Posted on March 07, 2020

To mark the International Women’s day, the British Council hosted a panel discussion on the importance of empowering women in the financial sector.

The panel consisted of Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad al Thani, managing director, Business Development at Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, and Aseel al Obaidan, associate director of Balance Sheet Management at HSBC Bank Qatar, and Anna Zhang, senior associate, Investment Management Supervision of Qatar Financial Centre regulatory authority. The panellists shared their experience of work and studying in the UK and advice for studying and working in finance and business to encourage the younger generation of females to be successful leaders in the field. The event was attended by Sam Ayton, director of British Council in Qatar, James Elwes, COO of HSBC Qatar, and 100 students from the Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration School for Girls.

Ayton said, “We put fairer access to opportunities at the heart of everything we do. Gender inequality remains one of the most urgent but solvable societal issues around the world; empowerment of women and girls is a priority for the British Council. “We had a very inspiring panel who shared their experiences of studying in the UK, working in the finance and business sector and how they had overcome the challenges they had faced as leaders in their fields. It was a perfect place to celebrate IWD with such a fiercely-talented group of girls.”

Elwes said, “For HSBC gender equality in the workforce is a key priority as we believe that only an inclusive and diverse workforce can effectively represent the customers that we serve. A diverse team is a key differentiating factor in a very competitive business environment and, in Qatar, we are aiming to recruit, retain and develop the best talent for our business. “This will lead to a better understanding of our customers’ needs and help to optimise the service that we provide. Our commitment to invest in the best talent in the market is aligned to the Qatar National Vision of human capital development.”

Dhabya al Buenain, principal of Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration School for Girls, said: “We’ve been honoured to host this remarkable event. I am delighted to celebrate the efforts exerted in empowering women in the financial sector and transformative power of women and girls in Qatar. “Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration School for Girls is taking a very important part in a variety of initiatives to show its support and commitment to gender equality, economic empowerment and female representation and inclusion in the workplace. “

source: Qatar Tribune