Dr. Gabi KratochwilFounder & Chairwoman
German-Arab Women Business Leaders (GAWBL)
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.