2023 Programme

9am to 10am

Registration / Welcome Coffee


Welcome from Master of Ceremonies
Capt. Qadar Sarfraz, Chief Executive Officer, Airman’s Ground

10am to 10:10am

Welcome Address / Opening Ceremony
Mervat Sultan, President, Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter

10:10am to 10:20am

Keynote Address
HRH Prince Fahad bin Mishal bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Aviation Association of the Gulf Cooperation Council States Chairman of the Saudi Aviation Association

10:10am to 10:20am

Keynote Address
HRH Prince Fahad bin Mishal bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Aviation Association of the Gulf Cooperation Council States Chairman of the Saudi Aviation Association

10:30am to 10:40am

Linda Schucroft, Vice President Innovation and Customer Experience, King Salman International Airport Development Company

10:40am to 10:50am

Women In Aviation Middle East Awards Ceremony
Scholarships Announcement / Group Photograph / Video Presentation (WAI USA)

10:50am to 11:40am

Panel Discussion 1: Women Empowerment under Vision 2030 Initiatives by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

This panel will address the vital efforts of the government of Saudi Arabia to achieve a cohesive method of equality between themen and women of society in various fields by enhancing their rights, support systems and care programs, thus improving their work environment in all sectors. Here, you will obtain information on women’s rights in accordance with Saudi regulations, justicedecisions strengthening women’s rights, women empowerment in education and training, female health, social support, the National FamilySafety Program, and empowering women in justice, business and politics.

  • The National Family Safety Program: Initiatives to Ensure Equality
  • Laws and Regulations Issued in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Protect Women’s Rights
  • Empowering Women in Training & Workplace

Moderator: Dr. Eng. Suaad Al Shamsi, Technical Advisor, Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter


  • Nesreen Yacoub Kashgari, Director, Talent Acquisition & Human Capital Operation, Saudia Technic
  • Dr. Sofia Mateou, Associate Professor, Aviation Management, CBA, Prince Sultan University
  • Sara Ali Al Gaeiti, Executive Director Human Capital Strategy, SAL Saudi Logistics Services
  • Abeer Abdulaziz Almarghalani, HRBP, Saudia Technic
  • Dr. Neyara Radwan, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering Dept., College of Applied Sciences, AL MAAREFA UNIVERSITY, Saudi Arabia

11:40am to 11:50pm

Azina Abdul Matheen, General Manager Airport Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, Maldives Airports Company Limited

11:50am to 12pm

Captain Feras Malallah, Airline Captain, Kuwait Airways and Head consultant, Capt. FerasAviation Consultancy (invited)

12pm to 1pm

Panel Discussion 2: Facilitating the Digital Aviation Ecosystem Challenges & Opportunities for Women

The challenges in aviation and airline operations are broad and deep, involving a complex set of time-critical processes, flight operations, cabin crew operations, and customer experience management, etc. Also, the industry is exposed to a wide range of aspects because of the numerous uncertainties created by external circumstances, such as flights getting delayed or cancelled, which can harm a company’s reputation and cause financial loss.

As operating models, business priorities, and traveller expectations rapidly change, airlines are well positioned to play a pivotal role in shaping flexible ecosystems through digital transformation. Women in the aviation industry must be trained on the industry’s latest challenges and solutions so they can enable transformations with connected insights and intelligence.

  • Leveraging Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), and AI to Improve Operational Efficiency
  • Enhancing Customer Experience by Improving Operational Metrics
  • Delivering New-Age Solutions for the Travel and Logistics Sector
  • Ensuring Women Remain at the Forefront of the Digital Aviation Ecosystem

Moderator: Nouf Altorki, Business Development Senior Manager, SITA


  • Dena Elkhatib, General Counsel, Riyadh Air
  • Malak Trabelsi Loeb, Group Founder and CEO, Vernewell Group
  • Dr. Amani Alonazi, Technical Lead, Artificial Intelligence Scientist, Boeing Research and Technology
  • Lujain Alshabhi, Airport Duty Manager, RSI Airport
  • Sarah Al Wasaibei, Marketing Projects Controller, Gulf Air

1pm to 2pm



Video Presentation (Boeing Saudi Arabia)

2pm to 2:10pm

Keynote: The Impact of Localisation and Opportunities for Women in Saudi Arabia
Eng. Fawaz Farhan Alshammri, Chairman, Jobs Localization Association – Saudi Arabia

2:10pm to 2:20pm

Keynote: Transformation of Women’s Role in Saudi Arabia
Lama AlShethry, Editor in Chief, Sayidaty Magazine (invited)

2:20pm to 2:30pm

Emma Deane, Regional Vice President AMEA, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Panel Discussion 3: Establishing a Clear Pathway for Women to Participate in Aviation Careers

It is very important to have women in all fields of aviation and aerospace. The fact that women are underrepresented in the aviation sector may cause them to feel distant, frustrated, and alienated. So how may these feelings be dealt with? In this session, we will look at the demographic information for the aviation sector, talk about the influence of women in technical operations, and share some best practices for engaging women in the workplace.

This panel addresses career pathways for women in the sustainable aviation ecosystem, with an emphasis on Low-Net-Carbon Aircraft Energy Carriers (Fuels), Airport Ecosystems (Airports and Bases), and Developments in Sustainable Aircraft Components (Aircraft). We look at the key elements that contribute to the sustainable energy solutions required to achieve the deep decarbonization of the aviation industry and the role women can play to achieve the industry’s ambitious targets. In order to achieve sustainability throughout the aviation ecosystem, we must advance game-changing innovations and find scalable solutions as soon as possible.

  • Transforming the Aviation Ecosystem through Sustainable Energy Carriers
  • Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment
  • Career Opportunities for Women in the Sustainable Future of Aviation

Moderator: Yara Jan, Senior First Officer| Youngest Saudi Female Pilot


  • Haneen Abu Saif, Head of Aviation Security Training and Sustainability, Culmen International
  • Xiaofei WU, Senior Manager, Asset Management, ACC Aviation
  • Dr. Eng. Suaad Al Shamsi, Technical Advisor, Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter
  • Balkis Alfaraj, Commercial Pilot| TQM & Airline Relations Senior Officer, Saudi Ground Services


End of Programme