Supporting women in education key to long-term GDP growth: Emirates LitFest Expo 2020 Dubai event

Supporting women in education key to long-term GDP growth: Emirates LitFest Expo 2020 Dubai event

WAM: Keeping women in college is key to companies growing their bottom line and countries growing their economies, according to ‘Good Feminism and Global Leadership’, an Emirates Festival of Literature event held at Expo 2020’s Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre on Sunday, 13th February.

Moderator Ahlam Bolooki, Director of the Emirates Festival of Literature, opened the talk by asking panellists Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Indra Nooyi, former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo, about the moments in their youth that planted the seeds for their achievement. Both credited their families and teachers for providing strong support and encouragement.

Having graduated from high school at 16 before starting college, Minister Al Hashemy said, “It’s really important to be surrounded by people who believe in you. I was a bookworm and very into academia growing up and I benefitted from great mentors, both as a student as well as when I started working in government.”