The 2018 Agenda:

  • 8.30 Registration and refreshments

  • 9.00 Opening Remarks & Welcome from INTERACT & Moderator

    Sally Corander, MD, INTERACT

    Katie Overy, Radio Presenter and MC

  • 9.10 Government Welcome Speech & Strategy Presentation

    Research and statistics: – motivations, family views, challenges, health stats for the UAE
    Key data presented on girls and ladies sport/physical activity, summary of where we are now and the strategy from Government

    Dr Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director, Public Health Division, Department of Health, Board Member, FBMA

  • 09.30 International Keynote Speech – The Youth Sport Trust – an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport.

    An analysis of the benefits that come from play and sport – proven research linking benefits of sport and academic studies and mental health

    • Why we are so focused on closing the gaps in participation for young women and girls – not just for equality but the societal benefits this will bring
    • A summary of the UK evidence base and challenges we face
    • Case studies of the programmes and interventions the Youth Sport Trust has developed and delivered to equip young women and girls with essential skills for life

    Alison Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Sports Trust (YST)
    Alison has worked in sport and education for over 20 years, starting her career as a PE teacher, moving to Director of Sport at the University of Bath and then into YST in 2004 as Director of Sport, MD, rising to CEO in 2015.  Ali has made a huge impact at YST working closely with Chair, Baroness Sue Campbell driving positive change in schools and encouraging young people to lead healthy, active lifestyles.She is responsible for leading successful initiatives including the Youth Sport Trust’s Sporting Start, Sporting Chance and Sporting Best strategies, and Girls Active

  • 10.00 Regional Keynote Interview

    Our moderator will be joined by C-level UAE businesswomen talk about their
    insights, experiences and lessons learnt throughout their career, with plenty
    of opportunity for attendees to also ask their questions.

  • 10.35 Refreshment Break

    Including speed networking and nutrition games

  • 11.15 Interactive Quiz

    Testing your knowledge on sport and health facts and figures in Abu Dhabi

  • 11.20 Panel Debate & Q&A

    Abu Dhabi Physical Activity and Health: Overcoming the challenges to engage the next generation in a healthier more active lifestyle
    This open panel will bring together insights from both business leaders and youth

    Part 1 & 2 – Insights from the Business Leaders

    Moderator: Katie Overy, Radio Presenter and MC
    Panellists: Dr Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director, Public Health Division, Department
    of Health, Board Member, FBMA
    Bayna Al Awani, CIO and CFO, Daman – National Health Insurance
    Tala Al Ramahi, Chief Strategy Officer, Special Olympics World Games
    Abu Dhabi 2019

    Part 1- Advancing young female business leaders in the industry
    Our panellists kick start the discussion by talking about their own career paths and what it took for them to get to the level they are now – biggest lessons learnt, biggest success and advice to get ahead.

    • Recognising youth talent in UAE business
    • Mentoring programmes, coaching, development programmes and volunteering opportunities

    Part 2 – Engaging the youth to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle

    • Engaging the next generation but also educating parents on the importance of healthy activity and the benefits of playing sport
    • Accessible programmes and initiatives, events and facilities for girls and ladies to exercise and get active
    • Addressing the concern of increased cost for the Government with rising healthcare bills – obesity, mental health and wellbeing
  • 12.10 Part 3 – Insights from the Youth

    3 young girls from Abu Dhabi feedback on their attitudes to sport and their
    health and their biggest influences and motivations

  • 12.40 Open Interactive Group Discussion

    What are the top 3 things we can collectively change to help improve girls and ladies sport, physical education, health and wellbeing?
    The room will be split into 3 discussion groups where collectively they will look at what is achievable to improve and implement over the course of the year with Government support. Are there simple changes we can make to improve upon the challenges?

    • Ideas to improve the rising obesity levels in young girls
    • Practical solutions and steps to changing behaviours
    • New effective programmes and initiatives to increase physical activity
  • 13.05 Feedback from Interactive Discussion Groups and write up of main action points to take forward

  • 13.15 Closing Remarks from the Moderator

  • 13.20 Lunch & Networking

  • 15.00 Close Of ‘Women Leaders in Sport & Health Forum’

What happens after the forum?

Outcomes and recommendations will be made at the end of the forum and shared with attendees and as organisers, we will take forward working groups so there is regular review on the improvements being put into action.