Posted on November 09, 2014

Female students at Qatar University College of Business and Economics (QU-CBE) recently participated in an event themed “Leaders? Yes, We Are” aimed at promoting the spirit of leadership and encouraging them to become future entrepreneurs and leaders in the labor market to contribute to Qatar’s progress and development. The event featured two female leaders from the business sector -- Vodafone Qatar Strategy and Planning Director Ms Dalya Al-Khalaf and Tasweeq Operations Manager Ms Haya Khalid Al-Noaimi -- who addressed the students and urged them to recognize their role in the world of business and the country’s growth.

Held in collaboration with CBE Community Outreach Committee, the event was attended by the College’s dean Prof Nitham Hindi, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Prof Belaid Aouni, as well as a number of faculty members, staff and students. CBE dean Prof Nitham Hindi said: “We are pleased to organize this event with the aim to support and engage female students to become leaders in the world of business, and achieve success and development. This event will serve to strengthen QU’s commitment in graduating students with the skills and knowledge that allow them to compete at the highest level in an expanding and evolving labor market.”

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Ms Al-Khalaf said: “We are honored to participate in this event that addresses and encourages female students to become the future leaders of our nation. I feel truly privileged to have the opportunity to share my professional experience with students and engage them in bringing a positive impact to Qatari society in general and the business world in particular.” In her remarks, Ms Al-Noaimi talked about her vision of female leadership and advised the students to join the labor market as they have the skills and the qualities which allow them to compete at the highest level.

Community Outreach Committee Chair Prof Marios I Katsioloudes led a discussion panel focused on the increase in the number of women leaders in Arab societies, as well as the challenges, community restrictions and cultural barriers that female entrepreneurs may face in the small business sector, and how to manage time and responsibilities between the personal and professional life. “Females around the world should be given equal opportunities to excel and develop their potential as leaders and entrepreneurs as their male counterparts,” he said.

CBE Head of Department of Management and Marketing Dr Rana Sobh highlighted the importance of empowering women to reach leadership positions in the business community, reminding the students that women are very active members in the society.