About Us

The language may have changed but the Challenges have not

Women in Business (WIB) was born ahead of its time.

In 1996, when it was conceptualized neither developing nor developed nations had yet reached out to include all of their population in the economic development process of their nations.  WiB placed UK and London at the forefront of women’s economic empowerment for UK and the Middle East . As a result of the acclaim of the  positive approach taken by  WIB  this remit was geographically expanded to a wider international audience.

Women in Business (WIB) focuses on promoting the role of women as part of the mainstream economy.  The initiative has successfully been behind encouraging women to break through the glass ceiling internationally

WiB events focuses on mainstream business and the exchange of knowledge and skills for women by leaders  and experts . The emphasis of WiB is on the quality of the content that the events cover.  Past speakers have been  leaders in their fields, in the business world and in society as a whole.

The events have built a reputation as  providing a primary networking opportunity to enhance professional understanding between women (and men) and to enhance trade and business  across multiple verticals  such as Energy, Environment, Retail and Financial sectors.

After over 15 annual events in London since its inception in 1997, Women In Business International has deservedly earned the trusted of its community and supporters around the world. The  “not-for-profit” organisation is arguably a pioneer in  promoting women’s economic empowerment, with specific triangulation between the UK , the Middle East and the rest of the world.


Inaugural event hosted in House of Commons


Women in Business Export Achievement Awards launched


First Women in Business Sessions at the Jeddah Economic Forum, Saudi Arabia.


In partnership with Hilal Group launched The Women in Business Magazine – the first Publication for the GCC dedicated for women professionals


First pan-African Women in Business Forum in Johannesburg South Africa.


First Women in Business Forum in the Middle East in Damascus, Syria.


Women in Business Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.


Family Business Forum – Bahrain attended by HH Duchess of Cornwall – ( now Her Majesty the Queen)


First Women in Business Forum for the Caspian Region in Kazakhstan


initiated the first Woman Journalist Award at the Foreign Press Association – which was awarded to Maria Colville


Our Aim

WiB as a not-for-profit organisation underlies a commitment to equality and human rights for women around the world by utilising trade and business as drivers for the exchange of skills and knowledge . The aim is to use the WiB network to be a critical driver for  change.


Women in Business   has worked closely with public organisations, the Private sector and international Governments strategically to deliver on its aims . These are:

  • Buckingham Palace
  • UK Trade and Investment
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)
  • The British Council
  • The OECD
  • The Prince’s Trust (UK)
  • The League of Arab States
  • The Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • The Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE)
  • The Council of Arab Businesswomen
  • The Commonwealth Business Council