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Research Seminar Series

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START DATE 08 March 2017
END DATE 08 March 2017

We are pleased to invite you to our weekly Research Seminar Series on Wednesday March 8th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 190 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:

Gender and Employability in the GCC: Looking Forward?

Mona Hamade

Unity for Global Development


There is a strong correlation matching the skills of graduates and their entry into the labour market. Bridging the gap between soft skills in higher education and what’s needed in the labour market will unlock the potential of human capital across the GCC. This presentation is part of a larger research based on my PhD thesis findings at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, my current book on Gender and the Workforce in the UAE, and Career Development Workshops. It seeks to elucidate the main barriers – structural, institutional, and normative – to women’s educational attainment and enhanced economic participation in GCC countries. It will explore policies and practical measures to promote more “female-inclusive growth” throughout the region. This talk seeks to shed light on the need to translate high number of graduates into active contributors to the economy. This issue is one of the main priorities for government, universities as well as the private sector across the GCC. Thus, engaging with researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in youth employment and capacity building in the GCC. The research methodology is informed by a combination of qualitative interviews with graduates and experts. Field interviews were conducted with graduates and leading experts in recruitment and diversity in the UAE and London between 2012-2016. The overall conclusions present gender focused and flexible recommendations in an effort to reduce the gap in employability skills and increase youths’ productivity in the national workforce.


Dr. Mona Hamade is currently the Programmes & Development Director of London based UGD (Unity for Global Development) where she leads gender and economic analytical reports, career employability workshops and entrepreneurship programs for graduates and early stage career women from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She hosts monthly sessions across UK universities on employability skills and UGD's social entrepreneurship programme. Her forthcoming book identifies career aspirations of youth in the United Arab Emirates. She has previously worked with UN Women on producing gender and economic country profiles across the MENA, The Middle East Partnership Initiative and Transparency International Lebanese Chapter. Mona holds a Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies where her research addressed the role of gender and workforce inclusion across the Middle East and North Africa. She was a Cambridge Overseas as well as an Open Society Foundation Scholar.

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