MiL Foundation Scholarship – Jaleh Taheri, Executive Director, W4SG
We are proud to announce Jaleh Taheri as a recipient of MiL Foundation scholarship recognizing her pioneering work in promoting women leaders in Sweden and the GCC countries.
Jaleh Taheri is the Founder and Executive Director of Women for Sustainable Growth (W4SG), a bilateral organization and network for leaders in academia, business and society across the Nordic and Gulf Regions. It is the only organization of its kind that brings together women leaders from the Gulf to meet and share experiences with women leaders from the Nordic countries.
Since W4SG’s founding in 2012, MiL Institute and Women for Sustainable Growth have collaborated on a number of projects that have been recognized for their impact on an individual, organizational and societal level. Our longest running joint project is the Women Leadership Exchange Program, hosted by Dubai Women’s Establishment, which has been called “the first of its kind in the Middle East” and declared having a ”growing impact and success as a platform for UAE women to represent their nation and highlight the active role UAE women play in the nation-building process.”
With very few resources but a great network, vision and power to engage people from across different fields and nations, Jaleh and W4SG have succeeded in completing major change projects targeting cross-cultural exchange and the promotion of women leadership. The benefits of contributing to these kinds of initiatives can be seen short term; for example, by the fact that the majority of participants have stepped into more important and qualified leadership positions. There are also long term achievements with the creation of strong local communities of alumni and ambassadors, who continue to taking up new board member positions, contribute to initiatives that increase engagement between the regions, and maintain strong networks to support each other’s professional advancement.
Selection of projects
Young Leaders Boot Camp (YLBC)
YLBC is a unique leadership program for young female professionals (ages 20-30) in the Nordic and GCC countries who want the skills, platform and network necessary to step into leadership roles. The next program start is in October 2017. Applications are open now.
MiL Institute contributed in design and delivery of the first batch of this six-day program and will do the same for the second batch.
Nordic Exposure Journey
The Nordic Exposure Journey is a week- long program for women in management positions and other professionals in Saudi Arabia, where the participants meets leading professionals in different fields regarding the economic inclusion of women. MiL Institute contributed on the design as well as hosting parts of the program in Malmö.
Women Leadership Exchange Program (WLEP) 1-3
The first program was held in 2012 and the participants included both Swedish and Emirati managers. The second and third batch the program was more geared towards the promotion of women leaders in the UAE and therefore the Swedish managers participated to a lesser extent and only in the first module in Sweden.
Jaleh is a bridge builder and strong advocate of women. She has a passion for connecting and engaging across cultures and sectors as well as grounding her work in academic knowledge. She is devoted to promoting women’s leadership and has spearheaded a number of organizations around these themes; i.e. she is a co-Founder and the former President of the Scandinavian Chapter of 85 Broads. Her work has been recognized by many; for example, the Crown Princess of Sweden and The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) who awarded her the ”100 World of Difference Award”, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the economic empowerment of women globally.