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20 E 9th Street


City, State, Zip:
New YorkNY10003


Company or Org:
The Arab Institute for Women


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Social Media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lina-abirafeh-28774867/
Twitter: @LinaAbiRafeh
Instagram: @LinaAbiRafeh
Website: www.LinaAbiRafeh.com
TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krSG-RtiWUA
Blog: https://linasays.wordpress.com

Speaker Bio:

Lina AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert with decades of experience worldwide. For the last six years, she has served as the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, an academic/activist institute covering the 22 Arab states. The Institute was established in 1973 as the first women’s institute in the Arab region – and one of the first globally. Lina spent over 20 years in development and humanitarian contexts in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and others. Lina completed her doctoral work from the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” based on her research. She speaks and publishes frequently on a range of gender issues, most recently on the need for a feminist response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Arab women and girls. She believes women’s leadership is the strongest vehicle for peace and sustainable development. Lina is among the Gender Equality Top 100 worldwide in 2018 and 2019 and was awarded a Vital Voices fellowship in 2021.


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Professional references:

Malayah Harper: Malayah.Harper@gmail.com
Connie Eysenck: Eysenck@mac.com
Katja Iversen: KatjaIversen@gmail.com

Session title:
Weather the storm: Building a resilient business with lessons from emergency aid work

Session description:

How can businesses build resilience – before an emergency hits? This session will share lessons from my 20+ years of experience in emergency humanitarian aid worldwide to help businesses leverage these learnings for their own crisis preparation and management. Businesses can ready themselves to weather the storm – even if they don’t expect it, and even if that storm is a global pandemic.

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– Skills to build individual, professional, and business resilience
– Crisis prevention, preparation, and management
– Self-care in times of crisis

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Interactive and engaging

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Ready, Set, Go (introductory business track)

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