Women and Leadership: Networking for Change-makers

Extending from the morning session on “Empowering Women: Sports and Leadership”, this working session will explore the purpose and value of networking, as well as highlight the importance of building confidence as a skill needed for maintaining effective relationships and networking.


  • H.E. Rym Abdulla Al Falasy, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Board Member of the Gender Balance Council of Abu Dhabi.
  • Emma Lax, former Head of Women's Sport and Lifestyle for CSM Sport and Entertainment

50 Years: The Evolution of the Special Olympics

On the occasion of Abu Dhabi being chosen as host-city for the 2019 Special Olympic Games, the workshop will explore how a once small-scale American summer camp sought to change perceptions of intellectual disability and sports and, in doing so, transformed itself into a global movement with over four million athletes across 170 countries.


  • Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics gold medallist and global speaker
  • Michelle Kwan, two-time Olympic medalist, five-time World and nine-time U.S. figure skating champion

Sports Photography by Getty (Limited Capacity)

World-renowned photographic agency Getty Images has been at the forefront of sports photography for over 22 years. As the Official Photography Partner of ICSW 2017, Getty representatives will lead an exclusive workshop to delve into what it takes to be a world class sports photographer focusing on the theoretical, practical and technical aspects needed to achieve success. Getty Images representatives will be on hand to assist budding photographers with the latest hints and tips from the industry.


  • Maddie Meher, Photographer, Getty Images

Modern Physical Education: From Teacher to Role-Model

With a particular focus on youth psychology, this session will consider methods for today’s educators to create an engaging and pro-active sporting environment through physical activity programs within the education sector, in order to change perceptions of health, fitness and sport amongst young people, and to encourage further participation in sports beyond higher education.


  • Alan Pascoe, former President of CSM Sport and Entertainment and former Olympic Athlete

UAE Success Stories: The Secrets to Establishing a Successful Sports Business

This session celebrates Emirati sports businesses, projects and initiatives which have created a positive impact on the UAE community. The workshop will see local sporting organizations talk about their own inspirational journeys, and showcasing their influence and achievements in the region.

  • Houriya Taheri, Executive Member of the Women's Football Committee and UAE's National Women's Football Team Head Coach

Disney’s Healthy Living Commitment: Inspiring Healthy Living Through Storytelling and Characters

As part of The Walt Disney Company's long-standing commitment to healthy living, Reem Maziq,  from Disney Healthy Living EMEA, will share insight into how the Company is inspiring life-long healthier behaviors in families by working with like-minded organizations to help parents and children make positive lifestyle choices. Disney believes it can use the special connection children and families have with the brand, stories and characters to have a real influence in this area. Reem will show how this is brought to life by discussing various physical activity initiatives it has developed with several sports and public health organizations across Europe.


  • Reem Maziq, Senior Manager, Healthy Living EMEA at The Walt Disney Company

This Girl Can: A Case Study of One Team's Success in Influencing Behavioral Change Through Sports Marketing 

'Research reveals a huge difference in the number of men and women playing sport and it's not because females don't want to get active. Millions of women and girls are afraid to exercise because of fear of judgement.'

Kate Bosomworth, Board Lead for Sport England's This Girl Can campaign, joins us to provide first-hand insight into the significant accomplishments in changing women's perspectives on sport and fitness through the UK, and how findings can be applied to international communities.


  • Kate Bosomworth, Board Member, Sport England and Board Lead for the ground breaking women’s campaign This Girl Can