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Do you know a billionaire? The chances are you do, or that someone you know does: the average CEO or non-profit trustee has a second-degree connection to more than 250 billionaires, according to Altrata’s Billionaire Census. And the average billionaire sits on three private company boards and more than one public company board, so they could really open doors.

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Some 24 companies on Dubai Financial Market (DFM) have women on boards and 44 companies on Abu Dhabi Exchange (ADX), while 19 UAE companies have achieved 20% representation by women on their boards.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has released a report on the modernisation of the Middle East, which specifically refers to the partnership between Aurora50 and the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) as it points out that Middle Eastern women-led initiatives are “driving positive change and equality”.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, co-founder of Aurora50, has been appointed by the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center to its Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellowship, the first woman from the GCC to do so.

Emirates Green Building Council's Annual Congress, Path to Net Zero, June 2022 - Diana Wilde of Aurora50 on panel

Hashtag #betterplacesforpeople, used by the Emirates Green Building Council’s annual congress Path to Net Zero 2050 (at which Aurora50 spoke), is as appropriate for diversity and inclusion (DEI) as it is for sustainable spaces.

Integration and inclusion - paper dolls and a jigsaw - Gerd Altmann, Pixabay

Unconscious bias, the Queen Bee syndrome and a strong pipeline of Emirati women - what we learned from a webinar with CHROs and HR specialists on diversity and inclusion.

June 2022 research report cover Non-executive board careers in the UAE (A50 MBRSG ADNOC)

Reach the top in five career steps - how to take one of the UAE's 808 listed board seats within a decade. Download Aurora50 and MBRSG's 2022 research report, sponsored by ADNOC, Non-executive board careers in the UAE: A path to gender balance.

RAK Women's Empowerment Conference 04/06/22

The women of Ras Al Khaimah have a new venue to network in the RAK Women's Empowerment Conference - and are being advised to become skilled networkers.

Aurora50 in the media

Aurora50 in the media - Dubai Eye 103.8's Business Breakfast

Diana Wilde tells the Business Breakfast that some 59% of listed UAE companies now have a woman on board, showing that the quota is "working well".

Aurora50 in the media - Dubai One, 20/06/22

Diana Wilde, co-founder of Aurora50, talks to Business Breakfast's Richard Dean, as seen on Dubai One, about the number of women in UAE boardrooms doubling and the issue of 'over-boarding'.

Aurora50 in the media - Gulf Business

The UAE’s continued efforts to improve gender diversity in the boardroom have led to more women holding board positions this year (8.9 per cent), up from 3.5 per cent in 2020, according to research undertaken by Aurora50 and Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, writes Gulf Business.

Aurora50 in the media - Zawya, 17/06/22

The number of women on UAE-listed company boards has more than doubled from 3.5 percent to 8.9 percent in just two years, with 59.1 percent now having at least one female board member, Zawya reports, quoting Aurora50's research report Non-executive Board Careers in the UAE: A Path to Gender Balance.

Aurora50's press releases

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Research undertaken reveals that 6.7% of board seats in the UAE are now held by women, up from 3.5% in 2020. The first-of-its-kind report, sponsored by ADNOC, highlights key strategies for aspiring women to reach independent board positions in just a decade, curated from research with current regional women board directors.

Emirati woman works at computer - with GWU and Aurora50 logos overlaid

Aurora50 and General Women's Union (GWU) sign agreement to help build pipeline of women leaders for UAE boards.

Number of women on listed boards in the UAE more than doubles in two years:

Non-executive board careers in the UAE: A path to gender balance