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Women on Boards Observatory

The business case for increasing the number of women on corporate boards is clear. Women are successful in university studies and at the onset of their careers, but attrition rates increase as they progress through an organization. Women represent 60 percent of university graduates globally and 80 percent of consumer-goods-purchasing decision-makers. Evidence suggests that companies with strong female representation at board and top-management levels perform better than those without and that gender-diverse boards have a positive impact on performance.

The Women on Boards Observatory aims to improve the gender balance of corporate boards in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by sensitizing male board members to gender issues, qualifying women from different sectors to be appointed to corporate boards, and advocating for policy and legislative changes that institutionalize gender diversity on corporate board.

Flagship Activities

WoB Monitoring Reports

Women on Boards Monitoring Reports

Providing a snapshot of the representation of women on boards in listed companies, the banking sector and the public enterprise sector in Egypt. The report also includes a simple indicator for women on boards in Egypt and identifies the gap of women on boards in each sector to reach the target of the 2030 strategy.


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Board Placement Service

The board placement service will place and promote female talents on boards thus, helping organizations in realizing the benefits of increased diversity and connecting board-ready women with CEOs and Board Executives.

WOB Database

Egyptian Board Ready Women Database

A database for Egyptian Board Ready Women. It includes current female board members in addition to eligible board ready women to serve on boards.

By joining the database, you will receive board opportunities from different companies across several sectors.

Partner Organizations

Members and partners of the Observatory represent a unique partnership bringing together government, business associations, research institutions, international organizations and non-government organizations.

Knowledge Sharing

In the News

Akhbar El Youm

The Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform launches the annual report of the Egyptian Observatory for Women on Boards of Directors for 2018

March 20, 2019

Akhbar Al Youm

Al Ahram Logo

Stock Exchange and School of Business Expand Women on Board Partnership Agreement

November 8, 2018

Al Ahram

Al Masry Al Youm

Egyptian Exchange and AUC Collaborate to Improve Female Representation

July 18, 2017

Al Masry Al Yom


Al Youm Al 7

Stock Exchange Signs Deal with AUC to Support Women Participation

July 18, 2017

Youm 7

Egypt Today Logo

MOU to support Women on Boards Observatory at AUC

July 18, 2017

Egypt Today

American Chamber

EGX and AUC's School of Business Collaborate to Improve the Representation of Women on Corporate Boards

July 19, 2017

American Chamber

PRiME Time

Women on Boards – The American University in Cairo – Interview

June 8, 2015

PRiME Time 


Women on Boards Program kicks off

November 8, 2014

United Nations Development Program