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Sophie and Katia discuss Katia’s journey from medical practitioner to ministry, the place of women in the Church and and what gender equity brings to its message and mission in the world.
Sophie and Joe discuss culture in tech, how far inclusion has gone since he started his career and simply why a diverse team build better products.

In 1909, Eugène Schueller, a young chemist with an entrepreneurial spirit, founded in France the company that was to become the L’Oréal Group. It all began with one of the first hair dyes that he formulated, manufactured and sold to Parisian hairdressers.

With this, the founder of the Group forged the first link in what is still the DNA of L’Oréal: research and innovation in the service of beauty.

Each year, the L’Oreal Foundation for women in science rewards the research of candidates from all over the world for their breakthrough research in all fields of science.

In this episode, Sophie invited 2 candidates of the latest edition of the L’Oreal -Unesco Women in Science awards, 2 highly accomplished scientists in pharmacology and in chemical engineering respectively from Qatar and the UAE.

They discuss their personal journey, the purpose of their research, and being a woman in science today in the GCC.

In 2019, the UAE advanced 23 positions on the UNDP Gender Equality Index to 26th globally and is now leading the Arab world in terms of gender equality.

In this first instalment of a series about gender equity in the Arab world, Sophie chats with Mercedes Monserrate, associate director for International Affairs at Abu Dhabi Global Market, the financial centre of the United Arab Emirates’ capital.

They discuss her journey, UAE gender parity initiatives, and the efforts led by Abu Dhabi to become a leading destination to work and grow a diverse business.

Jean Michel and Sophie talk about the crucial role of male allies in increasing gender equity in the workplace, how he became such a passionate advocate, and how making the business case for diversity is not enough. Men get rallied by the heart!

Ruth and Sophie discuss the challenges older women face in the workplace but also the opportunity it opens for entrepreneurship, new consumer markets and what needs to be done to support these businesses addressing an underrepresented age group.
Sophie invites Hermoine to share her experience as a TV reporter, her love for the Middle East and what drives her philanthropic work in conflict zones.