DIFC FinTech Hive, the first and largest financial technology accelerator in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, has launched a mentorship programme, AccelerateHer, to equip budding female professionals with the necessary tools and experience to play a more active role in the development of the region's FinTech landscape.
Held in partnership with Cater Murray, a global specialist marketing and sales recruitment agency, the mentorship programme will run from April to November 2019. AccelerateHer will connect young aspiring executives with accomplished professionals with relevant expertise from across DIFC FinTech Hive’s strategic partnership network, which includes some of the world’s leading financial organisations.
The first edition of AccelerateHer was formally launched during a breakfast session on 24 April, presenting mentees with an opportunity to engage with mentors from a diverse range of fields at this early stage of their career development. The launch event saw 12 mentorship pairings established between mentees and mentors from Arab Bank, AXA Insurance, Cigna, Emirates Islamic, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, Insurance House, Noor Bank, Noor Takaful, Standard Chartered, VISA, and Zurich.
Speaking at the launch event, DIFC FinTech Hive executive vice president Raja Al Mazrouei said, “Research shows that women remain significantly under-represented in the upper levels of financial services, so we are very excited to launch today’s initiative under the FinTech Hive umbrella. DIFC’s FinTech accelerator plays a crucial role in our efforts to shape the future of the regional financial landscape. I’m confident that AccelerateHer will complement these efforts by exposing the young female talent of the UAE to a diverse range of experiences that allow them to play a more influential role in the future of the industry.”