American Univesity of Beirut

Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women


Welcome to​ Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women at the Suliman S. Olayan School of business (OSB) ​where we partner with employers, government agencies, and civil society organizations to develop and support the implementing of inclusive policies and practices. 

The Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women (CIBL-W) at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business is dedicated to strengthening economies in the Arab MENA region via gender research, knowledge development, and multi-stakeholder engagement. CIBL houses several projects that advance women empowerment in the MENA region, including the KIP and the LE indices (2018-2020) project funded from the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in the U.S. State department; the SAWI project (2019-2022) funded by the MEPI U.S. and focuses on strengthening women’s economic contributions to the MENA economies through the development and implementation of inclusive HR policies; the UN Women (2020) anti-sexual harassment project; the Female Academic Role Model Empowerment Equality and Sustainability - FREE project (2019-2020), funded by the European Union Erasmus aiming to promote female leadership in Higher Education institutions in the MENA region; and the MPI targeted (2020-2024) project funded by the European Union aiming to establish capacity building in higher education institutions through the empowerment of women academics and the implementation of gender equality plans in those institutions. ​​


Partner with employers to develop and implement 

Advocate with government institutions for national 

Mobilize multi-sector and multi-stakeholder 

Produce gender- 
and sector-disaggregated data 
to close the 

If you see yourself and your organization as a catalyst for change, get in touch to learn more about our programs and campaigns.​​​

 Facts & Figures

Score across the region: employer’s providing career development opportunities for women


Score (out of 100): the employer score of formal retention policies​


The representation of women in decision-making roles across the Arab MENA Region

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