IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit How Diversity Creates Innovation in the Digital Ecosystem

Digital Event | December 7, 2022


Across the region, organizations are increasingly embracing a more holistic approach to their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts. Though most organizations start by focusing on environmental issues (greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, etc.), social pillar topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) and other employee experience–related issues (e.g., wellbeing, belonging, etc.) are rapidly gaining prominence.

While 93% of women in the IT workforce feel that they are valued and do have a voice in the organizations they represent — and 87% of female executives agree that the work they do contributes to the overall growth and success of their organizations — real-world impact is still lacking. To achieve this, organizations need to evolve and adapt their approaches and take new steps to stay ahead of issues facing women as they arise.

The 2022 edition of the IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit, which will run under the theme How Diversity Creates Innovation in the Digital Ecosystem, is a true celebration of women. It is a platform dedicated to creating an enabling environment and maximizing opportunities for women in decision-making processes that affect every aspect of their lives and wellbeing. Join us as we explore inclusive planning initiatives that contribute to the elimination of inequalities and promote the autonomy of women in the tech industry.

Masterclass Arena


The 2nd 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.


Nomazwi Mhloma

Deputy CIO, eThekwini Municipality(South Africa)

Figen Özmen

Group Head of IT Business Solutions, Agesa Emeklilik ve Hayat

Dilek Şen Karakaya

ISMS Department Manager, T.C. Sağlık Bakanlığı

Tülin Şendemir

Machinery & Electronics Investment Manager, Nobel İlaç

Hülya Çavuş

CIO, Tavuk Dünyası

Nihan Namoğlu

CISO, AgeSA Hayat ve Emeklilik

Funda Öney


Başak Berk

IT Manager, Olgun Çelik

Angela Yochem

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

Nani M. Butti

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



Time Event & Speakers

Networking / Platform Familiarization


IDC Welcome Address

Ronita Bhattacharjee

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

How Diversity Creates More Innovation

Nagia El-Emary

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

Diversity is being lauded for its many advantages on a global scale. This Keynote will discuss how diversity contributes to innovation, especially in terms of product/services design. It also explores how diversity makes innovation available and accessible to a wider audience.


Shattering the Glass Ceiling: How Much Progress Have Women Made?

Folasade B. Femi-Lawal

Head, Card & Messaging Business, First Bank of Nigeria

Zeynep Yasemin Tekşen Altaş

Chief Digital Banking & Payment Systems Officer, Architecht

Alexandra Tarazi

Director - Health Information Systems, Primary Health Care Corporation (Qatar)

Sheilah Birgen

Country Lead, Innovate UK KTN Global Alliance Africa (Kenya)

This session will explore the current state of female leadership in technology and reveal how women in tech are leading the dialogue on social justice. It will showcase the strategies women are using to increase diversity and drive retention and highlight some of the biggest obstacles women in the industry face.


Leadership & Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce

Jyoti Lalchandani

Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director (META)

Funke Feyisitan Ladimeji

Executive Director, Coronation Merchant Bank and Chairperson of Association of Women Bankers of Nigeria (APWB) (Nigeria)

İsmihan Baysal Anderson

IT and Automation Director, İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Georgina Mukami Odhiambo

Head of ICT Channels Operations, National Bank of Kenya

Leabetswe Bomvana

Executive Head of Business Strategy, Metropolitan Life (South Africa)

Expanding the roles of women in IT leadership has valuable long-term consequences across all industries — it positively impacts business outcomes, work cultures, and all levels of innovation, driving financial performance in the process. In the last few years, the world of work as we know has slowly vanished, only to be replaced by a new, more flexible work model. Many executives are now trying to adjust their leadership styles to fit today’s workplace requirements. This session examines gender diversity in organizations and highlights the need to expand programs that develop female leaders. Industry leaders will provide insights into accelerating leadership journeys through a calibrated, results-oriented set of personal and career development strategies. It will provide insights, tools, and approaches that help leaders and their teams transition to this new work paradigm.


Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

Nada Rizkallah

Deputy General Manager - Head of Risk Management & Strategy, Credit Libanais (Lebanon)

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina

Chief Strategy Officer, Blend Network (United Kingdom)

Mai B AlOwaish

Chief Data Officer, Gulf Bank (Kuwait)

Diversity offers a depth of insight, perspective, and experience across the organization. This diversity goes far beyond age, gender, and ethnicity into skills, competencies, philosophies, and life experiences. This session will discuss why the importance of a diverse board of directors cannot be overstated, with every decision and interaction effecting the entire organization.



Overcoming the Lack of Transparency for Women in the Workplace

Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

Ambassador & CEO, Women in AI UAE Chapter / President, Emirates Digital Association for Women / Director, Centre for Cyber Security, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU) (UAE)

When considering the issue of gender equality, women are much more susceptible to the adverse effects of a lack of transparency. Today, most women are unaware of how much their colleagues are being paid or if there are hidden elements to the rewards that people — especially men — may or may not get. How can women gain a better understanding of their worth in the workplace by pushing for more transparency, and what are some of the challenges to achieving this end?


Having an Inclusive Mindset and the Importance of being an Ally

Zina Janabi

Inclusion & Diversity Director, Middle East PwC


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General Information


Virtual Event


Wednesday, December 7


8:00AM (GMT)



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


For More Information, contact: Ronita Bhattacharjee - Vice President, Conferences

Mobile: +971 4 391 2747 | Email:

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.


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