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Dubai’s 7th AccelerateHER Programme for Women’s Financial Services Careers Accepting Applicants

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has partnered with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the financial centre for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region for the seventh edition of AccelerateHER: a three-month accelerator programme for women’s financial services careers.

The AccelerateHER programme was initially launched in 2019 by the DIFC Innovation Hub to equip the next generation of women financial services professionals with professional mentorship, as they progress in their careers. The initiative is supported by some of Dubai’s top talent and industry leaders.

The accelerator network has already successfully mentored over 100 women through more than 200 mentorship pairings and 120 workshops. Activities include mentorship sessions, professional and soft-skill workshops, and networking opportunities along with access to the DIFC Innovation Hub’s co-working spaces.

The three-month programme is set to begin in September 2023 at the DIFC Innovation Hub and its partner offices in Dubai. AccelerateHer is now accepting applications from female professionals in the early stages of financial services careers in Dubai.

Fostering ‘a more diverse and inclusive financial sector’

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “DIFC has a longstanding commitment to attract top financial talent to Dubai which is evident in the Centre’s growing international workforce of over 36,000 professionals. The AccelerateHER programme is designed to upskill the next wave of financial services professionals, and we are delighted to see the next cohort further benefit from Dubai Islamic Bank’s partnership and expertise, as we continue our journey to shape the future of finance.”

Dr Adnan Chilwan, group CEO of Dubai Islamic Bank, said: “We are proud to be the exclusive sponsor of AccelerateHer, an initiative that aligns with our commitment to empower and nurture the next generation of female leaders. By supporting this programme, we aim to foster a more diverse and inclusive financial sector, where women can thrive and contribute significantly to the growth and innovation of our industry. Together with DIFC Innovation Hub, we are confident that AccelerateHer will create a lasting impact and inspire more women to pursue their ambitions in the financial sector.”

In 2022, AccelerateHER received a record number of applications; a reflection of the programme’s increasing popularity and wide recognition for the valuable benefits it provides participants including equipping young aspiring executives with the necessary tools and experience to broaden their knowledge and reach in the industry.

For its seventh edition, the programme will aim to continue this trend, as it hopes to support as many young women in the region as possible.


  • Tom joined The Fintech Times in 2022 as part of the operations team; later joining the editorial team as a journalist.

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