GAWBL.connect – Virtual Meeting Series


In cooperation with:

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  • 16 March 2022, 1 - 2pm (CET) Impact Stories: Meet Women Drivers in the Financial Sector: Yasmina El Hosseiny and Stephanie Petrick

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Sarah Hessel, Manager Impact & Sustainability, Finance in Motion
    - Yasmina El Hosseini, Head of Strategic Planning, Export Development of Egypt
    - Stephanie Petrick, Impact Investing Expert & Senior Advisor Impact Investing, Phineo
  • 26 January 2022, 1 - 3pm (CET) Closing the Gender Gap: Sure, But How To Really Do?

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Sana Bardawil, Co-Chair & Board Member, Arab International Women’s Forum
    - Eng. Elham Zeadat, CEO, Co-Owner & Founder, CEO BLOOM Dead Sea Gift Enterprises, Jordan
    - Reghina Ribalev, Manager, Finance in Motion
    - Rola El Amine, Innovation Business Manager, Vitas Group
    - Maha Whiteway, Senior Consultant – Transport Advisory, Mott MacDonald
  • 15 December 2021, 1 - 3pm (CET) Women in STEM: Drivers for Innovation

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Dr. Cate Morgan, Research Center Jülich, Coordinator Palestinian-German Science Bridge
    - Dr. Carola Meyer, Group Leader, Physics Department, University Osnabrück, Deputy Spokesperson Equal Opportunities, German Physical Society
    - Teresa Spanò, Equality Officer, Max-Planck Society
    - Hala Barakat, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, AUC School of Business
  • 24 November 2021, 1 - 2.3pm (CET) Impact Stories: Meet Womenpreneur-Initiative

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Charlene Wohlsperger, Digital Strategy Lead, Finance in Motion
    - Sana Afouaiz, Founder & Director, Womenpreneur-Initiative
    - Menna Shahin, Founder She Travels, Co-Founder Tekeya
    - Nisrine El Turky, Founder & CEO of Internet of Trees (IOTrees)
  • 31 March 2021, 1 - 3pm (CET)Shaping post‐COVID‐19: How can the Pandemic be a Catalyst for Progress?

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Kathrin Lemke, Representative, German Industry & Commerce Office, Qatar
    Keynote: HE Brigitte Zypries, Former German Minister for Economy

    - Prof. Sabine Wölflick, Munich University of Applied Science, Design Thinking Munich, Germany (covering the aspect of training/coaching innovative thinking)
    - Sahana Arun Kumar, Managing Partner, Avrio Impact SAS (covering the aspect of digitalization)
    - Nadine Chehade, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
    - Dr. Elham Kateeb, Co-chair for OWSD, Organization of Women in Science in Developing Countries/Palestine Chapter, Dean of Scientific Research, Al‐Quds University
  • 17 March 2021, 1 - 3pm (CET)Women in the Health Sector: Navigating the Pandemic

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Nicole Formica-Schiller, CEO & Founder, Pamanicor Health AG, Switzerland

    - Dr. Oualae Al Alami, Vice President, Cluster Lead for Egypt, Levant, Iraq and Iran, Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Group, UAE
    - Hanan Saab, Owner Pharmamed, Lebanon
    -Tom Ruyten, Head of Enterprise Service, Market Development Europe, Middle East & Africa, Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    -Yara Abo El Waffa, Healthcare Technical Advisor, Mott MacDonald
  • 17 February 2021, 1 - 3pm (CET)Diversity & Inclusion: Stepping back in times of Corona?

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Carla Everhardt, Attorney at Law, Associate Partner, Roedl & Partner

    - Katja Ploner, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, Siemens AG, Germany
    - Malek Dardour, Cluster Head GCC, Henkel, UAE
    -Ashraf Al Mamari, People Function Leader, OQ, Oman
    -Lisa Kepinski, Founder & Director, Inclusion Institute, Co-Founder & Partner, Inclusion Nudges
    Nancy Samy, Executive Director for Sanabel-The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries
  • 27 January 2021, 1 - 3pm (CET)Financing Women Entrepreneurs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Zoom call, only upon invitation, no fee

    - Iveta Tancheva-Nikolova, Director, Finance in Motion

    - Yasmina El Hosseiny, Head of Strategic Planning, Export Development Bank of Egypt
    - Tamara Abdel-Jaber, Partner, Amam Ventures
    - Sana Afouaiz, Founder and Director, Womenpreneur Initiative
    - Hiba Mansour, Founder & CEO of

Virtual Meeting Series


The pandemic has affected girls and women specifically and disproportionately. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID‐19 are exacerbated for women and girls. Women are playing an outsized role responding to COVID‐19, including as frontline healthcare workers, caregivers at home, and as mobilizers in their communities. Women have lost their jobs or seen their employment situation deteriorate while being overstreched due to their precarious employment condition. Women have suffered violence in their homes during confinement. From there, we must remind the importance of not abandoning, but rather reinforcing our commitment to foster equal participation in decision‐making processes, to empower women on all levels and to secure their active role in post‐pandemic times.

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Established in 2018 our mission is to connect, engage and empower women across Germany, the Arab world and the international community. Building on our shared momentum at the GAWBL‐Summit 2018 and in the light of the current global pandemic, we are delighted to share with you our virtual meeting series in cooperation with SANAD TAF.
The pandemic proves that it is now more important than ever to continue our endeavour to connect women. Resilience, innovation and solidarity are key when adapting to new and unprecedented scenarios. Together we must address the challenges, develop new strategies and strengthen our network. Our commitment is to moving forward, taking this crisis as an opportunity to accelerate our joint efforts in shaping the future together. We are very happy to welcoming our GAWBL network to our new format of virtual exchange.

Session 8: Impact Stories: Meet Women Drivers in the Financial Sector: Yasmina El Hosseiny and Stephanie Petrick

Learn from inspiring women in the financial sector who are committed to  sensibilizing staff at all managerial levels towards gender issues and equality. Discuss how to successfully boost gender lens finance in support of women’s financial inclusion. Meet our moderator Sarah Hessel (Manager Impact & Sustainability, Finance in Motion) in conversation with Yasmina El Hosseiny (Head of Strategic Planning, Export Development Bank of Egypt) and Stephanie Petrick (Impact Investing Expert & Senior Advisor Impact Investing, Phineo)exploring their expertise in the financial sector, covering the topics of gender policies, gender lens products,, design and implementation as well as impact management.

Dr. Gabi Kratochwil

Chairwoman, GAWBL and Owner, CrossCultures, Germany

Gabi brings 25 years of knowledge and working experience as a multi-award winning provider of training, coaching and consultancy with special focus on the Arab World, Diversity Management & Inclusion and Women & Leadership. Owner and Managing Director of CrossCultures, she has an academic background in Middle Eastern Studies and Diversity Management.
For more than 20 years Gabi has been strongly committed to the dialogue and network of German and Arab women leaders, having initiated in 2007 the first Arab-German Businesswomen Dialogue at the Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual Arab-German Business Forum, also partnering with the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF). In 2018 she organized and chaired the first German-Arab Women Business Leaders’ Summit (GAWBL-Summit 2018, held under the Patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in cooperation with Ghorfa with more than 200 high-profile experts, leaders and decision-makers from Germany, Arab countries and the international community. Among its many initiatives, GAWBL has been setting up in 2019 the “Young Women Program”-Study Tour in cooperation with the Qatari Businesswomen Association. A tailor-made study trip for young female leaders from Qatar and Germany that connects and promotes young talent through exchange.
Gabi has been designing and facilitating workshops & events around the world supporting companies, institutions and organizations in implementing a more inclusive corporate culture, setting up diverse teams and working virtually together in a global work environment. She teaches Diversity Management at the University of Freiburg, mentors young female entrepreneurs and coaches individuals on career development, personal goal setting and resilience. Her intercultural business handbook on the Arab World has been ranked No. 5 of the top management books by The Financial Times. Her book on successful women in the Arab World set a milestone.
As a high impact coach and proven expert, she has been advising policy makers, business leaders and companies sharing her expertise and passion for building bridges and connecting people. Gabi has been awarded with the Global Diversity Leadership Award 2017, World Women Leadership Achievement Award 2015 and is a member of the Board of Directors of Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006 and a member of the Society for Intercultural Training and Research.

Sarah Hessel

Manager Impact & Sustainability, Finance in Motion

Sarah heads the positive impact management as well as the impact and sustainability disclosures across all funds advised by Finance in Motion, a global impact asset manager. All funds advised by Finance in Motion fall under Article 9 of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and pursue clear impact objectives - from climate change mitigation and sustainable use of natural resources, to biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic growth. Prior to joining Finance in Motion, Sarah managed rural development projects for at the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Yasmina El Hosseiny

Head of Strategic Planning, Export Development Bank of Egypt

I have over 20 years’ experience in finance since 1998. I worked in five different financial institutions namely Arab Bank, Blom Bank, Barclays Bank , Attijariwafa bank and recently joined Export Development Bank - EBE. I have diversified experience in the finance industry out of which five years in Retail Banking and twelve years in Corporate Banking. I covered various sectors starting from SMEs, Local Large Corporate, Public Sector and Multinational Corporates while gaining the expertise in different industries in the meantime . Since 2019, I was appointed as Strategic Planning Director at EBE.
I completed my Bachelor Degree with specialization in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and graduated with Honors in 1997. in 2013, I completed my MBA degree from Edinburgh Business School ,Heriot-Watt University, UK.
Attended distinguished leadership courses such as I Lead (Barclays in-house course) in 2013 followed by Future Leaders at EBI in 2017.

Stephanie Petrick

Impact Investing Expert & Senior Advisor Impact Investing, Phineo

Stephanie Petrick is seasoned impact investing expert and Senior Advisor Impact Investing at Phineo. She has more than 15 years of experience advising private investors, family offices, investment funds, foundations and international corporations in Europe and the US and led Phineo's impact investing division until 2020.
Previously, Stephanie Petrick worked for the German impact investing pioneer Impact in Motion, for Ashoka Germany and was Principal at L.E.K. Consulting, an international strategy consultancy. She is a graduate of the European School of Business in Reutlingen (D) and the Reims Management School (F) and holds a degree in Foundation Management from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel (D).