American University of Beirut


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The gender gap will persist across the MENA region, despite the high rates of skilled and educated women who remain largely unemployed in the region. To address these gaps and work towards gender-inclusive employment policies, it is critical to unpack these trends as they exist in specific sectors. 

Economic and social empowerment are interlinked, which is why interventions on both fronts are required to address the challenges that women face in society and at the workplace. 

Gender Lens Investing (GLI) can play a significant role as a strategic tool to alleviate the burdens women face as consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs, such as a lack of access to finance, cultural biases, and opportunity inequality, among other things. 

THE SAWI GLI MINI-CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - rolled out in February, March 2022
A first of its kind, this program focuses on gender lens investing and strategies we can use to leverage finance for social change. The program is comprised of three modules delivered by world-class experts and renowned academics. 

Module 1: Hands-on overview of GLI and implementation prospects in the MENA region  
Module 2: Learning from experts and GLI champions: opportunities and challenges for GLI in the MENA region 
Module 3: Co-creating a roadmap for GLI practices for employers, investors, and women across the MENA region  


The program will be delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic and French. The sessions will include case studies, interactive breakout sessions, experiential tools, and a Q&A session at the end. 

Module 1: Why GLI in the MENA matters 
A closed module for registered attendees only 
February 2nd, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Beirut time)


Module 2: GLI in Action 
An open module for the public 
February 23rd, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Ms​. Raja Al Mazrouei 

Executive Vice President, DIFC FinTech Hive    
United Arab Emirates

Ms. Lindeka Dzedze

Global Markets Head of Strategic Partnerships​​ at Standard Bank Group    
Non-Executive Director of SBG Securities (Pty) Ltd
Chair of African Women Impact Fund
South Africa

Dr. Olivier Charnoz

Founder of ImpactDev and Planet People   

Dr. Zeina Zeidan

Partner Head of Corporate Governance and ESG at Stanton Chase 
United Arab Emirates

​Watch the panel here​.


Module 3: A Roadmap for GLI Practices in the MENA  
A closed module for registered attendees only 
March 23rd, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Beirut time)


Here are some participants who received a mini certification from the American University of Beirut (AUB)'s Olayan School of Business (OSB), Executive Education Program and the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women at the end of the program. 

> Attend all three modules 
> Apply GLI concepts to your organization 


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