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Qatar women's forum to honour key figures

Doha, November 5, 2013

The Fourth annual Qatar International Business Women Forum will honour six prominent figures in recognition of their significant contributions to their country’s economic growth and development.

The event is being held on November 11 and 12 at St Regis Hotel Doha under the theme of “Arab business women: agents of change.”

Since its inception in 2010, the forum has grown and is now one of the premier platforms for discussion on issues of women and business in the region, remarked Aisha Alfardan, the VP of the Qatari Business Women’s Association.

Those being honoured include Dr Mohammed bin Saleh al Sada, the Qatar Minister of Energy and Industry; Prof Sheikha Al-Misnad , the president of Qatar University; Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor, the First Lady of Malaysia, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of the Isha Foundation in India; Dr Maryam Matar, the chairman and founder of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association and Haifa Al Kaylani, the founder and chairman of the Arab International Women’s Forum, she stated.

"These people have also played an active role in supporting the empowerment of women across multiple sectors, within Qatar and internationally," Alfardan added.

“The significant achievements of the six distinguished guests being honored at this year’s event reflect everything that the Forum promotes – the advancement of women internationally, enabling them to excel across all sectors of society," she stated.

According to her, this year's forum will be the biggest ever with more than 900 delegates representing 25 countries including Russia, China, Malaysia, the US, Australia, Spain, the UK and Germany, in addition to the Middle East countries.

The speakers list includes Barton Kahir, the president and general manager of Exxon Mobil Qatar; Wael Sawan, the CEO and chairman of Qatar Shell and Raed Chehaib, the president and CEO of Interactive Business Network (IBN).

Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor will deliver the keynote address at the opening of the forum, followed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The other speakers include Dr Saad Al Barrak, Group chairman ILA in Kuwait; Dr. Maryam Matar, the chairman and founder of the UAE Genetic Diseases Associations and Sheikha Dr Hind Al Qasimi, the honorary chairman of the UAE Business Women Council.

Raed Chehaib said the forum provides an opportunity to honour key figures in sectors including government, education, business and healthcare who have contributed significantly to their own country’s development and to the advancement of women globally.

"It also offers an important platform to raise issues which are crucial to women succeeding as leaders in their chosen fields in Qatar, in the region and throughout the world," he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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