Reach UAE, the first non-profit organization dedicated to structured mentoring and leadership development for women professionals in the Middle East, held its fourth annual mentoring forum to highlight the role of mentors in developing leadership – particularly among women.

Attended by 150 people, including Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, along with the Reach board and advisory committee, sponsors, supporters, mentors and mentees, the event focused on the topic of “Building Leaders, Shaping the Future”.

Reach Mentoring offers the only structured mentoring programme for women professionals in the Middle East, pairing senior male and female mentors across all industry sectors with aspiring female professionals. Since its inception, Reach Mentoring has had over 300 professional women complete the mentoring programme across the Middle East. This year saw the expansion of Reach from the UAE to include new programme cohorts in Lebanon and Bahrain, as well as a pilot scheme launched in Saudi Arabia with plans to extend the programme later on this year.  The organization has also introduced a C-suite mentoring programme, specifically for the 30% Club – an initiative to accelerate the appointment of women on company boards.

The Reach annual event included an inspiring talk on leadership by speaker Tarek Elmasry, Managing Director of McKinsey & Company Middle East region and concluded with a dynamic panel discussion moderated by MENA Regional Director of Corporate Affairs of CH2M, Raeda Al Sarayreh. Panel members included Tarek Elmasry alongside; Sadaf Buchanan, Partner at Dentons; Basil Moftah, business owner and Reach Advisor; and Farah Foustok, CEO of Lazard Gulf Limited and co-founder of Reach. The panel discussed the importance of mentorship in helping to both challenge and provide alternative approaches to thinking and actions mentees face along their career journeys to become leaders. Despite solid progress for women in leadership positions across the region, the panel concluded that organizational foundations need to be transformed to foster an inclusive workforce, and to ensure an equal and sustainable work environment.

The Reach annual event was sponsored this year by Servcorp, with General Manager and Reach Board member Laudy Lahdo highlighting the importance of supporting regional events that contribute to women development: “At Servcorp, we are strong believers in the power of mentoring and its value for both the mentor and the mentee. With Reach supporting a new generation of female leaders in the Middle East, we are aligned in recognizing that a level playing field will accelerate positive outcomes for our communities and economies.  Servcorp is proud to sponsor the Reach annual event and look forward to our continued support and involvement with this organization.”  

Women professionals interested in participating in the Reach Mentoring programme, can register through the Reach website.


Source: Mojo PR