Posted on December 13, 2014

The Qatari Businesswomen Association and Interactive Business Network, organizers of the 5th edition of the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum (QIBWF), announced that the 5th Qatar International Businesswomen Forum under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, wife of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Emir of Qatar, will launch its activities on Tuesday Dec 16th, 2014 in St- Regis Hotel Doha.

The Forum aims to put forward and discuss key issues that greatly affect a growing number of businesswomen in Qatar and beyond. These include topics such as women empowerment, entrepreneurship, human development and corporate social responsibility. “The anticipation for the start of this year’s Forum has been heightened by the participation of many distinguished women leaders of society,” said Aisha Aifardan, Vice-Chairwoman of the Qatari Businesswomen Association. “This further ensures the high quality of the discussions and enable us to meet the expectations of participants. We are definitely looking forward to another successful edition of QIBWF.”

The Forum, will  honor H.E Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassem Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Businessmen Association; Qatar Shell,  Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa – Chief Executive Officer QDB, and Mr. Walid Al Sayed  COO of Ooredoo for their efforts and continuous support for the annual event and women’s sector in general. With participants from 40 countries expected to attend, the keynote speaker is H.E. Mrs. Sare Davutoglu, wife of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey. The forum will also have many speakers throughout the two-day program including Mr. Walid Al Sayed, COO, Ooredoo – Qatar; Ms. Sana Bardawil, Director of Communication, Qatar Shell Companies – Qatar; Ms. Maryha Al Dafa- President & Acting Director for Communication – Qatar Foundation (QF); Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa, CEO, QDB – Qatar; and QNB.

In addition, Mrs. Reem Badran, Board Member, Amman Chamber of Commerce – Jordan; Ms. Munera Al Dosari, Girnass Developer – Qatar; Mr. Dennis Percy- Senior Lead consultant- JMJ Associates; Mrs. Monika Papadopoulou, Community Relations Manager, Potential – UAE; Mrs. Alla Kovanlenko, President, Business Women Congress – Ukraine; and Mr. Benjamin De Seille, Vice President MENA, Fuchs and Associates – Qatar, will likewise deliver their keynote speeches. Other well-known personalities who will be part of highly informative panel discussions as moderators include Dr. Sharif Elabdelwahab, Head of National Entrepreneurship Institute - K.S.A.; Dr. Aisha bint Yousef Al Mannai, Director, Islamic Studies Center in Qatar Foundation – Qatar; Mrs. Maali Qasem, Legal Advisor, Ferris & Co. – Jordan; and Mrs. Nimat Al Matari, Radio Host, Radio Monte Carlo – France.

5th QIBWF to be held under the 2 [qatarisbooming.jpgMeanwhile, among those who will be participating as panelists in the panel discussions are: Mrs. Cynthia Dearin, Managing Director, Dearin & Associates – Australia; Dr. Reem Alfrayan, Director of Businesswoman Sector, Councils of Saudi Chambers - K.S.A.; Dr. Fatima Othman Baathman - K.S.A.; Mrs. Florida Mugione, Chief Entrepreneurship Section – UN Conference on Trade and Development; Ms. Mashael Al Ansari, Board member, QBWA- Qatar; Mrs. Bouthaina Al Ansari, Board Member, QBWA – Qatar; Mrs. Clarissa Anderson, CSR Leader, IBE – Qatar; Mrs. Nabila Fakhri, Vice President for HR, Qatar Airways – Qatar; Ms. Laila Miyara, President, AFEM – Morocco; Ms. Rola Basamad, General Director of Female Employment, Bab Rizk Jameel – KSA; Dr. Diana Hamade, Founder, International Advocate Legal Services – UAE; Mrs. Maha Al Baghli, Founder & MD, Safira CSR Company – Kuwait; Mr. Munther Zeidan, Director of Micro-Project Development Qatar Charity – Qatar; Mrs. Laurance Lehman Ortega, Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris University – Qatar; Ms. Lina Khalifeh, Founder, Shefighter- Jordan; Eng. Fatima Mahmoud, Reservoir Engineer, Maersk Oil –Qatar; and Mrs. Zdenka Loncar, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts - Republic of Croatia.

“With a stellar cast of women achievers and businessmen from across the world among the distinguished line-up of speakers at the event, this year’s Forum promises to be another huge success. I wish to thank all our partners and sponsors who will be making it possible for us to hold this Forum for a fifth year in a row,” said Raed Chehaib, Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Business Network. The organisers also announced that Qatar Petroleum will be the Official Energy Partner of the event.

Other sponsors and partners of the 5th QIBWF include Qatar National Bank (QNB) as the Official Banking Partner; Ooredoo as Official Telecom Partner, Qatar Shell as the Diamond Sponsor; Qatar Development Bank (QDB) as the Strategic Partner; Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) as Silver Sponsor; Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) as Lanyard Sponsor; Texas A&M as Educational Partner; Qatar Businessmen Association as Lunch host; Al Fardan as the Official Car provider; Qatar Airways as the Official Carrier; Al Raya as the Official Newspaper; and CNBC Arabia as the Official Arabic broadcaster.

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