Women’s Empowerment and Youth Development Enabler, Sustainable Leadership Advocate and Interdisciplinary Scholar.

An interdisciplinary scholar, women’s empowerment, and youth development expert with over 15 years’ experience in learning and development in higher education in the UK. She is a keynote speaker passionate about sustainable leadership, creating inclusive workplaces and training young people and women with the skills they need to become leaders in the changing world. Souad has completed her High-Impact Leadership Development in the University of Cambridge and the Advance HE (formerly, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education), UK. She continuously works with youth on executive leadership development, capacity building programmes and employability.

Her multidisciplinary research includes women leadership development with a focus on top management career trajectories in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); Knowledge Management; Information Systems’ Management, and Human and Sociotechnical considerations of technology adoption. Her work has been published at international conferences and in refereed academic and management journals. She is currently working on a project titled: Understanding Barriers and Enablers to Women’s Leadership Development. The project is conducted in collaboration with UNWOMEN, representatives from NGOs, governmental bodies, businesswomen leaders, business practitioners and academics.

Executive Training for Women & Youth in the MENA Region

Executive Training for Women & Youth in the MENA Region

Compared to their male counterparts, women occupy significantly lower positions in public and private sectors in Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This gender inequality in corporate spheres has negatively impacted organizational growths and economic advancements in the MENA region, contributing to complacence among women who could have been very entrepreneurial to change the economic fortunes of the region.

With emerging gender parity across the world, women who get reskilled via executive trainings are taking centre-stage in political governance, corporate organizations, and academic/religious endeavours. MENA women are shaping the future and becoming national and global leaders as a result of constant executive development.

With targeted leadership trainings, women can reach their fullest potential within institutional environments created by organizations and governments. They can drive strategic development in the public sphere and in the private sector, contributing to SDGs that drive national progress and regional growths. Women’s empowerment may guarantee gender equity in the long run, and help ensure quiet confidence, studied discomfort, and constant improvement for women who must excel in a traditionally male-dominated society.

Empowering Youth

Empowering Youth

Souad aspires to make a difference in the lives of youth, especially in the MENA region. She
would love to tap into the enormous potential that Arab youth have and demonstrate how they can positively influence their
lives and excel in their education and working life.
By properly training young people with the necessary skills to become mindful leaders, a more sustainable future can be
created; we create leaders with ethics, values and the mindset to serve others. In doing so, building healthier organizations
and cultures that evolve and grow by nurturing a culture of care for their people and society as a whole.
Souad’s work with youth is focused on executive leadership development, capacity building programmes and


“It has been a real honour to work with such a genuine and inspirational individual who is supportive of the growth of others and has never hindered to put others before herself.”

Sarah Shousha, Senior Policy Advisor at Department of Energy and Climate Change UK

“Souad is an inspirational speaker who reads her audience well and tailors her address to get her message across and achieve the right outcome.”

Luma Zitani, VP Sanctions Advisory at Barclays UK

“Dr. Souad will do whatever it takes to get the job done in an excellent manner.”

Dr. Ghada Refaat El Said, Usability Consultant Egypt

“If only her style can be adapted to all subjects.”

Egzon Sojeva, IKEA Group UK

“She made a tremendous positive impact on my career and on me personally.”

Fahad Alrakaf, Chairperson of Pharmacy Supply Department, King Fahad Medical City Saudi Arabia

“Three simple words briefly describe Dr. Souad’s style: Clear presentation of ideas, extraordinary, never get bored.”

May Abdelsalam, Sales & Marketing UK

Dr. Souad Mohamed is the co-founder and CEO of IEL International.

At IEL, we work closely with government departments and universities to deliver the new standards in executive education. Our business is focused on developing collaborations to empower young leaders and c-suite executives. We invite you join us in making this new change happen.

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