Women's Forum Middle East 2020

Mar 08 | 10:15 - 11:00

Raising the bar: Accelerating market growth with financial innovation and inclusion

Room: Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi


The World Bank expects real GDP in the MENA region to grow at 2.6% in 2020 and 2.9% in 2021. Yet, to fulfill these positive projections over the course of the new decade, we need strong financial leadership to break down barriers to competition, and simultaneously unlock the vast potential of the region’s 400 million people. Women’s noteworthy presence in the financial sphere will likely change the status quo when it comes to ownership of assets and financial accounts. What is the impact of technology and innovation on financial services? How can women in finance better contribute to the region’s investment strategies and financial innovation? How will Islamic banking factor into this? What does the future hold for banks?