leaving Your Legacy

14:50 - 15:50

Nagia El-Emary

Country Director (Egypt) & Senior Consultant (MEA), IDC

Workshop B: Hitting Home: Conquering Women-to-Women Bias and Aggression in IT

14:50 - 15:50

Kathryn Marston

Group Vice President, Customer Experience and Operations, IDC

Bennetta Raby

Executive Coach, Organizational and Culture Transformation, Runnvation LLC and CIO Executive Council Coach

Workshop C: Establishing A Progressive IT Culture

14:50 - 15:50

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC

IDC Women Transforming Technology Awards Ceremony


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General Information





Digital Event






Thursday, October 7





10:00AM (Gulf Standard Time)


Registration Fee
Free of Charge: For End Users (not IT + Consultant companies)


For More Information, contact: Sughand Tolani - Conference Director

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While this event will celebrate the role of women in technology, all members of the end-user community – both male and female – are welcome to join us as champions of diversity in the workplace.

Women Transforming Technology Awards


The 'IDC Women Transforming Technology Awards 2021' will recognize the efforts of leading female executives, based on their proven ability to drive innovation, strengthen resiliency, and shape rapid change while championing digital transformation.


Our aim is to honor female leaders who have not only positively impacted business outcomes, work cultures, and levels of innovation but also successfully promoted gender diversity in their organizations and underscored the need to expand mentoring programs that develop female leaders.


To this end, we will be unveiling four separate lists that will recognize the region's top 50 performers in the following categories


Rising Star

Recognizing women who have begun their career in technology in the last five years and have already become high achievers. The judges will examine the last 18 months, looking at achievements, contributions to successful projects, examples of innovation, and an understanding of how technology can create business value.

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

CEO Catalyst

Recognizing business leaders who have become an effective role models for other women in the last 18 months. The judges will examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements, as well as examples of being a role model by inspiring other women to succeed in technology.

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

CIO Pioneer

Recognizing women who have championed the use of technology within their organizations, successfully communicated its merits to a wider audience, and demonstrated innovation and IT excellence in the last 18 months. The judges will look at projects and achievements spanning their current organizations, along with examples of best-practice implementations, leadership, and alignment with business goals.

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

Digital Transformation Leader

Recognizing women who have led an IT transformation, digital transformation, or business-change program driven by technology in the last 18 months (CISOs, CDOs, application heads, infrastructure heads, and other senior IT designations). The judges will assess the planning, execution, and results of the transformation program, looking particularly at the technologies and innovation involved, best practices, alignment to business goals, and impact on the wider business.

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

Contact Us

Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

+971 4 391 2747

Priyanjali Sarkar

Sales Manager, IDC MEA

+971 506591324

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