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Middle East Inspiring Future Female Leaders 2024

Connecting aspiring younger members with senior finance leaders of large organisations


ICAEW Middle East is piloting the Inspiring Future Female Leaders programme to connect senior female members and industry leaders with younger members and students, to share experiences and insight through group discussions.


Our senior finance leaders will each host four, free, one-hour virtual roundtables over a four-month period. They will share their experiences, stories and insights with a small group of future leaders.

The first session will begin with introductions followed by the senior leader sharing their career journey with Q&A after. The second, third and fourth sessions will focus on particular themes and will be in an informal, confidential environment where members can discuss challenges and ask questions.

Previous topics covered include building a career and career transitions, leadership and inspiring teams, personal branding and influencing, work/life balance, resilience and the CFO skillset.

At the end of the cohort, we will bring together the senior finance leaders and future leaders for a celebratory dinner.

Why apply?


A unique opportunity to gain insight from a CFO of a large organisation in a confidential environment.


Ask questions and benefit from invaluable practical advice.


Four, one-hour virtual roundtables on key topics to support and progress your career.


Meet your peers and share challenges in confidence.


Prepare for the next step in your career.

Who can apply?

ICAEW members who are:

  • Five-to-ten years post qualified
  • Working in any sector and working or aspiring to work in medium to large organisations
  • Ambitious and keen to progress their career

Apply to take part (deadline 22 April 2024)

Get in touch

Our senior finance leaders


Amanda Line
Amanda Line

Amanda is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and is a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse background in the education and food sectors. She has successfully pioneered, scaled, and divested companies to various types of investors. Her strong commercial acumen and belief in the importance of people and leadership have been crucial to her success. During her tenure at PwC Middle East, she established a profitable venture in knowledge and skills development, generating $25 million in revenue in 2023 with double-digit growth rates. She also co-founded an indoor vertical farm in 2019, achieving impressive revenue growth despite pandemic challenges. With over 35 years of experience spanning Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Amanda has built an extensive international network. She is actively involved in investing in purpose-driven startups and early-stage tech companies, particularly in education and sustainability sectors. Additionally, she holds various non-executive, board committee, and advisory positions at organizations such as Vestey Holdings, RADA Business, and Dubai College.

Jaimi Raikundalia
Jaimi Raikundalia

Jaimi is a Partner at Deloitte Dubai and has over 20 years of extensive audit experience from working in the United Kingdom and Middle East on both multi-national and local clients. Jaimi is the Middle East Audit Emerging Issues Group Partner and within Deloitte Private, the Family Enterprises leader for Audit and Assurance focused on the Middle East. She is also the Qualified Person Responsible for Training ICAEW students. Jaimi runs Deloitte ME’s annual construction C-Suite Survey. She previously held the role of Middle East Audit Innovation Leader where she worked on developing and deploying tools to drive efficiency and automation in the audit process. She has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients and industries but specialises in the Construction Industry. Jaimi has served as audit partner and on teams for the region’s largest contractors and engineers, both listed and private not only auditing systems, processes and controls but also project forecasts and offering insights to stakeholders.

Sana Khater
Sana Khater

Sana Khater, an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, boasts over three decades of expertise in finance, strategy, banking, and corporate transformation. Her illustrious career has seen her in pivotal leadership roles across the UAE, Kuwait, and Canada, within publicly-listed companies. With a keen eye for strategic planning and financial governance, she has overseen direct and indirect investments, capital allocation, and risk management. Sana has spearheaded large-scale corporate transformations, emphasising finance, governance, ESG, and technology integration. Notable positions include serving as CFO and being a member of executive committees at renowned institutions like the National Bank of Kuwait and Waha Capital. Presently, as the CFO and Board member at Aldar Properties, one of the UAE's largest real estate companies, she leads the finance functions, managing relationships with subsidiary teams, investors, regulators, and auditors. Sana's influence extends to board director positions, notably with entities like the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and SODIC, a prominent real estate company in Egypt. Recognised for her exceptional leadership, she has been named one of the most powerful women in the Middle East by Forbes and received the prestigious CFO of the Year award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

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