RISE Executive Women Leadership Program

Equipping a new generation of women leaders for greater IMPACT

A multifaceted program that equips female professionals with the tools to advance their career, build a global network, get individual coaching and recharge their growth mindset.

To be confirmed
5 months
Part-Time (one to two sessions per week)
Face to Face:
To be confirmed
Tuition Fees
General Management, Leadership & Strategy

In a globalized world where social norms are moving faster than ever, customers and employees are radically changing the way they consume, collaborate, work and lead. In order to make their mark on today’s complex landscape, today’s 21st century businesses are including gender parity as a foundational component of their exponential growth strategy. Reaching gender parity in leadership positions is not only a factor of innovation, but has a significant impact on financial results, governance practices, clients and employee satisfaction.

This program was designed to provide Women on the rise with a career growth Toolkit, while developing their leadership Skills and building a global support Network.

During this program, participants will be empowered to build careers that drive them, create effective networks they’ll draw support from, enhance their team leadership techniques, and design impactful businesses. They will develop an individual strategic roadmap, complete with actionable initiatives to set in motion upon their return to the workplace.

Program Director

ProfileSophie Le Ray

Academic Director RISE PROGRAM

Sophie Le Ray

Academic Director RISE PROGRAM

Sophie Le Ray is an entrepreneur, an author and an experienced business facilitator.

In 2003, she co-founded Naseba, a business information company specialised in supporting enterprise development in emerging markets. She was instrumental in its international expansion, and in accompanying the group when it went public in 2006. She was appointed CEO in 2009 and was responsible for its strategic development and overseeing its operations worldwide until 2019.

Sophie is the founder and spokesperson for the WIL Forum, the first platform for business women leaders in the Middle East and Asia. Based in Dubai for over a decade, she is the co-author of award winner ‘Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future’, published in May 2016.

She is currently launching EVE List, a social impact initiative dedicated to connect, equip and support women in making informed career decisions.

Sophie was born in Nice, France in 1970 and holds a Master’s degree in Ancient History. She lives now in Cannes with her family. The proud mother of two girls, her passions include ancient cultures, mountain trekking and vegan cuisine.


About the WIL Economic Forum

In 2009, the inaugural Women in Leadership Economic Forum broke new ground in the Middle East by offering a platform for women leaders to gather, build valuable connections and advance the gender parity discussion in the workplace.
Since then, the forum has traveled to Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia and India, and evolved to a global economic forum, bringing together men and women from both private and public sector, across all industries, with a common vision of building sustainable and inclusive economies and societies.

While staying committed to its initial objective to champion gender diversity, the WIL Economic Forum now shines a light on several imperatives such as the inclusion of the youth and people with determination, social impact, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, innovation and technology, education and philanthropy.

The forum is bringing together 600+ like-minded individuals from around the world, to shape the economy of tomorrow.