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GAWBL (German-Arab Women Business Leaders)

Our goal is to empower women in Germany, the Arab world and the international community through networking and exchange. GAWBL has been committed to sustainable relationships and exchange at a high level for many years and offers an excellent platform to network with more than 400 women entrepreneurs, decision-makers and experts from Germany, the Arab world and the international community at our numerous events and activities.

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Dr. Gabi KratochwilDr. Gabi Kratochwil

Dr. Gabi Kratochwil
Founder & Chairwoman, GAWBL (German-Arab Women Business Leaders)


13/10/2023 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

MeetUp E.04 | Halle / hall 2

Thread / thematic series: Society

Joblevel: Professional, Leading position, Lateral entry, Startup & Entrepreneurship

The Power of Building Global Female Networks
Global networks and networking across cultures, businesses and sectors are key factors both in career and personal development and help to implement diversity & inclusion and gender equity. Global female networks are an often untapped source of high-calibre exchange, learning from each other, growing together, co-creating innovation and business opportunities through strong links and long-term collaboration. In this MeetUp I am happy to share my journey as founder and chairwoman of the German-Arab Women Business Leaders having established this high-profile, inspiring and impactful German-Arab female network over the last 20 years. What was our journey like? What does it take to build such a network? What were the challenges, opportunities, learnings and successes along the way? How can you benefit from international female networks? Don’t miss out on global expertise, appointments or business opportunities because you lack mentors, role models, sponsorship, or access to appropriate international networks.Let’s unfold the power of global female networks together.

Details about the speaker Dr. Gabi Kratochwil
Vita: 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 founded the German-Arab Women Business Leaders (GAWBL), organized and chaired the first German-Arab Women Business Leaders’ Summit (GAWBL-Summit 2018, www.gawbl-summit.com) 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 her many initiatives as chairwoman of the German-Arab Women Business Leaders (GAWBL), Gabi has been setting up in 2019 the “Young Women Program”-Study Tour in cooperation with the Qatari Businesswomen Association. A tailor-made study tour for young female leaders from Qatar and Germany connecting and promoting young talent through exchange. In 2021, she set up with GAWBLconnect Virtual Meeting Series in cooperation with SANAD TAF and the European Union, a new format of virtual exchange, responding to the many unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. She teaches Cultural Diversity Management at the University of Freiburg and Bremen, mentors young female entrepreneurs and coaches individuals on career development, personal goal setting and resilience. As a high impact coach and proven expert, Gabi has been advising policy makers, business leaders and companies sharing her expertise and passion for building bridges, connecting people and implementing diversity and inclusion at all levels. Gabi has been awarded with the Global Diversity Leadership Award 2017, the World Women Leadership Achievement Award 2015. She 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. 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 and has been featured in FORBES.