UAE And Mena Businesswomen Of The Year

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According to a study by Boston Consulting Group entitled “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: An Uae And Mena Businesswomen Of The YearAnalytical Approach to Advancing Women into Leadership Roles”, 85% of primary organizations in United Arab Emirates observed gender diversity as a main concern.
As a support and acknowledgement to great UAE and MENA women in the field of business, Her Excellency Maryam Mohammed Khalfan Alroumi, UAE’s Minister of Social Affairs will present recognitions in Women in Leadership (WIL) Achievement Awards.
The awards ceremony is just one of the highlight in the WIL Forum Middle East and Africa on May 29th and 30th at the Ritz Carlton – DIFC in Dubai.
The two days event will assemble prominent businesswomen and leading corporations from the MENA region to wave the development of professional women in leadership.
The support and empowerment of women as crucial players and contributors have seen at the core of the UAE government’s strategy throughout the past decade. Both private and public sector organizations accept the key role women’s leadership as responsible for strengthening talent pools, promoting entrepreneurship, driving investment, and cultivating dynamism and creativity.
Award nominations are currently being evaluated and finalized by a judging panel which includes Almas Jiwani, President of the UN Women National Committee Canada; Mohammed Burhan, CEO of CNBC Arabia; Arni Hole, Director General of The Royal Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Norway; and Simon Wallace, Founder and Chairman of The Whole Thing World, UK, and CEO of The Whole Thing, UAE.
“The awards are our way of recognizing the achievements and successful initiatives of businesswomen and organizations across the region. It is also a tribute to the caliber of nominees we have again this year that HE Maryam Al Roumi, UAE’s Minister of Social Affairs is presenting awards to the winners,” explained Sophie Le Ray, naseba CEO and founder of the WIL Forum series.
Below are the names of the finalists:
Leading Businesswoman of the Year: Ambareen Musa, Founder & CEO of Souqalmal.com (UAE); Asil Attar, CEO at Majid Al Futtaim Fashion (Iraq); and Mona Bawarshi, President and CEO Gezairi Transport (Lebanon).
Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur: Dr Amal Al-Shunnar, Medical Director & Partner of FAKIH IVH (UAE); Maria Jamal Al Mahdaly, Managing Director/Co-Founder Rumman Company (Saudi Arabia); and Meera Kaul, Managing Director Optimus Technology & Telecommunications (UAE).
Male Champion of Change: Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group CEO of Abraaj Group (UAE), Cem Boyner, CEO at Boyner Holding (Turkey); and Raoul Nehme, General Manager BLC Bank (Lebanon).
Most Women-Friendly Employer: Dubai Airports; Henkel Middle East & Africa and Servcorp LLC Middle East