Making the Case on Female Leadership

Beirut campus

This event is in partnership with Global Thinkers Forum as part of 2nd Athena40 Global Conversation. The conversation will be centrally moderated from London under BBC World’s Tim Willcox who will connect live to 8 other cities/panel; California, Bogota, London, Athens, Amman, Istanbul, Beirut, Joburg, and Karachi to get a sense of what progress has been made regarding women’s empowerment, where the major challenges and opportunities for women lie, who are the real change makers globally, and what can be done to promote diversity and inclusivity – together and in parallel.

The panel will include the below prominent leaders:


  • Ms. Joelle Abou Farhat- Co-Founder and President of Fiftyfifty Ngo Lebanon
  • Ms. Roula Douglas- Journalist, Author, and Instructor at University Saint Joseph
  • Ms. Rola Hoteit- First and only female pilot in Lebanon
  • Dr. Elise Salem, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management at LAU
  • Ms. Rana Ghandour Salhab- Partner- Talent and Communication at Deloitte


  • Ms. Hayat Mershad, Journalist and Feminist Activist, Co-Founder and Co-Director at Fe-Male, and Head of Communications and Campaigning at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL).