ILA Podcast

WE Empower UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge Winners

We Empower with Hadeel Anabtawi & Habiba Ali with Amanda Ellis. Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future With Maureen Metcalf

Guests: WE Empower Challenge winners Hadeel Anabtawi & Habiba Ali with Amanda Ellis


While female entrepreneurs have made great strides in some countries, in the U.S. and other nations women still face significant barriers that just aren’t there for male-headed start-ups. Despite that, women leaders are making a difference by promoting positive change in their local communities – changes that can have a global impact.

The United Nations recognizes several entrepreneurial women every year with their WE Empower UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge; it promotes female founders globally who run successful businesses while supporting the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). Past winners Hadeel Anabtawi of Jordan and Habiba Ali of Nigeria join Challenge co-chair Amanda Ellis to discuss their successes, their challenges…and the importance of women working with each other to overcome those challenges.

Habiba Ali is the CEO and Founder of SOSAI Renewable Energies Company.

Hadeel Anabtawi is a serial social entrepreneur, a STEMinist, and Founder of the Alchemmist Lab.

Amanda Ellis is Global Partnerships Senior Director at Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Futures Laboratory and formerly New Zealand Ambassador to the United Nations.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured 30 years of experience in an award-winning series of books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture using Innovative Leadership techniques. 

Maureen shares her hard-won insights through public speaking, industry publications, interviews, and video presentations. She is a regular contributor to, host of the top international radio show, Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, and author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series. The series includes: Innovative Leadership FieldbookInnovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations; Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders; and Innovative Leadership for Health Care, among others.

She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

About Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. Leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: To bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve…growing your team, your business, and yourself! This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else. Become an innovative leader in your own right! 

Innovating Leadership is proud to partner with the International Leadership Association on a yearly series of episodes on global leadership with special ILA speakers, members, and guests. 

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