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International Women Leadership Summit in Karachi
International Women Leadership Summit in Karachi

International Women Leaders Summit held in Karachi

KARACHI: The 9th ‘International Women Leaders Summit’ was held on Thursday here in Karachi bringing together women leaders from across the globe, to reflect on their stories of success, and inspire others to take the lead.



A pioneer in leadership development for professional women, New World Concepts, led by Yasmin Hyder, has been organizing the International Women Leaders’ Summit in Karachi since 2012.

The premier annual conference series has to date hosted 144 speakers from 36 countries and over 2,000 delegates in the previous eight events.

The summit focused on bringing 250 women professionals together by inspiring them through success stories of global women leaders.

The inaugural ceremony hosted distinguished speakers including Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Dr Shamshad Akhtar,  Major General Pakistan Army Shehla Baqai, Director General, Remiling Co. Dr Inga Legasova,  Ltd, and Chairperson Women Power Union, Russia; Amena Arif, International Finance Corporation Country Head, Sri Lanka; Abrar Hasan, CEO, National Foods Ltd., Sagheer Mufti, COO, HBL Pakistan; Dr Rana El-Akhal, CEO Medal Consultancy, Jordan; and Itir Sanem Aykut, CEO Aykut Foods and President elect KAGIDER, Turkey; Madiha Khalid, Head of HR, Shell Pakistan; Anna Ruffino, Consul General of Italy, Karachi; Aamir Niazi, CEO HRSG; Jan Vankrunkelsven, Director Winterthur Insurance, Switzerland; and others.

The keynote speaker Dr Shamshad Akhtar highlighted her inspirational career growth both within Pakistan and abroad, and how she overcame glass ceilings and challenges in her professional career.

The conference explored issues related to gender diversity in the workplace, branding & marketing, HR challenges of managing the generational divide, among others; and presented success stories of women leaders from Pakistan and across the globe.

The IWLS 2019 was well attended by members of the diplomatic community, renowned women entrepreneurs, heads of bilateral trade associations, teams from the World Bank Group, senior businessmen and members of the media.

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