OCTOBER 28th â€“ 29th 2018 DUBAI | UAE
TO BE HELD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF
IN MEDIA SUMMIT | MENA
EMPOWERING LEGENDS OF TOMORROW!
TO BE HELD IN ASSOCIATION WITH
AN EVENT BY INFINITY CONFERENCES
*THIS BROCHURE IS MEANT FOR INTERNAL CIRCULATION ONLY
WOMEN IN MEDIA EMPOWERING LEGENDS OF TOMORROW!
WOMEN FROM THE MIDDLE EAST ARE CONTINUALLY GROWING IN THEIR ROLES AS NOT ONLY PARTICIPANTS IN THE WORLD OF MEDIA, BUT ALSO LEGENDS IN THE FIELD! MEDIATHINK TANKS AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS PREDICT THAT WOMEN WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE EVERYASPECT OF MEDIAINTHE REGIONAND WITH WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ON THE RISE, THE NEXT MEDIA POWERHOUSES WILL BE FOUNDED AND RUN BY WOMEN.
The critical importance of women in Media and their contribution to National Economies have been earmarked and acknowledged by Governments in the Middle East and North Africa. With a rise in both women driven mediahouses and women-driven content, Policy Makers are constantly innovating to increase genderdiversity in media and facilitate the scaling of women across the industry. The case forgender diversity as a key vertical of a forward-looking media industry has already been made. With a goal to further the cause, Infinity Conferences is producing the inaugural, ‘Women in Media Summit – MENA.’ Designed to drive action in the world of media, the 2-day program leverages the experience of film and media leaders to give attendees a roadmap to further their personal development, and organizations with the tools to make a difference.
An increase in film and media schools coupled with strong Government Support for diversity &inclusion has resulted in record numbers of women joining the industry. 2017 alone witnessed close to 480,000 women joining the burgeoning industry and industry experts predict the participation & leadership of close to 1.8 million women in media by 2025!
Held under the theme, ‘EMPOWERING LEGENDS OF TOMORROW’, the inaugural edition of ‘WOMEN IN MEDIA SUMMIT – MENA’ will facilitate powerful networking session between successful and aspiring media professional and discuss the critical importance of gender inclusion in media to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy. The program will feature engaging conference sessions, inspiring keynotes, hands-on workshops, executive round tables and facilitated networking sessions. Key themes that will be discussed include economic empowerment, diversity & inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship for women in media. The summit will break new ground in the MENA by gathering and supporting female professionals from Film and Media through an action-oriented platform. Organized by Infinity Conferences, the summit brings together 500 actors, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and other media professionals across the MENA to advance women in media and address challenges that are specific to the region.
20+ HOURS OF RELATIONSHIPBUILDING NETWORKING
KEYNOTE, FIRESIDE CHATS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Meet and forge relationships with 500 prominent women from Films, Broadcasters and Social Media in an environment built to harness the principles of diversity and inclusion.
Listen to, learn from and get your questions answered by thought leaders and successful Stars from the world of media.
Choose from a variety of specialized workshops, each delivering practical knowledge through simulations, group exercises, and case studies.
A highlight of the forum, the awards ceremony acknowledges individuals for achievements in the industry and organizations for their impactful support of women’s empowerment across media.
LEARN about futuristic and alternative methodologies of creating and delivering quality content for all forms of media from an array of industry leaders and technology firms.
EXPLORE the latest developments and get educated on
trends being implemented by women across global media. Witness live case studies and gain an overview of the next ten years of film-making and content generation.
MEET AND CONNECT with 500 delegates who have made it happen in multiple media-driven industries. Forge solid personal / professional relationships that takes your career to soaring heights!
DISPLAY futuristic equipment and technologies that can enable film-makers and media professionals to stay ahead in a highly competitive market.
your solutions / services to get maximum exposure to a targeted audience including but not limited to actors, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, government officials, policy makers and Industry leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa.
ATTENDEES BREAKDOWN BROADCAST Anchors, Reporters, Executive Producers, Line Producers, Master Control Room Heads, Journalists, Visual Editors, Graphic Artists, Content Writers, and Camera Operators.
MOTION PICTURE Actors, Directors, Executive and Associate Producers, Cinematographers & DOPs, Editors, Casting Directors, Location Manager, Art Directors, Set Designers, Costume Designer, Key Make-Up Artists, Sound Designer, Animation Artists.
MUSIC Music Performers, Producer, Sound Engineers, Music Managers, Promoters, Song Writers, Art Designers, Music Journalists, Photographers.
RADIO Radio Presenters, Editors, Producers, Program Controllers, Commercial Producers, Traffic Directors, Continuity Director, Marketing & Promotions.
PRODUCTION HOUSES CEO, General Managers, Producers, Editors, Animation Artists, Unit Manager, Directors, Assistant Directors, Production Accountant, Location Manager, DOPs & Cinematographers, Crew coordinators.
GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES Ministers, Director Generals, Key Policy Makers.
SOCIAL MEDIA Social Media Influencers, Vloggers, Content Producers, Camera Operators, Writers.
CONFERENCE Women continue to make giants strides across regional media and in the process, continue to provide tremendous contributions to a nation’s economy. With a series of gender-inclusion and diversity-friendly policies being implemented across the MENA, scores of creative female minds are thronging powerful media houses and founding ground-breaking media Startups. The conference will be focused on educating stakeholders and society at large to leave a legacy for the next generation by building on a more sustainable, rich and diverse media industry by promoting economic development through female entrepreneurship, expanding investment and opportunities for women in media, and by creating a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion to enhance the competitive spirit.
THE 2-DAY AGENDA OF INFINITY CONFERENCE’S, ‘WOMEN IN MEDIA SUMMIT – MENA’ WILL ELABORATE ON INITIATIVES TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF FEMALE PROFESSIONALS IN THE ECONOMY AND TO BRING THEM TO THE FOREFRONT. THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY AND DISRUPTIVE IDEAS WILL PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN THE AGENDA THROUGH LIVE CASE STUDIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS. THE 500 STRONG AUDIENCE WILL ALSO BE EMPOWERED WITH TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW AND METHODOLOGIES TO BUILD AND SCALE MEDIA STARTUPS.
TOPICS BEING EXPLORED Smart Strategies to increase the role of women in media. (Public & Private Perspectives) Best Practices from prominent female leaders from the industry. Regional Government’s role in championing gender diversity and shaping an inclusive future. The profound transformation of the global media economy through digital disruption. The symbiotic relationship within the regional media eco-system. Accelerating Media Entrepreneurs to the next level! The role of Social Media in advocating human capital, scaling employment and skyrocketing entrepreneurship. A regional perspective on promotion of a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women across Films and Entertainment. The dynamic potential of Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning Media & Entertainment Sector (Perspectives from Saudi General Authority of Entertainment & Government of Saudi Arabia ) Stories of multiple ‘women-only’ TV & Radio Stations and their success in creating commercially & socially viable businesses. What makes a media-startup scale up? On the frontline: Arab women in Journalism. How Arab women journalists are breaking boundaries by reporting from battlefields A glimpse at inclusive friendly practices across the globe. ( Perspectives from American, British, Chinese and Indian cinema). The empowerment of women in regional advertising. Why technology will help you win the media rat-race? The world of Incubators & Accelerators through the kaleidoscope. The Middle East: The epicenter of Global Cinema! Case Studies from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates
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SPEAKERS TO BE INVITED
H.E. MANSOOR IBRAHIM AL MANSOORI Director General UAE National Media Council
H.E. SHEIKH SULTAN BIN TAHNOON AL NAHYAN Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
ABDUL HAMID JUMA Deputy Director General, Film & Entertainment Division, Chairman Dubai International Film Festival
H.E. AHMED AL KHATEEB Chairman General Entertainment Authority
MANON NAMMOUR Film Director Lebanon
LAYLA KARDAN Music Artist Dubai â€“ United Arab Emirates
AHD KAMEL Actor & Film maker Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
SHEIKHA MADIYAH AL SHARQI Fashion Designer United Arab Emirates
NANCY AJRAM Music Artist Lebanon
SPEAKERS TO BE INVITED
AYESHA CHAGLA Director Dubai Film Market
YAMINA BACHIR Film Director Algeria
HALA GORANI Anchor & Senior Correspondent CNN
RANIA ABOUZEID Renowned Journalist and Documentary Film-maker, Lebanon
LAYLA KAYLIF British Emirati Singer â€“ Songwriter
HEND SABRY Actor Tunisia
ZEINAB BADAWI Anchor and Reporter BBC
HUDA KATTAN Social Media Influencer Dubai, United Arab Emirates
BARKHA DUTT Anchor, Newsreader and Journalist, NDTV - India
SPEAKERS TO BE INVITED
KAMLA ABU ZEKRY Film Director & Writer Egypt
MAYSOUN ODEH GANGAT Director, Nisaa FM Radio Station (All women Station), Palestine
MAYSSA MAGHREBI Television Actor United Arab Emirates
NAYLA AL KHAJA Independent Film producer
MICHAEL GARIN Chief Executive Officer Image Nation Films
SHABANA AZMI Actor, film, television and theatre India
LOJAIN OMRAN Television Host Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
HAYLA AL GHAZAL Youtube Star Founder of halya TV
RANIA ALI International TV and Events Presenter
WORKSHOPS Women Leaders in Media experience unique barriers to success, and women-specific leadership development programs are often needed to help them overcome these barriers. ‘WOMEN IN MEDIA SUMMIT – MENA’ in partnership with renowned names in Global Media will design four workshops to help women understand themselves as leaders, overcome barriers to advancement and align their personal values with their career. The Workshops will leverage a group mentoring model and result in individualized development plans for each participants. These workshops will be available on a firstcome-first-serve basis.
POWER NETWORKING BREAKFAST Key Delegates will have the opportunity to network and relax during a special networking breakfast. This will bring together VIP delegates from Broadcasters, Movies, Radio and Social Media, serving as a perfect occasion to start conversations, build relationships and explore potential partnerships across the regional media landscape.
EXPRESS B2B MEETINGS Rapid Networking Sessions for aspiring media professionals to meet with successful women at the event. This feature forms a dedicated platform for exclusive quick one-to-one meetings through a secured platform. It will offer ideal opportunities to interact with the crème- de-la-crème of women in Global Media and forge lifelong relationships.
ONSITE NETWORKING SESSIONS
SHOWCASE AREA The venue of ‘WOMEN IN MEDIA SUMMIT – MENA’ will play host to several OEMs, technology firms and vendors for the global media industry. These pioneers will showcase their products and opportunities to an array of delegates during the 2-day initiative. The summit will bring together all participants in the Showcase area to network and meet with players in the world of film, Broadcast Radio and Music!
THE SHOWCASE AREA GIVES OPPORTUNITIES FOR OEMS AND TECHNOLOGY FIRM TO LAUNCH AND PROMOTE THEIR SOLUTIONS TO A VASTLY DIVERSE AUDIENCE!
STARTUP ZONE A Dedicated area in the venue would be provided for 20 Ground-breaking, women-owned Media Startups! The ‘Startup Zone’ would showcase homegrown disruptive technologies in Media and would be flooded with a diverse range of investors, Corporates and Leaders from the industry.
‘WIM AWARDS’ The main highlight of the forum would be conducted on Day 2 of the summit and would recognize and acknowledge ten women from the regional media industry. ‘WIM Awards’ will identify and celebrate the outstanding leadership and achievements demonstrated by Women leaders that are reflected by the distinct innovations and initiatives brought in by them across media in the Middle East and North Africa.
It will recognize and appreciate the profound role played by women as leaders, executioners, and decision makers, in shaping the future of media in the region, and who embodies the qualities of leadership in displaying active, creative, and integrative efforts in achieving the best possible results.
THE AWARDS WOULD BE SPREAD ACROSS TEN CATEGORIES AND WILL BE DETERMINED BY A HIGHLEVEL JURY, CONSISTING OF LEADERS FROM SEVERAL INDUSTRIES ACROSS GLOBAL MEDIA.
FOR SPEAKING & PARTICIPATION CONTACT: NITESH MARWAHA Founder & Managing Director Infinity Conferences +971 558752588 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘WOMEN IN MEDIA SUMMIT – MENA’ Aims to become a platform for women to openly and honestly discuss their professional and personal challenges, and a platform for building a global community of men and women who are breaking boundaries, making waves and creating a future where creativity, innovation and talent will be valued far more than gender, nationality, or age.
Published on Mar 12, 2018