The pandemic has shaken the world as we know it both professionally and personally. Many of us have had time to reflect or rethink our careers. aspirations and indeed futures.  Our roles and that of accountants, in particular, have become wider and more important than ever before and we’ve seen first-hand how this profession offers a secure and flexible career whatever your age.  However, many of us know that climbing the corporate ladder to senior leadership is often and long hard road, given that just 8% of chief executives globally are women according to the latest Forbes report. And just 3% of the CEOs in financial services are female.

ACCA Middle East, Women in finance program is designed to help you navigate your way up the corporate ladder by talking about the issues that really matter.

Over the course of the year and beyond, we’ll be teaming up with successful business leaders from across the region, industries and job functions to bring you a wealth of information, knowledge and learning opportunities. 


Topic  Date
Mending the Gap (click to read) March
How to be the person successful companies fight to keep April
Sharpen up your LinkedIn Profile TBC
Leadership post COVID TBC
How Personalities Impact Progress TBC
Conscious Leadership & Conscious Business TBC
Getting Things Done TBC
Success Habits TBC
The Power of Dreams, Goals & Vision Boards TBC
How to Stay Relevant TBC
The Power of Networking TBC
Curious about Culture TBC
Zap the Saboteurs in your Head TBC
Radical Conversations & Progress TBC
WIF how has the Pandemic changed your way of working? Report TBC



Topic  Date
Be Successful on Purpose (click to watch) 24 March
Lessons from business legends (Register here) 16 June
Be seen as a positive Disruptor not causing a Disruption TBC
No need to “Man Up” TBC
Notes from the CEO TBC
How to Stand out – Personal Branding TBC

Teach & Learn – How to Network, Adapting to change & key basic skills

WIF Leading the Next Gen TBC
Women in Finance and Purchase – how the lines are merging TBC
Recruiting the Next Gen Female Financial Experts TBC
Evaluating the Gap – future female finance leaders TBC
Performance with purpose – align what you’re doing with SDG’s to drive Business Performance TBC
Just 8% of chief executives globally are women according to the latest Forbes report
Just 3% of the CEOs in financial services globally are female according to the latest Forbes report
Isn’t it about time, we closed the gap? Globally, women make up around half the workforce, but in the Middle East, this figure is amongst the lowest, with just under 25% of those in employment being female.
According to 2020 figures by the World Bank, female workforce participation in economically stable countries is unsurprisingly much higher than in those experiencing political instability; UAE and Kuwait is on a par with the rest of the world at 46%
Saudi Arabia with its ambitious 2030 Vision has seen a sharp uptake in women in the workforce: 32% of Saudi women are now in the workforce and the figure continues to rise.

Post-Covid 19 and the ‘great resignation’ more employers are waking up to the fact that retention makes sound business sense. From improvements in flexibility to mental health policies and of course remuneration, is it time to focus more attention on reminding your current employer, instead of your next one, that you’re the best hire they could hope to find – and keep?

Deloitte point out in their 2021 report Within Reach: Leadership, representation and gender equity in financial services that “Even with a recently increased focus on DEI initiatives, the proportion of women in leadership roles within financial services firms has modestly risen from 22% to 24%.”

Listen as ACCA joins Tricia Evans, Business Coach in a Thought-Provoking Session; on how to BE SUCCESSFUL ON PURPOSE and how to stay relevant in a changing world:

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Launch Event:
Lessons from Business Legends

ACCA Middle East is delighted to invite you to the official launch of its Women in Finance program. Join us as we listen to business leaders talk through their path to success and provide you with some key takeaways to help you climb the corporate ladder. Find out more and register here

External Articles


Fazeela Gopalani
Head of ACCA Middle East



Sam Achampong
Regional Head of CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

Cynthia Corby
Partner, COO and Transformation & Strategy leader, Audit and Assurance,
Deloitte Middle East

David Mackenzie
Group Managing Director
Mackenzie Jones Middle East

Racha AlKhawaja
TPL Investment Management

Adam Ashcroft
CEO and Founder
The Advantage Coach

Tricia Evans
Business Coach