Transformational Leadership for High Performance & Impact

Jun 22, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

MIZA, Zayed Port - Mina Zayed - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, 11111

Whether leaders are born or made, they can't afford not to evolve! Join us in Abu Dhabi on Thursday June 22 for an enlightening session where innate leadership meets continuous learning. Learn to master you masculine and feminine attributes, elevate your leadership skills and take your startup to new heights with Sana Bagersh and David Munir Nabti.

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About this event

Whether leaders are born or made, they can't afford not to evolve! Join us in Abu Dhabi on Thursday June 22 for an enlightening session where innate leadership meets continuous learning. Learn to master you masculine and feminine attributes, elevate your leadership skills and take your startup to new heights with Sana Bagersh and David Munir.

Leadership isn't all about an iron fist or assertive dominance. It’s about balancing your masculine and feminine attributes. Embrace the strength and resilience traditionally associated with masculinity while cherishing the empathy and nurturing instincts inherently feminine. The dance of these contrasting yet complementary traits can open doors to a unique and effective leadership style that catalyzes meaningful and lasting impact.

So, fasten your seatbelts for this exciting journey to master your leadership traits with Sana Bagersh, a powerhouse in the startup ecosystem, and David Munir, a remarkable mentor in the field. They are here to guide you, challenge you, and most importantly, help you shatter the glass ceiling of your potential.


Sana Bagersh

Sana Bagersh is CEO of an advertising agency called BrandMoxie that is based in Abu Dhabi, UAE that provide branding, communication, PR, advertising, digital marketing and events management services. She is also Innovation and Strategy Advisor for the Abu Dhabi Municipality, and provides high level consulting to government entities in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship/ intrapreneurship and digital marketing.

Bagersh oversees the editorial team of Tempo a youth/community magazine that promotes innovation, social enterprise and community engagement. She is also founder of Tamakkan, an entrepreneurship and innovation social enterprise that offers guidance to SMEs. Bagersh is also Executive Producer of a short film platform called The Smovies that identifies emerging film talent, and a programme called the Innovation Impact Community that recognizes community leaders.

Bagersh established Tamakkan 2009 as a knowledge sharing platform that leverages the readiness of experts/ consultants to give back to the community. The initiative offers free seminars to entrepreneurs on topics such as funding, marketing, social media, leadership, franchising, new technologies. Bagersh uses information as a powerful ‘trigger’ to mitigate SME failure by focusing on the fundamentals of business success. In response to the need of entrepreneurs to network more frequently, Tamakkan holds its seminars monthly.

Bagersh Chaired AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business committee for two years (up to June 2015), during which time she developed and deployed Women Achieve, a platform that promotes seven women’s empowerment ideals. In June 2015, She took over chairmanship of AmCham’s Art and Culture Committee. In the past Bagersh had served as adjunct professor at Zayed University teaching marketing to fourth year students, and also served on various industry advisory committees in institutions such as the Higher Colleges of Technology Women’s College and Abu Dhabi Vocational Institute.

Bagersh started her career as a journalist at Gulf News in Abu Dhabi, UAE (1985 – 1990), where she was one of a handful of Arab women involved in general reporting. Upon her return to the UAE she worked as as bureau chief (1997-1999) of Gulf News’ Abu Dhabi office, during which time she led the news team and launched the neighborhood reporting scheme which trained community reporters. During her time as journalist she met leaders such as HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, Richard Branson, George Bush Sr., Kurt Waldheim, Princess Diana and Prince Charles; attended press conferences for newsmakers such as Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat, Muamar al Gaddafi, Benazir Bhutto, Jacques Chirac and Richard Cohen; and interviewed personalities such as Nelson Mandela and Wilfred Thesiger.

David Munir Nabti

David Munir Nabti is driven by a passion to build towards a more inclusive, sustainable and compassionate world through making values-driven applied skills development and entrepreneurship/organizational development support universal. He has been running organizational growth and skills development programs in MENA for 15 years that help enterprises, organizations and individuals grow and flourish, with a focus on inclusive and social entrepreneurship. He co-founded (@bloomemea), a social enterprise that runs online+hybrid+offline programs and builds tools+software (the Bloom platform, assessments & library) to enable customized programs and support to individuals, enterprises, organizations, and accelerator programs. Bloom along with the affiliated NGO AltCity Impact have run 80 sprint and accelerator programs and supported enterprises in 10 MENA+African countries in the last 8 years directly or in collaboration with partner organizations. He graduated from UC Berkeley in Political Science and International Economics with an additional emphasis on environmental science, policy and management. He previously worked for the UN/FAO (rural & agricultural economic development), Stanford University, Google, and at a research center at UC Berkeley focused on project-based learning. Find him on Twitter/Insta/LinkedIn @dmnabti.


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